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Mariners' Mike Zunino hits in 10th straight


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:41 pm ET) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 1 for 4 in Friday's win over Minnesota. 

Zunino's single extended his hitting streak to 10 consecutive games. He's hitting .361 over the streak. 


Rangers recall C Chris Gimenez from Triple-A on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4:56 pm ET) The Rangers have recalled catcher Chris Gimenez from Triple-A Round Rock on Friday. Gimenez is taking the roster spot of Tomas Telis, who was traded to the Marlins.

Gimenez has spent the duration of the season at Triple-A, batting .243 with six home runs in 69 games. He will be in the starting lineup on Friday against the Giants, batting ninth in the order for manager Jeff Bannister.


Marlins trade RP Sam Dyson to Rangers for Tomas Telis, Cody Ege


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4:46 pm ET) The Rangers have acquired right-hander Sam Dyson from the Marlins. In exchange, the Marlins will receive catcher Tomas Telis and left-hander Cody Ege.

Dyson has made 44 relief appearances this year with the Marlins. he is 3-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 44 innings. 

Telis, who will report straight to the Marlins' big-league club, was 2 for 11 in his recent six-game stint with the Rangers.

Ege, a 2013 draft pick, was 6-2 with a 1.00 ERA in 35 relief appearances between Class A and Double-A this year. He will head to the Marlins' Double-A affiliate.


Rangers acquire C Bobby Wilson, dump RP Ross Ohlendorf


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:08 pm ET) The Rangers have announced that they have acquired catcher Bobby Wilson on a waiver claim from Tampa Bay and placed veteran pitcher Ross Ohlendorf on waivers.

Wilson has just eight hits in 55 at-bats this season. Ohlendorf has pitched in eight games this season and compiled a 3.52 ERA.


Phillies receive P Matt Harrison, five prospects for Hamels


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:25 pm ET) The Phillies have at least received strength in numbers from the Rangers in return for stud left-hander Cole Hamels. They get six players back, including four pitchers.

The lone experienced hurler is left-hander Matt Harrison, who is coming off a back injury that has limited him to three starts this season.

The only non-pitchers are catcher Jorge Alfaro and outfielder Nick Williams, who has compiled a fine .299/.357/.470 slash line this season with 13 homers and 10 stolen bases at Double-A Frisco. He has put together the best season of all the players Philadelphia is getting back. Alfaro is at .253/.314/.432 at Frisco.

The Phillies also get back right-handers Jake Thompson, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff. Thompson is 6-6 with a 4.72 ERA for Frisco with 78 strikeouts in 87 2/3 innings. Asher is 4-10 with a 4.43 ERA at Triple-A Round Rock. Eickhoff is 10-4 with a 4.11 ERA with the same team. He has fanned 107 in 111 2/3 innings.

Thompson is considered a top-50 prospect by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. MLB.com ranks him as a top-100 prospect. Williams and Alfaro are also among Baseball Prospectus' top-50 and MLB.com's top-100 lists.


Report: Braves almost certainly won't trade C A.J. Pierzynski


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:16 am ET) Surprising catcher A.J. Pierzynski will be sticking around unless the Braves are overwhelmed with an offer, according to USA Today, which is claiming that he has become too valuable to the organization on and off the field. He had previously been rumored to be on the trading block.

Pierzynski seemed to be winding down his career as a backup upon his arrival in Atlanta, but he quickly wrested the starting job away from Christian Bethancourt and has been performing well ever since. He has even batted cleanup on occasion.

He has compiled a slash line of .287/.325/.425 on the year and is currently on a six-game hitting streak.

 


Rockies' Nick Hundley hits game-tying home run in loss Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:01 am ET) Rockies catcher Nick Hundley went 2 for 5 with a single and two RBI, including a solo home run in Thursday's 9-8 loss to the Cardinals. Hundley launched his eighth home run in the sixth inning to tie the game at 6-6. 

Hundley has been swinging the bat well over the past two weeks or so. In his last 14 games, the backstop is hitting .358 with two home runs and nine RBI. 


Yankees C Brian McCann goes big fly in loss on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:22 am ET) Yankees catcher Brian McCann went 2 for 5 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Rangers. McCann went deep for his 16th homer in the third inning to give his club a temporary 5-4 lead.

McCann is batting .206 with two home runs over his last 10 games.


C Jason Castro's heroics lifts Astros to victory


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Catcher Jason Castro saved his lone hit of the game for the right time, connecting on a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Astros a 3-0 victory and a sweep of the Angels.

Castro tagged his eighth homer of the season to right field to spark a raucous celebration for the Astros, who have now solidfied their hold on first place in the AL West after this huge series. 

It was Castro's first home run since June 12 and his first RBI since July 3. 


Mets C Travis d'Arnaud activated from disabled list


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) The Mets have activated catcher Travis d'Arnaud from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, according to ESPN.com. d'Arnaud is expected to be in the lineup on Friday when the Mets open a three-game series against the Nationals.

d'Arnaud had been out since June 20 with a sprained elbow. Before being shut down, d'Arnaud was hitting .267 with two home runs and seven RBI in eight games following an initial stint on the DL.


Padres' Derek Norris crushes grand slam in win on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Derek Norris had a fantastic day at the plate for the Padres on Thursday. Norris, who was the starting first baseman on Thursday, went 5 for 5, including a seventh-inning grand slam.

Norris' slam cut the Mets' lead to 7-5, and the Padres would go on to win 8-7. It was the third grand slam of Norris' career, and his second this year. 

Norris, who now has 12 homers on the year, had been struggling at the plate coming into Thursday's game. Over his previous 10 games, he was batting just .111 (4 for 36) with no home runs and zero RBI.


