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Box Score Bits: Wood unlucky again

7/19/2010

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar hit his first home run of the season Sunday, a second-inning grand slam off Brian Matusz that keyed a 10-1 victory. Escobar, batting second, also singled twice and knocked in five runs. He's hitting .462 for the Blue Jays and certainly remains talented enough to help fantasy teams.

Cincinnati Reds rookie Travis Wood remains winless after Sunday's 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies, but with a 2.03 ERA and 0.79 WHIP in four starts, it's not really his fault. Wood allowed only three hits in six innings, but a Chris Iannetta home run was enough to beat him. Wood is worth adding in most leagues.

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Don't wait much longer to add Chicago White Sox second/third baseman Gordon Beckham. With four hits Sunday, he raised his batting average to .237, which might not seem like much, but 10 days earlier his average was .205. It's not too late for Beckham to salvage his, and your, season.

Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Paul Maholm scattered three singles Sunday in shutting out the Houston Astros. It would be hard to recommend Maholm for standard leagues, as he's not going to win much or pile on the strikeouts, but let this be more evidence of the power of facing the Astros. This week, the Cubs and Reds get to enjoy the power.

Atlanta Braves utility man Omar Infante continues to hit, though fantasy owners don't seem interested. The All-Star -- yep, he sure was -- hit four singles Sunday, the sixth time in eight games Infante has multiple hits in a game. He's hitting .337, yet remains unowned in 84.3 percent of ESPN leagues.

Texas Rangers left-hander C.J. Wilson fanned 10 Boston Red Sox on Sunday in earning his eighth win of the season. Wilson leads the American League in walks, but he continues to overcome his wildness, with a 3.23 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. He's conspicuously available in 31.2 percent of ESPN leagues.