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Bits: Max Scherzer impressive again

4/25/2011

Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer tossed eight shutout innings against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, allowing four singles and striking out seven. Scherzer, a bit downgraded in drafts because of awful spring training numbers, is proving how meaningless they really are: He's 4-0 with a 3.19 ERA, and is among the strikeout leaders.

Meanwhile, Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Morse had a terrific spring, but struggled the first three weeks of the regular season. On Sunday, he finally hit his first home run, a three-run shot, and his three hits raised his batting average to .259. Morse is readily available in standard leagues, and his power is legitimate.

Tampa Bay Rays second baseman/outfielder Ben Zobrist homered and stole a base Sunday, continuing his odd start. Zobrist has already hit five home runs, half of his entire 2010 total, but his batting average is suffering at .203. Invest in this potential 20/20 option, but be aware of the drawback.

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Jerry Sands concluded his first week in the big leagues hitting .154 after Sunday's 1-for-4 performance in Wrigley Field. Sands had an RBI double Sunday, giving him four RBIs in seven games, and even stole a base Saturday, but otherwise he hasn't been better than the team's other left field options. The Dodgers -- and those in deep leagues -- should be patient.

New York Yankees right-hander Freddy Garcia was terrific Sunday, throwing six innings of two-hit, shutout ball for the second consecutive outing. Garcia fanned seven Baltimore Orioles and is available in roughly 90 percent of ESPN leagues. For now, he's looking like a smart deep-league addition.

Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf won his third consecutive start Sunday, allowing one run in eight innings. Wolf, on ESPN's most-added list but still available in two-thirds of leagues, isn't likely to sustain his ERA, WHIP and strikeout rate, but he doesn't have to in order to attract mixed-league attention.