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Tyler Flowers
Jul 4: Flowers is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Orioles. Flowers is riding a six-game hitting streak and has raised his batting average 22 points since June 21, but he will get the day off with the White Sox playing an early afternoon game Saturday. Geovany Soto will get the start behind the plate in Flowers' place.

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Jul 1: Flowers went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in the White Sox's win over the Cardinals on Tuesday. The solo home run in the top of the 10th broke the one-all tie and provided the White Sox with their final margin of victory. Four of Flowers' six home runs in 2015 came in the month of June, but the lack of offensive production in much of the lineup meant he only got six RBI in 16 June games.

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Jun 28: Flowers is out of the lineup Sunday against the Tigers, Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports. After starting the first two games of the series behind the plate, Flowers will get the afternoon off in the finale. Geovany Soto will serve as the catcher for Jeff Samardzija.

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Jun 19: Flowers provided all of the White Sox offense Friday as he finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run against the Rangers. The 29-year-old has been losing more and more playing time to Geovanni Soto of late, as he had sat out the previous three games heading into Friday. Flowers is still batting a meager .210 with four home runs on the season and will need more of these types of performances to earn a larger share of the starts.

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Jun 16: Flowers is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates. Flowers is still getting most of the playing time behind the plate, but Geovany Soto receives more at-bats than your average backup. Both have struggled in the batter's box this season, showing little hope of improvement in the process.

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Jun 13: Flowers is out of Saturday's lineup against the Rays, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. This is another of Flowers' semi-frequent days off, as another start for Geovany Soto will mean the veteran has started four of the last seven games for the White Sox. Soto holds a decent OPS edge (.659 to .565), which could partially explain the ratio of starts between the two backstops.

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Jun 10: Flowers is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Astros. Flowers will sit in favor of Geovany Soto after starting two straight, as manager Robin Ventura continues to split the workload behind the plate fairly evenly. Since hitting a homer in his first game of June, Flowers has gone 1-for-13 with six strikeouts.

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Jun 7: Flowers is out of the lineup Sunday against the Tigers, ESPN Chicago's Doug Padilla reports. Manager Robin Ventura will keep Flowers on the bench for a second straight game in what continues to remain a fluid situation at catcher. Neither Flowers nor Geovany Soto have generated much momentum at the dish, as both are batting just a shade over .200 for the season. The situation is probably worth avoiding entirely outside of AL-only or deep two-catcher formats.

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Jun 6: Flowers is out of the lineup Saturday, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports. After catching the last three games, Flowers will get the day off Saturday and Geovany Soto will start behind the plate. Flowers, as one could have predicted, has straddled the Mendoza Line all season, and his average currently sits at .203, which is just south of his .216 career average.

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Jun 2: Flowers is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers. Flowers and Geovany Soto have been alternating starts, with neither making an especially strong case to handle the full-time role. Soto has been somewhat better of late, as Flowers has just one hit in his last 12 at-bats.

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May 28: Flowers is out of the lineup for the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles, ESPN's Doug Padilla reports. As expected, Geovany Soto will get the start, after Flowers handled the first game of the doubleheader, going 0-for-3 with an RBI.

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May 22: Flowers is out of the lineup Friday against Minnesota. Flowers will get the night off Friday after accounting for all of Chicago's runs Thursday with a two-run shot. Geovany Soto will take Flowers' place behind the plate.

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May 17: Flowers is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. An 0-for-4, two-strikeout performance dropped Flowers' season average to .214 and his on-base percentage to .257, which could allow Geovany Soto to cut further into his at-bats. Soto's own offensive struggles have prevented either catcher from creating much separation in the job battle.

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May 15: Flowers is not in the lineup Friday against the A's, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. Flowers will turn backstop duties back over to Geovany Soto after going 3-for-8 with a double and an RBI in the final two games of the Milwaukee series. The two players figure to continue sharing time behind the plate, with Flowers on the slightly more favorable end.

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May 9: Flowers is out of the lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. This comes as no surprise, as Flowers caught the first game of the day. Geovany Soto will get the start at catcher in his place.

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May 6: Flowers (illness) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Tigers. Flowers was held out of the lineup each of the previous three games as he dealt with an illness, but it appears to be behind him now. He'll slot back into the lineup as the starting catcher and bat eighth.

