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  • Brian McCann not in Yankees lineup on Tuesday
    Brian McCann is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Tuesday's contest against the Rangers.

    Advice: He'll get a breather against tough opposing southpaw Cole Hamels. Austin Romine will start in his place behind the dish and bat ninth for the Bombers on Tuesday. 34 minutes ago
    4:05 pm vs x Tex
  • Cubs outright Federowicz to AAA
    Cubs sent C Tim Federowicz outright to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Federowicz cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this month. Assuming he decides to stay with the organization, he'll serve as catching depth in Triple-A. 41 minutes ago
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    4:10 pm x @Cin
  • Ross starting behind plate Tuesday
    David Ross will start behind the plate Tuesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: No surprise with Jon Lester on the hill. He also draws the matchup against the lefty John Lamb for Cincinnati. Willson Contreras is getting another start in left field while Matt Szczur is playing center. Today, 11:30 am
  • Cards designate Fryer for assignment
    Cardinals designated C Eric Fryer for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Bryan Pena on the active roster. Fryer has played well in sporadic duty with the Cardinals this season, batting .368 (14-for-38) two doubles and five RBI over 24 games. Today, 10:38 am
    Not Active
    5:15 pm x @KC
  • Cardinals activate Pena from 15-day DL
    Cardinals activated C Brayan Peńa from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Pena has been out all season after undergoing surgery in early April to remove loose cartilage from his left knee, but he's finally ready to serve as Yadier Molina's backup. Eric Fryer was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the active roster. Today, 10:36 am
  • Sandy Leon homers in loss to Rays
    Sandy Leon singled and ripped a two-run homer in Monday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Leon took reliever Danny Farquhar deep in the eighth inning. The journeyman catcher could be playing his way into sticking on the roster after Ryan Hanigan (neck) returns from the disabled list. Yesterday, 8:31 pm
  • Tyler Flowers belts homer in loss to Tribe
    Tyler Flowers smacked a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Flowers' blast off of Trevor Bauer in the fourth inning pulled the Braves to within two at the time, but it proved inconsequential after the Tribe's offense extended the lead late. The catcher has five dingers on the season as he shares starts with A.J. Pierzynski. Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Peńa (knee) on track to return Tuesday
    Brayan Peńa (knee) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Peńa batted .192 (10-for-52) over 14 games during his minor league rehab assignment and has already rejoined the Cardinals in Kansas City. He's been out all season after undergoing surgery in early April to remove loose cartilage from his left knee. Yesterday, 3:05 pm
  • Ellis drives in go-ahead run vs. Pirates
    A.J. Ellis hit a go-ahead infield single in the Dodgers’ 5-4 win over the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: You don’t see "A.J. Ellis infield single" very often, but he hit a ball deep in the hole at shortstop and Jordy Mercer had a tough time getting a hold on it for the throw to first base. The single put a bow on a four-run fifth inning for the Dodgers, which stood up as the difference in the ballgame. Ellis went 1-for-3 with a walk on the afternoon and is hitting .210/.310/.280 over 38 games this season. He’s not fantasy relevant. Yesterday, 1:32 pm
  • Yadier Molina not in Sunday's lineup
    Yadier Molina is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a day off for Molina, who is batting just .222/.284/.287 since the beginning of May. Eric Fryer is starting behind the plate. Jhonny Peralta is also getting a breather, as the Cards have Jedd Gyorko at third base. Sunday, 10:52 am
  • Welington Castillo sitting out on Sunday
    Welington Castillo is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a normal day of rest for Castillo, who has struggled since the beginning of May. Chris Herrmann is catching Sunday. Sunday, 10:49 am
  • Matt Wieters getting a day off Sunday
    Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks to be a simple day off. Francisco Pena is catching Sunday. Sunday, 8:18 am
  • Jett Bandy has made four straight starts
    Jett Bandy started his fourth straight game at catcher for the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: The Angels like Carlos Perez's defense, but Bandy is more interesting with the bat. The 26-year-old has hit .310/.311/.500 with two homers over his first 47 major league plate appearances and has batted .286/.339/.452 with 13 dingers at Triple-A since the beginning of last season. Given the current state of the catcher position in fantasy, Bandy could potentially carve out some deep league value if he keeps getting regular playing time. The problem is that Geovany Soto (knee) is due back soon, so regular at-bats might be hard to come by. Sunday, 7:15 am
  • Willson Contreras getting another start in LF
    Willson Contreras is starting in left field for the second straight game Sunday.

