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Bits: Murphy hot, Worley goes distance

Updated: July 27, 2011, 11:08 AM ET
By Eric Karabell

New York Mets infielder Daniel Murphy singled three times and knocked in two runs Tuesday, raising his season average to .313. Murphy doesn't possess much power or base stealing prowess, but his .344 batting average in July is extremely valuable, and somewhat maintainable. Also, enjoy him at first base, second and third.

Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Vance Worley tossed his first big league complete game Tuesday, allowing three hits and two runs to the San Francisco Giants. Conventional wisdom says Worley will come down to earth soon, but he's won five consecutive starts. His ERA is 2.02, and it was 1.23 in July. Own him, enjoy him, but be prepared for regression.

Conventional wisdom can't spin the poor season Baltimore Orioles first baseman Derrek Lee is having; he did homer among his four hits Tuesday and batted in five runs. Lee is having his worst season since 1999, and while he's hit five of his 11 home runs in July, it's not worth investing in standard (10-team) leagues. Perhaps a trade to a contender this week would help.

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