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First came the backlash. Next, backlash to the backlash.
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Mariners starter Mike Leake (8-6) allowed seven runs — five earned — and 11 hits in four innings. Seattle has lost three of four.

He’s not locating, manager Scott Servais said. That’s his game. You got a feeling they were on his pitches, and he didn’t have enough to slow them down. He’s faced them back-to-back outings, and they had a good read on what he’s trying to do. He’s a big part of what we’re doing in the first Nikita Zaitsev Authentic Jersey half and we just have to get him back on track.

Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (sore back) was placed on the 10-day disabled list and is expected back in the rotation after the All-Star break. He had not been doing any side work between starts because of his back issues.

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (right adductor strain) threw a bullpen and the Angels hope he can start Thursday. … RHP Nick Tropeano (right shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to make another rehab start Friday at Class A Inland Empire.

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (9-5, 3.64 ERA) has gone at least six innings in 12 of his last 14 starts. He’s 1-0 with a 3.91 ERA in five career starts against the Angels.

Angels: RHP Jaime Barria (5-5, 3.39) is seeking his first win since June 1. He allowed two runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings in Seattle during his last start, a loss.

Embiid quieted the noise of similarities with Deandre Ayton, saying the Suns new draft selection doesn’t play defense. During the draft, he tweeted Don’t compare Ayton to me either… I play DEFENSE.

One of the biggest concerns of Ayton’s game heading into the draft was, in fact, his defense. It’s quite the opposite for Embiid, who earned an All-Defensive selection last season and is a finalist for the 2018 Kia Defensive Player of the Year.

After his big Draft moment, Ayton told reporters that he’s not worried about his defense in the NBA. The Suns will need help on that end, though, as they ranked last in Defensive Rating (110.6), 26th in opponent field goal percentage (47.1) and opponent 3-point percentage (37.3) and 21st in total blocks (370).

Most definitely, he said. I haven’t had the exposure in college to really guard big men, or the big men that I guard haven’t really touched the ball or really do what they were supposed to do.

I know the game is changing a lot, but I just want to stick to the old-school big man. Being down low and really trying to be dominant.

The reigning DPOY, Green, seemed to find some comedy in Embiid’s remarks. On Twitter, he posted a series of crown emojis, followed by you got the crown man Womens Bryan Trottier Jersey in response to Embiid’s tweet.