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Bits: Wilson struggles in 2011 debut

4/7/2011

San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson came off the disabled list Wednesday and allowed three runs in two-thirds of the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres. Bad luck played a role, with a few infield singles and an error, plus two of Wilson's runs scored after he left. This remains an elite, and healthy, closer.

Chicago White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin homered, doubled twice and knocked in three runs Wednesday and is hitting .500 with two home runs and 10 RBIs through five games. The brittle Quentin has been a batting average drain for a few years, but in a truncated 2008 he hit .288 with 36 home runs and 100 RBIs. This start isn't shocking.

Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Kevin Correia won his second start Wednesday, tossing seven shutout innings of five-hit baseball at St. Louis. Correia, coming off a season with a 5.40 ERA, was effective in 2009, with a 3.91 ERA. That version seems to be back.

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila homered, stole a base and knocked in five runs Wednesday, quite a performance for someone owned in 0.3 percent of ESPN standard leagues. With Victor Martinez seeing most of his time at designated hitter, Avila will play, but he's worth owning only in deep, multi-catcher formats.

Florida Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan singled, doubled three times and scored three runs Wednesday, raising his batting average to .273. Coghlan, the hits leader the second half of 2009, has the potential to put up double digits in home runs and stolen bases. He's owned in 83.2 percent of standard leagues.

Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson fanned 10 Los Angeles Angels in his season debut but allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings and lost. Hellickson, a 16th-round fantasy choice on average, should be targeted. At some point the Rays will score runs, and this could be the league's top rookie pitcher.