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Bits: Jason Isringhausen records first save

7/20/2011

&#8226 The first save of the post-Francisco Rodriguez era for the New York Mets went to right-hander Jason Isringhausen, who needed only 11 pitches to retire Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman and David Freese Tuesday. This doesn't mean Isringhausen will close the final 10 weeks, but unless the Mets deal him he's the wiser own than the more popular (in ESPN leagues) Bobby Parnell, who pitched the eighth inning.

&#8226 Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander James McDonald held the NL's top-scoring team, the Cincinnati Reds, to four hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings Tuesday. McDonald walked three hitters, the sixth time in eight starts he's done so, and it explains his awful 1.54 WHIP. The 4.15 ERA is misleading. McDonald is too dangerous to own.

&#8226 New York Yankees right-hander Bartolo Colon bounced back from his miserable outing last week, when he didn't escape the first inning; Colon held the Tampa Bay Rays to three runs (one earned) and fanned nine in 6 1/3 innings Tuesday. The unearned runs came in the seventh inning. Colon is owned in only 32.8 percent of leagues, but it should be more.

&#8226 Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis didn't start Tuesday's game, but he sure finished it, entering late as a pinch runner, getting a hit in two at-bats, stealing three bases and scoring the winning run. Davis is not a strong hitter, but this was his eighth multi-steal game. Owned in 81.6 percent of leagues, if you pick any night to sit him, you could really miss out on steals.

&#8226 San Diego Padres outfielders Will Venable and Cameron Maybin stole their 16th bases of the season Tuesday, while combining for four singles and two runs scored. Both fellows are readily available in ESPN standard leagues, but neither is a top-50 outfielder at this point. If choosing, go with Maybin.

&#8226 Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Brandon Allen homered Tuesday, his second in as many starts. He was promoted four days ago. While younger slugger Paul Goldschmidt is torching minor league pitching, Allen is in the big leagues now and is producing, at least against right-handed pitching. Consider him in deeper formats.