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  • Lucroy's four-hit night sparks Brewers to win
    Jonathan Lucroy tallied four hits in five at-bats, scoring twice and knocking in two runs to help the Brewers take down the Phillies on Monday.

    Advice: All four hits were singles. He singled and scored in the first and third innings, then hit run-scoring singles in the sixth and eighth innings. The catcher missed about a month and a half of the season due to a broken toe and has only been able to muster a .235/.284/.302 batting line with one home run and 14 RBI on the year.
    Today, 7:42 pm
  • Gomes' big night aids in Indians win vs. Rays
    Yan Gomes went 3-for-5 with a double and a solo home run as the Indians topped the Rays 7-1 on Monday.

    Advice: Gomes doubled to lead off the second inning and later came around to score the Indians' second run in the second inning. He drilled a solo home run to left-center in the eighth off of reliever Kirby Yates to add some insurance. The catcher has battled injuries throughout the year, limiting him to a .211/.226/.330 batting line with three home runs and nine RBI in 115 plate appearances.
    Today, 7:15 pm
  • Brian McCann getting a breather Monday
    Brian McCann is not in the Yankees' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's just a day off. John Ryan Murphy is behind the plate while McCann rests.
    Today, 3:37 pm
  • Evan Gattis not in Monday's lineup
    Evan Gattis is not in the Astros' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It looks to simply be a day off. Jon Singleton is in the designated hitter spot in Gattis' place.
    Today, 1:11 pm
  • Matt Wieters not starting Monday vs. Texas
    Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles' lineup Monday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: He still isn't ready to play back-to-back games. Caleb Joseph will start behind the plate and bat eighth. Wieters should be back for Tuesday's game.
    Today, 12:13 pm
  • Erik Kratz clears waivers, elects free agency
    Erik Kratz has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: He went unclaimed on waivers after the Red Sox designated him for assignment last week. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports suggests the Mariners could be interested. The 35-year-old has appeared in four major league games this season, all with Kansas City.
    Today, 9:02 am
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    W, 3-1 x @Tor
  • Red Sox could keep three catchers
    The Red Sox could keep three catchers when Ryan Hanigan (hand) returns from the disabled list on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sandy Leon would seem to be the odd man out but he'd have to clear waivers to go to the minor leagues, which would give other teams a chance to claim him. The Red Sox don't have much catching depth with Christian Vasquez out for the season and Humberto Quintero on Triple-A Pawtucket's disabled list. Leon hasn't provided much offense (.160 in 75 at-bats) but he's been Boston's best defensive catcher.
    Today, 4:51 am
  • Yadier Molina has two hits as Cardinals roll
    Yadier Molina went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI as the Cardinals topped the Cubs 4-1 in a rain-soaked contest in St. Louis on Sunday night.

    Advice: The All-Star backstop doubled and came around to score the game's first run in the second inning. He then laced an RBI double to right field off Jason Hammel in the fourth inning that plated Jason Heyward. While the power has been noticeably absent this season, Molina is still slashing a healthy .293/.338/.378 with 26 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Welington Castillo powers D'Backs to victory
    Welington Castillo clobbered a three-run homer on Sunday, powering the Diamondbacks to a 6-4 victory over the Padres in San Diego.

    Advice: The second inning blast off Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne put the D'Backs ahead, a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting .200/.260/.400 with six long balls and 18 RBI on the season.
    Yesterday, 6:44 pm
  • Derek Norris goes deep twice in losing effort
    Derek Norris blasted a pair of home runs on Sunday, but it wasn't enough for the Padres to overcome the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Norris blasted a two-run shot off Diamondbacks starter Chase Anderson in the fourth inning then tagged him again for a solo shot in the sixth. The hard-hitting backstop finished the day 2-for-4 and is now slashing .246/.293/.446 with 11 homers and 45 RBI on the season.
    Yesterday, 6:36 pm
  • Red Sox outright Erik Kratz to Triple-A
    Red Sox sent C Erik Kratz outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: The 35-year-old was designated for assignment earlier in the week by the Red Sox, just a few days after being claimed off waivers from the Royals. He'll continue to provide organizational catching depth for the Red Sox.
    Yesterday, 5:41 pm
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    W, 3-1 x @Tor
  • Salvador Perez hits 12th homer
    Salvador Perez hit his 12th homer and drove in a run on a groundout Sunday against the Orioles.

