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  • Josh Thole reaches four times
    Josh Thole went 2-for-2 with a double and two walks Wednesday versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: Even though Thole only gets to play while R.A. Dickey is pitching, he's managed to stay sharp enough to hit .282 in 85 at-bats this season, albeit without any power at all (three doubles, no triples and no homers). Since the beginning of June, he's started exactly one game in which he wasn't paired with Dickey, and he was removed after two at-bats in that one.
    Yesterday, 9:34 pm
    W, 8-0 vs x Bos
  • Cameron Rupp optioned to Triple-A
    Phillies optioned C Cameron Rupp to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Rupp is no longer needed with Carlos Ruiz back from the DL. He had 11 hits in 58 at-bats while up with the big club.
    Yesterday, 11:17 am
    Not Active
    W, 2-1 vs x SF
  • Carlos Ruiz activated from disabled list
    Phillies activated C Carlos Ruiz from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Ruiz wasn't supposed to be back until Friday, but the Phils decided to make the move a couple days early. The veteran backstop was been out since late June with post-concussion symptoms, but he got through five rehab games with no issues and is ready to go.
    Yesterday, 11:16 am
    W, 2-1 vs x SF
  • Ryan Hanigan (oblique) resumes throwing
    Ryan Hanigan (oblique) has resumed throwing but has yet to do any rotational work.

    Advice: Players are usually about 10 days away from returning from an oblique injury once they do begin rotational work, so it appears Hanigan won't be back before the end of the month. The Rays will continue to use Jose Molina as their primary catcher while Hanigan is on the shelf.
    Yesterday, 7:59 am
    Disabled List
  • David Ross dealing with plantar fasciitis
    David Ross has been dealing with a right foot ailment for most of the season that the Red Sox believe is plantar fasciitis.

    Advice: Ross was noticeably hobbled while running the bases Tuesday, but the catcher doesn't think the injury will sideline him. "It's not going to keep me from playing, I don't think," Ross said. "It's one of those things that's going to affect my running a little bit, which is definitely not something manager John (Farrell) is worrying about, my speed to help the team."
    Yesterday, 6:23 am
    L, 8-0 x @Tor
  • Montero's two-run 8th inning single sinks DET
    Miguel Montero went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth to give the Diamondbacks a 5-4 win over the Tigers.

    Advice: After Torii Hunter knocked in two to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead in the eighth, Miguel Montero answered with a two-run hit of his own in the bottom of the frame. He's done a nice job holding down the four-spot in Arizona's lineup. The All Star catcher now has 58 RBI on the season and is slashing .263/.344/.412.
    Tuesday, 10:29 pm
  • Arencibia belts 13th-inning HR, but TEX loses
    J.P. Arencibia broke a 0-0 tie in the 13th inning, his only hit in five at-bats, but the Rangers lost in 14 innings to the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: Arencibia took David Huff out to right-center to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the 13th, but closer Joakim Soria gave the run right back in the bottom half of the inning. Arencibia has had a miserable year offensively, but he has homered in two of five games since the All-Star break. He's slashing a terrible .139/.186/.291 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 86 plate appearances.
    Tuesday, 9:07 pm
  • Santana's three XBH lead Tribe past Twins
    Carlos Santana went 4-for-5 with a home run and nine total bases as the Indians cruised past the Twins 8-2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Santana had just three extra-base hits in his previous nine games, but the 28-year-old added two doubles to go with his 15th home run of the year. If anything, he deserved to have an even better night from a statistical standpoint -- the homer came with nobody on, and his other three hits drove in just one run combined. The four-hit evening raised his season line to .214/.353/.401.
    Tuesday, 9:01 pm
  • Yan Gomes knocks RBI double in win over Twins
    Yan Gomes finished 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: The double was Gomes' 16th this season, giving him 39 RBI. The catcher has come out of the blocks in the second half with purpose, as he's 9-for-17 with four doubles, a home run, three RBI and five runs scored in five games. The heater has upped his season line to .276/.322/.464.
    Tuesday, 8:52 pm
  • Lucroy's second HR gives Brewers walk-off win
    Jonathan Lucroy's second home run of the game also served to give the Brewers a 4-3, walk-off victory over the Reds on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lucroy homered off Reds starter Homer Bailey in the sixth inning, and leading off the ninth he took reliever Sam LeCure out to send the fans home happy. The homers were his first since July 4, also against the Reds. The All-Star catcher has now got 11 home runs to go with a .310/.381/.500 line on the year.
    Tuesday, 8:45 pm
  • Castillo delivers RBI double in win over Pads
    Welington Castillo went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in Tuesday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Castillo's double off Blaine Boyer capped a three-run seventh inning that helped put the game out of reach. The catcher now has three multi-hit games in his last four starts dating back to before the All-Star break, raising his season line to .241/.294/.391 in the process. He'll likely get the lion's share of starts behind the dish down the stretch, but he's nothing more than an NL-only option this season.
    Tuesday, 7:56 pm
  • Joe Mauer (oblique) hits off tee Tuesday
    Joe Mauer (oblique) has progressed to hitting off a tee.

