Bits: Arencibia's power, Nats bullpen ... 

September, 25, 2012
New York Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte tossed six shutout innings at Minnesota on Monday, the second consecutive start in which he didn't allow a run. Pettitte allowed seven hits and a walk, and lowered his ERA over 11 starts to 2.71. He's a terrific free-agent addition for Saturday at Toronto, and if there's a one-game playoff at the end of the regular season, Pettitte, available in more than half of ESPN standard leagues, stands in line to start it.

Josh Hamilton owners had to be pleased to see him in Monday's lineup for the Texas Rangers after missing five games due to an eye problem. Hamilton homered and scored twice, and should be back in all lineups, especially with the Rangers at home all week. Hamilton has played 139 games so far, which might be more surprising than his spectacular power numbers.

[+] EnlargeJ.P. Arencibia
Tom Szczerbowski/US PresswireBlue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia had been slumping mightily before his five-RBI game Monday.
Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia smacked a grand slam and knocked in five runs Monday, his first home run since July. Arencibia missed five weeks because of a broken hand and was really struggling this month, with two hits in 36 at-bats. He certainly brings potential for big power numbers, but at a terrible price in terms of batting average.