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Anderson, Chacin win in their returns

8/22/2012

Oakland Athletics lefty Brett Anderson made a triumphant return from Tommy John surgery with seven innings of one-run ball Tuesday. Anderson struck out six Minnesota Twins and walked no one. Although his workload will be monitored the rest of the season, Anderson and his career 3.62 ERA make him interesting to own in all formats, and there is upside in keeper formats.

• Making his Athletics debut Tuesday was former Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew, who went hitless in four at-bats out of the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Drew, who badly broke his ankle in July 2011 and hit .193 for Arizona this year, is worth stashing in deeper formats. He is a potential upgrade for Oakland, but isn't likely to be productive this year. Incidentally, second baseman and 19th-round fantasy pick (according to ESPN live draft results) Jemile Weeks was demoted to Triple-A.

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond homered Tuesday for the second consecutive game, and is on pace for 25 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Desmond, who was the No. 2 middle infielder in fantasy when he hit the DL a month ago because of an oblique strain, was 0-for-11 last weekend, but should be owned and active in all leagues today.

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth hit his first home run of the season Tuesday, and also stole his fourth base. McLouth, who hit .140 for the Pirates this season and spent two months at Triple-A Norfolk (where he hit .244), has been hitting third for the Orioles recently. As misguided as that may be, those in deep leagues can expect an occasional home run and steal.

Colorado Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin earned his first victory of the season Tuesday, hurling six innings of one-run ball at the Mets. Chacin missed more than three months with a pectoral injury and his upside is limited due to Colorado's rotation strategy, but Chacin certainly has been relevant in recent seasons. Look past his 6.16 ERA in deeper formats.

Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar threw eight innings of one-hit, shutout ball Tuesday at Tampa Bay, yet still didn't win. The Royals won 1-0 in 10 innings. Hochevar struck out 10 and walked three, and for only the second time since April, his ERA is on the good side of 5. Hochevar doesn't come recommended, and is a reminder that real-life draft position (he was the first pick in 2006) seldom correlates to performance.