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Jose Altuve debuts, Vance Worley shines

7/21/2011

&#8226 Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve made his big league debut Wednesday with a single in five at-bats. Altuve, recalled after Jeff Keppinger was traded to the San Francisco Giants, was hitting .389 in the minors with 42 extra-base hits and 24 stolen bases. If Altuve, 21, can hit .275 with a few home runs and five steals per month in the majors, he's worthy of deep league attention, but even that is premature.

&#8226 Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Vance Worley is proving himself; he threw eight innings of one-run ball Wednesday, winning for the fourth consecutive start. Worley boasts a 0.93 ERA in his past six starts, easily the best in baseball. While his overall 2.02 ERA should go up at least a run -- the walks should eventually hurt him -- he's certainly ownable in all formats while he's hot.

&#8226 Boston Red Sox outfielder Josh Reddick singled twice, walked and scored a run Wednesday, raising his batting average to .378 and his OPS to 1.103 in 29 games. It's certainly possible Reddick sits for J.D. Drew when David Ortiz comes off suspension, but the fact Reddick hit fifth -- and Carl Crawford sixth -- is a sign he'll keep playing. Add him in deep leagues.

&#8226 Toronto Blue Jays corner infielder Edwin Encarnacion - eligible at first and third base! -- homered, stole two bases and scored four runs Wednesday. Encarnacion is hitting a strong .344 in July, and he's been a streaky hitter in his tantalizing career. A preemptive add even in standard leagues makes sense, because the power potential is legit.

&#8226 Chicago White Sox left-hander John Danks came off the disabled list Wednesday and threw seven shutout innings in Kansas City, but as has been the case in his unlucky season, he didn't win. Danks, out nearly four weeks with a pulled oblique, has a useful 3.92 ERA but only three wins in 16 starts. Invest and hope for more wins ahead.