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

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Meet the Mets

Javier Báez hit two doubles in his return, J.D. Davis drove in four runs, Marcus Stroman earned his ninth victory, and the Mets left Los Angeles with a 7-2 win over the Dodgers.

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Though Francisco Lindor will have to wait a few more days, Javier Báez was activated from the 10-day IL before yesterday’s contest.

After the game, Luis Rojas confirmed the Lindor’s status and said that the shortstop could be back in action early this week.

With an impressive performance over the next month and a half, Javier Báez could end up playing himself into a long-term role with the Mets.

By this time next week, Jerry Koosman will be the third Mets player in history to have their number retired.

J.D. Davis’ big afternoon in Los Angles might be the thing that keeps him safe and snug in the lineup for at least a couple more games.

Jacob deGrom’s potential return to the Mets before the end of the season is not dependent on the foundering team’s spot in the pennant chase.

While the ultimate ace may be on the sidelines for a bit longer, Marcus Stroman is doing a solid job of being the number one.

Following his strong start, Stroman took the time to compliment Patrick Mazeika’s catching ability during James McCann’s absence.

Noah Syndergaard’s second go-around in a minor league rehab assignment will start up at some point this coming week.

After three months on the shelf, Syracuse reliver Arodys Vizcaino was activated from the IL and could play a role on the big league club down the stretch. In his return, he struck out the side on 13 pitches.

Around the National League East

With all of their runs driven in by deadline acquisitions, the Braves handed the Orioles their 18th consecutive loss in their 3-1 triumph.

Thanks to two home runs from Tyler Naquin, the Reds were able to storm past the Marlins 3-1 and put themselves in sole possession of the second National League Wild Card spot.

Up in Milwaukee, six different pitchers took the mound and three different hitters drove in runs for the Brewers in their 7-3 victory over the Nationals.

Though the Padres scored thrice in the bottom of the ninth inning, there was no further heartbreak for the Phillies as they escaped San Diego with a 7-4 win.

As Rhys Hoskins was activated off of the IL, last year’s Rookie of the Year runner-up, Alec Bohm, was demoted to Triple-A.

Around Major League Baseball

Up in Toronto, Miguel Cabrera connected for the 500th home run of his career, becoming the 28th man to join the exclusive club.

After the milestone homer, the Tigers celebrated with Cabrera back in the clubhouse, and congratulations poured in from former teammates, fellow 500 club members, and even Ken Griffey Jr.

The second most interesting thing to come out of Sunday’s game in Toronto was Bo Bichette trying and failing to avoid the pointy wrath of a bee flying around the infield.

As far as potential ambassadors that MLB could’ve sent to the Little League Classic in Williamsport, there was no better option than Shohei Ohtani.

It was announced that next season’s Little League Classic will see the Boston Red Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, August 21.

Returning to the mound after four months off due to injury and the death of his mother, Chis Archer’s start was cut short by hip tightness after only two innings.

Rays’ DH Nelson Cruz was placed on the COVID IL during yesterday’s game.

Seven years after taking the sports world by storm in the Little League World Series, Mo’ne Davis has returned to the town that made her famous, this time from the broadcast booth.

Just as they were the first team to 70 wins, the San Francisco Giants became the first team to cross the 80-win threshold.

After eight years with the club, Pirates’ outfielder Gregory Polanco has been placed on waivers.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2009, Jeff Francoeur lined into the only game-ending unassisted triple play in history.