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Braves re-sign Luke Jackson

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The Braves inked right-handed reliever Luke Jackson to a major league deal on Sunday, per a team announcement. Jackson was designated for assignment by the club last Wednesday and elected free agency; with his return to Atlanta, he’ll take the place of fellow reliever Luiz Gohara.

The 26-year-old righty struggled in his first handful of big league games this season, issuing three runs on two hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings. His performance in Triple-A Gwinnett has been significantly more impressive, however: Jackson twirled a 1.69 ERA, 4/2 BB/9 and 14.3 SO/9 over 21 1/3 innings out of the rotation and bullpen. He should provide some stability to a bullpen that’s amassed a middling 4.04 ERA and 1.3 fWAR since the start of the year.

Gohara, meanwhile, is expected to rejoin the team’s Triple-A rotation in Gwinnett. His major league stint was scattered across a few sporadic appearances in May and June — culminating in an underwhelming 6.89 ERA, 4.6 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 across 15 2/3 innings — and it appears he’d be better served with regular playing time in the minors until the Braves have the space and opportunity for him in the big leagues.

Steven Matz homers in back-to-back starts

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Mets starter Steven Matz helped his own cause again, belting a solo home run in the top of the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Phillies. Matz turned on a 1-1 breaking ball from Cy Young contender Aaron Nola, breaking a scoreless tie.

Matz also homered in his previous start against the Marlins last Thursday. According to MLB Stat of the Day, he is the third Mets pitcher to homer in back-to-back starts, joining Tom Seaver (1972) and Ron Darling (1989).

Matz is the fourth full-time pitcher to hit multiple home runs this season, joining the Reds’ Michael Lorenzen (four), and the Cardinals’ John Gant and Miles Mikolas (two each). The last Mets pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a season was Noah Syndergaard, who hit three in 2016.

Along with the bat, Matz has also been dealing on the mound. As of this writing, he has held the Phillies scoreless over five innings despite walking five batters and allowing two hits.