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Weekend Box Score Review – April 4, 2011

On Saturday,
Drew Storen was used to open the eighth inning and was relieved by
Sean Burnett after working only 2/3 of an inning and giving up a home run.  Burnett then went on to get a four-out save.  Burnett should be on the roster of any save-needy team. 

On Saturday, White Sox third baseman
Brent Morel stole his first base of the season and with
Ozzie Guillen calling the shots more are sure to come.  And by the way, Morel stole 25 bases at Winston-Salem back in 2009. Although, Morel did commit two errors on Saturday and never got off the bench on Sunday as
Omar Vizquel got the start at third base.

On Saturday,
Sean Marshall worked a perfect eighth inning and picked up his first win of the season.  Those in deeper leagues should take note that Marshall won seven games last season while posting a 2.65 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP whiles striking out 90 in 74.2 innings.

On Saturday, Toronto starting pitcher
Kyle Drabek took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before surrendering a hit en route to his first victory of the season.  Drabek worked seven innings giving up one hit and one earned run while striking out seven.  Drabek’s skills are for real, but I’d be careful as he pitches in the brutal AL East.

Russell Martin is alive and doing well in the Bronx.  He hit his first home run of the season on Saturday and is a prime bounceback candidate.

Inidans’ third baseman
Jack Hannahan is hitting .364 through the Indians’ first three games but expect him to give way at some point this season to the Indians’ #1 minor league prospect
Lonnie Chisenhall.  Chisenhall hit .500 with two home runs in 26 at-bats this spring.

The time to roster Tigers’ outfielder
Brennan Boesch is now!  Boesch got the start at DH on Sunday and hitting third in front of
Miguel Cabrera he went 4-for-4 with a home run, four runs scored and four runs batted in.  If Boesch can regain his form from the first half of 2010 he’ll force himself into a full-time starting role.

John Axford owners may want to consider rostering set-up man
Takashi Saito.  Working from behind in a blowout situation on Sunday Axford gave up two hits in 2/3 of an inning and was removed after 19 pitches.

Filling in for the injured
Chase Utley,
Wilson Valdez of the Phillies is hitting .364 after three games.  Valdez has 2B/SS eligibility in Yahoo! leagues.

Orioles rookie pitcher
Zach Britton was great Sunday in a start against the Longoria-less Rays.  Britton struck out six and allowed only one earned run en route to his first victory.  Remember that Britton only got the call due to
Brian Matusz‘s injury, but it’s possible that Britton could establish himself over the next several weeks while Matusz is out.

If you’re looking for cheap steals look no further than the Rays’
Elliot Johnson. Johnson got the start Sunday at shortstop and should see increased time over the next month with
Evan Longoria going on the DL.  Johnson stole 12 bases without being caught during the spring and is eligible at SS/OF in Yahoo! leagues.

Ian Kinsler now has three home runs in three games.  He’ll make a run at MVP if he can stay healthy.

After a 4-for-6 day the Royals’
Alex Gordan is hitting .316.  This is the year that Gordon finally puts it together and you were able to pick him up off the waiver wire.  How sweet is that?

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

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