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|4/25/2017||Matt Cain, SF, P|
|Cain gave up just two hits in six scoreless innings Monday to beat the Dodgers, but he had to leave with a strained hamstring and took a liner off his right foot.
Analysis: Cain pulled himself from the game, fearing a balky hamstring that had lingered in 2016 had started acting up again. However, after the game, Cain reported his hamstring was already feeling better, and X-rays on his foot were negative. The veteran right-hander has surrendered a total of two runs in his last three starts - a span of 18 innings.
|4/25/2017||Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD, P|
|Ryu limited the Giants to one run and five hits in six innings Monday as he walked one and struck out three, but he took the loss as the Dodgers fell 2-1.
Analysis: Ryu didn't allow a homer after serving up six through his first three starts. "It was the best outing I had since the surgery," said Ryu, who missed most of the last two seasons due to labrum and elbow procedures. "I really wanted to make sure that they didn't get extra bases or a home run off me, because that's been one of my problems this season." Ryu is 0-6 in seven starts since his last victory on Aug. 31, 2014.
|4/25/2017||Joe Panik, SF, 2B|
|Panik was 1 for 2 with a sacrifice fly that drove in a run and also scored one Monday to help the Giants beat the Dodgers 2-1.
Analysis: Panik is batting .339 on the season, including 6 for 12 with four RBIs in his last four games.
|4/25/2017||Hunter Pence, SF, RF|
|Pence went 2 for 4 with an RBI in Monday's 2-1 win over the Dodgers.
Analysis: It was the first game since 2014 in which Pence batted leadoff as Giants manager Bruce Bochy continues to push buttons in hopes of getting his struggling offense on track. It didn't change much as San Francisco scored just twice and had eight hits, but Pence had a second straight two-hit game so maybe he'll see more time atop the order.
|4/25/2017||Justin Turner, LAD, 3B|
|Turner extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a one-out single in the ninth inning Monday before he was picked off at second by Buster Posey to end the game as the Dodgers lost 2-1.
Analysis: Despite the hitting streak, Turner hasn't been particularly productive recently. His batting average has actually dropped during the streak - from .343 to .341 - and in the past seven games, he has just two RBIs and one run scored.
|4/25/2017||Jacob Turner, Was, P|
|Turner gave up three runs in six innings in a spot start as the Nationals fell 8-4 in Colorado on Monday.
Analysis: Turner was cruising along until the bottom of the sixth, when he surrendered a two-run homer to Mark Reynolds. Turner was called up from Triple-A Syracuse before the game. The Nationals juggled around their rotation with Stephen Strasburg going on the paternity list.
|4/25/2017||Anthony Rendon, Was, 3B|
|Rendon went 3 for 4 in the Nationals' 8-4 loss to the Rockies on Monday.
Analysis: Rendon continues to struggle driving the ball. He had 60 extra-base hits last season and has just two in 77 plate appearances this year.
|4/25/2017||Tony Wolters, Col, C|
|Wolters went 3 for 4 with two RBIs in the Rockies' 8-4 win over the Nationals on Monday.
Analysis: That's four multi-hit games for Wolters in 11 starts this season.
|4/25/2017||Mark Reynolds, Col, 1B|
|Reynolds went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer in the Rockies' 8-4 win over the Nationals on Monday.
Analysis: That's six homers already for Reynolds, who is 7 for 15 over his last four games.
|4/25/2017||Jesse Chávez, LAA, P|
|Chavez gave up only one run despite walking four in six innings in the Angels' 2-1 win over the Blue Jays on Monday.
Analysis: That's three solid starts, one disastrous start and a poor relief outing from Chavez, so it's hard to say what you're going to get.
|4/25/2017||Zack Greinke, Ari, P|
|Greinke beat the Padres on Monday, striking out 11 in six innings as he allowed one run and six hits without walking a batter.
Analysis: Five days earlier, Greinke pitched a complete game in San Diego but lost 1-0. ''The slider was really sharp today,'' Greinke said. ''Two games in a row now, so that was nice. ... It makes the fastball better when you have a good slider.'' The right-hander dropped his ERA to 2.93 and now has 31 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings.
|4/25/2017||Francisco Liriano, Tor, P|
|Liriano went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks, with two strikeouts in a 2-1 loss to the Angels on Monday.
Analysis: ''His stuff was good, but his balls-to-strikes ratio wasn't,'' manager John Gibbons said. ''But he held them down and gave us a shot.'' That, unfortunately, is too often the problem with Liriano.
|4/25/2017||Jhoulys Chacin, SD, P|
|Chacin fell to 2-3 on Monday as he was tagged for seven runs and eight hits in six innings, walking two and striking out six in a 7-6 loss at Arizona.
Analysis: Allowing a grand slam to Chris Owings in the fifth inning did in Chacin, who threw eight scoreless innings five days earlier to beat the Diamondbacks. "It wasn't obviously a great day for him by any stretch from a number perspective, but he wasn't that bad today," Padres manager Andy Green said. Chacin has lost all three of his road starts, posting an 11.30 ERA, and he next pitches Saturday in San Francisco. However, he has a 1.41 ERA in five career starts there.
|4/25/2017||Jason Vargas, KC, P|
|Vargas gave up four runs - three earned - and seven hits in five innings in a 12-1 loss to the White Sox on Monday.
Analysis: His ERA rose from a big league-best 0.44 to 1.40.
|4/25/2017||Miguel González, CWS, P|
|Gonzalez allowed an unearned run and two hits in eight innings, striking out five, in a 12-1 win over the Royals on Monday.
Analysis: Gonzalez has made it through eight innings in his last two starts, and seems to be a very undervalued fantasy starter.
|4/25/2017||Yasmany Tomás, Ari, LF|
|Tomas singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored one Monday.
Analysis: Tomas is batting .364 with nine RBIs in his last six games.
|4/25/2017||Chris Owings, Ari, SS|
|Owings hit his first career grand slam in Monday's win over the Padres, also contributing a single and a stolen base.
Analysis: Owings made his third career start in the No. 3 spot in the lineup and first of the season as Paul Goldschmidt got the day off. He's batting .319 and has a team-high five steals. "He's been into every at-bat and been very productive," manager Torey Lovullo said of Owings, who has hit first, second, fifth and seventh in starts this season. "I thought it would be a nice little shot in the arm to say, 'I'm hitting third when 'Goldy' is down.'"
|4/25/2017||Austin Hedges, SD, C|
|Hedges went deep yet again Monday and also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Analysis: A swing-for-the-fences mentality has been paying off for Hedges, who has homered in six of his last nine games while driving in 12 runs. He has only five other hits all season and is batting .183.
|4/25/2017||Leury García, CWS, 2B|
|Garcia went 3 for 4 in the White Sox's 12-1 rout of the Royals on Monday.
Analysis: That was just the third three-hit game of Garcia's major league career.
|4/25/2017||Tim Anderson, CWS, SS|
|Anderson went 3 for 5 with three runs scored in the White Sox's 12-1 rout of the Royals on Monday.
Analysis: Anderson was hitting just .159 heading into Sunday, but he's 5 for 9 over the last two games.
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