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  • Chirinos schools Price with Game 1 homer
    Robinson Chirinos went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 5-3 Game 1 ALDS win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Chirinos hit ninth in Thursday's raucous contest with the Blue Jays. He delivered from the bottom of the lineup card, swatting a two-run homer off Toronto ace David Price in the fifth inning. At the time, it increased the Ranger lead to 4-1. A biceps injury hampered him down the stretch in September, but it didn't appear to limit him under the October spotlight as the Rangers began their quest for playoff immortality. The 31-year-old catcher's not a pure power hitter by any stretch of the imagination, though he did pop 10 long balls in the regular season. He'll do battle with Blue Jays Game 2 starter Marcus Stroman on Friday. Today, 3:39 pm
  • Yadier Molina (thumb) 'ready to go' for NLDS
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed Thursday that Yadier Molina (thumb) will be on the NLDS roster.

    Advice: "Yadier Molina looks great and will be ready to go," said the Cardinals skipper. Molina suffered a ligament in his left (glove-side) thumb on September 20 and didn't appear in a game for the Cards over the final two weeks, but he's been fitted with a custom splint and will apparently start behind the plate in Game 1 on Friday night against the Cubs. Today, 11:43 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Schwarber crushes massive homer off Cole
    Kyle Schwarber launched a two-run home run and finished 2-for-3 with three RBI in Wednesday's 4-0 Wild Card win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Schwarber was a one-man show in the early innings of Wednesday's elimination game win, knocking in the first run of the game with an RBI single in the first inning before following that up in third inning with an impressive display of power. In that frame, the 22-year-old outfielder jumped on a wayward pitch by Pirates ace Gerrit Cole and demolished it for a two-run homer that cleared the stands and landed in the Allegheny River. Schwarber and the rest of his teammates will now head to St. Louis, where they're set to face the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. Yesterday, 8:16 pm
    W, 3-1 x @Mil
  • Phillies outright Kratz to Triple-A
    Phillies sent C Erik Kratz outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Kratz had himself quite a ride this season. He started the year with the Royals, was subsequently designated for assignment in June before being picked up by the Red Sox, who then designated him for assignment, at which point he was picked up by the Mariners in early July, released in mid-July and signed by the Phillies on July 17. Phew. Across all of that action, he accrued five hits in 26 at-bats. He slashed .256/.351/.471 in the minors over 172 at-bats, which isn't too shabby considering his decidedly jumbled season. Yesterday, 1:48 pm
    Not Active
    W, 7-2 vs ^ Mia
  • White Sox outright Nieto to Double-A
    White Sox sent C Adrian Nieto outright to Double-A Birmingham.

    Advice: The move clears him from the 40-man roster. The former Rule 5 draft pick appeared in 48 games with the White Sox in 2014, but he played exclusively in Double-A this season while batting .207/.344/.316 over 81 games. Yesterday, 11:57 am
    Not Active
    L, 6-0 vs x Det
  • Brewers designate Ashley for assignment
    Brewers designated C Nevin Ashley for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Junior Guerra on the 40-man roster. Ashley was a September call-up for the Brewers, but he was expendable. Yesterday, 11:51 am
    Not Active
    L, 3-1 vs x ChC
  • Schwarber in RF, Bryant in LF for WC game
    Kyle Schwarber will start in right field for Wednesday's Wild Game game against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise, as Cubs manager Joe Maddon has hinted at the possibility in recent days. Schwarber has mostly played left field, but there isn't as much ground to cover in right field at PNC Park. Kris Bryant will make the start in left field while Tommy La Stella will play third base and bat fifth. The full lineup: Dexter Fowler CF, Schwarber RF, Bryant LF, Anthony Rizzo 1B, La Stella 3B, Starlin Castro 2B, Miguel Montero C, Addison Russell SS, Jake Arrieta P. Yesterday, 11:40 am
    W, 3-1 x @Mil
  • Cards remain optimistic about Molina's status
    Yadier Molina (thumb) responded well after participating in baseball activities Tuesday.

    Advice: Molina, who was recently fitted with a custom splint for his sprained left thumb, took part in hitting, catching, and blocking balls on Tuesday. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday that he's now even more optimistic that he'll be on the NLDS roster. The Cardinals will meet the winner of the National League Wild Card game beginning Friday. Yesterday, 10:47 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Braves' Bethancourt undergoes knee surgery
    Christian Bethancourt had arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee.