    Advice: He's in the No. 5 spot in the lineup. Contreras hadn't played in the outfield since 2013, but he's got a seven-game hitting streak going to begin his career and the Cubs want to keep riding him. The 24-year-old faces a tall task Sunday against Jose Fernandez. Sunday, 7:03 am
  • Red Sox could option Christian Vazquez
    The Red Sox are considering optioning Christian Vazquez to Triple-A Pawtucket when Ryan Hanigan (neck) returns from the disabled list later this week.

    Advice: Vazquez is sporting an ugly .212/.261/.298 batting line on the season. He's known as a defensive catcher and the Red Sox certainly aren't hurting for offense, so they can deal with his poor showing at the plate. However, the bigger concern here is they don't want to expose Sandy Leon to waivers. Leon is 12-for-22 at the plate and is a quality defensive catcher himself. The club also could think a little time in the minors for Vazquez could do his offense some good after he missed so much time rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Unless they want to carry three catchers for a while, Boston will have a tough decision to make soon. Sunday, 5:54 am
  • Rupp's seventh home run propels Phillies
    Cameron Rupp launched his seventh homer of the season, a two-run blast that lead the Phillies to victory over the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Given the poor state of the catching landscape, Rupp's numbers make him borderline usable in fantasy starting lineups. He has a .270 batting average with a .789 OPS. His counting stats (16 runs and 18 RBI) are poor but at least he doesn't kill your team's batting average like many catchers do. Saturday, 10:36 pm
  • Wieters homers twice, O's sweep doubleheader
    Matt Wieters went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI as the Orioles took the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays by the score of 8-6.

    Advice: Wieters, who didn't start the first game of the doubleheader, made his start count, smashing a two-run homer off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi in the fourth inning before adding a solo shot off reliever Danny Farquhar in the eighth. Wieters now has nine big flies on the year, batting .278/.332/.471 through 53 games. Saturday, 8:48 pm
  • Wolters has huge game against Diamondbacks
    Tony Wolters had a huge game Saturday, going 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in a win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Wolters didn't have a hit in his previous 12 at-bats before assaulting Shelby Miller and company, hitting a two-run homer off Miller in the sixth inning and finishing a triple shy of a cycle. The homer was Wolters' first of the season. He's still batting just .217/.303/.321 in 36 games, even after Saturday's outburst. Saturday, 7:28 pm
  • Montero has two hits, homer against Marlins
    Miguel Montero went 2-for-4 with a home run in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: The homer, a solo dong, was Montero's fourth of the year. The 32-year-old has been the odd man out in recent days, as phenom Willson Contreras has commanded playing time with his hot hitting and veteran David Ross remains post-dish for Jon Lester starts. Contreras' presence will continue to cut into Montero's at-bats, even if the youngster is finding starts at other positions, and Montero's .207/.322/.347 line doesn't help, either. Saturday, 5:44 pm
  • Norris pilfers another base in win over Reds
    Derek Norris went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Not known for his speed, Norris now has a stolen base in each of his past two games and three overall this year. He's been finding ways to contribute in recent days, homering three times with 10 RBI and eight runs scored in his last eight games played. He's hitting a less inspiring .213/.269/.394 overall. Saturday, 5:09 pm
    7:10 pm vs Bal
  • Gomes launches eighth homer against Tigers
    Yan Gomes hit his eighth home run of the season Saturday against the Tigers.

    Advice: The blast, a solo shot, was more or less an afterthought in a one-sided game, but it was consequential for Gomes, who hadn't homered since June 3. His struggles have persisted most of the year, as the backstop is hitting just .185/.222/.365 with 29 RBI and 21 runs scored this year. He is the owner off a modest five-game hitting streak in which he's 7-for-20 with two doubles, a homer, two RBI and five runs scored. Saturday, 4:33 pm
    4:10 pm ^ @Atl
  • Red Sox have touch decision at catcher
    Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged the team will have to make a difficult decision when Ryan Hanigan (neck) comes off the disabled list next week.

