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  • Realmuto clubs pair of two-run bombs vs Reds
    J.T. Realmuto went 3-for-4 and swatted a pair of two-run home runs to lead his team to a 5-4 win over the Reds on Saturday.

    Advice: He pulverized rookie starter Robert Stephenson in the second inning and again in the sixth. Justin Bour was aboard both times. Realmuto now has a .305 batting average with 10 home runs and 39 RBI for the season. He's even chipped in five stolen bases for good measure. There are not many fantasy catchers who can consistently contribute that level of goodness. He is already just one longball away from matching the career high he set last year. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Gattis goes 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI Sat
    Evan Gattis went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a win over the Orioles on Saturday.

    Advice: He singled and scored in the fifth, then came to the plate with the bases loaded in the ninth and delivered an RBI single. The career .254 batter has a nice .292 batting average this year with 10 homers and 42 RBI in 59 games. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Perez, Moustakas go back-to-back Saturday
    Salvador Perez hit a two-run home run in a win over the White Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: Perez took Sox reliever David Holmberg deep in the sixth inning, the first of three homers -- also the front end of back-to-back jacks from Perez and Mike Moustakas -- in the inning. The homer was the 19th of the year for Perez, who has a very modest six-game hitting streak going. On the year, the 27-year-old is batting a healthy .284/.314/.523 in 88 games. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • D'Arnaud has three-hit night versus Athletics
    Travis d'Arnaud went 3-for-3 with an RBI single and a run scored in a win over the A's on Saturday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud had an RBI single and scored a run in the Mets' four-run sixth inning. He also doubled among his three hits, and walked in the contest. These games come along every so often and remind us that the 28-year-old was once a highly-regarded prospect in part for his offensive abilities, but it's just been too sporadic to this point in his major league career. Through Saturday, d'Arnaud is hitting .241/.302/.449 in 2017. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Report: Cubs interested in Jonathan Lucroy
    According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Cubs may have more interest in acquiring Jonathan Lucroy than Yu Darvish.

    Advice: Per Grant, the Cubs have made "at least a passing call" on Darvish but Lucroy is who they really have their eye on. The Cubs traded backup catcher Miguel Montero after his criticism of Jake Arrieta earlier this month, forcing Willson Contreras into a near-everyday role. Lucroy has struggled this year (.244 AVG with four homers in 266 at-bats) but has a proven track record and has plenty of experience playing in the NL Central after spending the first six-and-a-half years of his career with Milwaukee. His contract is up after this year, so he'd only be a rental. Yesterday, 8:34 pm
  • Pedro Severino to be called up from Syracuse
    According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, Pedro Severino will be called up from Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday.

    Advice: He'll be taking the place of Ryan Raburn, who is slated to go on bereavement leave. The 24-year-old hasn't hit much this year, batting a mere .211 with four homers and 26 RBI over 161 at-bats for Syracuse. He'll give the Nationals some catching depth behind Matt Wieters and Jose Lobaton. Yesterday, 5:27 pm
  • Brian McCann getting a breather Saturday
    Brian McCann is out of the Astros' lineup Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: He's just getting a maintenance day. Evan Gattis will start behind the plate and bat fifth Saturday versus O's right-hander Chris Tillman. Yesterday, 1:45 pm
  • Hector Sanchez not in Padres lineup Saturday
    Hector Sanchez is not in the Padres' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Despite the fact that he has been red-hot and crushing his former team, he'll get a breather with it being a day game after a night game. Luis Torrens is starting behind the dish and batting eighth for the Padres against Matt Moore and the Giants on Saturday afternoon. Yesterday, 10:40 am
  • Carson Kelly doubles in two in 2017 debut
    Carson Kelly delivered a two-run double Friday in the Cardinals' victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: Making an emergency start following his promotion after Yadier Molina (ankle) was a late scratch, Kelly nearly had his first big league homer and grand slam as part of the Cards' nine-run eighth inning when he doubled off the wall. It was his only hit of the day in five trips to the plate, although he had a deep flyout in his final at-bat. Kelly could potentially get another start Saturday if Molina is still not feeling great and he'll surely wind up playing more than previous backup Eric Fryer did. However, it's hard to see him producing fantasy value unless Yadi suffers an injury that requires a disabled list stint. Yesterday, 5:18 am
  • Tyler Flowers homers, knocks in four
    Tyler Flowers had a three-run homer, an RBI single and a walk Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Flowers' average finally started to drop last month, but he's helped make up for it with some additional power; five of his eight homers have come since June 12. He's been one of the NL's most valuable catchers in both fantasy and real baseball this year. Friday, 10:50 pm
  • Willson Contreras homers in Cubs' loss
    Willson Contreras slugged a two-run homer in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Contreras took Carlos Martinez deep in the bottom of the first inning to give the Cubs an early lead. The young catcher has gone deep in two straight games and has belted nine longballs over his last 25 contests. Friday, 2:42 pm
  • Yadier Molina scratched with sore ankle
    Yadier Molina was a late scratch from Friday's lineup due to right ankle discomfort.

