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Josh Outman back, Corey Hart powers up

5/24/2011

&#8226 Oakland Athletics left-hander Josh Outman hurled seven innings of one-run ball in his season debut Monday, allowing five hits. Outman was struggling at Triple-A Sacramento, with 27 walks in 37 2/3 innings and a 4.78 ERA, but thrived against the Los Angeles Angels. Before missing all of 2010 with Tommy John surgery, he had a 3.48 ERA in a breakout 2009. There's upside here.

&#8226 Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart slugged his first three home runs of the season Monday, each off left-handed pitching, and knocked in seven runs. He entered play with one RBI in 21 games, but his owners were wisely patient; he's owned in 98.2 percent of leagues.

&#8226 Texas Rangers outfielders Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz returned to the lineup in style Monday, each hitting a home run in a 4-0 win. For defending MVP Hamilton, it was his first home run of the season; expect perhaps 30 more. Cruz should end up there as well. Each player should be active in all leagues.

&#8226 Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley went hitless in five at-bats in his season debut, but hit the ball hard twice, ran without incident and said after the game he felt fine. Utley should also be active in all leagues, and if his presence somehow ignites others, like Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez, who homered in the 10-run outburst, even better.

&#8226 Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Monday's game in the eighth inning with a twisted ankle, after getting one RBI hit in three at-bats. Pedroia is hitting .246 with only two home runs, but nine stolen bases. Don't give up on the former MVP, but if injury restricts his speed, it hurts his value.

&#8226 Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Kenley Jansen allowed three hits, a walk and three runs while blowing the save Monday. It was the first time Jansen had allowed a run since April 19, but it might be enough to cost him more save chances. Matt Guerrier or Mike MacDougal could be next.