First rate job: Reynolds, Overbay have upgraded Brewers at first base

The Milwaukee Brewers were historically bad at first base in 2013. Seven different players combined to provide little at the plate and in the field, leaving general manager Doug Melvin looking to improve at the position in the offseason. After weighing many options, Melvin brought Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay in on minor-league deals to compete with Juan Francisco. Reynolds and...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

The best defensive plays for the week ending August 5th

The great defense got jacked up to another level this week. Some of these plays…man, I’m speechless. July 30th and 31st, Angels vs Orioles – Manny Machado’s got a cannon. Manny Machado is great at defense. Even if Albert Pujols is much slower in his older age, these throws in back to back games by Machado were just gross. July 31st, Braves vs Dodgers – Dee Gordon lays...
Via The Outside Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Houston Astros big man Jon Singleton lumbers around bases for inside-the-park homerun

Houston Astros 1B Jon Singleton has a lot of power.  He’s expected to put them into the seats with regularity as he gets comfortable with major league pitching.  The trade piece as a part of the Hunter Pence deal showed off his power (and not so much speed) as he circled the basepaths for a two-run inside-the-park home run (after review, via MLB.com) Your browser does not support...
Via Reading Between The Seams
17 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Houston Astros Robbie Grossman robs Juan Francisco of game tying home run

The Houston Astros are playing spoiler to American League contenders, having taken two out of three games from the Oakland Athletics earlier this week, and now taking a second (out of three games so far, fourth game tomorrow) for the AL East contending Toronto Blue Jays.  The Jays nearly tied the game in the Top of the 8th when Juan Francisco seemed as if he hit a two run home run...
Via Reading Between The Seams
17 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ortiz Gets Day Off; Brandon Workman On Hill For Red Sox Vs. Jays

It’s been an eventful few days to say the least in Red Sox nation. As Thursday’s 4 p.m. MLB trade deadline approaches, Boston has already dealt pitcher Jake Peavy to the San Francisco Giants and reportedly sent righthander Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs, while trade rumors surrounding ace Jon Lester continue to fly. The Sox still have a game to play against the Toronto Blue...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: Stroman, Francisco Down Sox 8-0

Juan Francisco was a double shy of the cycle, Marcus Stroman pitched 6 innings of no-hit ball, and Rubby De La Rosa still has not figured out how to pitch away from Fenway Park in an 8-0 Blue Jays victory. 
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

5 New Questions About the 2014 Brewers

Before the season started, I had 10 Questions About the 2014 Brewers.  It’s interesting in hindsight to see what I was concerned about at the time.  In many cases, the players I was unsure of have exceeded expectations – including Khris Davis, Aramis Ramirez, and Matt Garza.  Now that more than half of the 2014 season is ancient history, I thought it might be worth raising...
Via Brewers Bar
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Flexibility paying dividends for Blue Jays

At the beginning of the Toronto Blue Jays series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, fans were greeted with an unfamiliar sight.  Star slugger and first baseman Edwin Encarnacion jogged out to left field to start only his fourth career game in the outfield. With Jose Bautista only able to get into the lineup as the designated hitter and Adam Lind batting .388 against...
Via Sports-Glory
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch: Orioles’ Adam Jones Knocks Over Ump While Trying to Advance to Second

This doesn’t happen every day. Baltimore Orioles’ outfielder Adam Jones tried rounding first base after an errant throw from Blue Jays’ third baseman Juan Francisco, and ended up knocking over the first base umpire. Hunter Wendelstedt, the umpire, took a nasty spill even though it doesn’t appear there was too much contact. Your browser does not support iframes. Any chance...
Via Standing O Sports
June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays blank Baltimore to snap skid

Before Friday’s game, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was preaching patience for his club, whose once overflowing offence had dried to barely a trickle the last week. These Jays, the league leaders in runs scored just a few days ago, were too good to stay cold for long, he said. “You just got to ride it out, it’s just the way the game is,” Gibbons said. “I don’t care...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals better bring the good lumber to Toronto

The Toronto Blue Jays are riding high after another sweep of one of the AL's other top teams and could have one of their hottest hitters back in the lineup for their return home. Edwin Encarnacion's status, though, is uncertain for Friday night's opener against the scuffling St. Louis Cardinals. Toronto (37-24) has won 19 of 23 and five in a row after a three-game sweep...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays beat Tigers 7-3 for 3-game sweep

DETROIT (AP) -- Juan Francisco and Brett Lawrie hit consecutive home runs in the sixth inning off Justin Verlander, and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 7-3 victory Thursday. The AL East-leading Blue Jays have won 19 of 23, including sweeps of defending champion Boston, AL West-leading Oakland and AL Central-leading Detroit. J.A. Happ...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals give up seven runs in first inning, fall to Blue Jays 12-2

TORONTO -- Juan Francisco had three hits and four RBIs, Marcus Stroman won his first career start and the Toronto Blue Jays used a seven-run first inning to rout the Kansas City Royals 12-2 on Saturday. Adam Lind went 3 for 5 with three RBIs as the AL East-leading Blue Jays snapped a two-game losing streak and finished May with a record of 21-9. Toronto has won 15 of its past 19...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Blue Jays are untouchable