    Advice: It's unclear when the ankle began bothering Molina, who had a day off Thursday. Consider him day-to-day. Carson Kelly has taken Molina's spot behind the plate in what will be his first start in the majors this season. Friday, 11:32 am
  • Eric Fryer designated for assignment
    Cardinals designated C Eric Fryer for assignment.

    Advice: Fryer hit an ugly .155/.277/.197 this season and hardly played as Yadier Molina's backup. He's being replaced on the roster by Carson Kelly. Friday, 8:20 am
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    5:08 pm @ChC
  • Cards recalling top C prospect Carson Kelly
    Cardinals recalled C Carson Kelly from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Joe Schwarz of was first to report on Kelly's promotion. The Cards have designated the .155/.277/.197-hitting Eric Fryer for assignment. Considered by most to be the top catching prospect in the game, Kelly has batted .283/.375/.459 with 10 homers and 41 RBI this season at Memphis. As intriguing a prospect as Kelly is, though, he's not going to have fantasy value while playing behind Yadier Molina. Friday, 8:01 am
  • Anthony Recker called up from Triple-A
    Braves purchased the contract of C Anthony Recker from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: He'll serve as Tyler Flowers' backup this weekend while Kurt Suzuki (bereavement) is away. Recker is a .199/.283/.348 career hitter at the major league level. Friday, 6:10 am
  • Kurt Suzuki placed on bereavement list
    Braves placed C Kurt Suzuki on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Suzuki will be away for the weekend in order to attend his grandfather's funeral. Anthony Recker has replaced him on the roster. Friday, 6:08 am
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    1:10 pm @LAD
  • Kurt Suzuki launches two-run homer in win
    Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Suzuki cranked a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy in the fourth inning, his eighth long ball of the season. That matches his total from the 2016 season. The veteran backstop has not hit double-digit home runs since he socked 14 back in 2011, when he was with the A's. Thursday, 10:23 pm
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    1:10 pm @LAD
  • Yasmani Grandal connects for two-run homer
    Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: After the Braves worked out to a 6-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Grandal got his crew right back into it with a two-run home run off Mike Foltynewicz. He has now gone deep in two of his last three games. Overall, Grandal is slashing .266/.318/.482 with 13 homers and 39 RBI across 274 at-bats. Thursday, 10:18 pm
  • Castillo collects three hits against Rangers
    Welington Castillo went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Castillo banged out three of the Orioles' 14 hits against Cole Hamels and company, reaching base in all four of his plate appearances. The backstop has raised his batting average 16 points during a five-game hitting streak, during which he's 8-for-18. In 55 games overall, Castillo is batting .274/.316/.434 with nine homers and 26 RBI. Thursday, 8:10 pm
  • Hedges (concussion) already taking swings
    Austin Hedges (concussion) has rejoined the Padres in San Francisco.

    Advice: Hedges was having trouble with his depth perception but returned to normal after a few days of vision training. The Padres are saying he suffered a "very, very minor" concussion. Hedges felt good after taking some swings on Thursday and it wouldn't be a surprise if he returned from the DL when first eligible. Thursday, 6:12 pm
    7-Day DL
    1:05 pm @SF
  • Chris Stewart goes 3-for-3 in win
    Chris Stewart went 3-for-3 with an RBI versus the Brewers in Thursday's win.

    Advice: Stewart was making his first start since July 4. He had as many hits today as he did in 27 at-bats since returning from the disabled list on June 18. Thursday, 1:14 pm
  • Clevenger signs with independent team
    Steve Clevenger has signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League.

