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Tim Tebow goes deep once again for the St. Lucie Mets in their 3-2 win.
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Matt Chapman takes Rafael Montero deep to left in the 7th to give the Athletics a lead they would not relinquish.
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Khris Davis takes Rafael Montero deep to left field for a solo homer, giving the A's a 2-1 lead.
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The Giants, Indians, Mets and Mariners all win on walk-off hits to tie a season high of four walk-offs in a day.
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Wilmer Flores smacks a line-drive solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Mets a 6-5 victory over the Athletics.

Addison ReedAnthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsAddison Reed has a 2.35 ERA in 45 appearances for the New York Mets this season.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are "exploring a possible deal" for New York Mets closer Addison Reed, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

Entering Saturday, Reed had a 2.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and four holds in 45 appearances, converting 16 of 18 save opportunities and striking out 47 batters in 46 innings.

The 28-year-old signed a one-year, $7.75 million deal with the Mets before the season and is set to be a free agent in the upcoming offseason.

Los Angeles is reportedly also eyeing Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton and is interested in pairing him with Kenley Jansen for a dominant back end of the bullpen. The Dodgers could look to do the same with Reed, who is also drawing interest from the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers, according to reports.

-- Alex Tekip

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes told the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday that he wants to finish his career with the Athletics, the team with which he made his major league debut.

The 31-year-old Cespedes signed a $110 million, four-year contract in the offseason to remain with the Mets.

"I still love the A's. They were the first team to give me an opportunity to play in the big leagues," Cespedes told the Chronicle, hours before his three-hit night helped New York to a 7-5 win. "I love Oakland all the time."

Cespedes also said A's manager Bob Melvin is his favorite skipper, and the slugger doesn't think there's a better one.

Told of Cespedes' comments to the Chronicle, Mets manager Terry Collins said: "Bob's a great manager. I don't blame him."

After the game, Cespedes clarified his comments while speaking with reporters through a translator and said he meant no disrespect toward Collins or the Mets.

"This is my home, this is my team," Cespedes said of New York. 

Cespedes played 365 games for Oakland after making his debut in 2012. He was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 2014 and also played for the Detroit Tigers before being traded to the Mets in 2015.


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Asdrubal CabreraAP Photo/Wilfredo LeeThe Mets hope a move to third base could improve the market for veteran infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

Asdrubal Cabrera apparently will be trying a new position as the New York Mets look to deal the veteran infielder.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the Seattle Mariners among the teams with "potential interest," adding that the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals and Chicago Cubs had scouts at the Mets’ 3-2 win over the Cardinals. Sherman, however, says those three clubs are more interested in first baseman Lucas Duda and reliever Addison Reed.

Meanwhile, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick tweets the Indians have expressed interest in Cabrera.

Cabrera caused a stir a few weeks ago when he initially balked at moving from shortstop to second base following an injury to Neil Walker. With Walker expected to come off the disabled list as soon as next week, Cabrera has been told he should expect to see some time at third base.

Cabrera has never started a game at the hot corner in the major leagues, but his market value could increase if he demonstrates an ability to handle the position, writes Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. Ackert adds the interest in Cabrera so far has been “pretty light.”

The 31-year-old Cabrera is hitting .250/.333/.398 in 70 games this season. He is making $8.25 million this season with an $8.5 million option for 2017.

-- Doug Mittler

Addison ReedAnthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsAddison Reed has a 2.35 ERA in 45 appearances for the New York Mets this season.

The Milwaukee Brewers are among a half-dozen teams to inquire about New York Mets reliever Addison Reed, but a trade is not imminent, reports Marc Carig of Newsday.

The NL Central-leading Brewers have lost five straight games, and one of the culprits is a bullpen that has two blown saves and a .333 opponents’ batting average in that span.

Reed is one of several veterans with expiring contracts who are being shopped by the Mets (43-50) as the trade deadline approaches. Carig says Reed will “fetch a stronger return” than other impending free agents such as Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson.

The 28-year-old Reed owns a 2.35 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 46 innings this season with 16 saves in 18 opportunities.

-- Doug Mittler

Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports Three-time All-Star Jay Bruce is owed more than $5 million for the rest of the season.

The New York Mets are willing to include cash in deadline deals, and that could facilitate a trade for veteran players such as outfielder Jay Bruce, reports veteran writer Ken Rosenthal.

