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Mets Morning News: Salas spoils deGrom’s night, Mets buried by back-to-back homers

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The Mets lost a heartbreaker last night, falling to the Marlins 5-4. Jacob deGrom, yesterday’s starter, allowed back-to-back home runs to Justin Bour and Marcell Ozuna, but otherwise held the Marlins in check, striking out a career-high 13 batters over seven innings. Fernando Salas entered in the eighth inning to defend a 4-2 lead, and promptly gave up another pair of back-to-back shots, this time to Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton.

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Jose Reyes returned to the top of the lineup last night, walking and striking out once. Manager Terry Collins has seen some improvements from the veteran shortstop, but says of Reyes’s overall performance, “...there’s still an APB out.

Terry Collins also defended replacing Jacob deGrom with Fernando Salas before the eighth inning. Salas is tied for the MLB lead in pitcher appearances.

Help is seemingly on the way for the battered bullpen, as closer Jeurys Familia has been assigned to Single-A St. Lucie to prepare to be activated from his suspension. He pitched one inning of relief, striking out one batter.

Around the NL East

Phillies pitching prospect Elniery Garcia received an 80-game suspension for PEDs.

The gang at Federal Baseball discuss the problems Nats relievers are having with the long ball.

Around MLB

Yesterday was Jackie Robinson Day! Sports Illustrated recapped thoughts and tweets from players around the league, including our own Curtis Granderson.

A statue of Robinson was unveiled at Dodger Stadium. His wife, Rachel, and former teammates Tommy Lasorda, Don Newcombe, and Sandy Koufax were on hand to help memorialize the life and achievements of the barrier-breaking player.

The Houston Astros ran out of position players last night, forcing manager A.J. Hinch to forgo the DH in the bottom of the ninth inning. If the Oakland Athletics had tied the game, the Astros may have had to return to their National League roots and send a pitcher to the batter’s box.

Yesterday at AA

Linda Surovich recapped the Mets’ walk-off loss from Friday night.

This Date In Mets History

On April 16th, 1964, Shea Stadium was officially christened. The Mets would open their tenure there the following day with a loss to the Pittsburg Pirates.