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  • Gomes (hand) appears as defensive replacement
    Yan Gomes entered Friday’s game against the Royals as a defensive replacement.

    Advice: Gomes was activated from the disabled list on Friday after missing 16 days with a non-displaced fracture in his right hand. Most assumed he was done for the season at the time of the injury, so it’s amazing he has managed to make it back. Still, it’s unclear whether he’ll show enough this weekend to justify a spot on the ALDS roster. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Rupp has two hits, sac fly Friday
    Cameron Rupp went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly Friday versus the Mets.

    Advice: Rupp hasn’t been as productive during the second half, but he owns a solid .257/.309/.457 batting line to go along with 16 homers and 54 RBI over 103 games. He’s not even arbitration-eligible yet, so the Phillies have no sense of urgency to deal him this winter, but it’s probably just a matter of time before prospect Jorge Alfaro gets a chance to take over the starting catcher gig. Yesterday, 7:13 pm
  • Yan Gomes activated from disabled list
    Indians activated C Yan Gomes from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Gomes is only available to play defense for now. It's unclear whether he'll be an option for the ALDS roster as he returns from a fracture in his right hand. Yesterday, 3:03 pm
  • Orioles unlikely to retain Matt Wieters
    Jon Heyman of hears that Matt Wieters and the Orioles "are believed to be tens of millions of dollars apart" in their valuations for the catcher.

    Advice: Heyman adds that the two sides "didn’t even talk about an extension when they met last week" because "it would have been a waste of time." Wieters is looking for a Russell Martin/Brian McCann (five years, $82-85 million) type contract, according to Heyman, but the Orioles "aren’t expected to get near that." Heyman also adds that the club is unlikely to extend another qualifying offer (assuming there are still qualifying offers in the new CBA). It sounds like the impending free agent is likely to end up elsewhere unless his demands change. Yesterday, 5:54 am
  • Zunino crunches go-ahead solo homer in win
    Mike Zunino rocked a go-ahead solo home run in the seventh inning of Thursday's win over the A's.

    Advice: Zunino mashed a solo home run off Liam Hendriks to lead off the seventh inning. That tater snapped a 1-1 tie and after a few tense moments in the ninth, the M's ultimately survived for a 3-2 victory. The 25-year-old backstop has always possessed a nice power stroke -- his homer on Thursday was his 12th of the season -- but is hitting just .217 for the campaign as a whole. Thursday, 10:21 pm
  • Butera enjoys three-hit night against Twins
    Drew Butera finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Butera had four hits, including a homer, in five career at-bats against Twins starter Kyle Gibson heading into Thursday's game, and he added to that strange dominance with his second three-hit game of the 2016 season. Backing up Salvador Perez this season, the 33-year-old is batting .281/.322/.474 in 114 at-bats. Thursday, 9:59 pm
  • Pirates to 'back off' from Cervelli
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday that he will "back off" catcher Francisco Cervelli (hand) the rest of the way.

    Advice: Injuries have limited Cervelli to just 101 games played in 2016. With it looking increasingly likely that the veteran catcher will miss the final few games of the campaign, Eric Fryer is starting behind the plate against the Cubs on Wednesday and batting eighth. Wednesday, 4:09 pm
    L, 4-3 @StL
  • Matt Wieters reaches base three times
    Matt Wieters singled twice and drew a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The Orioles managed just one run against Aaron Sanchez and the Blue Jays' bullpen, with J.J. Hardy notching the team's lone extra-base hit (a double). Wieters had been in a funk but has now reached base eight times over his last three games. Tuesday, 7:17 pm
  • Giants add catcher Tony Sanchez to roster
    Giants purchased the contract of C Tony Sanchez from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Sanchez will serve as emergency depth at catcher for the Giants over their final six regular-season games. The former Pirates prospect hit .200/.317/.340 in 60 plate appearances with Sacramento. Tuesday, 5:06 pm
  • Nats recall C Kieboom from Double-A
    Nationals recalled C Spencer Kieboom from Double-A Harrisburg.

    Advice: The move comes after Wilson Ramos was forced to exit Monday's game with a knee injury. The 25-year-old Kieboom batted .230/.324/.314 with five homers over 94 games this season in Double-A and will provide some extra depth behind the plate to finish the year. Tuesday, 10:48 am
  • Mike Zunino strikes out five times
    Mike Zunino went 0-for-5 and struck out three times against the Astros.

