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Overnight Dispatches

Courtesy of RotoWorld:

Until Shawn Green heats up, the Diamondbacks may use Jeff DaVanon over him against lefties. Green is 3-for-27 in seven games after going 0-for-4 against the Rockies on Thursday night. Slow starts are nothing new for Green, as April has been his worst month in two of the last four years and second worst in one of the others. His contract will guarantee that he’ll stay in the lineup against right-handers, even though the Diamondbacks might have a superior right fielder in Triple-A in Carlos Quentin.

Moises Alou hit his 300th career homer as the Giants beat the Astros 5-3 in the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader. It was a solo shot off Brandon Backe. Alou later added a sac fly, giving him eight RBI in seven games. Alou has really heated up since the end of spring training, hitting .348 with three home runs. If Alou can remain healthy for the entire season, 30 home runs is not completely out of the question.

After replacing an injured Brandon Backe, Taylor Buchholz allowed two runs in three innings on Thursday. Buchholz threw 58 pitches, making it unlikely that he’ll be ready to start Sunday’s game. He still figures to get a start next week, but the Astros may turn to Fernando Nieve or call up someone from the minors to pitch Sunday.

Nationals optioned outfielder Brandon Watson to Triple-A New Orleans. As much as we agree with the move, it’s the sign of a poorly run team that Watson is being sent down after just 28 at-bats. The Nationals like his speed enough that there’s a good chance he’ll get another opportunity at some point during the season. It’s fine to drop him for now, though. The Nationals are admitting carrying Brandon Watson was a mistake even though Church was just 3-for-23 at New Orleans. A Church-Marlon Byrd platoon in center field is definitely the way the Nationals should have gone initially.

Jason Vargas held the Padres to two runs in six innings on Thursday to earn his first win of the season. Vargas walked five, but he managed to work around them for the most part. That won’t work against other teams. Since his next start comes at Coors Field, he should be benched in NL-only leagues.

Carlos Quentin (injured side muscle) was back in the lineup for Arizona’s Triple-A franchise on Wednesday, going 0-for-4. Quentin had been out since Sunday due to the injury.