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Bits: Michael Pineda struggles again

Updated: July 25, 2011, 11:32 AM ET
By Eric Karabell

Seattle Mariners right-hander Michael Pineda allowed seven runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings Sunday, continuing a rough three-start stretch that has ballooned the rookie's ERA from 2.58 to 3.64. Of course, all three outings were on the road; Pineda remains risky for September due to a potential innings limit, but stick with Pineda this week at home (2.44 ERA) against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Meanwhile, Rays right-hander Alex Cobb threw seven shutout innings at Kansas City on Sunday for his third win in his past five starts; his ERA in that span is 1.43. Cobb isn't a big strikeout guy, but he's the reason the Rays are going with a six-man rotation, and that reason looks legit. Add in deep leagues and keep him around.

Florida Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison homered Saturday and Sunday, giving him 15 on the season in 308 at-bats. Morrison, overlooked in drafts after only hitting two home runs in 244 at-bats last season, developed power fast. He's struggled since the All-Star break (.195 batting average), but don't give up. Instead, buy low.

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