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Curtis Granderson lines a two-run homer, Mets jump back on top of the Royals

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Update (9:36 PM EDT): The Mets tacked on in the bottom of the fourth, leading off the frame with a Lucas Duda single and a Travis d'Arnaud double off of Ventura. Following a mound visit, Ventura allowed an infield single to Michael Conforto, which also saw d’Arnaud scamper to third base. Ventura was able to get Wilmer Flores to foul out to first base, but that was the end of the line for the right-hander. Yost pulled Ventura in favor of lefty reliever Danny Duffy. Duffy fanned Syndergaard, then got Granderson to fly out to shallow center.

It’s 5-3 Mets after four innings.

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Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson lined a two-run home run into Utley’s Corner at Citi Field, helping his team jump back on top of the Royals 4-3 in the bottom of the third inning in Game 3 of the World Series.

It’s the Mets’ second two-run homer of the game off of Royals starter Yordano Ventura. David Wright had hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning but the Royals rallied to score two runs in the top of the second against Mets starter Noah Syndergaard.

Through three innings, it’s been a back-and-forth affair. The Mets are trying to avoid falling behind three games to none in the best-of-seven series.

Buster Posey has opted out of the season

Buster Posey has opted out
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Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”

Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.

Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.

In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.

A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.