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Bits: Thoughts on Austin Jackson, Cueto

Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia blasted a three-run home run in the 16th inning Thursday, finishing off a comeback win in Cleveland. Arencibia had been hitless in six at-bats to that point, with three strikeouts. There's no questioning the backstop's power; he hit 23 home runs as a rookie in 2011. However, he also batted .219. There's little indication either figure was a fluke.

• The first Washington Nationals save went to Brad Lidge, although it came with some peril. Chicago Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart just missed a game-tying home run, settling for a triple, and Lidge escaped the jam. Nats manager Davey Johnson claims Henry Rodriguez will share the role with Lidge. After Thursday's game, H-Rod might just take it until Drew Storen returns.

Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson had three hits Thursday, including the game-winning RBI single. For Jackson, who didn't have a three-hit game all of April 2011, it's hopefully a harbinger of good things. A 22nd-rounder, on average, in ESPN live drafts, Jackson can help owners in runs and stolen bases, but he must improve his .249 batting average.

• Right-hander Edinson Volquez went five innings in his San Diego Padres debut Thursday, allowing three hits, three runs (two earned) and striking out seven. He also walked four, which kept his outing short. Volquez has strikeout stuff; he fanned 206 hitters in 2008. He also issues free passes. If you need strikeouts, target Volquez for his home games.

• Former Volquez teammate and Cincinnati Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto, who nearly won the 2011 NL ERA title, started 2012 by holding the Miami Marlins to three hits over seven scoreless innings Thursday. Cueto's problem isn't ability, but rather durability, and he's not a big strikeout guy. Coming off this outing and his 2.31 ERA last year, he seems a wise sell-high candidate.