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  • Contreras clubs 11th homer in loss to Cards
    Willson Contreras clubbed his 11th home run as the Cubs fell to the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon in Chicago.

    Advice: His solo shot came off of Seung Hwan Oh in the ninth inning, but only pulled the Cubs to within six runs. Contreras finished the afternoon 2-for-4. The hard-hitting backstop has had a terrific rookie campaign, slashing .270/.346/.473 with 11 homers and 32 RBI. His 11 home runs lead all rookie catchers in the National League. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:43 pm
  • Salvador Perez returns to Royals lineup
    Salvador Perez (knee) returned to the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Perez was a late scratch from Friday's lineup due to soreness in his knee, but it's believed to be minor. He's hitting fifth against Daniel Norris and the Tigers on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:49 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:34 pm
  • Ramos homers in loss to Pirates
    Wilson Ramos went 2-for-6 with a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Ramos has had a quiet September, but he still has a quality .304/.351/.496 batting line to go along with 22 homers and 80 RBI. The 29-year-old has his eyes on the postseason for now, but he’s poised to cash in big on the free agent market this winter. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:30 pm
  • Salvador Perez scratched from lineup
    Salvador Perez was scratched from the Royals' lineup Friday with a sore knee.

    Advice: Perez has been cleared to play, but the Royals have decided to play it safe and hold him out. He could be back in there Saturday. Drew Butera has replaced Perez behind the plate. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:00 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:16 am
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
     
  • Willson Contreras not starting Friday
    Willson Contreras is not in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Contreras has shown signs of wearing down late in the year as catchers often do, as he's batting just .214/.303/.429 in September. He's now been on the bench for four of the last five games, as the Cubs can afford to rest weary players. Miguel Montero is catching Friday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:39 am
  • Grandal hits grand slam as Dodgers roll COL
    Yasmani Grandal connected for a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, in Thursday's 7-4 win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Grandal went a perfect 4-for-4 at the dish and finished a triple shy of the cycle. He cracked a solo home run in the second inning, a throat-clearing for what was to come. With the Dodgers trailing 4-3 in the seventh inning, Grandal stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and proceeded to unload them in emphatic fashion, crushing a no-doubt homer off Boone Logan to boost the Dodgers to a 7-4 advantage. With this monster game under his belt, Grandal is now slashing .231/.335/.491 with 27 homers and 69 RBI over 373 at-bats. His previous career-high in home runs was 16, set a year ago. He has breezed by that mark this time around. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:18 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:11 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:35 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Det
     
  • Nats open extension talks with Wilson Ramos
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Nationals have initiated extension talks with Wilson Ramos.

    Advice: Heyman says the Nationals' first offer to Ramos "was somewhere in the range of $30 million over three years," which isn't going to come close to getting it done for a 29-year-old impending free agent catcher who's batting .303/.352/.491 with 21 homers and 79 RBI in 128 games this season. It's a light open market this winter, so Ramos figures to cash in big either with Washington or another club. Heyman hears there is currently a "lull in discussions" between Ramos and the Nats following that initial low-ball proposal. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:21 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:13 am
  • Perez goes 2-for-4 with a solo bomb vs Tribe
    Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI in a loss to the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: He rapped an RBI single in the third inning. He drilled a tater off Indians' closer Cody Allen in the final frame to bring his club within one but they ended up falling short. Perez is batting .249 with 21 home runs and 61 RBI. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Gattis clocks pair of homers in win over A's
    Evan Gattis swatted a pair of home runs in Wednesday's 6-5 win over the A's.

    Advice: Gattis rocked a two-run home run in the sixth inning to bump the Astros to a 4-1 lead, then came back around to bash a solo shot in the eighth. For the season, the 30-year-old slugger is slashing .249/.318/.510 with 30 homers and 67 RBI over 418 at-bats. He has homered five times in his last 10 games and has already notched a career-high for long balls. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:11 pm
    5:10 pm vs Sea
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Tom Murphy rips three-run homer vs. STL
    Tom Murphy ripped a three-run shot in the Rockies' pounding of the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Murphy struck out in his first three at-bats, but he went deep to right-center off Cardinals reliever Jonathan Broxton in the Rockies' five-run seventh inning. The three-run blast put Colorado up 11-1, and that score would hold. Murphy has performed well as a September callup, slashing .310/.355/.828 with five home runs and 11 RBI in 12 games. He probably deserves regular at-bats over this final stretch. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:25 pm
  • Padres recall Austin Hedges from El Paso
    Padres recalled C Austin Hedges from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Hedges, a former top-25 prospect, batted .326/.353/.597 with 21 home runs and 82 RBI in 82 games this season at the Triple-A level. It's hard to get over how bad he looked with the Padres in 2015, but the 24-year-old catcher may be rounding into a nice player after another full year of minor league seasoning. He should get a few starts in San Diego down the stretch and he could battle for the starting job next spring. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:49 am
  • Pina (wife having baby) flied out Tuesday
    Manny Pina (wife having baby) flied out as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Pina welcomed a baby girl into the world on Tuesday afternoon and then rushed to Milwaukee's Miller Park for the end of Tuesday night's game. That's some kind of dedication. The backup catcher is 14-for-51 (.275) with one home run in 25 games this season at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:48 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:01 pm
  • Manny Pina (wife having baby) out Tuesday
    Manny Pina is away from the Brewers on Tuesday following the birth of his daughter.

