Bits: Jennings ready to provide boost

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings singled in four at-bats Tuesday, his first start in a month after a disabled list stint for a knee injury. Jennings, who is just shy of being 100 percent owned in ESPN standard leagues, is safe for immediate activation by fantasy owners; he'll score 90 runs and can still steal 30 bases.

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Alex Presley homered and tripled in his return to the team Tuesday after being called back up from Triple-A Indianapolis. Presley isn't standard-league worthy yet, but could hit double-digit homers and steal 20 bases. Or he could be Jose Tabata. For now, avoid each unless it's NL-only, and if choosing go with Tabata.

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus homered among his five hits Tuesday, scored four runs and knocked in three. Rasmus has long baffled his fantasy owners, but he's raised his batting average 30 points in 10 games and hit four home runs. Rasmus, owned in only 45.1 percent of standard mixed leagues, was hitting second, with third baseman Brett Lawrie first. Lawrie scored three runs. Expect this lineup configuration to continue, which is good for everyone.

New York Mets right-hander Chris Young made his season debut with five innings at Washington Tuesday, allowing three runs (two earned). Young has made four big league starts each of the past two seasons, posting a 1.43 ERA, so let's hope for more health. Young's a decent deep-league add for however long it lasts.

New York Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte struck out 10 Rays in 7 1/3 innings of shutout work Tuesday, allowing two hits and walking two. Pettitte boasts a 2.78 ERA after five starts, and in his three wins, he's fanned 27 hitters in 22 1/3 innings. It's early, but Pettitte is a top-60 pitcher and should be owned in more than 57.6 percent of standard mixed leagues.

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs outfielder Domonic Brown swatted two home runs among his four hits against Gwinnett Tuesday, tying a team record with 11 total bases. Oddly enough, Brown's recent hitting surge has coincided with him playing center field. For now, the Phillies aren't likely to promote Brown from Triple-A, but those in dynasty formats should keep him owned. Brown should be starting in Philadelphia's 2013 outfield.