    Advice: Hanigan is rehabbing in Triple-A Pawtucket, so a decision could be coming in the next few days. Sandy Leon has hit .545 during Hanigan's absence and is out of minor league options. There's a good chance Leon won't clear waivers if he's designated for assignment. The Red Sox are unlikely to carry three catchers, which puts Christian Vazquez on the hot seat. Vazquez has been a liability at the plate, hitting just .215 with one homer and 149 at-bats this season. It's going to be a tough call for Farrell. Saturday, 3:58 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm x @TB
  • Cervelli (hand) does some drill work on Saturday
    Francisco Cervelli (hand) did some catching drills on Saturday.

    Advice: He had his stitches removed on Friday. Cervelli is still building up strength after fracturing his left hand earlier this month. His original timetable was 4-6 weeks and it doesn't look like that's changed. Chris Stewart and Erik Kratz will continue to fill in behind the plate for Pittsburgh. Saturday, 2:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Gomes (back) in Indians' lineup Saturday
    Yan Gomes (back) is in the Indians' lineup Saturday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Gomes was held out of the lineup Friday after having a cyst in his lower back drained. He should be good to go moving forward. Saturday, 10:01 am
    4:10 pm ^ @Atl
  • Willson Contreras starting in LF on Saturday
    Willson Contreras will start in left field Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero are back in action on Saturday, but the Cubs want to keep the hot-hitting Contreras in the lineup. The 24-year-old is batting .412 (7-for-17) with three homers and eight RBI over seven games since his promotion from Triple-A. There was a question about how much playing time he would get, but the Cubs have shown a willingness to test his versatility, which only enhances his fantasy appeal at the moment. Contreras hasn't played in the outfield since 2013 with Class A Kane County. Saturday, 9:43 am
  • Montero (knee) back in Cubs' lineup Saturday
    Miguel Montero (knee) returned to the Cubs' lineup Saturday versus the Marlins.

    Advice: Montero has been dealing with some soreness in his right knee since a play at home plate on Wednesday, but he's feeling good enough to catch John Lackey on Saturday. The hot-hitting Willson Contreras is starting in left field. Saturday, 9:35 am
  • Wieters sits for first game of doubleheader
    Matt Wieters is not in the lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays.

    Advice: No surprise here, but look for him to play the nightcap. Francisco Pena will start behind the plate for the first game. Saturday, 8:04 am
  • Stephen Vogt goes 3-for-5, homers
    Stephen Vogt went 3-for-5 and hit his sixth homer Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Vogt is hitting .286 with two homers, a triple and five doubles in 56 at-bats this month. Unfortunately, all that has been good for is just four RBI and five runs scored. That's what playing for the A's gets you. Friday, 10:53 pm
  • Contreras homers, drives in three in win
    Willson Contreras started at catcher and batted cleanup, leading the Cubs to victory with a two-run homer and an RBI single on Friday.

    Advice: Contreras moved to first base when catcher David Ross entered the game as a replacement for the injured Ben Zobrist. Now hitting .412 with three home runs in seven games since his call-up, Contreras is likely to see regular playing time at multiple positions as long as he stays hot. Contreras didn't hit for a ton of power in the minor leagues but did post elite batting average and on-base percentage numbers. Friday, 8:21 pm
  • D'Arnaud knocks in three runs vs. Braves
    Travis d’Arnaud knocked in three runs Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: D’Arnaud knocked in a run with a ground out in the second inning before delivering a two-run single in the fourth. It was his first hit since coming off the disabled list earlier this week. The 27-year-old owns an ugly .175/.254/.228 batting line through 16 games this season, but he’s capable of much better if healthy. He could find himself closer to the middle of the lineup if he turns it around, so he should be picked up in most mixed leagues where he was dropped. Friday, 8:03 pm
  • Padres outright C Sanchez to Triple-A
    Padres sent C Hector Sanchez outright to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Sanchez cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this month. He'll stick around as catching depth in the minors. Friday, 6:35 pm
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    7:10 pm vs Bal
  • Montero (knee) out again Friday
    Miguel Montero (knee) is out of the Cubs' lineup again Friday.

    Advice: Montero is still dealing with some soreness in his right knee from a play at home plate on Wednesday. The Cubs don't want to push things, but he is available to pinch-hit. Willson Contreras will start behind the plate and bat cleanup Friday versus Miami. Friday, 3:01 pm
  • Braves ink Jordan Pacheco to minors deal
    Braves signed C/INF Jordan Pacheco to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Pacheco was released by the Reds a couple days ago but didn't need much time to find another gig. He'll provide organizational depth at multiple positions. Friday, 1:41 pm
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    4:10 pm vs x Cle
  • Gomes sitting out after having cyst drained
    Yan Gomes is not in the Indians' lineup Friday after having a cyst in his lower back drained.

