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Noah Syndergaard was dominant against the Padres. He took a perfect game into the seventh inning before surrendering a leadoff single to Will Venable. He ultimately went eight innings, while allowing three hits, and striking out nine. On the offensive end, Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson both contributed two-run home runs. Tyler Clippard made his Mets debut with a scoreless ninth inning.
For the second time this season, Jenrry Mejia was handed a suspension for using a banned substance. Since it is second offense, he has been suspended for 162 games.
Injury updates were provided for several players yesterday. First, David Wright joined the team at Citi Field, and participated in baseball activities, as he looks to return from spinal stenosis. Travis d'Arnaud, who has been rehabbing with the Binghamton Mets, is aiming to rejoin the team Friday. Finally, Steven Matz had his lat examined, and it was determined he would need another week of rest before being examined again.
Around the NL East
The Phillies and Nationals completed a trade within the division. The Phillies shipped reliever Jonathan Papelbon to Washington in exchange for Double-A pitcher Nick Pivetta.
Ben Zobrist was traded from Oakland to Kansas City. Zobrist had been on the Mets radar for some time, but the Mets elected to trade for Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson instead.
Yesterday saw reports of multiple teams making "strong" efforts to acquire Cole Hamels. First, it was reported that the Giants were in the mix, and later on, the Astros were included in the race to land the left-hander's services.
The Hall of Fame has made a change in its voting procedures. BBWAA members who are more than 10 years removed from covering baseball will no longer be allowed to vote.
This Date in Mets History
In 2004, Eric Valent hit for the cycle against the Expos. He was the eighth member of the Mets to do so.