    Advice: Bethancourt should be able to resume workouts by the end of November, so it shouldn't impact his readiness for spring training. The 24-year-old is coming off a disappointing season where he batted just .200/.225/.290 in 160 plate appearances and had his share of struggles behind the plate. He could serve as a backup in 2016 if the Braves re-sign A.J. Pierzynski. Yesterday, 7:47 am
    W, 6-0 vs x StL; W, 2-0 vs x StL
  • Cards optimistic Yadi (thumb) plays in NLDS
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that the club is "optimistic" Yadier Molina (thumb) will be on their NLDS roster.

    Advice: Molina has missed the last two weeks after being diagnosed with a sprained left thumb. He's still not 100 percent, but the Cards will make a custom splint for him to wear so that he can hit and catch. The club has indicated that hitting will likely be the bigger issue for Molina, but they'll be happy to have his elite defense even if he can't offer much at the plate. St. Louis hosts the winner of the National League Wild Card game in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. Monday, 2:51 pm
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Robinson Chirinos (biceps) ready for ALDS
    Robinson Chirinos (biceps) will be ready for the ALDS.

    Advice: Chirinos missed much of September with a left biceps injury, but he got in a few games before the end of the regular season and will get a bunch more rest this week. The 31-year-old catcher posted a .762 OPS with 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 78 games this season. Monday, 1:02 pm
  • Murphy could start at C for NYY in WC Game
    John Ryan Murphy could start over Brian McCann at catcher in Tuesday's AL Wild Card Game.

    Advice: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel dominates left-handed-hitters and the right-handed-hitting Murphy registered a nice .770 OPS versus southpaws this season. It's probably the correct move. The lefty-swinging McCann would be a nice bat off the bench in the winner-moves-on tilt at Yankee Stadium. Monday, 12:18 pm
  • O'Brien to enter spring training as a catcher
    Peter O'Brien will enter spring training next year as a catcher.

    Advice: O'Brien expressed a desire to move back behind the plate after spending the 2015 season trying out corner outfield. The 25-year-old has a big bat, but he was never a very good defensive backstop and how he fits into the Diamondbacks' future plans is currently unclear. Welington Castillo should open the 2016 season as Arizona's starting catcher. Monday, 11:17 am
    W, 5-3 vs x Hou
  • Salty expects to test free agency this winter
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia said Monday that he plans to test the free agent market this winter.

    Advice: Salty had a minor resurgence after moving from Miami to Arizona this summer, posting an .805 OPS with eight home runs in 70 games (37 starts) for the Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old catcher said he wants to find a starting job, and the D'Backs are probably going to move forward with arbitration-eligible backstop Welington Castillo. Monday, 10:34 am
  • Perez homers in regular season finale vs MIN
    Salvador Perez went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: With the Royals' 6-1 win, they clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Blue Jays were also in the mix for that honor, but they needed a KC loss. Perez helped make sure that wouldn't happen, swatting a two-run homer in the third inning to push the Royal advantage to 5-0. Heading into postseason play, the 25-year-old catcher leaves behind a batting line of .260/.280/.426. He also hit 22 home runs and drove in 70. All that's in the past now, as he gears up for postseason play. Sunday, 4:05 pm
  • Blake Swihart leaves with finger contusion
    Blake Swihart made an early exit from the Red Sox season finale on Sunday due to a right index finger contusion.

    Advice: With a whole offseason to rest up, he'll be fully recovered and ready to go long before spring training. Swihart ends his rookie campaign batting .274/.319/.392 with five homers and 31 RBI in 309 plate appearances. Sunday, 1:10 pm
  • Yadier Molina to have thumb re-evaluated Mon.
    Yadier Molina will have his ailing left thumb re-evaluated on Monday.

    Advice: Molina was prescribed another week of rest when he visited the doctor last Monday. He said Sunday that the thumb is "getting stronger every day," but we won't know about his status for the NLDS until after Monday's exam. Tony Cruz has been handling the catching duties for St. Louis with Yadi sidelined. Sunday, 11:45 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • MRI on Tom Murphy's shoulder is clean
    An MRI on Tom Murphy's left shoulder showed no major structural damage.

    Advice: Murphy is dealing with a minor strain and contusion. The young catcher will now skip the Arizona Fall League but should be fine by the time spring training rolls around. Sunday, 11:38 am
    W, 7-3 x @SF
  • Carlos Santana bothered by back all season
    Carlos Santana revealed Sunday that he's been bothered by a back injury all season.

