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Box Score Bits: Suzuki enjoys Fenway

6/4/2010

&#8226 Detroit Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello couldn't sustain the magic Armando Galarraga delivered a day earlier. Porcello was given a 5-1 lead Thursday, but allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. His ERA sits at 5.25, and he's showing few signs of improvement.

&#8226 Oakland Athletics catcher Kurt Suzuki really enjoyed his trip to Fenway Park, as he delivered two hits in each of the three games, and Thursday those hits were home runs. Suzuki raised his batting average 21 points in the series, and despite a DL stint he's among the league's top power-hitting catchers, though owned in 35 percent of leagues.

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&#8226 The news wasn't so good for Athletics starting pitcher Brett Anderson, who left after two innings in Boston with more left elbow soreness, which he says feels similar to what landed him on the DL in late April. Anderson will likely head back to the DL, and those in one-year leagues might not want to wait another month or more for his return.

&#8226 Risky closers Matt Capps of the Washington Nationals and Matt Lindstrom of the Houston Astros each blew their third save of the season in Thursday's matchup, though Lindstrom earned the win. Capps allowed three unearned runs, so his ERA actually dropped, but don't be fooled: He's given up runs in six of eight appearances, and 16 hits in 6 1/3 innings in that span. Drew Storen is closing in on an opportunity for saves.

&#8226 Milwaukee Brewers lefty Chris Capuano made his first major league start Thursday since 2007, allowing the Florida Marlins seven hits and three runs in 3 2/3 innings. Capuano thrived in the minor leagues earlier this season and remains someone to watch in NL-only formats. Remember, he won 29 games and averaged 175 strikeouts in 2005-06.

&#8226 Seattle Mariners third baseman Jose Lopez smacked a three-run home run off Carl Pavano, the third time in seven games Lopez has homered. In his first 45 games, Lopez homered once. It's worth noting Lopez, who hit 25 home runs in 2009, has hit nearly a quarter of his career home runs in September.