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  • Chris Iannetta goes hitless in loss to ChiSox
    Chris Iannetta had another rough night at the plate on Saturday, going 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: The Mariners as a team struggled to get anything going against Jose Quintana on Saturday, but it's been a rough go of it all season for Iannetta. He has been passed over by Mike Zunino as the team's primary backstop, and for good reason as he's hitting a paltry .213/.306/.336 with seven homers and 22 RBI on the season. 28 minutes ago
  • Phegley (knee) being treated for synovitis
    Josh Phegley was admitted to a hospital Friday with synovitis in his right knee.

    Advice: Synovitis is an inflammatory disease within the membrane that lines the knee joint. Phegley, who had surgery on July 5 to remove a cruciate ligament cyst from the same knee, was originally scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Saturday. It's unclear what the next step will be. Today, 6:32 pm
    60-Day DL
    W, 3-2 @StL
  • Tucker Barnhart (hand) out again Saturday
    Tucker Barnhart (hand) is not in the Reds' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's his second straight absence. Barnhart bruised his hand against the Dodgers earlier this week, though fortunately his X-rays came back negative. Ramon Cabrera will start behind the plate and bat eighth against D'Backs starter Zack Godley. Barnhart is considered day-to-day, though the Reds did call up Raffy Lopez from Triple-A in case the injury lingers. Today, 3:16 pm
    Top 9, 13-0 @Ari
  • Reds call up Raffy Lopez from AAA Louisville
    Reds purchased the contract of C Raffy Lopez from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: The Reds needed to add a catcher with Tucker Barnhart battling a bruised hand. Second baseman Tony Renda was demoted to Louisville in the corresponding move. Lopez has hit just .213 with one homer over 155 minor league at-bats this season. Today, 3:06 pm
  • Gary Sanchez continues epic home run assault
    Gary Sanchez continued his historic home run barrage on Saturday, blasting a solo homer off Dylan Bundy in the fourth inning of a 13-5 win over the Orioles.

    Advice: With that long ball, Sanchez is now the fastest player in MLB history to reach 11 home runs, accomplishing the feat in only 23 games. He has now hit 10 homers in his last 12 contests and is showing no signs of slowing down. Fantasy owners who scooped him up off of the waiver wire early on are reaping tremendous rewards that could decide the championship in many season-long leagues. He finished the day 1-for-3 plus a pair of walks on Saturday and is now hitting .400/.467/.900 with 11 bombs and 21 RBI on the season. Today, 1:40 pm
  • Phillies option Jorge Alfaro to Double-A
    Phillies optioned C Jorge Alfaro to Double-A Reading.

    Advice: As expected, it was a short stay for the young backstop, as he was replaced by A.J. Ellis on Saturday. Alfaro should get another look with the Phillies when rosters expand next week. Today, 11:40 am
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    L, 12-1 @NYM
  • Russell Martin not in Jays lineup on Saturday
    Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the veteran backstop. Josh Thole will get the call behind the dish and bat ninth for the Jays against Ervin Santana and the Twins on Saturday. Today, 8:07 am
  • Dodgers option Shawn Zarraga to Triple-A
    Dodgers optioned C Shawn Zarraga to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: He was only with the club for a day as catching depth while the club waited on the arrival of Carlos Ruiz. He should return to the big league club as additional depth when rosters expand for September next week. Today, 6:23 am
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    W, 3-2 vs ChC
  • Gattis hits dramatic walk-off HR vs. Rays
    Evan Gattis slugged a walk-off solo homer in Friday’s 5-4 victory over the Rays.

    Advice: Carlos Correa led off the bottom of the ninth with a game-tying solo homer off Alex Colome and Gattis followed him with a long home run which hit the train behind the Crawford Boxes in left field. The 30-year-old went 2-for-4 with two RBI on the evening. He has gone deep in back-to-back games and now sits at 21 homers on the year. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
    W, 6-2 vs TB
  • Barnhart scratched Friday with sore hand
    Tucker Barnhart was scratched from the Reds lineup on Friday due to a sore right hand.

