While Los Angeles Angels right-hander Ervin Santana deserves kudos for his first win of the season Wednesday, young outfielder Mike Trout certainly helped contribute. Trout had two doubles among his three hits, drove in two runs and scored two. Now hitting .289, he comes just as recommended as Bryce Harper, yet is owned in fewer than 60 percent of leagues. Don't wait to add Trout or, for that matter, the reliable Santana.
San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum allowed eight hits and four runs in five innings to lose Wednesday in Los Angeles, but he threw his fastball and slider at greater speeds than he had all season. Lincecum's average first-inning fastball entering Wednesday was 90.7; he topped it at 91.8. Lincecum's ERA stands at 5.89 and he hasn't reached six innings in three of four starts, but he's on pace for 214 strikeouts. Buy low before it's too late.
Colorado Rockies left-hander Christian Friedrich won his big league debut Wednesday, allowing two runs (one earned) in six innings in San Diego. Friedrich fanned seven and walked only one, and should have earned himself more starts. Still, Friedrich is a former first-round pick that struggled in Double-A ball the past few seasons, and doesn't come recommended.
Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez singled three times Wednesday, adding an RBI and a run scored, and raised his lowly batting average to .209. The No. 8 shortstop on fantasy draft day, Ramirez is a notorious slow-starter currently available in more than a quarter of ESPN's standard leagues. He also has five RBIs in three games. Add him now.
Seattle Mariners catcher John Jaso singled in a run in four at-bats Wednesday, lowering his batting average to .300 and his OBP to .341. Catchers don't often hit leadoff, but Jaso is getting on base, similar to 2010 with the Tampa Bay Rays. Jesus Montero gets the attention in Seattle, but in an OBP league, Jaso is a useful No. 2 catcher.
Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Casey Janssen earned his first save with a perfect ninth inning in Oakland Wednesday, and should keep the closer role until Sergio Santos returns from the DL, which might not happen until June. Janssen has 10 career saves in six years, but the skills are there and, for now, the opportunity. Those owning Francisco Cordero and his 9.53 ERA can move on.