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A-Rod hits an RBI double in his first at bat of his last game

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There was probably a lot of pressure on Alex Rodriguez in his last game in pinstripes. It was probably amped up a bit given the rain delay and pregame ceremonies which pushed the start of the game back a good deal. But if he was feeling the pressure he got past it.

A-Rod came to the bat against Chris Archer with a runner on in the first inning and served up an RBI double to deep center field:

 

I may be crazy, but I’m pretty sure that was a “F**k yeah!” from A-Rod as he got to second base, right at the 16 second mark. Can’t say as I blame him.

The RBI was his 2,086th of his career. He trails only Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth on the all-time list. The double, his 548th, put him past Manny Ramirez into sole possession of 30th place.

 

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.