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Box Score Bits: Wolf solid, Aybar injured

6/15/2010

&#8226 Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf scattered three hits over seven innings Monday, beating the Los Angeles Angels for his fifth win. Wolf lowered his ERA to 5.06, which is still much higher than expected. Walks and home runs have been the culprits, but Wolf's strikeout potential makes him interesting if he can overcome those issues.

&#8226 Angels shortstop Erick Aybar left Monday's game with a hyperextended left knee after a Casey McGehee takeout slide. Aybar, the team's leadoff hitter and purveyor of 11 stolen bases and 41 runs scored, should miss playing time. Maicer Izturis replaced Aybar at shortstop, but this should guarantee more playing time for Kevin Frandsen at third base; he knocked in both Angels runs and is hitting .360.

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&#8226 St. Louis Cardinals outfielders Matt Holliday and Ryan Ludwick switched batting order spots Monday. Holliday registered two hits and two runs scored hitting second, while Ludwick homered and knocked in four runs in the cleanup spot. If Ludwick continues to protect Albert Pujols in the order, he'd likely knock in more runs, but score fewer.

&#8226 Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Shaun Marcum bounced back from consecutive losses by beating the San Diego Padres 6-3 on Monday. Marcum allowed two unearned runs in seven innings and lowered his WHIP to 1.10, fifth in the AL.

&#8226 Marcum's batterymate John Buck homered twice Monday, giving him 11 on the season, yet he's owned in a mere 21.5 percent of ESPN standard (10-team) mixed leagues. The home runs were Buck's first since June 1 and it's clear fantasy owners are skeptical he can continue his pace for 31 home runs and 93 RBIs.

&#8226 A catcher with more eyes on him is Baltimore Orioles sophomore Matt Wieters, who homered Monday for the first time since May 5. Wieters had knocked in just four runs in that span. Better times are likely ahead, though it is a bit odd that Wieters is owned in three times as many leagues as Toronto's Buck, with a fraction of the statistics.