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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Fantasy baseball: Two-start pitchers for Week 2

Let's take quick look at the two-start pitchers who are good plays -- fringe starters and fantasy backups who should make an impact this week.


-- Andy Pettitte, Yankees:
The 37-year-old will face the Angels' Ervin Santana on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, followed by a Sunday start against Rich Harden and the visiting Rangers.

-- Bronson Arroyo, Reds: The veteran who has won 15 games in each of the last two seasons will square off against the Marlins' Nate Robertson on the road on Tuesday, followed by a Sunday matchup against the host Pirates and Paul Maholm.

-- Justin Duchscherer, Athletics:
The 2008 fantasy surprise, who missed all of last season with an elbow injury, will throw Monday at Seattle and Ryan Rowland-Smith. Duchscherer will finish his week Saturday at home against the Orioles' Jeremy Guthrie.


-- Ervin Santana, Angels:
After a rocky first start, Santana will pitch against Pettitte and the host Yankees on Tuesday, then take the hill Sunday against the host Blue Jays and impressive youngster Ricky Romero.

-- Rich Harden, Rangers: In addition to his Sunday start at New York against Pettitte, Harden will throw at Progressive Field for the Tribe's home opener Monday, a game in which he'll face Fausto Carmona.

-- Brian Matusz, Orioles:
The 22-year-old who didn't allow a run in his first start likely won't fare as well this week, when he gets the call Tuesday at home against the Rays' Jeff Niemann, followed by a road start against Brett Anderson and the A's.


These pitchers have one favorable matchup, along with a difficult one: Carl Pavano, Twins (vs. Red Sox, Jon Lester, Monday; vs. Royals, Luke Hochevar, Sunday); Barry Zito, Giants (vs. Pirates, Ross Ohlendorf, Monday; at Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw, Sunday); Johnny Cueto, Reds (at Marlins, Ricky Nolasco, Monday; at Pirates, Ross Ohlendorf, Saturday); Ricky Romero, Blue Jays (vs. White Sox, Gavin Floyd, Tuesday; vs. Angels, Ervin Santana, Sunday).

-- If you're looking for a complete list of pitching matchups for the week, ESPN's Fantasy Forecaster is useful. ... Want more updates? Follow me on Twitter.

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