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May 5: Flowers (illness) is available off the bench Tuesday, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports. He was not in the starting lineup, but that was apparently not solely because of the illness that had been bothering him. Flowers felt better Tuesday than he did Sunday and should be back in the lineup sooner than later.

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May 5: Flowers (illness) is is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers. Flowers is likely still bothered by the illness that kept him out of Sunday's game, as it would otherwise be unusual for Geovany Soto to get three consecutive starts behind the plate. Adam LaRoche and Adam Eaton also felt ill Sunday, but both are in Tuesday's lineup. While it's possible Flowers got sicker than his teammates, he may just need another day to rest because he plays a more physically demanding position.

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May 3: Flowers is being held out of Sunday's lineup due to an illness, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Teammate Adam Eaton is also missing Sunday's game due to the same illness that has worked its way around the White Sox's clubhouse, but manager Robin Ventura indicated both players are expected to play in the team's next game Tuesday versus the Tigers. Geovany Soto will spell Flowers on Sunday.

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May 3: Flowers is out of the lineup Sunday against the Twins. Flowers will sit back-to-back games for just the second time this season, with Geovany Soto once again getting the starting nod behind the plate. Rumblings of an illness going around the Chicago clubhouse have surfaced, but other than that, no concrete reason has been provided for Flowers' absence.

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May 2: Flowers is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Twins, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Chalk it up to catcher rest, but Flowers is now starting for the White Sox in less than two thirds of their games, so he's a frequently-benched starter at this point. Geovany Soto will get another start.

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Apr 29: Flowers isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Orioles, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Flowers appears to be receiving another day off Wednesday, as Geovany Soto has cut into his playing time a bit. While he remains the primary catcher for the White Sox, he tends to sit more than some of the others around the league.

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Apr 22: Flowers is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Indians. Flowers will receive the day game off Wednesday in favor of Geovany Soto behind the plate. Manager Robin Ventura indicated a desire to give him more days off, but Flowers is the likely candidate to return behind the plate again Thursday against the Royals.

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Apr 20: Flowers is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Indians. Manager Robin Ventura indicated that he'd like to give Flowers more days off this season, so this appears to just be a scheduled day of rest. Geovany Soto will get the start behind the plate for the third time in the last five games, batting seventh.

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Apr 20: Manager Robin Ventura said he plans to provide Flowers with more days off this season, the Chicago Tribune reports. The White Sox have lacked a legitimate second catcher the past few seasons, which resulted in Flowers catching a career-high 1,054 innings in 2014. That may not be the case in 2015, as the team appears to have confidence in Geovany Soto's ability to catch a few games per week. Even if Soto excels, it appears Flowers will remain the No. 1.

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Apr 17: Flowers is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Tigers, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. Geovany Soto will make a second straight start behind the plate, as Flowers is out of the lineup for a fifth time through nine games. Given that he's splitting playing time and doesn't offer much as a batter, Flowers has very little upside for either rate or counting stats.

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Apr 15: Flowers is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Indians, according to CSN's Dan Hayes. Flowers will get the day off Wednesday with the White Sox playing a day game following a night game. Geovany Soto will start his third game of the season -- compared to Flowers' five starts -- Wednesday afternoon.

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Apr 11: Flowers is out of the lineup Saturday against the Twins, Doug Padilla of ESPN reports. This comes just two days after another day off, so it looks like Geovany Soto will be a fairly active backup for Chicago. That would further limit Flowers' fantasy ceiling, which was already low due to his offensive deficiencies.

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Apr 9: Flowers is not in the lineup Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times' Daryl Van Schouwen reports. Geovany Soto gets the start behind the dish Thursday -- something that manager Robin Ventura expects will happen a couple times per week this season.

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Apr 9: Flowers went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in the White Sox's loss to the Royals on Wednesday. Flowers had a miserable spring, but he proved Wednesday that there's still some boom in his stick. Of course, the home run is his only hit through five at-bats this season, and there's little reason to believe he can reverse his career-long low-average ways. Backup catcher Geovany Soto is slated to start Thursday, and it will be interesting to see how manager Robin Ventura distributes playing time between the two.

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Mar 26: Flowers, the White Sox's presumptive starting catcher, has hit .133/.235/.267 with 11 strikeouts in 30 at-bats this spring. Flowers has had a crummy spring, but there has been no indication from the White Sox that Flowers may cede his job to anyone else. However, the White Sox could have another credible catcher on the roster to steal at-bats if Geovany Soto breaks camp (and remains healthy).

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