    Advice: With the groundout, Perez drove in a baserunner for the first time since way back on June 24; he had six homers and six RBI in the five weeks since. Perez did it again later on the homer, which was a two-run shot. He now has 33 RBI to go along with his 12 homers this season.
    Yesterday, 5:12 pm
  • Gattis legs out RBI triple in win over Yanks
    Evan Gattis had an RBI triple in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: The designated hitter, not known for his wheels, legged out his third triple of the season and fourth of his career in the seventh inning to give the Astros the lead. The run batted in gives him 47 RBI on the year, ninth-best in the American League. His overall numbers lag a bit behind, as he's hitting .235/.266/.440 through Sunday's game.
    Yesterday, 1:47 pm
  • McCann walk-off HR completes Tigers' comeback
    James McCann smacked a walk-off, solo home run in the Tigers' comeback win over the White Sox Sunday.

    Advice: The Tigers were dominated for seven innings by Jeff Samardzija, but they tied things up in the eighth with Victor Martinez's bases-clearing double. McCann, who singled and scored in the eighth, then won it by depositing a Zach Putnam pitch just over the left-field wall. Alex Avila (knee) is due back soon, but McCann will continue to start versus lefties.
    Yesterday, 1:25 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber cranks first Triple-A home run
    Cubs C prospect Kyle Schwarber blasted his first Triple-A home run Saturday for Iowa.

    Advice: Schwarber homered in the majors before hitting his first Triple-A home run. The 22-year-old finished a triple shy of the cycle on Saturday and is now batting .263 in 19 at-bats for Iowa. Schwarber's bat is big-league ready. Now he just needs to work on his catching.
    Yesterday, 12:39 pm
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  • Tommy Joseph moves from C to 1B
    The Phillies are converting former catcher prospect Tommy Joseph to a first baseman.

    Advice: Joseph was once a nice prospect behind the plate, but he's dealt with numerous concussions and the Phils have finally decided enough is enough. "He’s not going to catch going forward," said director of player development Joe Jordan. "We’re not going to expose him to that type of risk. Tommy is very excited about the move and anxious to get back on the field playing again." Joseph is hitting just .123/.135/.178 this season and it's fair to question whether he has enough bat to profile at first base.
    Yesterday, 11:39 am
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    L, 7-4 vs x Mil
  • Matt Wieters sitting out first game Sunday
    Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles' lineup for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Indians.

    Advice: Wieters isn't catching back-to-back games yet, so obviously he was going to have to sit out one of Sunday's contests. Expect him back out there for the night cap. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate for the first game.
    Yesterday, 8:02 am
  • McCann hits grand slam, Yankees top Astros
    Brian McCann went 2-for-4 with a grand slam as the Yankees outlasted the Astros 9-6 on Saturday.

    Advice: McCann took Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer deep for the salami in the first inning. The homer was McCann's 12th of the year and his third in the last five games. His good afternoon has his line up to .274/.341/.489 with 49 RBI. That's good for fifth-most RBI in the American League.
    Saturday, 5:20 pm
  • Stephen Vogt (wrist) in A's lineup Saturday
    Stephen Vogt (wrist) is in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Vogt was expected to get the day off after he left Friday's game with a bruised wrist after he was hit by a pitch. He was able to avoid any serious injuries though and apparently feels good enough to give it a go on Saturday. He's in the midst of an outstanding season, slashing .304/.399/.545 with 13 homers and a league-leading 53 RBI.
    Saturday, 9:41 am
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    Bot 6, 5-0 vs ^ Col
  • Stephen Vogt listed as day-to-day
    X-rays on Stephen Vogt's wrist came back negative, and he's day-to-day after being hit by a pitch in Friday's game.

    Advice: Vogt will probably need Saturday off, but it looks like he escaped serious injury.
    Friday, 10:36 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    Bot 6, 5-0 vs ^ Col
  • Stephen Vogt exits game after HBP
    Stephen Vogt left Friday's game in the ninth inning after getting hit on the right hand/wrist by a pitch.

