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  • Posey collects 3 hits despite Kershaw's gem
    Buster Posey went 3-for-4 in a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: All three hits were singles and none led to a run because his teammates were busy getting sawed off by Clayton Kershaw. Posey has 11 hits in his last four games and is now batting .325 with 16 homers and 80 RBI. Wednesday, 9:49 pm
  • Lucroy plates three as Brewers top Pirates
    Jonathan Lucroy knocked in three runs in a 2-for-5 effort as the Brewers beat the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lucroy opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the first inning, then added a two-run single in the fourth to break a 3-3 tie. The catcher is on a 10-game hitting streak. At the end of August, he brought his OPS over .700 for the first time all season. Currently, Lucroy carries a .260/.323/.391 batting line with seven home runs and 40 RBI. Wednesday, 8:21 pm
  • Pads add Rocky Gale as emergency catcher
    Padres purchased the contract of C Rocky Gale from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Gale will serve as an emergency third catcher for the Friars over the final four weeks of the season. Wednesday, 1:40 pm
  • Yadier Molina getting night off Wednesday
    Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Tony Cruz will get a rare start behind the plate Wednesday with the Cardinals having won their first two games against the visiting Nationals on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday, 1:18 pm
  • Russell Martin sitting out on Wednesday
    Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Josh Thole has been catching R.A. Dickey since his recall and will do so again Wednesday. Martin has been dealing with some minor bumps and bruises of late. Wednesday, 12:10 pm
  • Schwarber has rib injury, will undergo MRI
    Kyle Schwarber has been scratched from Wednesday's lineup and will undergo an MRI due to right rib soreness.

    Advice: Schwarber could have hurt himself on a dive Tuesday, as he then felt soreness while taking batting practice Wednesday. The Cubs are saying the MRI is precautionary and they're hoping he'll be ready to go Friday after Thursday's off day. Chris Coghlan is in left field and Austin Jackson in right. Wednesday, 10:50 am
  • Brian McCann not in lineup Wednesday
    Brian McCann is not in the Yankees' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. John Ryan Murphy is at catcher in McCann's place. Wednesday, 10:09 am
    4:05 pm vs TB
  • Stephen Vogt on the bench Wednesday
    Stephen Vogt is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's on the bench as he often is when the opponent starts a lefty. Josh Phegley is behind the dish in Vogt's place. Wednesday, 10:04 am
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    7:05 pm vs Sea
  • Norris suffers hyperextended shoulder, elbow
    Derek Norris suffered a hyperextended left shoulder and elbow on Tuesday.

    Advice: The injury occurred when Adrian Beltre slid into his arm on a play at the plate. "They'll see how it feels tomorrow when I wake up," Norris said Tuesday. "Sometimes these things can bounce back quick, sometimes they linger. ... Hopefully we'll be OK to go tomorrow. We'll see." Wednesday, 6:12 am
    7:10 pm vs LAD
  • Schwarber home run powers Cubs past Reds
    Kyle Schwarber's two-run home run in the seventh inning was the deciding factor in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: The slugger put the Cubs ahead 5-4 when he sent a Burke Badenhop offering over the fence in left-center. Schwarber finished 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored on the night. He's batting .270/.365/.552 with 13 home runs, 38 RBI, and 41 runs scored in 189 plate appearances in his rookie season. Tuesday, 8:10 pm
  • Arencibia knocks in 6 runs as Rays top O's
    J.P. Arencibia had himself a ballgame, going 3-for-4 with a home run and six RBI in Tuesday's rout of the Orioles.

    Advice: Oddly enough, six RBI isn't even a career-high for Arencibia. He knocked in seven last season for the Rangers and six back in 2012 for the Blue Jays. The catcher plated two with a single in the fourth inning, another two with another single in the fifth, then tacked on a two-run home run in the seventh. Arencibia had singled twice in nine at-bats across five games in the big leagues entering the night. With Curt Casali sidelined, he will start every two or three days along with Rene Rivera. Tuesday, 7:21 pm
  • Hector Sanchez recalled from Triple-A
    Giants recalled C Hector Sanchez from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Sanchez has hit only .154/.185/.269 with the big club this season. He'll be the third catcher this month. Tuesday, 4:01 pm
  • Jett Bandy recalled from Triple-A
    Angels recalled C Jett Bandy from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Bandy hit .291/.347/.466 with 11 homers for Salt Lake this season. He'll serve as the club's third catcher and will be making his major league debut when he gets into a game. Tuesday, 3:55 pm
  • Carlos Corporan activated from disabled list
    Rangers activated C Carlos Corporan from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Corporan has been out almost all of the second half with a sprained left thumb. He'll see spot duty this month. Tuesday, 3:46 pm
  • Cubs activate David Ross off bereavement
    Cubs activated C David Ross off the bereavement list.

