Bits: Jair Jurrjens outduels Gallardo 

May, 3, 2011
Atlanta Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens continues to impress, raising his record to 3-0 with a win Monday over the Milwaukee Brewers. Jurrjens tossed 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball, striking out four against no walks. Jurrjens, who missed the first two weeks because of an oblique injury, is showing off his terrific 2009 form.

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Dale Zanine/US PresswireYovani Gallardo ranks 159th among starting pitchers on the 2011 Player Rater.
Jurrjens topped Yovani Gallardo, who allowed five runs, nine hits and four walks in five runner-filled innings Monday. His ERA stands at a season-worst 6.10, and it has gone up in five consecutive outings. Given his decreased velocity, Gallardo might not be as attractive a buy-low option as most think, though I would still invest.

Oakland Athletics designated hitter Hideki Matsui smacked a game-winning home run in the 10th inning Monday. Matsui, a left-handed hitter, hit the homer off Texas Rangers left-hander Darren Oliver. It was Matsui's third home run, but he's hitting a disappointing .242, and this alone isn't reason to add him in standard leagues.