- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
• The New York Mets welcomed back Carlos Beltran (knee) from the DL, as he made his season debut Thursday against Tim Lincecum, contributing one of the team's six singles in a 2-0 shutout loss. Beltran was then caught stealing, but at least he tried. Look for Beltran to be rested periodically during the next few weeks. Teammate Jose Reyes was not in the lineup, nursing a sore oblique, but expects to play Friday.
• Two other NL outfielders with differing degrees of career success came off DL stints and were active Thursday. Rookie of the Year candidate Jason Heyward (thumb) batted second, was hitless in four at-bats and threw a runner out at third base, while Manny Ramirez (hamstring) was 0-for-3 as the cleanup hitter and committed an error in left field. Hey, at least they're back.
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• Texas Rangers catcher Bengie Molina swatted his first home run with his new team Thursday, a two-run shot to cap a six-run first inning in Fenway Park. Molina has only four home runs this season, but his move to the American League could key a resurgence, as he did hit 20 home runs last season.
• Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez, also struggling this season, smacked a pair of two-run doubles Thursday, giving him 13 RBIs in his past seven games. Ramirez was hitting .178 when the streak started, but now he's at .211, and wisely one of ESPN's most-added players.
• Atlanta Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens threw 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Thursday to win for the second time this season. Jurrjens, who allowed a Corey Hart first-inning home run and little else, had a 6.38 ERA when he came off the disabled list three starts ago; now his ERA is a more palatable 4.75. Buy low while you still can.
• Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham, arguably fantasy's biggest first-half bust, hit his fourth home run of the season in his first at-bat Thursday, and finished the night with two hits, two RBIs and a .221 batting average, his best since May 1. We've been recommending Beckham as a buy-low option for months, so hopefully this is for real.
Eric Karabell recaps the first night of action following the All-Star break, highlighted by the return of Carlos Beltran, Jason Heyward and Manny Ramirez.