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Jose Reyes wants to finish his career with the Mets

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If it were up to Jose Reyes, he’d spend the rest of his major league career at Citi Field. “Did I want to come here? For sure,” the 34-year-old shortstop told reporters. “Do I want to finish my career here? One hundred percent.” He emphasized that point with a pair of home runs during Friday’s 5-1 win over the Reds, boosting his batting line to a still-mediocre .238/.307/.402 as he nears free agency at the end of the season.

Still, it’s clear Reyes has something left in the tank, and whatever he can’t produce on the field, he makes up for in veteran presence and leadership. Comments from club manager Terry Collins indicate that Reyes is a role model in the clubhouse and has played a key part in guiding top infield prospect Amed Rosario over the last month. That, coupled with his relative affordability, could be enough to sway the Mets in his favor.

Finding a role for Reyes on the field is a different story. Asdrubal Cabrera‘s flexibility at short and third base — .266/.337/.415 batting line notwithstanding– could eliminate Reyes from the Mets’ infield mix altogether if the team picks up Cabrera’s $8.5 million option this winter. Backup infielder Matt Reynolds and rookie Gavin Cecchini also give the club some necessary infield depth, though neither have Reyes’ experience in the clubhouse or on the field. And then there’s the not-so-small matter of the domestic violence charges brought against the veteran shortstop in 2016, an issue the team continues to look past after Reyes completed the 52-game suspension mandated by MLB last May.

For now, however, the Mets are sitting pat while the rest of the season plays out. With Cabrera sidelined due to a hamstring issue and Rosario still adjusting to the big leagues, Reyes has a brief window to beef up his second-half stats (.288/.355/.468 with four home runs and an .822 OPS entering Saturday) and tip the scales in his favor this offseason. Collins, though a self-proclaimed fan of the 34-year-old, wouldn’t commit either way when pressed about Reyes’ future. “No doubt about it, Jose Reyes, he’s going to be somewhere,” he said. “And he’ll be playing a lot, too.”

And That Happened: Friday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the rest of Friday’s scores and highlights:

Nationals 11, Phillies 10: Odubel Herrera extended a league-best 21-game hitting streak on Friday night, helping power the Phillies’ 10-run drive with a single in the seventh inning. That still wasn’t enough to quell the NL East leaders, who returned to haunt Herrera with a fly ball that went just over his head in the third inning:

Michael A. Taylor only needed 15.04 seconds to scoot around the bases, taking the lead on his first-ever inside-the-park grand slam and recording the second-fastest home run of the year. It wasn’t quite enough to keep the Phillies at bay — they responded with a trifecta of home runs and an RBI single to cut their deficit to one run in the ninth — but Taylor took care of that, too, giving the Nats their go-ahead run with an RBI triple in the eighth.

Tigers 5, Blue Jays 4: While the Phillies’ defense compromised their production at the plate, the Tigers excelled on the field. Buck Farmer held the Blue Jays scoreless through four frames, getting pulled for Drew VerHagen in the sixth after Kendrys Morales singled home the Jays’ second run of the night. Jeimer Candelario had the rest of the inning covered:

The Tigers needed just two homers to take the game: Nicholas Castellanos‘ grand slam in the third inning, and an Ian Kinsler solo shot in the seventh.

Indians 5, Orioles 0: The Indians make winning look easy. Mike Clevinger flummoxed the Orioles for six straight innings, keeping them to three hits and three walks, while Edwin Encarnacion solved Wade Miley with a three-run homer in the first inning. With the win, the Indians sit just four games back of the Athletics’ historic 20-win tear in 2002 and five games back of a record-breaking 21-win streak.

Padres 10, Diamondbacks 6: The Diamondbacks may not have approached the 20-win feat set by the Athletics, but they still made franchise history after carrying a 13-win streak heading into Friday’s opener. The Padres brought that run to a swift end, however, forcing Patrick Corbin from the game with an eight-run spread over the first 4 1/3 innings. The D-backs rebounded with a pair of home runs and RBI doubles, but couldn’t muster up the requisite five runs to top the 64-78 Friars in the ninth.

Mets 5, Reds 1: Jose Reyes slugged his way into the Mets’ history books during Friday’s opener, punishing a pair of pitches from Amir Garrett for his 100th and 101st home runs with the club.

While it hasn’t been a career year for the veteran slugger by any stretch of the imagination, the home runs put Reyes in rare company as one of just 13 players to post over 100 dingers with the Mets. The twin blasts helped propel the team to their third straight win, their longest win streak since mid-July.

Red Sox 9, Rays 3: Is there anything Mookie Betts can’t do? Well, probably, but on Friday, he did it all: suppressing runs with a pair of five-star catches and snapping a streak of 120 homer-less at-bats with a 318-footer off of Chris Archer in the first inning:

Drew Pomeranz kicked in his 15th win of the year on six innings of two-run, seven-strikeout ball. The win pushed the Rays back in the wild card standings and helped extend the Sox’ lead in the AL East, though they still have a tough month ahead of them with the Yankees just 4.5 wins from the division title.

