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Daily Box Score Review – May 4, 2011

Let’s not get all sentimental about
Francisco Liriano’s no-hitter, trade him!  He’s been terrible this year and his stock will never be higher.  He walked six and struckout two while only throwing 66 of his 123 pitches for strikes en route to no-hitting a pitiful Chicago White Sox team.  Consider this no-hitter an early Christmas gift and start shopping Liriano.

Tigers’ second baseman
Scott Sizemore announced his arrival in the Bigs by going 3-for-4 with an RBI.  Sizemore was tearing up the minors and looks to have the ‘eye of the tiger’.  He’s available in 96% of Yahoo! leagues.

The Astros’
Jason Bourgeois went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a stolen base.  Bourgeois now has nine steals on the seaason in only 41 at-bats.  Should Bourgeois be able to garner consistent playing time 50-plus steals is not out of the question.

The White Sox
Matt Thornton threw a perfect ninth inning including two strikeouts.  Too bad the White Sox got no-hit.  Look for Thornton to return to the low-pressure setup role he excelled at while
Sergio Santos mans the closer role.

If you have the need for speed then you may want to put Giants’ infielder
Emmanuel Burriss on your radar.  Burriss who was called up last week after stealing 15 bases in 61 at-bats for the Fresno Grizzlies stole his first base of the season on Tuesday night.

Eduardo Sanchez appears to be gaining
Tony LaRussa’s trust as he has two saves and a win in the Cards’ last three games.  Sanchez is only owned in 10% of Yahoo! leagues.

The Indians’
Matt LaPorta is heating up as he’s had two hits in each of his last three games.  He’s not batting .274 on the season with four home runs.  LaPorta is only owned in 15% of Yahoo! leagues and provides both 1B and OF eligibility.

With an 0-for-4 on Tuesday, the Padres’
Brad Hawpe is now hitting .165 in 79 at-bats.  Meanwhile,
Anthony Rizzo, the main piece in the
Adrian Gonzalez deal, is red-hot at AAA Tucson as he’s hitting .395 with eight home runs and a whopping 36 RBI in 25 games.  Rizzo has also stolen four bases.  The Padres have said that they don’t want to rush Rizzo to the majors, but stats like these are screaming for a call-up.

And by the way, Rizzo is available in Yahoo! leaguges.

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

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