    Advice: The injury is believed to be very minor and shouldn't cause an extended absence from the lineup. Barnhart could be back behind the dish as early as Saturday. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
    Top 9, 13-0 @Ari
  • Zunino hitless against White Sox
    Mike Zunino went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts Friday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Zunino has back-to-back two-strikeout games and has seen his batting average fall from .282 to .247 over his last five games. Strikeouts are likely always going to be a part of his game, but it’s just a matter of whether he can keep them to a reasonable level. We know the power is there, but his improved patience has been a nice surprise. Yesterday, 8:52 pm
  • Roberto Perez has four hits in rout of Texas
    Roberto Perez had a monster day at the plate on Friday, going 4-for-5 with three RBI as the Indians routed the Rangers 12-1 in Arlington.

    Advice: Perez had been in a serious funk at the plate, entering play on Friday hitting just .105 on the season. He came through with an RBI single in the sixth inning to increase the Tribe's advantage to 6-0 then added a two-run single to cap off the scoring in the ninth. With Yan Gomes sidelined, he'll continue to see the bulk of the work behind the dish for the Indians. Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Russell Martin homers, drives in five vs. MIN
    Russell Martin went 2-for-5 with a homer and five RBI in Friday’s 15-8 victory over the Twins.

    Advice: Martin cleared the bases with a double to left-center field in the sixth inning, but he didn’t stop there. He slugged a two-run homer one inning later, which served as the exclamation point on a five-run frame for Toronto. After hitting eight homers through his first 95 games this season, Martin has seven homers in his last 11 games. Yesterday, 8:18 pm
  • Nick Hundley plates four in loss to Nationals
    Nick Hundley had a nice day at the dish in Friday's loss to the Nationals, going 3-for-4 with a homer, double and four RBI.

    Advice: Hundley tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth inning with an RBI double. He then tagged Shawn Kelley for a three-run blast in the ninth inning, pulling the Rockies to within three runs at 8-5. The hard-hitting backstop is now batting .251/.322/.421 with seven homers and 37 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Sanchez homers again, knocks in four vs. O's
    Gary Sanchez continued to tear the cover off the ball in Friday’s 14-4 win over the Orioles, going 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBI, and three runs scored.

    Advice: At this point, it would be more weird if he didn’t homer. Sanchez doubled in a pair of runs in the second inning before slugging a two-run homer in the fifth. He now has 10 homers and 20 RBI in 19 games since his call-up earlier this month. He’s just the third player in MLB history to reach 10 homers through his first 22 career games. It’s unfair to expect this sort of production to continue at this ridiculous pace, but fantasy owners are enjoying the ride. Yesterday, 7:20 pm
  • Tucker Barnhart late scratch from Reds lineup
    Tucker Barnhart was a late scratch from the Reds starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: No reason has been given for the late swap, but it'll be Ramon Cabrera starting behind the dish for the Reds on Friday night against Braden Shipley and the Diamondbacks. Yesterday, 5:35 pm
    Top 9, 13-0 @Ari
  • White Sox activate Alex Avila from 15-day DL
    White Sox activated C Alex Avila from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Avila had been sidelined since July 6 with a right hamstring strain. With Dioner Navarro shipped out to Toronto on Friday, Avila should see the bulk of the action behind the plate for the White Sox over the final five-plus weeks of the regular season. Yesterday, 4:10 pm
    W, 9-3 vs Sea
  • Blue Jays acquire Dioner Navarro from ChiSox
    Blue Jays acquired C Dioner Navarro from the White Sox for LHP Colton Turner.

    Advice: Navarro has plenty of familiarity with the Jays after spending the 2014 and 2015 seasons in Toronto. He'll provide solid depth behind the plate as well as an extra bat off the bench for the Jays during the stretch run. Yesterday, 4:04 pm
    W, 8-7 vs Min
  • Salvador Perez getting a breather Friday
    Salvador Perez is absent from the Royals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's a routine day of rest. Drew Butera is catching. Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • Brian McCann away from team Friday
    Brian McCann is not with the Yankees Friday following the passing of his grandmother.

