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Bits: Morales, Davis, Morneau all homer

4/17/2012

&#8226 Los Angeles Angels first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales homered Monday, his first in the majors in 689 days. Morales famously injured his ankle celebrating at home plate after a walk-off grand slam in 2010. He's not all the way back to his pre-injury self, as Monday's four RBIs were his first of the season, but he's worth investing in.

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New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis, also coming back from serious injury, smacked a three-run home run Monday, giving him a pair of home runs and five RBIs in two days. Davis started the season 1-for-20, and still has a long way to go to make his batting average appealing, but it's only going to get better. Avoid the temptation to cut Davis.

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And keeping with the theme, Minnesota Twins veteran Justin Morneau made his first appearance of the season at first base Monday, as he continues recovery from concussion issues. Morneau homered in the sixth inning, his second of the season, and is a good bet to improve his current .231 batting average as well. If only Morneau played more at the new Yankee Stadium; he has five home runs in 11 games there. In 80 games at Target Field, Morneau also has hit five home runs. By the way, Morales, Davis and Morneau are all among the top 20 on ESPN's most-dropped list.

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Boston Red Sox right-hander Daniel Bard allowed four hits and only one run over 6 2/3 innings Monday, but managed to walk and strike out seven hitters. The last Red Sox pitcher to have that many walks and whiffs in a game was Tim Wakefield in 1997. The hard-throwing Bard has the skills to blossom as a starter, but he'll need to throw more strikes before fantasy owners should invest. It is likely to happen.

&#8226 Washington Nationals infielder Stephen Lombardozzi smacked four hits Monday, one of them a double, and knocked in a pair of runs while filling in for second baseman Danny Espinosa. While Espinosa's job isn't in danger, Nationals left fielders are hitting .114 so far, and Lombardozzi could see time there. Deep-leaguers should be on alert for this middle-infield-eligible player with the potential to play outfield soon.