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Kurt Suzuki extended by Twins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Twins have not only kept catcher Kurt Suzuki through the trading deadline, but signed him to a contract extension, per Fox Sports senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal.

Suzuki has been a surprise this season with a .307/.368/.389 stat line. But he has slumped recently with three hits in his last 17 at-bats and three hitless games in the last five.


Report: Twins working on exension with Kurt Suzuki


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki has been mentioned in trade rumors leading up to the deadline, but the team has actually been busy working to get him a contract extension, according to FOXSports.com.

Suzuki was an All-Star this season and is hitting .304/.367/.386 while working on one-year deal. According to the report, there is a "reasonable chance" the extension gets done and Suzuki is not traded. 


Dioner Navarro drives home three runs in win vs. Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro went 3 for 4 with three RBI in his team's 6-1 win over the Red Sox Wednesday.

Navarro began the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the first inning. He then drove in his second run with another single in the fifth inning before making it a hat trick with his third RBI single in the sixth. Navarro has hit .272/.313/.382 with seven home runs and 45 RBI in 327 at-bats.


Geovany Soto to begin rehab Friday, return Aug. 8


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Rangers catcher Geovany Soto expects to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock Friday and return to the team the following Friday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Soto was placed on the disabled list last week with a groin injury. He has made just three appearances with the Rangers this season, going 4 for 11 at the plate.


Yan Gomes tearing it up since break


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Indians catcher Yan Gomes has raised his average to .280, his highest point since April 16.

That achievement is courtesy of a hot streak that began just before the All-Star break. He is 19 for 45 since July 12 with 10 runs, five doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI. His average has risen 22 points during that stretch.


J.P. Arencibia drives in seven runs in huge performance


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Rangers first baseman J.P. Arencibia had the game of his career Tuesday, going 4 for 5 with with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in his team's 12-11 loss to the Yankees.

Arencibia doubled in the second inning and then knocked in two runs with a double in the third. He homered in his next two at-bats, first hitting a solo shot in the fifth before slugging a grand slam in the seventh inning. He wrapped up his night by striking out to lead off the ninth. Arencibia owns a .183/.223/.404 line after Tuesday's out-of-nowhere explosion, and he has six home runs and 22 RBI in 104 at-bats.


Soreness pushes back timetable for Ryan Hanigan


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan experienced soreness in his oblique Tuesday, which pushes back his timetable to return to the team a few days, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Hanigan, who had been expected to come back by Friday, has been out since July 8.


Jose Molina set to sit Tuesday night


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Rays catcher Jose Molina is catching a break Tuesday against Milwaukee. He is out of the lineup in favor of Curt Casali.

Molina is hitless in his last seven at-bats after a nine-game hitting streak that raised his average from .173 to .200.


Kurt Suzuki backed by teammates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Twins surprisingly productive catcher Kurt Suzuki has received interest from several teams in need of players at that position, but closer Glen Perkins is hoping he stays put and is offered a contract extension.

"That would be ideal," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I think everyone else would agree. Not even just pitchers. He's fit in the clubhouse great, too, with everybody."

General manager Terry Ryan expressed satisfaction with Suzuki despite admitting he rates poorly in regard to pitch-framing.

Toronto, San Francisco and Baltimore are believed to be most interested. All three had scouts at Twins games over the weekend.


Royals make several roster moves Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Royals have assigned newly acquired pitcher Liam Hendricks to Triple-A Omaha, FOX Sports Kansas City reports. Erik Kratz, who was also acquired in the Danny Valencia trade, will join the big-league team Tuesday. The Royals have also recalled shortstop Christian Colon and designated catcher Brett Hayes for assignment.

Blue Jays trade away Liam Hendriks, Erik Kratz to Royals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Blue Jays have traded pitcher Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to the Royals, according to Sportsnet.ca.

Hendricks went 8-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 18 appearances (16 starts) with Triple-A Buffalo. he was shelled for six runs over 1 2/3 innings in his last major-league start on June 21. Kratz hit .299 with three homers and 17 RBI in 87 at-bats. Kratz is expected to join the big-league team, per SB Nation.

Ryan Hanigan on schedule to rejoin Rays on Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan will begin a rehab stint Wednesday with Class A-Advanced Charlotte and could return to the big league team as early as Friday, per the Tampa Bay Times.

A left oblique injury has sidelined Hanigan since July 8. He will seek to improve his production at the plate upon his return. Hanigan was hitless in his last five games before going down as his average fell to .212.


