Phillies C Carlos Ruiz working to emerge from slump
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Several high-profile Phillies are mired in slumps, including Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, but catcher Carlos Ruiz
is also trying to find himself at the plate
The 36-year-old Ruiz has eight hits - all singles - in 42 at-bats and has scored just once all year. Ryne Sandberg has placed him all over the lineup in an attempt to get him going, but nothing has worked.
"He's working hard in the cage inside as far as finding a comfort zone," Sandberg told philly.com. "It seems like they are pitching him away a lot, so he's got to be patient there and take some swings to right field.
Ruiz has just three hits in his last 29 at-bats.
Mets catcher, 2012 first-round pick Kevin Plaweck hits first career HR
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Mets catcher and recent call up Kevin Plawecki
delivered his first career major league home run on Saturday against the Yankees .
Plawecki, the Mets 2012 first-round draft pick, was called up mid-week following the fractured-finger injury to regular catcher Travis d'Arnaud.
Plawecki became the first player to hit his first MLB homer in a Subway Series game.
"It was a special day in many ways," Plawecki said.
Rays C Rene Rivera makes rare contribution with Friday blast
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Rays catcher Rene Rivera
only joined his team's hit parade against Toronto once Friday night, but he had a "blast" doing it.
Rivera slugged his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to center that landed 421 feet from the plate. The tater only served to brighten a still-dismal slash line of .143/.186/.232, but Rivera has managed four hits in his last five games.
Cards INF Pete Kozma to serve as emergency catcher on Saturday
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With catcher Yadier Molina
day to day due to a sore knee, INF Pete Kozma
caught a side session and will serve
as the Cardinals' emergency catcher Saturday in Milwaukee, reports MLB.com.
Molina took a foul tip off his right knee guard in Friday's win and is experiencing soreness.Tony Cruz
gets the start behind the plate for the Cards.
Giants left fielder Nori Aoki back in the starting lineup Saturday
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Giants left fielder Nori Aoki returns to the starting lineup
Saturday against the Giants and will bat lead off, reports CSN Bay Area.
Aoki, who received his first off day of the season Friday, is hitting .311 with three RBI in 74 at-bats this season. Also in the lineup Saturday is catcher Andrew Susac, with Buster Posey shifting to first base and moving Brandon Belt to the bench. Susac, making just his third start of the year, is hitting 3 for 8 with two strikeouts to start the year.
Angels' Grant Green starting at second base Saturday
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The Angels will start Grant Green
at second base Saturday
, giving Johnny Giavotella
just his second day off of the season, the team announced.
Green, who was called up by Los Angeles Friday, lost out on the position battle in spring training to Giavotella and is hitting .328 with four doubles and three triples in 61 at-bats so far this season for Triple-A.
Also in the starting lineup Saturday is Matt Joyce and Drew Butera, giving Collin Cowgill and Chris Iannetta the day off. The Angels are currently the favorites Saturday (-160) against the Rangers.
O's Matt Wieters to play in second extended spring game on Monday
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Orioles catcher Matt Wieters'
(elbow) next extended spring action will be Monday
, where he's expected to catch four to five innings, per MLB.com.
Wieters, who's on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury, played in his first extended spring game on Friday.
"I think the next step for Matt is to be able to continue on and each day feel the same way and each day make sure he feels like he's 100 percent ready to go. He's getting past a lot of the mental blocks," said Russell, who watches Wieters on tape. "Will it be three weeks, will it be four weeks? It's up to Matt and how he continues to progress and if we don't have any setbacks. And knock on wood, so far so good."
Cubs start Miguel Montero at catcher Saturday vs. Reds
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Cubs catcher Miguel Montero returned to the starting lineup
on Saturday at Cincinnati, after David Ross handled catching duties Friday night with Jon Lester on the mound, reports the Chicago Tribune
Montero is hitting .176 with two homers and seven RBI over 42 at-bats this season. He is 0 for 2 with a walk in his career against Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani.
Brett Hayes replaces Roberto Perez in Indians' lineup
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News: Brett Hayes
will get his second start of the season at catcher on Saturday. Hayes is batting eighth in the Indians' lineup.
Hayes' start gives Roberto Perez a rest after starting nine of the last 10 games.
The Indians are +105 money line underdogs at Detroit.
Reds C Devin Mesoraco held out again on Saturday
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Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco
was held out of the starting lineup
again on Saturday against the Cubs.
Mesoraco has not been in the starting lineup since April 12 because of a left hip impingement, and has only made one pinch-hit appearance in that period. He remains hopeful of catching a bullpen session in the next few days, which could lead to his return as a starter. Mesoraco is hitting .091 (2 for 22) to start the season.