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  • Montero smashes two-run homer in ninth inning
    Miguel Montero went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in Thursday afternoon's win over the Mets.

    Advice: The home run was Montero's 10th of the season. He's currently slashing .245/.352/.422. It will be interesting to see if the catcher can pass his career-best for homers, which stands at 18. He should finish in that vicinity, though a 20-homer season is not out of the question.
    Today, 1:21 pm
  • Ryan Hanigan (hand) activated from DL
    Red Sox activated C Ryan Hanigan from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: He missed about two months with a fractured hand. For now, the Red Sox will keep three catchers. Hanigan will bat ninth Thursday against Toronto. The 34-year-old is hitting .222 this year with one homer and five RBI.
    Today, 12:58 pm
  • Posey (head) homers in loss to Marlins
    Buster Posey (head) went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI in Thursday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Posey homered off of flamethrower Carter Capps in the eighth inning to draw the Giants to within 5-4, but they would be unable to push across another run and ultimately fell by that final score. It's good to see him back in the lineup, as he took a foul ball off his mask in Wednesday's contest with the Marlins. After passing a concussion test, he hit in his normal cleanup spot and looked like his normal self on Thursday. Posey is hitting .304/.377/.496 with 13 homers and 56 RBI this season.
    Today, 12:18 pm
  • Buster Posey (head) in Giants' lineup Thurs.
    Buster Posey (head) is starting at first base for the Giants on Thursday afternoon against the Marlins.

    Advice: Posey left Wednesday's game after taking a foul ball off the center of his mask, but he passed a concussion test. He is batting cleanup Thursday against Jose Fernandez, who's making his first start in over 13 months.
    Today, 8:30 am
  • James McCann not in Tigers' lineup Thurs.
    James McCann is not in the Tigers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Bryan Holaday will start behind the plate against the Pirates. It's just a day of rest for McCann.
    Today, 6:35 am
  • A.J. Pierzynski hits two-run homer
    A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run homer against the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pierzynski hit three homers in his first five games of the season, but he's had just two since. His offensive numbers are still living off that huge April he had, but the Braves committed to him over Christian Bethancourt and don't seem to regret it.
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Posey passes concussion test after exiting
    Buster Posey passed a concussion test after Wednesday's game.

    Advice: Posey left the game after taking a foul ball off his mask. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the catcher felt "off" and didn't want to risk further injury. He'll be re-evaluated again Thursday, but as of now it appears he dodged a huge bullet.
    Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Posey leaves after taking foul ball off mask
    Buster Posey left Wednesday's game after taking a foul ball off his mask.

    Advice: Posey stayed in after the incident, but he was removed in the fifth inning. He's being re-evaluated, likely for concussion symptoms, and the club may have a better prognosis after the game. Andrew Susac would be in line for the bulk of the playing time if Posey is forced to miss time.
    Yesterday, 6:22 pm
  • Buster Posey exits with undisclosed injury
    Buster Posey left Wednesday's game against the Marlins with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: There was nothing apparent, but Andrew Susac replaced Posey behind the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning. A few inning earlier Posey took a foul ball off his mask. The Giants should provide an update shortly.
    Yesterday, 5:37 pm
  • Grandal gets rest against D'backs Wednesday
    Yasmani Grandal is not in the Dodgers' lineup against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Grandal, a switch-hitter who hits significantly better from the left side, will sit this one out against southpaw Robbie Ray. A.J. Ellis will catch Brett Anderson for the Dodgers in Grandal's place.
    Yesterday, 3:37 pm
  • Matt Wieters sitting out on Wednesday
    Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Wieters remains unable to catch on back-to-back days. Joseph is behind the dish.
    Yesterday, 12:17 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ Tex
  • Yan Gomes getting some rest Wednesday
    Yan Gomes is not in the Indians' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest. Roberto Perez is catching with Gomes out.
    Yesterday, 12:02 pm
    W, 5-4 ^ @TB
  • Jonathan Lucroy getting a breather Wednesday
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's simply a day of rest. Martin Maldonado is behind the plate in Lucroy's place.
    Yesterday, 11:49 am
    3:35 pm ^ @Phi
  • Ryan Hanigan (hand) delayed by flight
    Ryan Hanigan (hand) wasn't activated from the disabled list Wednesday because of a flight cancellation that delayed his arrival in Toronto.

    Advice: Hanigan is in Toronto now but won't be activated until Thursday. Blake Swihart is likely to be optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room on the roster.
    Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Ryan Hanigan (hand) won't be activated Wed.
    Ryan Hanigan (hand) will not be activated from the disabled list Wednesday.

