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In race for Cy Young, deGrom K's 12 Yanks in W

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NEW YORK -- As Mets manager Mickey Callaway approached the pitcher's mound in the seventh inning Monday, he heard a cacophony of voices rising above the Yankee Stadium crowd. Jacob deGrom had retired his last six batters, four via strikeout. He was one out away from placing a capstone not only on his night, but on his latest volley in the National League Cy Young Award race.

"They were all going, 'Leave him in, leave him in,'" Callaway said of the Mets' infielders who joined him on the mound. "They were all battling for their teammate to stay in the game."

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NEW YORK -- As Mets manager Mickey Callaway approached the pitcher's mound in the seventh inning Monday, he heard a cacophony of voices rising above the Yankee Stadium crowd. Jacob deGrom had retired his last six batters, four via strikeout. He was one out away from placing a capstone not only on his night, but on his latest volley in the National League Cy Young Award race.

"They were all going, 'Leave him in, leave him in,'" Callaway said of the Mets' infielders who joined him on the mound. "They were all battling for their teammate to stay in the game."

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Ultimately, Callaway did not relent -- and at little cost in an 8-5 win over the Yankees that further cemented deGrom's status as a Cy Young favorite.

Video: NYM@NYY: deGrom, 5 homers lift Mets over Yankees

"I've said before that I want to win a Cy Young," said deGrom, who fanned 12 batters. "I think that's what every starting pitcher, or pitcher in general, wants to win as a personal goal. I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about it."

Unlike deGrom's primary rival, Max Scherzer, who is pitching in a pennant race, deGrom has little left to achieve beyond such individual hardware. Striking out four of the first eight batters he faced at Yankee Stadium, deGrom snapped an 11-inning scoreless streak when Jeff McNeil committed a throwing error on a would-be double play turn in the third. That ignited a two-run rally for the Yankees, who scored again on Didi Gregorius' RBI single in the fifth.

Video: NYM@NYY: Andujar skies a towering 2-run home run

But deGrom would allow no more, finishing with his third double-digit punchout game in his last five starts. Although Miguel Andujar tested the Mets' nerves with a two-run homer off Seth Lugo in the eighth inning, Robert Gsellman shut things down in the ninth without issue.

Video: NYM@NYY: Gsellman earns save to cap win vs. Yankees

All told, deGrom allowed three runs (two earned), marking his 21st consecutive start of three or fewer -- three shy of Dwight Gooden's franchise record. Throwing 114 pitches, deGrom improved to 7-7 and actually increased his MLB-leading ERA from 1.77 to 1.81, a night after Scherzer sliced his mark to 2.19.

For the second straight outing, the Mets even backed deGrom with an abundance of offense, piling up five home runs against Luis Severino and A.J. Cole. Amed Rosario hit a leadoff shot for the Mets, who also received homers from Jose Bautista, Todd Frazier, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto.

Video: NYM@NYY: 5 Mets belt homers in big Subway Series win

"This whole year he's been an angel, basically, for what we put him through," Frazier said. "We want to get him over the top."

As deGrom rumbles into the final stretch of his best season ever, his manager knows "he's probably going to experience something that he's never experienced before." A pitching coach during both of Corey Kluber's American League Cy Young Award seasons in Cleveland, Callaway recalls the shift in Kluber's demeanor during his final half-dozen starts those years. He figures deGrom, similarly, "is going to be in a race for something else and it's going to mean a lot to him."

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Another win Monday put him ever closer to that goal.

"Big game, big stage, he comes through again and he's never fazed by the moment," Nimmo said. "He's a great guy to be around. He makes you confident just by the way he carries himself. We're all trying to be more like him."

Although they maintain the second-best record in the Majors, the Yankees' loss pushed them 10 games back of the Red Sox in the American League East.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Severino maintained the All-Star righty hander is healthy only make his struggles more vexing.

