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Kirk Nieuwenhuis

Video: Kirk Nieuwenhuis hits his third homer of the day


Watch as Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis takes Diamondbacks right-hander Randall Delgado way deep to right field on Sunday at Citi Field for his third home run of the afternoon

Nine other Mets have homered three times in a game, but Nieuwenhuis is the first ever to do it at home.

Clayton Kershaw will be a National League All-Star after all

Clayton Kershaw

Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez beat out Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the Final Vote for the National League All-Star team, but Kershaw is headed to Cincinnati anyway …

Kershaw is replacing Max Scherzer, who won’t be eligible to pitch Tuesday because he is starting for the Nationals in Sunday’s series finale against the Orioles. Kershaw, the reigning MVP and Cy Young Award winner in the National League, has a 2.85 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 160 strikeouts in 123 innings this season.

Jon Gray may debut right after the All-Star break

Colorado Rockies Photo Day

Nick Groke of the Denver Post notes that the Rockies have designated Aaron Laffey for assignment, opening a 40-man roster spot for the possible arrival of top starting pitching prospect Jon Gray. Groke suspects that Gray will make his major league debut on Friday night in San Diego — Colorado’s first game after the All-Star break.

But this is all speculation for the time being.

Gray was the third overall pick in the 2013 MLB Amatuer Draft out of the University of Oklahoma. He hasn’t exactly excelled this season at Triple-A Albuquerque, but the 23-year-old right-hander owns a promising 3.87 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 248/82 K/BB ratio in 258 career minor league innings.

Colorado’s starting pitchers have registered a combined 5.01 ERA this season.