Bits: Ramon Hernandez off to roaring start 

April, 1, 2011
&#8226 Cincinnati Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez was Thursday's offensive star, smacking a three-run home run among his four hits to beat the Milwaukee Brewers. Hernandez, owned in just 2.8 percent of ESPN standard mixed leagues, hits for average, homered seven times in 313 at-bats a year ago and is underrated for multi-catcher formats.

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Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesJeff Mathis homered and doubled on his birthday Thursday.
&#8226 Speaking of catchers, those hoping that Los Angeles Angels hotshot rookie Hank Conger would get regular playing time didn't enjoy defensive-minded backstop Jeff Mathis hitting a home run and a double Thursday. Mathis, who has a career .311 slugging percentage, won't keep this up, but Conger's demotion to Triple-A Salt Lake was likely accelerated.

&#8226 Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez homered in his first at-bat Thursday, then later walked and stole a base. While we all love the power, the fact that Gomez took a free pass should not be ignored. Gomez walked just 17 times in 318 plate appearances in 2010, actually raising his career rate. He should play over recent acquisition Nyjer Morgan, but he needs to show consistent plate discipline -- and power -- if he is to ever emerge as a star.