Box Score Bits: Hoffman struggles again

&#8226 The struggles continue for Milwaukee Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman. Entrusted with a two-run lead Tuesday, Hoffman allowed a Scott Rolen home run, then a double, walk and Joey Votto single to lose the game. He didn't retire a hitter, and his season ERA after his fifth blown save is 13.15. The last time Hoffman gave up more than his current 19 earned runs in a full season was 2001.

&#8226 Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson entered Tuesday as two of the top seven AL starting pitchers on the ESPN Player Rater, but then they combined to give up 14 earned runs, five home runs and 20 baserunners in nine messy innings of work. This would be a wise time to try to acquire each hurler cheap.

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&#8226 Baltimore Orioles outfielder Luke Scott continues to be one of the more unheralded power hitters. He hit two solo home runs off Zack Greinke on Tuesday, giving him nine on the season. Scott hit 48 home runs in his two full AL seasons, so his hot power start is not a fluke.

&#8226 New York Yankees rookie Juan Miranda smacked his first home run of 2010, a solo shot Tuesday off Josh Beckett. Miranda's power is also legit; the lefty had hit five home runs in 28 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. With Nick Johnson out indefinitely, Miranda should deliver double-digit home runs.

&#8226 Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Shaun Marcum, high on ESPN's most-added list, won his third consecutive decision Tuesday, allowing the Minnesota Twins one run in seven innings. It was Marcum's eighth quality start in nine chances, and he lowered his WHIP to 0.97, third in the AL. Keep adding him.

&#8226 Atlanta Braves right-hander Kris Medlen matched Johan Santana on Tuesday, as each permitted only two runs in a game the Braves won in the ninth inning. Medlen, however, is the one pitching for his rotation spot. Consider this outing a good sign he'll keep starting, as he lowered his season WHIP to 1.16.