Ramiro Pena
Giants' Ramiro Pena: Starts Monday's contest
Ramiro Pena, SS, SF
5:26 PM
News: Pena is in Monday's lineup and batting seventh against the Athletics.

Coming off a 2-for-4 outing on Sunday night, Pena will be starting his third straight game. With Pena starting at shortstop, Brandon Crawford will have the night off. Pena may earn more starts in coming games, as he's been sharing third base with Conor Gillaspie while Matt Duffy (Achilles) is on the DL.

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Brandon Crawford
Giants' Brandon Crawford: Out of Monday's lineup
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF
5:14 PM
News: Crawford is out of the lineup for Monday's contest against the Athletics.

Crawford will have the night to rest and will be replaced by Ramiro Pena. Pena has played well as of late, having gone 9-for-22 in the last seven days. Crawford may return to the lineup for Tuesday's outing against Oakland when the Giants face the right-handed Kendall Graveman.

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Joe Panik
Giants' Joe Panik: Returns to lineup
Joe Panik, 2B, SF
5:10 PM
News: Panik is in the lineup for Monday's game against the Athletics.

After having Sunday off, Panik will return to the starting lineup and face the right-handed Daniel Mengden. With Panik returning to the lineup, Ramiro Pena will move to shortstop.

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Enrique Hernandez
Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez: Walks three times Monday
Enrique Hernandez, LF, LAD
5:04 PM
News: Hernandez walked three times and scored once in Monday's 5-4 win over the Pirates.

Hernandez did what leadoff hitters are supposed to do, getting on base in each of his plate appearances against inconsistent southpaw Francisco Liriano. He continues to get playing time against lefties thanks to his ability to get on base despite a .189 average.

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Yasiel Puig
Dodgers' Yasiel Puig: Drives in two in Pittsburgh
Yasiel Puig, RF, LAD
4:58 PM
News: Puig went 1-for-4 with a run and two RBI in Pittsburgh on Monday.

Puig's two-run single accounted for the first half of the Dodgers offense in a four-run fifth inning, and he crossed the plate himself on an A.J. Ellis infield single later in the frame. The enigmatic outfielder still finds himself hitting in a prime spot in the heart of the Dodgers order despite slashing a disappointing .249/.293/.373.

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Kenley Jansen
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Strikes out two Pirates in four-out save
Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
4:54 PM
News: Jansen walked one and struck out two in a four-out save Monday in Pittsburgh.

Jansen was asked to do a little extra work in his first action since last Tuesday, striking out Josh Harrison in the eighth before working a relatively uneventful bottom of the ninth in a one-run game. He earned his 22nd save with the 23-pitch outing.

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Scott Kazmir
Dodgers' Scott Kazmir: Overcomes first-inning struggles to beat Pirates
Scott Kazmir, SP, LAD
4:50 PM
News: Kazmir (6-3) overcame some first-inning struggles to beat the Pirates, lasting five innings while allowing an even four runs on four hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

Kazmir settled down well after allowing four runs in the first inning, and ultimately took advantage of counterpart Francisco Liriano's continued struggles to earn a win. The veteran hasn't taken a loss since May 9, and his 9.24 K/9 suggests his dip in strikeouts over the past two starts is likely a fluke. Look for him to keep the good times rolling in his return to the pitcher-friendly Dodger Stadium against the Rockies on Saturday.

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Erik Kratz
Pirates' Erik Kratz: Drives in two Monday
Erik Kratz, C, PIT
4:42 PM
News: Kratz went 1-for-3 with a two-run single in Monday's 5-4 loss to the Dodgers.

Kratz continues to hit better since adjusting the prescription on his contacts, with all three of his RBI this season coming in the past week. Still, his .069/.069/.172 line suggests the catcher shouldn't be on your radar except in the deepest of leagues.

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Juan Lagares
Mets' Juan Lagares: Will begin rehab assignment Tuesday
Juan Lagares, CF, NYM
4:42 PM
News: Lagares (thumb) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Tuesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

Lagares ability to rejoin the Mets in the near future will likely depend on how his thumb responds to his upcoming rehab assignment. An evaluation and more information will likely be released following Tuesday's game.

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Steven Matz
Mets' Steven Matz: Has a bone spur in his elbow
Steven Matz, SP, NYM
4:40 PM
News: Matz has a bone spur in his elbow that is likely causing his discomfort, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

It appears the Mets have identified the cause of the discomfort for Matz's elbow, and it can't be fixed without having surgery, so it seems as though Matz will try to pitch through it. Matz is 7-3 with a 3.29 ERA and 1.19 WHIP this season, so his status is definitely worth monitoring over the next few days.

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