Josmil Pinto crushes fourth home run of season
by Igor Mello |
(4/20/2014) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto crushed his fourth home run of the season Sunday afternoon against the Royals.

Pinto took reliever Louis Coleman deep for a solo home run in the fifth inning. He finished 1 for 3 with two walks, two runs scored and one RBI in an 8-3 victory. He has three home runs over his last nine games. He is hitting .233 with four homers and eight RBI in 43 at-bats.

Chris Synder announces retirement
by R.J. White |
(4/20/2014) Rangers Triple-A catcher Chris Synder announced his retirement Saturday, FOX Sports Southwest reports.

Snyder played 10 seasons in the majors, hitting .224/.328/.382 with 77 home runs and 298 RBI in 2,087 at-bats. He spent seven seasons with the Diamondbacks, also playing for the Pirates, Astros and Orioles.

Ryan Hanigan goes deep twice, plates five runs
by Igor Mello |
(4/19/2014) Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan uncorked a pair of home runs Saturday night against the Yankees.

Hanigan homered off Ivan Nova twice, including a solo shot in the third and a two-run blast in the fourth. He added a single and went 3 for 4 with a walk, two runs scored and five RBI in a 16-1 victory. He is hitting .243 three home runs and 10 RBI in 37 at-bats.

Kurt Suzuki slugs first longball as a DH
by Chris Towers |
(4/19/2014) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki moved out from behind the plate Saturday, appearing in his first game as a designated hitter in a 5-4 loss to the Royals.

Suzuki went 2 for 4 in the game and used the extra rest to hit his first home run of the season. He drove in three runs total, adding a two-run single in the fifth to his fourth-inning solo shot.

Suzuki is now hitting .277/.375/.383 in 14 games played, and now ranks second on the team with 12 RBI.

Dioner Navarro drives in three Saturday
by Chris Cwik |
(4/19/2014) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro drove in three runs Saturday against the Indians.

Navarro got things started in the first inning, singling home a run with two outs. He recorded outs in his next two at-bats before hitting a two-run single in the seventh. Navarro finished 2 for 4, with zero runs scored and three RBI.

Alex Avila sitting Saturday
by Chris Cwik |
(4/19/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is not in the lineup Saturday against the Angels.

Avila will be replaced by Bryan Holaday behind the plate. Avila is receiving a normal day of rest. He should return to the lineup Sunday.

Robinson Chirinos picks up three hits Friday
by Chris Cwik |
(4/19/2014) Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos collected three hits Friday against the White Sox.

Chirinos got things going early, singling in his first at-bat. The following inning, he homered on a first-pitch curveball from Felipe Paulino for a two-run shot. In the fourth, he singled, picking up his third hit.

Chirinos finished the game 3 for 5, with one run scored and two RBI.

Rangers hopeful two injured players are back in June
by Michael Hurcomb |
(4/17/2014) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday he's hopeful second baseman Jurickson Profar (shoulder) and catcher Geovany Soto (knee) will make earlier than expected returns from the disabled list.

"We're hoping to get [Jurickson] Profar and Soto back in June," Daniels said, per

Mike Zunino resting Thursday
by Marty Gitlin |
(4/17/2014) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino will not play a fifth game in five days or a day game Thursday after a Wednesday night game. He has been benched for the Thursday clash in Texas.

Zunino is on a weird streak in which he has followed hitless games with two-hit games. He has eight hits in his last seven games - two each in four of them. He has also not walked in 47 at-bats as his batting average and on-base percentage both sit at .277.

Chris Iannetta walks off Wednesday
by Chris Cwik |
(4/17/2014) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta hit a walkoff home run Wednesday against the Athletics.

In the bottom of the twelfth, Iannetta hit the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz out to center field for the solo shot. It was Iannetta's first hit since the second inning of the game. He was also hit by a pitch, reaching base three times.

Iannetta finished the night 2 for 5, with two runs scored and one RBI.

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