    Advice: It's a nice step after he took dry swings over the weekend, but a clear timetable for his return won't be known until he faces live pitching. Mauer, who will next take soft-tosses in the cage, has been out since early July with a strained right oblique.
    Tuesday, 4:58 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Mauer Min - C,1B
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm vs CWS
  • Geovany Soto (groin) heads back to the DL
    Rangers placed C Geovany Soto on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain.

    Advice: Soto lasted just three games on the Rangers' active roster. He missed the first three-and-a-half months of the 2014 season following knee surgery and will now likely be sidelined through mid-August. Robinson Chirinos will again serve as the primary catcher in Texas.
    Tuesday, 12:46 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 4-2 x @NYY
  • Blue Jays option C Kratz to Triple-A
    Blue Jays optioned C Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The Blue Jays are expected to make multiple roster moves in advance of Tuesday's game. Kratz has hit .198 with three homers and a .572 OPS over 84 plate appearances with the Jays this season.
    Tuesday, 11:26 am
    Not Active
    W, 8-0 vs x Bos
  • Pirates C prospect McGuire 3 hits, double
    Pirates prospect catcher Reese McGuire went 3-for-5 with a double for Low-A West Virginia on Monday.

    Advice: McGuire had a brutal June, hitting .213/.272/.267, and has improved slightly in July, hitting .258/.262/.306. It is common for prospects in their first full season to struggle with the grind of travel and games, but McGuire has struggled with the bat all season, hitting just .263/.310/.309 with eight doubles, one triple, and one home run. McGuire has All-Star potential, and has controlled the running game, throwing out 42 percent of all base stealers for the season.
    Tuesday, 9:55 am
    Not Active
  • Geovany Soto leaves with tight groin
    Geovany Soto left Monday's game versus the Yankees due to tightness in his right groin.

    Advice: Soto pulled up gimpy as he scored a run in the top of the sixth inning. The Rangers should provide an update on their catcher after the game. Robinson Chirinos will be in line for increased playing time if Soto is out for a while.
    Monday, 6:39 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 4-2 x @NYY
  • Mauer (oblique) takes some dry swings
    Joe Mauer (oblique) took some dry swings on Sunday.

    Advice: They came after the first baseman played soft-toss and fielded a few ground balls on Saturday. It's obviously a great sign that Mauer is ready to swing a bat again, and he should progress to hitting in the cage and then taking batting practice if all goes well. He's been out since early July with a strained right oblique.
    Sunday, 11:06 am
    Player Note
    Joe Mauer Min - C,1B
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm vs CWS
  • Carlos Ruiz could be activated Friday
    Carlos Ruiz (concussion) could be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

    Advice: The thought had been that Ruiz would return early this week, but apparently the Phillies want to keep the catcher on his rehab assignment a bit longer. Ruiz went 1-for-4 at the plate while catching seven innings Saturday in his third rehab game for High-A Clearwater.
    Sunday, 7:34 am
    W, 2-1 vs x SF
  • Joe Mauer (oblique) goes through workout
    Joe Mauer (oblique) went through a light workout Saturday, playing soft-toss and fielding a few ground balls, including a handful while on his knees.

    Advice: It's a small step, but a step nonetheless. "At least he's [doing] baseball activity," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Saturday. "Let's wait and see what he comes in feeling like tomorrow. Maybe he'll be able to swing pretty soon." Manager Ron Gardenhire seemed more pessimistic, saying that Mauer "still feels it" while coughing and sneezing, "so he's obviously not ready to take swings." Mauer has been out since early July with a strained right oblique.
    Sunday, 7:20 am
    Player Note
    Joe Mauer Min - C,1B
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm vs CWS
  • Yan Gomes scores three times in victory
    Yan Gomes went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored as the Indians took the first game of Saturday's doubleheader from the Tigers in Detroit.

    Advice: Gomes performed as one of the better hitting catchers in the league during the first half of the season. With the three-hit effort, the Brazilian backstop is now slashing .269/.314/.442 to go along with 12 homers and 36 RBI.
    Saturday, 1:32 pm