"We got to help him and get to the bottom of it. Physically, I think he's sound, but we've got to get this righted," said Boone, who announced before the game that CC Sabathia was being placed on the disabled list with right knee inflammation. "And that's on all of us, because he's so important."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Back-to-back: Clinging to a two-run lead in the seventh, the Mets received some much-needed insurance when Nimmo and Conforto hit consecutive home runs to open up a 7-3 lead. First it was Nimmo, who took advantage of Yankee Stadium's short porch with a 360-foot shot to right. Conforto then increased the degree of difficulty, going 371 feet to left for his fifth opposite-field home run of the season.

Video: NYM@NYY: Nimmo, Conforto slug back-to-back HRs in 7th

"Everybody pitched in a little bit tonight," Conforto said. "It was a great team win. Jake was great, just like he is every night, and we put up some runs for him. It was a big thing we jumped on Severino early and we chased him out of there a little earlier than usual."

SOUND SMART
The Mets' five home runs marked their most since also hitting five last June 6 in Texas, and their most ever in a Subway Series contest. They entered the night with six homers in their previous nine games.

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Seeking a perfect inning in the fourth, deGrom mowed down Greg Bird and Gleyber Torres before inducing a soft Neil Walker chopper to the right side. Charging the ball, Wilmer Flores fielded it and used his glove to scoop a throw to first base, where deGrom was rushing to cover. But Flores slipped a bit as he threw, forcing deGrom to reach down, snare it and stomp on the bag just before Walker reached it.

Video: NYM@NYY: deGrom snags Flores' falling glove flip

HE SAID IT
"I normally am watching 'Blaze [and the Monster Machines]' or 'Paw Patrol.'" -- deGrom, when asked if he tuned in for Scherzer's 11-strikeout performance on Sunday night

UP NEXT
Jason Vargas will return to the mound when the Mets continue their 10-day, 11-game, four-city road trip Tuesday with the first of two games in Baltimore. Vargas recorded just one out during his last start in a rain-shortened game at Citi Field; he'll look for significantly more length when he opposes right-hander Andrew Cashner in the 7:05 p.m. ET opener at Camden Yards.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

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Mets launch five home runs in Bronx

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NEW YORK -- Earlier this season, following a particularly unnerving Jacob deGrom loss, Mets third baseman Todd Frazier apologized for the team's lack of offensive support. Monday, after he and his teammates broke out for a season-high five home runs in an 8-5 win over the Yankees, Frazier called deGrom an "angel, basically, for what we put him through."

The Mets gave deGrom a reprieve from all that Monday at Yankee Stadium, supporting their ace with more homers than they had ever hit in a Subway Series game. Amed Rosario led off the game with a long ball off Yankees starter Luis Severino, Jose Bautista added a two-run shot, and Frazier, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto all homered in the victory.

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NEW YORK -- Earlier this season, following a particularly unnerving Jacob deGrom loss, Mets third baseman Todd Frazier apologized for the team's lack of offensive support. Monday, after he and his teammates broke out for a season-high five home runs in an 8-5 win over the Yankees, Frazier called deGrom an "angel, basically, for what we put him through."

The Mets gave deGrom a reprieve from all that Monday at Yankee Stadium, supporting their ace with more homers than they had ever hit in a Subway Series game. Amed Rosario led off the game with a long ball off Yankees starter Luis Severino, Jose Bautista added a two-run shot, and Frazier, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto all homered in the victory.

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"Everybody pitched in a little bit tonight," Conforto said. "It was a great team win. Jake was great, just like he is every night, and we put up some runs for him."

Video: NYM@NYY: deGrom, 5 homers lift Mets over Yankees

Rosario's blast offered deGrom something he hasn't enjoyed much of this season -- an early lead, which Jeff McNeil extended with a two-out RBI single. Three innings later, Bautista added his homer, which was the seventh Severino has allowed in his last 11 starts. The Mets then roughed up reliever A.J. Cole with solo shots by Frazier (his first since July 4), Nimmo and Conforto.

All told, the Mets supported deGrom with eight runs for the second straight outing, after scoring a total of 16 in his previous seven starts.

Video: NYM@NYY: Bautista homers off of a 99.5-mph fastball

"Obviously he's been pitching extremely well the whole year, and we always know that if we can get him some run support then we've got a really good chance of winning that game," Nimmo said. "So it was a really good job by him today, and a really good job by our offense."