Marlins 7, Braves 1: The Marlins may not be the favorites to lock down a postseason spot, but don’t count them out just yet. Jose Urena looked sharp through 6 1/3 innings against the Braves, collecting his first big league RBI in the second and fanning five batters en route to his 13th win of the season. It’s been a banner year for the 25-year-old hurler, whose 13 wins and 3.61 ERA are both career-best marks so far. With the win, the Marlins sit eight games back of a playoff berth, though they’ll still have to beat out the Brewers, Cardinals and Rockies for a chance to extend their run past October 1.

Brewers 2, Cubs 0: While half of the American League dukes it out for a wild card spot, the division battles continue to rage on in the National League. The Brewers blanked the Cubs on Friday — the first regular-season game hosted at Wrigley Field on a Friday night — and moved within four games of first place. Jimmy Nelson led the charge, quelling the Cubs’ bats with five innings of four-hit, seven-strikeout ball, while Ryan Braun hogged the spotlight at the plate, driving in the first and only runs of the night with his 300th career home run.

We’re not saying the Brewers’ voodoo doll of Javier Baez had anything to do with the win… but hey, maybe the Brewers’ voodoo doll of Javier Baez had something to do with the win.

Rangers 11, Yankees 5: So much for making a run at the AL East title. The Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka got shelled in the first four innings of Friday’s loss, taking seven runs on eight hits as the Rangers slugged their way to a 7-3 record in their last 10 games. Elvis Andrus led the way, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a single and becoming the third Rangers’ player to reach 40 doubles, 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a single season.

Giants 9, White Sox 2: Even after losing Mark Melancon to season-ending forearm surgery, even after skidding to their worst franchise record since 1985, the Giants found some moments of redemption this week. One of those moments came on a 2-1 pitch to Pablo Sandoval, who crushed a three-run homer during Friday’s win and snapped 39 straight at-bats without a hit.

Matt Moore also gave the Giants a glimmer of hope, posting his first quality start of the month with two runs on five hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings.

Twins 8, Royals 5: As competitive as the AL wild card race looks right now, no one has been able to unseat the Twins for more than a day. They kept rolling on Friday, staying just ahead of the Angels with a four-RBI effort from Eddie Rosario and Ervin Santana‘s 15th win of the season. The Royals, meanwhile, dropped to 4.5 games back in the standings — which, in any other year, would look like a surmountable deficit with 22 games still left to play.

Cardinals 4, Pirates 1: Don’t look now, but Luke Weaver is on a roll. The Cardinals’ rookie right-hander turned in his fifth straight win on Friday, taking one from the Pirates with 5 2/3 scoreless innings of seven-hit, seven-strikeout ball. He supplied his own run support, too, plating Greg Garcia on a groundout in the third inning and earning his first big league RBI. Not only did the win help the Cardinals stay within three games of a wild card berth (and four games from the division title), but it kept the spotlight on the rookie righty as he continued to fill in for an injured Adam Wainwright. “It’s just real fun to watch him take advantage of an opportunity like this, this time of season,” manager Mike Matheny told reporters.

Athletics 9, Astros 8: The Athletics found a rare moment of clarity on Friday evening, besting the AL-leading Astros with Marcus Semien‘s seventh-inning grand slam and a Jed Lowrie walk-off in the ninth:

While the win didn’t do anything for the club’s postseason hopes this season, it spoiled the Astros’ seven-game winning streak and snapped a string of 10 consecutive wins on the A’s home turf.

Rockies 5, Dodgers 4: Speaking of league leaders, the 92-49 Dodgers aren’t looking so hot these days. They took their eighth consecutive loss during Friday’s series opener, dropping a 5-4 nail-biter after DJ LeMahieu‘s go-ahead double in the fifth inning. Yu Darvish fanned six batters and recorded his 1,000th big league strikeout, but scattered also five runs over 4 1/3 innings in one of his worst outings of the year. No one’s all that close to unseating the Dodgers in the NL West — even the second-place Diamondbacks have a 10-game deficit — but their recent struggles don’t bode well for their chances of making a deep run in the playoffs this October.

Mariners 4, Angels 3: The Mariners, on the other hand, improved their postseason odds against the Angels on Friday, breaking a three-game losing streak to move within four games of a wild card spot. Ben Gamel netted his eighth home run of the year and Mitch Haniger plated the winning run on an RBI single in the third, while the Angels struggled to solve Seattle’s pitchers with a pair of RBI singles by Justin Upton and Albert Pujols and little else. Now isn’t the time for the Mariners to get comfortable, however. They’ll still need to beat out four other teams to lay claim to that elusive playoff berth by the end of the month.

And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Diamondbacks 13, Dodgers 0: That was a slaughter. And the man swinging the biggest meat cleaver was J.D. Martinez who went deep four times and drove in six. He’s the second guy to hit four bombs in a game this season, following Scooter Gennett, and only the 18th man to do it in major league history. What’s more, Martinez had more homers than the Dodgers had hits (4-3). Robbie Ray was responsible for that, shutting out Los Angeles for seven and two-thirds and striking out 14 Dodgers batters. Arizona has now won 11 games in a row. The Dodgers have lost nine of ten.

