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Bits: Doug Fister impressive in return

5/8/2012

Detroit Tigers right-hander Doug Fister came off the disabled list Monday and tossed seven shutout innings at Seattle. Fister, who missed a month with a strained muscle in his side, permitted four hits and no walks, throwing only 73 pitches. Fister won't duplicate his 2011 performance, when he boasted a 1.79 ERA for the Tigers, but he's available in 17 percent of ESPN leagues and should be closer to 100 percent owned.

Miami Marlins right-hander Carlos Zambrano spun a three-hit shutout in Houston Monday, striking out nine to earn his first win of the season. Zambrano has pitched well enough to win all his starts so far, as his ERA is 1.98 and, other than one outing, walks have not been a problem. Zambrano looks good for mixed-league rotations again.

Cincinnati Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo also looks back to previous form; he struck out nine Milwaukee Brewers in 6 2/3 innings Monday, allowing only one run. Arroyo was terrible in 2011, allowing 46 home runs and a 5.07 ERA, but he was safe prior to that. Arroyo entered Monday with 18 strikeouts in five starts, so don't expect strikeout potential, but he should win at least 12 games.

Minnesota Twins shortstop Brian Dozier made his major league debut Monday with a hit and run scored in four at-bats. Dozier was hitting .276 at Triple-A Rochester with one home run and two steals; in 2011, he hit .320 with nine home runs and 24 steals. Dozier isn't a mixed-league addition yet, but he should hit .275 for AL-only owners and steal the occasional base.

Chicago Cubs first baseman Bryan LaHair homered again Monday, his eighth of the season and fourth in seven games. LaHair can't hit .388 much longer, not with his strikeout rate and astronomical .535 BABIP, but the power is legitimate. Don't be surprised if LaHair moves to a corner outfield spot when first baseman Anthony Rizzo is deemed ready for promotion.

Chicago White Sox right-hander Philip Humber was shredded for nine hits and eight runs in 2 1/3 innings Monday, and his ERA in three starts since his April 21 perfect game at Seattle is 13.50. Humber is owned in 8.9 percent of ESPN standard mixed leagues, but even that is too much. Move on and forget he threw the perfect game for fantasy.