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  • Castillo hits two-run homer in win over Rays
    Welington Castillo hit a two-run home run, his eighth of the year, in Saturday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Castillo took Rays rookie Jacob Faria deep for the two-run shot in the second inning. He's well on his way to his fourth consecutive season with double-digit homers, and he's now got four homers since returning from the disabled list on June 10. The 30-year-old backstop is hitting a healthy .284/.316/.462 in 43 games this year. Today, 4:29 pm
  • Evan Gattis not starting Saturday night
    Evan Gattis is not in the Astros' lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Brian McCann will catch and bat fifth Saturday against Mariners right-hander Sam Gaviglio. Gattis has started 27 games behind the plate and 16 at DH. He should be back in there on Sunday. Today, 4:28 pm
  • Realmuto punches three-run bomb vs Cubs
    J.T. Realmuto whacked a three-run homer in a loss to the Cubs on Saturday.

    Advice: The first-inning blast off starter Jon Lester gave his club an early lead but they were unable to dent the plate again the rest of the day. It was Realmuto's only hit in three chances on the day. He has been one of the better fantasy catchers again this year. He has a .289 batting average with seven home runs, 30 runs and 30 RBI along with three stolen bases in 63 games. Today, 4:21 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. Today, 4:17 pm
  • Mike Zunino getting a breather vs. Houston
    Mike Zunino is not in the Mariners' lineup Saturday against the Astros.

    Advice: Zunino is getting a much-needed day of rest. He's gone ballistic this month, hitting .348 with nine homers and 29 RBI since June 1. Carlos Ruiz will start behind the plate and bat ninth Saturday against Astros right-hander Lance McCullers. Today, 3:20 pm
  • Yadier Molina absent from Saturday's lineup
    Yadier Molina (knee) is not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Molina was listed in the Cardinals' original starting nine but was scratched about an hour later. He's still dealing with knee soreness stemming from a foul ball that struck him behind the plate Thursday against the Phillies. Eric Fryer will handle the catching duties while batting eighth Saturday against Pirates hurler Gerrit Cole. Today, 1:52 pm
    L, 7-3 vs Pit
  • 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. Today, 1:22 pm
  • Wilson Ramos batting sixth in Rays debut
    Wilson Ramos is batting sixth and starting behind the plate in his Rays' debut on Saturday.

    Advice: Ramos was activated from the disabled list a day early after looking strong on his minor league rehab assignment. With Derek Norris out of the picture, he'll take over as the club's primary starting catcher and immediately becomes one of the top offensive options behind the plate in all fantasy formats. Today, 9:15 am
  • Gary Sanchez get a day off on Saturday
    Gary Sanchez is absent from the Yankees' starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's game against the Rangers.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a regular day of rest for the hard-hitting backstop. Austin Romine will start in his place behind the dish and bat ninth for the Yankees against Austin Bibens-Dirkx and the Rangers. Today, 7:31 am
  • Jonathan Lucroy not in lineup on Saturday
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Rangers' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Lucroy will take a seat in favor of Robinson Chirinos with the Rangers playing an afternoon game after a night game. He'll be back in there for Sunday's series finale. Today, 7:29 am
  • Rays activate Wilson Ramos from 60-day DL
    Rays activated C Wilson Ramos from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Ramos is expected to make his Rays' debut on Saturday. The 29-year-old backstop had a career year in 2016, slashing .307/.354/.496 with 22 homers and 80 RBI in only 131 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He shouldn't be available on any waiver wires, but if he is in shallow leagues, pounce now. Today, 5:47 am
  • Perez has two hits against Blue Jays
    Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored Friday versus the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Perez is probably going to be sad to see June come to an end. He’s now batting .393 (24-for-61) with four homers and 13 RBI this month. He’s easily been the most valuable fantasy catcher so far this season. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Wilson Ramos (knee) to join Rays on Saturday
    Wilson Ramos (knee) will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

    Advice: He had been expected to rejoin the Rays on Sunday, but they'll bring him up a day early. The 29-year-old signed a two-year, $12.5 million deal over the offseason after undergoing major right knee surgery in October. When healthy, he's one of the top offensive catchers in all of baseball. Yesterday, 8:31 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. Yesterday, 8:29 pm
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    L, 8-3 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. Yesterday, 8:15 pm
    L, 6-3 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. Yesterday, 7:49 pm
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    L, 8-3 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. Yesterday, 3:25 pm
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    W, 9-2 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. Yesterday, 2:35 pm
  • Yadier Molina scratched due to sore knee
    Yadier Molina was scratched from the Cardinals' lineup Friday due to a sore knee.