    Advice: He could be away on Saturday, too. The Yankees have Gary Sanchez at catcher, Chase Headley in the designated hitter spot and Ronald Torreyes is at third base Friday. Yesterday, 12:58 pm
    W, 13-5 vs Bal
  • Wilson Ramos sitting out again Friday
    Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Ramos is in the midst of a 3-for-31 slump, so he's getting two straight days off to reset. Jose Lobaton is behind the dish. Yesterday, 12:09 pm
    L, 9-4 vs Col
  • Jorge Alfaro recalled from Double-A
    Phillies recalled C Jorge Alfaro from Double-A Reading.

    Advice: Alfaro's stay will be a short one, as new acquisition A.J. Ellis is expected to replace him on the roster Saturday when he officially reports. The top prospect has batted .279/.321/.442 with 13 homers and 61 RBI for Reading this season. Yesterday, 11:19 am
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    L, 12-1 @NYM
  • Phillies to recall Jorge Alfaro on Friday
    The Phillies will recall C Jorge Alfaro from Double-A Reading on Friday, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

    Advice: The Phillies need a backup catcher after trading Carlos Ruiz to the Dodgers on Thursday. A.J. Ellis will join the team at some point this weekend but may not arrive in time for Friday's game against the Mets. The Phillies acquired Alfaro last summer as part of the Cole Hamels trade. He's had a nice year for himself, hitting .279 with 13 HR and 61 RBI in 90 games for the Fightin Phils. Thursday, 8:34 pm
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    L, 12-1 @NYM
  • Shawn Zarraga called up from Oklahoma City
    Dodgers purchased the contract of C Shawn Zarraga from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: The Dodgers needed a backup catcher after trading A.J. Ellis to the Phillies on Thursday. Zarraga has hit .265 across two minor league levels this year with no homers and 14 RBI in 113 at-bats. He won't be in the majors long with Carlos Ruiz also on his way to Los Angeles. Thursday, 7:28 pm
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    W, 3-2 vs ChC
  • A.J. Ellis sent to Philly in Carlos Ruiz trade
    Phillies acquired C A.J. Ellis, RHP Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later from the Dodgers in exchange for C Carlos Ruiz and cash.

    Advice: Ellis had been with the Dodgers since 2008 and was known for being Clayton Kershaw's primary catcher. Now he'll head to a rebuilding Phillies squad where he'll serve as a backup for Cameron Rupp. Ellis has been a non-factor offensively this season, hitting only .194 with one homer and 13 RBI over 139 at-bats. Thursday, 2:51 pm
    L, 12-1 @NYM
  • End of an era: Carlos Ruiz traded to Dodgers
    Dodgers acquired C Carlos Ruiz and cash from the Phillies in exchange for C A.J. Ellis, RHP Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later.

    Advice: Ruiz had been with the Phillies since 2006. He hit .266 with 68 HR and 401 RBI during that span while making it to the World Series in 2008 and 2009. The 37-year-old will slide in as Yasmani Grandal's backup with Ellis filling a similar role in Philadelphia behind Cameron Rupp. With Ruiz gone, Ryan Howard is the lone holdover from Philadelphia's World Series team in '08. He might be gone soon as well. Thursday, 2:40 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ChC
  • James McCann goes 4-for-5, homers in win
    James McCann went 4-for-5 with a homer, a double and three RBI as the Tigers topped the Twins 8-5 on Thursday.

    Advice: McCann finished the day with a .224 average, his highest mark at any point this season. He's batting .306 with three homers and 11 RBI in 49 at-bats during August, giving the Tigers some much needed offense from the bottom of their lineup (especially with Nick Castellanos out). Thursday, 1:58 pm
    L, 3-2 vs LAA
  • Wilson Ramos out of Nats' lineup Thursday
    Wilson Ramos is out of the Nationals' starting lineup Thursday night against the Orioles.

    Advice: Jose Lobaton will catch Max Scherzer in the series finale at Nationals Park. Ramos has been one of the most active backstops in MLB this year and is in a bit of an offensive rut. He deserves the breather. Thursday, 12:12 pm
    L, 9-4 vs Col
  • Hanigan (ankle) set for rehab assignment
    Ryan Hanigan (ankle) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment this Saturday.

