- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
• Houston Astros outfielder Jason Bourgeois singled, knocked in a run, scored a run and stole two bases Thursday, continuing his terrific week filling in for Carlos Lee. Bourgeois is 10-for-19 with five RBIs and six stolen bases in six games, but remains available in 90 percent of leagues. Lee will return, but if the Astros played Bourgeois regularly at second base, where he has experience, that would surely interest fantasy owners.
• While the Eric Hosmer promotion gets much attention in Kansas City (more on that later today), Royals outfielder Melky Cabrera homered, knocked in four runs and scored three Thursday. Cabrera is hitting .293 and is on pace for 105 runs and RBIs, and he has reached double digits in homers and steals previously. Don't laugh; Cabrera is available in more than half of ESPN's leagues, and he's playing well.
• On the mound, San Francisco Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez seemed a good bet against the woeful New York Mets on Thursday, but then he gave up five hits, six walks and five runs in five messy innings, reminding his owners of his inconsistency. Own and trust Sanchez, and enjoy the strikeouts, but never get too comfortable.
• Speaking of walks, Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek continues to struggle with command. He pitched capably at Tampa Bay on Thursday, except for the four walks in 5 2/3 innings. Drabek leads the AL in free passes, having issued precisely four of them in five of his seven starts. It's tough to own Drabek and his 1.63 WHIP until he improves.
• John Lackey's problem isn't walks, but allowing hits. The Boston Red Sox right-hander gave up 10 of them in four awful innings Thursday, as his old pals from the Los Angeles Angels scored eight runs off him. Lackey has allowed 44 hits in 32 2/3 innings, and it's not like there's strikeout potential here. Unless he's facing a terrible offense, look elsewhere.
Eric Karabell discusses the fantasy-relevant occurrences from Thursday's action, including another nice day from Jason Bourgeois.