Bits: Harper hits third in Nats lineup 

May, 4, 2012
Washington Nationals prodigy Bryce Harper batted third Thursday night, going 1-for-3 with an RBI double. Harper, 19, certainly looks like he belongs in the big leagues so far, and after hitting in the No. 7 lineup spot for four games, ESPN Fantasy's most-added player stands to get more RBI chances now.

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Barbara Johnston/US PresswireJoe Blanton is in line to face the Mets (in Philadelphia) in his next start Tuesday.
Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton tossed a three-hit shutout at Atlanta on Thursday, his first complete game since 2007, issuing no walks and fanning six while throwing only 88 pitches. Blanton is a forgotten member of Philly's rotation fantasy-wise -- he's owned in only 2.1 percent of leagues -- but after missing most of 2011, he looks rejuvenated, with a 2.83 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. Those numbers should rise, but he definitely has win potential.

Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Erik Bedard fanned 11 St. Louis Cardinals over five innings Thursday, allowing two runs to earn his second win. Bedard might not stay healthy for long, but he has 27 strikeouts in his past three starts, covering only 17 innings, and he hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his six starts.