Yadier Molina strings together four singles
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Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina
snapped out of a mini-slump Wednesday against the Padres, going 4 for 5 in a 5-3 win.
Molina hit four singles to left field, one of which accounted for an RBI. He raised his batting average 14 points, to .333, after going 1 for 11 in his previous three games.
Molina is batting .360 in May with six RBI, but he has no home runs in 20 games.
Ramon Hernandez gets on the home run board
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Dodgers catcher Ramon Hernandez
hit his first home run in Wednesday's win over Milwaukee.
Hernandez went 2 for 3 with two runs and two walks as well. Hernandez is still hitting just .120/.241/.280 and isn't expected to play much behind regular starter A.J. Ellis.
Evan Gattis mashes grand slam against Minnesota
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Braves catcher Evan Gattis
hit his first career grand slam in Wednesday's win over Minnesota.
The grand slam was his only hit, but that's still a solid day's work. Gattis's average is down to .256 but he's still slugging a mighty .587 behind his 10 home runs.
Jonathan Lucroy gets three much-needed hits
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Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy
went 3 for 4 in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers.
Lucroy finished with a run and an RBI. All three hits were singles. Lucroy had been in a terrible slump since his OPS peaked at .768 on April 20. From then until Tuesday night, he was hitting an atrocious .169/.241/.225 without a home run.
Mets GM expects Travis d'Arnaud in majors this year
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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said during a television interview Tuesday the team will proceed with caution with catcher prospect Travis d'Arnaud
because he has missed so much time the last two seasons with injuries, according to the New York Post
. However, Alderson added if d'Arnaud is healthy, he will be in the majors this season
d'Arnaud is currently recovering from a fractured right foot and Alderson hopes he's playing in games again by July 1.
Wilin Rosario supplies walk-off over Arizona
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Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario
hit a walk-off single to deliver the winning run Tuesday against Arizona.
Rosario finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and the game-winning RBI. His line is up to a cool .284/.318/.511 -- he still isn't taking walks, but he's doing just about everything else.
Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco
hit his second home run of the season Tuesday, top cap off a 4-0 win over the Mets.
Mesoraco hit a solo home run in the ninth inning, to add an insurance run, after walking in a run in the first inning. Mesoraco finished the game 1 for 3 with two RBI, one run scored and one walk. He is batting .234 in 77 at-bats.
Brian McCann wakes up from funk
, C, ATL
Braves catcher Brian McCann
snapped out of an 0-for-8 slide Tuesday against the Twins, with his third multi-hit game of the season.
McCann went 3 for 4 in the game with two RBI, including a solo home run in the fourth inning after an hour-plus rain delay. McCann scored once, in a 5-4, 10-inning win.
McCann is now hitting .282 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 12 games since returning from offseason shoulder surgery.
Yasmani Grandal 'concentrating' on getting at-bats
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Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal
(suspension) is batting .333 (3 for 9) with one double and one RBI through his first three games with Triple-A Tucson.
Grandal's 50-game suspension for testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone ends May 28. He's not sure if the Padres will recall him immediately, but Grandal said his focus is on making sure he's getting his at-bats leading up to his potential recall.
"I've got to get my work in first," Grandal said, per MLB.com. "I'm trying to get as many at-bats as I can here and trying to get a feel for the game again at the upper levels. I think they're going to be enough for me to go up to the big leagues. Whether I go up on the 28th or not, that's all up to [San Diego general manager] Josh Byrnes, I guess. I'm just concentrating on getting at-bats down here."
Padres manager squashes beef between catchers
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In early May, Padres catcher Nick Hundley
was very critical of teammate Yasmani Grandal
, who is on the verge of returning from a 50-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. However, manager Bud Black said during an interview with MLB Network Radio that the incident has been handled
"Nick Hundley's quotes are in the past," Black said. "I talked to them both, then they spoke. They're all good."
Hundley is expected to share the catching duties once Grandal's suspension ends.