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Bits: Kennedy, Santos come up big

4/26/2011

Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy tossed a three-hit shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, striking out 10 without walking anyone. Unfortunately, quite a few fantasy owners missed it, as Kennedy was dropped in 29 percent of leagues in the past week. Add him back if you want strikeouts.

Chicago White Sox right-hander Sergio Santos retired four New York Yankees on Monday for his first save of the season. The White Sox entered Monday with an MLB-worst one save as a team, as lefties Matt Thornton and Chris Sale have struggled. Santos, still unscored upon in 11 innings this season, should get more chances.

Florida Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan stroked a pair of solo home runs Monday, giving him four on the season, one short of his 2010 season total. Coghlan had three hits and three runs scored Monday, raising his batting average to .301. He's owned in 74.3 percent of ESPN leagues, but that figure seems low.

Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Chris Narveson allowed eight hits and seven runs in 2 1/3 awful innings Monday, and his once-pristine 2.19 ERA nearly doubled to 4.33. Narveson, owned in nearly half of ESPN's leagues, likely will be mass-dropped now, but he remains an intriguing strikeout option.

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek tamed the Texas Rangers on Monday, allowing three runs over six innings to earn his second win of the season. Drabek leads the AL in walks, but issued only two Monday. He's near the top of ESPN's most dropped list, but the 23-year-old has nice upside.

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Brandon Wood -- yep, he's a Pirate now! -- made his NL debut by delivering a two-run double in four at-bats Monday. Wood played third base and hit sixth against left-hander John Lannan, but he's expected to see time at shortstop, as well. A career .168 hitter, Wood should remain unowned in all formats.