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Tigers C James McCann hits fourth homer of the year


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) Tigers catcher James McCann hit his fourth home run of the season during Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.

McCann went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in the ninth inning. 

McCann is hitting .500 with seven hits, two home runs and three RBI over his last three games.


Giants C Buster Posey leaves game, passes concussion test


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Giants catcher Buster Posey was forced to exit Wednesday's game against the Marlins. 

Posey left with the San Francisco Chronicle reporting that Posey took a ball off of his facemask an "inning or two" prior to leaving. Posey passed a concussion test and wil be evaluated on Friday. 

Posey's day ended 1 for 2 with a single. He now has a .304/.379/.487 slash line. 


Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy rests for first time in 10 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday against the Phillies. It was the first time in 10 games he did not start and just the third time since coming off the disabled list June 1.

Since returning from the DL, Lucroy is batting .278 with a .352 slugging percentage and .671 OPS in 27 games. He has one home run, five doubles, 13 RBI, 11 runs, seven walks and 15 strikeouts.


Red Sox's Ryan Hanigan's activation from DL will be delayed a day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan (hand) won't be activated off the disabled list Wednesday as originally expected after his flight to Toronto was delayed, according to The Providence Journal. He is now expected to be activated Thursday.

Dodgers C Yasmani Grandal homers, drives in four on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal blasted his 12th home run of the season in the 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. Grandal smoked a two-run shot in the second inning to give his club an early 2-0 advantage. 

He later added a two-run double in the 10th inning to pad the Dodgers' lead to 6-3. He has now homered in two straight games, and has four over his last eight contests. 

"Yaz has had some big offensive games for us," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, per MLB.com. "I still think there's more in there, to be honest."


James McCann gets three hits for Tigers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Tigers catcher James McCann went 3 for 6 in Tuesday's 14-inning loss to Pittsburgh. 

McCann is 5 for his last 10 with RBI in his last two games. He hit his 11th double and drove in his 16th run. 


Mariners catcher Mike Zunino homers in Tuesday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino hit his ninth home run of the season to help send the Mariners to a 5-0 win over the Padres on Tuesday.

Zunino hit the solo shot off Ian Kennedy in the third inning. The home run was his only hit in four at-bats during the game. He also struck out twice.

Prior to Tuesday's contest, Zunino was hitting .167 with one home run and two RBI in his last nine games.


Kurt Suzuki drives in two runs for Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki went 2 for 4, snapping a 13 at bat hitless streak spanning four games.

Suzuki drove in two runs, giving him 23 on the year. 


White Sox's Tyler Flowers hits sixth home run of season Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers smacked his sixth home run of the season Tuesday to help send the White Sox to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals.

The solo shot came off Miguel Socolovich in the 11th inning. He finished the game 2 for 5 with one RBI. Prior to Tuesday's win, Flowers was hitting .250 with two home runs and three RBI in his last nine games.

"It felt good. It felt good coming off the bat, it felt good running around the bases," said Flowers, per MLB.com. "After Sale put up another good performance, it's nice to get the win."


Phillies' Carlos Ruiz hits first homer of year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning in Tuesday's loss to Milwaukee. 

The solo shot was Ruiz's first of the year. Ruiz went 1 for 2 with a walk, getting his first hit since June 18. He got an RBI for the second straight day, giving him 13 on the year. 


Rangers C Robinson Chirinos blasts homer in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos hit his eighth home run of the season in Tuesday night's 8-6 win over the Orioles. 

Chirinos finished the game 2 for 4 and also hit a single. This was Chirinos' third home run hit over his past 10 games played. He now has a .213/.311/.439 slash line. 


Giants C Buster Posey hits homer, double in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Giants catcher Buster Posey crushed his 12th home run of the season in Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to the Marlins. 

Posey finished the game 2 for 4 and also hit a double. Posey has a batting average of .389 over his last 10 games, which includes three home runs, four doubles and 18 RBI. It's also the sixth game in a row he's recorded a hit. 

For the season, Posey now holds a slash line of .303/.378/.487.


D-Backs C Oscar Hernandez (wrist) could be back this weekend


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/30/2015) Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said catcher Oscar Hernandez could be activated from the disabled list as soon as this weekend, according to Fox Sports Arizona. Hernandez, who is recovering from a wrist injury, has played in 10 rehab games so far, amassing six hits in 28 at-bats.

It is unclear exactly when Hernandez will be activated, and what his role will be with the Diamondbacks upon his return. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Welington Castillo seem to be entrenched as platoon-mates behind the plate. 


Twins C Kurt Suzuki gets the start on Tuesday vs. Reds


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/30/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is back in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Reds. Suzuki sat out Monday's game after taking a warm-up pitch to the throat, according to the Star-Tribune

But he is able to give it a go on Tuesday, though he'll likely be back out of the lineup for Wednesday's matinee. Suzuki has struggled to the tune of a .143 batting average (3 for 21) over his last six games.


