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Mets Morning News: Doubleheader sweep!

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets played a doubleheader yesterday, which isn’t terribly novel for them this season. But in breaking their doubleheader streak, they actually won both games!

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Brandon Nimmo drove in all four runs for the Mets supporting an impressive outing from Marcus Stroman in the first game, and a Pete Alonso walk-off home run saved a seventh-inning bullpen implosion to finish out the sweep of the Nationals.

Jacob deGrom will soon undergo an MRI to determine his next steps for recovery from his right arm inflammation.

The Mets begin their toughest stretch of the season with a three-game series against the Dodgers, with staff savior Tylor Megill facing Julio Urías, the major-league leader in wins.

Around the National League East

The Phillies eeked out a 2-1 win against the Dodgers to avoid the sweep in Philadelphia.

The Reds beat the Braves 12-3 behind a four-run second inning and a five-run third.

With yesterday’s proceedings, the Mets stand alone in second place now half a game behind the Phillies.

Around Major League Baseball

Chris Davis announced his retirement from baseball yesterday. The Orioles will pay Davis the balance on the remainder of his contract but will defer the $17 million they owe him in 2022 over several years. The Tigers beat the Orioles 6-4 in Baltimore.

The Cubs placed Jake Arrieta on waivers. They also lost 17-4 to the first-place Brewers in Chicago yesterday.

The Athletics also scored 17 runs on the road, but unlike the Brewers did not allow a run as they won 17-0 in Cleveland yesterday.

The White Sox beat the Yankees 9-8 at the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa thanks to a Tim Anderson walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The White Sox overcame a blown save from closer Liam Hendricks, who turned a 7-4 lead into an 8-7 deficit thanks to a pair of two-run home runs from Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in the top of the ninth inning.

Commissioner Rob Manfred believes the Field of Dreams game will extend beyond 2021. A lot of players were impressed by the event’s charm.

Zack Britton wore specially designed cleats to generate money and awareness for More Than Baseball, a nonprofit organization that helps minor leaguers with basic expenses and necessities.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Brian and Chris lament on the team’s August freefall in the latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show).

This Date in Mets History

R.A. Dickey threw his first one-hitter eleven years ago on this date.