Bits: Jason Giambi blasts three homers

Colorado Rockies first baseman Jason Giambi homered three times and knocked in seven runs in Philadelphia on Thursday, the first three-homer game in his long career. Don't feel badly for not owning Giambi; the reserve was hitless in his past 18 at-bats since April 10. Even if Todd Helton can't stay healthy, Giambi is not a fantasy option. Just call it a really nice game and move on.

A more reasonable fantasy option is Minnesota Twins shortstop Trevor Plouffe, who smacked a three-run home run Thursday, and has six RBIs in two days. Plouffe is hitting .286 in 35 at-bats with the Twins since his promotion, and he did hit for modest power -- for a middle infielder -- in the minors. Those in deep leagues should take a look.

Oakland Athletics right-hander Tyson Ross left Thursday's start after seven pitches with a strained oblique, having faced one hitter, who eventually scored; Ross' ERA rose from 2.50 to 2.75. Ross, on ESPN's most added list after delivering four consecutive quality starts and winning two, is likely to hit the disabled list, and he's not worth keeping on your roster.

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig, playing second base Thursday, homered among his three hits, giving him RBIs in four of the past seven games and raising his batting average to .288. Craig has multiple 20-plus home run seasons in the minors, and even if Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman don't miss time (or even if one of them doesn't miss time), it seems Tony La Russa will find a place for Craig's bat.

New York Mets right-hander Dillon Gee allowed only two hits over 7&frac23; innings Thursday, winning for the third time in five starts. Gee isn't overpowering, but his big league ERA over 59&frac13; innings stands at 3.19, and his rotation spot seems secure. Deep leaguers could certainly do worse, especially considering Gee's spacious home ballpark.