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Mariners at Rangers is expected to start at 9 pm ET.

There was a band of rain running through the area that led to a delay in the start of the game. Once that clear, the teams will try to get the contest in, but there is more inclement weather following to the west. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Brandon Belt is not in the Giants starting lineup on Monday.

With lefty Brett Anderson on the mound for the Dodgers, Buster Posey will take over at first with Norichika Aoki playing left field. The Giants are going to use Belt in left occasionally, but against a southpaw Monday, he will ride the pine. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Dodgers placed P Brandon McCarthy on the 15-day disabled list with a UCL tear.

McCarthy's season is finished and the Dodgers replaced him on the roster by recalling Adam Liberatore to rejoin the bullpen. Scott Baker, who pitched on Sunday, will stick in the rotation for the meantime. The Dodgers are still waiting for Hyun-Jin Ryu to return from the DL, so expect that someone from the pen or minors to be tapped to step in to take McCarthy's place in the rotation this week. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Dodgers recalled LHP Adam Liberatore from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

With Brandon McCarthy going on the DL with a torn UCL, the Dodgers have recalled Liberatore who was just optioned to Triple-A last Wednesday. He pitched 4.1 scoreless innings before being sent to the minors and will rejoin the Dodger bullpen. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Evan Gattis is not in the Astros starting lineup on Monday.

The Astros are playing in a NL park against San Diego, so there is no DH slot in the lineup. He has been struggling mightily at the plate this season so far, hitting just .156. He is due for at least one outfield start this series, but it will not be on Monday. Check back on Tuesday. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) is doing strengthening exercises and very light throwing.

He suffered a Grade 1 strain of his right lat muscle, and while his ability to throw and exercise is a good sign, he is still going to miss 2-4 weeks. Expect him back in mid-May so long as no setbacks occur. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Mariners at Rangers will be delayed due to rain. No start time has been given.

One game has already been cancelled today, but that was due to the demonstrations in Baltimore, not the weather. Check back to see if and when this contest will get underway.  Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Scott Baker's next start will either be Friday or Saturday.

With Brandon McCarthy now out for the balance of the season, Baker will try to solidify a role in the Dodger rotation. He pitched well in his first start this year, but gave up a pair of homers that led to him taking the loss against the Padres on Sunday. It did not help his cause that the Dodgers only managed to score one run behind him. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Brandon McCarthy has a UCL tear and is out for the season.

So much for the good news from the weekend, and the hope he was only dealing with tendonitis. This injury will strain the Dodgers' depth at starting pitching, especially with Hyun-Jin Ryu still on the DL. Time for Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Brett Anderson to step up. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Gregory Polanco was scratched from Monday's lineup due to tightness in his left groin. Andrew Lambo will now start.

Polanco still features his strikeout swing, but looks much more confident and refined during his second MLB stint. Even though he is not in the starting lineup on Monday, consider him a solid fantasy option going forward this season, as his potential is seemingly being realized.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Reds recalled Carlos Contreras from Triple-A Louisville.

Contreras is being called up to take, now injured, Homer Bailey's spot on the Reds roster. The issue here is that Contreras is a relief pitcher, so it is still unclear who will start in Bailey's rotational position. Maybe they will once again call upon Cuban prospect Raisel Iglesias to fill in while Bailey is injured.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Reds placed P Homer Bailey on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow ligament sprain.

Mike Leake will assume the second spot in the rotation, while the Reds will likely look to the minors for Bailey's 15-day replacement. This DL stint leads many to speculate that he might have been dealing with the issue for longer than previously believed, as he had struggled in his first two starts this season.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Manager Brad Ausmus said Justin Verlander (triceps) will have another MRI next week.

It is alarming that after a month of speculation, Justin Verlander still has no timetable for return. It has been reported that he will not throw a single pitch until his arm feels 100-percent, so it may be a while before the former MVP is back with the big league club.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

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