Jon Niese watched the birth of his son via FaceTime


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.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.

The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.