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Rangers designate Austin Jackson for assignment

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The Texas Rangers designated Outfielder Austin Jackson for assignment.

This after just acquiring him from the Giants two days ago in the trade that also netted them Cory Gearrin. Of course it was likely by design, with the Giants requiring Texas to take Jackson in the deal in order to allow them to get Gearrin. At the time of the trade, Rangers GM Jon Daniels reportedly told the outfielder to hold off on reporting to the club because he may try to flip him sooner rather than later. Guess it was sooner.

Jackson, 31, was batting just .242/.309/.295 through 165 plate appearances this season with San Francisco and will likely pass through waivers unclaimed because he’s owed around $4.5 million on the two-year, $6 million deal he signed before the season.

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.