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  • Chris Herrmann drives in three Saturday
    Chris Herrmann finished 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and three RBI in Saturday's win against the Phillies.

    Advice: Herrmann has picked up the pace, going 7-for-23 (.304) with a pair of doubles, a home run and six RBI over the past eight outings. He has raised his average from .151 to .183 just since June 9, but he still has a lot of work to do at the plate before he is viability outside of the deepest of NL fantasy formats. Yesterday, 11:23 pm
  • Brian McCann posts three RBI in victory
    Brian McCann finished 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI in Saturday's game against the Mariners.

    Advice: McCann continues to be a consistent run producer, posting 13 RBI in April 12 RBI in May and 15 so far in the month of June. He has a .268/.351/.475 slash line, as he continues to be a solid fantasy contributor even in his 12th MLB season. Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Bruce Maxwell stays hot in win over White Sox
    Bruce Maxwell paced the Athletics with three hits Saturday in their 10-2 win over the White Sox.

    Advice: All of his hits were singles. It was another big afternoon for Maxwell, who has gone 7-for-12 since his call-up earlier this week. The A’s have begun their youth movement and it looks like Maxwell is going to be a big part of it. With Stephen Vogt gone, Maxwell has emerged as Oakland’s No. 1 catcher. Yesterday, 4:17 pm
  • Robinson Chirinos clubs 10th homer in victory
    Robinson Chirinos clubbed his 10th home run of the season as the Rangers topped the Yankees on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Chirinos tagged Jonathan Holder for a solo homer in the seventh inning. He finished the afternoon 1-for-3 and scored a pair of runs. Chirinos has done a terrific job in a reserve role, slashing .242/.333/.589 with 10 homers and 23 RBI. Yesterday, 1:22 pm
  • Rays designate Derek Norris for assignment
    Rays designated C Derek Norris for assignment.

    Advice: It's a tough break for the veteran backstop who went 3-for-3 with a homer run and three runs scored in Friday's lopsided victory, but Wilson Ramos is set to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday. Norris shouldn't be out of work for long as several clubs could use an offensive upgrade behind the plate. Friday, 8:29 pm
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    10:10 am vs Bal
  • Leon homers, drives in four vs. Angels
    Sandy Leon enjoyed a big night at the plate on Friday against the Angels, going 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI.

    Advice: Leon took Eduardo Paredes deep for a two-run shot in the sixth inning before doubling home two more runs in the eighth. His four RBI tied a season-high. The 28-year-old predictably hasn’t been able to match his surprising production from last year, batting .248/.297/.409 with five homers and 22 RBI through 42 games. Friday, 8:15 pm
    10:35 am vs LAA
  • Derek Norris leads Rays in rout of Orioles
    Derek Norris went 3-for-3 with a homer and three runs scored as the Rays clobbered the Orioles 15-5 on Friday.

    Advice: Norris belted a two-run shot off of Ubaldo Jimenez in the third inning, increasing the Rays' advantage to 9-2. Even with the monster offensive effort, Norris is still hitting a disappointing .201/.258/.380 with nine homers and 24 RBI on the year. Friday, 7:49 pm
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    10:10 am vs Bal
  • D'Backs designate Hernandez for assignment
    Diamondbacks designated C Oscar Hernandez for assignment.

    Advice: The 23-year-old backstop had been slashing .197/.263/.352 with five homers and 13 RBI in 41 games at Triple-A. There's a decent chance he'll pass through waivers and continue to provide catching depth at Triple-A. Friday, 3:25 pm
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    1:10 pm vs Phi
  • Hector Sanchez activated from disabled list
    Padres activated C Hector Sanchez from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's been out since early May with a foot injury. The Padres now have three catchers on the roster again, although Austin Hedges (thigh) is banged up. Friday, 2:35 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud whacks solo homer against LAD
    Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: D'Arnaud cranked a solo homer off Hyun-Jin Ryu in the fourth inning. He is now working on a little five-game hitting streak. Despite showing a nice bit of pop in the bat this season -- eight homers in 129 at-bats -- d'Arnaud is hitting just .226 overall. Thursday, 10:48 pm
  • Robinson Chirinos hits ninth homer
    Robinson Chirinos hit his ninth homer and doubled twice Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Chirinos had just one double to go along with his eight homers entering the day. He's done really nice work in his part-time role, driving in 22 runs in 92 at-bats, and the Rangers are trying to get him some more playing time now; he DH'd for the first time on Tuesday. If it's the start of a trend to get him more at-bats, he'd be a worthy second catcher in mixed leagues. Thursday, 2:57 pm
  • Cameron Rupp falls to .199 for the season
    Cameron Rupp went 0-for-3 on Thursday, dropping his average to .199.