    Advice: He'll be available to pinch-hit Friday and will be back in the lineup Saturday. Chris Gimenez is catching in Gomes' place. Friday, 1:12 pm
    4:10 pm ^ @Atl
  • Norris hits three-run homer in win over Reds
    Derek Norris hit a three-run home run, and the Padres bested the Reds 7-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Padres were trailing 4-3 when Norris connected on a JC Ramirez pitch for the three-run bomb in the sixth inning. The homer was his second in as many games and his third in his last five contests, giving him 10 home runs and 25 RBI on the year. The power is nice, but Norris' on-base skills have disappeared completely this year en route to a paltry .215/.266/.402 line overall. Thursday, 9:02 pm
    7:10 pm vs Bal
  • Ross hits sixth home run in loss to Marlins
    David Ross hit his sixth home run of the season in a loss to the Marlins on Thursday.

    Advice: Ross now has six homers in just 38 games this year. He's batting .247/.361/.474 in those games with 23 RBI and 16 runs scored. The 39-year-old will continue to be Jon Lester's personal catcher, but with the arrival of top prospect Willson Contreras and the continued presence of Miguel Montero, Ross' playing time could dwindle as the season wears on. Thursday, 7:31 pm
  • Willson Contreras to see time in the outfield
    In addition to playing first base and catcher, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Willson Contreras will also see time in the outfield.

    Advice: Maddon compared Contreras to Kyle Schwarber, who saw time at both outfield and catcher when he was healthy. Either way, it looks like the Cubs are committed to having Contreras' bat in the lineup. Contreras hasn't played outfield since 2013 when he made two appearances in right field for Low-A Kane County. Putting Contreras in left field would allow Kris Bryant to return to third base. Playing multiple positions is only going to help Contreras' fantasy value. Thursday, 3:57 pm
  • Hanigan (neck) cleared for rehab assignment
    Ryan Hanigan (neck) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: He's expected to take four at-bats out of the designated hitter spot. Hanigan probably won't begin playing catcher at Pawtucket until sometime this weekend or early next week. He's been on the disabled list since June 4 because of a bulging disc in his neck. Thursday, 8:20 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm x @TB
  • Montero knee injury not considered serious
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that Miguel Montero (knee) checked out fine in his post-game examination.

    Advice: Sigh of relief for the Cubs. Montero was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Cardinals after Brandon Moss slid into him on a play at the plate in the sixth inning. Willson Contreras took his place at catcher, but Montero's examination turned up no tangible damage to the right knee and Maddon said that he will be utilized as normal moving forward. Contreras taking over the position might have to wait a little longer. Wednesday, 3:35 pm
  • Miguel Montero leaves game with leg injury
    Miguel Montero left Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Brandon Moss slid into Montero's legs while scoring on a Yadier Molina grounder in the top of the sixth inning. Willson Contreras entered the game at catcher and could suddenly be thrust into an everyday-like role if Montero's injury is at all serious. Look for an update after the game. Wednesday, 1:10 pm
  • Reds release C/INF Jordan Pacheco
    Reds released C/INF Jordan Pacheco.

    Advice: Pacheco elected to become a free agent Wednesday after getting pushed off the Reds' 40-man roster for pitcher Michael Lorenzen. Pacheco had been recovering from a right shoulder injury and might have to prove his health before a new team makes an offer. Wednesday, 12:08 pm
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    4:10 pm vs x Cle
  • Travis d'Arnaud getting day off Wednesday
    Travis d'Arnaud is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Tuesday in his first game since April. Rene Rivera is starting at catcher and batting eighth Wednesday versus Royals lefty Danny Duffy. Wednesday, 7:57 am
  • Willson Contreras in lineup again Tuesday
    Willson Contreras is in the Cubs' starting lineup again Tuesday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Contreras made his first start behind the plate on Monday and he's right back in there on Tuesday. The 24-year-old figures to sit in starts involving Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester, but he could still start two or three out of every five games. He's a viable option in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud activated from disabled list
    Mets activated C Travis d'Arnaud from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: D'Arnaud has been out since April 25 with a strained rotator cuff, but he'll make his return Tuesday in a World Series rematch against the Royals. He's batting eighth Tuesday against right-hander Ian Kennedy. D'Arnaud was struggling in all phases of the game prior to going on the disabled list, including an ugly .196/.288/.261 batting line in 52 plate appearances, but there's plenty of upside here if he's finally feeling good. Tuesday, 12:22 pm
  • Vazquez has two hits, RBI against White Sox
    Christian Vazquez went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Monday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Vazquez had two of his team's five hits against Miguel Gonzalez and company, and his RBI base hit in the seventh inning tied the score before the White Sox won it in the 10th. Serving as the team's primary backstop this year, the 25-year-old is batting just .221/.257/.310 in 43 games. The Sox lineup has no issue scoring runs and Vazquez isn't in there for his stick, though, so he'll continue to see the majority of the time behind the dish going forward. Monday, 8:33 pm
  • Contreras could start two out of five games
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Willson Contreras may get two out of every five starts behind the plate.

