Garrett Richards remained undefeated in June as he picked up another victory Wednesday over the Twins where he allowed two runs with five walks and five strikeouts over 7.1 innings.
Richards is now 4-0 in five June starts with 35 strikeouts, a 1.05 ERA, and a .161 OppBA. Richards is on-pace to becoming the first pitcher in franchise history to ever record 35-plus strikeouts with an ERA under 1.10 and an opponents batting average under .175 in any month, in any season, if he can hold serve on the last day of June when he makes his final start of the month Monday in Chicago against the White Sox.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Joe Panik is not in the Giants starting lineup on Monday.
Panik is sitting out the contest against the Mets with left-hander Jon Niese on the mound Monday night. In his place at the keystone is Joaquin Arias, who will bat in the eighth slot in the order. Panik hit southpaws fairly well, with a .279 batting average in 68 at bats in 2015, so do not expect the platoon to become a regular thing in San Francisco, he just has not had a true day off since May 21st. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson
Leandro Barbosa has agreed to a one-year deal with the Warriors.
Barbosa enjoyed a resurgence this past season in a bench role with Golden State and was probably dying to return to try and help the Warriors win back-to-back titles. The aging veteran is coming off a year in which he averaged 7.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 14.9 minutes a game and played a big role for them in the playoffs. The agreement is a one year, $2.5 million deal. Analysis: Zack Carpenter
Lucas Duda is not in the Mets starting lineup on Monday.
Manager Terry Collins is giving his struggling first baseman some rest, as he is hitting .140 (9-for-64) with 25 Ks in last 17 games. With only 10 home runs and 34 RBI this year, Duda has not had the power to make him a good fantasy option. Maybe this day off to clear his head will get him back on track. Michael Cuddyer--who is struggling himself going 0-for-10 in his last four games--will start at first base tonight and bat fifth. Analysis: Zack Carpenter
Adrian Gonzalez is in the Dodgers starting lineup on Monday.
Gonzalez left Sunday's game with a bruise on his right hand after getting pegged. Thankfully for his owners it was not serious at all and probably won't affect his performance. Gonzalez has a fantastic matchup tonight against Sean O'Sullivan. He has never faced O'Sullivan, but lefties are slashing.369/.424/.730 off him with 10 doubles and 10 home runs in 111 at-bats. Analysis: Zack Carpenter
Clippers and Cavaliers are discussing a Jamal Crawford for the contract of Brendan Haywood trade.
The Clips have been trying to move the aging Crawford. On the surface, a trade for Haywood doesn't make sense, but their idea is to flip Haywood, possibly for David Lee. If that doesn't work out they would end up saving money with Haywood's non-guaranteed contract. As for Cleveland's side, if the shooting guard goes to there it could be a very intriguing combination with LeBron--replacing a streaky shooting J.R. Smith with an equally streaky Crawford, although Crawford is better off the dribble. Rumors are that Anderson Varejao is also involved in the trade talks. Analysis: Zack Carpenter