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Bits: Garza no-hitter, Haren injured

7/27/2010

Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Matt Garza threw a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers on Monday, the first in franchise history. Garza, a 14th-round pick in ESPN average live drafts who is owned in every league, had allowed four home runs in his previous outing. However, this makeshift Tigers lineup was overwhelmed. Garza issued one walk but faced the minimum 27 hitters.

Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer matched Garza with five hitless innings, then allowed a Matt Joyce grand slam after a few walks and a catcher's interference. Scherzer fanned eight Rays in 5 2/3 innings but walked four. The last time Scherzer (owned in 86.8 percent of leagues) allowed more hits than innings in a start was eight outings ago. Buy low.

Dan Haren made his Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim debut, leaving prematurely in the fifth inning when struck on the right forearm by a Kevin Youkilis line drive. Haren allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings on seven hits and struck out eight while throwing 62 pitches. He will be evaluated Tuesday but isn't expected to miss time.

The Minnesota Twins exploded for 19 runs against the Kansas City Royals, lighting up defending Cy Young award winner Zack Greinke for eight runs in four innings. Danny Valencia smacked a first inning grand slam, and later hit two doubles. Joe Mauer delivered five hits and knocked in seven runs. Valencia is the one hitting .376 and available in virtually every standard league.

Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters homered twice, giving him eight on the season. It was only the second game for Wieters since coming off the DL with a pulled hamstring, and he's down to 44.3 percent owned in standard leagues. No, he's not Buster Posey, Carlos Santana or Mauer, but Wieters remains a top-10 catcher.

Philadelphia Phillies closer Brad Lidge saved Monday's game but needed 34 pitches and allowed five base runners and two runs, a day after he loaded the bases and needed 30 pitches to close the door. Don't expect Lidge to be available Tuesday, but he will have a long leash this summer. It will take a lot for Ryan Madson to get a chance at saves.