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Mets Morning News: Mets look to avoid sweep against Rays

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

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After a strong two innings for Drew Smith (giving up just one unearned run) serving as the opener, the rest of the Mets bullpen gave up eleven runs, and homers from Jose Peraza, Pete Alonso, and Francisco Lindor were not enough to keep the Mets from losing their second game in a row to the Rays. The team will try to avoid a sweep in the series finale today.

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Despite playing on Friday, Jeff McNeil was out of the lineup again yesterday.

J.D. Davis and Seth Lugo will both be heading to Syracuse soon for rehab assignments.

The Mets shuffled their roster a bit prior to the game yesterday.

One positive development from yesterday’s game: Jake Hager made his major league debut in a pinch-hitting appearance, and he had some happy words to say about that afterwards.

Around the National League East

Freddie Freeman hit his tenth homer of the year and Ian Anderson pitched six shaky but effective innings to help lead the Braves to a 5-1 victory over the Brewers.

The Phillies failed to put up any runs against former Mets legend Anthony Kay and the Blue Jays bullpen, leading to a 4-0 loss.

If the loss wasn’t bad enough for Philadelphia, Bryce Harper also had to exit yesterday’s game due to shoulder soreness.

Joe Ross had a rough start—giving up eight runs in four innings of work—which resulted in an 11-4 defeat for the Nationals at the hands of the Diamondbacks.

The Marlins only managed to get a measly two hits against the Dodgers last night, falling to them by a final score of 7-0.

Around Major League Baseball

After getting released by the Angels, future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols is heading to the other side of town to play for the Dodgers.

In less happy news for Los Angeles, Corey Seager is going to have to spend some time on the IL after fracturing his hand on a hit-by-pitch.

Former future Met Jackie Bradley Jr. made a pretty sensational catch yesterday.

The Rays made a pair of trades yesterday, sending Hunter Strickland to the Angels and dealing Yoshi Tsutsugo to the Dodgers. listed one thing that each team needs to get themselves straightened out.

This Date in Mets History

Darryl Strawberry hit the first of many home runs in his major league career on this date in 1983.