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Josh Hamilton hit his second home run in three games after blasting a solo-shot in four at-bats of Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the White Sox.
July present an interesting month for the former MVP as it is the month where he has missed the most games, excluding September/October, over his career. But hey, at least he is healthy and has already hit half the number of home runs he had coming into the month, and we are just two days into July.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Jon Lester said he feels good after his live batting practice session on Friday.
The Cubs have very high expectations after signing the 31-year old lefty to a six-year, $155 million deal in the offseason. The move to the NL should help maintain that 9.01 K/9 he had last season and if he can maintain his usual walk rate and groundball rate, he should be able to keep the ratios down as well. If you miss out on one of the top-tiered pitchers in your draft, a fourth-round Lester isn;t such a bad anchor for your rotation. Analysis: Howard Bender