New York Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda threw a two-hit shutout against the Texas Rangers Tuesday, winning for the 11th time and lowering his ERA to a cool 3.06. Kuroda, 37, actually appears on his way to best MLB season, despite leaving the Los Angeles Dodgers for the AL East, and if he returns in 2013, shouldn't be overlooked.
On the other end of the team win-loss spectrum, Houston Astros right-hander Lucas Harrell won his 10th game Tuesday, allowing one run in eight innings at Wrigley Field. Harrell owns more than a quarter of Houston's wins. He's no ace, but the last time he permitted more than two runs in a game was eight outings ago. Those in deep leagues shouldn't ignore Harrell because of the uniform he wears.
Baltimore Orioles infielder Mark Reynolds homered twice Tuesday, including once off struggling Boston Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett, and finished with four RBIs. Reynolds is having his normal tough year for batting average and accumulating strikeouts, but his power is also way down. Tuesday is a reminder Reynolds is capable of a big home run finish, though, for those in need.
Red Sox right-hander Andrew Bailey made his season debut Tuesday by walking Chris Davis and striking out Reynolds. Bailey, out since spring training after right thumb surgery, has a career 2.07 ERA and 75 saves, and while he might not get saves over Alfredo Aceves this week, or often the way the Red Sox are playing, he's worth a speculative add for saves.
Miami Marlins catcher Rob Brantly was hitless in three at-bats in his big league debut Tuesday, but those looking for batting average help in deep leagues might want to look his way. Brantly, acquired in the Omar Infante/Anibal Sanchez trade, hit .298 for three minor league teams this season, and should see regular playing time.
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, a much-discussed 24-year-old who hasn't exactly starred this season despite ample playing time, delivered three hits and three RBIs Tuesday. His eight hits in three days has bumped his batting average up 18 points to .267. Belt possesses good plate discipline, but still hasn't hit for power, though he just missed his fifth home run Tuesday. The lefty hitter still hasn't homered off a right-hander this season. Those in deep leagues should keep him owned because eventually, he'll hit.