Phillies' Cameron Rupp: Out of Friday's lineup
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(9:10 am ET) Rupp is out of the lineup Friday, the News Journal's Meghan Montemurro reports.

He will give way to Carlos Ruiz behind the plate Friday after starting five of the last seven games. Considering how much of a wasteland the catcher position is, Rupp has been pretty serviceable in the early going on the strength of his .282 average alone, but that mark is slated for heavy regression (.370 BABIP, career .306 BABIP) going forward, and he'll soon be waiver wire fodder in most one-catcher formats.

Braves' Tyler Flowers: Hits second homer of year
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(5/26/2016) Flowers went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and a walk Thursday against the Brewers.

Flowers gave Atlanta a two-run lead in the first inning with his homer, and the 30-year-old backstop has hit safely in seven of the past nine games. Over that span, Flowers has hit .333 with four extra-base hits, and he seems to be heating up at the plate.

Rockies' Dustin Garneau: Hits first homer this season
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(5/26/2016) Garneau went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, a double, two runs and a strikeout against the Red Sox on Thursday.

The 28-year-old backstop made the most of his spot start Thursday, hitting his first homer and his fourth double of the season. Garneau has hit safely in three of the last four games, and his intriguing power has been put on display, as five of his 10 hits this year have gone for extra bases.

Pirates' Francisco Cervelli: Avoids injury after collision Thursday
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(5/26/2016) Cervelli went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

The catcher collided with first baseman David Freese on a foul pop-up, with both players falling to the ground. Cervelli, who stayed in the game, batted sixth for his second straight start -- he hit fifth for 35 games before his recent slump. He's 3-for-8 with a double against Friday starter Cole Hamels.

Brewers' Jonathan Lucroy: Not in Thursday's lineup
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(5/26/2016) Lucroy is not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Braves.

Lucroy has caught Milwaukee's past five games, so he'll get a regular day off. Martin Maldonado will fill in for him behind the plate and bat eighth in the series finale against Braves starter Matt Wisler.

Brewers' Jacob Nottingham: Only mediocre at Double-A
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(5/26/2016) Nottingham, 21, is batting .236/.296/.336 with four home runs, 12 RBI and three steals in 38 games for Double-A Biloxi.

After enjoying a breakout 2015 campaign, Nottingham was traded twice in six months and has not been quite the same since that time. He's one of the younger players at this level and is learning an extremely difficult position, though. He's still one of the better catching prospects in baseball.

Rockies' Tom Murphy: Power bat coming around at Triple-A
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(5/26/2016) Murphy, 25, is batting .286 with three home runs and 11 RBI over his last 10 games for Triple-A Albuquerque.

Muprhy has been a tad injury prone throughout his professional career, but looks healthy now and has been tapping into his power lately. He has multiple seasons with 20 home runs in the minors, and could be close to seeing the bigs.

Phillies' Andrew Knapp: Surging at Triple-A
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(5/26/2016) Knapp, 24, is batting .303 with two home runs and six RBI over his last 10 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The recent hot streak pushes Knapp's slash line to .254/.338/.475. He has six home runs and 21 RBI in 35 games. Cameron Rupp is hitting .282 in the majors for the surprising Phillies, though, so it does not appear that Knapp will be promoted just yet. In addition, Jorge Alfaro is now healthy and nipping at his heels as Double-A.

Phillies' Jorge Alfaro: Returning to form at Double-A
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(5/26/2016) Alfaro, 22, is batting .286 with three home runs and eight RBI over his last 10 games for Double-A Reading.

Alfaro missed nearly three weeks of action due to an oblique injury, but appears healthy at this juncture. He remains one of the top catching prospects in baseball.

Rockies' Tony Wolters: Not in lineup Thursday
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(5/26/2016) Wolters is not in the lineup Thursday against the Red Sox, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Wolters has been an impressive defensive catcher for Colorado this season, but he'll get another day off in preparation for Colorado's weekend series with the Giants. Dustin Garneau will slot in behind the dish for the series finale Thursday.

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