Bits: Chipper continues hot streak 

July, 5, 2012

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, on the heels of his five-hit performance Tuesday, had two hits Wednesday and is hitting .317 with modest power and more walks than strikeouts. It wouldn't be crazy for Jones to hit .300 in his final season. He is owned in fewer than one-third of ESPN leagues, so if you need batting average help, look his way.

Baltimore Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman made his season debut by throwing 8 1/3 innings in Seattle on Wednesday, allowing two hits and two unearned runs. Tillman was sent to Double-A Bowie after the game, but the promising 24-year-old is expected back with the Orioles after the All-Star break. Tillman's ERA has consistently been higher than 5 over parts of three big league seasons, but the Orioles believe he is emerging. Those in AL-only formats should take a chance.