    Advice: Ross was excused from the Cubs over the weekend due to a death in family. He's back with them Tuesday. Tuesday, 1:58 pm
  • Cardinals recall Cody Stanley from Memphis
    Cardinals recalled C Cody Stanley from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Stanley will serve as an emergency third catcher behind Yadier Molina and Tony Cruz down the stretch. Tuesday, 1:38 pm
  • Castro (quad) cleared for range of motion
    Jason Castro (quad) has begun range of motion exercises.

    Advice: That's the first step for Castro, who landed on the disabled list August 29 with a strained right quad. He probably won't be ready for another two or three weeks. Tuesday, 1:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Min
  • Royals call up C Pena from Triple-A
    Royals recalled C Francisco Pena from Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Pena will come up as a third catcher behind Salvador Perez and Drew Butera. The 25-year-old batted .251/.305/.430 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI over 95 games in Triple-A this year. Tuesday, 12:46 pm
  • Twins call up Eric Fryer from Triple-A
    Twins purchased the contract of C Eric Fryer from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Fryer was removed from the 40-man roster a month ago, but he's back to serve as a third catcher down the stretch. The 29-year-old is 3-for-18 (.167) with 11 strikeouts with the Twins this season. Tuesday, 12:01 pm
  • Red Sox purchase Leon's contract
    Red Sox purchased the contract of C Sandy Leon from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: The Red Sox designated Leon for assignment on July 20, but he passed through waivers unclaimed. He hit a paltry .180/.247/.191 in 102 plate appearances with the Sox in earlier cups of coffee. The 26-year-old catcher was hitting better at Triple-A, but not that much better. He doesn't figure to provide much offense at the major league level over the next month. Tuesday, 9:53 am
  • Tigers recall catcher Bryan Holaday
    Tigers recalled C Bryan Holaday from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Holaday's just coming back from a dislocated left thumb suffered in the middle of August. The 27-year-old backstop will serve as an emergency third catcher for the Tigers. In limited duty with the big club at various points this season, he managed to collect 13 hits in 48 at-bats while driving in 12 runs. Tuesday, 9:33 am
  • Mets call up Plawecki from Triple-A
    Mets recalled C Kevin Plawecki from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: The Mets opted to go with Anthony Recker as Travis d'Arnaud's backup last month, but Plawecki is back now that rosters have expanded. The 24-year-old is batting .228/.283/.296 with two home runs and 17 RBI over 62 games with the Mets this season. Tuesday, 7:51 am
  • Phils call up C Kratz from Triple-A
    Phillies purchased the contract of C Erik Kratz from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Kratz, who previously played with the Phillies from 2011-2013, returned to the organization in July on a minor league deal. He'll function as a third catcher down the stretch. Tuesday, 7:00 am
  • Hanigan (calf) returns to Boston's lineup
    Ryan Hanigan (calf) went 1-for-4 with a single and a strikeout in his return to the lineup Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Hanigan missed two straight starts over the weekend due to right calf tightness, but he's doing better now. The 35-year-old will continue to share playing time with Blake Swihart as the BoSox play out the string. Tuesday, 6:51 am
  • Rays call up C Maile from Triple-A
    Rays purchased the contract of C Luke Maile from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Maile will function as a third catcher for the Rays with Curt Casali out due to hamstring strain. The 24-year-old batted .207/.298/.296 with five home runs and 29 RBI over 89 games at the Triple-A level this year. Tuesday, 6:40 am
  • Yanks call up C Austin Romine
    Yankees purchased the contract of C Austin Romine from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Romine was removed from the 40-man roster back in April, but the Yankees needed a third catcher and an injury to Gary Sanchez opened the door for his return. The 26-year-old was batting .260/.311/.379 with seven home runs and 49 RBI over 92 games in Triple-A this season. Tuesday, 5:48 am
  • Posey collects 4 hits in Giants' 14-inn. loss
    Buster Posey went 4-for-7 but the Giants were defeated in 14 innings by the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: All four hits were singles, but the Giants couldn't capitalize on any of them. Posey is batting a lusty .321/.377/.475 with 16 home runs and 80 RBI on the season. Tuesday, 12:50 am
  • Bryan Holaday to join the Tigers on Tues.
    Bryan Holaday will join the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Holaday returned to the Triple-A Toledo lineup last week after a dislocated left thumb. He'll serve as an emergency third catcher for Detroit down the stretch. Kyle Ryan is also going to be a September 1 callup. Monday, 11:24 am
  • Kyle Schwarber not in Cubs lineup on Sunday
    Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs starting lineup for Sunday night's tilt against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It's the second game that he's missed out of the last three, with the Cubs wanting to keep him fresh down the stretch. Matt Szczur will start in left field in his place and bat sixth against opposing southpaw Alex Wood. Sunday, 2:35 pm
  • Ryan Hanigan (calf) sitting out again Sunday
    Ryan Hanigan (calf) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's missed two straight starts with a tight calf, although it's not believed to be serious. Blake Swihart is catching in Hanigan's place again Sunday. Sunday, 7:05 am
  • Vogt goes 3-for-3, drives in three vs Arizona
    Stephen Vogt finished 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Vogt slugged a two-run homer in the second inning, singled in the fourth, drew a walk in the sixth, and smacked an RBI single in the eighth. It was a promising performance from the 30-year-old, who has been slumping in the second half. Saturday, 7:59 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    7:05 pm vs Sea
  • Norris strikes out twice in hit-less effort
    Derek Norris went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Norris is now hit-less in his last seven at-bats, with four strikeouts in that space. While he's set a career high with 13 home runs this season, and will have a career-high RBI number by season's end (he drove in 55 a year ago and currently sits at 54), his overall batting line is just .243/.286/.407. Saturday, 7:14 pm
    7:10 pm vs LAD
  • Kyle Schwarber back in Cubs lineup Saturday
    Kyle Schwarber is back in the Cubs' starting lineup Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: He'll start in left field and bat second. Schwarber's average has taken a hit this month (.235) but he's still posting huge power numbers (nine homers in 85 August at-bats). His absence Friday was just a routine off day after playing 21 games in a row. Saturday, 3:00 pm
  • Jason Castro (strained quad) lands on the DL
    Astros placed C Jason Castro on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quad.