    Advice: The first baseman added that he asked Indians manager Terry Francona not to reveal the ailment in public. The injury would help explain why Santana's power has been down this season, as he enters play Sunday with a career-low .397 slugging percentage and just 19 homers after tying his career high with 27 bombs in 2014. Santana's back should be fine after an offseason of rest. Sunday, 11:33 am
    Player Note
    Carlos Santana Cle - C,1B,3B
    W, 3-1 vs ^ Bos
  • Wilson Ramos getting a breather Sunday
    Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's simply receiving some rest. Pedro Severino is getting his first career start behind the dish. Sunday, 10:07 am
  • Stephen Vogt not in Sunday's lineup
    Stephen Vogt is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Vogt wound up starting just 12 games since the beginning of September due to a groin injury, although he closes the campaign healthy. Bryan Anderson is catching Sunday. Sunday, 9:52 am
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,RF
    L, 3-2 x @Sea
  • Yan Gomes not in Sunday's lineup
    Yan Gomes is not in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting some rest on the last day of the season. Roberto Perez will handle the catching duties. Sunday, 9:45 am
    W, 3-1 vs x Bos
  • Kyle Schwarber sitting out on Sunday
    Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. The Cubs have Chris Denorfia and Chris Coghlan at the corner outfield spots. Sunday, 8:13 am
    W, 3-1 x @Mil
  • Maldonado singles for only hit off Hendricks
    Martin Maldonado went 1-for-3 with a single in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: The only reason Maldonado's single is even noteworthy is that it was the only hit the Brewers could manage against Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks over six innings. For the season, the 29-year-old backup catcher is hitting a paltry .212/.286/.296 with four homers and 22 RBI in 226 at-bats. Saturday, 7:11 pm
  • Tom Murphy leaves with left shoulder injury
    Tom Murphy left Saturday's game against the Giants with a strained left shoulder.

    Advice: He injured himself sliding back to second on a pickoff play. Dustin Garneau replaced Murphy behind the plate in the fifth inning. Murphy struck out and walked in his two plate appearances. Saturday, 3:36 pm
    W, 7-3 x @SF
  • Wieters sitting out Game 2 of doubleheader
    Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles' lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Yankees.

    Advice: Wieters reached base five times with four walks and a single in the early portion of Saturday's double dip. For the nightcap, he'll sit in favor of Caleb Joseph. Wieters should be back for tomorrow's season finale. Saturday, 2:44 pm
    W, 9-4 vs ^ NYY
  • A.J. Pierzynski limited to pinch-hitting
    A.J. Pierzynski (knee, ankle) will likely be limited to pinch-hitting for the rest of the season.

    Advice: Pierzynski left Friday's game with a bruised left knee. He's also dealing with an ankle injury. With Christian Bethancourt (thumb) also hurt, Ryan Lavarnway is expected to catch Atlanta's final two games. Saturday, 1:51 pm
    W, 6-0 vs x StL; W, 2-0 vs x StL
  • Wieters reaches base five times in win
    Matt Wieters reached base in all five of his plate appearances Saturday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Wieters singled and tied a career-high with four walks. This season hasn't been what the 29-year-old had in mind for his walk year, but he now owns a six-game hitting streak. Saturday, 12:28 pm
    W, 9-4 vs ^ NYY
  • Buster Posey not in Giants lineup Saturday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a well-deserved day of rest for the top offensive catcher in the league. He should be back behind the dish for Sunday's series finale. Trevor Brown is getting the start and batting eighth for the Giants on Saturday. Saturday, 10:23 am
    L, 7-3 vs ^ Col
  • Salvador Perez returns to Royals lineup
    Salvador Perez (thumb) returned to the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Perez jammed his thumb during Thursday's game against the White Sox and sat out Friday as a precautionary measure. The injury is believed to be minor and shouldn't impact him heading into the postseason. Saturday, 8:06 am
  • Wilson Ramos not in Nats lineup for Game 1
    Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals starting lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mets.

    Advice: He'll presumably be back behind the dish for the second game. Jose Lobaton will do the catching for the afternoon game and will bat eighth for the Nationals against Noah Syndergaard. Saturday, 7:32 am
  • Peter O'Brien homers off bench
    Peter O'Brien homered off Dallas Keuchel in his lone at-bat off the bench Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: It seems crazy that the Diamondbacks haven't given O'Brien a single start since his callup on Sept. 8, but it likely has a lot to do with his unsettled position situation. The team is again looking at making him a full-time catcher, even though he's never going to be very good back there. His bat remains intriguing. He's had just seven plate appearances since his callup, but he's 3-for-5 with two walks. It seems like the Diamondbacks really blew it by not giving him some starts in left. Friday, 10:29 pm
    W, 5-3 vs x Hou
  • Pierzynski leaves game with various injuries
    A.J. Pierzynski was lifted from Friday's game against the Cardinals after getting hit by a pitch on his knee.

