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Before we collect some notes from the Sunday sandlot, here's the requested look-ahead to Tuesday's action. No, you won't be able to pick up the top names on this list, but given the wide variety of league specs out there, I can't be sure where the universal names stop and the available options begin. Thus, we forge ahead and rank everybody, and you're free to use it how you like. Assume a 5x5 format as always.

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Tuesday's Pitching Form

  1. Tim Lincecum (vs. COL): You know what to do.
  2. Cole Hamels (vs. ATL): He's dominated the Braves all year.
  3. Cliff Lee (at BOS): His first turn against Sox this year.
  4. Johan Santana (vs. CHC): Quietly starting to dominate again.
  5. Chad Billingsley (vs. SD): What an ace should look like.
  6. Jake Peavy (at LAD): Stork duty settled, he might go twice this week.
  7. Rich Harden (at NYM): Electric stuff but hard to anticipate workload.
  8. James Shields (at BAL): Good opponent matchup, but he struggles on road.
  9. Jered Weaver (at SEA): Up against AL's second-worst offense.
  10. Dave Bush (vs. PIT): Does his best work at home.
  11. Edinson Volquez (at HOU): Command spotty in second half.
  12. Javier Vazquez (at MIN): Good luck with this matrix.
  13. Randy Johnson (at STL): He's been a rock most of second half.
  14. Mike Mussina (at TOR): Karma seems in place for 20.
  15. Zack Greinke (at DET): Solid history at Comerica.
  16. Scott Baker (vs. CHW): I'll be targeting him next spring.
  17. Ubaldo Jimenez (at SF): Would be higher if not opposite Lincecum.
  18. Wandy Rodriguez (vs. CIN): Home specialist but off an oblique injury.
  19. Kyle Lohse (vs. ARI): Needs perfect location to succeed.
  20. Jesse Litsch (vs. NYY): Beating Mussina no easy task.
  21. Tim Wakefield (vs. CLE): Knuckball, she is fickle.
  22. Scott Olsen (at WAS): Messy road numbers scare me away.
  23. Mike Hampton (at PHI): A heavy underdog against Hamels.
  24. Dustin Nippert (vs. OAK): Arlington can bite you.
  25. Freddy Garcia (vs. KC): Nice story, but don't invest.
  26. Josh Outman (at TEX): Can't trust him at this keg-tapper.
  27. Garrett Olson (vs. TB): Too early in the week to reach this deep.
  28. Shairon Martis (vs. FLA): Worm turned in last start.
  29. Jeff Karstens (at MIL): Not in the trustable file yet.
  30. Mitch Talbot (at BAL): First major league turn.
  31. Alfredo Simon (vs. TB): His comment is on back order.
  32. Ryan Feierabend (vs. LAA): Fill in your own slam here.

Now that our racing form is all marked up, let's have a look back at the Sunday news and notes:

Joe Torre seems to be leaving the door open to Takashi Saito possibly closing again this year. Jonathan Broxton hasn't done anything to lose the post, mind you, converting 14 of 16 chances since Saito got hurt, but Torre is known for his preference to rely on veterans. "I think [Saito's] more emotionally equipped for that because he's done it," Torre told the team's official site. "That's been his primarily role. I'm comfortable with Brox, but again, once Saito gets there, we have a little more length. Brox, I think, has done a fine job in the closer's spot."

Saito, as it turns out, had the win Saturday and then took the loss Sunday; Broxton hasn't allowed an earned run since Aug. 24. At the end of the day I would still use Broxton this week if I had to make a roster choice between the two, but only Torre has a say in who gets the ball in the ninth inning. Tread carefully.

Oakland's zero twins, Brad Ziegler and Joey Devine, switched roles on Sunday; Ziegler worked in the eighth inning with the game tied (ultimately getting a win), while Devine closed up shop and got the save. As great as Ziegler has been this year, Devine's pedigree and stuff would be a better long-term fit to the closing role.

Speed Round: David Price starts at Baltimore Monday, so fire up the DVR and have a look at the next big thing . . . John Lackey put in a statement start at Texas, striking out 12 over six scoreless innings . . . Hank Blalock continues to mash; he went 6-for-8 on the weekend with a homer and four extra-base hits. He's out there in some mixers, I've seen it . . . Michael Bourn may not be a long-term investment or an impressive real-life ballplayer, but he's been a stat-grabber of late. He's hitting .271 in September with six steals, and he's scored a run in nine of his last 12 starts . . . Don't shy away from Troy Tulowitzki's price tag next spring; he's ripped the ball at a .317 clip since he came off the DL two months ago, and Clint Hurdle has him back in the No. 2 spot, a gold mine when you play half of your games at Coors Field.

Injury laps: Chipper Jones (shoulder) is no sure thing to play regularly this week, in part because it's especially painful for him to bat right-handed at the moment and the Braves face two lefties to open the Philadelphia series . . . Matt Holliday (back) hasn't played the last two game and is day-to-day . . . Joe Saunders (kidney stone) isn't likely to pitch until next weekend . . . Adam LaRoche left Sunday's game in the eighth inning with a sore hamstring. "We'll see how he is Tuesday," John Russell told the team's official site . . . Michael Young has a sore wrist and didn't play the last two days . . . Jay Bruce (wrist) was rested Sunday. X-rays on the wrist came back negative . . . Pablo Sandoval is dealing with a sore quadriceps, though he was able to pinch hit Sunday . . . Lyle Overbay left Sunday's game early with what Cito Gaston described as a "sore hand" that's "a little weak." That's enough to steer me away from Overbay in a mixer this week . . . Chris Iannetta left Sunday's game with cramps in both legs, but the Rocky Mountain News says he's expected to play Tuesday.

There wasn't a save to grab for Mariano Rivera at the end of Sunday night's win over Baltimore - the Yankees held a four-run lead - but it's fitting that Mo turned off the lights as Yankee Stadium closed up shop. Let's give him the same honor here and doff our caps; the classy Rivera is in the midst of arguably his best season ever, and The Stadium endured as one of the legitimate goose-bump cathedrals of sport. Our one and only handshake of the night goes out to The Bronx.

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