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Marcus Semien has six RBI through three innings vs. Royals

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Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien is off to the races Monday night in Kansas City. The 28-year-old cleared the bases with a triple as part of a five-run second inning, then blasted a three-run home run in a five-run third inning to give him six RBI on the night.

Semien has quietly had a career year. Including his three at-bats tonight, he’s hitting .275/.360/.492 with 23 home runs, 68 RBI, 94 runs scored, and seven stolen bases on the year. His next double will be his 35th of the season, which will match his career-high. He appears on his way to exceed his career-high of 27 home runs and 75 RBI as well. He has already surpassed his previous career-high in runs scored, which was 89.

According to FanGraphs, Semien has been worth 5.3 Wins Above Replacement so far this season. The only American League players with more are Mike Trout (8.4), Alex Bregman (5.9), Xander Bogaerts (5.7), and Rafael Devers (5.4).

Cardinals sign Matt Wieters to one-year, $2 million deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals and free agent catcher Matt Wieters have agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal. Wieters can earn an additional $1 million through incentives.

Wieters, 33, spent last season with the Cardinals as Yadier Molina‘s backup. In 67 games, the veteran hit .214/.268/.435 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. While Wieters has left something to be desired offensively in recent years, he still plays solid defense behind the plate.

Wieters will once again serve as the backup to Molina. Catching prospect Andrew Knizner is expected to start the season at Triple-A Memphis.