    Advice: The veteran backstop also fouled a ball off his foot before departing. There's a strong chance that he's held out over the final two games of the season, leaving Christian Bethancourt to handle the catching duties. Friday, 8:39 pm
    W, 6-0 vs x StL; W, 2-0 vs x StL
  • Martin clocks two-run homer in win
    Russell Martin had a big game in Friday's win over the Rays, finishing 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored.

    Advice: Martin's two-run homer in the seventh inning made the score 8-4 and represented the last runs that either team would put on the board. The veteran catcher has been a key addition to the Blue Jays' 2015 campaign, hitting .241/.329/.460 with 23 homers and 77 RBI. The 23 long balls represent a career high for Martin. Friday, 7:46 pm
  • Santana clears bases with three-run double
    Carlos Santana went 2-for-3 with a three-run double, two walks and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Santana opened the scoring in Friday's contest, unloading for a three-run double off Red Sox starter Henry Owens in the third inning. The three ribbies pushed his season RBI total to 84. With two games left in the 2015 season, he's slashing .230/.356/.388 with 18 homers, plus the 84 driven in. Friday, 7:26 pm
    Player Note
    Carlos Santana Cle - C,1B,3B
    W, 3-1 vs ^ Bos
  • Perez (thumb) to play on Saturday
    Salvador Perez (thumb) isn't in the lineup for Friday's game against the Twins, but is expected to play on Saturday.

    Advice: Perez jammed his thumb during Thursday's win over the White Sox. He's not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Twins, but should be able to play on Saturday. Friday, 2:15 pm
  • Casali (hamstring) done for season
    Curt Casali (hamstring) will not play in any of the Rays' final three games.

    Advice: Casali's been out since late August. At this point in the season, it makes little sense for the Rays to push him back into action. He finishes the 2015 campaign with a .238/.304/.594 triple-slash, 10 homers and 18 RBI over 101 at-bats covering 38 games. Friday, 1:49 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 12-3 vs x Tor
  • Cervelli (head) in lineup on Friday vs CIN
    Fracisco Cervelli (head) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Reds.

    Advice: Cervelli was hit by a foul ball on Wednesday and needed three stitches behind his left ear, but like all great folk heroes, the 29-year-old catcher is not to held down by a few stitches. He's back in the lineup for Friday's contest with the Reds, bringing his .299/.375/.406 triple-slash, seven homers and 43 RBI along for the ride. Friday, 1:05 pm
    W, 4-0 vs ^ Cin
  • Rosario is open to possibility of trade
    Willin Rosario told the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders that he's "good with it" if the Rockies want to trade him this off-season.

    Advice: Prior to Thursday's game with the Diamondbacks, Rosario told the Post's Saunders "If they want to move me, I'm good with it. If it gives me a chance to play more, I'm fine with that." This season, the 26-year-old catcher is slashing .272/.298/.421 with six homers and 29 RBI over 228 at-bats. Said Rosario, "It's not been a very exciting season for me, and now the season is almost over." Friday, 7:08 am
    W, 7-3 ^ @SF
  • Salvador Perez dealing with swollen thumb
    Salvador Perez is considered day-to-day with swelling in his right thumb.

    Advice: He jammed the thumb swinging the bat during Thursday's game. Expect him to rest a game or two over the weekend in order to be at full strength for the start of the postseason. Thursday, 8:17 pm
  • Bethancourt leaves game with thumb contusion
    Christian Bethancourt was forced to leave Thursday's game with a left thumb contusion.

    Advice: Bethancourt first injured the thumb a couple of weeks ago while attempting to make a tag. He's considered day-to-day for the remainder of the season. Expect to see A.J. Pierzynski behind the dish on Friday. Thursday, 6:42 pm
    W, 6-0 vs x StL; W, 2-0 vs x StL
  • Yan Gomes out of Indians' lineup Thursday
    Yan Gomes is out of the Indians' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Roberto Perez will start at catcher and bat seventh against Twins right-hander Tyler Duffey. Gomes is wrapping up a frustrating and mostly-disappointing 2015 season. Thursday, 12:39 pm
    W, 3-1 vs x Bos
  • Schwarber starting at catcher on Thursday
    Kyle Schwarber is starting at catcher in the Cubs' series finale Thursday against the Reds.

