Phillies C Carlos Ruiz goes perfect from the plate in win
by Jason Butt |
(4/27/2015) Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz had a perfect day in the batter's box in Monday's 4-1 win over the Cardinals. 

Ruiz went 4 for 4 in the game, which included hitting his first double of the season. Ruiz's other three hits were singles. He also scored two of Philadelphia's four runs. Ruiz now holds a slash line of .260/.339/.280. 

Brian McCann's home run helps lift Yankees to win
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(4/27/2015) With the game tied at 1-1 in the sixth inning of Monday's game against the Rays, Yankees catcher Brian McCann hit a solo home run to give the Yankees a lead they would not relinquish.

"I've been seeing the ball really well all year long," McCann said, per "Any time you hit a home run it feels good."

McCann connected off Brandon Gomes to put the Yankees ahead. They would go on to win 4-1. The solo shot was McCann's second of the season. He also added another hit in the game to finish 2 for 4 with one RBI. His batting average now stands at .250.

"Brian's a good hitter," manager Joe Girardi said. "He had two interesting hits [Monday]. One was a real big one, and the other was important too; it gave us another run."

Orioles' Matt Wieters (elbow) catches four innings Monday
by R.J. White |
(4/27/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters spent four innings behind the plate in an extended spring training game Monday, reports.

Wieters, who had two at-bats in Monday's game, could also catch Tuesday. He hasn't played since May 10 of last year while recovering from an elbow injury.

Phillies' Cody Asche, Carlos Ruiz back in the starting lineup Monday
by Brandon Wise |
(4/27/2015) Phillies third baseman Cody Asche and catcher Carlos Ruiz are back in the starting lineup Monday against the Cardinals, the team announced.

Asche was given the day off Sunday after starting the last nine games in a row for Philadelphia. He is hitting .305 with two home runs and three RBI in 59 at-bats this season.

Ruiz got Sunday off after starting the last two games in a row, pushing Cameron Rupp to the bench. Ruiz is hitting .196 in 46 at-bats. The Phillies are currently the underdogs (+135) against St. Louis.

Cardinals' Yadier Molina returns to the lineup, Jason Heyward out
by Brandon Wise |
(4/27/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will return to the starting lineup Monday against the Phillies after missing two games with a knee injury, the team announced. 

Molina, who is hitting .294 with eight RBI in 51 at-bats, was replaced by Tony Cruz for the last two days while Molina recovered. He will bat sixth. 

Outfielder Jason Heyward is out of the lineup Monday after picking up a hamstring injury in Sunday's game. Mark Reynolds will take his place and bat fifth. Jhonny Peralta will slide up to Heyward's regular two spot in the batting order.

The Cardinals are currently the favorites (-145) against Philadelphia.

Report: Red Sox not interested in catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia
by Brandon Wise |
(4/27/2015) The Red Sox are reportedly not interested in bringing back catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, even at the league minimum, according to the Providence Journal.

Saltalamacchia was designated for assignment Monday by the Marlins after struggling to a .069 average in 29 at-bats this season. He played for Boston from 2010-2013, hitting .243 with 55 home runs and 182 RBI in his three seasons with the club. The Marlins have 10 days to trade Saltalamacchia and if they are unable to, he would clear waivers and be able to join any team. 

Brewers' Aramis Ramirez, Martin Maldonado return to the lineup
by Brandon Wise |
(4/27/2015) Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez and catcher Martin Maldonado will return to the lineup Monday against the Reds, the team announced.

Ramirez will replace Hector Gomez at third, who gave Ramirez the day off Sunday. He is hitting just .197 with six RBI in 61 at-bats this season. Maldonado started five consecutive games before getting the day off Sunday. Maldonado is hitting just .167 in 24 at-bats.

The Brewers are currently the underdogs (+105) against Cincinnati.

Marlins release catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) The Marlins have designated for assignment catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the team has announced

Saltalamacchia had been struggling severely at the plate this season, hitting .069 in 32 at-bats (one homer, one RBI). 

He was recently benched and had expressed to the media his disagreement with the move. 

Saltalamacchia went on paternity leave Friday, so the Marlins had called up from Triple-A New Orleans catcher Jhonatan Solano to fill in. 

Jacob Realmuto had taken over the first-string catching duties from Saltalamacchia.

Saltalamacchia signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Marlins in December 2013.


Hot-hitting Braves C A.J. Pierzynski in cleanup spot Monday
by Marty Gitlin |
(4/27/2015) Surprising veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who has wrested the starting job away from Christian Bethancourt, is batting cleanup Monday for the Braves against Washington for the second time in the last three games.

Pierzynski has hit safely in all nine games he's played this season and boasts a slash line of .382/.432/.706 with three home runs in 34 at-bats.

C Brayan Pena remains in Reds starting lineup
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Brayan Pena continues to play behind the plate for the Reds as No. 1 catcher Devin Mesoraco deals with a hip impingement that has kept him from starting since April 12. Pena will start for the Reds on Monday against the Brewers and hit eighth.

Most of the Reds have limited experience against Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson, but Pena is one of the few with multiple hits against the pitcher, going 2-for-6 against him. Billy Hamilton is the only other Reds starter with more than one hit against Nelson, with a 2-for-5 mark. 

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