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Daily Box Score Review – April 8, 2011

Boston reliever
Daniel Bard took the loss Thursday night as he allowed one earned run on no hits in one inning of work.  Bard’s ERA now stands at 16.88 after 2.2 innings of work this season.  I know that it’s really early, but you may want to begin considering
Bobby Jenks as next in line for the BoSox closer role should
Jonathan Papelbon falter.  Jenks has a 0.00 ERA with three strikeouts through 2.0 innings of work. It’s still very early, but something to consider.

Reds’ pitcher
Sam LeCure looked good against a hapless Astros’ lineup going 5.0 innings while giving up two earned runs and striking out six.  LeCure may not be the cure you’re looking for if your staff is ailing, but then again, he doesn’t appear to be the disease.

Twins’ second baseman
Tsuyoshi Nishioka suffered a fractured fibula on Thursday when
Nick Swisher came in hard at second in an attempt to break-up a double play.  The Twins have called up infielder
Luke Hughes to replace Nishioka on the Twins roster.  Hughes led the Twins in home runs and RBIs during the spring with six and 15, respectively, but only hit .246.  Hughes will battle
Matt Tolbert, who is the superior defender, for playing time.  Hughes is the man to have as his hitting prowess should win out.

Rockies’ pitcher
Esmil Rogers was lights out versus the Pirates as he went 7.0 innings giving up one run on four hits while striking out seven.  You may want to consider picking him up now if he’s still available.

Nationals’ pitcher
Sean Burnett picked up his second save of the year, but
Drew Storen was impressive as he struck out three in two innings of work.  Burnett will be fine as long as he doesn’t falter, but it’s a short leash.

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