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Bits: Pedro Alvarez showing signs of life

Updated: April 22, 2011, 12:09 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
New York Mets outfielder Jason Bay made his season debut Thursday, hitting a double and scoring twice in four at-bats. Bay was on the disabled list because of a strained rib cage and was inserted into the No. 5 lineup slot upon his return. His 2010 struggles are well-documented, but he should be owned even in shallow leagues.

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse spun a two-hit shutout against the Washington Nationals on Thursday, fanning six and lowering his ERA to 2.01. With a career ERA of 4.76, this isn't likely to continue, but those owners who put Lohse on the most added list (in ESPN.com leagues) should enjoy it until the bottom inevitably falls out.

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