    Advice: Molina's knee flared up after it was hit by a foul tip Thursday. He should be back in there in a day or two. Eric Fryer will do the catching Friday. Yesterday, 2:13 pm
    L, 7-3 vs Pit
  • Willson Contreras sitting out on Friday
    Willson Contreras is not in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Miguel Montero will do the catching. Yesterday, 12:01 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
  • Posey cranks three XBH in loss to Braves
    Buster Posey was an extra-base hit machine Thursday, finishing 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Posey has always had a penchant for hitting left-handed pitching and feasted on Braves starter Jaime Garcia in this one, hitting a solo homer in the second and smacking two doubles off the southpaw before Garcia could be relieved. The homer was Posey's 10th of the season, the sixth straight year the backstop has reached double-digits in dingers. Quietly, the 30-year-old is having a remarkable offensive year this season, batting .344/.427/.537 through 63 games. Thursday, 10:37 pm
    L, 5-2 vs NYM
  • Grandal getting the night off Thursday
    Yasmani Grandal is not in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday against the Mets.

    Advice: The Dodgers are stacking their lineup with right-handers against Mets lefty Steven Matz. Austin Barnes will start behind the plate and bat seventh. He's catching for left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu. Thursday, 3:28 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
  • Cubs option Kyle Schwarber to AAA Iowa
    Cubs optioned OF Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: David Kaplan of CSN Chicago was first to report the news of the demotion and now the Cubs have made it official. It should be a short stay in the minors for Schwarber, who has struggled to find consistency at the plate this season and been a negative defensively in left field. The 24-year-old is sitting on 12 homers through 64 games, but he has a weak .171/.295/.378 overall batting line. Thursday, 9:03 am
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    W, 5-3 @Mia
  • 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
  • Cubs sending Kyle Schwarber to AAA Iowa
    David Kaplan of CSN Chicago reports the Cubs are sending Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Kaplan says Schwarber is "not expected to be gone long" and that it's simply an "opportunity to clear his head." The 24-year-old slugger was the toast of the town after returning for last year's World Series, but he has batted just .171/.295/.378 through 64 games this season. The power numbers have been fine, but Schwarber needs to find some consistency and will try to do so against a lower level of competition. Thursday, 8:47 am
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  • 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
  • A's designate C Stephen Vogt for assignment
    Athletics designated C Stephen Vogt for assignment.

    Advice: Vogt was an American League All-Star in 2015 and 2016, but the 32-year-old catcher had put up a weak .217/.287/.357 batting line in 174 plate appearances this season. Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to serve as Josh Phegley's backup. Thursday, 8:31 am
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    W, 10-2 @CWS
  • 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
    W, 7-3 @StL
  • Lucroy out Thursday against Blue Jays
    Jonathan Lucroy is out of the Rangers' starting lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Robinson Chirinos will start behind the plate and bat ninth versus Toronto right-hander Marcus Stroman. Lucroy owns a highly-disappointing .262/.306/.381 slash line in 54 games this season. Thursday, 8:20 am
  • Grandal slams two homers in win over Mets
    Yasmani Grandal unleashed on the Mets, hammering a pair of home runs Wednesday in the Dodgers’ 8-2 victory.

    Advice: He took Tyler Pill deep for a solo shot in the sixth and made Neil Ramirez his next victim with another solo blast in the eighth. Grandal has had a monster series, gashing the Mets by going 5-for-9 with three homers over his last two games. Wednesday was Grandal’s first multi-homer game since Opening Day. Wednesday, 11:06 pm
  • Evan Gattis chips in with two RBI Wednesday
    Evan Gattis plated two runs Wednesday in the Astros’ win over the Athletics.

