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Mets starter Steven Matz hits first career homer

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Trailing the Marlins 2-0 on Thursday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader, Mets starter Steven Matz helped his own cause by swatting a two-run home run to left field off of Sandy Alcantara in the bottom of the second inning. It’s the first homer of Matz’s career.

Matz is the first Mets pitcher to homer this season. Last season, Jacob deGrom and Seth Lugo each hit dingers.

Matz, 27, yielded two runs in the top half of the second on a pair of solo home runs to Peter O’Brien and Isaac Galloway. The lefty entered Wednesday’s start with a 4.17 ERA and a 132/47 K/BB ratio in 133 2/3 innings.

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.