I don’t have much to say about the Toronto Blue Jays other than “wow”. The Jays won their eighth straight game on Tuesday after beating the Rays 9-6. Mark Buehrle is 9-1 on the season. Edwin Encarnacion has 12 homers in May, and 16 on the season. Scrap heap pickup Juan Francisco has nine homers already this year in part-time duty. Melky Cabrera is playing like he did in 2012...
Via The Outside Corner
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The longest MLB home runs of the week

We have dingers, yes we do! And this week, we have several new faces – and one that is becoming a staple. 1. C.J. Cron vs J.A. Happ, 468 feet (May 10th) Welcome to the show and the top five for the year, C.J.! It’s something when a guy’s first career homer is a monster blast like this one. 2. Juan Francisco vs Justin Masterson, 448 feet (May 13th) Francisco’s average home...
Via The Outside Corner
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Farrell's Fantasy Baseball Frenzy

Fantasy baseball expert Dennis Farrell gives his Week 7 pickups, including Wilson Ramos, Juan Francisco and more.   Dennis Farrell is a former ESPN Radio, NBC Sports Radio Detroit host and is currently the host of fantasy sports shows on The Fantasy Sports Cable network, airing on Thursdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. EST.  Check out Farrell's podcast on iTunes or his website.
Via Fox Sports Detroit
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Dickey, Francisco lead Blue Jays over Indians

TORONTO (AP) -- R.A. Dickey won for the third time in four starts, Juan Francisco homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 on Tuesday night. Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera threw out Carlos Santana at the plate to end the eighth inning, preserving Toronto's one-run lead. Dickey (4-3) allowed two earned runs and four hits in six-plus innings. He walked...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Injuries Are Piling Up

In Episode 52, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) are joined by fellow Professor Bryan Curley (@BaseballProf) to recap all fantasy relevant news from around the league. Submit a question for the guys to answer on tomorrow’s show! Review the show on iTunes and enter to win a $50 Gift Certificate to StubHub! Click here for details. Today’s...
Via Baseball Professor
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Recap 5/8/14: Blue Jays Sweep Phillies, Encarnacion With Two Homers

One could say that the Toronto Blue Jays are on fire.  They won tonight and swept the Philadelphia Phillies, in a four-game series that included two shut-outs, and a 5-homer game. The win tonight, marks the fifth straight win for the Blue Jays. Edwin Encarnacion, hit two home runs in tonight’s game. His first home run of the night, was also the 200th of his career. Juan Francisco...
Via Tha Sports Junkies 101
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie wasn’t thrilled about playing second base last night

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided to start Juan Francisco at third base in last night’s interleague matchup against the Pirates while moving Brett Lawrie over to second base. It’s not an ideal alignment from a defensive perspective, but he’s trying to keep Francisco’s bat in the lineup with the designated hitter unavailable. While Gibbons’ reasoning is understandable...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: The longest homers of the week

This week was actually kind of…unremarkable for long home runs. Well, minus a personal favorite of mine, of course. 1. Juan Francisco vs Junichi Tazawa, 467 feet (April 26th) For reasons I can’t quite rationally explain, Juan Francisco is one of my favorite players in all of baseball. He tends to do this a lot when he gets a hold of a ball. That’s a bomb to dead center, a...
Via The Outside Corner
May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals fall to Blue Jays 7-3 to miss out on series sweep

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mark Buehrle pitched into the seventh inning, Juan Francisco and Colby Rasmus each went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 Thursday night to avoid a series sweep. Francisco and Rasmus each drove in a pair of runs for Toronto, as did Anthony Gose, who was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to start in place of injured outfielder Melky Cabrera...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays' Adam Lind on the DL, Juan Francisco to take his spot

The Toronto Blue Jays have been without Adam Lind since he injured his back in Tuesday's win over the Minnesota Twins.  The entire team had Wednesday off thanks to a rainout and he was held out of both games of a double-header on Thursday.  Before today's game with the Cleveland Indians,  Lind went through some stretching programs to see if his back had recovered.  Apparently...
Via Sports Injury Alert
April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays sign Juan Francisco to minor league deal

Hector Gomez of sports radio program ZDeportes in the Dominican Republic reports that the Blue Jays have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with free agent corner infielder Juan Francisco. Francisco has been assigned to Triple-A Buffalo. The 26-year-old was released by the Brewers at the end of spring training after losing first base duties to a platoon of Lyle Overbay and Mark Reynolds.
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Lion Fight 14- Jorina Baars vs. Cris Cyborg full weigh in and face off video

About the only time I have literally yelled out “Daaaamn, he’s shredded” during a weigh in was when Nicaraguan boxer Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez weighed in for his fight with Juan Francisco Estrada back in 2010. I have seen hundreds of weigh-ins and that little dude is the only one that has gotten an instant reaction from me. But today another fighter joins that pantheon...
Via Fight Hub TV
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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