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Bits: Arrieta latest Oriole with solid start

Baltimore Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta permitted one run in six innings Monday, striking out three in beating the Detroit Tigers. Arrieta struggled as a rookie, with a high ERA and WHIP and low strikeout rate, and like teammates Zach Britton and Chris Tillman in recent days, he also delivered a quality start for the unbeaten Orioles; but fantasy owners should wait to see more before acting.

Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy permitted one run over six strong innings Monday, striking out seven. A late bloomer with strikeout potential, Beachy's rotation spot seems secure, even with more-heralded lefty Mike Minor ready to emerge. Minor is scheduled to start Wednesday in place of Jair Jurrjens, but there's no word if he will receive more starts afterward.

Seattle Mariners left-hander Erik Bedard allowed five runs -- three earned -- against the Texas Rangers on Monday in his first major league start since July 25, 2009. The brittle Bedard generally pitches well, but not enough; over his past 58 starts, his ERA is 3.20, his WHIP 1.16 -- but this is since 2007. Buy low for his next outing against a far easier Cleveland Indians lineup.

Congrats to Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus for hitting a home run off Bedard on Monday, his first round-tripper since Sept. 2, 2009. Andrus is better known for his speed than power, and while he hasn't attempted a stolen base, his four extra-base hits in as many games are well over pace from 2010, when he delivered 18 all year.

Arizona Diamondbacks utility option Willie Bloomquist led off Monday's game at Wrigley Field with a home run, only his 14th in a 10-year career, and through four games he's hitting .357 with a big league-leading three stolen bases. Alas, Bloomquist is not on ESPN's most added list, wise considering Stephen Drew should resume starting shortstop duties Tuesday.