    Advice: And he could return to the Red Sox right after major league rosters expand on September 1. Hanigan has been out since August 6 with left ankle tendinitis. Sandy Leon will remain Boston's primary catcher. Thursday, 7:58 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-3 vs KC
  • Sandy Leon out of Red Sox lineup Thursday
    Sandy Leon is out of the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Rays.

    Advice: Bryan Holaday will start at catcher and bat ninth in the finale at Tropicana Field. It's just a routine day off for Leon, who's been one of the best stories of the second half. He's sitting on a ridiculous .369/.425/.618 season slash line in 176 plate appearances. Thursday, 7:16 am
    W, 8-3 vs KC
  • Bandy raps four hits and steals a base
    Jett Bandy sprayed four base hits, scored a run and swiped a base on Wednesday versus the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The steal was the first of his career. Bandy has been a second-half bright spot in a barren landscape at the catcher position. He has been getting gradually more playing time as the season rolls on. He is batting .279/.325/.490 with eight home runs in 147 at-bats. The 26-year-old rookie is a solid option in two-catcher leagues for the remainder of the season. Wednesday, 8:23 pm
    W, 3-2 @Det
  • Cabrera smokes an RBI double
    Ramon Cabrera went 1-for-4 and drove in two runs with a double in the Reds' loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: The double was of the ground rule variety. If the ball had not bounced over the fence a third run would have scored. Cabrera is batting .248 with one home run as the Reds' backup catcher behind Tucker Barnhart due to the season-long absence of Devin Mesoraco. He doesn't get enough playing time to merit fantasy consideration even in most two-catcher leagues. Wednesday, 7:32 pm
  • Gary Sanchez sizzles with yet another homer
    Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Sanchez continues to simply destroy things, this time cracking a solo home run off Hisashi Iwakuma in the first inning. In just 72 at-bats, he has already launched nine long-balls. The 23-year-old backstop is slashing a stupendous .389/.450/.847 in that space. He was batting third on Wednesday and even if he cools off -- which will happen eventually, allegedly -- he should remain a fantasy difference-maker down the stretch. Wednesday, 6:02 pm
  • Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard clear waivers
    Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard have cleared waivers, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark.

    Advice: Which means they can now be traded to any team. Stark hears that two clubs are mulling Ruiz, but Howard is virtually certain to remain in Philadelphia. Ruiz, 37, has batted .261/.368/.352 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games this season with the Phillies. He will be a free agent this winter. Wednesday, 12:32 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ChC
  • Molina picks up three hits in loss to Mets
    Yadier Molina finished 3-for-5 with an RBI double in a loss to the Mets on Tuesday.

    Advice: The multi-hit game was Molina's fifth in his last 10 contests. He hasn't displayed the power he once did, swatting just four homers to date, but the 34-year-old owns a respectable .284/.345/.387 line with 39 RBI and 40 runs scored on the year. Tuesday, 9:55 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Phegley (knee, strep) nearing rehab games
    Josh Phegley (knee, strep) is on track to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.

    Advice: Phegley's rehab from a knee injury was stalled by strep throat, but he's over it now. The expectation is that he will be activated from the disabled list September 1. Tuesday, 4:32 pm
    60-Day DL
    W, 3-2 @StL
  • Gary Sanchez homers twice against Seattle
    Gary Sanchez launched his seventh and eighth homers Monday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Sanchez also singled. It wasn't clear just how much he'd play when the Yankees gave him the call on August 3, but he's a fixture now and that might not change for several years to come. Monday, 10:32 pm
  • Avila (hamstring) cleared for rehab games
    Alex Avila (hamstring) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: And he figures to return to the White Sox active roster by the end of this week, assuming he can avoid a physical setback. Avila initially landed on the disabled list July 6 with a right hamstring strain and then reaggravated the injury a few weeks later. Monday, 10:41 am
    W, 9-3 vs Sea
  • Salvador Perez getting a day off Sunday
    Salvador Perez is absent from the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day of rest. Drew Butera is doing the catching. Sunday, 8:20 am
  • Ryan Hanigan (ankle) nearing rehab assignment
    Ryan Hanigan (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment soon.

