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Bits: Tulowitzki scorching in September

9/16/2010

Nobody is hotter than Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who smacked a pair of home runs and knocked in seven runs Wednesday. Tulowitzki has 11 home runs and 27 RBIs in 15 September games. It might be too late for a run at NL MVP, but Tulowitzki is going to get top-20 consideration in 2011 drafts.

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Dan Johnson hit a pair of two-run home runs to key the win over the New York Yankees Wednesday. Johnson, the International League MVP this season with 30 home runs and 95 RBIs in 98 games, can help those in AL-only leagues, especially if the scoring system favors walks.

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek made his major league debut with six innings of three-run ball Wednesday, striking out five Baltimore Orioles. Drabek, who was 14-9 with a 2.94 ERA at Double-A New Hampshire, is likely to get a few more starts this season, but fantasy owners are better off choosing safe options.

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Orlando Cabrera hit three doubles and scored three runs Wednesday, raising his batting average to .271, his best since May. Cabrera missed nearly all of August with an oblique strain, but in eight games since coming off the disabled list he's 14-for-32 (.438) with eight runs scored. Cabrera is owned in only 18 percent of ESPN standard mixed leagues.

Chicago Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano outdueled Chris Carpenter on Wednesday to win for the sixth time in seven starts. In that time, Zambrano has allowed seven earned runs and lowered his ERA from 5.46 to 3.75. He's owned in 56 percent of leagues. With a home game against the San Francisco Giants up next, it's time to trust Zambrano again.

Texas Rangers outfielder David Murphy hit his 11th home run, knocked in four runs and stole his 13th base in Wednesday's slugfest against the Detroit Tigers. Hitting in Josh Hamilton's No. 3 lineup spot, Murphy continued his fine play. Murphy entered Wednesday hitting .391 in September, and there's no telling when Hamilton returns to the lineup.