    Advice: That's the day the Red Sox had been targeting him to return. The club could be delaying a decision with their catchers, as Blake Swihart has played well of late and the Sox don't want to lose Sandy Leon, who is out of options. Either way, Hanigan will surely be activated later this week.
    Yesterday, 7:07 am
  • Grandal plates four as Dodgers beat DBacks
    Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-5 with a two-run double and a two-run home run in Tuesday's 10-inning win against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Grandal opened the scoring with a two-run home run off of Rubby De La Rosa in the second inning. He added necessary insurance in the 10th inning with a two-run double to make it a 6-3 game. Grandal has homered in back-to-back games, giving him 12 on the season along with 31 RBI and a .269/.380/.497 triple-slash line.
    Tuesday, 10:52 pm
  • Flowers hits game-winning homer in extras
    Tyler Flowers hit a solo home run in the 11th inning to lead the White Sox to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Flowers took reliever Miguel Socolovich deep to break a 1-1 tie. The catcher finished 2-for-5 in the game. The homer was his sixth of the season and his second in as many games. Flowers is hitting .217/.268/.369 while splitting time behind the dish for the Sox.
    Tuesday, 9:00 pm
  • Gattis notches another triple against Royals
    Evan Gattis finished 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: El Oso Blanco is quickly becoming a triples machine, as Tuesday's was his fourth triple of the season after registering just one through his first 213 games. It was also his second consecutive game with a triple, so don't be surprised if, as he did Monday, Gattis gets a day off soon to recover. The fleet-footed designated hitter is batting .238/.269/.448 overall.
    Tuesday, 8:26 pm
  • Posey has double, homer in loss to Marlins
    Buster Posey finished 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two runs scored against the Marlins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Posey hit a solo home run in the third inning before doubling and scoring on a wild pitch in the sixth. The catcher is 11-for-24 (.458) with four doubles, two home runs, 13 RBI and eight runs scored during a six-game hitting streak. The hot stretch has his overall line up to .303/.378/.487.
    Tuesday, 7:54 pm
  • Oscar Hernandez to be activated this weekend
    Oscar Hernandez (hand) will be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

    Advice: Hernandez, a Rule 5 pick, has been out all season with a broken left hamate bone. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has hit just .184/.293/.306 since joining the D'Backs, so the club could designate him for assignment if they don't want to carry three catchers.
    Tuesday, 3:38 pm
    60-Day DL
    6:40 pm vs Col
  • Braves, Mariners in on Erik Kratz
    Robert Murray of reports that the Braves and Mariners are the "frontrunners" to sign Erik Kratz.

    Advice: Kratz elected free agency on Monday after clearing waivers. His defense isn't great, but the 35-year-old has some pop and wouldn't be a bad backup catcher for someone.
    Tuesday, 3:07 pm
    Not Active
    4:07 pm x @Tor
  • Russell Martin not in Tuesday's lineup
    Russell Martin is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Red Sox.

    Advice: He's likely just getting a day off. Dioner Navarro will start behind the plate and catch Marco Estrada.
    Tuesday, 12:47 pm
  • 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.
    Monday, 7:42 pm
    3:35 pm ^ @Phi
  • 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.
    Monday, 7:15 pm
    W, 5-4 ^ @TB
  • 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.
    Monday, 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.
    Monday, 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.
    Monday, 12:13 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ Tex
  • 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.
    Monday, 9:02 am
    Not Active
    4:07 pm x @Tor
  • 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.
    Sunday, 5:41 pm
    Not Active
    4:07 pm x @Tor
  • 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.
    Sunday, 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.
    Sunday, 1:25 pm
  • 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.
    Sunday, 8:02 am
    4:05 pm vs ^ Tex
  • 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
  • Posey has two-run double in win over Rockies
    Buster Posey went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Posey contributed a two-run double in the third inning, the third time in his last four games that he's driven in multiple runs. In that span, he's 7-for-16 with three doubles, nine RBI and six runs scored. Overall, Posey is hitting .297/.375/.471 with 11 homers, 39 runs scored and 50 RBI.
    Saturday, 4:39 pm
  • 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
  • Yasmani Grandal sitting again on Friday
    Yasmani Grandal is not in the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's the second straight game he's been on the bench. Grandal isn't suffering from any known injury, so it appears the club is just wanting to go with A.J. Ellis behind the plate.
    Friday, 12:14 pm
  • Posey plates three as Giants win slugfest
    Buster Posey went 3-for-5 and drove home three runs as the Giants outlasted the Padres in a 13-8 slugfest on Thursday.

    Advice: Two of Posey's three knocks were doubles and he also scored three runs in the contest. He has once again been one of the truly elite offensive performers behind the plate this season, slashing .293/.369/.469 with 11 long balls and 48 RBI.
    Thursday, 4:12 pm
  • 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
    4:05 pm vs ^ Tex
  • 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
    Not Active
    4:07 pm x @Tor
  • Posey's grand slam pushes Giants past Padres
    Buster Posey blasted a grand slam in Wednesday's 6-0 triumph across from San Diego.

    Advice: He finished 1-for-4. Posey's grand slam seemed almost preordained after Ian Kennedy slogged through a third inning elongated by a Will Middlebrooks error. Considering Posey's history against Kennedy, it came as no surprise that he capitalized on the moment. Posey is 16-for-40 (.400) lifetime against the right-hander.
    Wednesday, 10:33 pm
  • 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
    4:05 pm vs ^ Tex
  • 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
    W, 5-4 ^ @TB
  • 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
    W, 5-4 ^ @TB
  • 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
  • Miguel Montero not in Monday's lineup
    Miguel Montero is not in the Cubs' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. David Ross is behind the dish in Montero's place.
    Jun 22, 1:20 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
    W, 5-4 ^ @TB
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