Bits: LaHair stays hot; Longo hurts knee

Chicago Cubs first baseman/outfielder Bryan LaHair smacked his fifth home run Monday night in Philadelphia and finished April with a .390 batting average and 1.251 OPS. LaHair is near the top of ESPN's most-added list, and justifiably so, but be prepared for his plus-.600 BABIP to drop a lot. Still, this top-five NL first baseman should hit 20 home runs.

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez also slugged his fifth home run of the season Monday, and he did it off Atlanta Braves lefty Mike Minor, which is impressive. That said, Alvarez is hitting only .203 on the season, nearly half what LaHair is hitting. Alvarez should hit 20 home runs as well, but if his three walks and 23 strikeouts are any indication, his batting average likely won't reach .250.

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria left Monday's game because of a sore left knee suffered on a failed stolen-base attempt. Although fantasy owners applaud Longoria for trying to steal bases -- he's 2-for-5 this season -- they'll miss his batting average and power more. The Rays haven't announced whether Longoria will miss any games.

Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin won his major league debut Monday, allowing three runs over 5 2/3 innings. Corbin, who fanned six and walked three, is likely headed back to the minors soon, but remember the name in NL-only leagues. Corbin doesn't possess the upside of organizational colleagues Trevor Bauer or Tyler Skaggs, but the former Angels prospect has a future in the bigs.

Baltimore Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel finished April with a 1.97 ERA and 1.03 WHIP after allowing two runs in six innings at Yankee Stadium on Monday. Hammel allowed an Eric Chavez home run but little else, and his 30 strikeouts for April are impressive. Hammel fanned 94 hitters all last season. Although the AL East likely will eat up Hammel in the coming months, the strikeouts keep him interesting.

Oakland Athletics left-hander Tommy Milone saw his 2.00 ERA and 0.85 WHIP explode when he allowed eight runs (seven earned) in 4 2/3 innings Monday at Fenway Park. Milone is a control artist best trusted in Oakland's home games, not against top offenses on the road. Lefty-hitting David Ortiz took Milone deep twice. Next up for Milone is a road game at Tampa Bay, where he's better left on the bench.