Closing Time: Barry Enright sparkles, Juan Gutierrez gets by

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There haven't been too many happy nights for the Diamondbacks in 2010, but they gave us a tidy 3-2 victory over the Mets on Tuesday. Good-looking rookie starter Barry Enright(notes) got the victory, working eight quality innings (5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K, scouting video here). Skipping Triple-A hasn't been too big of a deal so far for the 24-year-old righty; he's got a 2.66 ERA and 1,14 WHIP through 23.2 big-league innings, with 21 strikeouts against seven walks. He's a viable stream play against the Giants on Sunday, albeit he has to go up against Tim Lincecum(notes).

Juan Gutierrez(notes) worked the ninth and recorded his third save, despite allowing a homer to Angel Pagan(notes) to start things off. We got a look at the good Gutierrez and the bad Gutierrez here – he's allowed 13 homers on the season, an obscene total, but he also got a pair of swinging strikeouts (Beltran, Davis) to end the game.

We all knew the other cleat would drop on David Bush sooner or later, and it fell with a thud at Pittsburgh (4 IP, 9 H, 10 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K). Pedro Alvarez(notes) hit a pair of homers off Bush, including a grand slam in the first innings. Milwaukee made it a game with a nine-spot on its end, but the underrated Pirates bullpen (Evan Meek(notes), Joel Hanrahan(notes), Octavio Dotel(notes)) closed up shop, collecting six strikeouts over three scoreless innings.

Jonathan Broxton(notes) was probably headed for a blown save against the Giants but the red flag ultimately fell on acting manager Don Mattingly and struggling lefty George Sherrill(notes). This is one of the reasons we watch baseball – there's always a chance to see something for the first time. Clayton Kershaw(notes) was good if not great in his no-decision (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K), but Tim Lincecum didn't have his best stuff on the other side (4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 2 K).

Luke Scott(notes) is one of those notorious streak hitters, so his two-homer game at Camden Yards on Tuesday should have immediately stirred you to a point-and-click. Nonetheless, he's still just 12 percent owned as we go to post. Scott has a .927 career OPS at Camden Yards, so you'll enjoy the rest of the week playing him. He's also carrying dual-position eligibility, workable at first base and the outfield.

A lot of people would like you to believe that the Jose Bautista(notes) story came out of nowhere but that's not really true; he clocked 10 homers from Sept. 1 on last season, and he had a monstrous spring training in front of this year (there's been evidence that a slugging percentage spike in March is a precursor to a breakthrough year; hat tip, John Dewan). The Bautista blasting continued at Kansas City on Tuesday night, as he collected three hits, including a homer, and five RBIs. Don't be thrown by his .241 average – when you're on base at a .358 clip and slugging .549, you're an important offensive player. In the buy-sell-hold scheme of things, this is a hold all the way.

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Andy Behrens tried to talk everyone into Aramis Ramirez(notes) earlier this month and the Chicago infielder is making Behrens look like a prophet. Ramirez clocked three homers in Tuesday's comeback win over the Astros, and for the month Aramis is hitting a robust .383 with nine homers and a .906 slugging. Starlin Castro(notes) also had a role in the comeback, collecting three hits and his third steal of the week; if he continues to run, we can take a look at him for deeper leagues.

Ryan Dempster(notes) was surprisingly ineffective against Houston (5 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K) but the Chicago bullpen locked things up with four perfect innings. Andrew Cashner(notes) started things by retiring the first six men, underrated Sean Marshall(notes) had two strikeouts in a seven-pitch eighth, and Carlos Marmol(notes) got them 1-2-3 to close up.

Injury Blog: Carl Crawford(notes) suffered a groin injury at Baltimore and will likely sit out Wednesday. Crawford admits he doesn't wear a cup and doesn't intend to change that practice. To each his own, I guess. … Andrew McCutchen(notes) (shoulder) continues to make progress but he wasn't able to play Tuesday. The Pirates have no incentive to rush him back, given where they sit in the standings. … Dustin Pedroia(notes) did some hitting Tuesday but he's still wearing a boot on his left foot. Victor Martinez(notes) (thumb) also took some cuts and is closing in on a return, possibly without a rehab stint. … Josh Beckett(notes) had a bullpen session and remains on pace to make his Friday start. … Erik Bedard(notes) (shoulder) doesn't expect to pitch in the majors this season. … Brett Anderson(notes) (elbow) had a mediocre rehab turn on Tuesday, giving up nine hits and four runs over five innings. It's possible he could return to Oakland on the weekend but the club hasn't decided as of yet. … A sore shoulder kept Michael Brantley(notes) out of Cleveland's starting lineup, though he entered the game as a defensive replacement. … A sore hand kept Yunel Escobar(notes) out of the lineup Tuesday. This is what happens when you ask Escobar to bunt, Cito Gaston. … Jamie Moyer(notes) (elbow) was forced out of his turn early and is headed for the disabled list.

Speed Round: Asdrubal Cabrera(notes) returned to the Cleveland lineup, going 0-for-5 out of the leadoff spot. Jason Donald(notes) slides over to second base with Cabrera back at short; Jayson Nix(notes) is now considered a utility player (he started in left field Tuesday, in place of Brantley). … We can excuse Matt Garza(notes) for the gopher balls at Baltimore (he allowed four) but what happened to his strikeouts? He hasn't gone past five whiffs since his June 12 start against Florida. He's still better than his surface stats suggest, but this is just another solid arm in my mind, not someone who will contend for Cy Young Awards. … The starting pitchers didn't figure in the decision at Target Field but they both passed the eye test. Justin Masterson(notes) did it with power stuff (6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 7 K) but got a little tired in his final inning. Kevin Slowey's(notes) outing was more about location (5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 7 K), but unfortunately two of his runners scored when Jesse Crain(notes) relieved him.

The Rockies had a 10-0 laugher at Florida but Dexter Fowler(notes) wasn't part o the party, going 0-for-3 (though he scored once and drove in one). He's now in a 1-for-25 funk and maybe we should limit him to Coors Field use, only, until he proves worthy of full-time play. … Phil Hughes(notes) has the opposite problem of Fowler these days; he's money on the road (2.36 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, no homers allowed) but a mess at home (5.22 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 13 taters given up). The Angels put the hurt on Hughes in the Bronx on Tuesday night (9 H, 6 R, 2 HR). Hughes gets the Royals on the weekend, but unfortunately it's at Yankee Stadium. … The Tigers didn't do a thing against Tommy Hunter(notes) (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K) and two relievers, though some sparkling infield defense had a role in all that. If Detroit is serious about making a run in the AL Central, it needs to trade for another hitter, badly. … Miguel Cairo(notes) has played his way into NL-only lineups while Scott Rolen(notes) is out. Cairo scored two runs and stole a base out of the No. 6 slot Tuesday. Mixers? Move along, nothing to see here.