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Mets Morning News: Offensive outburst leads to victory in series opener against Pirates

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

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Meet the Mets

Taijuan Walker was a bit shaky in the series opener against the Pirates, but the Mets offense picked up the slack with two Jonathan Villar homers and a ten-run sixth inning highlighted by a three-run homer from Pete Alonso and a grand slam by Francisco Lindor. Following a rain delay during the bottom of the eighth inning, the Amazins were able to secure a 13-4 victory.

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Walker may have struggled a bit, but he got some excellent news after the game: he is heading to the All-Star Game, and he is understandably excited.

Brandon Nimmo was in the lineup last night and was apparently fine after his brief injury scare the other day.

The multitude of doubleheaders are understandably starting to irritate a number of Mets players.

After months of waiting, Carlos Carrasco may finally be nearing an actual rehab assignment.

Adam Frazier addressed speculation that the team he is facing this weekend may be pursuing him leading up to the deadline.

The Cubs may be getting ready to sell at the deadline, and they are apparently scouting some Mets prospects.

The Mets added one former Pirate yesterday by claiming relief pitcher Geoff Hartlieb off waivers.

Top third base prospect Brett Baty has been promoted to Double-A Binghamton after a very successful few months of play for the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Around the National League East

Charlie Morton pitched seven scoreless innings against the Marlins, and the Braves won 5-0 to gain a game in the epic fight for second place in the NL East.

Vince Velazquez got shelled for eight runs in 2.1 innings, and the Phillies lost 11-5 to the Red Sox.

Old friend Wilmer Flores hit a homer to help the Giants defeat the Nationals 5-3.

Yan Gomes had to leave the game last night due to an oblique tweak, and Washington may need to find a replacement for him.

The Nationals added some depth by signing Derek Dietrich to a minor league deal.

The Marlins shuffled some pitchers around yesterday, adding Shawn Morimando to their big league roster while optioning Nick Neidert to Triple-A Jacksonville.

Around Major League Baseball

The first-place Giants and the NL All-Star team will be without Buster Posey, as the catcher was placed on the ten-day IL due to a thumb contusion.

MLB.com ranked each of the participants in this year’s Home Run Derby.

The draft is tomorrow. Which players are in the mix for the number one pick?

Count former Met Mike Baxter as one person who is very high on Jack Leiter’s potential to be an impactful big league player after he is drafted tomorrow.

Ten years ago, a lot of very talented players were drafted and some surprises occurred during and leading up to draft time.

The Astros placed Carlos Correa on the injured list due to the league’s health and safety protocols after the All Star shortstop fell under the weather.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Kellyanne Healey (AKA LaRomaBella) chatted with Gabby Vélez, the founder of 18-and-under girls’ baseball organization Reinas Baseball, on the latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue in Conversation.

Steve Sypa previewed this year’s MLB draft in which the Mets have the 10th overall pick, and he also took a look at the last guy the Mets drafted at that same spot.

This Date in Mets History

Matt Franco hit a dramatic two-out, two-strike walk-off hit against Mariano Rivera and the Yankees on this date in 1999.