- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
• Atlanta Braves left-hander Mike Minor outdueled Tim Lincecum Thursday, allowing four hits and striking out nine in six shutout innings. Minor lowered his ERA to 4.26. This was Minor's best outing of the season, but don't get too excited; his season WHIP is 1.52. Fellow rookie Randall Delgado threw six no-hit innings two nights prior. Simply put, use all starting pitchers against the San Francisco Giants.
• Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann tossed 5 2/3 innings of shutout baseball Thursday, winning for the eighth time and lowering his ERA to 3.11. It's been a positive comeback season for Zimmermann (elbow), but get ready to move on: He's on an innings limit of roughly 160, and might get only one more start.
• Boston Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie started again at third base Thursday, getting a hit in four at-bats, and should continue playing with Kevin Youkilis (back) on the disabled list. However, Lowrie is hitting .161 in August after hitting .111 in June and missing all of July. Lowrie hasn't hit in months, so leave him on free agency.
• Meanwhile, Red Sox catching prospect Ryan Lavarnway was promoted to the big leagues Thursday and started at designated hitter for injured David Ortiz, going hitless in four at-bats. Lavarnway, as profiled by colleague Jason Grey this week, can certainly hit, but he's best avoided in standard leagues. He was slumping in the minors, and there's no indication he'll get regular playing time.
• Chicago White Sox right-hander Philip Humber left Thursday's outing in the second inning after taking a line drive to the head. Humber might not make his next start, but perhaps that helps fantasy owners; Humber hasn't won or delivered a quality start since July 2, with an ERA of 7.17. Move on.
• San Diego Padres right-hander Tim Stauffer stymied the Florida Marlins over seven innings Thursday, allowing one run on five hits. Stauffer was coming off a nine-run outing in Cincinnati, in which he permitted five home runs. With a 2.64 ERA at home, you can always use Stauffer there.