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  • 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. Yesterday, 8:10 pm
  • Gomes homers twice but Indians lose to TOR
    Yan Gomes hit a pair of solo home runs in four at-bats, but the Indians dropped Tuesday's game in 10 innings to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Gomes tied the game at 2-2 in the seventh inning with his first solo home run, off of Marco Estrada. In the ninth inning, he re-tied the game at three apiece, swatting his second solo homer off of Roberto Osuna. The catcher now has three homer uns in his last three games, a good sign as he has otherwise not done much offensively. Gomes is batting .225/.265/.389 with 11 home runs and 37 RBI. Yesterday, 7:36 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 4:01 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 1:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • 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. Yesterday, 12:46 pm
  • White Sox recall Rob Brantly
    White Sox recalled C Rob Brantly from Double-A Birmingham.

    Advice: Brantly missed an early portion of the season with an avulsion fracture in his left thumb before the White Sox shuttled him off to work in the minors. While he's hit .310/.335/.483 working between Double and Triple-A this season, he hasn't seen major league action since 2013. In that campaign, he hit just .211/.263/.265 with the Marlins. Yesterday, 12:21 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. Yesterday, 12:01 pm
  • Rockies recall Wilin Rosario
    Rockies recalled 1B Wilin Rosario from Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Rosario slashed .273/.293/.426 in 69 games with the Rockies this season. He was sent down near the end of July, but sees another opportunity with the expansion of rosters. He hit five homers in 183 at-bats prior to his earlier demotion. Yesterday, 10:27 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 6:51 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 12:50 am
  • Austin Barnes recalled from Triple-A
    Dodgers recalled C Austin Barnes from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Barnes has played sparingly with the big club this season but has hit .315/.389/.479 at Oklahoma City. He'll serve as the club's third catcher down the stretch. Monday, 5:58 pm
  • Wilson Ramos getting a breather Monday
    Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's just a day off. Jose Lobaton is behind the plate while Ramos rests. Monday, 1:44 pm
  • 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
  • Rupp slugs yet another homer, but Phils lose
    Cameron Rupp went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run as the Phillies lost 9-4 to the Padres on Sunday.

    Advice: Rupp made it a 2-1 game in the second inning with a solo home run to the opposite field off of James Shields. It's his fourth home run in his last six games, continuing a torrid month of August during which he is hitting .327 (18-for-55). Rupp is batting .254/.320/.426 overall with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 219 plate appearances. Sunday, 2:03 pm
  • Santana has 3 hits, 3 RBI in win vs. Angels
    Carlos Santana went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI in Sunday's 9-2 victory over the Angels.

    Advice: Santana hit an RBI double in the first inning to make it 2-0, then added a two-run single in the sixth inning to make it 8-1. The first baseman is now on a seven-game hitting streak. On the season, he's hitting .232/.352/.395 with 15 home runs and 66 RBI. Sunday, 1:04 pm
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    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Salvador Perez not in lineup Sunday
    Salvador Perez is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Drew Butera is catching while Perez rests. Sunday, 7:31 am
  • Travis d'Arnaud sitting out on Sunday
    Travis d'Arnaud is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Anthony Recker is behind the dish in d'Arnaud's place. Sunday, 7:28 am
  • 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
  • Yan Gomes drives in five, Indians rock Halos
    Yan Gomes drove in five runs Saturday in the Indians' 8-3 rout of the Angels.

    Advice: Gomes hit a sacrifice fly that scored Carlos Santana in the bottom of the second inning and he launched a grand slam in Cleveland's five-run eighth inning. Gomes is trying to end his mostly-disappointing 2015 on a high note. He's definitely capable of a strong finish. Saturday, 7:54 pm
  • 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 Sea
  • 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 Sea
  • d'Arnaud notches RBI single vs BOS
    Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and two walks in Friday's 10-inning loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: One of d'Arnaud's two walks came with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. He's currently working on a six-game hitting streak which has helped to boost his overall batting line to .279/.355/.544 across 147 at-bats. In addition to those fine numbers, he's hit nine homers and driven in 30 runs. Friday, 8:49 pm
  • Cameron Rupp plates four to lead Phillies
    Cameron Rupp homered and drove home four runs on Friday, leading the Phillies to a 7-1 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: He got the Phillies on the board with an RBI ground out in the fourth inning, then capped off the scoring with a three-run blast off Odrisamer Despaigne in the eighth inning. Rupp finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now hitting .255/.316/.417 with seven homers and 23 RBI on the year. Friday, 7:22 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rupp extends his hitting streak to nine games
    Cameron finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Rupp hit a two-run double in the eighth inning as the Phillies attempted to erase a six-run deficit. Getting a majority of the starts behind home plate lately, the 26-year-old is riding a nine-game hitting streak. He's batting .254/.313/.402 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 208 plate appearances, emerging as the superior option -- both offensively and defensively -- over veteran Carlos Ruiz. Wednesday, 7:43 pm
  • 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
  • Travis d'Arnaud sitting out Wednesday
    Travis d'Arnaud is not in the Mets' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a day off. Anthony Recker is catching while d'Arnaud rests. Wednesday, 12:49 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
  • Ramos homers, Nationals defeat the Padres
    Wilson Ramos went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Tuesday's 8-3 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Ramos knotted the game up at 2-2 in the second inning with his two-run blast off of James Shields. The backstop has homered in back-to-back games, now with 11 on the season with 53 RBI and a subpar .238/.272/.368 triple-slash line. Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Jason Castro not in Astros' lineup Monday
    Jason Castro is not in the Astros' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Castro hit a walkoff homer in the 10th inning Sunday against the Dodgers, but he'll take a seat Monday versus Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi. Hank Conger will start behind the plate and bat ninth for Houston. Monday, 12:57 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Castro downs Dodgers with walk-off homer
    Jason Castro hit a solo, walk-off home run in the 10th inning of Sunday's 3-2 win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Astros trailed 2-1 entering the ninth inning, but a Marwin Gonzalez RBI single tied the proceedings to set the stage for Castro's dramatics. An inning later, the catcher stepped up and unloaded on a one-out Chris Hatcher offering for a solo homer to send the fans home happy. He's one of several low-average, decent-power hitters on the Astros, as he's slashing .209/.272/.380 with 10 homers and 30 RBI. Aug 23, 3:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Rupp homers as the Phillies beat the Marlins
    Cameron Rupp went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run as the Phillies took down the Marlins on Sunday.

    Advice: Rupp gave the Phillies some late insurance, boosting the Phillies' lead to 2-0 with a solo home run off of Chris Narveson in the seventh inning. The catcher is on a seven-game hitting streak and has homered four times in the month of August. Rupp also looked strong defensively, throwing out two of three would-be base-stealers on Sunday. On the season, he owns a .247/.305/.379 batting line with five home runs and 16 RBI. Rupp is likely looking at increased playing time next season, but his fantasy value will be limited to NL-only leagues. Aug 23, 1:03 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud sitting out on Sunday
    Travis d'Arnaud is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Anthony Recker is behind the dish in d'Arnaud's place. Aug 23, 10:39 am
  • Salvador Perez sitting out on Sunday
    Salvador Perez is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Drew Butera is catching while Perez rests. Aug 23, 7:42 am
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