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Bits: Dodgers closer situation in flux

4/30/2012

Atlanta Braves right-hander Tim Hudson tossed five innings of two-run ball Sunday in his first start of the season. Hudson missed essentially four April starts recovering from back (herniated disk) surgery and performed well in his rehab starts. Hudson finished the 2011 season 17th among all starting pitchers, and it's reasonable to presume he's healthy and good enough to be owned in all leagues.

New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher left Sunday's game early with a low-grade hamstring strain and is expected to miss a few games. Swisher walked and struck out in two plate appearances, a day after hitting a pair of solo home runs. Swisher has been a consistent fantasy provider for years, but those in weekly leagues might want to sit him in case a few games turns into a DL stint.

Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley took a no-hitter into the sixth inning at Miami on Sunday, ultimately allowing one hit and one unearned run over 6 1/3 innings. Miley fanned six and lowered his ERA to 1.29. Miley wasn't effective for Arizona in 2011, but he looks like a different pitcher now. Just be ready to move on quickly when hitters catch on to him.

Oakland Athletics infielders Eric Sogard and Luke Hughes were hitless in seven at-bats Sunday out of the Nos. 8 and 9 lineup spots. They are hitting .152 and .130, respectively; Athletics third basemen are hitting .121 on the season. This is why former Detroit Tiger Brandon Inge was signed by the A's on Sunday. Inge should fit right in after hitting .197 last season. OK, seriously, Inge shouldn't be that bad; it's reasonable to expect his 2010 numbers, with 13 home runs and a .247 batting average. In AL-only formats, he's worth a look again.

• And finally, Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Kenley Jansen closed out Sunday's 2-0 win over the Washington Nationals, walking two and striking out the side. Prior to Sunday's game, manager Don Mattingly said Javy Guerra would remain the closer, yet Jansen was summoned; Guerra was warming up in the ninth after Jansen walked the leadoff hitter. Now the situation is clouded. Don't drop Guerra yet, but add Jansen. There's major strikeout upside for him, and Guerra has struggled recently.