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Mets Morning News: Bruce debuts, d’Arnaud and De Aza homer in rout of Yankees

Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Jacob deGrom shut out the Yankees over seven innings, improving to 7-5 on the season while helping the Mets even up the Subway Series at one game apiece. Jay Bruce struck out twice in a hitless debut, but Alejandro De Aza and Travis d’Arnaud picked up the former Red by going deep against Masahiro Tanaka (7-4). The four-game series will continue in the Bronx on Wednesday, with Steven Matz taking the hill against Chad Green.

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Alejandro De Aza, who was hitting .162 on July 4, has turned his season around. Similarly, we’re seeing signs of improvement from Michael Conforto at the plate.

Yoenis Cespedes beat out an infield single in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s victory, but claimed to feel discomfort after the game. Terry Collins hopes Cespedes can fill the DH role over the next five games.

Jon Niese claimed his critiques of the Mets were misinterpreted after his trade to Pittsburgh. The 29-year-old southpaw surrendered a solo home run over two innings in his relief appearance Tuesday.

Jay Bruce received a boost of energy from joining a contending team. Meanwhile, Reds pitcher Homer Bailey wasn’t thrilled with the trade from Cincinnati's standpoint.

The Mets added four new faces to the active roster Tuesday, with Ty Kelly and Josh Edgin joining the club alongside Bruce and Niese.

Zack Wheeler is expected to begin his rehab assignment on Saturday. Wheeler sat in the 91-93 MPH range in a simulated game on Monday.

Andrew Mearns of BP Mets explained the history of the Jay Bruce acquisition.

Around the NL East

The Mets didn’t gain any ground on Washington, as the Bryce Harper-less Nats cruised to a 10-4 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Jason Hammel and Aroldis Chapman guided Chicago to a 3-2 win over the Marlins.

Madison Bumgarner was off his game in San Francisco’s 13-8 loss to the Phillies.

Matt Kemp made his Braves debut in a 5-3 loss to the Pirates.

Around Major League Baseball

Eric Longenhagen and Chris Mitchell ranked and projected the prospects dealt at the trade deadline.

Following the Dodgers’ acquisition of Josh Reddick at the trade deadline, Yasiel Puig has been demoted to the minor leagues.

Charlie Wilmoth of Bucs Dugout labeled Pittsburgh’s Francisco Liriano trade a “disaster.”

Joey Votto made amends with a fan who interfered on a pop-up in foul territory.

Umpire Bob Davidson ejected a heckling fan at Citizens Bank Park.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

We compiled reactions from around the web following the Jay Bruce and Jon Niese trades.

Greg Karam released the Mets Prospect Report for July.

Steve Sypa analyzed the prospects surrendered in the Jay Bruce deal.

Chris McShane introduced Mets fans to their new everyday right fielder.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1976, “Steady Eddie” Kranepool hit his 100th career home run, helping the Mets to a victory over the Montreal Expos.

Happy birthday to Kevin Elster and Mackey Sasser!