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Jaime Garcia dazzles in return to mound

8/20/2012

St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia allowed two unearned runs in eight innings Sunday, a successful return to the mound after 10 weeks away with shoulder woes. He permitted five singles, fanned 10 and didn't walk anyone. Garcia, who is owned in barely a third of ESPN leagues, seems a wise add for his next outing in Cincinnati.

Miami Marlins speedster Emilio Bonifacio returned from a disabled list stint after reinjuring his thumb and led off Sunday, hitting a single and scoring a run in five at-bats. Bonifacio didn't steal a base, but fantasy owners should activate him right away. Bonifacio remains available in 20 percent of leagues, and he might end up leading the majors in steals.

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley won his sixth consecutive start Sunday, shutting out the Atlanta Braves for seven innings. Billingsley, owned in roughly 92 percent of ESPN standard leagues, has allowed one run or fewer in five of those six starts, and he didn't allow any runs in 15 innings this past week. Enjoy Billingsley for as long as this stretch lasts.

Detroit Tigers right-hander Doug Fister was tuned up by the Baltimore Orioles for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings Sunday, and his ERA, which had dropped in seven consecutive starts, went up to 3.67. Fister, who allowed nine earned runs in his previous seven outings, induced only three ground ball outs; in his previous outing that number was 16. Don't cut or bench Fister, as Sunday was likely just a blip.

Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill homered twice Sunday, giving him 17 on the season, and also stole his ninth base. Hill hit safely seven times in the three-game weekend series at Houston, raising his batting average to .298, easily his best season since 2009. Hill has had many detractors in recent seasons, notably when it comes to his batting average, but he might finish the season as a top-5 second baseman and decent keeper.

Texas Rangers infielder Michael Young homered and knocked in five runs Sunday, his best game in months. In fact, Young, still owned in roughly 95 percent of ESPN standard leagues, hadn't homered since May 7. Because of newfound second base eligibility, Young is worth owning in standard leagues, but he's not close to the 2011 version.