Blue Jays' Russell Martin: Out of lineup Monday
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(2:47 pm ET) Martin is out of the lineup Monday against the Rangers, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

With knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on the bump for Toronto, Martin will cede the start behind the plate to Josh Thole. Martin has historically been a decent fantasy catcher, but his .143 batting average going along with only one extra-base hit this season is reducing his value greatly. He doesn't appear to be in danger of losing his job considering Thole is only hitting .185, but it will be tough to justify a starting role for Martin in many fantasy leagues until he can turn things around at the plate.

Rangers' Bryan Holaday: Not in lineup Monday
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(2:39 pm ET) Holaday is not in the lineup Monday against the Blue Jays.

With Robinson Chirinos missing time, Holaday was expected to garner the starting catcher role for the Rangers, but his horrific .154 batting average is keeping him from doing that. Brett Nicholas will start in his place Monday, and could get more starts going forward if Holaday continues to struggle.

Angels' Carlos Perez: Out of the lineup again Monday
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(2:27 pm ET) Perez is out of the lineup Monday against the Brewers, Alden Gonzalez of reports.

Perez will take a seat for the second day in a row after beginning the season with a .148/.207/.167 slash line. In limited opportunities, his backup catcher Geovany Soto has a 1.038 OPS, so if Soto can keep this torrid pace up, Perez may be relegated to the bench more frequently.

Reds' Devin Mesoraco: Out again Monday
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(12:31 pm ET) Mesoraco (shoulder) remains out of the lineup Monday against the Giants.

Mesoraco has not started since Wednesday s he continues to cope with stiffness in his left shoulder. The fact that the Reds appear to believe a DL stint won't be necessary is encouraging, but Mesoraco remains without a firm return date and should be considered day-to-day. Tucker Barnhart will make another start in place of Mesoraco on Monday.

Braves' Tyler Flowers: Hitless in last four games
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(11:09 am ET) Flowers went 0-for-10 with six strikeouts and two walks over four games last week.

The Braves backup catcher had a strong start to the season, going 9-for-26 (.346) in his first eight games. He went 4-for-4 with three RBI against the Dodgers on April 19. With A.J. Pierzynski struggling, there might have been a chance for Flowers to receive more playing time, but that's probably not as likely now with Flowers' recent slump.

Yankees' Austin Romine: Strikes out twice Sunday
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(10:21 am ET) Romine went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox.

He got the start behind the plate in place of Brian McCann, but ultimately came out in the eighth inning. Romine is batting a respectable .263 (5-for-19) and should continue seeing somewhat regular starts whenever McCann is in need of a break.

Rays' Hank Conger: Throws out first baserunner since May 2015 in Sunday loss
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(9:49 am ET) Conger successfully threw out the Blue Jays' Ezequiel Carrera in the fifth inning of Sunday's 5-1 loss, ending a streak of 48 successful steal attempts against him, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

The veteran backstop had last cut down a runner on May 29, 2015, when he threw out the White Sox's J.B. Shuck. Conger, who went 1-for-3 in Sunday's game while hitting out of the ninth spot, also became the first Rays' catcher to throw out a base stealer this season. He'd made his defense a priority in recent sessions with catching coach Jamie Nelson, and the extra work paid off on the inning-ending put-out at second base. The 28-year-old's struggles in a Rays uniform have extended to his performance at the plate. He's slashing just .172/.200/.172 over his first 29 at-bats, with no extra-base hits or homers and only a single RBI.

Angels' Geovany Soto: Pops solo shot Sunday
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(8:23 am ET) Soto went 2-for-5 Sunday with a solo shot, his third home run of the season.

He continues to take advantage of his opportunities, homering in consecutive starts and pushing his slash line to .344/.382/.656 in 32 at-bats on the season. With Carlos Perez hitting just .148/.207/.167 in twice the playing time, Soto should begin to see more frequent starts as long as he stays hot at the plate.

Marlins' J.T. Realmuto: Three hits in Sunday's loss
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(5/1/2016) Realmuto went 3-for-5 Sunday with with fifth double of the season.

It's his third straight multi-hit game, pushing Realmuto's slash line on the season to a robust .312/.329/.455. His poor plate discipline (11:1 K:BB) suggests that he won't be able to maintain that batting average, however.

Giants' Buster Posey: Hits fourth homer Sunday
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(5/1/2016) Posey went 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs Sunday at the Mets.

Posey's fourth homer of the year came in the eighth inning after the game was well out of hand in a Giants victory. He's now hit safely in seven of his last eight games, and his slash line sits at .284/.344/.457.

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