    Advice: Hanigan has missed the last two weeks of action with tendinitis in his left ankle. He'll rejoin the Red Sox when rosters expand but is likely headed for a diminished role with Sandy Leon playing so well. Sunday, 6:32 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-3 vs KC
  • Sanchez drills solo home run on Saturday
    Gary Sanchez continued his assault on major league pitching, drilling a solo home run versus the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: The rookie now has 6 home runs in 58 at-bats since being called up three weeks ago. He is batting an eye-popping .379/.419/.776 in 15 games. He is bound to cool off sometime soon but has a legitimate shot at being one of the better fantasy catchers for the next few years. Saturday, 10:44 pm
  • Zunino whacks solo homer, drives in three
    Mike Zunino smoked a solo home run and added a two-run double to help defeat the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: Zunino is having an eye-opening return to the majors. He was awful the last three seasons in the majors before being banished to the minors this year. He hit well at Triple-A and has been called up and demoted a few times this year. He has hit very well the last several weeks and is likely here to stay. Zunino is batting .282 this year after having a .193 career average prior to this season. He has eight home runs in just 71 at-bats this year. Saturday, 9:34 pm
  • Martin slugs two-run homer vs. Indians
    Russell Martin went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday’s loss to the Indians.

    Advice: His first-inning blast off Trevor Bauer was the only offense of the night for the Blue Jays. It was almost enough for the victory before the Indians came back to win in the ninth. Martin now has five homers in his last five games. He’s batting .244/.342/.402 with 13 homers and 50 RBI on the year. Friday, 6:54 pm
  • Josh Phegley (knee) able to get in crouch
    Josh Phegley (knee) was able to get into a crouch to catch a flat ground throwing session Thursday.

    Advice: It appears to be the last hurdle he needed to clear before beginning a rehab assignment, as he's already been hitting and running. Phegley is on track to be activated from the disabled list on September 1. Friday, 6:42 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 3-2 @StL
  • Alex Avila (hamstring) nears rehab assignment
    Alex Avila (hamstring) could begin a rehab assignment next week.

    Advice: Avila aggravated his right hamstring injury while on a rehab assignment late last month but apparently has finally made some progress. He'd appear to be on track to be activated September 1 if he can avoid more speed bumps. Friday, 5:59 am
    W, 9-3 vs Sea
  • Cabrera's three-run jack helps Reds down Fish
    Ramon Cabrera hit a three-run home run, his first of the season, to help the Reds hold off the Marlins 5-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: The 26-year-old finished 2-for-4 in the game, just his 37th of the season as the backup for Tucker Barnhart. He picked a heck of a game to hit his first homer, too, as the Reds were opposing all-everything ace Jose Fernandez. The dinger was just the second of his career, and Cabrera is batting .250/.286/.337 in those 37 games this season. Thursday, 8:31 pm
  • Sandy Leon hits seventh homer
    Sandy Leon homered and drew a nine-pitch walk Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: The Red Sox have debated for two years whether Blake Swihart or Christian Vazquez would be their long-term catcher, but at this point, it's become realistic to think that Leon will be the starter on Opening Day next year. He's always been a fine defender, so it's not like he needs to keep hitting .382 to be a quality starter. Which is good, since he surely won't. Thursday, 1:43 pm
    W, 8-3 vs KC
  • Wilson Ramos out of Nats lineup on Thursday
    Wilson Ramos is out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Thursday night versus the Braves.

    Advice: It appears to be a routine day of rest for Ramos. Pedro Severino will start at catcher and bat eighth for the Nationals against Braves right-hander Rob Whalen. Thursday, 12:32 pm
    L, 9-4 vs Col
  • Brian McCann no longer NYY starting catcher
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed Wednesday that Brian McCann is no longer the club's primary catcher.

    Advice: That title now belongs to 23-year-old Gary Sanchez, who slugged two home runs on Tuesday night against the Blue Jays and is batting .372 with a 1.121 OPS in 45 plate appearances since his return to the majors on August 3. McCann will continue to get starts at DH. Still owed more than $50 million, he could become a trade candidate this winter. Wednesday, 8:40 am
    W, 13-5 vs Bal
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