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AL East Notes: Red Sox ban, Desmond Jennings’ production

The latest from around the AL East.

Houston Astros v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images

Boston is down five prospects after being banned from signing international free agents, ESPN’s Buster Olney first reported Friday.

The Red Sox signed five players during last year’s signing period, but those contracts have been voided.

This as the result of the now-concluded investigationsover the Red Sox' use of "package deals" to circumvent restrictions on their spending in the wake of the Yoan Moncada signing. Buster Olney had the news first.

So here's the bad news: the Red Sox are down five prospects, including two fairly good ones, and won't be adding anymore in the international free agent market this year.

More from around the American League East:

  • Didi Gregorius ended June with a .337 batting average, making it his best month with the Yankees to this point. He has been able to hit the ball to the opposite field routinely and is making contact with pitches in the strike zone.

  • Left-handed reliever Brett Cecil was activated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday. Cecil spent more than a month on the disabled list with a lat strain.

  • Baltimore’s lineup features several power hitters, but will the club be able to end the season with more than 264 home runs? It seems rather unlikely.

  • Desmond Jennings didn’t have much success in 2015, most notably because he was plagued by injuries. However, he quietly performed well in June and could be back on track.

  • Boston activated Brock Holt from the disabled list after he sat out with a concussion, forcing the Red Sox to test their outfield depth.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Orioles 47-31 — GB

Red Sox 42-36 5.0 GB

Blue Jays 43-39 6.0 GB

Yankees 39-39 8.0 GB

Rays 33-45 14.0 GB