    Advice: Zunino turned the corner a few months ago. Then he turned another corner in August, and now he's practically right back where he was last year at this time; he's in a 10-for-75 slump that's dropped his average from .280 to .207 and his OPS from 1.102 to .785. Granted, no one ever thought he'd last with the 1.100 OPS. Still, we were hoping we'd seen the last of these horrendous slumps. Monday, 9:26 pm
  • Roberto Perez goes 3-for-4, homers
    Roberto Perez went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI as the Indians topped the Tigers 7-4 on Monday.

    Advice: Perez badly needed this. He showed a nice bat in his backup role last year, but he's struggled miserably this season while being asked to step it up in Yan Gomes' absence; he entered the game tonight with a .168/.265/.256 line. If he can keep it going this week, then he should enter the postseason as the clear starter in Cleveland. He's getting the bulk of the playing time anyway. Monday, 8:52 pm
  • Matt Wieters not in Sunday's lineup
    Matt Wieters is absent from the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Caleb Joseph will do the catching. Sunday, 8:36 am
  • Stallings delivers walk-off single vs. Nats
    Jacob Stallings delivered a pinch-hit walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning Friday to lead the Pirates to a 6-5 victory over the Nationals.

    Advice: The Pirates tied things up against former closer Mark Melancon in the bottom of the ninth before Stallings played hero in the 11th. The winning rally was set up after the Pirates loaded the bases against Yusmiero Petit. Sean Rodriguez struck out swinging for the second out before Stallings ripped a single into left field to end it. It was a nice moment for the 26-year-old catcher, who was added back to the active roster earlier this month. Friday, 9:34 pm
  • Mariners suspend Clevenger for rest of 2016
    Mariners suspended C Steve Clevenger without pay for the rest of the season.

    Advice: Clevenger was in hot water over some inappropriate tweets on Thursday. He was already not going to return this season due to hand and elbow injuries but now won't be paid during that time. Friday, 9:16 am
    60-Day DL
    6:10 pm vs Oak
  • Cervelli clocks first homer of season in win
    Francisco Cervelli hit his first home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Better late than never? Cervelli smacked a career-high seven homers last season, but no such minor power surge has been in the cards for 2016. The veteran backstop finally broke through with a solo dinger against Chase Anderson in the fifth inning of Thursday's contest. For the season, Cervelli is hitting .263/.377/.317 with 12 doubles and 33 RBI over 312 at-bats. Thursday, 8:11 pm
    L, 4-3 @StL
  • Yan Gomes (hand) throws to second base
    Yan Gomes (hand) made throws to second base on Thursday.

    Advice: Gomes was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right hand just last weekend. Indians manager Terry Francona said that there's a "one percent chance" the catcher could return this season, adding that if anyone can beat the odds it would probably be Gomes. Realistically, though, it's obviously the longest of long shots that we'll see him again in 2016. Thursday, 2:35 pm
  • Susac (illness) whiffs as pinch-hitter Wed.
    Andrew Susac (illness) struck out as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Susac had been on the shelf for a couple of days due to a minor illness. The 26-year-old backup catcher may get a start or two somewhere in the Brewers' final 10 games. Thursday, 6:13 am
  • McCann goes 4-for-5 versus Rays Wednesday
    Brian McCann went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in a win over the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: All four hits were singles. The first one plated Jacoby Ellsbury in the first inning. McCann then came around to score on a Ronald Torreyes single. McCann is no longer the fantasy stud he was back when he played for the Braves, but he is still a good, solid producer in a year where catcher has been a barren wasteland for fantasy leaguers. He is batting .241/.333/.414 with 19 homers and 56 RBI in 120 games. Wednesday, 7:42 pm
    Top 3, 0-3 vs Bal
  • Bruce Maxwell hits RBI double in loss to HOU
    Bruce Maxwell went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Wednesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Maxwell drew the A's to within 4-2 with his sixth inning RBI double, but despite several pushes over the later innings, the Athletics were unable to claw out from the deficit and ultimately fell by a 6-5 final. For his part, the 25-year-old Maxwell is hitting .265/.329/.382 with one homer and 12 RBI over 68 at-bats. Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Maldonado swats eighth homer against Pirates
    Martin Maldonado went 2-for-4 with his eighth homer of the year in a loss to the Pirates on Tuesday.

    Advice: Maldonado connected with a Steven Brault pitch in the fourth inning, hitting his eighth homer in 70 games this year. The 30-year-old is slashing just .194/.320/.351 through Tuesday's game. Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Cervelli has two hits, two runs vs. Brewers
    Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Cervelli doubled and scored in the fourth inning and had a single and a run scored in the sixth. The backstop has a modest five-game hitting streak in which he's 7-for-21 with a pair of doubles and eight runs scored. Cervelli is hitting .265/.378/.310 in 95 games overall. Tuesday, 9:01 pm
    L, 4-3 @StL
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