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  • Vazquez drives in two in win over Astros
    Christian Vazquez went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Sunday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Vazquez is now 5-for-11 with five RBI, three doubles and three runs scored since being recalled on July 9. Despite his offensive output thus far, Vazquez isn't in the majors for his offense. This is likely just a flash in the pan, but a welcome one from the Red Sox' perspective.
    Yesterday, 4:21 pm
  • Yan Gomes the offensive start for Indians
    Yan Gomes was the offensive star for the Indians Sunday, notching an RBI single and a two-run homer in a win over the White Sox.

    Advice: He drove in all three runs for the Tribe, with his go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning representing the winning run. Gomes' .261/.306/.436 batting line in the first half isn't anything to write home about, but he's slugged 12 homers while driving in 36 runs.
    Yesterday, 1:24 pm
  • Castro's homer helps Astros beat Red Sox
    Jason Castro hit a two-run homer to help the Astros beat the Red Sox 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Castro also tripled in the game. He missed most of this week with discomfort in his left armpit, but the pain medication he was prescribed appears to be working. The 27-year-old catcher has eight homers and 36 RBI on the season. He's capable of a nice second half.
    Saturday, 4:44 pm
  • Tony Cruz drives in three, Cards rout Brewers
    Tony Cruz finished 2-for-5 with three RBI in the Cardinals' defeat of the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: Cruz hit a two-run single in the top of the first inning and scored Jhonny Peralta on an RBI double in the top of the third. St. Louis managed 10 runs on 12 hits in the blowout win. Cruz is expected to be the Cardinals' primary catcher with Yadier Molina (thumb) out and could carry value in NL-only fantasy leagues.
    Saturday, 4:36 pm
  • Hanigan (side) not in Rays lineup on Saturday
    Ryan Hanigan (side) is not in the Rays lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He was scratched from Friday's lineup due to soreness in his left side. Manager Joe Maddon admitted that the team isn't sure if it is an oblique issue or not, and that he's only available in an emergency on Saturday.
    Saturday, 10:57 am
  • Cardinals option Audry Perez to Triple-A
    Cardinals optioned C Audry Perez to Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Perez was serving as the primary backup to Tony Cruz with Yadier Molina on the disabled list, but became expendable after the addition of George Kottaras. He'll continue to function as organizational depth.
    Saturday, 10:11 am
    Not Active
  • Orioles recall Steve Clevenger from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled C Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He'll provide extra depth behind the plate and function as a utility option for the O's in the last two games leading up to the All-Star break. In 24 games with the Orioles this season, he's hitting .243/.300/.378 with eight RBI.
    Saturday, 7:03 am
  • Stephen Vogt goes 2-for-3, homers
    Stephen Vogt had another nice game Friday, going 2-for-3 with a homer against the Mariners.

    Advice: Vogt has hit in 11 straight and delivered two hits in five of his last six games. He's looking like a nice stopgap for those mixed leaguers who lost Yadier Molina.
    Friday, 9:58 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
  • Vazquez has breakout game vs. Astros
    Christian Vazquez had a breakout game Friday against the Astros, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI, and two runs scored.

    Advice: Vazquez had a ground-rule double to drive in a run in the fourth inning and later added a two-run double in the sixth. Both were to the opposite field. The 23-year-old is the first Red Sox player since Nomar Garciaparra in 1996 to have three hits in one of his first two major league games. While it was a big night for Vazquez, his defense and throwing arm are his big calling cards.
    Friday, 9:04 pm
  • Castro (arm) returns to action for Astros
    Jason Castro (arm) went 1-for-5 with a double and a strikeout in his return to action Friday.

    Advice: Castro hasn't played since Sunday due to pain in the area of his left armpit. While there was some speculation that a swollen lymph node could be the cause, he has seen improvement after receiving treatment.
    Friday, 9:03 pm
  • Pena has go-ahead RBI in win over Pirates
    Brayan Pena had a pinch-hit go-ahead RBI single in Friday's 6-5 win over the Pirates.

    Advice: The Pirates held a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Reds rallied for three runs on five hits against Tony Watson to take the lead. Pena's two-out single proved to be the difference. The 32-year-old has done a respectable job as Devin Mesoraco's backup this season, batting .257 with three home runs and a . 675 OPS over 63 games.
    Friday, 7:59 pm
  • Nick Hundley delivers walk-off winner in 10th
    Nick Hundley came through with an RBI single off Adam Warren in the 10th inning on Friday, leading the Orioles to a walk-off 3-2 victory.

    Advice: The veteran backstop finished the night 2-for-4 with that critical RBI. With the two-hit effort, he's now hitting .264/.282/.384 with 13 RBI in 125 at-bats on the season. If he continues to swing the bat well, he could be in line for additional playing time behind the plate for the Orioles.
    Friday, 7:27 pm
  • Ryan Hanigan scratched with sore side
    Ryan Hanigan was scratched from Friday's lineup with soreness in his left side.

    Advice: Hanigan hasn't played since Tuesday, so it's possible he's been nursing the ailment for a few days. Jose Molina will catch Chris Archer instead.
    Friday, 2:55 pm
  • Jason Castro back in Astros' lineup Friday
    Jason Castro is back in the Astros' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his first start since Sunday, as Castro has been battling pain in his left armpit. The Astros catching is sporting a .228/.303/.366 batting line with seven homers and 34 RBI over 73 games this season.
    Friday, 1:41 pm
  • Soto arrested for marijuana possession
    Geovany Soto was arrested Wednesday night and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana under two ounces.