Here are Martinez’s blasts:

 

Angels 11, Athletics 9Kole Calhoun hit a two-run triple in the 11th inning to give the Angels the win but the news here was that the Angels used 12 pitchers to get through those 11 innings. Every manager who worked before, say, 1988 is rolling in their graves. Even the ones who aren’t dead yet. Three Angels pitchers didn’t record an out, which is just, oh my God. The major league record is 13 pitchers, but that was in a 16-inning game. Someone had best go check on Mike Scioscia today, because he probably hasn’t gotten that much exercise since he was trying to make his first big league team in camp 40 years ago.

Reds 5, Brewers 4: If you’re gonna guess who hit a big walkoff homer on any given day in Major League Baseball you’d probably go a long dang time before you picked Billy Hamilton. Hamilton had his day yesterday, however, smacking a walkoff solo shot to beat the Brewers. Hamilton also threw a runner out at home for his 12th assist of the year. After the game he said this:

“Saving a run was better for me. Me and [Adam] Duvall go out there every day to try to outdo each other. He still has one up on me. I’d rather throw a guy out than hit the big homer. but I’ll take both of them.”

Hmmmm. Can’t say I’d feel the same way, but given that he’s done both things and I’ll never do either, he’s in a better position to know.

Royals 7, Tigers 6: Alex Gordon had a day in the field. Doing this:

And this. Both in the fourth inning. Eric HosmerSalvador Perez and Alcides Escobar homered for the Royals as well. The Tigers have lost five straight and have very apparently given up on the year.

Mets 11, Phillies 7: Jose Reyes and Asrbubal Cabrera homered to back Rafael Montero who wasn’t great but was good enough. After the game all 25 men on the Mets roster had season ending surgery, probably.

Yankees 7, Orioles 4Starlin Castro homered and drove in three runs and Didi Gregorius went deep as well as the Yankees won their fourth in their last five. Aaron Judge drew four walks, singled and scored a run, which seems to go against the whole idea of throwing stuff in on Judge and making him show you his shoulder doesn’t hurt. The Orioles have now lost three of five. Seems like they were on a roll just ten minutes ago.

Indians 5, White Sox 3: That’s 12 straight wins for Cleveland. Trevor Bauer allowed two runs on three hits with nine strikeouts and one walk over six and a third to win his eighth decision in a row. The Indians’ franchise record winning streak is 14, set just last year. Oh, Bauer and Avisail Garcia had a little exchange in this one over whether it’s OK to throw breaking balls to big league batters. Watch the body language in this sequence:

And now listen to Bauer’s explanation:

Rockies 4, Giants 3: Carlos Gonzalez won the game on a walkoff walk, ending the Rockies’ four-game losing streak. Charlie Blackmon hit his 33rd homer of the season and DJ LeMahieu extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Colorado is now 8-0 at home against the Giants this season.

Pirates 12, Cubs 0Chad Kuhl shut the Cubs out on four hits over seven innings and two relievers took it the rest of the way. Max Moroff and Josh Bell each went 3-for-5 with four RBI for the Pirates. Jake Arrieta left with a hamstring injury for Chicago. He says it was just a cramp and believes he’ll make his next start.

Cardinals 2, Padres 0: Carlos Martinez tossed a three-hit complete game shutout with ten strikeouts and Yadi Molina hit a two-run RBI single in the fourth. That’s it. You now know everything of note that happened in that game.

Astros 6, Mariners 2:  Alex Bregman had a tiebreaking two-run double in Houston’s four-run seventh inning and Josh Reddick knocked in two that frame as well. Yuli Gurriel and Brian McCann had solo homers and Dallas Keuchel allowed two runs while pitching into the eighth. Houston has won five straight.

Blue Jays 10, Red Sox 4:  Kendrys Morales, Jose Bautista and Raffy Lopez all took Rick Porcello deep on a day when the reigning Cy Young Award winner was tagged for seven runs on ten hits and was handed his 16th loss on the year. Meanwhile his counterpart J.A. Happ allowed just one earned run in five and two-thirds. Boston has lost four of five and its division lead is down to two and a half games.

Nationals 7, Marlins 2: Anthony Rendon And Daniel Murphy each hit homers and had two-run doubles, wth Rendon driving in four runs and Murphy driving in three. With that the Nats won easily, but as always, Giancarlo Stanton gets some press in a losing cause. He hit his 53rd homer of the year. And he dented a TV camera as he did it, breaking its zoom lens function. Really:

Rays 11, Twins 4:  Corey Dickerson homered and doubled twice. He, Logan Morrison and Kevin Kiermaier drove in two runs a piece. Evan Longoria drove in three. The Rays are now three games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card with 23 left to play.

Rangers 8, Braves 2Elvis AndrusRougned Odor and Mazara homered as the Rangers won in a laugher. Andrus had homered twice on Sunday too. The Rangers lead all of baseball with 215 homers on the year.