Bits: Thome makes Orioles debut 

July, 2, 2012

Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Jim Thome was hitless in four at-bats in his Sunday debut with the team, doing so from the No. 5 lineup spot. Thome, acquired from the reeling Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, is expected to see regular at-bats and immediately becomes an AL-only add; Thome hit 15 home runs in 93 games in 2011 and 25 home runs in 108 games in 2010. A few weeks ago in interleague play, Thome had a six-game stretch with three home runs and 13 RBIs. He can hit 12 more home runs.

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AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhCubs starter Travis Wood hasn't allowed a run in 18 2/3 innings.
Chicago Cubs left-hander Travis Wood tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings Sunday, allowing three hits and no walks, lowering his ERA to 3.05. Wood, a helpful fantasy option in 2010, is pitching to that level again; he's made nine starts for the Cubs and only once has permitted more than three runs. A fly ball/strikeout pitcher, Wood has allowed one home run over six starts. He's a viable deep league option.