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  • SF Starting Pitcher #7
    Giants activated LHP Blake Snell from the 15-day injured list.
    The latest evidence for the importance of spring training, Snell got off to an abysmal start to his San Francisco debut, but has a chance to hit the metaphorical reset button on Tuesday night when he takes the ball at Oracle Park against the Blue Jays. The 31-year-old reigning NL Cy Young Award recipient was impressive in a handful of minor league rehab starts as he worked his way back from a groin strain that sent him to the injured list back in early June.
  • LAD Left Fielder #37
    Teoscar Hernández went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and all three Dodgers runs batted in Monday in a 3-2 win over the Giants.
    Hernández had a solo homer in the fourth and RBI singles in the sixth and eighth innings to lead the Dodgers to their 60th win of the year. He’s tied for 11th in the majors with 67 RBI and is alone in 13th place with his 21 homers.
  • LAD Starting Pitcher
    River Ryan delivered in his major league debut Monday, allowing only an unearned run over 5 1/3 innings against the Giants.
    Ryan missed the first two months of the season with a shoulder problem, so tonight was actually the first time all year that he’d pitched into the sixth inning. He needed just 73 pitches to get his 16 outs, even though he did walk three. Manager Dave Roberts indicated after the game that Ryan is tentatively scheduled to remain in the rotation for now, so he’s worth grabbing in leagues in which he’s available.
  • LAD Relief Pitcher #41
    Daniel Hudson worked a hitless ninth with a one-run lead for his seventh save Monday.
    Evan Phillips went unused tonight, though that was to be expected after he threw 36 pitches the previous two days. Hudson probably is the favorite for saves in the Dodgers pen for the short term. It doesn’t sound like Dave Roberts has given up on Phillips, but it will probably be a little while before Phillips is asked to close again.
  • SF Starting Pitcher #7
    Blake Snell allowed two runs over six innings Monday in a no-decision against the Dodgers.
    Snell allowed just three hard-hit balls and four hits in another quality start, but it wasn’t quite enough for the Giants tonight. He has a favorable matchup at home against the Rockies next time out.
  • LAA Left Fielder #7
    Jo Adell singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth as the Angels bested the Mariners 3-1 on Monday.
    Adell delivered a hard-single up the middle with two outs in the ninth, plating Brandon Drury. Julio Rodríguez might well have thrown Drury out had he been manning center field, but Victor Robles made a mediocre throw up the third-base line and Cal Raleigh failed to hold on to the ball, not only allowing Drury to score but also permitting Zach Neto to race around for an insurance run. Adell also walked tonight. He’s hit in seven straight to improve to .199/.270/.399 for the season. We wouldn’t call that good, but it’s quite a bit better than what Mickey Moniak is doing, which could be big with Mike Trout set to return this weekend. It also might be moot by next week, since a Taylor Ward trade would keep both Adell and Moniak playing fairly regularly.
  • LAA Starting Pitcher #31
    Tyler Anderson limited the Mariners to one run in 5 2/3 innings and struck out eight on Monday.
    The eight strikeouts went as his second-highest total of the year, and Anderson allowed one or no runs for the 10th time in 20 starts. We still don’t like his peripherals, but they’re somewhat better now than they were a couple of months ago. He might fetch a legitimate prospect at the deadline.
  • LAA Relief Pitcher #53
    Carlos Estévez tossed a perfect ninth against the Mariners for his 19th save on Monday.
    Estévez’s 17th straight scoreless appearance lowered his ERA to 2.45. He’s almost certain to be traded prior to next week’s deadline, and it remains to be seen whether or not it’s to a team that would use him as a closer.
  • SEA Starting Pitcher #50
    Bryce Miller blanked the Angels for seven innings in a no-decision Monday.
    There just hasn’t been much run support for Miller, who left with a 1-0 lead tonight and saw it quickly blown in the eighth. He’s allowed a total of seven runs in his seven wins this season, and this is the third time that he’s taken a no-decision while pitching seven innings and allowing one or no runs.
  • SEA Relief Pitcher #75
    Andrés Muñoz took a blown save Monday despite retiring both hitters he faced against the Angels.
    Muñoz entered a 1-0 game after Ryne Stanek allowed two of the three batters he faced to reach and gave up a game-tying sac fly after a double steal. He preserved the 1-1 tie from there, throwing just 10 pitches in the process, but even so, the Mariners declined to bring him back out for the ninth in a 1-1 game and wound up losing 3-1. Maybe that was the sensible call with Muñoz after he also threw 12 pitches in saving Sunday’s game, but there are definitely issues to be raised about how Scott Servais is handling his relievers of late.
  • SEA Right Fielder #17
    Mitch Haniger went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts as the Mariners’ right fielder on Monday.
    Sure, maybe the Mariners didn’t need Robbie Ray, who is set to return from Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, but trading him to the Giants for Haniger and Anthony DeSclafani seemed misguided then and looks even worse now with Haniger having turned into this much of a liability. He’s batting just .206/.284/.331 in 303 at-bats, and he’s proven practically unplayable in right field.