Danny Abriano

Brooklyn, NY native. SJU alum, Writer, Editor. Beatlemaniac who plays drums, piano. 

Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a home run during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a home run during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

When the Mets' lineup against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers came out on Friday afternoon, Pete Alonso's name was not on it. Before the game, Mickey Callaway explained why.

"He's totally fine," Callaway said. "We just all felt like he needed an off day. After talking to everybody -- just seeing Pete for the last few days, I think an off day is warranted for him. I think he's played in more games than any rookies, more games than most players. It's been a lot of games in a row for him. So off for some of the game at least."

Callaway said that the Alonso fouling a ball off his leg during Thursday's game did not impact their decision to sit him.

As far as what Callaway and the Mets staff saw that led to not starting Alonso, he said part of it was Alonso's pitch selection over the last few games.

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With the Mets 2.0 games out of the second Wild Card spot with 16 games to go, Jacob deGrom remains lined up to start the Wild Card Game on Oct. 1 should New York make it. 

The rotation right now in order has deGrom at the top, followed by Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz, Marcus Stroman, and Noah Syndergaard

DeGrom will start next on Saturday against the Dodgers, and if the Mets keep him on an every-fifth-day schedule -- which he has been on over the last month -- his final start of the regular season will be on Sept. 25 against the Marlins at Citi Field. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mariners RHP Justin Dunn (Joe Nicholson)
Mariners RHP Justin Dunn (Joe Nicholson)

Former Mets prospect Justin Dunn struggled badly in his first major league start for the Mariners on Thursday night, failing to get out of the first inning while throwing far more balls than strikes.

Dunn opened the game by walking the bases loaded, with many of the pitches nowhere near the strike zone. After allowing a sacrifice fly, he walked the next two batters before allowing a second sacrifice fly and walking one more batter. He was then removed from the game. 

Overall, Dunn allowed two runs on no hits while walking five and striking out none in 2/3 of an inning. He threw 37 pitches (24 balls and 13 strikes).

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets head coach Adam Gase updated the status of Sam Darnold, who will not be getting placed on IR.

"It's not going to be that long," Gase said on Friday about Darnold's absence due to mono.

Had Darnold been placed on the IR, he wouldn't have been eligible to return until Week 9.

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The Mets have come back from the brink to put themselves firmly in Wild Card contention. Here's everything you need to know about the state of the race...


Nationals (81-64, 3.5 games up for first Wild Card)

Next up: vs. Braves, Friday at 7:06 p.m. (Max Scherzer vs. Mike Soroka)
Latest result: 12-6 win over Twins on Thursday
Current odds to make playoffs: 97.7 percent
Latest news: Max Scherzer still proving his health as he rounds back into form

Cubs (78-68, tied with Brewers for second Wild Card)

Next up: vs. Pirates, Friday at 4:05 p.m. (Jon Lester vs. Steven Brault)
Latest result: 4-1 win over Padres on Thursday
Current odds to make playoffs: 51.9 percent
Latest news: Theo Epstein has been frustrated by the Cubs' recent struggles

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) carries the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) carries the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets got good news on RB Le'Veon Bell on Thursday afternoon, after an MRI on his shoulder revealed no significant damage, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Bell, who should be fine to play on Monday in Week 2 against the Browns, missed Thursday's practice due to a sore shoulder. 

Head coach Adam Gase said at the time that he was uncertain about Bell's status for practice for the rest of the week and for Monday night's game against the Browns at MetLife Stadium.

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The New York Mets smack 6 HRs and coast to a 11-1 victory over the Diamondbacks and complete the series sweep.

The Mets' offense erupted for the second straight game as they beat the Diamondbacks, 11-1, on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field to sweep their four-game series >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Thursday's game

1) The Mets' offense erupted for a second-straight day, as Juan Lagares blasted two homers -- including a grand slam that ballooned the Mets' lead from 2-0 to 6-0 -- and Todd Frazier homered again. The Mets hit six homers overall, with Robinson CanoTomas Nido, and Michael Conforto also going deep, making Thursday the first time in franchise history that the Mets hit five or more homers in back-to-back games. The six homers were the most the Mets have ever hit in a game at home. 

