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Video: Jacob deGrom blasts his first career home run

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Following in the footsteps of fellow Mets’ pitcher-hurler Noah Syndergaard and, to a lesser extent, former Met Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom hit his first career home run during Sunday’s series finale against the Nationals.

Down 0-1 in the third inning, deGrom crushed a first-pitch sinker off of the Nats’ Joe Ross, depositing it just over the 370-foot marker in left field:

The 379-foot blast marked his second extra-base hit of the season, tying the career high he set during his rookie season in 2014.

On the mound, he was equally as dominant, keeping the Nationals to one run through six innings and striking out four of 23 batters faced. The Mets, meanwhile, helped back their starter with another pair of runs in the fourth inning, building a two-run lead on a throwing error from catcher Matt Wieters and an RBI single from Michael Conforto. The Mets currently lead the Nationals 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth.

Roberto Osuna reveals he has been dealing with an anxiety issue

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Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna recently revealed that he has been dealing with an anxiety issue, Rob Longley of the Toronto Star reports. Osuna specified that the issue is completely off the field, not on the field. He is not sure when he’ll be able to return to pitch again.

Osuna had been feeling “a little bit anxious, a little bit weird” and said, “I feel like I’m lost a little bit right now.” Despite the anxiety, Osuna volunteered to pitch during Friday’s loss to the Royals, but the Blue Jays smartly chose not to put him into the game.

Osuna said, “I wish I knew how to get out of here and how to get out of this. We’re working on it. We’re trying to find ways to see what can make me feel better. But to be honest I just don’t know.”

It must have been tough for Osuna to make his issue public, as there is still a stigma around dealing with mental issues. Given the prominent position he holds in the Jays’ bullpen, fans become even less empathetic about taking time off to deal with it as well. Hopefully, Osuna is able to use the time off to get the help he needs. And hopefully his going public helps motivate other people dealing with mental issues to seek help for themselves.

The 22-year-old recently became the youngest player in major league history to reach 75 career saves. This season, Osuna is carrying a 2.48 ERA with 19 saves and a 37/3 K/BB ratio in 39 innings.

Brewers claim Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Athletics

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Sunday that the Brewers claimed catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Athletics. Vogt was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Thursday.

Vogt, 32, was an All-Star in each of the last two seasons, but struggled this year. He hit .217/.287/.357 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 174 plate appearances.

With the Brewers, Vogt will likely split time behind the plate with Manny Pina. Meanwhlie, the Athletics’ catching situation will be handled by Josh Phegley and Bruce Maxwell.