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Bits: Jake Peavy continues hot start

&#8226 Chicago White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy tossed a three-hit shutout at Oakland Monday, walking two, striking out five and lowering his ERA to 1.88 by inducing 16 outs on his offspeed pitches. Peavy's shoulder issues certainly seem a thing of the past; he's walked four hitters this season with 26 strikeouts. Peavy is scheduled to face the Boston Red Sox this weekend.

&#8226 Speaking of the Red Sox, outfielder Marlon Byrd singled in four at-bats Monday in his team debut, doing so from the No. 9 lineup spot. Byrd, acquired from the Chicago Cubs over the weekend, was 3-for-43 for the Cubs, but the career .278 hitter is worth a pickup in AL-only formats, capable of hitting double-digit home runs.

&#8226 Meanwhile, Pawtucket Red Sox right-hander Aaron Cook allowed one run in seven innings Monday, lowering his ERA to 1.33 in four starts. Fantasy owners might not be interested in the ground-ball inducing Cook if/when he is promoted to Boston, but it could affect Daniel Bard's role. Bard, who threw 11 pitches and earned the win in relief Monday, remains scheduled to start Friday. He could also be closing by the weekend.

&#8226 Houston Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie, acquired from the Red Sox this winter in the Mark Melancon deal, hit his first NL home run Monday, a solo shot off Zack Greinke. Lowrie is hitting .250 with only two extra-base hits in 40 at-bats, but he does take walks and he hasn't gotten hurt in 10 days, so that is a positive.

&#8226 St. Louis Cardinals second baseman/outfielder Skip Schumaker made his first start of the season Monday, notching a single in three at-bats. With Jon Jay out of action with an injured shoulder, Schumaker could see more playing time. Schumaker won't hit for power or steal many bases, but he is a career .290 hitter, so those in NL-only formats take note.

&#8226 And finally, Atlanta Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens was demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett after allowing nine hits and five runs in three innings Monday, and his season ERA stands at 9.37. The Braves claim Jurrjens is healthy, but that's a bit hard to believe; a year ago his ERA was 2.96. Deep-leaguers should wait for the proven Jurrjens to return to form. Tim Hudson will assume his rotation spot this weekend.