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Box Score Bits: Jennings shines again

7/29/2011

Tampa Bay Rays rookie outfielder Desmond Jennings homered, singled twice, knocked in four runs and even stole a base in a mammoth performance Thursday. Jennings, hitting .500 with seven RBIs and four steals in his first week with the club, is fantasy's most added player in the past week, up to 79.7 percent owned. It's all worth it.

San Diego Padres rookie first baseman/shortstop Jesus Guzman homered, stole a base and raised his batting average to .329 on Thursday. Guzman, a 27-year-old minor league journeyman, is finally getting his shot in the big leagues and is making the most of it. He's not standard-league material yet, but if you need a middle infielder with pop, he's a sleeper.

Kansas City Royals first baseman/designated hitter Billy Butler homered Thursday, the third consecutive day he did so against the Boston Red Sox. Butler's finally reached double-digit home runs on the season, and though that's still underwhelming for a corner infielder, perhaps he's finally turning all those doubles into home runs. He's still worth owning for the batting average and RBIs.

Chicago Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin struck out as a pinch hitter Thursday, lowering his batting average to .104 on the season. A fantasy find when he hit 20 home runs as a rookie last season, Colvin should play regularly after Kosuke Fukudome was traded to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, but there's no indication Colvin will hit.

Cincinnati Reds right-hander Homer Bailey was shelled for nine runs on 12 hits and two walks in four innings Thursday, his worst outing of the season. In his 11th start, Bailey's ERA exploded from 3.67 to 4.68. Don't expect to see Bailey on the most added list much longer, as this was an awful performance.

Washington Nationals outfielder Jonny Gomes debuted with his new team Thursday and went hitless in three at-bats. Gomes, acquired from the Reds earlier this week, likely will start against left-handed pitching, and those in daily leagues should pay attention (.976 OPS against southpaws). Against right-handers, definitely sit Gomes (.656 OPS).