    Advice: Max Stassi was called up from Triple-A Fresno to take his roster spot. Castro suffered the injury in Friday's loss to Minnesota and will be out until mid-September. Castro has struck out in almost a third of his at-bats this season while slashing .220/.284/.395 with 11 homers and 30 RBI. Saturday, 1:30 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Min
  • Ryan Hanigan scratched from Red Sox lineup
    Ryan Hanigan was scratched from the Red Sox starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: No reason given yet for the scratch. Blake Swihart will suit up again behind the plate and will catch for Joe Kelly on Saturday. Saturday, 12:03 pm
  • Buster Posey not in Giants lineup Saturday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Posey was drilled by a pitch in his elbow last night, so it's not surprising to see him get a day of rest. Andrew Susac will start behind the dish and bat seventh for the Giants against Lance Lynn and the Cardinals. Saturday, 10:44 am
  • Jason Castro left Friday with strained quad
    Jason Castro was forced to leave Friday's game with a strained right quad.

    Advice: The issue isn't believed to be serious, but should keep him out of the lineup for a day or two. Expect to see Hank Conger behind the dish on Saturday. Saturday, 10:28 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Min
  • Lucroy hits RBI double to help beat Reds
    Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Lucroy's been on an absolute tear during his current six-game hitting streak, hitting four doubles and three homers while driving in seven over that span. This is more like the hitter we're used to seeing, as compared to the impostor who's working with a .251/.317/.381 line for the season. Friday, 10:36 pm
  • McCann homers, drives in four in ATL beatdown
    Brian McCann went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer, four total RBI and three walks in Friday's 15-4 demolition of the Braves.

    Advice: McCann joined the party late, but he at least brought a nice bottle of wine in the form of a three-run homer in the eighth inning. By season's end, the catcher's numbers--across the board--should surpass what he did in 2014. It's very likely that he'll end up setting personal-bests for home runs (he's hit 24 twice) and RBI (he drove in 94 in 2009). Right now, he's slashing .247/.319/.477 with 23 homers and 83 RBI. Friday, 8:30 pm
    4:05 pm vs TB
  • David Ross expected to return on Sunday
    David Ross is expected to return from the bereavement list and rejoin the Cubs on Sunday.

