Settling the Scores: Monday’s results

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Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to break a 6-6 tie facing new Marlins reliever Fernando Rodney. The Mets’ eight runs were all unanswered, as the Marlins took a 6-0 lead after four innings. In valiant fashion, the Mets scored once in the fourth, once in the fifth, and twice in each of the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings for the victory. At its lowest, the Mets’ win expectancy was just 2.8 percent after Brandon Nimmo lined out for the second out of the fourth inning.

After sweeping the Cubs in four games, Monday’s win over the Marlins extends the Mets’ winning streak to five games. They’re now 45-37 in second place, four games behind the first-place Nationals. Despite the adversity the defending National League champs have faced, they’re still very much in the thick of things.

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The box scores.

Brewers 1, Nationals 0
Rays 4, Angels 2
Red Sox 12, Rangers 5
White Sox 8, Yankees 2
Athletics 3, Twins 1
Astros 2, Mariners 1
Pirates 4, Cardinals 2
Cubs 10, Reds 4
Phillies 8, Braves 2
Giants 3, Rockies 1
Mets 8, Marlins 6
Blue Jays 6, Royals 2
Indians 5, Tigers 3
Dodgers 7, Orioles 5
Padres 8, Diamondbacks 4

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.