Mets strike first, take early 3-0 lead over the Cubs in NLCS Game 2

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The Mets had a 3-0 lead before Cubs starter Jake Arrieta was able to record an out in the bottom of the first inning of NLCS Game 2. Curtis Granderson ripped a line drive single through the shift on the right side, and David Wright then smoked a double to right-center field. Granderson scored easily.

The run was the first Arrieta had allowed in the first inning in his last 26 starts. But the Mets weren’t done. Daniel Murphy snuck a line drive just inside the foul pole down the right field line for a two-run home run, his fifth long ball of the post-season, setting a new Mets record.

Arrieta was able to get Yoenis Cespedes to pop up foul near first base, then struck out Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud to end the frame. Noah Syndergaard will head back to the mound with a three-run lead.

If there’s a bright side for the Cubs, they’ll have eight turns at bat to try and make up the deficit.

Yankees clear 3 roster spots, could activate Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle on Friday

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson and Tommy Kahnle appear set to rejoin the New York Yankees ahead of their series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots, saying that infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero had been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook after a 1-0 loss at Seattle.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton potentially returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.