Jake Marisnick up, Jacob Realmuto down for Marlins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Marlins have demoted catcher Jacob Realmuto from Triple-A New Orleans and recalled outfielder Jake Marisnick from the same team.

Realmuto has four hits in 20 at-bats in his big league stints this season. Marisnick spent three weeks in the minors after managing eight hits - all singles - in 47 at-bats with Miami.


John Jaso plates three runs in comfortable win over Texas


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso made his presence felt at the dish Sunday with three RBI, leading his team to a comfortable 9-3 victory over the Rangers.

Jaso singled in a run in the second inning and doubled home two more in the fifth inning. He finished 2 for 5 with a run scored and three RBI. He owns a .286/.361/.471 slash line with eight homers and 38 RBI in 255 at-bats.


Mike Zunino clubs number 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino hit his 15th home run Sunday against the Orioles.

With the Mariners down by one in the bottom of the eighth, Zunino clubbed an 88 mph sinker out to left for the game-tying shot. Zunino finished 3 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI.  


Hitters to sit in Week 18


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/27/2014) Whether because of poor matchups, unfavorable platoon splits or the fact they're just plain cold, Yan Gomes, Allen Craig, Josh Rutledge, Lonnie Chisenhall, Andrelton Simmons and Khris Davis are "sits" for Fantasy Week 18 (July 28-Aug. 3)

Find out the "why" for each in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


John Jaso shakes off knee injury, starts Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso was in the starting lineup Sunday at Texas despite leaving Saturday's game due to a left knee injury. Jaso is batting .326 with a .528 slugging percentage, .906 OPS, two triples, two home runs, eight doubles and 15 RBI in his last 28 games.

Jason Castro slugs ninth home run Saturday vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Astros catcher Jason Castro went 2 for 5 with a two-run home run in his team's 7-3 loss to the Marlins Saturday.

Castro gave his team a brief 2-1 lead in the first inning before the Marlins went back on top for good in the second. The catcher has managed to go 5 for 13 with a pair of extra-base hits over his last three games. He has hit .229/.298/.382 with nine home runs and 38 RBI in 306 at-bats.


John Jaso homers Saturday, exits with knee issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso was removed from Saturday's game due to left knee irritation, Comcast SportsNet California reports.

The injury is minor, and Jaso could be available Sunday depending how the knee responds in the morning. He went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in the win. Jaso has hit .284/.360/.468 with eight home runs and 35 RBI in 250 at-bats.


Francisco Cervelli filling in nicely


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli has been seeing plenty of playing time recently, with Brian McCann forced into action at first base due to Mark Teixeira's injury.

Cervelli hit safely in his seventh straight game Saturday against the Blue Jays, a 6-4 loss. He went 1 for 2 with a single Saturday, while adding a walk in his sixth straight start.

Cervelli has been mostly limited to reserve work for the Yankees this season, but has been productive when he has played. He is hitting .317/.377/.444 in 22 games.  


Brian McCann hits second July homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Yankees catcher Brian McCann homered for the first time in more than three weeks Saturday, in a 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays.

McCann, whose last home run came July 2, got the Yankees on the board in the fourth inning with a two-run shot. In addition to a walk, that was his only contribution to the game, as he finished 1 for 4 with a pair of RBI and one run scored.

McCann has been hitting well in the month of July, albeit without the power we have come to expect. He is hitting .320 in 75 July at-bats, with two home runs and eight RBI. 


Dioner Navarro stays hot with three-hit game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro has been hitting the ball well recently, a trend that continued Saturday in a 6-4 win over the Yankees.

Navarro strung together three hits for his fourth multi-hit performance in the last six games. He went 3 for 5 with one double and one run scored in the win.

Navarro is 8 for 20 over the last five games, and is hitting .271/.312/.385 for the season overall.  


Salvador Perez helps early and late in defeat of Indians


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Royals catcher Salvador Perez got his team off on the right foot Friday night against Cleveland with a solo home run in the first inning to provide a 1-0 lead. He helped complete the victory with a single and run scored in the eighth.

Perez, who managed his first three-hit game since Independence Day, now boasts a solid .285/.326/.434 stat line.


Tyler Flowers slams first homer since June 3 in Friday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers remained hot Friday night in Minnesota with his second three-hit game in the last five. The difference this time was that one of them was a solo home run, which he blasted in the seventh inning.

Flowers, who also doubled and singled, has 12 hits in his last 23 at-bats in raising his average from .213 to .239. His .344 slugging percentage is at its highest point since June 20.


 
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Fan Poll

Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689