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Manager: Salvador Perez too anxious at plate


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Ned Yost is blaming anxiousness rather than fatigue for the slump of Royals catcher Salvador Perez. He told the Kansas City Star that Perez is trying too hard with a playoff spot on the line.

Perez has just five hits in his last 45 at-bats and has been hitless in seven of his last 11 games. His .290 on-base percentage is at its lowest point since April 23. He has a dozen strikeouts in the last 10 games.


Alex Avila remains out of lineup Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is out of the starting lineup Wednesday as he continues to deal with post-concussion symptoms. Manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that Avila could have to miss a week or more while recovering.

Slumping Dioner Navarro out of Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro will not be crouching behind the plate to start the Wednesday night game against Baltimore. Eric Thames is starting instread.

Navarro is in a 1-for-15 slide, but still has 68 RBI and .410 slugging percentage on the year.


Red Sox promote slew of players from Pawtucket


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Ballyhooed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo is far from the only promotion from Triple-A Pawtucket made by the Red Sox on Wednesday. But he is certainly the most significant.

The team has also brought up left-hander Edwin Escobar, right-hander Heath Hembree, third baseman Garin Cecchini, outfielder Bryce Brentz and catcher Ryan Lavarnway.


Geovany Soto available off bench Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Athletics catcher Geovany Soto is available off the bench for Tuesday's game against the Rangers, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

"I'm good to go," Soto said Tuesday.

Soto hasn't played since leaving Friday's game due to back spasms. He has hit .211/.250/.316 in 57 at-bats.


Francisco Cervelli returns to lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli is back in the starting lineup Tuesday.

Cervelli has played just once in September while dealing with migraines. He returns to a .280/.341/.441 line wtih two home runs and 11 RBI in 118 at-bats.


Alex Avila out again, as expected, Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is out of the lineup yet again Tuesday, as expected, as he continues to deal with post-concussion symptoms. Avila was removed from Sunday's game with lightheadedness, and manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Monday he thinks Avila might have to miss a week or more. 

Geovany Soto not in Tuesday's lineup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Athletics catcher Geovany Soto is not in lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers, though it is not clear if he will not be available for the game. Soto sate out Sunday's game, but vowed to be ready to play by Tuesday after suffering from back spasms during the weekend. 

Francisco Cervelli not ready to return Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli was held out of the starting lineup Monday night against Tampa Bay.

Cervelli hasn't played since Sept. 2 due to migraines. He has been pain-free for nearly a week, but has not been cleared to return to the starting lineup. He is hitting .280 with two homers and 11 RBI over 118 at-bats.


Alex Avila could miss a week of action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila could miss at least a week of action, manager Brad Ausmus told MLB.com on Monday. Avilla was pulled in the eighth inning on Sunday because of lightheadedness.

"If this was pre-Sept. 1, he would probably be on the 7-day disabled list, because you'd need another catcher," Ausmus said.

Alex Avila out as expected


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila, who was removed in the eighth inning Sunday because of lightheadedness, was out of the lineup for Monday's game at Minnesota, replaced by Bryan Holaday.

Avila suffered a concussion earlier in September and missed four games.


Hitters to sit in Week 25


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Thinking about starting Carl Crawford, Kurt Suzuki, Mike Napoli, Rougned Odor, Trevor Plouffe or Javier Baez in Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Hitters to start in Week 25


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? Russell Martin, Steve Pearce, Jed Lowrie, Xander Bogaerts, Josh Rutledge and Michael Cuddyer might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Derek Norris not playing at 100 percent


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Athletics manager Bob Melvin told MLB.com Sunday that catcher Derek Norris' hip isn't at 100 percent.

"He's all right. He's a catcher," Melvin said.

Norris went 0 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout Sunday at Seattle and is batting just .238 (39 for 164) with two home runs since the All-Star break.


Alex Avila leaves with lightheadedness


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila, who missed time with a concussion earlier this month, had to be removed in the eighth inning Sunday against the Indians because of lightheadedness.

"He took one off the mask earlier in the day, but at the time, he didn't show the reaction that is normally associated with someone that's been concussed," manager Brad Ausmus said. "He kind of went about his business. And it wasn't until he actually went to hit his last plate appearance that someone said to me that he didn't seem right on the bench."

Avila struck out on three pitches and, when questioned upon his return to the dugout, complained of a headache. He went 1 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts in the contest.

Avila traveled with the team to Minnesota after the game, but Ausmus told mLive.com he likely wouldn't play Monday against the Twins.


Geovany Soto expects to play Tuesday


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) Athletics catcher Geovany Soto told the Bay Area News Group that he has "no doubt" he will be sufficiently recovered from back spasms to play Tuesday against the Rangers. However, he was not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game at the Mariners and is doubtful to appear in that contest.

Derek Norris started behind the plate for the A's on Sunday.


Brian McCann slugs 19th home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Yankees catcher Brian McCann went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 3-2 win over the Orioles Saturday.

McCann put his team on the board with a second-inning home run, and the Yankees wouldn't relinquish the lead after scoring two more runs in the same inning. The catcher was 0 for 11 in his last three games before homering Saturday. He has hit .236/.290/.399 with 19 home runs and 65 RBI in 454 at-bats.


Geovany Soto out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Athletics catcher Geovany Soto is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Mariners. Soto was removed from Friday's game due to back spasms, and he remains day to day with the injury.

Three injured Yankees remain sidelined Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran, third baseman Chase Headley and catcher Francisco Cervelli all remain out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Orioles.

Beltran has been out since Tuesday with an elbow injury that could keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season. Headley is on the mend after being struck on the face by a pitch Thursday. Cervelli hasn't played since Sept. 2 due to migraines.


Geovany Soto exits game with back spasms


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Athletics catcher Geovany Soto was forced out of Friday's game against Seattle with a back injury.

Manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Soto's back locked up on him as he was blocking a ball and throwing to first after a strikeout, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. He finished 0 for 1 before leaving the game in the third inning. His status is up in the air for Saturday.


Robinson Chirinos finally back Friday night


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Rangers promising catcher Robinson Chirinos has returned to the lineup for the Friday night game against Atlanta. He had been out throughout September with a neck problem.

Chirinos owns a stat line of .232./.282/.408 with 11 home runs in just 267 at-bats.


Robinson Chirinos held out again Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos was held out of the starting lineup Thursday against the Angels. Chirinos is working his way back from a neck issue, which has kept him sidelined since Aug. 31. He remains day to day moving forward.

Yan Gomes set to sit in nightcap Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) The Indians are sitting hot-hitting catcher Yan Gomes for the second game of their doubleheader Thursday against Minnesota. Roberto Perez will be doing the crouching behind the plate instead.

Gomes homered and doubled in the opener.


Yan Gomes homers, doubles in defeat of Twins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Yan Gomes continued to prove himself as one of the premier hitting catchers in the game Thursday with Minnesota in town to play the Indians.

Gomes slammed a solo homer in the second inning of the doubleheader opener, then nearly repeated the feat in the third with a bases-loaded double that smacked against the wall. His stat line on the year now stands at .288/.322/.480. That slugging percentage leads all American League catchers.


Brian McCann goes yard Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Yankees catcher Brian McCann belted his 18th home run Wednesday against the Rays.

McCann wasted no time getting down to business. With the bases empty in the first inning, McCann belted an 84 mph splitter out to right for the solo shot. He also singled and was hit by a pitch during the outing. McCann finished 2 for 3, with two runs scored and three RBI. 


 
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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