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Tim Hudson enjoys encouraging outing

9/29/2010

Atlanta Braves infielder Brooks Conrad tripled in a run and scored another in Tuesday's win, and he should be the team's third baseman now that Martin Prado is done for the season. Prado is owned in nearly every fantasy league, but he can't help you now; Conrad has enticing power, mainly against right-handed pitching, and should be added in deep formats this week.

In other Braves news, right-hander Tim Hudson threw six innings of one-run ball Tuesday, halting what had been a poor September (1-4, 6.10 ERA). Hudson, pitching on short rest due to the Jair Jurrjens knee injury, should get one more start this weekend. With 16 wins and a 2.76 ERA, you'll want him active.

Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins singled in three at-bats Tuesday, his first start since pulling a hamstring three weeks earlier. Rollins should see playing time this week as he prepares for the postseason, but don't expect production. And next season, be careful in assuming Rollins is a top-50 player. With a .245 batting average and health hardly assured, he's not.

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Travis Snider homered off CC Sabathia on Tuesday, his second off a left-hander this season. Snider has hit in 10 consecutive games, with three home runs in that span. He should make strides next season as a regular player, possibly hitting 25 home runs. Remember, Snider's teammate Adam Lind had intriguing power like this before his 2009 breakout.

Kansas City Royals first baseman Kila Ka'aihue hit two home runs, tripled, knocked in four runs and scored four more in a breakout performance Tuesday. Ka'aihue has struggled in the majors after having no such problems at Triple-A Omaha, but he's an obvious sleeper for 20-plus home runs next season.

Milwaukee Brewers closer John Axford blew Tuesday's game against the New York Mets when he allowed a game-winning, two-run double to soft-hitting Ruben Tejada in the ninth inning. Axford has come from nowhere to have a terrific season, going 8-2 with 22 saves, but those in keeper leagues shouldn't assume he's safe for 35 saves next season.