Bits: Ben Sheets makes triumphant return


Atlanta Braves right-hander Ben Sheets made his season debut Sunday with six shutout innings of two-hit ball. Sheets, who last pitched in the majors in mid-2010, walked one and fanned five. It's premature to add Sheets in standard leagues, but then again, his upcoming scheduled opponents appear don't appear scary (Nationals, Marlins twice, Astros).

Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes homered and knocked in three runs Sunday, the second consecutive day he did so. Cespedes had eight hits at Target Field this weekend, getting back on track after being one of ESPN's most-dropped players for the past week. Cespedes is streaky and durability might be an issue, but the man clearly has power. He's worth owning in all leagues.

San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley homered Sunday for the second consecutive day, giving him 10 home runs on the season. Headley is popular in trade rumors, and prospect Jedd Gyorko seems ready for the bigs. Headley, whose career high in home runs is 12, is owned in fewer than 70 percent of leagues, despite being one of only 14 players to reach double digits in homers and steals.

Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano allowed four unearned runs in 6 2/3 innings Sunday, lowering his ERA to 2.75, but Chad Billingsley owners are wondering why their right-hander didn't start. Billingsley had elbow pain and is scheduled for an MRI. He is owned in roughly half of ESPN's leagues, but he had lost five consecutive starts and seen his ERA rise after each one. It appears time to move on.

Los Angeles Angels closer Ernesto Frieri was charged with three runs Sunday, which is notable because the right-hander hadn't been scored upon his first 26 1/3 innings with his new team. Frieri walked a pair and permitted a Mark Teixeira home run, failing to record an out. Alas, Frieri's role isn't in jeopardy, as lefty Scott Downs wasn't effective. Frieri's ugly Sunday isn't a harbinger of doom.

Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Darren Oliver saved Sunday's win by getting six outs, but the 41-year-old veteran isn't a threat to unseat right-hander Casey Janssen, who pitched Friday and Saturday, for the ninth-inning role. Janssen's stock actually rose because former closer Sergio Santos, still owned in nearly 20 percent of ESPN standard formats and out since April, will have season-ending labrum surgery.