Box Score Bits: Haren falters, Kubel slams

&#8226 Arizona Diamondbacks ace Dan Haren was torched for seven runs, six of them earned, in 4 1/3 messy innings of a Sunday loss to the Atlanta Braves. Haren's ERA sits at 4.83, well above what fantasy owners have come to expect from the regarded first-half stalwart. Could it be Haren is ready to carry fantasy owners after the All-Star break this season?

&#8226 Minnesota Twins outfielder Jason Kubel is having a terrible season and is owned in barely half of ESPN's leagues, but maybe his go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning off Mariano Rivera on Sunday at Yankee Stadium will change his fortunes. Kubel hit .300 with 103 RBIs last season, but he's at .224 with 15 RBIs today.

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&#8226 Florida Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan, the defending NL Rookie of the Year, smacked a three-run, pinch-hit home run to help beat the New York Mets on Sunday, his second home run of the weekend (and the season). Coghlan is hitting .214 but is showing signs of turning his season around. Buy low.

&#8226 Los Angeles Angels right-hander Joel Pineiro spun a four-hit shutout against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, winning 4-0. It's the third time this season Pineiro hasn't allowed a run in a start, and this was his first win since April 19. He's owned in 36.7 percent of ESPN leagues.

&#8226 San Diego Padres lefty Wade LeBlanc didn't win Sunday, as he was outdueled by Chad Billingsley of the Los Angeles Dodgers, but LeBlanc permitted only two hits and one run in seven innings. LeBlanc, owned in 28 percent of leagues, lowered his ERA to 1.54.

&#8226 Atlanta Braves veteran Eric Hinske homered Sunday, his first of the season, but there could be more in his future since it appears he has earned a more regular role. Hinske is hitting .360 and delivered four multihit games this past week, knocking in eight runs.