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Vazquez offers reminder of upside

6/2/2010

New York Yankees right-hander Javier Vazquez entered Tuesday's start against the Baltimore Orioles with a 6.86 ERA, and available in nearly 40 percent of ESPN leagues, quite a change since he was a seventh-round pick in ESPN average live drafts. Vazquez tossed seven innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and one walk, fanning seven. If he's available in your league, remember how great the upside here remains.

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is owned in considerably more leagues, but his owners are also concerned. Howard entered Tuesday on pace for only 26 home runs, and had homered once in 13 games. Howard connected for a two-run shot off Tim Hudson. Howard, like most struggling Phillies, should be fine.

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Detroit Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman tossed eight strong innings against the Cleveland Indians, his fifth consecutive quality start. Bonderman was outdueled by Jake Westbrook, but with an ERA of 3.72 and a 1.24 WHIP, he's more ownable in mixed leagues.

Chicago Cubs outfielder Xavier Nady, starting at first base Tuesday, went 4-for-4 and accounted for his team's runs with a two-run home run. The Cubs say Nady, recovering from elbow surgery, is ready for more playing time but expect it to come in the outfield, not at the expense of Derrek Lee. Regardless, Nady has power.

Houston Astros right-hander Brett Myers fanned 10 Washington Nationals in seven innings, with only one of the four runs he allowed being earned. Myers left with a lead his bullpen couldn't hold, but it continues a relatively ignored strong season. Myers lowered his ERA to 3.04; he is owned in 4.8 percent of leagues.

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Fred Lewis homered among his three hits Tuesday, his fifth multihit game in 10 days, and he raised his batting average to .305. Lewis has been quite a find as the team's leadoff hitter, and he's on his way to double digits in homers and stolen bases.