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Doumit, Pierzynski continue to overachieve

9/11/2012

San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin homered among his three hits Monday and scored three runs. It has been a disappointing season for Maybin, who is 65th among outfielders on the Player Rater and owned in roughly 40 percent of ESPN standard leagues. Still, despite hitting .245 this season, Maybin is batting .304 since the All-Star break, and he does steal bases.

St. Louis Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia was no match for the resurgent Padres on Monday, allowing seven hits, three walks and four runs in three messy innings. Garcia entered Petco Park with extreme home/road splits (3.10 home ERA, 5.80 road), which didn't figure to be a factor in a huge ballpark, but they were. Avoid Garcia later in the week in Los Angeles.

Oakland Athletics right-hander Jarrod Parker also pitches better in home games, but in Los Angeles Monday, he allowed just three hits and a run in seven strong innings, lowering his ERA to 3.56. Parker, featuring a 2.48 ERA at home and (after Monday) a 4.95 ERA on the road, overcame the trend Monday by throwing 70 percent fastballs, and averaging 93.3 mph, his second-highest rate of the season. Parker isn't running out of gas, and he's worth using this weekend at home against the Orioles.

Minnesota Twins catcher/outfielder Ryan Doumit smacked his 16th home run of the season Monday, continuing a solid campaign that has him seventh among all catchers on the Player Rater, ahead of Matt Wieters, Carlos Santana and Brian McCann. Doumit also played his 20th game in the outfield, triggering added eligibility for 2013. Of course, it's better to use Doumit at catcher, but versatility always helps.

• The No. 4 catcher on the Rater is Chicago White Sox veteran A.J. Pierzynski, who blasted his 26th home run against the Detroit Tigers on Monday. Pierzynski's previous season-best was 18. Not only does he surprisingly lead all catchers in home runs, but the only other player 35 or older to smack 25 home runs while playing catcher is Carlton Fisk.

Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick won again Monday, holding the Miami Marlins to two hits and a run in seven strong innings. Kendrick has won five of six starts and allowed no more than two runs in that stretch, boasting a 1.48 ERA in that span. Kendrick remains available in more than half of ESPN's standard leagues.