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Bits: Wilin Rosario continues torrid stretch

9/24/2012

Colorado Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario stroked three hits Sunday, the fourth consecutive game in as many days the rookie has done so. Rosario, 12-for-17 since Thursday, has hit 26 home runs this season, second to Mike Trout among rookies, but has also raised his .253 batting average to .274 in this span. This is a near top-five catcher curiously owned in fewer than half of ESPN's leagues.

Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer allowed three runs on six hits in five innings Sunday, his first outing since leaving his Tuesday start early after two innings with shoulder fatigue and inflammation. Scherzer, the MLB leader in strikeouts, was effective Sunday and should be left in lineups this week for a Minnesota Twins rematch, but keep expectations in check.

San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera hit four singles and stole three bases Sunday, lifting his season total to 37. They have to be the quietest 37 steals, since he's owned in only 15 percent of ESPN leagues. Alas, Cabrera has flaws; before Sunday his career OBP was .316 and he possesses little power. Still, he can run, and he should be in consideration for a starting role in 2013.

Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett struck out 11 in eight strong innings Sunday, allowing only a Scott Moore home run. Burnett has notably struggled late in seasons recently, but his ERA in five September outings so far is 2.84, enough for fantasy owners to trust him. This has been Burnett's strongest season since 2008, and if he stays in the NL, there's little reason to fear owning him in 2013.

Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana helped spoil the debut of Kansas City Royals right-hander Jake Odorizzi with a pair of home runs and five RBIs on Sunday, as he continues his solid second-half play. Santana was hitting .221 with five home runs at the All-Star break; since then he is hitting .293 with 13 home runs in fewer at-bats. Santana is a top-five catcher for 2013.

Baltimore Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy made his big league debut Sunday in the eighth inning by inducing fly outs to Boston Red Sox Ryan Lavarnway and Danny Valencia. Bundy, only 19 and perhaps ready to earn a rotation spot next season, isn't likely to help fantasy owners these final 10 days in a relief role, but the future is bright.