Mets option C Anthony Recker to Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Mets catcher Anthony Recker was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas following the 8-7 loss to the Padres on Thursday. Recker had been the back-up to Kevin Plawecki, who will likely be the back-up to the returning Travis d'Arnaud.

Recker is batting .123 with a pair of home runs with the Mets in 2015.


Reds recall Holmberg, Sampson; option Skipworth; Adcock to DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2015) The Reds optioned catcher Kyle Skipworth to Double-A Pensacola on Thursday to clear a roster spot for starting pitcher David Holmberg, who is joining the rotation in the wake of the Johnny Cueto trade.

They also recalled reliever Keyvius Sampson from Triple-A Louisville to take the roster spot of reliever Nate Adcock, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.


Collins says Mets will ease d'Arnaud back into action upon activation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed catcher Travis d'Arnaud will be activated off the disabled list Friday. Collins added d'Arnaud will be eased back into action and won't catch more than two or three games in a row.

He has been on the disabled list since June 23 due to a sprained left elbow. He has been active for only 19 games this season due to injury.


Report: Mets ready to activate Travis d'Arnaud off disabled list


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2015) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is ready to come off the disabled list and will likely be activated prior to Friday's game against the Nationals, according to MLB.com.

D'Arnaud traveled to New York after going 1 for 5 for Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday, according to the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.

He has been on the disabled list since June 23 due to a sprained left elbow. He has been active for only 19 games this season due to injury.

D'Arnaud hit safely in all five games on a rehab assignment with Binghamton. He hit .300 (6 for 20) with one double, one RBI, three runs and two strikeouts.


Cubs C Miguel Montero (thumb) says he's close to returning


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Catcher Miguel Montero, who has been on the disabled list since July 17 with a sprained left thumb, will see a specialist on Thursday and travel with the team to Milwaukee in the hopes of playing this weekend, per ESPN.com. 

"I can play," Montero said. "It won't be 100 percent until after the season."

Montero's return would give the Cubs some lineup flexibility given that rookie catcher Kyle Schwarber has hit well since being promoted to the majors. Schwarber can play in the outfield, giving Chicago a stronger lineup. 


D-backs' Welington Castillo burns former team on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Catcher Welington Castillo had a nice day at the plate for the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Castillo helped his new club defeat his old club, as the D-Backs beat the Mariners 8-2, as they swept the three-game series.

Castillo, who was a Mariner for less than two weeks, went 2 for 3 with a pair of home runs, both of which came off Felix Hernandez. Castillo launched a two-run homer in the first inning, and added a solo shot in the third.

"I've been working on my approach. I'm thinking middle all the way and looking for my pitch and not trying to miss," Castillo said, per MLB.com. "I'm putting my best swing on it and seeing what happens."

The two longballs give Castillo 10 on the year. It was his second career multi-homer game, with the previous one coming back in 2013. 


Dodgers C A.J. Ellis caught bullpen session as part of rehab


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis caught a bullpen session on Monday as a part of his rehab to come back from right knee inflammation, according to the Orange County Register.



Rays add catcher Bobby Wilson to roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2015) The Rays selected the contract of catcher Bobby Wilson from Triple-A Durham on Wednesday. In 24 games with the Rays this season, he is batting .145 with four RBI and 20 strikeouts.

Royals' Salvador Perez, Lorenzo Cain take a seat Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2015) Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain and catcher Salvador Perez were held out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game at Cleveland. Drew Butera started for Perez and Jarrod Dyson started in Cain's absence.

Perez is hitless in his last four games (13 at-bats) and is batting .169 through 20 July games. Cain has had a much better month offensively, posting a .366/.422/.683/1.105 slash line through 21 July games.


Mariners' Mike Zunino homers to extend hitting streak on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino connected on his 10th home run of the season in Tuesday's 8-4 loss to the Diamondbacks. Zunino's third-inning solo shot cut Arizona's lead to one, but it would the D-Backs would tack on more insurance run to take the victory.

The 2015 season has been mainly a struggle for Zunino so far. But Tuesday's home run did extend his current hitting streak to eight games. During that stretch, he's hitting .393 with a home run and six RBI.


White Sox C Geovany Soto perfect at the plate on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) White Sox catcher Geovany Soto reached base safely in all five plate-appearances in Tuesday's 9-4 win over the Red Sox. The veteran backstop went 2 for 2 with three RBI, two runs scored and three walks in the game. 

Soto ripped a two-run double as part of a five-run first inning. He later chipped in a solo home run in the seventh. It was his seventh big fly of the season. 

Soto has been a productive player this season, despite getting partial playing time. Over his last 10 games--five starts--Soto is batting .375 with three home runs and five RBI.


Rays' Curt Casali homers twice for second straight day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) Rays catcher Curt Casali went 3 for 4 with two home runs in Tuesday's win over Detroit. 

Casali became the second rookie catcher in MLB history to have back-to-back games with multiple home runs. Casali also went deep twice on Monday. 

The Mariners' Kenji Johjima also had back-to-back multi homer games in 2006. 


Mets' Travis d'Arnaud catches nine innings in rehab game Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud successfully caught the entire game on Tuesday with Double-A Binghampton, as he continues to recover from a sprained elbow. d'Arnaud went 1 for 4 in the 3-0 victory.

The Mets have not laid out the next step in his rehab assignment, but the team is hoping to have him back in the lineup by this coming weekend. d'Arnaud has been on the disabled list since June 20.


Diamondbacks C Welington Castillo (elbow) out Tuesday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo, who left Monday's game after being hit by a pitch in the elbow, is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mariners.

Oscar Hernandez will fill in for Castillo on Tuesday, and he will hit out of the eighth spot in the lineup.


 
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