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Bits: Eovaldi worth a look in NL formats

5/30/2012

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp returned from the disabled list Tuesday and doubled in four at-bats, but he's owned in all leagues and should resume carrying fantasy teams soon. L.A.'s starting pitcher was right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who replaced injured Ted Lilly and allowed only a Ryan Braun first-inning home run in seven innings. Eovaldi pitched competently for the Dodgers last year and could stick around to help those in NL-only formats.

The other Los Angeles team got a key lineup cog back as well; Angels outfielder Torii Hunter returned Tuesday with a single in four at-bats after missing more than two weeks to deal with a family matter. Hunter is a decent buy-low option for standard leagues; he's hit 20 or more home runs in 10 of the past 11 seasons and is a career .273 hitter, so there's little reason to expect he can't produce like a top-50 outfielder, which he was last season.

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder (yes, he's eligible) Hideki Matsui homered with a man on base in his second at-bat for his new team Tuesday, the only runs the Rays scored. Matsui was hitting .170 at Triple-A Durham, but here he is, expected to see time in the outfield and at DH. Those in 10- and 12-team leagues can pass, but Matsui can take walks and hit double-digit home runs.

San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin made his season and team debut Monday with a double and an RBI, and he followed that up with a three-hit performance Tuesday, including a home run. Quentin, apparently recovered from early-April knee surgery, has had durability issues in the past, and he probably won't enjoy hitting at Petco Park much (career 1-for-19 there). Like Matsui, expect some power, but not enough.

Cleveland Indians right-hander Justin Masterson allowed eight runs (seven earned) in six innings Tuesday, as his season ERA again rose over 5. Masterson did fan eight Kansas City Royals sans a walk, so that's a good sign, but lefty hitters like Mike Moustakas continue to thrive. Masterson is owned in roughly half of ESPN's leagues and had shown signs of his 2011 form of late, but he's not safe yet.

San Francisco Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong tossed seven innings of one-run ball Tuesday, lowering his ERA to 2.36. Vogelsong is among ESPN's most-added players, up to 71.6 percent owned overall and, unlike Masterson, is showing no signs that his tremendous 2011 was a fluke.