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Daniel Murphy plays hero as Mets beat Dodgers to advance to NLCS

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The Mets and Cubs will meet in the NLCS.

Behind a gusty outing from Jacob deGrom and some heroics from Daniel Murphy, the Mets topped the Dodgers 3-2 in Game 5 of the NLDS tonight to advance to the NLCS.

DeGrom didn’t appear long for this one after giving up two runs in the first inning, but he wiggled out of a handful of jams to hold the Dodgers off the board over the next five innings. It wasn’t easy, as he pitched with runners on base in every inning except the sixth. These were high-stress innings. He ended up throwing 105 pitches while striking out seven and walking three. It wasn’t anywhere close to his dominant outing from Game 1, but it was an impressive recovery.

Murphy was the big hero for New York. Thanks to some heads-up baserunning in the fourth inning, he advanced from first to third on a walk before coming around to score on a game-tying sacrifice fly from Travis d'Arnaud. He then slugged a go-ahead solo homer off Zack Greinke in the sixth. It stood up as the difference in the ballgame. As for Greinke, he allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings while striking out nine batters.

After deGrom was pulled from the game, Mets manager Terry Collins finally turned to Noah Syndergaard, who had warmed up multiple times earlier in the game. Regularly hitting 100 mph with his fastball, he tossed a scoreless seventh inning while striking out two batters. Collins then asked for six outs from his closer Jeurys Familia. He tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning before coming back out for the ninth. Appropriately enough, Chase Utley led off the bottom of the ninth. Familia got him to fly out to right field for the first out before striking out A.J. Ellis swinging. He then struck out Howie Kendrick swinging to end it.

The Mets are back in the NLCS for the first time since 2006. Game 1 of the NLCS vs. the Cubs will take place Saturday night at 8:07 p.m. ET in New York.

Tigers sign Edwin Jackson to a minor league deal

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The good news: most-traveled-player ever Edwin Jackson has a job again. The bad news: it’s not with team number 15. He’s repeating himself, going back to the Tigers, for whom he pitched in 2009. Oh well.

Jackson, 35, posted a ghastly 11.12 ERA in 28 and a third innings over eight appearances with the Blue Jays this season, five of which came as starts. If he can manage to be merely bad instead of terrible he’s likely to get several starts for Detroit in the second half as the Tigers are playing for nothing and teams playing for nothing are well-served by veteran arms.

And heck, if he starts one in the next week or so and is amazing, maybe — just maybe — Detroit can flip him to team number 15? We can dream, can’t we?