    Advice: Vogt was in quite a lot of pain, so this could be a DL-type situation. Josh Phegley would catch regularly if that's the case.
    Friday, 9:54 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    Bot 6, 5-0 vs ^ Col
  • Gattis has two hits, RBI vs. Yankees
    Evan Gattis went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Friday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Gattis now has back-to-back multi-hit games for the first time since May 29-30. The 28-year-old has alternated bad and good months so far this season, which has resulted in a .232 batting average and a .262 on-base percentage. However, he has managed 13 home runs and 45 RBI.
    Friday, 8:58 pm
  • Vogt logs another three-hit game as A's win
    Stephen Vogt went 3-for-5 and scored a run in Thursday's win against the Rangers.

    Advice: Vogt has logged three hits in three of his last four games. Not coincidentally, the Athletics have won all four games. Barring a tremendous slump or an injury, the 30-year-old should wind up on the AL All-Star roster as he's batting a healthy .308/.401/.552 with 13 home runs, 53 RBI (leading the league), and 37 runs scored.
    Thursday, 2:41 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    Bot 6, 5-0 vs ^ Col
  • McCann out of lineup again Thursday
    Brian McCann is out of the Yankees' lineup again Thursday against the Astros.

    Advice: McCann also sat out Wednesday, but no word yet on any kind of injury. John Ryan Murphy will start behind the plate and catch Adam Warren.
    Thursday, 1:51 pm
  • Wieters homers as Orioles outlast Red Sox
    Matt Wieters went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run, helping the Orioles outlast the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Wieters homered as part of the Orioles' six-run fourth inning in which they battered starter Eduardo Rodriguez. The backstop has made only 12 starts since coming off of the disabled list, but has homered three times, knocked in 10 runs, and is batting .292/.321/.604.
    Thursday, 1:45 pm
  • Red Sox DFA veteran catcher Erik Kratz
    Red Sox designated C Erik Kratz for assignment.

    Advice: Kratz was only with the Red Sox for a handful of days and did not make a plate appearance. The 35-year-old catcher was claimed off waivers from the Royals on Sunday.
    Thursday, 7:51 am
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    W, 3-1 x @Tor
  • Stephen Vogt goes 3-for-5 against Rangers
    Stephen Vogt, who missed Tuesday's game with a sore elbow, went 3-for-5 with two RBI against the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Vogt played first base while Josh Phegley, who went 2-for-4 with a homer and a walk, did the catching. Vogt is expected back behind the plate tomorrow, though as well as Phegley is hitting, it'd made sense to let Vogt DH or play first base more frequently. Billy Butler can take a spot on the bench if he doesn't step it up.
    Wednesday, 8:12 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    Bot 6, 5-0 vs ^ Col
  • Vogt (elbow) back in A's lineup on Wednesday
    Stephen Vogt (elbow) is back in the A's starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Rangers.

    Advice: Vogt sat out of Tuesday's series opener after getting a cortisone shot Sunday for tennis elbow. He is playing first base and hitting third in his return to action.
    Wednesday, 1:14 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    Bot 6, 5-0 vs ^ Col
  • Matt Wieters sitting out on Wednesday
    Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: The O's have been easing Wieters back into things since his activation from the disabled list earlier this month. Caleb Joseph is behind the dish.
    Wednesday, 12:30 pm
  • Brian McCann sitting out on Wednesday
    Brian McCann is not in the Yankees' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a day off. John Ryan Murphy will get the start over McCann against Cole Hamels and the Phillies.
    Wednesday, 8:47 am
  • Yan Gomes (neck) back in Indians' lineup
    Yan Gomes (neck) is back in the Indians' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Gomes had missed four out of the last five games due to a lingering neck injury, but he's ready to give it a try in this one. The catcher sports a disappointing .204/.214/.301 batting line this season.
    Wednesday, 6:43 am
  • Vogt (elbow) expects to return on Wednesday
    Stephen Vogt (elbow) expects to return Wednesday.

    Advice: Vogt got a cortisone shot in his ailing left elbow on Sunday and will be held out of action Tuesday night against the Rangers. He's dealt with a variety of injuries this season, but they've all been pretty minor. The 30-year-old catcher has a .938 OPS, 13 home runs, and 51 RBI in 68 games this season for the Athletics.
    Tuesday, 2:43 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    Bot 6, 5-0 vs ^ Col
  • Indians' Yan Gomes (neck) out again Tuesday
    Yan Gomes (neck) is out of the Indians' lineup again Tuesday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Gomes is dealing with a stiff neck and will miss his fourth start in the last five games. Roberto Perez will start behind the plate and catch Danny Salazar.
    Tuesday, 12:52 pm
  • McCann drills 11th homer in loss to Phillies
    Brian McCann clubbed his 11th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Phillies on Monday.

