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Box Score Bits: Jurrjens strong in return

7/1/2010

&#8226 Atlanta Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens made a successful return from the disabled list Wednesday, allowing one run in five innings and striking out six to earn his first victory. This is a pitcher with a career 3.38 ERA, and he's still available in more than half of ESPN's standard leagues.

&#8226 Seattle Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders hit two of his team's four home runs in Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, giving him seven on the season in 106 at-bats, a strong rate. Of course, the 23-year-old isn't taking walks, isn't stealing bases and isn't likely to hit for a high batting average, but he is flashing power.

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&#8226 Houston Astros third baseman Chris Johnson had four hits and a pair of RBIs Wednesday, raising his batting average to .333 with 51 at-bats. It was Johnson's second four-hit game in a week. Plate discipline will likely hold Johnson back -- he's walked once -- but he does possess power and a regular gig.

&#8226 Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones homered Wednesday for the fifth time in 10 games. With his sixth multihit effort in 10 games, Jones has raised his average from .252 to .274; he's also knocked in 12 runs in that span and scored 10. Remember, Jones was hitting .344 with 11 home runs through May last season, so this streak might last awhile.

&#8226 Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Brad Lincoln scattered four hits in seven shutout innings against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, earning his first major league win. Lincoln has made five starts, and this was easily his best, fanning six after registering eight whiffs his first 24 innings. He's not mixed-league worthy yet, but keep an eye out.

&#8226 Minnesota Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey shut down the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, allowing one run in six innings. Slowey had allowed 17 runs in his past three outings, covering 13 1/3 innings, so this is a nice change. He's available in 45 percent of leagues, and note his career second-half ERA is 3.59, as compared to 4.80 in the first half.