Give Billy Beane credit; he really is talented at finding bargain basement rejects who can pitch as good as staff aces. Even Bartolo Colon had a 2.65 ERA in 30 starts with the A's last year. It's too late to adopt Gray, Kazmir and the others at this point, but in the future, the next time the Oakland A's throw out a starter with even the slightest trace of redeemability, that starter needs to be on fantasy owners' radars.
• Playing in his first game since early April, Josh Hamilton went 1-for-3 and hammered his third home run of the year. Hamilton is hitting .433 in 30 at-bats, and if the early returns are any indication, Hamilton could be a major factor the rest of the way... if he can stay healthy. At the very least, his return to the lineup should make things a little easier for Albert Pujols, who's slowed down tremendously since getting off to a blazing start. (Pujols has five homers and is hitting .225 in his last 34 games, after belting nine homers and hitting .293 in his first 22 games.) Pitchers might be more aggressive in how they pitch Pujols now, and that could play to his advantage.