Salvador Perez
Salvador Perez hits game-winning home run Wednesday
Salvador Perez, C, KC
12:25 AM
News: Royals catcher Salvador Perez came through in a big way Wednesday against the Rays.

With his team trailing by two, Perez stepped to the plate with two men on in the top of the ninth inning. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Perez belted a 91 mph fastball out to left for the go-ahead blast. The Royals hung on to win the game, making Perez the hero.

Perez finished 2 for 5, with two runs scored and three RBI. 

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Tyler Flowers
Tyler Flowers wearing glasses Wednesday
Tyler Flowers, C, CHW
7/9/2014
News: White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers wore glasses during Wednesday's game, according to MLB.com.

Flowers is in the middle of a major slump, and may have resorted to glasses as a possible solution. Flowers is hitting .219/.278/.302 over 242 at-bats. 

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Jason Castro
Jason Castro sidelined yet again
Jason Castro, C, HOU
7/9/2014
News: Astros catcher Jason Castro is out of the lineup for the third straight game Wednesday against the Rangers, as he continues to deal with discomfort in his left armpit.

The exact nature of the injury is still not known, as Castro remains day to day moving forward. 

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Christian Vazquez
Christian Vazquez merely an AL-only option
Christian Vazquez, C, BOS
7/9/2014
News: The Red Sox have been giving Brandon Workman and Rubby De La Rosa some looks in the rotation, and now they have decided to inject some youth on the other end of the battery. They promoted catcher Christian Vazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday, and he will ostensibly get the bulk of the playing time in the aftermath of A.J. Pierzynski getting designated for assignment.

It's Vazquez's defensive skills that likely earned him the promotion, but he does show some promise with the bat. He has demonstrated an ability to make contact and draw walks, though those skills hadn't translated all that well to Triple-A Pawtucket. Vazquez will be hard pressed to replicate his .279 batting average from Pawtucket in the majors, and with little power or speed, he will need to at least come close to have value even in deeper Fantasy formats.

If you need a replacement for, say, Joe Mauer or Pierzynski in an AL-only league, Vazquez will probably be your best waiver option, just on the promise of frequent playing time alone. In mixed league formats, though, you can almost certainly find several more promising options. Owners in dynasty leagues should keep in mind Vazquez's long-term potential as an on-base threat, even if he struggles in his initial exposure to major league pitching.

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A.J. Pierzynski
Report: Red Sox to DFA A.J. Pierzynski
A.J. Pierzynski, C, BOS
7/9/2014
News: The Red Sox are designating catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment Wednesday, according to FOXSports.com.

Pierzynski has struggled since signing a one year, $8.25 million deal with the Red Sox last offseason. Through 72 games, he is hitting just .254/.286/.348 , with four home runs. The Red Sox have 10 days to decide whether to trade, release or outright Pierzynski to the minors. 

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Erik Kratz
Erik Kratz gets the call Wednesday
Erik Kratz, C, TOR
7/9/2014
News: The Blue Jays recalled catcher Erik Kratz from Triple-A Buffalo Wednesday, as expected.

Kratz is taking the roster spot vacated by Cole Gillespie, who was placed on the disabled list. Kratz is hitting .221/.254/.382 in 30 games with the Blue Jays this season. 

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Jesus Sucre
Mariners recall Jesus Sucre from Triple-A
Jesus Sucre, C, SEA
7/8/2014
News: The Mariners recalled catcher Jesus Sucre from Triple-A Tacoma Tuesday.

The move was expected, as the team designated catcher John Buck for assignment after Monday's game. Sucre has hit .274/.293/.360 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 175 at-bats. He could be in line to fill the No. 2 catcher role for the remainder of the season.

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Brian McCann
Brian McCann: I'm fine playing for big money in Big Apple
Brian McCann, C, NYY
7/8/2014
News: Yankees catcher Brian McCann has responded to former hitting coach Terry Pendleton and his claim that he is not cut out to play in New York.

"It's his opinion," he told NJ.com. "That's all that I can say. It's his opinion."

McCann added that he loves the city and that Pendleton was wrong that he was overwhelmed at living up to a five-year, $85 million contract.

He has certainly performed better recently. McCann has seven hits in his last four games.

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Chris Herrmann
Chris Herrmann added back to Twins' roster
Chris Herrmann, C, MIN
7/8/2014
News: The Twins recalled catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann from Triple-A Rochester Tuesday after placing pitcher Ricky Nolasco (elbow) on the disabled list. Herrmann is batting .122 in 17 games for Minnesota this season.
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Mike Zunino
Mike Zunino blasts 13th home run Monday
Mike Zunino, C, SEA
7/8/2014
News: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 1 for 3 with a solo home run in his team's 2-0 win over the Twins Monday.

Zunino gave his team an early lead with his second-inning blast, and Monday starter Hisashi Iwakuma did the rest, with a little help from the bullpen. The catcher has racked up six home runs in his last 12 games. He's hit .217/.271/.435 with 13 home runs and 34 RBI in 253 at-bats.

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