Bits: Carl Crawford solid in return to action 

July, 17, 2012

Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford singled, walked and scored two runs in his season debut Monday, doing so while hitting second in the batting order. Crawford, who did not attempt a stolen base, is owned in roughly 90 percent of ESPN leagues. Whether you think a big half-season is pending or the intent is to sell high, he should be owned in all leagues.

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier doubled and scored in four at-bats Monday, doing so playing first base and hitting third in place of top-10 fantasy option Joey Votto, who will miss the next three weeks after knee surgery. Votto's fantasy owners can survive a few weeks without him. Frazier and his .913 OPS, meanwhile, figure to see extra playing time, and he's available in most leagues.