    Advice: McCann finished 1-for-3 with a walk on the night. He homered in the seventh inning off of Elvis Araujo, reducing the Yankees' deficit to 10-6. He had lifted a sacrifice fly in the first inning as well. McCann has gone yard in back-to-back games and is now batting .275/.340/.488 with 45 RBI.
    Monday, 8:54 pm
  • Yan Gomes (neck) out again Monday vs. DET
    Yan Gomes is out of the Indians' starting lineup again on Monday night against the Tigers.

    Advice: Gomes, who's been bothered by a stiff neck, also sat out Sunday. Roberto Perez is starting at catcher and batting ninth against Tigers left-hander Kyle Ryan.
    Jun 22, 12:27 pm
  • Cubs option Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned C Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Schwarber knew he would only be with the team for a week to function as the designated hitter, and certainly made the most of his opportunity. With his 1-for-4 effort on Tuesday, he hit .364 (8-for-22) with a homer and five RBI in six games with the Cubs. He should be back up in September.
    Jun 21, 2:50 pm
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  • Red Sox claim Erik Kratz off waivers
    Red Sox claimed C Erik Kratz off waivers from the Royals.

    Advice: Kratz isn't a very good defensive catcher but does offer nice pop as a backup. His stay in Boston could be brief with Ryan Hanigan (hand) due back from the disabled list soon.
    Jun 21, 11:04 am
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    W, 3-1 x @Tor
  • Yan Gomes not in Sunday's lineup
    Yan Gomes is not in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Gomes has battled a stiff neck recently, but it's unclear if that's why he's sitting out Sunday. Roberto Perez will catch Cody Anderson's major league debut.
    Jun 21, 7:58 am
  • Yadier Molina getting a day off Sunday
    Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day off. Tony Cruz is at catcher while Molina rests.
    Jun 21, 7:53 am
  • Norris hitless in loss to Diamondbacks
    Derek Norris went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Norris has four home runs this month, but he's hitting just .177 (11-for-62) in the process. This includes a 3-for-24 funk over the past seven days. His batting line is down to .256/.304/.435 overall.
    Jun 20, 11:56 am
  • Lucroy not in Brewers lineup on Saturday
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The hard-hitting backstop gets a routine day of rest with an afternoon game after a night game. Martin Maldonado will start behind the dish for the Brewers and bat eighth against Chad Bettis and the Rockies.
    Jun 20, 9:11 am
  • Schwarber in Cubs lineup again on Saturday
    Kyle Schwarber is once again in the Cubs starting lineup as the designated hitter on Saturday.

    Advice: The 22-year-old has been very impressive thus far, slashing .462/.462/.846 with a homer and four RBI in his first 13 at-bats. Despite his impressive showing, Schwarber isn't ready to play the outfield at the big league level, so he'll head back to Triple-A after the weekend is through.
    Jun 20, 9:03 am
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  • Matt Wieters not in O's lineup on Saturday
    Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The O's continue to give Wieters regular rest to keep him fresh as he works his way back into the swing of things. Caleb Joseph is getting the start behind the dish and will bat ninth for the Orioles.
    Jun 20, 8:04 am
  • Molina swats two-run homer vs. Phillies
    Yadier Molina went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, a walk, and two runs scored Friday against the Phillies.

    Advice: The Cardinals cruised to a blowout win on Friday and Molina got things started with his blast off Phillippe Aumont in the second inning. After a long home run drought, the veteran backstop has gone deep twice this week. He's now hitting .291 on the year thanks to his recent surge.
    Jun 19, 8:21 pm
  • Yan Gomes not in Friday's lineup
    Yan Gomes is absent from the Indians' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting a routine day off. Roberto Perez is catching while Gomes sits.
    Jun 19, 12:44 pm
  • Brian McCann sitting out on Friday
    Brian McCann is not in the Yankees' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting some rest. John Ryan Murphy is behind the dish in McCann's place.
    Jun 19, 12:36 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber hits first homer
    Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 and hit his first big-league homer Thursday off the Indians' Danny Salazar.

    Advice: Cool. He's still going back to Triple-A. Schwarber hasn't played a single inning in the outfield this year and the Cubs know he's not ready to catch in the majors, so he's getting sent down even though it looks like he can help right now.
    Jun 18, 9:04 pm
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