    Advice: Soto was pulled over for speeding before the marijuana was discovered. He is free on a $500 bail. The Rangers declined to comment on the arrest other than to say they're "aware of the situation." Soto is currently on a rehab assignment as he works his way back from knee surgery.
    Friday, 11:44 am
    Disabled List
  • Tucker Barnhart optioned to Triple-A
    Reds optioned C Tucker Barnhart to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Barnhart has hit only .152/.222/.242 in 12 games for the Reds this season. The club is only going with two catchers even though Brayan Pena is expected to see the bulk of the starts at first base with Joey Votto (quad) out.
    Friday, 11:32 am
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  • Cardinals claim George Kottaras off waivers
    Cardinals claimed C George Kottaras off waivers from the Indians.

    Advice: The Cards needed some depth at catcher following the Yadier Molina (thumb) injury, and Kottaras makes sense as a stop-gap. The 31-year-old is a career .216/.326/.415 hitter but did slug three homers over 10 games with the Tribe. He figures to share time with Tony Cruz while Molina is out, with Audry Perez heading back to Triple-A Memphis. Kottaras won't officially report until Saturday.
    Friday, 10:48 am
  • Cardinals not interested in A.J. Pierzynski
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are not interested in A.J. Pierzynski.

    Advice: It was natural to connect the recently designated for assignment Pierzynski to the Cards following Yadier Molina's thumb injury, but there doesn't appear to be a fit. Pierzynski hit only .254/.286/.348 for the Red Sox and reportedly did not fit in well in their clubhouse.
    Friday, 7:16 am
    Not Active
  • Cardinals interested in George Kottaras
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that George Kottaras is "of interest" to the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Cards, of course, are looking for a catcher following Yadier Molina's thumb surgery. Goold notes that Kottaras, who was designated for assignment by the Indians earlier this week, "has done well offensively" and "has a solid reputation in the game and experience at the position." Another catcher who could interest the Cardinals is John Buck, who was also just designated for assignment. They could also consider a trade for Kurt Suzuki. Goold says the club does not have interest in A.J. Pierzynski.
    Friday, 7:13 am
  • Stephen Vogt knocks in three
    Stephen Vogt had two hits and three RBI versus the Giants on Thursday.

    Advice: Vogt isn't doing a whole lot of catching, but he is playing regularly of late, giving him value as a second catcher in mixed leagues. He's 16-for-35 (.457) in his last 10 games.
    Thursday, 3:59 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
  • D'Arnaud batting fifth Thursday vs. Braves
    Travis d'Arnaud will bat fifth Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: And why not? D'Arnaud is batting .300/.340/.560 with three home runs and four doubles in 13 games since returning from the minors. He has earned a promotion in the batting order with his hot-hitting and could stick there if he keeps it up.
    Thursday, 2:40 pm
  • Cards call up Audry Perez from AAA
    Cardinals recalled C Audry Perez from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Perez will serve as Tony Cruz's backup with Yadier Molina (thumb) going on the disabled list. We don't expect him to stick around for long, as the Cardinals will likely make a move soon.
    Thursday, 1:32 pm
    Not Active
  • Brayan Pena (forearm) in Reds' lineup Thurs.
    Brayan Pena (forearm) is in the Reds' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs.

    Advice: Pena missed a couple of games with minor soreness in his right forearm. The 32-year-old is playing first base and batting cleanup Thursday for the injury-riddled Reds.
    Thursday, 7:08 am
  • d'Arnaud rips a home run as Mets top Braves
    Travis d'Arnaud belted a two-run home run, his only hit in three at-bats, as the Mets defeated the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud has been performing better since returning from a two-week demotion to Triple-A. His seventh-inning two-run home run, his third in 13 games since returning and sixth of the season, off of Ervin Santana padded his team's lead to 4-1. The catcher is slashing .213/.289/.354 with 19 RBI on the season.
    Wednesday, 6:45 pm
  • Castro (shoulder) out of Astros' lineup again
    Jason Castro (arm) is out of the Astros' starting lineup again on Wednesday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Castro has now missed three straight games with pain in his left armpit. The Astros still aren't exactly sure what's bothering him. He's been prescribed pain meds.
    Wednesday, 1:43 pm
  • Christian Vazquez recalled from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled C Christian Vazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: The Red Sox are committed to going young from here on out, as they've designated A.J. Pierzynski for assignment and will give Vazquez a shot. Vazquez is known more for his defense than his offense, but the 23-year-old has put up a respectable .279/.336/.385 batting line with three homers at Pawtucket this season. He should receive most of the playing time behind the dish but isn't a great fantasy option.
    Wednesday, 11:46 am
  • Red Sox DFA veteran catcher Pierzynski
    Red Sox designated C A.J. Pierzynski for assignment.

    Advice: Pierzynski has managed a poor .254/.286/.348 batting line with just four homers and 31 RBI this season, and the Sox have apparently decided they've had enough. Boston will have to eat the $3.6 million remaining on Pierzynski's contract once he clears waivers. Pierzynski, 37, figures to receive some interest on the open market, but it's possible he might not be able to find a starting job. Christian Vazquez has been summoned from Triple-A.
    Wednesday, 11:39 am
    Not Active
  • Brayan Pe¤a (forearm) expected to play Wed.
    Brayan Pe¤a (forearm) is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Pena was dealing with soreness in his right forearm even before going on paternity leave, and he then sat out both games of Tuesday's doubleheader. The Reds are expected to use him as their primary first baseman while Joey Votto (quad) is out. "We were planning on giving him a couple of days of TLC, which he was able to get at home with his wife and new daughter, but I'd love to have him not do much for another day," manager Bryan Price said between games Tuesday. "I think it's a lot more probable that you'll see him more involved beginning (Wednesday)."
    Wednesday, 7:14 am