Bits: Don't sleep on Alex Rodriguez


New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez singled and scored a run in four at-bats Monday, doing so as the cleanup hitter. Rodriguez, who missed six weeks with a broken left hand, remains available in quite a few leagues but should be active in all formats. He was a top-10 third baseman at the time of the injury.

Atlanta Braves right-hander Kris Medlen continues to toy with hitters; he went the distance Monday, allowing one unearned run on five hits, walking none and fanning 12. Medlen hasn't permitted an earned run in more than 36 innings. He's owned in nearly all leagues but is earning top-10 starting pitcher consideration for 2013 as well.

In other Braves news, Martin Prado had two hits and knocked in his 64th run Monday, doing so as the second baseman. Prado could add more eligibility this season and perhaps for 2013 as well, which would be important for his value. As for the benched Dan Uggla, hitting .208 with 17 home runs and still owned in 95 percent of leagues, don't cut him yet but keep expectations low.

Leading off and playing right field again for the Kansas City Royals Monday was 26-year-old speedster David Lough. He's certainly not near the level of top prospect Wil Myers, but Lough singled and stole a base Monday, after doing a lot of each at Triple-A Omaha. If he keeps playing, and who knows what the Royals are thinking, Lough should keep running for those in deeper leagues.

Monday was a day of firsts for Philadelphia Phillies right-handers Tyler Cloyd and Phillippe Aumont. Cloyd beat the Cincinnati Reds with seven innings of one-run work, fanning nine for his first win. Cloyd, who was 15-1 in the minors, doesn't throw hard or figure to pile on the strikeouts. Aumont earned his first save. He's no threat to a healthy Jonathan Papelbon, but Aumont is a strikeout (and walks) pitcher who saved 15 games at Triple-A this season.

In other closer news, Cleveland Indians right-hander Vinnie Pestano earned his second consecutive save Monday but did so while incumbent ninth-inning option Chris Perez was away from the team. Perez remains the closer, though by every reasonable standard Pestano is a better pitcher. The Tribe could give Pestano more chances and move on from Perez this winter, but as of now that's premature.