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  1. Blue Jays sign George Kottaras

    Aug 7, 2014, 3:15 PM EST

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    Journeyman catcher adds another team to his list.

  2. Yadier Molina won’t be back with the Cardinals before September

    Aug 4, 2014, 10:47 AM EST

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    Yadier Molina is four weeks into what was expected to be an 8-12 week recovery from a torn thumb ligament.

  3. Cardinals officially add A.J. Pierzynski; designate George Kottaras for assignment

    Jul 26, 2014, 11:40 AM EST

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    The Cardinals have added A.J. Pierzynski as a veteran alternative behind the plate with Yadier Molina sidelined due to a thumb injury.

  4. Report: Cardinals in the process of signing A.J. Pierzynski

    Jul 25, 2014, 9:35 PM EST

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    The Cardinals are trying to add yet another catcher in A.J. Pierzynski, which would mean George Kottaras could be on his way out.

  5. Yadier Molina replacement? Cardinals claim George Kottaras off waivers from Indians

    Jul 11, 2014, 2:14 PM EST

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    They may still make another move to add catching help following news that Yadier Molina will be out 8-12 weeks with a torn thumb ligament, but in the meantime the Cardinals have claimed veteran catcher George Kottaras off waivers from the Indians.

  6. Indians designate George Kottaras for assignment

    Jul 7, 2014, 3:45 PM EST

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    Cleveland picked up outfielder Chris Dickerson from Pittsburgh to help fill in for injured center fielder Michael Bourn and to make room for him on the roster the Indians designated catcher George Kottaras for assignment.

  7. Indians sign George Kottaras to a minor league deal

    Mar 30, 2014, 10:40 PM EST

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    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Indians have signed catcher George Kottaras to a minor league deal. He adds that there is a “seemingly good chance” for him to join the big league club soon. At the moment, third baseman Carlos Santana is the back-up to Yan Gomes behind the plate in…

  8. George Kottaras avoids arbitration with Cubs

    Dec 2, 2013, 9:03 PM EST

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    The Cubs and catcher George Kottaras have agreed to a one-year, $1.075 million contract to avoid arbitration, reports CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Kottaras was acquired from the Royals last week in exchange for cash considerations. The 30-year-old earned $1 million this past season while batting .180/.349/.370 with five home runs and 12 RBI over 126…

  9. Cubs acquire George Kottaras from Royals

    Nov 26, 2013, 4:46 PM EST

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    Designated for assignment by the Royals last week, catcher George Kottaras has been traded to the Cubs for cash considerations. Kottaras has posted some ugly batting averages over the years, including .180 in 46 games this past season, but he draws lots of walks with decent power and has topped a .700 OPS in four…

  10. Royals designate catcher George Kottaras for assignment

    Nov 21, 2013, 10:25 PM EST

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    After signing left-hander Jason Vargas to a four-year, $32 million contract this afternoon, the Royals have designated catcher George Kottaras for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Kottaras was claimed off waivers from the Athletics last winter and played sparingly this past season with Salvador Perez carrying most of the load behind…

  11. Justin Maxwell hits walk-off grand slam as Royals defeat Rangers, clinch AL West for Athletics

    Sep 22, 2013, 6:05 PM EST

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    “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” was the theme today as Royals outfielder Justin Maxwell hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning against the Rangers, clinching the AL West for the Athletics in the process. The Athletics entered the afternoon with a magic number of one, meaning that either a Rangers…

  12. This clinches it: Ned Yost has no idea what he’s doing

    Sep 9, 2013, 10:11 PM EST

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    Setting the scene: Indians up 4-3 on the Royals in the top of the ninth. Cleveland closer Chris Perez gives up a single to Salvador Perez and a walk to Mike Moustakas to begin the inning, setting things up very nicely. Very nicely indeed, for Ned Yost to trample all over what was left of…

  13. Salvador Perez cleared for light cardio work

    Aug 7, 2013, 11:32 PM EST

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    The updates remain promising for Royals catcher Salvador Perez, who suffered a concussion last Saturday when he was hit in the mask by a foul tip. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the talented 23-year-old got clearance for light cardio work Wednesday from the Royals medical staff. His first planned workout is…

  14. Salvador Perez woke up Tuesday without a headache

    Aug 6, 2013, 8:10 PM EST

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    Royals catcher Salvador Perez was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list Sunday after taking a foul ball to the mask in Saturday’s 4-3 defeat of the Mets. The hope is that he won’t be out for long. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Perez woke up on Tuesday morning without a…

