Dodgers activate A.J. Ellis, option Austin Barnes to Triple-A
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Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis
, who has been sidelined since July 20 due to right knee inflammation, was activated off the 15-day disabled list
Tuesday. Catcher Austin Barnes
was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to clear a roster spot.
Braves' A.J. Pierzynski homers among four hits to extend streak
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Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski
had a big night at the plate on Monday. The veteran backstop went 4 for 6, including a game-tying, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Piersynski hit the homer, his seventh of the season, off Giants closer Santiago Casilla, en route to the Braves' 8-7 walk-off win in extra innings.
This was Pierzynski's third four-hit game of the season, and he is now hitting .460 over his current nine-game hitting streak.
Astros C Jason Castro hits grand slam in loss on Monday
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Astros catcher Jason Castro
went 2 for 4 with a double and a grand slam on Monday, but it wasn't enough to avoid the 12-9 loss at the hands of the Rangers. Castro's blast, his 10th of the year, came in the fourth inning, but the Rangers were already ahead by eight runs at that point.
Castro has homered in three of his past four games, collecting 10 RBI over that stretch. He is also riding a modest seven-game hit streak, during which he is batting .385 (10 for 26).
Diamondbacks C Welington Castillo stays on recent power surge
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Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo
continued his hot hitting in Monday's 6-4 win over the Nationals. Castillo went 1 for 4 in the game, connecting on his 12th home run of the year.
His fourth-inning solo shot gave the D-Backs a 4-0 lead, and it's his fifth home run in his last six games. Castillo is batting .391 with six RBI over those six games, and 10 of his 12 home runs have come since being traded to Arizona in early June.
Rangers' Chris Gimenez, Bobby Wilson to split time at catcher
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Rangers catchers Chris Gimenez
and Bobby Wilson
will continue to split time
behind the plate, reports MLB.com.
With catcher Robinson Chirinos on the disabled list, manager Jeff Banister said he would like to pair each catcher with certain pitchers. Wilson is hitting .169 with six RBI in 59 at-bats, while Gimenez has one hit in five at-bats this season.
Rangers C Robinson Chirinos receives injection in shoulder
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Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos
received a PRP injection
in his strained left shoulder Monday to help speed up the healing process, reports FoxSportsSouthWest.com. Chirinos was placed on the disabled list Saturday after suffering the injury.
Cubs C Miguel Montero goes 1 for 3 in rehab game Sunday
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Cubs catcher Miguel Montero
went 1 for 3 in a Double-A rehab game on Sunday.
Montero is out of commission with a thumb injury.
Cubs' Kyle Schwarber snaps skid, hits fourth home run on Saturday
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Cubs rookie catcher Kyle Schwarber
enjoyed a productive night at the plate in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Brewers. Schwarber went 2 for 4 with his fourth career home run.
Schwarber's seventh-inning solo blast gave the Cubs their fourth and final run. The youngster has been getting regular playing time since returning to the majors about two weeks ago.
But he has been struggling with the bat recently, going 5 for his last 22 over the last seven games.
Astros C Hank Conger homers twice in career night on Saturday
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Astros catcher Hank Conger
had a huge night at the plate in the 9-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday. Conger went 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs, his first career multi-home run game of his career.
Conger feasted on the pitching of Jeremy Hellickson on Saturday. He launched a solo shot in the third inning, and then blasted his first-career grand slam in the fourth inning.
Conger now has eight home runs on the year, which represents a new career-high.
He has been sharing time behind the plate with Jason Castro. But Conger is 8 for 26 with three homers and eight RBI over his past eight games.
Giants' Buster Posey homers among three hits in win Saturday
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Giants catcher Buster Posey
--who served as the designated hitter on Saturday--went 3 for 5 with a double and a home run in the 9-7 win over the Rangers.
Posey hit a solo home run--his 15th of the year--off Cole Hamels in the seventh inning to cut the Rangers' lead to one run. Then, after the Rangers had tacked on a couple of runs, Posey added an RBI double in the eighth to once again bring the Giants within one. He score the tying run later in the inning, and the Giants won the game in 11 innings.
Posey has been scorching at the plate recently. Over his past eight games, Posey is batting a robust .438 with three doubles, a home run and five RBI. He continued his ownership over Hamels, as he is now 13 for 27 with two home runs against the left-hander.