Blue Jays' Martin mired in 6-for-37 slump, gets day off Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin received a day off Tuesday against the Red Sox for the first time in seven games and just the second time in 10 games. 

Martin is hitless in his last three games (0 for 7) and is batting .059 (1 for 17) in his last six games. He is batting average has declined from .285 to .265 in his last 12 games, as he is just 6-for-37 in that stretch.


Cubs C Miguel Montero gets the day off on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/30/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's matchup with the Mets. Montero had started five of the last six games. The one game in that stretch he didn't start, he wound up playing five innings, so he was certainly due for a rest.

The Cubs are also going up against a left-handed pitcher in Jonathon Niese, and Montero is batting just .222 against southpaws this season.

David Ross will handle the catching duties and bat seventh on Tuesday.


Rangers' Carlos Corporan homers for second time in nine games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Rangers catcher Carlos Corporan hit a one-out solo home run off Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris in the third inning Monday, giving Texas a 2-0 lead. The Rangers would win 8-1.

Corporan, who also had a walk, has homered twice in the last nine games. He has three home runs in 30 games this season.

He is batting .189 (10 for 53) with two home runs, 10 RBI, four runs, one walk and 22 strikeouts in his last 15 games.


Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart totals career-best four hits


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart totaled a career-high four hits and drove in two runs during an 11-7 win Monday against the Twins. He also had one run.

Barnhart had a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the first inning and an RBI single in the third inning. He doubled in the sixth and singled again in the eighth.

Barnhart has been on a nice run offensively, hitting safely in five straight games. He has totaled multiple hits four times in that span. However, Monday was the first time in 10 June games that he drove in a run.

He is batting .600 (12 for 20) with four doubles and one walk in his last five games.


Result of hip surgery for Reds C Devin Mesoraco thrills Price


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco underwent successful surgery Monday to repair a left hip impingement, MLB.com has reported.

Bryan Price expressed joy at the result after hearing from Mesoraco.

"Thumbs up, big thumbs up," Price said. "I've been back and forth with the texts to him. He's very happy."

Mesoraco is expected to miss the rest of the season.


Tigers C Alex Avila claims he's ready to roll


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is ready to be the Tigers catcher again. He has been on the disabled list since May 8 with a left knee injury, but he believes he's ready to return.

"I feel fine, I feel good," he said after catching back-to-back games for Triple-A Toledo. "My knee feels good. My legs feel good. I have no complaints. ... Being out for two months, you would expect some cobwebs."

Avila will return with a .200/.342/.317 slash line.


Dodgers C Yasmani Grandal hits home run in Monday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal connected off Allen Webster in the fourth inning for his 11th home run of the season during Monday's 10-6 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Grandal finished the game 2 for 3 with one RBI and two walks. Prior to Monday's performance, Grandal was hitting .167 with two home runs and three RBI in his last 10 games.


Royals C Salvador Perez hits 13th home run of season Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Royals catcher Salvador Perez produced the only run of the game for the Royals during Monday's 6-1 loss to the Astros.

Perez hit his 13th home run of the season when he connected off Lance McCullers in the seventh inning. It was his only hit in four at-bats during the game.

Prior to Monday's contest, Perez was hitting .185 with two home runs and four RBI in his last seven games.


Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy collects four hits in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy went 4 for 5 at the plate to help lead the Brewers to a 7-4 win over the Phillies on Monday.

"That was kind of vintage Lucroy today," manager Craig Counsell said, per MLB.com.

Lucroy scored two runs and also drove in two when he hit a single off Sean O’Sullivan in the sixth inning, which scored Aramis Ramirez and Gerardo Parra.

Prior to Monday's game, Lucroy was hitting .179 with two doubles and three RBI in his last 11 games.

"I've been battling, dude," Lucroy said. "It's just been a battle. I've been lining out a lot. I looked at my numbers the other day and I calculated that if all of my lineouts would have fell, I would be hitting over .320. That's just the way it goes. I know the power numbers aren't there, but that will come."


Indians C Yan Gomes hits third home run of season Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Indians catcher Yan Gomes smacked his third home run of the season during Monday's 7-1 win over the Rays.

Gomes hit the solo shot off Kirby Yates in the eighth inning. He finished the game 3 for 5 at the plate with two runs scored and one RBI.

Prior to his three-hit game Monday, Gomes was hitting .108 with one double and five RBI over his last 11 games.


Offense dries up again for Cubs catcher Miguel Montero


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero has once again settled into an offensive funk after it appeared he was ready to break out earlier in June.

Montero homered four times and drove in nine runs in his first 10 games in June. However, since hitting his last home run on June 13, he is batting just .189 (7 for 37) with no extra-base hits and no RBI in his last 12 games (nine starts). He also has one run, three walks and 14 strikeouts in that span.


 
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