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April, 22, 2011
New York Mets outfielder Jason Bay made his season debut Thursday, hitting a double and scoring twice in four at-bats. Bay was on the disabled list because of a strained rib cage and was inserted into the No. 5 lineup slot upon his return. His 2010 struggles are well-documented, but he should be owned even in shallow leagues.

Kyle Lohse
Scott Rovak/US PresswireKyle Lohse currently sits fourth among starting pitchers in the 2011 ESPN Player Rater.
St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse spun a two-hit shutout against the Washington Nationals on Thursday, fanning six and lowering his ERA to 2.01. With a career ERA of 4.76, this isn't likely to continue, but those owners who put Lohse on the most added list (in leagues) should enjoy it until the bottom inevitably falls out.

Cleveland Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin stood to win Thursday for the fourth time in as many decisions, allowing one run in 7 1/3 innings, until closer Chris Perez faltered in the ninth. Tomlin lowered his ERA to 2.33 and his WHIP to 0.89. Tomlin is not as good as these numbers indicate, but with a career ERA of 4.18, he's not Lohse, either. Invest in deep leagues.