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Bits: Zack Greinke loses in Brewers debut

&#8226Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke allowed five hits and five runs (four earned) in his four-inning season debut Wednesday, though he did strike out six Atlanta Braves. Greinke owners likely expected better, but there is good news: next week he's scheduled to face the San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates.

&#8226Greinke served up a two-run home run to Nate McLouth, who had five hits in as many at-bats in the doubleheader sweep. McLouth raised his batting average 26 points Wednesday, and while he has improved hitting eighth in the order, he hasn't been stealing bases. Own him in NL-only formats, not standard leagues.

&#8226Chicago White Sox left-hander John Danks fell to 0-5 after losing to the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, though he pitched well, allowing three runs in eight innings. Danks isn't getting torched; his 3.83 ERA and 1.38 WHIP aren't awful, and despite zero strikeouts Wednesday, his season K rate is a career best. Buy low, quickly.

&#8226Detroit Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez hit his first home run of the season Wednesday, giving him four RBIs in 21 games. Ordonez is hitting .188, but .667 in the No. 6 lineup spot, as Wednesday was his first game there. Perhaps it will get him going. In deep leagues, Ordonez is a decent buy-low choice.

&#8226Similarly, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez, who broke an 0-for-35 skid Tuesday, had three hits and his second home run of the season Wednesday, raising his batting average to .192. Ibanez is a better bet than Ordonez, as he has averaged 25 home runs and 88 RBIs the past two seasons, and he's likely to raise his batting average another 70 points, at least.

&#8226Houston Astros right-hander Aneury Rodriguez made a successful first big league start Wednesday, allowing one hit and a walk in five shutout innings against the Cincinnati Reds. Rodriguez pitched nine times in middle relief and should be looked at in NL-only formats, as there is strikeout potential.