    Advice: Ross is away from the team due to a death in the family. That means that Jon Lester will have to go without his regular catcher on Saturday and throw to Miguel Montero instead. Friday, 6:06 pm
  • Russell Martin sitting out on Friday
    Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's the second straight day off for Martin, who's been battling some soreness in his left leg. Josh Thole is catching in his place. Friday, 12:32 pm
  • Schwarber starting at catcher on Thursday
    Kyle Schwarber is starting behind the plate in the Cubs' series finale Thursday versus the Giants.

    Advice: It's his 13th start this year at catcher, but his first since August 6. Schwarber was shifted to left field when Miguel Montero returned earlier this month from a thumb sprain, but Montero is getting a day off Thursday afternoon in San Francisco. Thursday, 9:54 am
  • Russell Martin out of Jays' lineup Thursday
    Russell Martin is out of the Blue Jays' lineup Thursday afternoon against the Rangers.

    Advice: Dioner Navarro will start at catcher and bat fifth in Toronto's series finale with Texas. It's just a day off for Martin, who's hitting .240/.329/.428 with 15 home runs and 52 RBI in 104 games this season for the Jays. Thursday, 8:59 am
  • Ross placed on family medical emergency list
    Cubs placed C David Ross on the family medical emergency list.

    Advice: Ross could be away from the team for 3-to-7 days. The Cubs will be just fine without him, with starter Miguel Montero and Kyle Schwarber able to handle catching duties as well. Matt Szczur was recalled to take Ross' roster spot. Wednesday, 4:04 pm
  • Holaday (thumb) already back from AAA DL
    Bryan Holaday (thumb) has already been activated from the disabled list at Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Holaday only missed a week with a dislocated left thumb. The 27-year-old could join the Tigers as an emergency third catcher when rosters expand on September 1. Wednesday, 1:23 pm
  • J.P. Arencibia called up from Triple-A
    Rays purchased the contract of C J.P. Arencibia from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Arencibia has done his usual thing at Durham this season, slugging 22 homers while batting .227. He'll be paired with Rene Rivera as the Rays' catcher with Curt Casali (hamstring) out. Wednesday, 12:39 pm
  • Corporan (thumb) resumes rehab assignment
    Carlos Corporan (thumb) will resume a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Wednesday.

    Advice: Corporan had to be pulled off a rehab assignment earlier this month due to soreness in his sprained left thumb. He's going to need surgery after the season but will try to gut it out down the stretch. Wednesday, 11:47 am
  • Schwarber's 3-run HR powers Cubs past SF
    Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-4 with a walk and a three-run home run to help take down the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Schwarber broke a scoreless tie in the third inning, drilling a Matt Cain offering to right-center, staking the Cubs to a 3-0 lead. Though the power display has been impressive, he has only four hits in 31 at-bats (.129) since August 16 and they're all homers. Schwarber is batting .275/.373/.570 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI since making his major league debut in mid-June. Tuesday, 10:44 pm
  • Molina stuff stat sheet in win over D'backs
    Yadier Molina finished 1-for-2 with two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Molina had an RBI double in the Cardinals' three-run first inning, and he subsequently caught pitcher Robbie Ray sleeping and nabbed third base. The steal was the third of the season for Molina. The 33-year-old now has 15 RBI in August and a .283/.319/.371 line with 53 RBI overall. Tuesday, 10:27 pm
  • Lucroy blasts two homers in loss to Indians
    Jonathan Lucroy homered twice, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Lucroy has now homered three times in his last two games, giving him seven home runs overall. The catcher is hitting .248/.315/.375 with 32 RBI and 42 runs scored in 83 games this season. Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • McCann out of Tuesday's lineup
    Brian McCann is out of the Yankees' lineup Tuesday against the Astros.

    Advice: He's getting a routine day off. John Ryan Murphy will start behind the plate. Tuesday, 12:38 pm
    4:05 pm vs TB
  • Derek Norris (wrist) back in Tuesday's lineup
    Derek Norris (wrist) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Nationals.

    Advice: Norris took a pitch off his wrist while catching during Saturday's game and sat out Sunday, but fortunately X-rays came back negative. He's batting seventh in his return to the lineup. Tuesday, 12:26 pm
    7:10 pm vs LAD
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