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Apr 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets 1B/OF Dominic Smith, who has been out since July 26 due to a stress fracture in his left foot, made significant progress on Wednesday as he works his way back.

Smith ran and hit off a tee for the first time since suffering the injury, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

The 24-year-old Smith was recently transferred from the 10 to 60-day IL, meaning he won't be eligible to return to the active roster until Sept. 25. And DiComo notes that Smith hopes to return that day. 

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Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom

Mets ace Jacob deGrom is one of the top contenders to win the 2019 NL Cy Young. If he does, it would give him back-to-back Cy Young awards -- making him the first Met to ever accomplish that feat. Here's where things stand in the race...


Jacob deGrom, Mets

Key stats: 2.70 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 231 K's (11.4 per 9) in 183 IP (29 starts), 6.5 WAR (FanGraphs), 5.9 WAR (Baseball Reference)
Last start: Allowed one run on three hits while walking one and striking out 11 in 7.0 IP against the Diamondbacks on Sept. 9.
Next start: Sept. 14 vs. Dodgers
Trending: UP, while returning to dominant form against the Diamondbacks after two straight starts where he allowed four earned runs

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The Mets have come back from the brink to put themselves firmly in Wild Card contention. Here's everything you need to know about the state of the race...


Nationals (80-64, 3.5 games up for first Wild Card)

Next up: @ Twins, Thursday at 7:40 p.m. (Patrick Corbin vs. Kyle Gibson)
Latest result: 6-2 win over Twins on Wednesday
Current odds to make playoffs: 97.0 percent
Latest news: Stephen Strasburg tossed 6.0 strong innings on Wednesday

Cubs (77-68, tied with Brewers for second Wild Card)

Next up: @ Padres, Thursday at 3:40 p.m. (Yu Darvish vs. Dinelson Lamet)
Latest result: 4-0 loss to Padres on Wednesday
Current odds to make playoffs: 49.9 percent
Latest news: Theo Epstein has been frustrated by the Cubs' recent struggles

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

MLB will not be fining or disciplining Pete Alonso and/or the Mets in any way for the custom cleats commemorating 9/11, which they wore without permission during Wednesday night's game, a source told SNY's Andy Martino

Alonso decided to have the custom cleats made after being rebuffed by MLB on his initial plan for the Mets to wear custom first responder hats during the game.

"It was just a little gift from me to my teammates," Alonso said after the game. "I'm really happy that everyone wore the shoes, because we could have gotten fined for it," Alonso said. "I'm really just happy that everyone was behind me and stuck with this. You don't have to be a baseball fan, I hope the general population appreciates this."

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Jeff McNeil (Adam Hunger)
Jeff McNeil (Adam Hunger)

The Mets (75-70, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their series against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Here's what happened on Wednesday, in case you missed it....


The Mets erupted early and piled on late as they blanked the Diamondbacks, 3-0, to draw within 2.0 games of the second Wild Card spot >> Read more

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Joe Panik (2) low fives New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after he hit a grand slam home run during the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Joe Panik (2) low fives New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after he hit a grand slam home run during the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (76-70, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) open a three-game series against the Dodgers at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Here's what happened on Thursday, in case you missed it....


The Mets' offense erupted for a second straight day and Marcus Stroman turned in his best start since being acquired in an 11-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Thursday afternoon that secured a four-game sweep >> Read more

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Pete Alonso
Pete Alonso

After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the Mets -- in defiance of Major League Baseball -- played all of their remaining games wearing hats representing all of the different city agencies that were first responders that day. 

The Mets have been told no by MLB in the years since about wearing the hats during games on Sept. 11, including in 2011 when they wanted to wear the hats on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.  

"We're just trying to keep it consistent," MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre told The Associated Press at the time. "Certainly it's not a lack of respect. It's just something we feel is the right thing to do."

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Jul 16, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a single in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jul 16, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a single in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto is under team control through the 2021 season, after which he is eligible for free agency. So would he consider signing long-term before then if the team approached him?