  15. Salvador Perez placed on concussion disabled list

    Aug 4, 2013, 11:58 AM EST

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    Rough news here for the scorching-hot Royals. According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, catcher Salvador Perez was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list on Sunday morning. His concussion has been labeled “low grade” by the Royals medical staff but any brain injury is serious and Perez is likely to miss at…

  16. Salvador Perez is day-to-day with a deep hip bruise

    May 21, 2013, 8:31 PM EST

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    Royals catcher Salvador Perez left Monday’s game against the Astros after slamming into the fence in front of the home dugout at Houston’s Minute Maid Park while trying to track down a foul popup. Perez has been diagnosed with a deep right hip bruise, according to beat writer Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star,…

  17. Billy Butler, Alex Gordon power Royals to victory in dramatic fashion

    May 5, 2013, 8:55 PM EST

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    The Royals won their fourth consecutive game this afternoon thanks to clutch hitting from Billy Butler and Alex Gordon. Trailing the White Sox 5-3 going into the ninth, the Royals were 18% to win according to FanGraphs win expectancy. It fell as low as 9% when Alcides Escobar flied out to center with runners on…

  18. Tigers intentionally walk Jeff Francoeur in 10th, lose 8-3 to Royals

    Apr 25, 2013, 6:03 PM EST

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    It wasn’t the worst call of Jim Leyland’s life. It may not have even been the worst call he made today. But ¬†Leyland opened the floodgates for a five-run 10th inning when he intentionally walked Jeff Francoeur in the 10th inning Thursday against the Royals. It was a 3-3 game at the time, but the…

  19. Royals claim catcher George Kottaras off waivers from the Athletics

    Jan 25, 2013, 3:16 PM EST

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    The Royals announced this afternoon that they have claimed catcher George Kottaras off waivers from the Athletics. Kottaras was designated for assignment last week after Oakland acquired John Jaso from the Mariners in the three-team Michael Morse deal. Some speculated that the catching-starved Yankees should have put in a claim, but because the Royals finished…

  20. A’s designate George Kottaras for assignment

    Jan 16, 2013, 8:15 PM EST

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    CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler reports that the A’s have¬†designated George Kottaras for assignment. The move clears a spot on Oakland’s MLB roster for John Jaso, who was acquired from the Mariners this evening as part of a three-team, five-player trade. Kottaras, 29, posted a .211/.351/.415 batting line with nine home runs and 31 RBI across…

  21. Athletics, George Kottaras avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 14, 2013, 7:06 PM EST

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    The Athletics announced late this afternoon that they have avoided arbitration with catcher George Kottaras by agreeing to a one-year contract. Terms aren’t yet available. Kottaras was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. The 29-year-old earned $700,000 last season while hitting .211/.351/.415 with nine home runs, 31 RBI and a .766 OPS over 85…

  22. A’s sign Hiroyuki Nakajima for two years, $6.5 million

    Dec 17, 2012, 6:08 PM EST

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    The A’s moved quickly on to their backup plan after losing out on Stephen Drew, signing import Hiroyuki Nakajima to take over at shortstop, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal and others. The San Francisco Chronice’s Susan Slusser reports that it’s a two-year, $6.5 million deal with a $5.5 million option for 2015. Nakajima, 30, hit…

  23. Russell Martin might play shortstop for Canada in the WBC

    Nov 25, 2012, 8:57 AM EST

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    David Waldstein of the New York Times explains: [Russell] Martin, a Canadian citizen, told Greg Hamilton, the Baseball Canada head coach and director of the national teams, that he wants to play shortstop in the W.B.C. Hamilton was receptive to the idea. Canada has two major league catchers on its current roster, including Martin and…

  24. ALDS Game 3 lineups: Tigers vs. A’s

    Oct 9, 2012, 5:22 PM EST

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    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the ALDS between the Tigers and A’s, in Oakland: DETROIT TIGERS OAKLAND A’S 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Coco Crisp, CF 2. Omar Infante, 2B 2. Stephen Drew, SS 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Brandon Moss, 1B 5. Delmon…

  25. Tigers rally in bottom of the eighth, ALDS Game 2 is tied

    Oct 7, 2012, 3:08 PM EST

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    The A’s tied this ALDS Game 2 in the top of the eighth inning when Yoenis Cespedes raced home from third base on a Joaquin Benoit wild pitch. And now the Tigers have answered in a similar fashion. Delmon Young and Jhonny Peralta hit back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the eighth then advanced…

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