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Mets Morning News: Mets beat Nationals behind Nido’s big day

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The Mets offense continued to beat up on the Nationals pitching staff on Thursday, winning the game 8-2. Tomas Nido was the hero of yesterday’s game after hitting a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth that gave the Mets the lead, and a grand slam in the fifth that broke the game open.

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Jeff McNeil left Thursday’s game after colliding with the left-field fence to make a catch in the first inning. He had to be carted off the field, and immediately was sent for X-rays and an MRI, which both came back negative. The team announced that he has a bone contusion in his left knee, and is considered day to day.

While the team is unconcerned about McNeil’s injury status, they did restrict him from speaking to the media following yesterday’s game.

David Peterson left yesterday’s start against the Nationals after just 74 pitches through five innings. He was taken out because he was experiencing “typical shoulder soreness,” although he doesn’t think the pain will affect him moving forward at all.

Luis Rojas does not think Andres Gimenez should be the everyday shortstop - yet.

Stephen Strasburg was ejected from last night’s game at Citi Field for arguing balls and strikes, despite being seated in the stands.

Dwight Gooden spoke with Laura Albanese of Newsday about what could have been.

Around the National League East

The Nationals are hoping that Sean Doolittle can work on “in-season velocity improvements” while on the IL.

The Braves have outrighted Scott Schebler to their alternate training site in Gwinnett.

The Phillies called up top prospect Alec Bohm.

The Phillies announced that they are retiring Dick Allen’s number 15 this season. The team will officially retire his number on September 3, 2020, which will be the 57th anniversary of Allen’s debut with the team.

Around Major League Baseball

Friday’s game between the Cardinals and the White Sox has been postponed. MLB and the Cardinals are hoping to make the game up in a doubleheader on Saturday.

Another staff member of the Cardinals has tested positive for COVID-19. Despite the positive test, Major League Baseball is working with the union to set the Cardinal’s schedule for the rest of the season. The league is hopeful that the Cardinals will be able to play all 60 games.

MLB is reportedly working on a system to facilitate the sharing of video and data from other team’s alternate training sites. The system is intended to help teams gather intelligence before the trade deadline, since scouts are not allowed into games or training sites at the moment.

Major League Baseball Announced that it will be honoring the legacy of the Negro Leagues for it’s 100th anniversary on Sunday, August 16.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are partnering with Lebron James to turn Dodger Stadium into a polling place for the November general election.

Sports Illustrated discussed where Rob Manfred should go from here.

Major League Baseball has renewed its player agreement with the Australian Baseball League for the next three years.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Kenneth Lavin deconstructed the Mets 2010 draft.

Chris McShane argued that the Mets should extend Michael Conforto.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2005, Pedro Martinez carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Dodgers. The no-hit bid ended on a triple from the Dodger’s Antonio Perez, which was followed by Jayson Werth home run that gave the Dodgers the lead. The Mets went on to lose 2-1 despite having only allowed two hits.