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  • Matt Wieters not in Sunday's lineup
    Matt Wieters is absent from the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Caleb Joseph will do the catching. Today, 8:36 am
  • Molina plates four as Cardinals smash Cubs
    Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 and drove home four runs on Saturday as the Cardinals smashed the Cubs 10-4.

    Advice: Molina got the scoring started with a two-run double in the first inning, then added on to the rout with a two-run single in the seventh. He has had a nice bounceback season offensively, slashing .300/.354/.413 with seven homers and 53 RBI. Yesterday, 1:51 pm
  • Contreras clubs 11th homer in loss to Cards
    Willson Contreras clubbed his 11th home run as the Cubs fell to the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon in Chicago.

    Advice: His solo shot came off of Seung Hwan Oh in the ninth inning, but only pulled the Cubs to within six runs. Contreras finished the afternoon 2-for-4. The hard-hitting backstop has had a terrific rookie campaign, slashing .270/.346/.473 with 11 homers and 32 RBI. His 11 home runs lead all rookie catchers in the National League. Yesterday, 1:43 pm
  • Salvador Perez returns to Royals lineup
    Salvador Perez (knee) returned to the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Perez was a late scratch from Friday's lineup due to soreness in his knee, but it's believed to be minor. He's hitting fifth against Daniel Norris and the Tigers on Saturday. Yesterday, 7:49 am
  • Stallings delivers walk-off single vs. Nats
    Jacob Stallings delivered a pinch-hit walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning Friday to lead the Pirates to a 6-5 victory over the Nationals.

    Advice: The Pirates tied things up against former closer Mark Melancon in the bottom of the ninth before Stallings played hero in the 11th. The winning rally was set up after the Pirates loaded the bases against Yusmiero Petit. Sean Rodriguez struck out swinging for the second out before Stallings ripped a single into left field to end it. It was a nice moment for the 26-year-old catcher, who was added back to the active roster earlier this month. Friday, 9:34 pm
  • Ramos homers in loss to Pirates
    Wilson Ramos went 2-for-6 with a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Ramos has had a quiet September, but he still has a quality .304/.351/.496 batting line to go along with 22 homers and 80 RBI. The 29-year-old has his eyes on the postseason for now, but he’s poised to cash in big on the free agent market this winter. Friday, 9:30 pm
  • Sanchez has two hits in loss to Jays
    Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a double in Friday’s loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The rest of the Yankees’ lineup went 1-for-26 on the night. Sanchez has only played in 45 games, but he has made an incredible impact by hitting .337/.413/.738 with 19 homers and 38 RBI. He has put himself squarely in the American League Rookie of the Year race. Friday, 7:38 pm
  • Mariners suspend Clevenger for rest of 2016
    Mariners suspended C Steve Clevenger without pay for the rest of the season.

    Advice: Clevenger was in hot water over some inappropriate tweets on Thursday. He was already not going to return this season due to hand and elbow injuries but now won't be paid during that time. Friday, 9:16 am
    60-Day DL
  • Grandal hits grand slam as Dodgers roll COL
    Yasmani Grandal connected for a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, in Thursday's 7-4 win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Grandal went a perfect 4-for-4 at the dish and finished a triple shy of the cycle. He cracked a solo home run in the second inning, a throat-clearing for what was to come. With the Dodgers trailing 4-3 in the seventh inning, Grandal stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and proceeded to unload them in emphatic fashion, crushing a no-doubt homer off Boone Logan to boost the Dodgers to a 7-4 advantage. With this monster game under his belt, Grandal is now slashing .231/.335/.491 with 27 homers and 69 RBI over 373 at-bats. His previous career-high in home runs was 16, set a year ago. He has breezed by that mark this time around. Thursday, 10:18 pm
  • Cervelli clocks first homer of season in win
    Francisco Cervelli hit his first home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Better late than never? Cervelli smacked a career-high seven homers last season, but no such minor power surge has been in the cards for 2016. The veteran backstop finally broke through with a solo dinger against Chase Anderson in the fifth inning of Thursday's contest. For the season, Cervelli is hitting .263/.377/.317 with 12 doubles and 33 RBI over 312 at-bats. Thursday, 8:11 pm
  • Realmuto hits 11th home run in loss to Braves
    J.T. Realmuto hit his 11th home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: The dinger, a solo blast, came against Braves starter Josh Collmenter in the seventh inning. It was his only hit on the evening. Despite having just three hits in his last 17 at-bats, the 25-year-old is enjoying a strong season at the dish overall, posting a .308/.349/.437 line with 46 RBI and 59 runs scored. He also leads all catchers with 11 stolen bases in 15 tries. Thursday, 8:01 pm
  • Yan Gomes (hand) throws to second base
    Yan Gomes (hand) made throws to second base on Thursday.

