Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.
Meet the Mets
Jon Niese pitched well, the Amazins ran up the pitch count on Zack Greinke, and Juan Lagares hit a clutch, go-ahead single in the seventh inning last night for a 5-3 Mets win over the Dodgers.
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This game had a little bit of everything. Yasiel Puig made one of the best catches of the year, but he also got thrown out at second base while advancing on an infield fly play. Justin Turner hit a home run, but also made a costly error. Curtis Granderson tried to get thrown out of the game, but ended up being too polite.
In the eighth inning, Eric Campbell made a game-saving catch on a Hanley Ramirez line drive. Instead of giving up the tying run, the Mets turned a double play. After the game, Terry Collins said the recent call-up known as "Soup" could see some time at second base and even shortstop in addition to first base and the outfield.
Jenrry Mejia earned the save by pitching on back-to-back days, and he looked good doing it.
I'm sure you all love Anthony Recker as much as I do, but it's still great news that Travis d'Arnaud has been cleared for baseball activities.
Perhaps the Mets had a little good luck charm with them on Thursday night? That David Wright sure is a swell guy.
Around the NL East
The Braves rallied past the Brewers for a 5-4 win in a game plagued by four replay reviews, including one that was regarding a Milwaukee pitching substitution.
Marlon Byrd tied the game with a two-run home run in the eighth, but the Marlins struck back with a Christian Yelich walk-off hit in the ninth. Miami beat Philly, 4-3.
Washington was robbed of a comeback bid by a sliding Andrew McCutchen catch in the ninth inning of last night's 3-1 Pirates win. At least Adam LaRoche is getting closer to full health.
Around the Majors
One of the most durable players in the major leagues over the past few years has been Prince Fielder, but he is about to miss the remainder of the season due to neck surgery.
More bad news for Texas: injured second baseman Jurickson Profar aggravated his shoulder injury and has been shut down.
During the Rangers' blowout win over the Tigers, Detroit infielder Danny Worth showed off a mean knuckeball.
White Sox ace Chris Sale returned from the disabled list last night and looked terrific during Chicago's 3-2 win over the Yankees.
Because New York can't get enough Puig, here he is flipping bats with random people in the park. This doesn't seem safe, but neither does anything else Puig does.
Yesterday at AA
Daniel Stein Sayles examined an encouraging trend that shows the Mets improving their opposite way hitting.
On this date in 1998, Mike Piazza made his Mets debut.