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Curtis Granderson intends to play in 2019


There had been some thought that 37-year-old free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson might retire, but he intends to play in 2019, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

Granderson spent last season with the Blue Jays and Brewers, batting a productive .242/.351/.431 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 403 plate appearances. He was used almost exclusively against right-handed pitchers, so if he wants to continue playing, it would be as a platoon outfielder and/or DH.

If his career does continue, Granderson will play a 16th season in the majors. He has thus far donned uniforms for the Tigers, Yankees, Mets, and Dodgers along with the Blue Jays and Brewers. Granderson signed a one-year, $5 million contract to join the Blue Jays last season. He would likely have to accept a pay reduction and perhaps a minor league deal to continue playing.

Zack Wheeler hits first career homer

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Mets starter Zack Wheeler wasn’t content with just dominating the Phillies on the mound Tuesday night in Queens. The 28-year-old decided to have himself a three-RBI night at the plate, too, including his first career home run.

With the Mets already leading 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Wheeler lifted a first-pitch Zach Eflin fastball out to left-center field, landing well beyond the 370-foot sign on the wall. Wheeler had previously helped his own cause, lacing a two-run double down the right field line off of Eflin in the second inning.

Wheeler entered the night with 22 hits in 194 career trips to the plate. Of his 22 hits, five went for extra bases (all doubles). On the mound, through six innings, Wheeler has held the Phillies scoreless on five hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

Todd Frazier broke the game open in the fifth inning, hitting a grand slam off of Drew Anderson to push the Mets’ lead to 8-0. If the Phillies lose tonight, they will have lost five of their last six games.