    Advice: Gomes was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right hand just last weekend. Indians manager Terry Francona said that there's a "one percent chance" the catcher could return this season, adding that if anyone can beat the odds it would probably be Gomes. Realistically, though, it's obviously the longest of long shots that we'll see him again in 2016. Thursday, 2:35 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Susac (illness) whiffs as pinch-hitter Wed.
    Andrew Susac (illness) struck out as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Susac had been on the shelf for a couple of days due to a minor illness. The 26-year-old backup catcher may get a start or two somewhere in the Brewers' final 10 games. Thursday, 6:13 am
  • McCann goes 4-for-5 versus Rays Wednesday
    Brian McCann went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in a win over the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: All four hits were singles. The first one plated Jacoby Ellsbury in the first inning. McCann then came around to score on a Ronald Torreyes single. McCann is no longer the fantasy stud he was back when he played for the Braves, but he is still a good, solid producer in a year where catcher has been a barren wasteland for fantasy leaguers. He is batting .241/.333/.414 with 19 homers and 56 RBI in 120 games. Wednesday, 7:42 pm
  • Gattis clocks pair of homers in win over A's
    Evan Gattis swatted a pair of home runs in Wednesday's 6-5 win over the A's.

    Advice: Gattis rocked a two-run home run in the sixth inning to bump the Astros to a 4-1 lead, then came back around to bash a solo shot in the eighth. For the season, the 30-year-old slugger is slashing .249/.318/.510 with 30 homers and 67 RBI over 418 at-bats. He has homered five times in his last 10 games and has already notched a career-high for long balls. Wednesday, 4:11 pm
  • Bruce Maxwell hits RBI double in loss to HOU
    Bruce Maxwell went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Wednesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Maxwell drew the A's to within 4-2 with his sixth inning RBI double, but despite several pushes over the later innings, the Athletics were unable to claw out from the deficit and ultimately fell by a 6-5 final. For his part, the 25-year-old Maxwell is hitting .265/.329/.382 with one homer and 12 RBI over 68 at-bats. Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Tom Murphy rips three-run homer vs. STL
    Tom Murphy ripped a three-run shot in the Rockies' pounding of the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Murphy struck out in his first three at-bats, but he went deep to right-center off Cardinals reliever Jonathan Broxton in the Rockies' five-run seventh inning. The three-run blast put Colorado up 11-1, and that score would hold. Murphy has performed well as a September callup, slashing .310/.355/.828 with five home runs and 11 RBI in 12 games. He probably deserves regular at-bats over this final stretch. Wednesday, 3:25 pm
  • Padres recall Austin Hedges from El Paso
    Padres recalled C Austin Hedges from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Hedges, a former top-25 prospect, batted .326/.353/.597 with 21 home runs and 82 RBI in 82 games this season at the Triple-A level. It's hard to get over how bad he looked with the Padres in 2015, but the 24-year-old catcher may be rounding into a nice player after another full year of minor league seasoning. He should get a few starts in San Diego down the stretch and he could battle for the starting job next spring. Wednesday, 11:49 am
  • Pina (wife having baby) flied out Tuesday
    Manny Pina (wife having baby) flied out as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Pina welcomed a baby girl into the world on Tuesday afternoon and then rushed to Milwaukee's Miller Park for the end of Tuesday night's game. That's some kind of dedication. The backup catcher is 14-for-51 (.275) with one home run in 25 games this season at the major league level. Wednesday, 5:48 am
  • Maldonado swats eighth homer against Pirates
    Martin Maldonado went 2-for-4 with his eighth homer of the year in a loss to the Pirates on Tuesday.

    Advice: Maldonado connected with a Steven Brault pitch in the fourth inning, hitting his eighth homer in 70 games this year. The 30-year-old is slashing just .194/.320/.351 through Tuesday's game. Tuesday, 9:06 pm
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