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Bits: Max Scherzer forced to leave early

9/19/2012

Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer left Tuesday's outing after two innings with right shoulder fatigue. Scherzer, the major league strikeout leader and 19th among starting pitchers on the Player Rater, added four strikeouts to his total but his fastball velocity was noticeably down. No structural damage was found in Scherzer's shoulder, but don't be surprised if he misses his weekend outing against the Twins.

Chicago White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd allowed two runs in seven innings at Kansas City Tuesday, his best outing since July. Floyd, a notorious second-half pitcher, has struggled with elbow woes this season but looked strong against the Royals, needing only 78 pitches. He's a decent spot-start against the Angels this weekend.

Miami Marlins right-hander Nate Eovaldi shut out the Atlanta Braves for eight innings Tuesday night, allowing four hits and striking out five, but his bullpen failed him and has kept him winless for a month. Eovaldi, acquired from the Dodgers in the Hanley Ramirez trade, is better than his current 4.36 ERA. Only 22 and having skipped Triple-A, Eovaldi is a wise deep-league sleeper in 2013.

Cleveland Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall homered Tuesday, his fifth for the big club in 97 at-bats. While it's a small sample size, that's not a bad rate. Last year, Chisenhall hit seven home runs in 223 at-bats. Only 23, Chisenhall hasn't shown any plate discipline in the majors, but he should be the starting third baseman in 2013, and reaching 20 home runs wouldn't be a surprise.

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Chris Young, who has barely played the past two weeks due to an injured quad, left Tuesday's game in the first inning after re-injuring it making a catch. Young, still owned in more than 40 percent of ESPN standard leagues, is having his worst season since 2009. Give up on him for this year, but there's no reason why he can't resume his annual 20/20 campaigns in 2013.

San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum beat the Colorado Rockies Tuesday, tossing 6 1/3 shutout innings, and his season ERA mercifully dipped below 5 for the first time. It's 4.91, a cause for celebration in a messy campaign in which the 29th overall pick in average ESPN live drafts is 438th on the Player Rater. However, he also boasts a 3.06 ERA since the All-Star break. Trust that Lincecum.