McCann's third-inning blast, his 11th of the season, extended his hitting streak to four games, one shy of his season high. The catcher had tallied just five home runs and 23 RBI in 173 first-half at bats, but now has six longballs and 19 RBI in 82 at-bats since the All-Star break. McCann's .256 second-half batting average is also a strong improvement over the .208 he posted prior to the Midsummer Classic.
After starting the last four games behind the plate, Leon will give way to Bryan Holaday on Thursday. Holiday will bat ninth in the order against the Rays' Jake Odorizzi.
The veteran backstop broke out for his first multi-hit game since Aug. 6, when he'd made his first start in a Rays uniform. Wilson has slashed .233/.303/.367 over his 30 at-bats since his return to Tampa after his release from the Rangers.
The well-traveled backstop hadn't homered since Independence Day and holds just a .213 average on the season, so it's hard to imagine anyone owning him outside of two-catcher and/or AL-only formats.
The four hits in a game are a season-high for Bandy, who has seen just 147 at-bats on the season. With the big night at the dish, Bandy raised his batting line to .279/.325/.490. The steal was Bandy's first in his major league career, so don't expect many more going forward.
Wieters' season-high four RBI performance pushed his total up to 51 for the year, good for fifth-best among AL catchers. The 30-year-old is enjoying his first healthy season since 2013, but his overall numbers are down a bit from his career averages. Wieters has also struggled since the All-Star break, posting a .214 average after hitting .258 during the first half of 2016, and it's fair to assume the workload is catching up to him as the end of the season draws near.
The rookie continued his ridiculous August by smacking his ninth homer and notching his 16th RBI of the month. Now the Bombers everyday catcher, Sanchez is hitting a scorching .389 through 72 at-bats over 19 games. Producing at this pace long-term is obviously unsustainable, but there's nothing wrong with riding the catcher while he's hot.
McCann is riding a very modest three-game hitting streak, but he's still hitting just .212 on the season and will continue receiving fairly regular days off. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will take over behind the plate Wednesday and bat eighth.
It remains unclear currently what minor league level he'll report to, but the club will likely take it slowly after Phegley underwent knee surgery less than two months ago. He'll be eligible to be activated off the 60-day DL at the beginning of September, but the 28-year-old will likely need to test out his knee with some games behind the plate in his rehab assignment to see if he's comfortable catching before rejoining the big league club.
A run of three straight games with a home run ended for Zunino on Tuesday, and he gets Wednesday's matinee off following the night game. Chris Iannetta will start behind the dish and hit eighth Wednesday.