    Advice: He drove in Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa on a sixth-inning single off left-hander Sean Manaea. That ended up being his only hit of the night as the Astros were able to claim victory in a low-scoring affair. Gattis led Houston with 32 homers a year ago but only has four to his credit this season. Wednesday, 10:20 pm
  • Sanchez goes 2-for-4 with two runs scored Wed
    Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in an 8-4 victory over the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: He singled and rode home on Didi Gregorius' home run in the second inning, then singled and scored on an Austin Romine double in the sixth as the Yankees broke the game open. He has missed a lot of time due to injury this year, although he has hit quite well when in the lineup. He served as the Yankees' designated hitter today, likely to help him nurse a nagging groin injury. He has a .293 batting average with 12 homers and 34 RBI in 42 games. Wednesday, 8:09 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
    W, 7-3 @StL
  • Salvador Perez hits grand slam vs. Red Sox
    Salvador Perez went 3-for-3 and hit a grand slam off Robby Scott in the bottom of the eighth to lead the Royals past the Red Sox 6-4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Craig Kimbrel had two days off, but John Farrell wasn't willing to turn to him with no outs in the eighth inning. So, Scott, who relieved Matt Barnes after back-to-back walks, was left in to pitch to Perez after walking Eric Hosmer. It was a bad matchup -- the Red Sox stuck with Scott because lefty Mike Moustakas was on deck -- and Perez capitalized with his 15th homer of this year and first ever grand slam; he had been a .268/.261/.366 hitter in 41 at-bats with the bases loaded. Perez is already two-thirds of the way to a career-high home run total. Wednesday, 3:11 pm
  • Welington Castillo receives day off vs. CLE
    Welington Castillo is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Indians.

    Advice: Castillo gets the day off after he was hit in his throwing shoulder by a foul tip on Tuesday. This is not considered a serious injury, though, and the backstop will be available to pinch hit if need be. Caleb Joseph will start behind the plate in his place and is batting eighth. Wednesday, 2:01 pm
  • 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
    W, 7-3 @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
    W, 7-3 vs Det
  • 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
  • Schwarber (ankle) returns to CHC lineup Wed.
    Kyle Schwarber (ankle) is back in the Cubs' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon.

    Advice: He'll start in left field and bat third versus Padres right-hander Miguel Diaz after missing Tuesday's game with a bruised right ankle. Anthony Rizzo remains in the leadoff spot for Cubs manager Joe Maddon. Wednesday, 7:44 am
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  • J.T. Realmuto sits Wednesday vs. Nationals
    J.T. Realmuto is not in the Marlins' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Nationals.

    Advice: A.J. Ellis will start behind the plate and bat seventh versus Nationals ace Max Scherzer. Realmuto went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in Tuesday night's blowout loss to Washington. He's just getting a breather. Wednesday, 7:19 am
  • Yasmani Grandal picks up three hits
    Yasmani Grandal finished 3-for-5 with a solo home run off of Robert Gsellman of the Mets in the fifth inning on Tuesday.

    Advice: The three-hit game was great news to Grandal's nervous fantasy owners, as he entered play with just nine hits over 54 at-bats (.167) with 21 strikeouts across his first 14 games in the month of June. Wednesday, 12:12 am
  • Ramos (knee) goes 1-for-4 in rehab game
    Wilson Ramos (knee) went 1-for-4 with a double as the DH on Tuesday at Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: It was his 11th minor league rehab game. Ramos played catcher on back-to-back days over the weekend and he was behind the plate for a full nine innings on Monday. The 29-year-old slugger is on track to join the Rays' active roster Sunday and should be stashed in most standard mixed fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 9:15 pm
  • 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
    W, 7-3 @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
    W, 7-3 vs Det
  • Schwarber (ankle), Heyward (hand) sit out
    Kyle Schwarber (ankle) is not in the Cubs' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Schwarber exited Monday's game after fouling a ball off his right ankle. X-rays came back clean and he should be back in there in a day or two. Jason Heyward (hand) is also sitting out again, as the Cubs have Willson Contreras and Jon Jay at the corner outfield spots. Tuesday, 12:26 pm
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  • Mike Zunino stays hot with four more RBI
    Mike Zunino finished 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs and four RBI in Monday's game against Detroit.

    Advice: Zunino cracked a two-run shot off of Alex Wilson in the sixth inning, which proved to be the game winner, and he added a two-run clout off of Francisco Rodriguez in the eighth just for good measure. He has hit safely in seven in a row, and he has amassed eight homers with 26 RBI in just 15 games in the month of June. Tuesday, 12:41 am
  • Evan Gattis doubles twice in road victory
    Evan Gattis finished 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored in Monday's 4-1 win in Oakland.

    Advice: Gattis had been struggling at the plate, entering just 4-for-26 to drop his average from .287 to .264 since his four-hit performance on May 31. Perhaps this multi-hit effort will jump-start his offense again. Monday, 11:06 pm
  • Salvador Perez appears off bench
    Salvador Perez caught the final two innings of Monday's game, but didn't get an at-bat against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Perez didn't start because of soreness in his left side. He's expected to be in Tuesday's lineup. Monday, 9:46 pm
  • Willson Contreras homers again as Cubs win
    Willson Contreras belted his sixth home run of the year as the Cubs topped the Padres 3-2 on Monday night in Chicago.