    Advice: Clevenger drew no interest from MLB-affiliated clubs this winter and spring after getting suspended by the Mariners last September for tweeting racially insensitive comments. The 31-year-old catcher and first baseman holds a .227/.284/.324 career batting line over parts of six big league seasons. Thursday, 12:09 pm
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    1:10 pm vs NYY
  • Molina, Gyorko, Piscotty sitting Thursday
    Yadier Molina is on the bench Thursday afternoon against the Mets.

    Advice: Jedd Gyorko and Stephen Piscotty are also absent from the Cardinals' getaway day starting lineup. Eric Fryer will start behind the plate and bat eighth versus Mets right-hander Seth Lugo. Greg Garcia is at third base and Magneuris Sierra is in right field. Thursday, 6:46 am
  • Clevenger close to deal with indy ball team
    Steve Clevenger is close to a deal with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League, per ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

    Advice: Clevenger has been mostly out of baseball since the Mariners suspended him in September 2016 after a series of racially insensitive tweets about the Black Lives Matter movement. The 31-year-old catcher and first baseman batted just .221/.303/.309 in 76 plate appearances last summer for Seattle. Thursday, 6:36 am
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    1:10 pm vs NYY
  • Buster Posey hits go-ahead two-run double
    Buster Posey connected for a pinch-hit, go-ahead two-run double in Wednesday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Posey initially received the day off on Wednesday, but with the Giants trailing 4-3 and threatening in the eighth inning, manager Bruce Bochy decided to summon his All-Star catcher from off the bench. That move worked out plenty well, with Posey proceeding to pick up a two-run double to flip the score to 5-4, Giants. For the campaign as a whole, Posey is hitting .329/.409/.508 with 11 homers and 40 RBI in 295 at-bats. He is as reliable as they come. Wednesday, 5:38 pm
  • Wilson Ramos picks up RBI single in defeat
    Wilson Ramos went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Wednesday's loss to the A's.

    Advice: Ramos put the Rays on the board with an RBI single in the first inning, but they would manage just one more run the rest of the way in what finished as a 7-2 win for the A's. This was just the backstop's 12th game of the season, as he missed the first three months of the season while rehabbing from knee surgery. He might be starting to get into the swing of things -- Ramos has picked up hits in six consecutive games dating back to before the All-Star break. Wednesday, 4:48 pm
  • Hector Sanchez picks up pair of hits in loss
    Hector Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Sanchez has been playing well of late, having picked up multiple hits in two of his last three games. He had also homered in three consecutive games prior to action on Wednesday. Overall, the backstop is slashing .218/.254/.545 with six homers and 14 RBI in 33 games played. Wednesday, 3:54 pm
  • Devin Mesoraco activated from disabled list
    Reds activated C Devin Mesoraco from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Mesoraco is back on the Reds' active roster after missing two weeks with a sprained left shoulder. He will not start Wednesday night against the Diamondbacks. Wednesday, 12:18 pm
  • Posey, Pence out of SF lineup Wednesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Indians.

    Advice: Nick Hundley will catch and hit sixth versus Cleveland right-hander Carlos Carrasco with Posey taking a routine breather. Hunter Pence will also get the day off. Wednesday, 10:53 am
  • Martin Maldonado clubs his 10th home run
    Martin Maldonado finished 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's game against Washington.

    Advice: Maldonado is up to 10 homers, joining 12 other backstops with double-digit home run totals. He doesn't produce many RBI and he hits for a mediocre average, so his fantasy value is rather middling despite the long balls. Wednesday, 2:46 am
  • Willson Contreras supplies power in victory
    Willson Contreras launched a three-run home run in Tuesday's 5-1 road victory against the Braves.

    Advice: It was the only hit of the night for Contreras across four at-bats, although he was able to draw a walk. He is up to 13 homers with 48 RBI while slashing .273/.440/.674. Those numbers easily make him a Top 5 fantasy backstop in most leagues, and his 2.4 WAR ranks him fourth in the majors at his position. Wednesday, 12:10 am
  • Herrmann swats eighth homer against Reds
    Chris Herrmann hit a two-run home run and scored two runs in a lopsided win over the Reds on Tuesday.

