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Mets Morning News: Clean MRIs for deGrom and McKinney

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Meet the Mets

The Mets beat the Padres for the second straight day, this time by a score of 4-1, thanks to an early home run by Francisco Lindor and a fantastic outing from Marcus Stroman. Lindor put the Mets on the board with a two-run shot in the first inning. The Mets added to their lead with a fielder’s choice in the sixth and a monster solo homer by Jonathan Villar in the eighth. Meanwhile, Stroman shut out the Padres through six, with their only run coming on a solo homer by Fernando Tatis Jr. off Stroman in the seventh. Aaron Loup entered the game in relief of Stroman and recorded the final two outs of the seventh, Seth Lugo pitched a scoreless eighth, and Edwin Díaz tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to secure the victory and earn his twelfth save of the season.

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After Jacob deGrom’s injury scare on Friday night, yesterday it was revealed that his MRI came back clean. He played catch at Citi Field before yesterday’s game and felt good. The goal is still for him to make his next start.

“I think he’ll be the best to ever do it, once it’s all said and done,” Marcus Stroman said about deGrom.

Billy McKinney was scratched from yesterday’s lineup due to a sore knee. His MRI also came back clean and he is considered day-to-day.

“For this kind of injury, it’s taking time,” Carlos Carrasco said of his hamstring injury rehab, in which he has experienced multiple setbacks. “I almost was ready to come back and then it happened again. Since it happened the third time, I’m just taking it easy right now. I’ve been doing everything they’ve asked me to do, and I think we’re in a good spot right now.”

Francisco Lindor partnered with artist Glen Infante and New Balance to create his own artwork in celebration of his Puerto Rican heritage.

Lindor did something interesting in yesterday’s game. After a fan threw Fernando Tatis Jr.’s home run ball back onto the field, Lindor picked it up and tossed it right back into the outfield crowd.

Around the National League East

The Nationals split a doubleheader with the Giants, shutting them out in Game 1 and losing in extras in Game 2.

The Nationals made some roster moves prior to yesterday’s doubleheader, including activating Erick Fedde from the injured list and selecting the contract of Jefry Rodriguez.

The Phillies also played in an extra inning contest today, walking off the Yankees in the tenth against Aroldis Chapman.

The Marlins beat the Braves 4-2, as righty Zach Thompson earned his first big league win.

Around Major League Baseball

Jim “Mudcat” Grant passed away at the age of 85.

Joel Sherman takes a look at potential trades for the Yankees and how GM Brian Cashman might approach the deadline.

The Yankees activated Zack Britton from the injured list yesterday.

The Brewers acquired Hunter Strickland from the Angels for cash.

Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen will take a leave of absence as his wife battles cancer. Assistant GM Amiel Sawdaye will take over baseball operations.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Ken Lavin brought us the Daily Prospect Report.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2012, R.A. Dickey nearly threw a no-hitter against the Rays.