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Bits: Nolan Reimold, Gamel coming alive

4/18/2012

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold homered again Tuesday, the fourth consecutive road game in which he has done so. Reimold, who has seven RBIs and seven runs scored in that span, is hitting .351, and the leadoff hitter also drew his first walk of the year. Alas, plate discipline and durability haven't been strengths of his in the past, but enjoy this potential emergence while it's happening.

Miami Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson allowed seven hits and two runs over seven innings Tuesday, lowering his season ERA to 5.94 in his best start of the young season. However, it wasn't vintage Johnson, with three walks and just three strikeouts. Johnson has eight strikeouts in three starts. It's going to get better; trade for this guy now.

• Meanwhile, the positive resurgence for New York Mets left-hander Johan Santana was erased by Tuesday's pounding in Atlanta. Santana's shortest career outing featured six runs (four earned) and only four outs -- though the Mets' defense was awful -- and he didn't register a strikeout. Santana is building up arm strength, and there's risk here, but he should remain owned even in standard leagues.

Milwaukee Brewers infielder Mat Gamel hit his first 2012 home run Tuesday, but he also stole his third base and scored three runs. Gamel is hitting .282, and while he boasts more steals this season than RBIs, remain patient. Gamel has 20-homer and apparently 10-steal potential, which is unique for a corner infielder, and he's available in a third of ESPN leagues.

• If you're still holding out hope that Boston Red Sox right-hander Mark Melancon will accrue saves, move on. He might be in the minors by the weekend. Melancon's ERA stands at 49.50 ERA after Tuesday's eighth-inning Fenway Park disaster against the Texas Rangers. It's the first time in history a pitcher allowed at least six earned runs, with three home runs, without retiring a hitter. Alfredo Aceves becomes a safer closer until Andrew Bailey returns.

• Finally, congratulations to Colorado Rockies left-hander Jamie Moyer for his Tuesday victory, making him the oldest pitcher in history to win a game. Moyer is not just a fantasy curiosity anymore, as his ERA after three starts is a cool 2.55. Sure, the ERA will likely go up at least two runs and strikeouts aren't pending, but 12 more wins is reasonable.