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DETROIT -- Outfielder Curtis Granderson went hitless in his debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, after a late-night trade sent him to major league baseball's runaway leaders from the New York Mets.

To make room for Granderson on baseball's deepest roster, the Dodgers optioned former All-Star CF Joc Pederson to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Pederson is hitting just .215 at the big-league level with 11 homers and 33 RBIs in 87 games.

Granderson found out about the trade after the Mets' rain-delayed loss against the Marlins on Friday, making for a hectic few hours before Los Angeles' mid-afternoon start Saturday in Detroit, where he broke into the majors in 2006.

Batting fifth in the lineup, Granderson went 0-for-4 and scored the game's first run after reaching on a two-base error. The Dodgers won 3-0, improving to an MLB-best 87-34.

"Last night I'm with the Mets in the blue and orange. Now I'm clear across the country wearing the blue and white of the Dodgers," Granderson said before the game. "I get a chance to be with an organization I've watched a lot and played against a lot. I know a lot of the guys, and I'm happy to go out there and be with them."

Pederson started Friday night's game in Detroit, going 1-for-3 with an RBI double during the Dodgers' 8-5 win over the Tigers. He featured a new, slightly more crouched batting stance, a work in progress that Dodgers manager Dave Roberts hopes Pederson can fine-tune in the minors.

"[Joc] being optioned to Oklahoma City gives him a chance to reset," Roberts said. "I have no doubt that he'll come back here and help us win a lot of baseball games and get to our ultimate goal. But I think where he's at right now with a swing change, trying to get some consistency, in a major league setting, it's really hard to perform without looking at the scoreboard and looking at your average."

Granderson split time between center and left fields for New York, but Roberts said he expects to use him primarily on the corners, while Chris Taylor


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Cubs claim catcher Rene Rivera off waivers from Mets

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Rene RiveraWendell Cruz/USA TODAY SportsThe Cubs will be the sixth team catcher Rene Rivera, 34, has played for in his career. He is batting .230 with eight HR and 23 RBIs in 54 games this season.

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have claimed veteran catcher Rene Rivera off waivers from the New York Mets.

The 34-year-old Rivera is known for his defensive skills. He has thrown out 10 of 31 runners attempting to steal this season. He is batting .230 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 54 games.

The Cubs lost catcher Willson Contreras to a hamstring injury on Aug. 9. They got Alex Avila in a trade with Detroit last month, and rookie Victor Caratini was promoted from the minors after Contreras went down, but the acquisition of Rivera gives them more insurance at the position.

To make room on the 40-man roster, right-hander Aaron Brooks was designated for assignment before Saturday's game against Toronto. The Cubs will have to make another move when Rivera joins the team.

To replace Rivera, the Mets recalled catcher Kevin Plawecki from Triple-A Las Vegas and activated left-hander Tommy Milone from the disabled list.


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Rosario: The pressure of being a top prospect 'helped me a lot'

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This interview was conducted in Spanish and has been translated.

Five years ago, shortstop Amed Rosario earned the Mets' largest-ever international signing bonus, a $1.75 million figure -- and all the pressures that came along with it. After making his major league debut on Aug 1. -- and with 12 hits and two home runs already under his belt -- the Mets' rookie spoke with Marly Rivera about the pressure of being a top prospect, his struggles learning English, and learning from Jose Reyes.


Being the top prospect in baseball, do you feel pressure to revitalize a franchise that is going through such a tough time?

I really just want to thank God first for this opportunity and I just try to not put any pressure on myself. I try to give my best out there every day I am on the field and I leave the rest in God's hands. Let His will be done.

How important has it been for you the presence of a veteran player like Jose Reyes in this team?

For me it has been very important and I just have to thank him because he has always been there helping me and giving me the best advice. And I would say that more than a friend he's like a brother to me.

What does it mean for you to share this experience with Dominic Smith, since you're both so close?

I am so happy and grateful to God for the blessing that he gave him to be up here too, and even more because we are able to be together in this series. Every kid dreams of playing against New York, against the Yankees, and for me it is a pleasure and an honor.


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Shortly after Curtis Granderson found out that the New York Mets had traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers late Friday night, he recorded a short Twitter video thanking the fans for his time in Queens since signing as a free agent in December 2013.

Standing in front of his locker at Citi Field and still in Mets gear, the veteran highlighted a "bunch of great memories" during the 32-second clip, including "getting a chance to go to a World Series" and "going to the playoffs back-to-back."

The 36-year-old will now have a chance at another World Series appearance this year with the Dodgers, who own the best record in baseball.

