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Bits: Jason Bay showing positive signs

&#8226 What's gotten into the New York Mets? Jason Bay's team scored 16 runs in Detroit Wednesday, giving the Mets 14 or more runs in three of four games. A rejuvenated Bay stole two bases, scored three runs and even made two diving catches. With two home runs and eight RBIs in his past seven games, perhaps Bay is healthy. Standard-league owners need to take note.

&#8226 Owners in leagues that allow new position eligibility for one game played had to enjoy what the Boston Red Sox did Wednesday; Adrian Gonzalez played right field for the first time since 2005, and David Ortiz handled first base duties for the first time in 2011. Those in standard leagues, where 10 games triggers in-season eligibility, shouldn't expect this to continue.

&#8226 Cincinnati Reds right-hander Edinson Volquez won in Tampa Wednesday, fanning seven and allowing three runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings. Volquez's 5.65 ERA doesn't excite, and he hasn't pitched well of late, but note the upside; he does have 82 strikeouts in 79 2/3 innings.

&#8226 A safer pitcher is Minnesota Twins right-hander Scott Baker, who didn't allow a run in 7 1/3 innings Wednesday, lowering his ERA to 3.15. Baker fanned nine Los Angeles Dodgers, is on pace for 207 strikeouts and won for the fourth time in five starts. Still, he's available in 21.1 percent of ESPN standard formats.

Colorado Rockies slugger Ty Wigginton homered again Wednesday, his seventh in the past 10 days and 13th of the season. The versatile Wigginton is ESPN Fantasy's most-added hitter during the past week, an honor of which he's deserving. Add and enjoy.

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter went all nine innings in Baltimore Wednesday, allowing one run on seven hits. However, one troubling number is the 132 pitches. Carpenter has averaged 127 pitches in his past three outings, which is quite a bit for any 36-year-old. Although he's turning his season around statistically, his owners might want to check on potential trades before injury occurs.