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Yoenis Cespedes hits three of Mets’ seven home runs vs. Phillies on Tuesday

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Yoenis Cespedes became the first member of the Mets to have multiple three-homer games for the team. He hit a trio of homers on August 21, 2015 against the Rockies. He then accomplished the feat once more on Tuesday night against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in a 14-4 victory.

Cespedes hit his first home run with no outs and two runners on base in the top of the first inning against Clay Buchholz, swatting a fly ball out towards the batter’s eye in center field. Adam Morgan relieved Buchholz, who exited in the third inning with a forearm injury. Cespedes victimized Morgan with a no-doubt solo home run down the left field line in the fourth inning for his second dinger. In the fifth, Cespedes went deep for a third time, swatting another solo home run off of Morgan.

Cespedes had two shots to hit a fourth home run, but settled for a well-struck double to center field in the seventh and a ground out in the eighth. After Tuesday’s performance, he’s hitting .250/.333/.688 with four home runs and six RBI in 36 plate appearances.

Lucas Duda hit two homers of his own on Tuesday night. Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis d'Arnaud also homered, giving the Mets seven on the evening. Seven marks the most home runs the Mets have hit in a game since August 24, 2015, when they hit eight home runs in a 16-7 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. In fact, the Mets have hit six-plus homers in a game four times since the start of the millennium, and all four have come against the Phillies in Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. The others: six on April 19, 2016 and seven on April 19, 2005.

To put Tuesday night in perspective, 12 teams entered Tuesday with fewer home runs than the Mets hit against the Phillies. The Mets nearly doubled their season output in home runs from eight to 15.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman not considering demoting struggling Greg Bird

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Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.

GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”

Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.

Chris Archer threw behind Jose Bautista

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Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.

Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.

The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.