-- Nick Ostiller


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Dodgers make deal for Mets OF Curtis Granderson

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson from the New York Mets for cash considerations and a player to be named later, the teams announced Friday.

Granderson, 36, will join the Dodgers amid his fourth season with the Mets and 14th overall, after four seasons with the New York Yankees and six with the Detroit Tigers, who chose him in the third round of the 2002 draft out of the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

"A little bittersweet to do that," Granderson told SNY in a locker room interview aired after the Mets' game Friday night, when asked about the pending trade. "But an opportunity to be able to go play in the postseason is exciting."

Granderson is in the final season of a four-year, $60 million contract. He's hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs and becomes a solid option for an already-deep outfield that includes Joc Pederson in center, Yasiel Puig in right and Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger in left.

The Dodgers (86-34) continue to build on a historically successful season with the trade for Granderson.

On pace to tie the MLB record for wins in a season with 116, they stood 19 games ahead of the second-place Colorado Rockies


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Aaron Judge strikes out in his 34th consecutive game, but Gary Sanchez drives in five runs as the Yankees beat the Mets 7-5 and sweep the Subway Series.

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Gary Sanchez hits a two-run single in the fourth inning, and the Yankees go on to rout the Mets 7-5.

NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes has been put on the 10-day disabled list by the New York Mets because of a sore left ribcage.

Fellow infielder Wilmer Flores remains out of the lineup Thursday night against the Yankees because of a similar injury. Flores planned to work out before the game, and the team decided not to put him on the DL. But manager Terry Collins says Flores probably won't be available off the bench.

Both players sat out Wednesday night as well.

New York recalled infielders Matt Reynolds and Gavin Cecchini from Triple-A Las Vegas. Reynolds started at third base and batted eighth at Citi Field as the Mets tried to prevent a four-game sweep by the Yankees in the Subway Series.

Right-hander Kevin McGowan was optioned to Las Vegas.


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Eric Hartline/USA TODAY SportsIf Dominic Smith, right, and fellow star prospect Amed Rosario warm to the majors as quickly as Michael Conforto did, the New York Mets have a real chance to be dangerous.

After 2,263 minor league plate appearances and some idle moments fantasizing about his MLB debut, Dominic Smith walked into the New York Mets' clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park on Friday and located his locker stall near the entrance to the showers. He glanced at the No. 22 name plate at the top, changed from his street clothes into his uniform and settled in for what he hopes will be the rest of his baseball life.

There will be successes and failures, good days and bad, but no day quite compares to the first.

"It's still pretty surreal right now," Smith said. "In a few weeks when I can sit back and look at what I just went through, that's when it's really going to sink in and hit me. I feel accomplished, because this is a big goal and a big dream for a lot of kids and a lot of people. It's just the beginning."

Smith went 1-for-3 with a single in his debut at first base and enjoyed his biggest thrill as a spectator, when rookie teammate Amed Rosario homered in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 7-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. In a Subway Series game Tuesday night, Smith and Rosario both got into the act with two-run homers in a 5-4 loss to the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

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New York Mets fans will be happy to know that Noah Syndergaard was back at it Tuesday, throwing in the bullpen for the first time since his injury.

In an MLB.com video, Syndergaard says he "felt really good" with the first 20 or so pitches he has thrown since tearing his right lat.

The Mets right-hander appears to be throwing easily and without discomfort, judging by the video. And it looked like he was firing strikes across the plate. 

Syndergaard was injured in late April after posting a 3.29 ERA, 32 strikeouts and a 1.10 WHIP on the season.

-- Courtney Schellin


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New York Mets right-hander Seth Lugo will not make his Subway Series start Wednesday because of an impingement in his right shoulder.

He has been placed on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 12.

Robert Gsellman (5-5) instead will come off the disabled list to start against the Yankees' Jaime Garcia (5-8). Gsellman went on the DL on June 28 with a strained hamstring.

Lugo was pounded by the Phillies on Friday, allowing five runs on eight hits and four walks. He has allowed 13 runs over his past 16 innings over three starts to raise his ERA from 4.10 to 4.85. 


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While signing autographs, Tim Tebow gladly shouts out a fan's sick grandmother and puts a smile on her face.

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WINS LEADER
Jacob deGrom
WINS ERA SO IP
13 3.35 183 158
OTHER LEADERS
BAM. Conforto .278
HRJ. Bruce 29
RBIJ. Bruce 75
RM. Conforto 69
OPSM. Conforto .944
ERAJ. deGrom 3.35
SOJ. deGrom 183