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Bits: Machado has two hits; Jay producing

Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado tripled in his second big league at-bat Thursday, finishing his first game 2-for-4. Machado played third base and batted ninth, and he should add third-base eligibility by the end of next week. At the plate, Machado was hitting .266 at Double-A Bowie, so don't expect a big impact there, but he has pop and can steal bases. He's not really a must add in 10-team standard leagues just yet unless you're hurting for middle infielders.

• Speaking of middle infielders, Tampa Bay Rays second baseman/outfielder Ben Zobrist started at shortstop Thursday, a position he hadn't played since 2009. Hey, any bit of potential eligibility helps. It's not likely Zobrist gets nine more games at shortstop, though. At the plate, he singled and scored twice, and he's on pace for 18 home runs, 89 runs and 18 stolen bases, certainly solid for a middle infielder.

Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez allowed four runs in six innings Thursday and hasn't won in three starts since escaping the last-place Houston Astros. Way-Rod actually hasn't won in more than a month, and he hasn't pitched great, either. His ERA over those six starts is 5.65. Rodriguez is owned in roughly 90 percent of ESPN standard leagues, but perhaps that's too much at this point.

Atlanta Braves right-hander Julio Teheran struggled again at Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday, allowing six runs (five earned) and eight hits against Norfolk. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect Teheran, a top prospect seemingly regressing at 21 years old, to have an impact this season. He has won one of his past 10 starts in the minors and has a 7.93 ERA during that time.

• Meanwhile, down at Double-A, St. Louis Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia permitted five runs over six innings, though reports were generally positive. In two starts for Springfield, he has fanned 11 without any walks. Garcia, rehabbing from a shoulder injury, could be back in the majors in a week, though he's not standard-league material yet.

• Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay singled, doubled, scored a run and stole two bases Thursday, raising his batting average to .308. The underrated Jay, owned in fewer than 20 percent of ESPN standard leagues, lacks power, but his career batting average is .300, and his 13 stolen bases on the season are certainly helpful. Those dealing with low-average hitters such as Adam Dunn should look at Jay for support.