    Advice: Herrmann drew the start behind the dish and rewarded manager Torey Lovullo with his eighth homer of the year, a two-run bomb, off Reds reliever Tony Cingrani in the fifth inning. The 29-year-old showed some offensive ability in hitting .284 with an .845 OPS last season, but he's disappointed with a .180/.271/.380 line through 69 games to date. Tuesday, 10:43 pm
  • Evan Gattis homers twice for Astros
    Evan Gattis hit a pair of homers Tuesday, giving him 10 in 200 at-bats this season.

    Advice: The Astros need to start giving more DH at-bats to Gattis, who has an OPS 150 points higher than Carlos Beltran's mark (.860 to .706). Gattis entered tonight with a 126 OPS+ after coming in at 125 last year. Beltran hasn't finished that high since 2013. Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • Padres put Austin Hedges on concussion DL
    Padres placed C Austin Hedges on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Hedges took a foul tip off his mask last Friday and is still experiencing concussion symptoms. Jose Valdez has been recalled from Triple-A El Paso in a corresponding roster move and will join the Padres' bullpen on Tuesday night. Tuesday, 3:49 pm
    7-Day DL
    1:05 pm @SF
  • Ramos (hamstring) in Rays lineup Tuesday
    Wilson Ramos (hamstring) is in the Rays' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Athletics.

    Advice: Ramos missed a handful of games with a left hamstring strain. He has an .833 OPS with three home runs and 10 RBI in 42 plate appearances since making his Rays debut on June 24. Tuesday, 3:38 pm
  • Lucroy hits RBI double versus Orioles
    Jonathan Lucroy hit an RBI double in the Rangers' loss to the Orioles on Monday.

    Advice: His drive to center field in the top of the second inning scored Drew Robinson from first base for the Rangers' first and only run of the night. Lucroy was thrown out while trying to advance to third. He finished 1-for-3 in the game and holds a disappointing .258/.303/.365 overall batting line this year. Monday, 7:15 pm
  • Austin Hedges (head) scratched from lineup
    Austin Hedges (head) was scratched from the Padres' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Hedges was initially supposed to return to action after missing two games following a foul tip off his mask last Friday, but he's still not feeling quite right. At this point, we can't rule out a trip to the 7-day concussion disabled list. Hector Sanchez will get another start Monday. Monday, 3:56 pm
    7-Day DL
    1:05 pm @SF
  • Wilson Ramos (hamstring) expected back Tues.
    Wilson Ramos (hamstring) is expected back in the Rays' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Ramos is missing a third straight start Monday after straining his left hamstring in the first game of the second half last Friday. However, it sounds like the Rays were just playing it safe by giving him one more day. Jesus Sucre will get another start at catcher Monday with Ramos on the mend. Monday, 3:20 pm
  • Mesoraco (shoulder) beginning rehab stint
    Devin Mesoraco (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Mesoraco landed on the disabled list earlier this month with a left shoulder strain. He previously had surgery on the very same shoulder, but fortunately he managed to avoid a serious injury this time around. The 29-year-old should be back in the next week or so. Monday, 8:13 am
  • Austin Hedges could return to lineup Monday
    Austin Hedges (head) missed a second straight day on Sunday due to a "general haze" after taking a foul ball off of his mask, but he is improving and could return to the lineup as early as Monday.

    Advice: It's very encouraging that he was not diagnosed with a concussion and isn't expected to need any time on the disabled list. The club just wanted to take every possible precaution with their prized backstop. Look for him to return early in the week. Sunday, 6:28 pm
    7-Day DL
    1:05 pm @SF
  • Hector Sanchez clocks three-run homer in win
    Hector Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Sanchez got this 7-1 laugher off to a rollicking start with his three-run home run off Jeff Samardzija in the first inning. He has managed to play in just 31 games this season due to a foot injury which sidelined him for a little under two months of action. When healthy, Sanchez has struggled to a .190/.222/.476 triple-slash, though he has shown some nice pop, having swatted four homers in 47 at-bats. Sunday, 4:44 pm
  • Willson Contreras has four more hits in win
    Willson Contreras stayed hot in Sunday's victory over the Orioles, going 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored.