    Advice: Rupp was standing tall as one of the Phillies' best hitters a month ago, but he's done little but strike out these last few weeks and has been losing playing time to Andrew Knapp. He's 5-for-53 with one homer, one RBI and 23 strikeouts in his last 16 games. Knapp is probably going to keep getting starts over him until he can get hot again. Thursday, 1:02 pm
  • Pirates recall Jacob Stallings from AAA
    Pirates recalled C Jacob Stallings from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Stallings will give the Bucs some extra depth at catcher while Francisco Cervelli recovers from lingering post-concussion symptoms. Stallings, 27, is 2-for-7 this season at the major league level. Thursday, 8:52 am
  • A's recall Bruce Maxwell from AAA level
    Athletics recalled C Bruce Maxwell from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Stephen Vogt was designated for assignment on Thursday morning and Maxwell is now going to share time behind the plate with Josh Phegley. The 26-year-old catcher is a .270/.333/.369 hitter over the last two seasons at the major league level. Thursday, 8:33 am
  • Bucs' Cervelli lands back on concussion DL
    Pirates placed C Francisco Cervelli on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Cervelli initially suffered the concussion on June 6 and still doesn't feel quite right. Elias Diaz and Chris Stewart will fill in at catcher for the Bucs. Thursday, 8:25 am
    7-Day DL
    5:08 pm @StL
  • Romine goes 3-for-4 with a run, two RBI
    Austin Romine went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: His double in the sixth inning plated two runs and broke open a close game. The Yankees' backup catcher has struggled at the plate this season, slashing .237/.258/.325 with two homers and 15 RBI in 38 games. He drew the start today with regular catcher Gary Sanchez manning the designated hitter slot. Wednesday, 8:01 pm
  • Maldonado punches two homers in losing effort
    Martin Maldonado belted a pair of home runs and finished the night 3-for-4 with four RBI but it wasn't enough to prevent the Yankees from winning the ballgame on Wednesday.

    Advice: He went deep off starter Jordan Montgomery with Andrelton Simmons aboard in the fourth inning, then took reliever Tyler Clippard out of the yard with Simmons again on base in the ninth. The former Brewers backstop is getting the bulk of the action behind the plate in his first season as an Angel. He has a .267 batting average with seven home runs and 21 RBI in 220 plate appearances. Wednesday, 7:50 pm
  • Cervelli (flu) undergoing 'battery of tests'
    Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said that Francisco Cervelli is undergoing a "battery of tests" for an illness which he has been battling.

    Advice: While normally, illness only keeps players out for a few days at most, Cervelli might be dealing with a lingering bug. He has been feeling off at various points from April onward. It is unclear at this juncture when the veteran backstop might be able to return to action. Chris Stewart is starting in his place on Wednesday. Wednesday, 3:35 pm
    7-Day DL
    5:08 pm @StL
  • Cervelli (flu) remains out Wednesday night
    Francisco Cervelli (flu) remains out of the Pirates' starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cervelli had to be scratched from the lineup Tuesday after coming down with flu-like symptoms and he'll grab some more rest Wednesday night. Chris Stewart is starting behind the plate against the Brewers. Wednesday, 12:32 pm
    7-Day DL
    5:08 pm @StL
  • Hedges still sidelined Wednesday vs. Cubs
    Austin Hedges (thigh) is out again Wednesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Hedges suffered a bad bruise on his right thigh in a nasty home-plate collision with Anthony Rizzo in the sixth inning of Monday's series opener. Hedges should be ready to go Friday against the Tigers, after a scheduled team off day Thursday. Luis Torrens is behind the plate and batting eighth Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Wednesday, 8:51 am
  • Sanchez (foot) slugs two homers in rehab
    Hector Sanchez (foot) went 4-for-5 with two home runs, a double, and four RBI on Tuesday night with Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Sanchez had to be pulled off a rehab assignment in late May after suffering a setback with his right foot, but he started playing in games again on June 15 and is probably just about ready to rejoin the Padres -- though there might not be a spot for him. Luis Torrens is currently serving as the backup to starting catcher Austin Hedges. Wednesday, 8:17 am
  • Cervelli (flu) scratched from Pirates' lineup
    Francisco Cervelli has been scratched from the Pirates' lineup Tuesday with flu-like symptoms.

    Advice: Elias Diaz is now starting behind the plate and batting fifth against the Brewers. Cervelli should be fine after a day or two of rest. Tuesday, 2:57 pm
    7-Day DL
    5:08 pm @StL
  • Austin Hedges (thigh) won't require DL stint
    Padres manager Andy Green said Tuesday that Austin Hedges (thigh) will avoid the disabled list.

    Advice: Hedges left Monday's series opener against the Cubs after bruising his right thigh on a nasty collision at home plate with Anthony Rizzo. Green said the 24-year-old catcher is "banged up" and won't start Tuesday but should be fine after a short period of rest. Tuesday, 1:02 pm
  • Hedges suffers bruised thigh after collision
    Austin Hedges left Monday's game against the Cubs with a bruised right thigh.

    Advice: Hedges suffered the injury when Anthony Rizzo collided with him at home plate. It's unclear whether it's something that might cause him to miss some games, but the Padres should have more on his status later Monday. Monday, 7:25 pm
  • Jacob Stallings optioned to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned C Jacob Stallings to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart are both back from injury, so Stallings is no longer needed. The Pirates will roll with three catchers for now, as Elias Diaz is still around. Sunday, 7:18 am
  • Cameron Rupp blasts solo homer in loss Friday
    Cameron Rupp blasted a solo home run on Friday but it wasn't enough to lead his club to victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Rupp, who has been mired in an extended slump at the plate, tied the game at 2-2 with his solo shot off of Patrick Corbin in the fifth inning. It was his lone hit in three at-bats on the night. Rupp is still hitting a disappointing .208/.294/.368 with five homers and 14 RBI on the year. Friday, 7:32 pm
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