Bits: Hunter Pence joins 20-20 club

Once upon a time back in March, San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence made my list of players I liked more than my colleagues did, and thus was more likely to end up with on my teams. My argument on Pence was simple: He was an established provider of batting average, power and on occasion sneaky speed, and that his 2012 struggles in a small sample size at AT&T Park (.220 batting average, 109 at-bats) were more fluke than anything else. Well, Pence continued his terrific 2013 season Tuesday with a first-inning three-run homer, his 20th home run of the season. He finished with four hits and six RBIs in a 9-8 loss to the Colorado Rockies.