Box Score Bits: Lee, Reyes heating up


&#8226 Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee homered, doubled and knocked in all of his team's runs in a 3-0 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. Lee raised his batting average to .231, still well below career numbers, but hopefully this is a positive harbinger. It's worth noting that historically Lee's best batting average month is June (.317).

&#8226 New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes appears to be rounding into form, as he delivered three hits and scored three runs in Tuesday's win against the Philadelphia Phillies. It was his fourth multihit outing in five games, and the second time this season Reyes had stolen multiple bases in one game.

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&#8226 Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis hit his third home run of the season Tuesday, while also walking twice and scoring twice. Put simply, Markakis needs to do quite a bit more in the power department to be a top-100 fantasy option; even after Tuesday, he's on pace for a pedestrian 11 home runs and 53 RBIs.

&#8226 Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf tossed seven shutout innings against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, allowing four singles. What remains to be seen is whether Wolf, who brought a 5.10 ERA into the game, can control other offenses. In 10 starts, Wolf has allowed four or more runs six times. Incidentally, next up to face the awful Astros is emerging lefty Chris Narveson on Wednesday.

&#8226 Oakland Athletics left-hander Dallas Braden threw four innings Tuesday in Baltimore and allowed one unearned run, but was removed after 62 pitches for what manager Bob Geren called a sore ankle. Follow this situation to see if Braden, who has a 3.00 ERA in three starts since his perfect game, needs to miss a start.

&#8226 Cleveland Indians right-hander Mitch Talbot got back on track Tuesday, tossing seven innings of two-run ball against the free-swinging Chicago White Sox. In one stretch, Talbot registered eight outs on a total of 13 pitches, and threw a season-low 77 overall. Despite the occasional rough outing this season, he remains ownable in deeper formats.