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Bits: There's the Beckett we know and love

4/11/2011

Los Angeles Angels right-hander Jered Weaver struck out a career-high 15 batters Sunday in beating the Toronto Blue Jays, reminding fantasy owners that it was he who led the big leagues in the K's category last season. Weaver -- the new Player Rater leader as well -- is obviously a pitcher to target, despite throwing an MLB season-high 125 pitches.

Boston Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett hardly seemed someone to target after his first outing, when he barely made it five innings against the Cleveland Indians, and last season he was tagged repeatedly by the New York Yankees (10.04 ERA), Sunday night's foe. Naturally, Beckett fanned 10 batters over eight shutout innings, allowing just two singles and one walk. Don't call him safe quite yet, but the talent remains.

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday returned to the field Sunday after missing more than a week following an appendectomy, and singled in a run in three at-bats. Holliday, a second-round pick in ESPN average live drafts, is safe to start in all formats moving forward. Meanwhile, Adam Dunn, sidelined by the same procedure, is expected to play this week.

Fantasy owners were similarly frustrated by Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew, who missed a week because of an abdominal strain but went 6-for-12 this weekend, with four RBIs, three runs and a stolen base, buoyed by Sunday's four-hit performance. Drew, who says he's still not 100 percent, should be back to 100 percent owned -- yes, he was dropped in some leagues -- soon.

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis is expected to miss a few games after aggravating a right ankle injury Sunday. Davis, hitting only .156 with a .344 OPS and one stolen base in seven games, should be replaced by Corey Patterson, who came off the DL (concussion) on Sunday. Patterson stole 21 bases in 90 games last year, so deep-leaguers should take a look.