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Box Score Bits: Hudson impresses again

6/29/2010

Atlanta Braves right-hander Tim Hudson, the other pitcher in the Stephen Strasburg game Monday, hurled another gem, tossing seven shutout innings to win for the eighth time. Hudson continues to rely on an extreme ground-ball rate -- he induced 15 of them against three fly balls against the Nats -- so he doesn't need to overpower hitters.

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley made a relatively triumphant return from the disabled list Monday, allowing the Giants two runs in six innings in a no-decision. Billingsley's road ERA rose a bit, but if he can do something about his odd 5.48 home ERA, fantasy owners will have a wise buy-low option.

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Cleveland Indians right-handers Jake Westbrook and Kerry Wood were strong Monday; Westbrook won for the fifth time and Wood registered his seventh save. Each would have their stock buoyed with a trade. Westbrook allowed one run in six innings, while Wood saved games on consecutive days for the first time this season.

Colorado Rockies catcher Miguel Olivo has been the top option at his position on the ESPN Player Rater for more than a month, yet he remains unowned in nearly a third of ESPN standard leagues. On Monday, Olivo homered, doubled and knocked in four runs. He's hitting .303 and is nearly on pace for a 30-homer, 100-RBI season. What more does he need to do to become more popular?

Detroit Tigers outfielder Ryan Raburn continues to thrive against left-handed pitching. Raburn singled twice and knocked in two runs Monday, his fourth multihit game in his past five starts. Raburn, who hit 16 home runs in 2009, is a wise spot play in daily leagues when facing a southpaw.

Chicago White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin provided his team's lone run Monday, swatting his 13th home run. He has five homers in the past seven games. Quentin, one of the most added players in ESPN leagues, is hitting .233, but his OPS is over 1.000 in June, and he's a smart add while he's playing this well.