Yan Gomes tearing it up since break
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:49 pm ET) Indians catcher Yan Gomes has raised his average to .280, his highest point since April 16.

That achievement is courtesy of a hot streak that began just before the All-Star break. He is 19 for 45 since July 12 with 10 runs, five doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI. His average has risen 22 points during that stretch.


J.P. Arencibia drives in seven runs in huge performance
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:03 am ET) Rangers first baseman J.P. Arencibia had the game of his career Tuesday, going 4 for 5 with with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in his team's 12-11 loss to the Yankees.

Arencibia doubled in the second inning and then knocked in two runs with a double in the third. He homered in his next two at-bats, first hitting a solo shot in the fifth before slugging a grand slam in the seventh inning. He wrapped up his night by striking out to lead off the ninth. Arencibia owns a .183/.223/.404 line after Tuesday's out-of-nowhere explosion, and he has six home runs and 22 RBI in 104 at-bats.


Soreness pushes back timetable for Ryan Hanigan
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan experienced soreness in his oblique Tuesday, which pushes back his timetable to return to the team a few days, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Hanigan, who had been expected to come back by Friday, has been out since July 8.


Jose Molina set to sit Tuesday night
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Rays catcher Jose Molina is catching a break Tuesday against Milwaukee. He is out of the lineup in favor of Curt Casali.

Molina is hitless in his last seven at-bats after a nine-game hitting streak that raised his average from .173 to .200.


Kurt Suzuki backed by teammates
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Twins surprisingly productive catcher Kurt Suzuki has received interest from several teams in need of players at that position, but closer Glen Perkins is hoping he stays put and is offered a contract extension.

"That would be ideal," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I think everyone else would agree. Not even just pitchers. He's fit in the clubhouse great, too, with everybody."

General manager Terry Ryan expressed satisfaction with Suzuki despite admitting he rates poorly in regard to pitch-framing.

Toronto, San Francisco and Baltimore are believed to be most interested. All three had scouts at Twins games over the weekend.


Royals make several roster moves Monday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Royals have assigned newly acquired pitcher Liam Hendricks to Triple-A Omaha, FOX Sports Kansas City reports. Erik Kratz, who was also acquired in the Danny Valencia trade, will join the big-league team Tuesday. The Royals have also recalled shortstop Christian Colon and designated catcher Brett Hayes for assignment.

Blue Jays trade away Liam Hendriks, Erik Kratz to Royals
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Blue Jays have traded pitcher Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to the Royals, according to Sportsnet.ca.

Hendricks went 8-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 18 appearances (16 starts) with Triple-A Buffalo. he was shelled for six runs over 1 2/3 innings in his last major-league start on June 21. Kratz hit .299 with three homers and 17 RBI in 87 at-bats. Kratz is expected to join the big-league team, per SB Nation.

Ryan Hanigan on schedule to rejoin Rays on Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan will begin a rehab stint Wednesday with Class A-Advanced Charlotte and could return to the big league team as early as Friday, per the Tampa Bay Times.

A left oblique injury has sidelined Hanigan since July 8. He will seek to improve his production at the plate upon his return. Hanigan was hitless in his last five games before going down as his average fell to .212.


John Jaso plates three runs in comfortable win over Texas
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso made his presence felt at the dish Sunday with three RBI, leading his team to a comfortable 9-3 victory over the Rangers.

Jaso singled in a run in the second inning and doubled home two more in the fifth inning. He finished 2 for 5 with a run scored and three RBI. He owns a .286/.361/.471 slash line with eight homers and 38 RBI in 255 at-bats.


Mike Zunino clubs number 15
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino hit his 15th home run Sunday against the Orioles.

With the Mariners down by one in the bottom of the eighth, Zunino clubbed an 88 mph sinker out to left for the game-tying shot. Zunino finished 3 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI.  


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