    Advice: It's his first start behind the plate since August 31. Schwarber, who's been playing primarily in left field, will bat seventh Thursday versus Reds lefty John Lamb. Thursday, 6:42 am
    W, 3-1 x @Mil
  • Posey not in Giants' lineup versus Dodgers
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: After being eliminated from postseason contention Tuesday, the Giants will rest their star catcher in Wednesday's series finale. Trevor Brown is behind the plate for the Giants in Posey's absence. Wednesday, 3:38 pm
    L, 7-3 vs ^ Col
  • Cervelli slugs grand slam as Bucs rout Cards
    Francisco Cervelli hit a grand slam in the Pirates' 8-2 win over the Cardinals in the first half of Wednesday's day-night doubleheader at PNC Park.

    Advice: Cervelli went yard to left field in the bottom of the fourth inning immediately after Michael Wacha issued an intentional walk to Pedro Alvarez. Cervelli has been a terrific find for the Pirates, now with a .300/.377/.408 slash line, seven home runs, and 43 RBI in 126 games this season. Pittsburgh is still alive in the NL Central race. Wednesday, 1:32 pm
    W, 4-0 vs ^ Cin
  • Schwarber has two hits, run scored vs. Reds
    Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-3 with a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Schwarber also walked twice, reaching base in four of his five plate appearances on the evening. One of those walks and his run came in the Cubs' four-run first inning as they got to Reds starter Josh Smith early. Schwarber, who has cooled considerably since lighting the world on fire after his promotion in late July, is hitting .247/.357/.502 with 16 homers, 43 RBI and 50 runs scored overall. Tuesday, 9:58 pm
    W, 3-1 x @Mil
  • Swihart pounds two homers as Red Sox roll
    Blake Swihart homered twice and plated five runs as the Red Sox defeated the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: Swihart put the exclamation point on a first-inning outburst, clubbing a three-run home run to make it 6-0 against Michael Pineda. He tacked on a two-run shot off of Bryan Mitchell in the eighth to make it 9-4. The catcher is now hitting .272/.319/.394 with five home runs and 31 RBI in 300 plate appearances. Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Pierzynski homers twice in win over Nationals
    A.J. Pierzynski finished 3-for-3 with two home runs as the Braves topped the Nationals 2-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pierzynski was the only one able to get to Nationals starter Tanner Roark, as he finished with three of the team's five hits. That includes both of the team's runs, driven in on solo homers in the fourth and seventh innings. Pierzynski has quietly had a strong offensive season for the Braves, batting .299/.336/.429 with nine homers, 47 RBI and 38 runs in 111 games. Tuesday, 7:00 pm
    W, 6-0 vs x StL; W, 2-0 vs x StL
  • Peter O'Brien wants to catch again
    Peter O'Brien has told the Diamondbacks that he wants to return to the catcher position.

    Advice: O'Brien had the yips when trying to throw the ball back to the pitcher earlier this season and eventually moved to the outfield. He doesn't think it will be an issue anymore, though, and he and the D'Backs would both like him to take another crack at things behind the plate. O'Brien would certainly make for a much more interesting prospect if he can stick at catcher. Tuesday, 4:57 pm
    W, 5-3 vs x Hou
  • Casali (hamstring) might return this season
    Curt Casali (hamstring) might play a few more games this year.

    Advice: Casali is finally making progress in his recovery from a left hamstring strain -- an injury that landed him on the disabled list August 26. He has opened some eyes in limited action this year, registering an .898 OPS and 10 home runs in 38 games. Tuesday, 1:38 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 12-3 vs x Tor
  • Kyle Schwarber not in Monday's lineup
    Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Chris Coghlan is in left field. Sep 28, 3:08 pm
    W, 3-1 x @Mil
  • Molina (thumb) ruled out for regular season
    Yadier Molina (thumb) has been ruled out for the remainer of the regular season after a doctor on Monday prescribed him another week of rest.

    Advice: He'll be re-evaluated on Sunday or Monday and still has a chance to be ready for the start of the postseason, but obviously this news isn't ideal. Molina is dealing with a slight ligament tear in his left thumb that doesn't really affect him catching but could be a hindrance at the plate. Tony Cruz will continue to handle the catching duties for the Cardinals. Sep 28, 2:06 pm
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
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