Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora went 4-for-6 with a double for Double-A Tennessee on Monday.
Almora was 1-for-19 through his first four games in the Southern League, but he broke out in a big way. After a slow start to the season, Almora was hitting everything prior to his promotion from High-A Daytona. He has the potential to hit .300, but it would be nice to see improved pitch selectivity going forward.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the asking price for Rays left-hander David Price is going up.
As a result, it's very likely that the Rays -- who have also won 10 out of 11 to move back into playoff contention -- will keep Price rather than move him before Thursday. "I believe so," said one person familiar with the team's thinking. "Simply put, it will take more than it would have a few weeks back." Heyman was told by rival GM that Price will either be "sold at 200 percent markup or not moved."
Astros right-handed pitching prospect Michael Foltynewicz struck out 10 over six innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday.
Foltynewicz also allowed three hits (all singles), five walks, and two hit batsman. He has struggled since the middle of June, as opposing batters have hit .316/.418/.513 against him, good for a 1.860 WHIP. Foltynewicz's primary out pitch is his mid-90s fastball that touches triple digits, but his below-average command and lack of a second pitch that is average will likely turn him into a 7th or 8th inning option.
C.J. Wilson (ankle) allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings Monday in a minor league rehab start with Double-A Arkansas.
Wilson threw 81 pitches and gave up four hits and two walks while striking out seven batters. The southpaw has been sidelined all month with a right ankle sprain, but he should be cleared to rejoin the Angels' rotation this weekend.
Gerrit Cole (lat) tossed five scoreless innings Monday in his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis.
Cole, out since July 5 with right lat soreness, allowed five hits and three walks while striking out seven. He threw 50 of his 81 pitches for strikes. He's expected to get stretched out to 100 pitches in his next outing before rejoining the Pirates.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers are among the teams who have called the Red Sox about left-hander Jon Lester.
As Heyman notes, the Brewers have been aggressive with in-season moves before, but it's not clear if they have the pieces to get a deal done. Rookie right-hander Jimmy Nelson is one possibility. Of course, the Brewers aren't alone in their interest for Lester, as the Dodgers, Mariners, Pirates and Orioles have also reportedly been in touch with the Red Sox.
Mark Teixeira (lat) singled as a pinch-hitter Monday.
Sidelined with a lower left lat strain, it was his first game action since July 20. The expectation is that he will be back in the starting lineup Tuesday.
Aaron Hill (hand) flew out as a pinch-hitter Monday.
Hill left Saturday's game after he was hit on the right hand with a pitch and has missed back-to-back starts since, but he's expected to return to the lineup Tuesday. The 32-year-old could be a trade target this week.