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Bits: Brian Matusz a wise investment

6/2/2011

&#8226 Baltimore Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz threw 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball Wednesday in his season debut, earning a no-decision. Matusz, who missed the first two months with a back injury, was terrific down the stretch last season, going 7-1 with a 2.17 ERA the final two months. Invest in this 24-year-old.

&#8226 Colorado Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez finally earned his first win of the season, tossing a four-hit shutout at the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday. Jimenez struck out six and, incredibly for someone among the leaders in walks, issued no free passes. Your window to buy low on Jimenez might be over.

&#8226 Kansas City Royals first baseman/designated hitter Billy Butler launched a two-run, walk-off home run Wednesday. It was only Butler's fourth home run of the season, and his first since April. Butler remains owned in 100 percent of leagues, but a pace for 12 home runs and 65 RBIs does not excite. See if you can sell high from Wednesday.

&#8226 New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher launched a three-run home run Wednesday in Oakland, only his fourth of the season but second in four days. Unlike Butler, Swisher has smacked 29 home runs each of the past two seasons, and he remains a wise buy-low option. He's available in nearly half of ESPN's leagues.

&#8226 Cleveland Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin was given a 12-0 lead Wednesday but gave half of it back while winning. Tomlin allowed six runs in six innings, and his ERA, which was 2.41 two starts ago, is now 3.27. Tomlin's hit rate is normalizing, with 18 hits in his past 12 innings, and that's bad news. Be careful as the ERA keeps rising.

&#8226 Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison started for the second consecutive game Wednesday, contributing an RBI infield single in four at-bats. The 23-year-old prospect has hit for average and he stole bases in the minors, but offers little power. The pending return of Pedro Alvarez isn't likely to help Harrison's plight, either, but that's weeks away.