"I think that is always on players' minds, they want to have that security and I know I am going to be under their control for the next two years so it's kind of something that during the season, it's not something I really want to talk about," Conforto told Mike Puma of the New York Post on Tuesday. "When we get into the offseason and kind of leading up to spring training, I guess those conversations will be had, but I love it here and I would love to continue to play here."

Aside from locking up Jacob deGrom this offseason -- two years before he would have hit free agency -- the Mets have not extended any of their young core players lately.

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The Mets have come back from the brink to put themselves firmly in Wild Card contention. Here's everything you need to know about the state of the race...


Nationals (79-64, 2.5 games up for first Wild Card)

Next up: @ Twins, Wednesday at 7:40 p.m. (Stephen Strasburg vs. Martin Perez)
Latest result: 5-0 loss to Twins on Tuesday
Current odds to make playoffs: 95.0 percent
Latest news: The Nats struggles on the road continued

Cubs (77-67, 1.0 game up for second Wild Card)

Next up: @ Padres, Wednesday at 10:10 p.m. (Cole Hamels vs. Chris Paddack)
Latest result: 9-8 loss to Padres on Tuesday
Current odds to make playoffs: 61.0 percent
Latest news: Steve Cishek had a disastrous outing as the Padres walked off the Cubs

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina played stifling defense and scored five huge points down the stretch as France pulled off a stunning upset over Team USA on Wednesday as they eliminated them from the FIBA World Cup.

The 89-79 win came in the knockout round, and Ntilikina was incredibly fired up after the final buzzer.

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Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (74-70, 3.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their series against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field on Wednesday night at 7:10 on SNY.

Here's what happened on Tuesday, in case you missed it....


Zack Wheeler tossed 7.0 strong innings and Todd Frazier drove in all three runs before the Mets' bullpen hung on by the skin of their teeth to beat the Diamondbacks, 3-2, on Tuesday night at Citi Field to draw within 3.0 games of the second Wild Card spot >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard explains the leaked conversation he had with the front office and his relationship with Wilson Ramos

A day after a New York Post story came out regarding Noah Syndergaard's desire to not pitch to Wilson Ramos and a "livid" confrontation he had with his bosses over it, Syndergaard addressed the situation. 

"First and foremost, the whole idea that we had a livid (discussion) or I was livid with the conversation was completely false," Syndergaard said outside the Mets' clubhouse before Tuesday night's game. "We had a very cordial and adult conversation. As far as Wilson, I have nothing but respect for the guy. It doesn't change our relationship between one another. He busts his ass every day."

Syndergaard said it was "unfortunate" his meetings with team brass leaked out and that he was just having "open dialogue with the front office and coaching staff" to try to get to the bottom of "the extreme splits" that have impacted him when Ramos catches him instead of Tomas Nido

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When the Mets' lineup came out on Tuesday, J.D. Davis' name was not on it for the fourth time in the last nine games.

Instead of Davis being in the lineup and playing left field with Jeff McNeil at third base, McNeil is in left field and Todd Frazier is at third base.

Why?

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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a home run during the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a home run during the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

After blasting two homers on Monday night at Citi Field -- his MLB-leading 46th and 47th of the season -- Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is now on pace to break Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge's rookie home run record of 52.

Judge hit those 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017 during a season where he slashed .284/.422/.627 and finished second in American League MVP voting to Jose Altuve

With 19 games left in the season, Alonso is now projected to hit 53 homers, according to ESPN.

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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) hi five to celebrate the victory after the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) hi five to celebrate the victory after the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (73-70, 4.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their series against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field on Tuesday night at 7:10 on SNY.

Here's what happened on Monday, in case you missed it....


Pete Alonso smacked two homers and Jacob deGrom tossed 7.0 dominant innings as the Mets topped the Diamondbacks, 3-1, on Monday night >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Wilmer Flores, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Jul 7, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; American League pitcher Justin Dunn (6) delivers in the second inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
		
		 (David Richard)
Jul 7, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; American League pitcher Justin Dunn (6) delivers in the second inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)

Former Mets prospect Anthony Kay (traded in the Marcus Stroman deal) made his major league debut for the Blue Jays this past weekend, and it looks like another former Mets prospect will be called up in a matter of days.

