Here's a look at fantasy nuggets for the Orioles' three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks:
Orioles // Standing out: Nick Markakis - The Orioles right fielder is 9-for-18 (.500) with two RBIs, five runs and three stolen bases in his last four games. Markakis is batting .306 in June and .278 overall with nine homers, 42 RBIs, 41 runs and seven stolen bases.
Player to watch: Miguel Tejada - The O's shortstop could be placed on the disabled list with a nondisplaced fracture in his left wrist, a move that would end his consecutive games streak at 1,152. Tejada's hitting .350 over the last week and .306 overall with seven homers and 41 RBIs. He's the 10th-ranked fantasy shortstop according to ESPN.com's player rater.
On the mound: Jeremy Guthrie - He turned in another brilliant outing against the Padres, allowing one earned run in eight innings while striking out nine. Guthrie has been the eighth-best fantasy pitcher over the last month. Overall, he's 4-1 with a 2.42 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 10 starts.
Diamondbacks // Standing out: Eric Byrnes - The former Oriole went 8-for-15 with a home run, four RBIs, four runs and two stolen bases in Arizona's three-game series against the Devil Rays. Overall, Byrnes is hitting .318 with 11 homers, 39 RBIs, 44 runs and 14 stolen bases.
Player to watch: Conor Jackson - He hasn't taken the next step that some predicted before the 2007 season. Jackson hit .291 with 15 homers and 79 RBIs in '06, his first full season in the majors. This year, he's batting .267 with five homers and 25 RBIs.
On the mound: Jose Valverde - Arizona's closer has been very productive this season with 23 saves and a 3.00 ERA. He's struck out 34 batters in 30 innings. Last year, Valverde was extremely inconsistent, saving 18 games with a 5.84 ERA.