Record Citi Field crowd watches Yankees beat Mets 5-1

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The Yankees jumped out on top 3-0 in the first and held on from there to beat the Mets 5-1 in front of a record Citi Field crowd of 42,020 on Friday night.

The Bombers got their first two runs off lefty Jon Niese before an out was recorded, as Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson singled to start the game and Mark Teixeira doubled them in.  Teixeira later came around to score on a Robinson Cano double.

The Mets replied with one run in the bottom of the second, but that was the end of the scoring while the starting pitchers were in.  Ivan Nova allowed one run over five innings, and Niese gave up three runs in six innings.

After the bullpens took over, the Mets tried to rally.  Jose Reyes reached on an infield single to start the seventh and tagged up to go to second on Justin Turner’s fly to center.  When the throw eluded Eduardo Nunez, he took off for third, and it looked like he got in under Alex Rodriguez’s tag.  However, Jerry Layne called him out, leading to an argument with Reyes and the ejection of Mets manager Terry Collins.

The Yankees added to their lead from there.  Eduardo Nunez, polishing off a 4-for-4 game, singled in Russell Martin in the eighth, and Rodriguez doubled in Granderson in the ninth.

The victory was the Yankees’ season-high sixth in a row.  They improved to 3-1 versus the Mets this season.

Diamondbacks, T.J. McFarland avoid arbitration

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.

McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).

McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.