Justin Dunn, who was traded along with Jarred Kelenic and others to the Mariners in the Edwin Diaz/Robinson Cano trade, is expected to be called up, according to Greg Johns of MLB.com.

Dunn spent the entire minor league season with Double-A Arkansas, posting a 3.55 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 158 strikeouts in 131.2 innings (25 starts).

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets lost C.J. Mosley and Quinnen Williams to injury during Sunday's brutal loss to the Bills, and head coach Adam Gase said Monday that the team is still evaluating the extent of the injuries.

"We have a better idea, we're still kind of trying to figure out how it's gonna look for practice when we go Wednesday -- whether or not we'll have to hold guys out or be able to do something limited-wise. I'd say right now these guys are trending as out for Wednesday's practice, but we're still holding out hope to see if there's anything we can do earlier in the week compared to later."

Asked if the Mosley injury wouldn't be a long-term, multiple weeks kind of thing, Gase was non-committal.

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway looks on prior to the game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway looks on prior to the game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

With runners on second and third and two outs in the seventh inning on Sunday and the Mets already down 9-6, Mickey Callaway elected to intentionally walk Andrew Knapp to load the bases for ... Bryce Harper.

Knapp is slashing .194/.326/.259 this season. For comparison, Knapp's OPS is lower than Pete Alonso's slugging percentage

So, why did Callaway have Tyler Bashlor issue the intentional walk?

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Sep 28, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski talks to a reporter prior to a game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 28, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski talks to a reporter prior to a game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

Less than a year after helping to guide the Red Sox to the 2018 World Series title, Dave Dombrowski was fired late Sunday as president of baseball operations, according to multiple reports.

The firing came hours after Boston's 10-5 loss to the Yankees that dropped them to 76-67 -- 8.0 games behind the Athletics for the second Wild Card spot in the American League and 17.5 games behind the Yankees for first place in the AL East.

With 19 games remaining in their season, the Sox are promoting Raquel Ferreira -- who previously served as SVP of major league and minor league operations -- and assistant general managers Eddie Romero, Brian O'Halloran and Zack Scott to lead their baseball operations department on an interim basis, reports ESPN's Jeff Passan

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New York Knicks' Courtney Lee, left, and Derrick Rose stand on the court during a free throw attempt in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 106-98. (AP Photo/Darren Abate) (Darren Abate/AP)
New York Knicks' Courtney Lee, left, and Derrick Rose stand on the court during a free throw attempt in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 106-98. (AP Photo/Darren Abate) (Darren Abate/AP)

Derrick Rose spent one tumultuous season with the Knicks after being traded to New York before the 2016-17 season, performing relatively well when on the court while literally going AWOL off the court.

In a new book, the 30-year-old Rose -- now with the Pistons -- writes about his Knicks tenure, including thoughts on Phil Jackson, Carmelo Anthony, and Steve Mills.

"With the basketball, the way Phil had talked, and with Jo (Joakim Noah) and Melo, I really thought we were going to do something," Rose wrote in "I'll Show You," coauthored by Sam Smith, according to an excerpt published by the New York Post. "But when it came to the basketball, I knew right away that we were s--t."

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Thomas Szapucki
Thomas Szapucki

After finishing the minor league season on the IL with Double-A Binghamton, Mets LHP prospect Thomas Szapucki will not pitch in the Arizona Fall League -- as was originally planned -- reports Tim Healey of Newsday.

Healey quoted a team official who said the Mets were going to give Szapucki's arm "a rest for a little while."

It is quite possible the Mets shut Szapucki down in the last few days of the season simply because of the amount of innings he had pitched in what was his first season back from Tommy John surgery, but there is no word yet regarding why he won't be pitching in the AFL.

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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

The Mets (71-68, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) were off on Thursday and will open a three-game series against the Phillies at Citi Field on Friday night at 7:10 on SNY. 

