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Rays acquire Ben Francisco from Astros

Aug 31, 2012, 9:19 PM EDT

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The Astros had no real use for Ben Francisco after acquiring him from the Blue Jays in last month’s 10-player deal, so they moved him right along Friday, sending him to Tampa Bay for a player to be named.

Francisco played in 31 games in his six weeks with the Astros and hit .247/.289/.365 in 85 at-bats. That’s more action that he saw in 3 1/2 months with the Jays earlier this season, as he hit .240/.296/.380 in 50 at-bats for Toronto.

Francisco will likely go back to seeing less playing time in Tampa Bay. He doesn’t have much of a platoon split, so he’s only so useful as a starter against lefties. Still, as a fifth outfielder who can play pretty good defense in the corners, he’s worth the roster spot.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 31, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Francisco can’t hurt. The Rays need help scoring runs. Tonight they had 10 hits and only 1 run on a solo homer. The Jays did throw out 2 runners at the plate including Elliott Johnson with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th. Johnson got the worst of the collision with Mathis and has a few cuts on his face.

  2. gotampabay52 - Aug 31, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    What’s worse 10 hits and 1 run scored or a pround maple leaf telling you the same thing f canada why is mlb in your country

    • deafrecon - Sep 1, 2012 at 3:11 AM

      you’ve succeeded in making zero sense.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 1, 2012 at 5:46 AM

        He probably needed a strong drink after the game.

    • TestSubjekt - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      Someone that is a fan of one of the newest Major League teams complaining about the Jays (been in the majors for over 20 years)?

      LOL why is MLB in Tampa Bay? Attendance suggests fans aren’t in Tampa Bay either

      • jaysjunkie - Sep 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        It’s actually been 35 years and you make good points.

        BTW, my “unintelligible idiot” post was meant for gotampabay52. Why does this site sometimes put replies to specific posts somewhere else?

    • jaysjunkie - Sep 2, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      Unintelligible idiot.

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