    Advice: Contreras, who homered on the first MLB pitch he saw on Sunday, is starting behind the plate Monday. He's clearly the future behind the plate in Chicago, but the Cubs have the luxury of a big lead in the NL Central and can ease him into things in the short-term. He could earn a larger responsibility in relatively short order, so he's worth stashing in fantasy leagues where you have the proper roster flexibility. Monday, 3:12 pm
  • Hanigan (neck) nearing rehab assignment
    Ryan Hanigan (neck) threw to bases Monday at Fenway Park.

    Advice: Hanigan has been sidelined since June 4 due to a bulging disc in his neck, but he's hoping to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of the week. Christian Vasquez and Sandy Leon will continue to handle catching duties for now. Monday, 1:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm x @TB
  • Contreras starts at catcher, bats fifth Mon.
    Willson Contreras is starting at catcher and batting fifth on Monday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It will be the first career start for Contreras, who hit a pinch-hit homer in his first MLB at-bat Sunday afternoon against the Pirates. Contreras was slashing .350/.439/.591 in 239 plate appearances at Triple-A Iowa prior to his June 17 promotion and is worth stashing in deeper leagues in the event that he carves out regular playing time. Miguel Montero and David Ross are still in the mix. Jun 20, 12:37 pm
  • Willson Contreras goes deep on first pitch
    Willson Contreras burst onto the scene in a big way on Sunday, clobbering the first pitch that he saw in his major league career for a two-run homer.

    Advice: Contreras entered to a standing ovation as a pinch-hitter for Kyle Hendricks in the sixth inning and wasted no time, sending the first pitch that he saw from A.J. Schugel over the wall in center field. He's making his first career start behind the dish on Monday against the Cardinals. He's worth utilizing in leagues that set lineups daily, though he isn't expected to be in the lineup enough to carry fantasy value in weekly leagues. Jun 19, 8:35 pm
  • Wilson Contreras to catch Lackey on Monday
    Wilson Contreras will debut behind the plate for the Cubs on Monday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: He'll catch John Lackey, who manager Joe Maddon dubbed the "perfect first guy for him to catch." The 24-year-old backstop profiles as an elite offensive option behind the plate, though with Miguel Montero and David Ross on the roster, it's hard to see him finding enough at-bats to be relevant in fantasy leagues. Jun 19, 2:56 pm
  • Wieters scores three, drives in four vs. Jays
    Matt Wieters finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI in the Orioles' 11-6 defeat of the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.

    Advice: Talk about filling up the box score. Wieters hit a two-run homer in the first inning, a double in the fourth inning, an RBI single in the fifth inning, and another RBI single in the seventh. His day finished in shame with a pop-out in the eighth. Wieters had been struggling offensively over the last few weeks, but he's currently sitting on a respectable .763 OPS with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 48 games. Jun 19, 2:20 pm
  • Yadier Molina getting a rare day off Sunday
    Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for the backstop. Eric Fryer will catch on Sunday. Jun 19, 9:12 am
  • Flowers homers vs Mets on Saturday
    Tyler Flowers hit a game-tying solo blast in the seventh inning on Saturday against the Mets for his fourth home run of the season.

    Advice: Flowers also had a double to finish the game 2-for-4. He is having a semi-productive season in his first year in the National League. His .250/.347/.383 slash line is pretty good for a catcher, but he has only nine runs scored and 14 RBI after 40 games played. Jun 18, 8:38 pm
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