    Advice: His solo shot off of Clayton Richard tied the score at 2-2 in the seventh inning. He finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting .254/.319/.423 with six homers and 32 RBI. Monday, 8:58 pm
  • X-rays on Kyle Schwarber's ankle are negative
    X-rays on Kyle Schwarber's right ankle came back negative.

    Advice: Schwarber was pulled from Monday's game versus the Padres after fouling a ball off his ankle. He's day-to-day. Monday, 8:32 pm
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  • 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
    W, 7-3 vs Det
  • Salvador Perez battling some soreness in side
    Salvador Perez is not in the Royals' lineup Monday due to some soreness in his left side.

    Advice: It sounds like it's something he's dealt with off and on recently and it flared up again Sunday. Manager Ned Yost indicated that it was more of a planned day off for Perez on Monday and that the All-Star should be back in there Tuesday. Monday, 2:20 pm
  • Salvador Perez sitting out on Monday
    Salvador Perez is not in the Royals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for Perez. Drew Butera will do the catching. Monday, 1:24 pm
  • Wilson Ramos (knee) is on track for Sunday
    Wilson Ramos (knee) is on track to be activated from the disabled list Sunday.

    Advice: Ramos is 5-for-14 (.357) with a homer and a double since moving his minor league rehab assignment from High-A Charlotte to Triple-A Durham. Perhaps most importantly, he played catcher on back-to-back days this past weekend. The 29-year-old slugger signed a two-year, $12.5 million free agent contract with the Rays in December after requiring major right knee surgery last October. Monday, 8:18 am
  • Salvador Perez crushes key three-run homer
    Salvador Perez went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: Perez's three-run bomb off J.C. Ramirez in the fourth inning gave the Royals a 7-2 lead and essentially took the drama out of this one. He is up to an 11-game hitting streak, during which time he is 18-for-41, working out to a .439 average in that space. He is slashing a rock-solid .286/.317/.521 with 14 homers and 38 RBI for the season as a whole. Sunday, 4:36 pm
  • Willson Contreras plates three in win Sunday
    Willson Contreras went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBI on Sunday as the Cubs routed the Pirates.

    Advice: Contreras delivered a run-scoring double that got the Cubs on the board in the first inning then added on a two-run double off of Jameson Taillon in the third. With the three-hit attack, he's slashing .254/.320/.411 with five homers and 31 RBI for the season. Sunday, 1:40 pm
  • Gary Sanchez (groin) back in Yanks' lineup
    Gary Sanchez (groin) is back in the Yankees' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's Sanchez's first start since last Thursday, as he's been battling a minor groin injury. He's catching and batting second versus Jharel Cotton and the A's. Sunday, 12:53 pm
  • Mike Zunino not in Sunday's lineup
    Mike Zunino is not in the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a regular day off for Zunino, who has already slugged six homers in June. Carlos Ruiz will catch. Sunday, 9:35 am
  • Jonathan Lucroy not in Rangers' lineup
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Robinson Chirinos will do the catching. Mike Napoli is also sitting out a day after his two-homer game, as the Rangers have Joey Gallo at first base, Adrian Beltre in the designated hitter spot and Pete Kozma at third. Sunday, 9:26 am
  • J.T. Realmuto sitting out on Sunday
    J.T. Realmuto is not in the Marlins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. A.J. Ellis will do the catching. Sunday, 8:09 am
  • 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
  • Salvador Perez looks to extend hit streak
    Salvador Perez aims to extend his hitting streak to 10 games in Sunday's game at L.A. Angels.

    Advice: Perez is 15-for-36 (.417) with two homers, four RBI and eight runs scored during his nine-game run. He'll look to run his streak to double digits against Angels RHP J.C. Ramirez. Perez is hitting .291 with 10 homers and 19 RBI over 117 at-bats with a .923 OPS on the road this season. Saturday, 9:49 pm
  • Mike Zunino belts three-run HR in road loss
    Mike Zunino cracked a three-run home run off Martin Perez of the Rangers in Saturday's loss in Texas.

