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Sunday, August 10, 2014 - TV schedule

12:35 p.m. - Boston at Cincinnati (MLB Network)
7:05 p.m. - N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore (ESPN)


-- Each day we'll provide a look at MLB cities with outdoor venues which have a 30 percent or more chance of precipitation. It's rather risky to insert guys into your Daily Fantasy lineup in games with a good chance of delay or postponement.

There is a 20 percent or less chance of precipitation at all Major League Baseball outdoor venues Wednesday, so enjoy the precipitation-free day! And only one venue, AT&T Park in San Francisco calls for winds over 10 mph.

BIG-TICKET ITEM (Salaries $10,000 and Above)

Kyle Lohse, SP, Milwaukee ($15200 at CHC): Lohse will toe the slab Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs. Lohse is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in two outings and a complete start against the Cubs while allowing just three runs over 16 innings with a .179 opponent batting average. Since the start of the 2011 season, Lohse is 6-2 with a 3.54 ERA in 12 starts against the Cubs.

Vidal Nuno, SP, Arizona/Josh Tomlin, SP, Cleveland ($11800 at CLE, $11550 vs ARI - Game 2): Keep an eye on the opening game of Wednesday's interleague doubleheader. Over history, approximately 26 percent of doubleheaders have resulted in a sweep, so keep an eye on the results of Game 1. If Cleveland wins the opener, take Nuno in the nightcap, and vice versa.

Chris Tillman, SP, Baltimore ($13000 vs NYY): Tillman has been dominant against the New York Yankees, going 1-1 with a 1.98 ERA in 13 2/3 innings. And the fact that he is opposed by SP Michael Pineda (back), who makes his first start since April 23. It's a favorable spot for Tillman against a pitcher who is likely to be working with restrictions.

MID-LEVEL VALUES (Salaries between $7,500 and $9,999)

If you spend big up top, you’re going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the bargain bin:

Coco Crisp, OF, Oakland ($8850 at KC): Crisp has struggled over the past month, going just 7-for-53 (.132) over the past 15 games, dropping his average from .292 to .264 since July 18, and he hasn't had a multi-hit game in 16 outings. So why suggest him? Well, Crisp could break out against Kansas City Royals LHP Jason Vargas. He is 14-for-43 (.326) with two doubles, two homers, five RBI and an .895 OPS in his career against the veteran southpaw.

Daniel Murphy, 1B-2B, N.Y. Mets ($9450 vs WAS): Murphy has been on fire for the past three weeks, going 30-for-72 (.417) with seven doubles, one triple, two homers and 12 RBI over the past 17 games. He could stay hot against Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann, as Murphy is 16-for-44 (.364) with five doubles, three homers, eight RBI and a 1.060 OPS against the starters for the Nats.

Josh Harrison, 3B-OF, Pittsburgh ($8950 at DET): Harrison has shown no signs of cooling off, and now he'll face minor-league recall SP Buck Farmer, who is fresh up from Double-A Erie to make this start in place of the injured Anibal Sanchez. Harrison has been abusing major-league caliber pitchers, he should continue to scald the ball against Farmer. Since July 26, Harrison is 30-for-67 (.448) with eight doubles, two triples, five homers and seven RBI over the past 16 games, raising his average from .286 to .318. At a mid-level price, he is an outrageous value.

THE BARGAIN BIN (Salaries less than $7,500)

Caleb Joseph, C, Baltimore ($6300 vs NYY): Joseph's streak of five straight games with a homer ended Sunday, but he has still hit safely in each of his past seven games. And over the past nine outings, he has multi-hit efforts in four games while posting a total of nine RBI. This is highly irregularly, as he isn't a backstop with a tremendous offensive skills generally, but strike while the iron is hot and his salary remains very low.

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