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Box Score Bits: Hafner remains hot

6/16/2010

&#8226 Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner didn't do much hitting the first two months of this season, but his home run against the New York Mets on Tuesday was his fourth in the past six days. We may never see Hafner hit at an MVP level again, but with a .326 batting average in home games and renewed power, mixed league owners should become interested.

&#8226 Tribe teammate Justin Masterson regressed coming off his two-hit shutout of the Boston Red Sox last week, allowing 10 hits and seven runs Tuesday. Masterson entered the game allowing left-handers to hit .348, and lefty-hitting Ike Davis took advantage, swatting his eighth home run.

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&#8226 Detroit Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing six games with an oblique injury, smacking a pair of doubles among four hits. Ordonez raised his batting average to .324 and knocked in his 42nd run of the year in his 54th game. Last season, he totaled 50 RBIs in 131 games.

&#8226 Jeff Suppan returned to the St. Louis Cardinals and allowed one run in four effective innings Tuesday. He didn't win because he was pulled after 73 pitches, but it was still a big change from his 7.84 ERA with the Milwaukee Brewers. Suppan, next scheduled to face the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, is ownable in NL-only leagues.

&#8226 Texas Rangers left-hander C.J. Wilson continues to struggle with walks, but he allowed only two hits and two runs in six innings in a no-decision Tuesday at Florida. Wilson has issued 13 walks in his past three outings, covering 18 innings; he walked 24 hitters in his first 64 2/3 innings. If he continues to lose command, his 3.48 ERA is in jeopardy.

&#8226 Kansas City Royals infielder Mike Aviles stroked four singles in five at-bats Tuesday, knocking in four runs and scoring three times. Aviles, who entered the game with six RBIs in 34 games, is hitting .321. He remains available in more than 86 percent of ESPN standard leagues.