Bits: Dan Hudson impressive in NL debut


Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Daniel Hudson tossed eight innings of one-run ball at Citi Field on Sunday in his National League debut. Hudson allowed three hits and one walk; in three starts for the Chicago White Sox this season, he permitted 17 hits and 13 walks in only 15 2/3 innings. Sunday's performance was more in line with his minor league numbers. Buy low.

Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon -- he should be eligible there this week -- homered for the second time in three days Sunday, and now sports a seven-game hitting streak. Gordon, 26, hit .315 with power at Triple-A Omaha this season, and certainly has upside. If he keeps hitting, he'll force himself into mixed-league consideration.

Tampa Bay Rays right-hander James Shields fanned 11 New York Yankees in 7 1/3 shutout innings Sunday, winning for the third consecutive start. Shields has frustrated his fantasy owners with a high ERA (4.54) and WHIP (1.33), but nobody can complain about the strikeouts. With a career-best rate, Shields is on pace for 207 whiffs!

Oakland Athletics left-hander Gio Gonzalez didn't win Sunday, because Gavin Floyd was terrific, as he has been for two months, but Gonzalez did fan 11 Chicago White Sox in eight innings. Gonzalez remains available in more than 80 percent of ESPN standard leagues, despite strong peripherals, a pace for 174 strikeouts and no month featuring an ERA worse than 4.08.

After playing Triple-A ball for three other organizations, Houston Astros first baseman Brett Wallace notched his first big league hit Sunday, a fifth-inning single to center field. Wallace, 23, became the team's everyday first baseman when Lance Berkman was traded to the New York Yankees on Saturday. It's premature to call Wallace mixed-league worthy, but he is someone who should hit for average and power soon.

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre tried a new look with his lineup Sunday night, hitting newcomers Scott Podsednik and Ryan Theriot 1-2, and shortstop Rafael Furcal third. In more than 1,300 career games, Furcal had never started a game hitting third. The top three Dodgers hitters went 1-for-11. Don't expect to see this look regularly.