    Advice: Perhaps there's something to be said about a hitter being comfortable or having an extra level of motivation depending on where they are hitting in the lineup. Contreras is now hitting .372 (16-for-43) with four homers and 10 RBI in 12 games batting cleanup this year. Sunday, 1:57 pm
  • Austin Hedges (head) out again Sunday
    Austin Hedges (head) remained out of the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's sat out two straight after taking a foul tip off his mask Friday. Hector Sanchez will again do the catching. Sunday, 10:43 am
    7-Day DL
    1:05 pm @SF
  • Yasmani Grandal getting a breather Sunday
    Yasmani Grandal is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson are also sitting out. The Dodgers have Austin Barnes catching, Trayce Thompson in center field and Enrique Hernandez in right. Sunday, 7:33 am
  • Salvador Perez slow so far after the break
    Salvador Perez finished hitless in four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts in Saturday's game against the Rangers.

    Advice: The All-Star Perez has been sluggish in two games since returning from the festivities in Miami, going 0-for-8 with three strikeouts. It wouldn't be surprising to see him get a rest on Sunday with Drew Butera handling the receiver duties in an afternoon game in the series finale. Saturday, 11:03 pm
  • Grandal hits three-run homer against Marlins
    Yasmani Grandal hit a three-run home run in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: The homer, in the third inning, was Grandal's 12th of the season. The backstop has traded some pop for a higher average this year, and it's resulted in a good all-around line for Grandal. Through Saturday, the 28-year-old is hitting .267/.319/.474 with 12 homers, 37 RBI and 30 runs scored. Saturday, 8:43 pm
  • Contreras goes 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run
    Willson Contreras went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored against the Orioles on Saturday.

    Advice: He stroked an RBI double in the sixth inning of the blowout game. Contreras has done a nice job in his first year as the Cubs' primary catcher. He has a .267 batting average with 12 home runs and 45 RBI in 81 games. Saturday, 7:34 pm
  • Austin Hedges (head) scratched versus Giants
    Austin Hedges (head) was scratched from the Padres' lineup Saturday against the Giants.

    Advice: Hedges took a foul ball off his face-mask on Friday night and is still feeling the effects. Hector Sanchez will slide in behind the plate and bat seventh against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. Consider Hedges day-to-day. Saturday, 4:56 pm
    7-Day DL
    1:05 pm @SF
  • Ramos (hamstring) sitting against Angels
    Wilson Ramos (hamstring) is not in the Rays' lineup Saturday against the Angels.

    Advice: Ramos tweaked his left hamstring while running the bases on Friday but should be available to pinch-hit. Jesus Sucre will start behind the plate and bat ninth against Halos right-hander J.C. Ramirez. Saturday, 3:57 pm
  • Grandal (hand) reaches twice in return Friday
    Yasmani Grandal (hand) went 1-for-3 plus a walk in his return to the Dodgers' lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Grandal missed the final game of the first half after taking a foul ball off of his hand the previous night. The hard-hitting backstop is slashing .268/.322/.467 with 11 bombs and 34 RBI in 261 at-bats on the season. Saturday, 5:13 am
  • Buster Posey homers in Giants' win
    Buster Posey went 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and a walk to lead the Giants to a 5-4 win over the Padres on Friday.

    Advice: Posey had opened July in a 4-for-26 slump, and another bad game tonight would have dropped his OPS below .900 for the first time since early May. Still, Posey is a tough guy to keep down for long. His .326 average is tops in the NL among those who don't play for the Nationals (Daniel Murphy (.342), Bryce Harper (.327) and Ryan Zimmermann (.327) occupy the top three spots). Friday, 10:51 pm
  • McCann launches go-ahead home
    Brian McCann launched a three-run homer in Friday’s win over the Twins.

    Advice: McCann put the exclamation point on the Astros’ eight-run rally in the second inning. The homer was his 11th of the season and his first since June 16. He’s batting .253/.331/.442 overall. Friday, 10:28 pm
  • Contreras clubs three-run homer in win Friday
    Willson Contreras clubbed a three-run homer as the Cubs dispatched of the Orioles on Friday.

    Advice: Contreras seemingly loves hitting out of the cleanup spot in the lineup and continues to produce whenever he has been given the opportunity to do so. His three-run shot in the first inning gave the Cubs the upper-hand early. That was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night. Contreras is hitting .261/.327/.462 with 12 homers and 44 RBI. Friday, 8:40 pm
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