Brian McCann maintaining September power surge
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News: Brian McCann
blasted two home runs in the Yankees' 5-2 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday. The homers were McCann's sixth and seventh in September and his 21st and 22nd on the season. It was McCann's 11th multi-homer game of his career.
He finished the afternoon 2 for 3 with three RBI, two runs and a walk. McCann is now batting .235 on the season.
After missing Saturday's game with a rib injury, catcher Welington Castillo
was back in the Cubs' starting lineup for Sunday's contest against the Dodgers. Castillo sustained the injury in Friday's game.
Mike Zunino knocks 21st home run Friday
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Mariners catcher Mike Zunino
went 2 for 5 with a three-run home run in his team's 10-5 win over the Astros Friday.
Zunino broke a 1-1 tie with his fourth-inning blast, putting his team up for good and earning a critical win as the Mariners chase a potential Wild Card berth. Despite displaying quality power numbers this season, Zunino has struggled to consistently deliver hits. He owns a .199/.256/.409 line with 21 home runs and 57 RBI in 413 at-bats.
Alex Avila still out of lineup Saturday
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Tigers catcher Alex Avila
remains out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals.
Avila reportedly felt "disoriented" after taking some swings in the batting cages recently, and his post-concussion symptoms may end up keeping him sidelined for the rest of the regular season. The Tigers are concerned about the catcher, ESPN reports.
A.J. Ellis adds a pinch of power Friday
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Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis
added a pinch of power Friday afternoon against the Cubs, homering twice and plating four runs in a 14-5 victory.
Ellis launched a two-run home run in the opening frame off Eric Jokisch. With two outs in the third inning, Ellis took Jokisch deep again for a two-run shot. He finished 2 for 4 with a walk, three runs scored and four RBI. He is hitting .193 with three homers and 23 RBI over 264 at-bats.
Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro
returned to the starting lineup Friday.
Navarro sat Thursday after a bout of dizziness. He missed two games due to the issue. Navarro is hitting .281/.323/.409 over 455 at-bats.
Evan Gattis unable to pass kidney stone
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Braves catcher Evan Gattis
is still not ready to return to action. He hasn't been able to pass a kidney stone
, because it's not positioned in a spot that causes what is often "intolerable pain," per MLB.com on Friday.
Gattis, who has only played in 102 games this season, owns a stat line of .270/.325/.507. His status for the final week of the season remains uncertain.
Carlos Ruiz to have shoulder examined after season
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Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz
will have his shoulder examined
after the season, according to CSN.
Ruiz tweaked his shoulder during spring training, and has dealt with nagging pain all season. He said the issue normally gets better with some rest. He added that he wasn't sure whether surgery would be an option.
Wilin Rosario launches walkoff shot vs. D-Backs
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Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario
came up big at the plate Thursday night at home, launching a walkoff home run in the ninth to lift his team past the Diamondbacks.
Down one run, Rosaio took Addison Reed deep for a two-run home run with two outs in the ninth to end the game. Rosario also doubled in the second and added two singles. He finished 4 for 5 with a run scored and three RBI in a 7-6 victory. He is hitting .265 with 12 homers and 51 RBI over 359 at-bats.
Yasmani Grandal bringing good and bad news to the plate
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A 19-for-74 stretch might not seem like much, but it's an encouraging run for Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal
considering he began it batting .202.
Grandal began the comparative hot stretch on Aug. 26. He has three home runs and 10 RBI in 20 games during that period, but remains a windmill at the plate. He has 19 strikeouts in the last 16 games and has fanned 102 times in 345 at-bats this season.