    Advice: That explains the sudden callup of Josmil Pinto. Pina should be back on the Brewers' bench Wednesday or Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:29 pm
  • Contreras not in Tuesday's lineup
    Willson Contreras is not in Tuesday's lineup versus the Reds.

    Advice: It's not unexpected. David Ross will catch Jon Lester and hit eighth. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:33 pm
  • Grandal (elbow) returns to lineup
    Yasmani Grandal (elbow) went 0-for-2 with two strikes and a hit-by-pitch in his return to action Monday against the Giants.

    Advice: Grandal missed back-to-back starts over the weekend with soreness in his right elbow, but he's feeling better now. The 27-year-old is hitting just .184 this month, but four of his nine hits have been home runs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:32 am
  • Bruce Maxwell hits first career homer
    Bruce Maxwell hit his first big-league homer Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Serving as Stephen Vogt's backup and in Josh Phegley's absence, Maxwell is hitting .270 in 63 at-bats since being called up on July 23. He's hoping to keep his gig next year, but that would probably take a trade of either Vogt or Phegley. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:08 pm
  • Yasmani Grandal (elbow) to play vs. Giants
    Yasmani Grandal (elbow) is expected back in the lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Grandal is missing a second straight start with soreness in his right elbow, but his absence looks to be precautionary. Austin Barnes is at catcher Sunday. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 11:30 am
  • Andrew Susac (illness) scratched Sunday
    Andrew Susac was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to illness.

    Advice: He'll be fine in a day or two. Martin Maldonado has taken Susac's spot behind the plate. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 10:15 am
  • Maxwell has two hits, pair of RBI vs. Rangers
    Bruce Maxwell went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Drawing a start behind the dish, Maxwell swatted a pair of singles -- including a two-run hit in the second inning -- and also scored a run. He's appeared in 21 games as Stephen Vogt's backup this year, batting .271/.323/.339 in his first go-round in the majors. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 9:17 pm
  • Tom Murphy goes yard twice on Saturday
    Tom Murphy hit a pair of home runs and racked up five RBI as the Rockies dismantled the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: He smoked a two-run shot in the first inning, then bettered that with a three-run blast in the fifth inning. Murphy has played very well as a September call-up. He is batting .320/.370/.800 with four homers and eight RBI in 25 at-bats. He was hitting .327 with 19 homers at Triple-A before getting the call. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 8:33 pm
  • Clevenger (elbow) hoping to play winter ball
    Steve Clevenger (hand, elbow) could play winter ball this offseason.

    Advice: He's out for the year with hand and elbow injuries but is hoping to get some at-bats in before spring training. Clevenger is no stranger to winter ball having played in Venezuela during the 2011 offseason. The 30-year-old is under team control for the next three seasons. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 6:49 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
     
  • Grandal sitting out with elbow soreness
    Yasmani Grandal is dealing with soreness in his right elbow.

    Advice: That would explain why he isn't playing Saturday against the D'Backs. The Dodgers don't seem to be too worried about it. Carlos Ruiz will fill in behind the plate during his absence, though we're not expecting Grandal to miss much time. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 3:10 pm
  • Grandal getting the night off on Saturday
    Yasmani Grandal is not in the Dodgers' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Carlos Ruiz will handle catching duties while batting eighth against D'Backs starter Shelby Miller. Grandal leads all catchers in home runs (25), though he's struggled to a .223 average over 363 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 1:46 pm
  • Yan Gomes (hand) will miss 6-8 weeks
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday that Yan Gomes will miss 6-to-8 weeks with the non-displaced fracture in his right hand.

    Advice: That will surely end his season. The 29-year-old backstop finishes a miserable 2016 campaign hitting .165/.198/.313 with eight homers and 32 RBI in 262 plate appearances. The good news is that he should be recovered and fully healthy heading into spring training. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 10:13 am
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Det
     
  • Wilson Ramos not in Nationals lineup Saturday
    Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Braves.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting backstop. Pedro Severino will start in his place behind the dish and bat eighth for the Nationals against Josh Collmenter. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 7:05 am
  • Yan Gomes suffered fractured hand
    Yan Gomes has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right hand.

    Advice: He'll visit a specialist later Friday before the next step is determined, but it's hard to imagine it won't end his season. It's been a brutal 2016 for Gomes, who suffered the injury while on a rehab assignment following an AC joint separation in his right shoulder. Rotoworld.com Sep 16, 1:22 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Det
     
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