Here's what happened on Thursday, in case you missed it...


Jed Lowrie continued his rehab assignment with Brooklyn in the playoffs, hitting a home run and speaking after the game about his season-long injury woes >> Read more

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Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is congratulated by right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after scoring a run in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is congratulated by right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after scoring a run in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

When the Mets lost six games in a row to the Braves and Cubs at Citi Field last week to fall 5.0 games back of the second Wild Card spot, their odds of reaching the playoffs sank right along with the hearts of their fans.

After winning back-to-back series on the road against the Phillies and Nationals, the Mets sat 4.5 games back of that second Wild Card spot entering Thursday with 23 games to go.

The Mets' playoff chances are not good, but they're better than all of the teams between them and the Cubs. Here's how the odds shake out, per FanGraphs:

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Aug 16, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Giovanny Gallegos (65) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Aug 16, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Giovanny Gallegos (65) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

The Yankees found a diamond in the rough when they pried Luke Voit away from the Cardinals in a trade that sent Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos to St. Louis in June of 2018.

While Voit has been a tremendous pickup for the Yankees, Gallegos has turned into one of the best relievers in baseball this season, as MLBTradeRumors touched on earlier this week.

The 28-year-old right-hander has posted a 2.27 ERA (2.76 FIP) and 0.79 WHIP while striking out 84 in 63.1 innings (11.94 per 9) this season for the Cardinals, who are leading the NL Central.

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Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (71-68, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) are off on Thursday before opening a three-game series against the Phillies at Citi Field on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Here's what happened on Wednesday, in case you missed it...


After the Mets raced out to a 7-1 lead, the bullpen bent but didn't break as they beat the Nats, 8-4, to take two out of three games in Washington, D.C. and gain some ground in the Wild Card race >> Read more

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a two run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a two run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

After the Mets jumped out to a 7-1 lead and a Jeurys Familia relief outing put that lead in danger, they hung on -- with Seth Lugo tossing two scoreless innings and Justin Wilson shutting the door in the ninth -- as New York beat the Nationals, 8-4, on Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) After falling behind, 1-0, the Mets tied the game on a Juan Lagares solo homer to center field in the top of the third. In the fourth inning, Robinson Cano lifted a two-run shot to left field to put the Mets up, 3-1, and Pete Alonso crushed a solo shot to left field in the fifth inning (his league-leading 45th of the season) to extend the lead further. The Mets added three more runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Amed Rosario and a run-scoring knock off the bat of Jeff McNeil

Tags: Amed Rosario, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway's demeanor remained steady following Tuesday night's crushing loss where the bullpen blew a six-run ninth inning lead for the first time in franchise history, but several members of the team -- including Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil -- were devastated.

In the wake of that devastation, Callaway will be meeting with the team before Wednesday's series finale in Washington, D.C.

"I'm gonna talk to the guys today," Callaway said Wednesday morning during his pregame briefing. "I'm gonna meet with them after I get done here and just tell them 'hey, that was a tough loss but we have to put it behind us.' These guys have been battling all season and they'll continue to do that. I just want them to know that. We gotta get it done. And we'll talk a little about that."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (28) hits a walk off three run home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (28) hits a walk off three run home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets (70-68, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Nationals in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m.

Here's what happened on Tuesday, in case you missed it...


For the first time in franchise history, the Mets blew a ninth-inning lead of six runs or more. Entering the bottom of the ninth leading 10-4, Paul Sewald lit the game on fire and Edwin Diaz couldn't put it out as New York lost, 11-10 >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Paul Sewald, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Nov 22, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs the ball against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Nov 22, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs the ball against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has agreed to a six-year, $90 million extension that includes roughly half the money being guaranteed, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Elliott, 24, had been holding out all offseason, with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones growing skeptical last week that a deal would be reached quickly.

"I'm operating as though right now he's going to miss regular-season games," Jones said on Thursday, according to the Cowboys' official website. "My entire expectation for what we're putting together as a team right now would anticipate with him holding out and not having any training camp that he's going to miss games. I just accept that."

