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Mets to promote Dominic Smith on Friday

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Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets will promote first base prospect Dominic Smith from Triple-A Las Vegas to the majors on Friday.

Smith, 22, is the Mets’ No. 2 prospect behind Amed Rosario, according to MLB Pipeline. At Triple-A this season, Smith hit .330/.386/.519 with 16 home runs and 76 RBI in 500 plate appearances. He is also well-regarded for his defense at first base.

The Mets recently traded Lucas Duda to the Rays and Jay Bruce to the Indians, opening up more space for the Mets’ younger players. Despite struggling, Rosario has played every day at shortstop since being called up at the beginning of the month. Smith, too, should see regular playing time at first base.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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