Bits: Wandy Rodriguez impressive in return


&#8226 Houston Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez came off the DL and tossed a gem against the Atlanta Braves Monday, allowing two hits in six shutout innings. Rodriguez hasn't lost nor had a rough outing since April, and should be active in all fantasy formats.

&#8226 Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco won his sixth game Monday, tossing seven shutout innings in Yankee Stadium. Carrasco's ERA was 5.18 after his June 2 outing, but he hasn't allowed a run in 15 1/3 innings since. He's become more than a borderline standard league option at this point.

&#8226 Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Justin Ruggiano singled, doubled, knocked in a run and should have scored a run -- replays showed him safe -- in Monday's loss in Detroit. Ruggiano not only replaced an injured Matt Joyce in the field, but in the No. 3 lineup slot. Now hitting .359, Ruggiano doesn't have Joyce's upside. Leave him on free agency.

&#8226 Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Paul Maholm allowed only three singles in seven shutout innings against the New York Mets Monday, winning his third game of the season. Don't judge Maholm by the wins; with a 3.12 ERA and 1.14 WHIP, and no runs permitted in three of four outings, he's certainly helpful in deep leagues.

&#8226 Just when you think you've got Ricky Nolasco figured out ... he allows nine runs (five earned), eight hits and four walks in three messy innings Monday. Nolasco is known for occasional awful outings that skew his numbers. Remove Monday and the May 29 pounding and his ERA is 3.21. Instead, it's 4.23. Always be wary the bad Nolasco will show up.

&#8226 Atlanta Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer smacked a three-run home run Monday, his first, and has scored seven runs in six games. He's also stolen six bases during the past week. Schafer's batting average is only .235 and he won't hit for much power, but he's getting close to standard-league worthy for the steals and runs.