Tags: Saquon Barkley, Danny Abriano
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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Mets 2B Robinson Cano has been out since Aug. 5 due to a partially torn left hamstring, and is working his way back from the injury with an eye on returning before the season is over. Here are the latest updates...


Sept. 3, 3:47 P.M.:

Cano was sighted in Washington D.C. talking to GM Brodie Van Wagenen ahead of the Mets' matchup with the Nats, which begged the question of whether or not he was activated from the IL. That's exactly the case, with the team announcing that move on Tuesday.

It was a lightning fast recovery for Cano, but the Mets won't complain. While he isn't in the lineup tonight, he will be available off the bench, and the Mets will hope that the hot bat he was swinging before he got injured hasn't cooled down when he returns to regular playing time.

Tags: Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Mets infielder Robinson Cano
Mets infielder Robinson Cano

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With his lightning-quick recovery from a torn hamstring surprising even the Mets' training staff, Robinson Cano is on track to rejoin the team after a rehab stint with Short-Season Brooklyn -- with that return potentially imminent.

Cano had been heating up before his injury, with 10 hits in 19 at-bats, including four doubles and a home run. But while he is expected to return, it isn't yet known if he's healthy enough to play in a starting capacity. 

If Cano is ready to be more than a bench player upon his return, it's safe to say two things:

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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A few months ago, with Amed Rosario still struggling defensively at shortstop, the Mets were kicking around the idea of moving him to center field. 

Rosario's range remained poor, he was making mental mistakes in the field, and he was failing to get to the vast majority of balls that were graded out as difficult chances. As a result, Rosario had been worth -15 DRS (defensive runs saved) As of July 23. Things have changed.

Rosario's DRS entering play on Sept. 3 is -14, meaning he has been a plus defender at shortstop over the last month and change.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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(Brian Fluharty)

The Yankees didn't pull off any big deals at the trade deadline, but they reportedly came very close.

On July 31, the Yanks and Blue Jays made "significant progress" on a deal that would've brought Toronto closer Ken Giles to New York in exchange for three prospects, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

According to Rosenthal (who didn't reveal which prospects the Yanks would've sent to Toronto), the deal was so close that the Jays informed other teams that Giles would be getting traded elsewhere. But the Yankees pulled out of the deal late.

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Sep 2, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) is congratulated by manager Mickey Callaway (36) after hitting a two run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 2, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) is congratulated by manager Mickey Callaway (36) after hitting a two run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (70-67, 4.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their three-game series against the Nationals in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

Here's what happened on Monday, in case you missed it...


The Mets' offense erupted early and Noah Syndergaard made it stand up as New York took down the Nats on Monday to keep pace in the Wild Card-leading Cubs while gaining a game on the Brewers >> Read more

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who has not played since May, is getting close to being activated from the IL. Here are the latest updates...


Aug. 30, 4:16 PM:

According to Mickey Callaway, Nimmo will be in the lineup for Triple-A Syracuse on Friday night, and the team will then reevaluate the outfielder on Saturday. Nimmo was given a scheduled day off on Thursday. 

Callaway was also asked if Nimmo was likely to be activated on Sunday, but Callaway replied by saying he didn't have an exact date for when Nimmo may rejoin the club.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Danny Abriano
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Jul 23, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Rafael Montero (51) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the eighth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Jul 23, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Rafael Montero (51) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the eighth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

Six years after making his major league debut, former Mets pitching prospect Rafael Montero is enjoying success. 

The 28-year-old Montero, who was outrighted by the Mets and elected free agency in November of 2018 after undergoing Tommy John surgery that spring, has excelled in a relief role for the Rangers this season since making his debut with Texas on July 23.

Montero struggled both on and off the field during his time with the Mets, with then-manager Terry Collins once infamously taking a trip to Port St. Lucie during a mysterious Montero DL stint to give him a pep talk.

Tags: Rafael Montero, Danny Abriano
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J.D. Davis
J.D. Davis

This time last year, Mets left fielder J.D. Davis was with the Astros, blocked at third base by Alex Bregman and going through a season where he was being yanked back and forth from the minors to the majors.

