Bits: Jeff Samardzija strikes out 11 

July, 3, 2012

Chicago Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija fanned a career-best 11 Atlanta Braves on Monday, allowing one run over seven innings. Samardzija hadn't won since May, and it wasn't Cliff Lee-type bad luck, either. Samardzija's June ERA was 10.41, sending fantasy owners to the waiver wire. Samardzija is owned in roughly a quarter of ESPN leagues, but add him again for the strikeouts and hope he's back on track.

High fives for Los Angeles Angels second baseman Howard Kendrick, as he produced his fifth home run and fifth stolen base of the season in Monday's win at Cleveland. Kendrick is hitting a solid .280 this season but his counting stats are down from 2011. In June, Kendrick didn't hit any home runs. While last year's 18-homer campaign might be out of reach, he remains safe to own at middle infield.