Alex Cobb continues to impress


&#8226 Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb allowed only three hits and two runs (one earned) to the New York Yankees Monday, lowering his ERA after six starts to 3.09. Cobb's plight is similar to Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Vance Worley's, as he's filling in for injured folks in a deep rotation but looks worthy of being a big leaguer. Add Cobb in deep leagues in case he sticks around.

&#8226 Cleveland Indians right-hander Fausto Carmona came off the DL from his quad injury Monday and threw six solid innings at Minnesota, allowing two runs on seven hits. Carmona is having a poor season, as his ERA stands at 5.63, but he was serviceable last year. Let's see a few more starts before buying.

&#8226 Also coming off the DL Monday was Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford. He singled twice, scored twice and raised his batting average to .246. A career .294 hitter, fantasy owners are running out of time to buy low on Crawford. He faces more Baltimore Orioles pitching this week.

&#8226 Houston Astros right-hander Jordan Lyles hurled eight innings of three-hit, two-run ball Monday before things went awry in the ninth. Lyles, a rookie who still hasn't won in nine starts -- blame the team around him -- owns a usable 1.28 WHIP. The 20-year-old is likely to be shut down early this season, after another 10-to-12 starts, but invest in keeper leagues.

&#8226 Chicago Cubs right-hander Carlos Marmol threw 29 pitches -- 15 for strikes -- in a non-save situation Monday, hardly inspiring confidence he'll regain the closer role from Sean Marshall this week. Marmol walked two and fanned two. Since the All-Star break, he's walked seven and allowed six runs in 1 2/3 innings. Still, dropping Marmol is not recommended.

&#8226 Washington Nationals first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse homered Monday, his first of July and 16th of his surprise season. Those waiting for Morse to struggle should note while he hadn't homered in July, he is hitting .340 this month. Despite a poor walk rate, Morse isn't going away.