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Nationals closer Sean Doolittle placed on disabled list

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Sunday was a good day for Nationals closer Sean Doolittle. He not only got selected for the All-Star team but he got the band Smash Mouth to give him a shoutout. Hey now, that’s pretty cool!

Yesterday was not so good, though: Doolittle was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a pinched nerve in his toe. That’s So Insane. Wonder if he hurt it Walkin’ on the Sun.

Doolittle will miss the All-Star Game, unfortunately, but he will be eligible for the first game of the second half and says he expects to be ready for it.

There was no save situation for the Nats last night, but Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth and will likely do so whenever needed between now and Sunday.

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.