Matt McBride slugs grand slam Wednesday
by R.J. White |
(8/20/2014) Making his first start of the season Wednesday, Rockies first baseman Matt McBride went 2 for 3 with a grand slam in his team's 5-2 win over the Royals.

McBride made his season debut one day earlier, failing to get a hit in his only at-bat as a pinch hitter. McBride hit seven home runs in 187 at-bats with Triple-A Colorado Springs before joining the Rockies this week.

Andrew Susac blasts first career home run Wednesday
by R.J. White |
(8/20/2014) Giants catcher Andrew Susac went 1 for 5 with a two-run home run in his team's 8-3 victory over the Cubs Wednesday.

Susac's third-inning home run was the first of his career, coming in his 11th career game. He has 10 home runs in 213 at-bats with Triple-A Fresno as well. Susac has hit .241/.290/.379 in 29 at-bats with the major-league club.

Buster Posey dealing with hip issue
by R.J. White |
(8/20/2014) Giants catcher Buster Posey is dealing with left hip tightness, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Posey is scheduled to receive treatment Wednesday, and though he isn't in the starting lineup, he should be available off the bench. Manager Bruce Bochy hopes he'll be able to catch Thursday.

Yadier Molina takes some hacks
by Chris Cwik |
(8/20/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was able to take some light swings Wednesday, according to CBSSports Radio.

Molina is working his way back from a thumb injury. He remains ahead of schedule and could return sooner than expected. Molina hit .287/.341/.409 over 303 at-bats. 

Jarrod Saltalamacchia blasts off in lone at-bat Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/20/2014) Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia maximized his production Wednesday against the Rangers. He slugged a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning.

Saltalamacchia, who has six hits in his last 13 at-bats, owns a .397 slugging percentage on the season, which is significantly worse than what he achieved in each of the last three seasons with Boston.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia absent from Wednesday lineup
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/20/2014) A day game following a night game has Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia sidelined Wednesday against Texas. Jeff Mathis is set to crouch behind the plate instead.

Saltlamacchia has emerged from a slump with nine hits in his last seven games and five in the last three. He has not homered, however, since July 21.

Travis d'Arnaud smacks 11th home run Tuesday
by R.J. White |
(8/20/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud served as the designated hitter Tuesday and went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 6-2 loss to the A's Tuesday.

d'Arnaud broke a scoreless tie with his shot in the top of the fourth inning, but the A's were able to pick up four runs in the bottom half of the inning and hold the lead over the remainder of the game. He has hit .227/.293/.395 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI in 286 at-bats.

Evan Gattis slugs 19th home run Tuesday
by R.J. White |
(8/19/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis went 2 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 11-3 win over the Pirates Tuesday.

Gattis homered just once in his first 20 games after the All-Star break, but he's collected two home runs in his last four games. He has hit .277/.330/.516 with 19 home runs and 48 RBI in 310 at-bats.

Rockies bring up Mat McBride, option Yohan Flande
by R.J. White |
(8/19/2014) The Rockies selected the contract of catcher Matt McBride Tuesday and optioned pitcher Yohan Flande to Triple-A Colorado Springs, the team announced.

McBride has hit .305/.345/.487 with seven home runs and 35 RBI in 187 at-bats with Colorado Springs. Flande went 0-5 with a 5.52 ERA and 26:13 K:BB ratio in 45 2/3 innings while with the Rockies.

Yadier Molina needs to be owned again
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/19/2014) With the news he's been cleared to swing a bat and will do so within the next couple days, Yadier Molina needs to be added in virtually all of the 38 percent of leagues where he was dropped in early July, when the world learned he needed thumb surgery.

At the time, he was expected to miss 8-12 weeks, but as I mentioned in my latest Rankings Review, where I touch on several of the changes I made to my-rest-of-season rankings, swinging a bat would seem to the biggest hurdle following surgery on his thumb. The Cardinals are fighting for their lives right now, caught in a tight battle for both the NL Central title and the wild card, so they'd like to have him back as soon as possible.

Besides, the surgery was nearly six weeks ago, so even if his return is still two weeks away, a player of his caliber is worth that sort of wait.

Molina was in a deep funk at the time of his injury and still ranked sixth among catchers in Head-to-Head points leagues and ninth in Rotisserie. He ranked fourth and first in those formats a year ago.

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