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Feliz has solid first start; Chipper homers

4/11/2012

Texas Rangers right-hander Neftali Feliz dazzled in his first major league start Tuesday, holding the Seattle Mariners to four singles over seven shutout innings. Sure, the Mariners aren't an offensive juggernaut, but they had little trouble against Feliz's teammate Yu Darvish on Monday. Feliz dealt with shoulder issues in March, but seems fine now.

• Speaking of seeming fine, Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones came off the DL Tuesday after missing time due to March knee surgery, and singled and homered in his first two at-bats. Jones, who hit 18 home runs in 2011, is owned in only 43.3 percent of ESPN standard leagues despite being a 23rd-round draft pick. It's time to get him back.

Houston Astros outfielder Jordan Schafer stole three bases Tuesday, adding three singles and a pair of runs scored. A former Braves prospect acquired in the Michael Bourn trade (Bourn also stole a base Tuesday), Schafer stole 22 bases in 26 attempts last season in only 82 games. Getting on base consistently has been a problem for him, but there's stolen-base upside.

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon is known for stealing bases, and on Tuesday he pilfered his fourth of the young season. Also noteworthy, however, is Gordon's drawing his third walk in five games. As a rookie, Gordon played in 56 games, and his third walk didn't come until his 40th game. This is a great sign for Gordon's development.

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion smacked his first home run of the season Tuesday, but he also made his mark with -- you guessed it -- a pair of stolen bases! Fantasy owners expect power from Encarnacion, and they should get it, but the "speedster" added eight steals in 2011. Hey, every little bit counts.

Boston Red Sox right-hander Daniel Bard made his first major league start Tuesday, but it didn't go as well as Feliz's start went. Through five innings, Bard allowed three runs on seven hits, with no walks and six strikeouts. However, he put two men on in the sixth, reliever Justin Thomas let them score, and Bard's line looks worse than it was. Don't expect Bard to leave the rotation soon, and don't give up on him in AL-only leagues.