Jon Niese watched the birth of his son via FaceTime

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With his wife about to give birth to their second child, Mets left-hander Jon Niese wasn’t sure if he would even be able to pitch last night. He ended up making the start against the Dodgers, giving up six runs over a season-low three innings, and his wife gave birth during the game. However, he didn’t miss the event completely.

According to Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News, Niese watched the birth of his son via FaceTime before departing on a flight to Ohio. Surely he wanted to be there in person with his wife, but technology is pretty cool. And seeing his baby boy probably took the sting away from a rough night on the mound.

The Mets placed Niese on the paternity leave list this morning and recalled right-hander Logan Verrett from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.