AL Starters announced for 2015 All-Star Game
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/5/2015) The American League starters for the 2015 All-Star Game on July 14 were announced Sunday. The Royals will send four starters to the Summer Classic, with Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon leading the votes in their respective positions.

Angels outfielder Mike Trout will make his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance. He received the most votes of any outfielder and the second most on the AL roster.

Catcher: Salvador Perez, Royals
First baseman: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (injured)
Second baseman: Jose Altuve, Astros
Third baseman: Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays (top AL vote-getter)
Shortstop: Alcides Escobar, Royals
Outfield: Mike Trout, Angels
Outfield: Lorenzo Cain, Royals
Outfield: Alex Gordon, Royals
Designated Hitter: Nelson Cruz , Mariners

Red Sox C Ryan Hanigan shines in win over Astros
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/5/2015) Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan was as close to perfect as you could get on Sunday against the Astros.

Hanigan went 3 for 3 with a walk and two RBI in a 5-4 win. 

Hanigan has a slash line of .242/.367/.318 this season.

Caleb Joseph drives in three as Orioles cruise
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/5/2015) Catcher Caleb Joseph had a big day at the plate for the Orioles on Sunday, driving in three to spark the team's 9-1 victory over the White Sox. 

Joseph had just one hit on the day, but his sixth-inning double to deep right-center broke open the game for the Birds. He then added another RBI in the seventh inning with an RBI groundout. 

Joseph's three RBIs were a season-high and equaled the amount of runs he drove in the entire month of June. 

Rays C Curt Casali drives in pair in victory
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/5/2015) Rays catcher Curt Casali picked up two RBIs, doubling his season total, without the use of a hit in Tampa Bay's win over the Yankees on Sunday. 

Casali went 1-for-2 on the day to raise his average to .280, but it was his second-innng sacrifice fly and eighth-inning bases loaded walk that lifted his RBI total to three on the season. 

The young catcher has been a find since cracking Tampa Bay's lineup, registering at least one hit in four of his last five starts.

Orioles' Matt Wieters not in Sunday's lineup
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(7/5/2015) Orioeles catcher Matt Wieters was held out of Sunday's lineup at the Chicago White Sox, reports

He was replaced at catcher by Caleb Joseph, who will bat ninth. Over his last 10 games, Wieters is hitting .111 with one home run and two RBI.

The Orioles are the underdogs (+105) at Chicago on Sunday.

Twins C Chris Herrmann subs in for Suzuki Saturday
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) The Twins' Chris Herrmann replaced Kurt Suzuki at the catcher spot for Saturday's game against the Royals.

Suzuki had started five of the previous six games. Herrmann will hit out of the eighth spot in the lineup.

Mariners' Jesus Sucre gets start over Mike Zunino
by Shawn Krest |
(7/4/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game, marking the first time he'll start the game on the bench since June 21. He's started the last 10 behind the plate.

Replacing Zunino at catcher is Jesus Sucre, who gets his tenth start of the year. 

Yankees C Brian McCann out of lineup Saturday
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) One day removed from hitting a walk-off home run, Yankees catcher Brian McCann is out of the lineup against the Rays on Saturday. 

McCann will have the day off after hitting a three-run blast that won the game versus the Rays on Friday night in the 12th inning.

McCann will be replaced by John Ryan Murphy in the lineup.

Tigers' Alex Avila to start at first base Saturday
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) Alex Avila will start at first base for the Tigers for only the third time in his career on Saturday against the Blue Jays.

Avila is filling the void left by first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a calf strain on Saturday. Avila has only played out of the catcher position this season, where he has started 21 games to date.

Avila is hitting .194 with two home runs and eight RBI in 62 at-bats this season.

Yankees C Brian McCann slugs walk-off home run on Friday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) Yankees catcher Brian McCann came through with the biggest hit of the game on Friday. McCann blasted a three-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th inning to give his club the 7-5 win over the Rays. It was McCann's only hit of the game.

The home run was McCann's 13th of the season and the fourth-walk off blast of his career. 

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