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Box Score Bits: Sanchez shuts down Cards

5/20/2010

&#8226 One of the two noteworthy Tampa Bay Rays to enter Wednesday's game in Yankee Stadium with nary a home run took care of that on the game's second pitch. Jason Bartlett is no longer homerless after hitting 14 home runs in 2009. That leaves Ben Zobrist as the lone everyday Ray without a home run, though he did contribute two hits, an RBI and his eighth steal.

&#8226 While Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez made news Wednesday for his apology and three-hit performance, right-hander Anibal Sanchez tossed seven shutout innings of four-hit ball in St. Louis, lowering his ERA to 3.28. Sanchez fanned eight. He's available in 98.9 percent of leagues.

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&#8226 The struggles continue for Milwaukee Brewers lefty Randy Wolf, as he allowed 10 hits, five walks and six runs in 6 1/3 messy innings in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Wolf, whose best career month easily has been May (20-10 record entering 2010), is now 1-3 this month with a 7.66 ERA.

&#8226 With four home runs in the past week, including a two-run shot off Scott Baker on Wednesday, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is among the major league home run leaders with eight. So much for being done. Ortiz is hitting .367 with six home runs and 15 RBIs in May. He's currently on ESPN's most-added list as well.

&#8226 Speaking of older folks trying to get going, Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones singled, doubled and knocked in two runs Wednesday, his first multi-hit game since May 5. Jones is obviously struggling, but note that he does lead the NL in walks, so at least he's seeing the ball well and helping out those in OPS leagues.

&#8226 Houston Astros infielder Jeff Keppinger stroked three hits and knocked in four runs Wednesday, raising his batting average to .283. With the news that teammate Kazuo Matsui had been abruptly released -- just two days ago after getting the dreaded vote of confidence -- Keppinger earns more job security. In deep leagues, he can help in batting average.