Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Bauer allowed five hits, three walks and two runs in his big league debut Thursday. It wasn't the cleanest of outings, and Bauer's command was off, but the Tim Lincecum lookalike certainly appears to possess ace potential. He was pitching on three days' rest and not expected to go deep into the game. While fantasy owners might be overrating his initial value a tad (he's ESPN's most-added player, up to 70.1 percent already) he should perform better in future starts and pile on the strikeouts.
Meanwhile, San Diego Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner took a no-hitter into the seventh inning at Houston Thursday, ultimately allowing a single and a home run to end his performance. Cashner was making his second season start, first since being stretched out in the minors for a few weeks. Cashner reaches 100 MPH with his fastball and his nine strikeouts Thursday weren't a fluke; the only question with him will be durability. Expect the Padres to be cautious.
Colorado Rockies outfielder Tyler Colvin homered among his four hits and drove in five runs Thursday, raising his batting average to .308. Colvin is hitting .351 in June with five home runs and 16 RBIs. However, he's also not starting regularly, as the Rockies have a full outfield with Carlos Gonzalez, Dexter Fowler and Michael Cuddyer, with Todd Helton at first. If playing time changes, Colvin becomes a borderline own in 12-team leagues.
Tampa Bay Rays infielder Brooks Conrad smacked a pair of doubles in four at-bats Thursday, and seems to have earned regular playing time with his new team. Conrad was acquired a week ago, and is 7-for-20 with six RBIs. Those in AL-only formats should take some notice. Conrad is 32 and did nothing with the Milwaukee Brewers, but the switch-hitter has thrived in the minors. He has middle infield eligibility and could be the next Rays reclamation project, especially with third baseman Evan Longoria likely out a few more weeks, at least.
Los Angeles Angels right-hander Dan Haren beat the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday but allowed six runs. Haren has permitted four or more runs in each of his past four outings (with eight home runs surrendered) but won three times. The wins are the fluke there. Haren is striking hitters out but not showing real signs of turning his disappointing campaign around, so be wary of buying low.
Have a great weekend!