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Box Score Bits: Strasburg, Stanton impress

6/9/2010

&#8226 Game 1 of the Stephen Strasburg era was successful, as the young right-hander fanned 14 Pittsburgh Pirates in seven innings Tuesday, walking nobody and earning his first win. Strasburg needed only 94 pitches to get 21 outs, also pretty impressive. Next up for Strasburg is another offensively challenged team, the Cleveland Indians.

&#8226 Meanwhile, Game 1 of the Mike Stanton era went well, as the 20-year-old right fielder singled three times against the Philadelphia Phillies, and scored twice. Stanton hit seventh in the order, but if he can translate his immense minor league power to the majors, he'll move up. As of 9 a.m. ET Wednesday, Stanton was owned in 71 percent of ESPN standard (10-team) mixed leagues.

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&#8226 In more veteran news, Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Jeff Niemann, in his second full season, tossed a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Niemann extended his unbeaten record to 6-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.48, fifth in the AL; he's third in WHIP at 1.01.

&#8226 San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain threw his own seven-hit shutout in Cincinnati, fanning five and lowering his ERA to 2.11, sixth in the NL. Alas, since Cain doesn't generally get close to the run support Niemann does, he's 5-4. Like Niemann, he's third in his league with a 1.00 WHIP.

&#8226 Giants outfielder Pat Burrell -- well, he'll become outfield-eligible in most fantasy leagues in about a week -- delivered his second consecutive two-hit game Tuesday. Burrell, released earlier this season by the Rays, signed a minor league deal with the Giants and was promoted from Triple-A Fresno on Friday; he is 5-for-12 as a Giant with a pair of doubles. He's available in 99.8 percent of ESPN mixed leagues.

&#8226 Detroit Tigers second baseman Carlos Guillen hit his third home run of the season Tuesday, singled twice and raised his batting average to .290. Of equal importance to some in fantasy circles was the fact that Guillen played his 10th game at second base, triggering added eligibility in most leagues.