Brian Matusz wins fifth straight decision
Baltimore Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz tossed seven shutout innings in Tampa on Monday, allowing three singles and two walks and fanning eight to win for the ninth time. Matusz has pitched well in the second half, winning his past five decisions, and should continue to emerge in 2011. Consider him a top-50 pitcher for keeper leagues.
Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez homered among his three hits Monday, raising his batting average to .249. Alvarez, owned in 13.3 percent of ESPN standard leagues, has knocked in a run in seven consecutive games, with 15 RBIs in that span. Those still competing should add him for this week. As for next year, expect 30 home runs but a low batting average.
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