Citing “sources with knowledge of the team’s thinking,” Rosenthal said the Mets are open to offering financial relief in order to secure better prospects.

The 30-year-old Bruce will be a free agent after the season, but still is owed more than $5 million for the rest of 2017. Bruce is hitting .267 with 24 homers and could be attractive to teams looking to add a power bat.

Rosenthal adds the Mets also would be willing to absorb a $2 million buyout on infielder Asdrubal Cabrera if that would facilitate a deal.

The Mets (41-50) have lost three straight games to fall 11 1/2 games off the pace in the race for the second National League wild card.

- Doug Mittler

Jacob deGrom: The last Met standing

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Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesMets pitcher Jacob deGrom has a 1.53 ERA during his past six starts, all wins.

NEW YORK -- As the New York Mets wait patiently for Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey to move past the initial steps of rehabilitating from their respective injuries, the team can take comfort in top starter Jacob deGrom.

DeGrom is 10-3 with a 3.48 ERA this season, but 6-0 with a 1.53 ERA over his last six starts -- a stretch that includes a win over the Cardinals, who he'll face Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN).

"He's a clear ace," said Mets right fielder Jay Bruce. "Being an ace, there's a lot more to it than taking the ball and going to the mound. You have to carry yourself like it off the field and in the clubhouse. You have to set a standard for yourself and other people.

"He's always ready, always prepared and always here. Very few teams have a guy they can hand the ball to and say, 'Win us a game.' He's our guy."

The return from elbow surgery that shortened his 2016 season has had its bumps, but deGrom pushed through them. Immediately before his current 6-0 run, deGrom allowed 15 runs over eight innings in a pair of losses to the Brewers and Rangers. But the issues that were causing trouble were mechanical, not injury-related. And they were curable with bullpen work to get back to his usual delivery and a mental reset.

"Flush it away," deGrom said when asked what he learned this season. "Stay the same no matter what happens. Come in the next day and be the same guy. Those were the two roughest starts I've ever had, and I bounced back."

Take away those two starts, and deGrom's season ERA drops to 2.51. That's why he's been reported to be a desirable trade target for a team like the Astros. But given Mets general manager Sandy Alderson's no-teardown edict in a news conference at the start of the homestand, and since deGrom has three more years of team control before hitting free agency, the chances that he'll be dealt are slim to none.

And why would he want to leave given the way he's dominated at Citi Field? He has a 2.37 home ERA this season (compared to 4.63 on the road). His career home ERA is 2.03, and by amazing coincidence, opponents are hitting .203 against him in Flushing (his road split is 3.78 and .257, respectively).

What's also appealing about deGrom is that he has a high watchability factor -- i.e., he works fast and throws strikes. He had some control issues earlier this season, but now he's back to top form in that regard. He's totaled five walks in his last five starts.

The home run has also been an issue at times this year -- he allowed four solo shots to the Cardinals and has yielded a career-high 18 this season -- but he's allowed only one in his last four starts at Citi Field.

"He's not worrying about his mechanics and being perfect," said former major league pitcher Nelson Figueroa, now an analyst on the Mets' pregame and postgame television coverage. "He's going back to attacking with his two different fastballs and not relying on one secondary pitch over another. And he has them all working. The focus is on executing and getting outs."

DeGrom's fastball has carried him. Opponents have missed on 31 percent of their swings against it this season, easily the highest rate among major league starting pitchers.

"It's unbelievable," said catcher Travis d'Arnaud of the pitch. "When you can put [pitches] where you want, and in your back pocket you have 97 mph, it makes it easier. He has two different fastballs -- his two-seamer and four-seamer -- that he can locate to both sides of the plate and get outs."

The Mets have done well to be cautious with deGrom without overdoing it. Each start in this six-game streak has come with at least five days' rest. Still, the Mets have pushed deGrom more than in years past. He's averaging 103 pitches per start, which ranks eighth in the majors. In each of the previous two seasons, he ranked outside the top 25.

"There have been times when I've had extra rest and you feel almost too good," deGrom said. "But I think I've been able to manage it and not try to do too much."

Said manager Terry Collins: "One thing we've said we've learned is that there are no givens in this game. We can continue to talk about how good these guys are when they are healthy. The idea is to keep them healthy."

