Box Score Bits: Haren falters, Kubel slams 

May, 17, 2010

&#8226 Arizona Diamondbacks ace Dan Haren was torched for seven runs, six of them earned, in 4 1/3 messy innings of a Sunday loss to the Atlanta Braves. Haren's ERA sits at 4.83, well above what fantasy owners have come to expect from the regarded first-half stalwart. Could it be Haren is ready to carry fantasy owners after the All-Star break this season?

&#8226 Minnesota Twins outfielder Jason Kubel is having a terrible season and is owned in barely half of ESPN's leagues, but maybe his go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning off Mariano Rivera on Sunday at Yankee Stadium will change his fortunes. Kubel hit .300 with 103 RBIs last season, but he's at .224 with 15 RBIs today.