Box Score Bits: Porcello, Vazquez shine


• Struggling pitchers Rick Porcello and Javier Vazquez met Wednesday, having allowed 50 earned runs in 53 innings. Then each fantasy disappointment turned in his best game of the season. Porcello tossed seven shutout innings and won, while Vazquez fanned seven in seven innings, allowing two runs. Buy low on both pitchers before it's too late.

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey shut out the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 on Wednesday, needing only 90 pitches. He followed in the footsteps of teammate Johnny Cueto, who tossed a one-hitter Tuesday. Bailey entered Wednesday winless in six starts, with a 7.24 ERA. Also, while he was 8-5 in 2009, he was 4-0 against the Pirates. Fantasy owners should use Bailey ... only against the Pirates.

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Colorado Rockies catcher Miguel Olivo finished off a 5-for-5 performance Wednesday with a walk-off home run against the Philadelphia Phillies. He's the third player to do this since 1900. Olivo, who raised his batting average to .274, had been in a 2-for-28 slump and was on ESPN's most dropped list. He won't be on that list for long.

Atlanta Braves rookie Jason Heyward seems to enjoy the No. 3 lineup spot, as he's 3-for-7 in two games with two RBIs, two walks and six runs scored. Heyward also stole a base Wednesday for the second consecutive game. Heyward, third in the National League in OPS, might lose that No. 3 spot when Chipper Jones returns from another injury, but he'll produce anywhere in the order.

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Shaun Marcum continues to impress, shutting down the Boston Red Sox over seven shutout innings Wednesday, allowing two singles and striking out six. Marcum sports a 2.78 ERA, leads the American League in innings, is fourth in WHIP and is eighth in strikeouts, yet remains unowned in 30 percent of leagues.

• The season debut for Texas Rangers lefty Derek Holland went well Wednesday, as he tossed six shutout innings and fanned seven Oakland Athletics. Holland's 2009 rookie numbers (6.12 ERA) might scare owners, but note his ERA at Triple-A Oklahoma City this season was 0.93.