    Advice: It was Zunino's only hit in four trips to the plate and he struck out two times. The stat line is a microcosm of the backstop's fantasy value. He has a little bit of pop, but he strikes out a lot and doesn't hit for a great average. Zunino's 10 doubles, seven homers and 26 RBI are nice in 149 at-bats, but he also is up to 64 strikeouts while slashing .248/.311/.456. Saturday, 7:44 pm
  • Salvador Perez getting the night off Saturday
    Salvador Perez is not in the Royals' lineup Saturday against the Angels.

    Advice: Perez appears to be getting a breather. Drew Butera will spell him behind the plate and bat ninth Saturday against Angels right-hander Alex Meyer. Perez extended his hitting streak to nine games in Friday's 3-1 victory. Saturday, 2:33 pm
  • Evan Gattis getting the night off Saturday
    Evan Gattis is not in the Astros' lineup Saturday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: He's been alternating games with Brian McCann, who is back behind the plate for the middle game of Houston's three-game set with Boston. Gattis has had a quiet month, batting just .154 in 26 June at-bats. Saturday, 1:22 pm
  • Gary Sanchez remains out of Yankees' lineup
    Gary Sanchez (groin) remains out of the Yankees' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: That means it will be Austin Romine behind the dish again, catching for Masahiro Tanaka against the Athletics. Look for Sanchez to return in another day or two. Saturday, 11:05 am
  • Buster Posey (ankle) returns to lineup
    Buster Posey (ankle) returned to the Giants' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He's getting the call at first base, rather than catcher, in this one to take a bit of the stress off of his injured ankle. The Giants' will need his bat too, as four of their regulars are sitting this one out. Saturday, 10:03 am
    L, 5-2 vs NYM
  • Buster Posey (ankle) appears as pinch hitter
    Buster Posey (ankle) appeared as a pinch hitter during Friday's game against the Rockies, drawing a walk in his lone plate appearance.

    Advice: The hard-hitting backstop left Thursday's game after tweaking his left ankle while crushing a home run. The injury is minor though and won't require a trip to the disabled list. He's expected to return to the starting lineup on Saturday. Saturday, 5:30 am
    L, 5-2 vs NYM
  • Contreras leads the way in comeback victory
    Willson Contreras went 2-for-3 and drove home three runs on Friday as the Cubs used a six-run rally in the ninth inning to defeat the Pirates 9-5.

    Advice: The Cubs entered the ninth inning trailing 4-3, but got things turned around in a hurry. Jason Heyward led off the inning with a double off of Juan Nicasio and Contreras followed with a double of his own to tie the game. The Cubs would pile on five more runs before it was all said and done, sending the Pirates' faithful home miserable. Contreras also delivered a two-run double in the first inning that had given the Cubs an early 3-0 lead. He's hitting .246/.315/.397 with five homers and 28 RBI on the year. Friday, 7:59 pm
  • 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
  • Buster Posey (ankle) plans to return Saturday
    Buster Posey (ankle) said he could be available off the bench Friday night against the Rockies.

    Advice: Posey left Thursday's loss after tweaking his left ankle while hitting a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning, but it's nothing serious. "I'm really happy with the way I feel," the star catcher said Friday, adding that he plans to return to the Giants' starting lineup Saturday. Friday, 2:41 pm
    L, 5-2 vs NYM
  • Buster Posey says left ankle issue is minor
    Buster Posey (ankle) said late Thursday that he's optimistic he won't miss much time.

    Advice: Posey left Thursday's 10-9 loss to the Rockies after tweaking his left ankle while belting a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning, but he told reporters after the game that he was already feeling much better. Giants trainers believe it was a scar-tissue breakup, which can sometimes be painful. This doesn't sound like a disabled list situation, though Posey may get multiple days off this weekend. Nick Hundley took over behind the plate Thursday in Colorado. Friday, 3:40 am
    L, 5-2 vs NYM
  • Gary Sanchez dealing with minor groin injury
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said late Thursday that Gary Sanchez is dealing with a minor groin injury.

    Advice: Sanchez suffered the injury while stealing second base in the top of the ninth, on an awkward collision with A's infielder Chad Pinder. He had just hit a game-tying RBI single that ultimately sent the game into extras and finished the night 3-for-3 with two walks, two RBI, and one run scored. The stolen base was his second of the year. "[Sanchez] felt the tightness there in the groin area," Girardi told reporters after the game. "I don’t think it’s too much to worry about, but we have to wait and see." The young slugger will be reevaluated Friday. Friday, 2:46 am
  • Sanchez's late heroics not enough for win
    Gary Sanchez went 3-for-3 with a game-tying RBI single in the ninth inning of Thursday's 10-inning loss to the A's.

