The Giants activate Pablo Sandoval

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As expected, the Giants activated third baseman — or catcher?! — Pablo Sandoval from the 15-day disabled list.

He’ll be in Tuesday’s lineup against the Diamondbacks. And not a moment too soon. He was hitting .313/.374/.530 with five homers in 24 games when he went down on April 30.  With Buster Posey and now Freddy Sanchez injured, San Francisco needs the offense something terrible.

Justin Verlander earns 200th career win

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Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.

Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.

Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.