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Manager Joe Torre basically said that he'd play whoever he believes is going to give him the best chance to win. In the Blue's past two games, Gibbons started, while the disappointing Matt Kemp rode the pine.
Gibbons, who last played in the majors in 2007, has taken a long road to get back. He's 4-for-9 with a homer and four RBIs since his call-up this past weekend. Just a handful of years ago, at least a few evaluators thought he might be a future batting champ.
But let's be realistic. Gibbons, 32, may have more left in the tank than folks realize, but he's unlikely to become a regular. Kemp isn't in danger of becoming a reserve any time soon, Torre noted. If Manny Ramirez (calf) ever returns, that only complicates matters further.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Pass
The Astros handed Matt Lindstrom (back) a couple of days off, beginning yesterday, to clear his head and, especially, give his back some relief. His two recent blowups pointed to potential issues. Skipper Bradley Mills alluded to the possibility that they'll need to address the righty's back further, in a medical fashion. It doesn't sound serious, but back injuries are unpredictable.
Lyon is clearly next in line. That's even after his ERA jumped 77 points because he walked three, surrendered two runs and left three ducks on the pond so that Jeff Fulchino could serve up a salami meatball to the Atlanta Braves' Brian McCann yesterday. Lyon has two saves in three chances this year and has done the job before. How desperate are you?
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Watch
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570. Follow @NicholasMinnix
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