Cincinnati Reds right-hander Edinson Volquez suffered a rough outing Thursday, giving up five hits, four walks and six runs while retiring only seven Washington Nationals. It was Volquez's second start since coming off Tommy John surgery. ESPN's most-added player should improve against the Brewers next week.
Volquez lost to Livan Hernandez, who is owned in half the leagues yet continues to pitch well enough for attention. Hernandez went the distance Thursday, allowing seven hits and one run. It was his first win in a month, but with a 3.12 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, he certainly hasn't fallen apart since his fine start to 2010.
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Detroit Tigers rookie Scott Sizemore went hitless in four at-bats Thursday, his first major league action since May 15. He did so at third base, rather than second base. Sizemore, who hit .329 at Triple-A Toledo, was a rookie of the year candidate in April, so consider him ownable in deeper leagues.
Colorado Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa was awful in his first two starts off the disabled list but allowed only three hits and two runs in six innings Thursday, fanning eight. De La Rosa is being dropped in leagues, but with his strikeout potential, he's someone to be patient with.
Kansas City Royals outfielder Rick Ankiel played his first game Thursday after missing two-plus months with a quad injury, replacing the injured David DeJesus in center field. Ankiel struck out in all three at-bats, but he will likely play regularly now that DeJesus, who sprained his right thumb crashing into the Yankee Stadium wall, is expected to sit this weekend.
Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco hit the go-ahead home run in the 11th inning Thursday, his sixth homer of the season. Polanco, the team's newest leadoff hitter while Jimmy Rollins struggles, has three multihit games since coming off the DL last week. He's second in the National League in batting and might still be a buy-low option.