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Bits: Matsuzaka, Lowrie star for Red Sox

4/19/2011

Boston Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka held the Toronto Blue Jays to one hit over seven shutout innings Monday, rebounding from a terrible seven-run start in which many -- perhaps even in his own organization -- gave up on him. Now owned in only 3.5 percent of leagues, Matsuzaka still isn't "safe" for most leagues, but look at 2008 and there is, believe it or not, upside.

There's more upside at shortstop, where Jed Lowrie could soon make Marco Scutaro irrelevant, or trade bait, after a four-hit performance Monday. Lowrie homered for the second time in three days, has RBIs in five consecutive games and a .516 batting average for the year. He is emerging, yet owned in only 4.3 percent of leagues.

Chicago Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano fanned 10 San Diego Padres over eight shutout innings Monday, but Tim Stauffer didn't allow any runs either, so both pitchers earned no-decisions. Zambrano hadn't gone past six innings in his first three starts, but had little trouble with the Padres' offense. Buy low, but don't expect the 2007 version of Zambrano, either.

San Francisco Giants outfielder Pat Burrell smacked a three-run home run Monday, his fifth round-tripper of the season, and first with men on base. Burrell isn't doing much else, with a .200 batting average, but the power remains. Look for Burrell, owned in 5.7 percent of leagues, to threaten for 25 or more home runs this season.

Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Kevin Correia went the distance in beating the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, allowing four hits and two earned runs. Correia has won three of his four starts and sports a 2.48 ERA and sub-1 WHIP, but his strikeout rate is low. Sell high if you can, as his ERA will likely end up over 4.