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Mets Morning News: Syndergaard hits third home run, Familia saves 40th in win over Arizona

Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

New York Mets v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

Noah Syndergaard homered and struck out eight in a 7-5 victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. Jeurys Familia sealed the deal with his 40th save, and Kelly Johnson (solo home run) and T.J. Rivera (four hits) helped the cause on offense. Jon Niese will take the mound tonight in his first start since rejoining the organization.

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Noah Syndergaard has represented himself well at the plate this year, tying a club record by hitting his third home run of the season.

Jon Niese will be receiving his first start since being re-acquired by the Mets at the trade deadline.

Neil Walker, the Mets’ hottest hitter, was a late scratch from Tuesday’s lineup with lower back stiffness. Meanwhile, Yoenis Cespedes claimed to “feel perfect” after completing a rehab game in Single-A St. Lucie.

Choo Choo Coleman, an original member of the 1962 Mets, has passed away.

Despite his woeful recent performance, don’t expect to see Curtis Granderson moved from the number two hole any time soon.

Sara Novic of BP Mets reflected on the ‘62 club, one of the “best-loved” teams in baseball history.

Andrew Mearns debunked the myth that Johan Santana’s career was ruined by his 134-pitch no-hitter.

Around the NL East

On a rainy night at Coors Field, the Nationals took a 6-2 loss to the Rockies.

The Braves traded shortstop Erick Aybar to the Tigers, then suffered a 4-2 defeat to the Twins. The team will get a glimpse of its promising future, however, when highly touted prospect Dansby Swanson makes his major league debut on Wednesday.

Tucker Barnhart hit his first career grand slam in Cincinnati’s 6-3 win over the Marlins on Tuesday. Miami now sits one game out of the Wild Card picture.

Chase Utley hit two home runs and received two curtain calls in the Dodgers’ 15-5 drubbing of Philadelphia.

Around Major League Baseball

Anthony Rizzo made a wonderful catch in Chicago’s home victory over the Brewers.

Charlie Blackmon has zeroed in, writes Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs. The 30-year-old outfielder recently hit five home runs in a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

The Blue Jays scored eight eighth inning runs to sink the Yankees in a 12-6 victory.

Mookie Betts continued his conquest of Camden Yards, clubbing two home runs in a 5-3 Red Sox victory.

The Rangers walked off on a HBP after Rougned Odor was plunked in the 10th inning.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Timothy Finnegan assessed Noah Syndergaard’s performance after mid-June.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2008, the Mets traded former prospect Anderson Hernandez to the Nationals for reliever Luis Ayala. Hernandez began the 2006 season as the team’s opening day second baseman, but didn’t hit enough to maintain an everyday job; batting just .138/.157/.207 over his first three seasons as a Met.

Happy birthday to Mike O’Connor and Skip Lockwood!