    Advice: Sanchez launched an RBI double in the seventh inning, but his most notable work in this one came when he hit an RBI single off Santiago Casilla in the ninth to tie the game at 6-6. The Yankees would take a 7-6 lead in the top of the 10th before the A's came back to win with two in the bottom of the frame on a pop single by Khris Davis. Tough loss for the team aside, Sanchez has been sizzling of late, with six hits in his last seven at bats and three-hit showings in three of his last six games. He is now hitting .297/.382/.559 with 11 homers and 33 RBI in just 38 games played. Thursday, 11:52 pm
  • Posey and Nunez both leave with injuries
    Buster Posey left Thursday's game against the Rockies with a sore ankle.

    Advice: Posey limped back to the clubhouse after drilling a two-run homer in the seventh inning. He never returned and was soon replaced by Nick Hundley behind the dish. Posey had an eventful night, committing two errors while going 3-for-4 at the plate. Eduardo Nunez got hurt in the same inning, leaving with hamstring tightness. Both players are considered day-to-day. Thursday, 8:27 pm
    L, 5-2 vs NYM
  • Welington Castillo hits sixth homer
    Welington Castillo went 2-for-4 and hit his sixth homer Thursday versus the White Sox.

    Advice: The Orioles went with Castillo as their DH for the second time in three days. He had just three starts total their previously, but the Chris Davis injury has freed up some extra at-bats. That's good for Castillo's value, and it might make him a top-10 fantasy catcher for a spell. Thursday, 2:56 pm
  • O's Castillo slugs grand slam vs. White Sox
    Welington Castillo hit a grand slam and totaled five RBI in a 10-6 win over the White Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: He drove in a run with a ground-out in the fourth inning, then put his club in the lead to stay by hitting a grand slam off starter Miguel Gonzalez in the fifth. It was his only hit in four trips for the game. He recently returned from the disabled list after recovering from a groin injury. The veteran catcher is batting .292/.317/.445 with five longballs and 22 RBI in 142 plate appearances. Wednesday, 10:57 pm
  • Gary Sanchez hits three-run homer
    Gary Sanchez went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer against the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sanchez has kind of been lost in the shuffle because of his early DL stint and the Aaron Judge hype, but he's hitting .282 with 11 homers and 31 RBI in 37 games. He should blow away the rest of the field at catcher if he remains healthy. Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • Mike Zunino hits three-run homer in win
    Mike Zunino hit a three-run homer Wednesday as the Mariners topped the Twins 6-4.

    Advice: Zunino has gone 6-for-13 with two homers and a double in the first three games of the series versus Minnesota. He's driven in 19 runs in 12 games this month. He entered June with four RBI in 32 games. Wednesday, 9:33 pm
  • Schwarber hits two-run bomb vs Mets
    Kyle Schwarber cracked a two-run bomb on a 2-for-4 night against the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: His shot off Matt Harvey gave his club a short-lived lead but the Mets ended up winning easily in the end. The season has been an unrelenting struggle for the young slugger. He has a .178 batting average to go with 12 home runs and 28 RBI. Wednesday, 7:45 pm
    Not Active
    W, 5-3 @Mia
  • Cervelli (concussion) activated from 7-day DL
    Pirates activated C Francisco Cervelli from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Cervelli was sent to the concussion disabled list after taking a ball off his mask last week. Elias Diaz did a nice job filling in for him, but the veteran backstop is now ready to return to action. Wednesday, 1:48 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-3 @StL
  • Salvy Perez (side) goes 2-for-5 in return
    Salvador Perez (side) went 2-for-5 with a double in his return to action Tuesday.

    Advice: Perez made an early exit from Sunday's series finale against the Padres after experiencing tightness in his left side, but it was clearly nothing serious. The star catcher boasts an .815 OPS with 11 doubles, 13 homers, and 35 RBI in 59 games this season for Kansas City. Wednesday, 5:43 am
  • Buster Posey raises average to .352
    Buster Posey collected a single, double and a run scored across three at-bats in Tuesday's loss against Kansas City.

    Advice: After a brief cold spell near the end of May, Posey is doing what he does best. He has collected 20 hits over his past 49 at-bats (.408) to improve his already solid .333 average back up to a robust .352. He continues to pile up the hits, collecting hits in 12 of his past 13 outings. Wednesday, 12:29 am
    L, 5-2 vs NYM
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