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Daily Box Score Review – April 14, 2011

Tigers’ outfielder
Brennan Boesch went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base on Wednesday versus Texas.  That makes two consecutive games with a stolen base for Boesch.  Boesch did exhibit some speed while in the minors swiping 15 bases in 2007 and 11 in 2009.  Everyone was down on Boesch due to his total collapse in the second half of 2010, but given the fragility of 37-year old
Magglio Ordonez and the maturation of Boesch from his freshman to sophomore seasons there is plenty of upside here.

The Texans’
David Murphy came out running with two stolen bases and a 2-for-4 performance at the plate.  With a clear path to playing time Murphy needs to be owned in just about every format.

We have a
Mike Aviles sighting.  With a 2-for-4 performance on Wednesday Aviles raised his average to .156 from .107.  Aviles was a preseason darling and shouldn’t be written off so quickly.  He presents a nice buy-low opportunity.

Speaking of buying low, how about
Francisco Liriano?  After giving up seven earned runs in five innings Liriano is now sporting an ERA of 9.42 to go along with an 0-3 record.  A frustrated owner just may be willing to deal him for a fraction of his original cost and I wouldn’t pay much more that.

With another implosion by both
Chris Sale and
Matt Thornton on Wednesday the White Sox reliever that I’d want to own right now is
Sergio Santos.  While Sale and Thornton both have ERAs north of 7.00, Santos is sporting a 0.00 ERA in 7.2 innings with nine strikeouts.

You have to wonder what’s going on with White Sox outfielder
Juan Pierre.  He committed his third error of the season and was caught stealing twice by A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki on Wednesday.  Pierre is now 4-for-8 in stolen bases on the season.

Rockies’ second baseman
Jonathan Herrera continues to shine as he raised his batting average to .474 with two more hits on Wednesday.  He also stole two bases bringing his total to four on the season.  Herrera stole 34 bases back in 2006 so the speed is there if he can just seize the opportunity.

Here’s a bit of good news for all you nervous
Albert Pujols owners.  With a 2-for-3 outing on Wednesday Pujols now has multiple hits in back-to-back games for the first time this season.  You can now come in off that ledge.

Jim Bukowski is a staff writer for and can be reached at

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