Astros C Hank Conger homers twice in career night on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:33 am ET) 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.

Orioles C Caleb Joseph delivers two-run homer in win Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph continued a recent power surge on Saturday, as he went deep for the third time in past eight games. Joseph popped a two-run home run in the fourth inning of the 6-2 win over the Tigers. 

Joseph, who gets partial playing time for the O's, is batting .333 over those eight contests.

Rangers put C Robinson Chirinos on DL, demote RP Keone Kela
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/1/2015) The Rangers have placed catcher Robinson Chirinos on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder, per They have also optioned reliever Keone Kela to Double-A Frisco.

Chirinos goes down with a slash line of .226/.316/.325.

John Ryan Murphy starts for Brian McCann behind plate for Yankees
by Shawn Krest |
(8/1/2015) Yankees catcher Brian McCann isn't in the starting lineup on Saturday. 

John Ryan Murphy replaces McCann behing the plate.

Murphy has 27 starts this year, to McCann's 76, but the two catchers have split the last 10 starts. 

Mariners' Mike Zunino hits in 10th straight
by Shawn Krest |
(7/31/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 1 for 4 in Friday's win over Minnesota. 

Zunino's single extended his hitting streak to 10 consecutive games. He's hitting .361 over the streak. 

Rangers recall C Chris Gimenez from Triple-A on Friday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) The Rangers have recalled catcher Chris Gimenez from Triple-A Round Rock on Friday. Gimenez is taking the roster spot of Tomas Telis, who was traded to the Marlins.

Gimenez has spent the duration of the season at Triple-A, batting .243 with six home runs in 69 games. He will be in the starting lineup on Friday against the Giants, batting ninth in the order for manager Jeff Bannister.

Marlins trade RP Sam Dyson to Rangers for Tomas Telis, Cody Ege
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) The Rangers have acquired right-hander Sam Dyson from the Marlins. In exchange, the Marlins will receive catcher Tomas Telis and left-hander Cody Ege.

Dyson has made 44 relief appearances this year with the Marlins. he is 3-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 44 innings. 

Telis, who will report straight to the Marlins' big-league club, was 2 for 11 in his recent six-game stint with the Rangers.

Ege, a 2013 draft pick, was 6-2 with a 1.00 ERA in 35 relief appearances between Class A and Double-A this year. He will head to the Marlins' Double-A affiliate.

Rangers acquire C Bobby Wilson, dump RP Ross Ohlendorf
by Marty Gitlin |
(7/31/2015) The Rangers have announced that they have acquired catcher Bobby Wilson on a waiver claim from Tampa Bay and placed veteran pitcher Ross Ohlendorf on waivers.

Wilson has just eight hits in 55 at-bats this season. Ohlendorf has pitched in eight games this season and compiled a 3.52 ERA.

Phillies receive P Matt Harrison, five prospects for Hamels
by Marty Gitlin |
(7/31/2015) The Phillies have at least received strength in numbers from the Rangers in return for stud left-hander Cole Hamels. They get six players back, including four pitchers.

The lone experienced hurler is left-hander Matt Harrison, who is coming off a back injury that has limited him to three starts this season.

The only non-pitchers are catcher Jorge Alfaro and outfielder Nick Williams, who has compiled a fine .299/.357/.470 slash line this season with 13 homers and 10 stolen bases at Double-A Frisco. He has put together the best season of all the players Philadelphia is getting back. Alfaro is at .253/.314/.432 at Frisco.

The Phillies also get back right-handers Jake Thompson, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff. Thompson is 6-6 with a 4.72 ERA for Frisco with 78 strikeouts in 87 2/3 innings. Asher is 4-10 with a 4.43 ERA at Triple-A Round Rock. Eickhoff is 10-4 with a 4.11 ERA with the same team. He has fanned 107 in 111 2/3 innings.

Thompson is considered a top-50 prospect by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. ranks him as a top-100 prospect. Williams and Alfaro are also among Baseball Prospectus' top-50 and's top-100 lists.

Yankees C Brian McCann goes big fly in loss on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) Yankees catcher Brian McCann went 2 for 5 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Rangers. McCann went deep for his 16th homer in the third inning to give his club a temporary 5-4 lead.

McCann is batting .206 with two home runs over his last 10 games.

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