James McCann
Tigers' James McCann: Gets day off Monday
James McCann, C, DET
2:34 PM
News: McCann is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the White Sox.

McCann had started each of the last four games, and was 0-for-7 with four strikeouts over the last two contests, so he'll get what looks like just a regular day off Monday. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will fill in behind the plate and bat seventh.

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Welington Castillo
Diamondbacks' Welington Castillo: Collects four RBI Sunday
Welington Castillo, C, ARI
9:48 AM
News: Castillo went 2-for-3 with a walk and four RBI in Sunday's win over the Reds.

Castillo has been good with the bat lately, going 6-for-18 with 10 RBI over his last five games. However, fantasy owners would probably like to see more power, as the 29-year-old has just one home run this month after hitting 11 home runs over the season's first four months.

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Wilson Ramos
Nationals' Wilson Ramos: Pops 20th homer Sunday
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
8:38 AM
News: Ramos went 2-for-4 with a solo shot, his 20th home run of the season, in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

The two days off he received Thursday and Friday appear to have recharged Ramos' batteries as he's gone 3-for-7 since getting back into the lineup. He's already set career highs in virtually every hitting category but Ramos could still put together a big kick to the finish line.

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A.J. Ellis
Phillies' A.J. Ellis: Two RBI Sunday
A.J. Ellis, C, PHI
4:50 AM
News: Ellis went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI Sunday in his first game with the Phillies.

Ellis' two-run double broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning in a game the Phillies would go on to win. With roster expansion around the corner, Ellis might not see more than a start a week if the Phillies bring up Jorge Alfaro and Andrew Knapp from the minors next month.

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Gary Sanchez
Yankees' Gary Sanchez: Keeps raking Sunday
Gary Sanchez, C, NYY
8/28/2016
News: Sanchez got the start at DH and went 2-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.

He didn't hit a homer for just the fourth time in his last 11 games, but Sanchez still banged out his 19th extra-base hit in August (11 home runs, eight doubles). His absurd run will come to an end eventually but expect the Yankees to continue getting his bat into the lineup as long as he keeps crushing the ball.

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Stephen Vogt
Athletics' Stephen Vogt: Breaks six-game hitless streak Sunday
Stephen Vogt, C, OAK
8/28/2016
News: Vogt went 1-for-3 with a homer and four RBI Sunday against the Cardinals.

Vogt broke a six-game hitless streak when he blasted his 11th homer of the year, and he's now slashing .260/.306/.421 on the year. Unfortunately, each of his slash numbers are at their lowest point in the last three years.

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Josh Thole
Blue Jays' Josh Thole: Designated for assignment
Josh Thole, C, TOR
8/28/2016
News: Thole was designated for assignment following Sunday's 9-6 win over the Twins, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

The Blue Jays bolstered their catching corps by acquiring Dioner Navarro from the White Sox over the weekend, leaving no room for Thole as the club's third backstop. Thole had been a mainstay on the Blue Jays' roster over the last four years due to his comfort with catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, but he rarely made an impact with his bat. He was sitting on a .164/.254/.218 batting line across 128 plate appearances this season prior to being dropped from the 40-man roster. Assuming he goes unclaimed off waivers, Thole could still opt to remain with the organization as a depth catcher at Triple-A Buffalo.T

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Austin Barnes
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Will receive September call-up
Austin Barnes, C, LAD
8/28/2016
News: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that Barnes would be recalled from the minors when rosters expand Sept. 1, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

Barnes will serve as the Dodgers' No. 3 catcher behind Yasmani Grandal and Carlos Ruiz while also assuming a utility role around the infield. Everyday at-bats won't be in the offing for Barnes, who has slashed .292/.378/.435 over 377 plate appearances at Triple-A Oklahoma City, but given how many injuries the Dodgers have suffered throughout this season, the quality depth he provides won't be taken for granted.

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Buster Posey
Giants' Buster Posey: Returns to lineup Sunday
Buster Posey, C, SF
8/28/2016
News: Posey is back in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves, Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News Group reports.

Posey had a maintenance day Saturday, but will return to action for San Francisco's series finale against Atlanta. Posey has been going on a tear at the plate recently, having gone 8-for-17 (.471) over his last five games.

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Tucker Barnhart
Reds' Tucker Barnhart: Remains out with sore hand
Tucker Barnhart, C, CIN
8/28/2016
News: Barnhart (hand) is out of Sunday's lineup against the Diamondbacks, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

Barnhart will remain out of the lineup with a sore hand, giving way to Ramon Cabrera behind the dish. Until further notice, consider Barnhart day-to-day heading into Monday's series opener versus the Angels.

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