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  • Gomes homers, but Indians drop game to LAA
    Yan Gomes finished 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Monday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Gomes clubbed a two-run home run in the first inning to extend the Indians' lead to 3-0. The backstop has swung a better bat since the beginning of July, but still has a measly .227/.254/.369 batting line on the year along with six home runs and 20 RBI. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Joseph homers, helping Orioles beat the A's
    Caleb Joseph hit an RBI double and a two-run home run in four at-bats on Monday, helping the Orioles to a 9-2 win against the Athletics.

    Advice: Joseph made it a 6-0 game with a two-run home run off of Jesse Chavez in the fourth inning. He tacked on an RBI double in the fifth inning to make it 8-1. Splitting time with Matt Wieters behind the plate, Joseph is hitting .250/.325/.429 with nine home runs and 37 RBI. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Castro slugs a grand slam, but Astros lose
    Jason Castro went 2-for-4 with a double and a grand slam in Monday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Castro unloaded the bases with a four-bagger in the fourth inning against Colby Lewis, bringing the Astros back into the game at 11-7. The catcher has hit safely in seven consecutive games and hit home runs in three of his last four contests. Castro's surge has brought his modest batting line up to .225/.289/.406 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI. Yesterday, 8:48 pm
  • Posey's HR, 3 RBI not enough in Giants' loss
    Buster Posey finished 2-for-6 with a home run and three RBI in Monday's 12-inning loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Posey blasted a two-run home run to center field off of Michael Foltynewicz in the third inning, doubling the Giants' lead to 4-0. He then broke a 7-7 tie in the top of the 12th inning with an RBI single, but the Giants couldn't hold it. Posey is having yet another fantastic season, batting .327/.386/.507 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI. Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Pierzynski hits game-tying homer, Braves win
    A.J. Pierzynski went 4-for-6 with a two-run home run as the Braves won in 12 innings versus the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: Pierzynski sent the game into extra innings when his two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth inning tied the game up at seven apiece. The catcher is now on a nine-game hitting streak, bumping his triple-slash line back up to .302/.337/.447 with seven home runs and 34 RBI. Yesterday, 8:16 pm
  • Castillo's homer binge continues in ARI win
    Welington Castillo hit another home run in Monday's victory versus the Nationals, finishing 1-for-4.

    Advice: Castillo went back-to-back with David Peralta in the fourth inning against Doug Fister. His solo blast made it a 4-0 ballgame. The catcher has five home runs in his last six games, giving him 12 on the season and 10 since joining the Diamondbacks in early June. Yesterday, 6:57 pm
  • Robinson Chirinos gets injection in shoulder
    Robinson Chirinos received a cortisone injection in his ailing left shoulder Monday.

    Advice: Chirinos was placed on the disabled list over the weekend and the hope is that the injection speeds along the healing process. For now, there's no timetable for his return. Yesterday, 2:44 pm
  • Marlins recall Tomas Telis from AAA NOLA
    Marlins recalled C Tomas Telis from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Telis was just acquired from the Rangers at the July 31 trade deadline. He probably won't see much action behind the plate in Miami and can be ignored in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 12:22 pm
  • White Sox release catcher George Kottaras
    White Sox released C George Kottaras.

    Advice: The well-traveled veteran catcher was batting .247/.403/.505 with seven home runs and 19 RBI in 31 games for the Triple-A affiliate of the White Sox. Kottaras should be able to latch on with another club rather quickly. Yesterday, 12:15 pm
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  • Montero goes 1-for-3 in first rehab game
    Miguel Montero (thumb) went 1-for-3 with a single in his first minor league rehab game with Double-A Tennessee on Sunday.

    Advice: Montero caught six innings behind the plate in the game. He's on track to rejoin the Cubs in mid-August. Sunday, 4:21 pm
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  • Wilson Ramos not in Nats lineup on Sunday
    Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals starting lineup for Sunday night's showdown against the Mets.

    Advice: It doesn't appear to be anything more than a regular day of rest for the hard-hitting backstop. Jose Lobaton will start in his place behind the dish and bat seventh against Noah Syndergaard. Sunday, 1:22 pm
  • Yadier Molina getting a day off Sunday
    Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Tony Cruz is catching Sunday while Molina rests. Sunday, 9:02 am
  • Taylor Teagarden designated for assignment
    Cubs designated C Taylor Teagarden for assignment.

    Advice: The Cubs carried three catchers for a while, but it was inevitable that Teagarden would eventually be shown the door. He had three hits in 15 at-bats with the big club. Sunday, 8:11 am
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  • Suzuki ends Mariners with walk-off single
    Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a walk-off RBI single in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Mariners.

    Advice: The Twins faced a 2-1 deficit entering the ninth inning, but rallied with some nice situational hitting and a woeful bullpen performance from the M's. Miguel Sano led off the inning by doubling off Carson Smith, who recorded the next two outs, but also uncorked a wild pitch that allowed pinch-runner Shane Robinson to reach third. Following an intentional walk to Eddie Rosario, Smith delivered yet another wild pitch, which scored Robinson. Rosario would subsequently steal third before Suzuki ended the game with an RBI single. The heroics are fun, but they do little to mask the fact that the veteran catcher is hitting just .234/.290/.305 this season. Saturday, 9:12 pm
  • Conger homers twice and drives in five
    Hank Conger hit a solo home run and a grand slam in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The Astros were teeing off on Jeremy Hellickson and the Diamondbacks, with both Conger and Carlos Correa posting two-homer games. It was Conger who came away with the more impressive performance, though. He smoked a solo homer off of Hellickson in the third inning, then crushed a grand slam an inning later to help drive Arizona's starter from the game. Neat game for Conger, who hit ninth in the contest. He's done a nice job in limited action this season and is hitting .254/.352/.508 with eight homers and 20 RBI over 122 at-bats. Saturday, 8:18 pm
  • Cubs have no plans to send Schwarber down
    Kyle Schwarber will remain with the Cubs after Miguel Montero is activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: "We want his bat in the lineup," said manager Joe Maddon. Schwarber is still a work in progress behind the plate but it's hard to send him down to the minors when he's hitting .323 with a .523 slugging percentage. Schwarber has started two games in left field and could see more action there when Montero returns from his thumb injury later this week. Saturday, 4:12 pm
  • Padres designate Federowicz for assignment
    Padres designated C Tim Federowicz for assignment.

    Advice: His 20-day stint on the minor league disabled list was up, and the team was forced to make a decision. He could attract interest on waivers from team's searching for depth behind the plate. Saturday, 12:31 pm
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  • Chris Iannetta not in Angels lineup Saturday
    Chris Iannetta is not in the Angels starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest for the veteran backstop against tough opposing southpaw Clayton Kershaw. Carlos Perez will start behind the dish for the Halos and bat sixth on Saturday. Saturday, 10:31 am
  • Russell Martin not in Jays lineup on Saturday
    Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting backstop with a day game after a night game. Dioner Navarro will start behind the dish and bat sixth against Yordano Ventura and the Royals on Saturday. Saturday, 8:00 am
  • D'Arnaud (elbow) hitless in return from DL
    Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts against the Nationals on Friday in his return from the disabled list.

    Advice: D'Arnaud had been sidelined since June 20 with a sprained left elbow. The Mets bolstered their lineup Friday by acquiring Yoenis Cespedes from the Tigers, but getting their catcher back is another big plus for their offense. Friday, 9:03 pm
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