That's healthy both mentally and physically. On his off days, deGrom will play Nerf basketball in the clubhouse with his teammates or joke with Curtis Granderson in the dugout about what he had to eat.

"He's loose and relaxed," Granderson said. "I know when I'm loose, relaxed and comfortable, I can do well."

He's also been a positive influence on the younger pitchers, showing them what's necessary to succeed at an elite level.

"His focus on game day is intense," said rookie pitcher Paul Sewald. "He has a plan against 1-to-9 in the lineup and the guys coming off the bench. He wants to go nine [innings]. Anything less is almost a disappointment."

DeGrom has learned one other thing this season: How to hit the ball out of the park in a major league game. DeGrom, a former collegiate shortstop, has always been a good hitter (he homered against Chris Sale in college), but he hadn't hit one in the big leagues until his opposite-field shot last month against the Nationals.

"He's learning his swing and approach," d'Arnaud said with a smile.

DeGrom, who leads major league pitchers with a .279 batting average this season, gave the same answer about his hitting as he did about his 6-0 streak: "There's still work to do."

Why ask why, Yoenis, you're a Met.Wilfredo Lee/APYoenis Cespedes has one home run -- and just one RBI -- in 72 at-bats over his last 15 games for the Mets. He is hitting .272 with just nine home runs and 20 RBIs in 2017.

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hasn't hit a home run since June 23 and has only nine this season, and manager Terry Collins is very aware of his slugger's struggles.

"There's a little concern there, but we also know when he gets back to what we expect or what we have seen, he's dangerous," Collins told reporters before the Mets' 5-0 loss to St. Louis on Tuesday.

"This is all new to us because this guy has not struggled since he's been here," Collins later added. "So we've got things we've got to work on."

Cespedes injured his hip while trying to make a diving catch during Saturday's game against Colorado -- the latest malady in an injury-riddled season. He returned from the disabled list on June 10 after missing six weeks with a strained left hamstring.

In his past 15 games, spanning 72 at-bats, Cespedes has one RBI -- from that solo home run June 23.


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Chris ChristieNoah K. Murray/USA TODAY SportsAn ovation for a nifty foul ball catch quickly turned sour when fans realized the person who made it was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

NEW YORK -- Fans at the Cardinals-Mets game cheered when a man neatly caught a foul ball at Citi Field -- until they realized it was Chris Christie.

The New Jersey governor then got booed loudly Tuesday night.

The ovation quickly turned sour after Christie stood up and slapped hands with another fan. No matter that Christie gave the souvenir to a kid.

Christie was sitting in the third row, near the New York dugout. In the third inning, St. Louis rookie Paul DeJong lifted a high foul that bounced in the stands, and Christie reached out with his left hand and snagged it.

The embattled Republican recently tried out for a spot on popular sports talk radio station WFAN in New York.

The Cardinals beat the Mets 5-0.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Lucas Duda Home RunDennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY SportsNew York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is scheduled to reach free agency at the end of the 2017 season.

The New York Yankees are reportedly looking just across the East River for help at first base and in the bullpen.

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the Yankees reached out to the New York Mets about first baseman Lucas Duda and right-hander Addison Reed. The talks are "very preliminary," per Peter Botte of the New York Daily News.

Duda, 31, is slashing .248/.355/.550 with 16 home runs and 34 RBIs in 66 games this season.

In 42 games (26 finished) this year, Reed has 2.47 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, four holds and is 15-for-17 in save opportunities. The 28-year-old has recorded 45 strikeouts over 43 2/3 innings.

Reed is predictably drawing a lot of interest, Feinsand tweets, but according to a source, "nothing's hot" right now. Feinsand expects a bidding war for the reliever's services.

Both Duda and Reed signed one-year deals with the Mets this past offseason and are slated to reach free agency at the end of the 2017 season. Duda has spent all eight years of his major league career in Queens.

-- Alex Tekip

First baseman James Loney signed a one-year, $350,000 contract with the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization, the team announced Tuesday.

Loney requested and received his release in May from the Atlanta Braves organization. He was at Triple-A Gwinnett but didn't appear in his game as he was released shortly after signing a minor league deal with the team. He had signed with the team after Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman fractured his left wrist.

An 11-year major league veteran, Loney has a career batting average of .288 and has hit 108 home runs with 669 RBIs.

Loney, 33, played for the New York Mets last season, hitting nine home runs with 34 RBIs in 100 games.


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