Now, the 26-year-old Davis is hitting .303/.366/.520 with 18 homers (including jacks in three straight games) and 16 doubles in 116 games for the Mets this season while cementing himself as a key piece of their future.

So, how has the journey been?

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

The Mets are not done shaking things up in their front office and scouting department, with Matt Ehalt of Yahoo reporting Friday that Ruben Amaro Jr. will not be retained for the 2020 season.

Before the season, the Mets transitioned Amaro from first base coach to a front office role, where he served as a special assistant to GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

Earlier this season, when the Mets were still deciding whether to buy or sell at the trade deadline, the team dispatched Amaro to scout the Brewers, who were interested in trading for Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler

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Jun 19, 2019; Touques, FRA; United States forward Carli Lloyd juggles the ball during a Team USA training session in preparation for the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 at Stade Parc des Loisirs. Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports  (Michael Chow)
Jun 19, 2019; Touques, FRA; United States forward Carli Lloyd juggles the ball during a Team USA training session in preparation for the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 at Stade Parc des Loisirs. Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports (Michael Chow)

Since video of USWNT star Carli Lloyd nailing a 55-yard field goal at Eagles practice went viral, the 37-year-old has fielded "serious" offers from NFL teams potentially interested in her services as a kicker. 

"I know that there's some challenges involved with this and I know that there's probably some players and people and everybody around the globe thinking this is the craziest thing," Lloyd told Lindsay Rhodes of the NFL Network. "But then I also see it from the one perspective of maybe this is kind of something that's going to break down some barriers and give people, women especially, the confidence to know that maybe they can be a part of any NFL team as a kicker."

Lloyd has her backers and detractors when it comes to her ability to succeed in the NFL as a kicker after having spent her entire career playing soccer, but one person who is in her corner is Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas.

Tags: Aldrick Rosas, Danny Abriano
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Nov 22, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs the ball against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Nov 22, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs the ball against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

Listening to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones speak, it seems that star running back Ezekiel Elliott is a near-lock to miss Week 1 against the Giants -- and maybe beyond.

"I'm operating as though right now he's going to miss regular-season games," Jones said on Thursday, according to the Cowboys' official website. "My entire expectation for what we're putting together as a team right now would anticipate with him holding out and not having any training camp that he's going to miss games. I just accept that."

Elliott has been holding out all preseason as he seeks a new contract.

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Michael Conforto
Michael Conforto

The Mets (67-66, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) lost to the Cubs on Thursday night as they fell for the sixth-straight time and dropped even further back in the Wild Card race. They open a three-game series with the Phillies on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. on SNY at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

Here's what happened on Thursday, in case you missed it...


Jacob deGrom was dominant on Thursday night -- retiring 18 of the first 19 batters he faced -- but two soft hits and a homer from Victor Caratini in the seventh inning did the Mets in >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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Matthew Allan
Matthew Allan

With the minor league season winding down, the Mets have promoted two of their three highly-touted 2019 draft picks to Short-Season Brooklyn as the Cyclones continue their playoff push. 

3B Brett Baty (the Mets' No. 2 prospect, per MLB.com) is being promoted from rookie level Kingsport and RHP Matthew Allan (the Mets' No. 4 prospect) is being promoted from the rookie level Gulf Coast League. 

The Mets selected Baty with their first round (12th overall) pick in the MLB Draft this past June, and snatched up Allan in the third round (89th overall) after he dropped due to signability concerns.

Tags: Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Edwin Diaz is a two-pitch pitcher who has been operating without his quality slider for the majority of this season. With some help from Jacob deGrom, though, it seems like Diaz might be getting his slider back.

Mets pitching coach Phil Regan said last week that Diaz was close to rediscovering his slider, and manager Mickey Callaway said after Wednesday's outing that it was the best he had ever seen Diaz -- adding that he is now using deGrom's slider grip.

Diaz struck out the side during his appearance Wednesday night, getting Jason Heyward, Nicholas Castellanos, and Kris Bryant all swinging.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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