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Bits: Dee Gordon keeps on running

Updated: September 9, 2011, 10:43 AM ET
By Eric Karabell

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon hit four singles and stole his 17th base in 37 games Thursday. Gordon, who has four games with three or more hits in the past week, last drew a walk in June, but he's getting hits and running wild. He's available in 86 percent of ESPN standard leagues.

The considerably older Vladimir Guerrero doubled twice and hit his 12th home run Thursday, raising his batting average to .282. It's been a disappointing season for the Baltimore Orioles designated hitter, but Guerrero does have five multi-hit games in his past nine starts, so perhaps his best month will be the current one.

New York Mets outfielder Jason Bay hit a grand slam in the first inning of the first game of Thursday's doubleheader, coincidentally his 12th home run of the season. Bay has three home runs and eight RBIs in the past week, matching the numbers he had in those categories all of August. Still, with a low batting average, the modest power isn't worth it.

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