Bits: Machado has two hits; Jay producing 

August, 10, 2012
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.