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Bits: Domonic Brown finishing strong

9/18/2012

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown swatted his fourth home run of his abbreviated big league season (142 at-bats) Monday, a solo blast off R.A. Dickey, and three of them have come in the past eight games. Brown might not reach the lofty heights once expected of a top prospect, but he has power, takes walks for those in OBP formats and he's playing regularly.

Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Monday, but ultimately allowed two hits and four runs (three earned), with a Jacoby Ellsbury home run the big blow for Boston. Cobb, who hadn't lost since July, isn't a big strikeout pitcher but with his strong second half makes him someone to watch in 2013.

Detroit Tigers right-hander Doug Fister disappointed his fantasy owners by allowing eight hits and five runs in four innings against the Chicago White Sox Monday, losing for only the second time since July. Fister faced the White Sox last week and gave up only two hits and two runs in seven innings. Monday was different. Fister is generally good when healthy, and should remain owned.

Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla slugged a three-run homer in the first inning Monday, his first in 10 days, but after a brief benching he has been playing regularly and producing. Uggla, hitting .217 for the season but .304 in September, is finishing up his worst MLB season, but his power at second base remains valuable.

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth led off Monday's game in Seattle with a home run, and later added a pair of singles to raise his batting average to .274 in 40 games. McLouth, signed to a minor league deal in June after struggling pretty much since 2009 with Atlanta, has capably replaced Nick Markakis with modest power and speed, and he's available in more than 90 percent of ESPN standard leagues.

Finally, Colorado Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin did not win Monday -- Rockies starters rarely do -- but he threw five effective innings of one-run ball in San Francisco. Chacin was a legit, deep-league fantasy option last season, when he won 11 games with a 3.62 ERA, and while it's tough to make a case for him with the organization's pitch limits, he's a 2013 sleeper when healthy.