Meet the Mets
On a beautiful Sunday in Queens, the Mets held their annual Banner Day and played a pair of baseball games to boot. As usual, Banner Day was a hoot, but the baseball did not get off to a good start. Despite an encouraging performance from Rafael Montero, the Mets fell to the Diamondbacks 2-1 in Game 1.
Travis d'Arnaud has been cleared for game action and just started a rehab assignment on Sunday night in Binghamton, where he hit a home run and played backstop for five innings. Catcher prospect Kevin Plawecki was moved to DH to make room for d'Arnaud behind the plate.
The Mets' outfield situation looks like it is about to change, as Eric Young Jr. is reportedly going on the disabled list with a hamstring pull. Matthew den Dekker would be called up as a replacement. If that does come to pass, the Mets would be making some history.
For now, the Mets are confirming den Dekker's arrival, but they won't say what the corresponding move is.
Around the NL East
Josh Beckett of the Dodgers threw the first no-hitter of his career against the Phillies on Sunday afternoon in a 6-0 Los Angeles win. It was the first major league no-hitter since Henderson Alvarez shut down the Tigers on the last day of the 2013 regular season.
More bad news for the Phils: Cody Asche is going on the disabled list with a hamstring strain. Right-handed reliever Justin De Fratus has been called up for now, but Phillies brass is thinking about giving third base prospect Maikel Franco a spin in the big leagues.
Evan Gattis clubbed a pair of dingers an Julio Teheran pitched brilliantly to lead the Braves to a 7-0 win over the Rockies. Atlanta is looking pretty fierce after series wins over Milwaukee and Colorado.
Around the Majors
The Cubs have hired Manny Ramirez to be a player-coach for their Triple-A affiliate in Iowa. While Ramirez's primary role with the organization will be mentoring its young hitters, team president Theo Epstein did not rule out a major league return for the legendary slugger.
Nelson Cruz, who the Mets were linked to this winter before he signed a very cheap deal with Baltimore, just slugged his 16th home run of the season. He'll probably lead the majors until Ike Davis his 40 in one month or something.
Yesterday at AA
On this date in 2011, the Wilpons nearly sold a minority share of the Mets to David Einhorn.