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Juan Francisco is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday's afternoon tilt against the Yankees.

It's merely a routine day of rest for Francisco against southpaw Chris Capuano. Shawn Tolleson will get the start at third base while Dan Johnson functions as the Jays designated hitter.
Jul 26 - 11:05 AM

Athletics prospect first baseman Matt Olson went 1-for-3 with a home run and two walks on Friday for High-A Stockton.

Olson showed off his "three true outcome" tendencies, as he also struck out twice, rendering the fielders moot. He is having a monster season, hitting .243/.396/.528 with 19 doubles and 29 home runs, as well as 91 walks and 104 strikeouts.
Jul 26 - 11:02 AM

Athletics prospect first baseman Max Muncy went 1-for-4 with a home run on Friday for Double-A Midland.

Muncy is hitting .276/.397/.426 with 20 doubles, three triples, and seven home runs for the season, but he has been experiencing a power surge as of late, hitting .286/.440/.476 with two doubles, one triple, and four home runs in July. Muncy has the talent to be major league first baseman, but the Athletics are in win-now mode, and Matt Olson's monster season could prevent Muncy from getting a shot.
Jul 26 - 10:57 AM

According to Jen Royle of the Boston Herald, an unnamed National League team is close to acquiring Jake Peavy from the Red Sox.

The only known NL squad rumored to have serious interest in Peavy, the Cardinals, are not believed to be the suitor in this potential deal. While nothing appears imminent, it's a situation worth monitoring. Brandon Workman would likely return to the Red Sox rotation in the event Peavy is dealt.
Jul 26 - 10:52 AM

Jon Lester admitted Friday that even if he is traded before next week's non-waiver trade deadline, he would be open to returning to the Red Sox as a free agent next season.

Lester hasn't hidden his desire to remain with the Red Sox, and as they currently sit in the cellar of the American League East, it's an idea that may make sense for them as an organization. If they can flip the star southpaw for the best prospects they can get at the deadline, and then re-sign him over the Winter, the organization will be strengthened.
Jul 26 - 10:48 AM

Yankees prospect catcher Luis Torrens went 2-for-5 for short season-A Staten Island on Friday, raising his season line to .376/.411/.565.

The 18-year old Torrens has more than lived up to expectations, and is third in the NY-Penn Leauge in batting average, sixth in OBP, and seventh in slugging percentage despite being one of seven 18-year old hitters in the league. He has the potential to be a middle-of-the-order bat for the Yankees, but needs at least three more seasons to work on his defense and improve his hitting.
Jul 26 - 10:48 AM

White Sox second base prospect Micah Johnson went 2-for-4 with a double for Triple-A Charlotte on Friday.

Johnson has stayed white-hot in July, hitting .370/.418/.507 with three doubles, two triples, one home run, and five stolen bases. He lacks power, but has the speed to steal 30-plus bases and could hit .280 with 20-30 doubles. The White Sox seem reluctant to replace Gordon Beckham and his .224/.272/.355 season line, but Johnson's hot hitting may change their mind.
Jul 26 - 10:40 AM

Indians prospect outfielder Bradley Zimmer went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a stolen base for short season-A Mahoning Valley on Friday.

Zimmer has put up a .287/.364/.426 line with eight doubles, one triple, and one home run during his time in the NY-Penn League. He has not flashed the power that made him a first round pick, but he has more than held his own and should start 2015 with Low-A Lake County.
Jul 26 - 10:31 AM
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