As Baseball Writers' Association of America voters demonstrated in awarding Felix Hernandez the 2010 American League Cy Young despite a 13-12 record, wins matter far less than they used to in balloting for that award. deGrom's 7-7 record is more the product of one of the NL's worst run-support averages than anything else -- something the Mets improved in short order in Monday's victory.

"It's a well-known fact what's been going on with him," Frazier said. "The season we've been having -- let's be realistic, it's not what we wanted. So let's get as many positives as we can before the season's over with. One of those things is for him to win that big Cy Young Award."

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

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Thor pokes fun at self when talking LLWS

Noah Syndergaard landed on the disabled list with hand, foot and mouth disease last month. Despite the viral illness, Thor managed to poke fun at himself and J.A. Happ -- who also contracted it not too long after.  And in the middle of an in-game interview with ESPN, the flamethrowing right-hander joked about it again.

Guillorme optioned to get regular playing time

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NEW YORK -- Wavering on how best to deploy Luis Guillorme, the Mets on Monday optioned the 23-year-old infielder to Triple-A Las Vegas, and called up utilityman Jack Reinheimer. The team also swapped a fresh reliever into its bullpen, recalling right-hander Tim Peterson and optioning Jacob Rhame.

Guillorme had amassed just 10 plate appearances in the Mets' last 13 games. Batting .444 in those contests, Guillorme extended his Major League-best streak of plate appearances without a strikeout to 52, but he could not work his way into the Mets' regular infield rotation.

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NEW YORK -- Wavering on how best to deploy Luis Guillorme, the Mets on Monday optioned the 23-year-old infielder to Triple-A Las Vegas, and called up utilityman Jack Reinheimer. The team also swapped a fresh reliever into its bullpen, recalling right-hander Tim Peterson and optioning Jacob Rhame.

Guillorme had amassed just 10 plate appearances in the Mets' last 13 games. Batting .444 in those contests, Guillorme extended his Major League-best streak of plate appearances without a strikeout to 52, but he could not work his way into the Mets' regular infield rotation.

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"I think that at this point Guillorme has not played as much as we'd like him to play to continue to develop, so that was the main factor," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "We want to get him down there and get him playing every day, and continuing to improve his development."

Last week, Callaway said the Mets were not starting Guillorme regularly because they wanted to prepare him for a future career as a bench player. On Monday, Callaway clarified that young second baseman Jeff McNeil's emergence, along with Todd Frazier's return from the disabled list, left too few opportunities for Guillorme to play.

The Mets also recently began cutting back on the reps of Jose Reyes, who has started only one of the team's last six games.

"It just became pretty clear that it was going to be hard to get [Guillorme] the playing time that we would like to see him get at this point," Callaway said. "So we felt like just sending him down to Triple-A was the best option."

The team is less concerned with the at-bats of Reinheimer, 26, whom they claimed off waivers from the D-backs last month. Capable of playing second base, third base and shortstop, Reinheimer hit .231 with one home run and a .756 OPS in nine games at Triple-A Las Vegas.

"Jack it seems from all of the reports that he has some versatility to him," Callaway said. "We'll pinch-run him, play him in multiple positions. He puts together good at bats so we're interested to see what he can do at the Major League level, as well."

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

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Thor handles Fish as Mets earn series win

Reyes, Conforto homer to support Syndergaard's 7 quality innings
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MIAMI -- Noah Syndergaard's seventh career start against the Marlins was much like the first six -- dominant.

After a quick turnaround from Saturday night's extra-innings loss, which included 4 1/3 innings from the Mets' bullpen, New York needed a quality start from its horse on Sunday and the right-hander delivered. Syndergaard went seven frames, striking out seven and allowing three runs in the Mets' 4-3 win at Marlins Park.

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MIAMI -- Noah Syndergaard's seventh career start against the Marlins was much like the first six -- dominant.

After a quick turnaround from Saturday night's extra-innings loss, which included 4 1/3 innings from the Mets' bullpen, New York needed a quality start from its horse on Sunday and the right-hander delivered. Syndergaard went seven frames, striking out seven and allowing three runs in the Mets' 4-3 win at Marlins Park.

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Jose Reyes and Michael Conforto homered for New York in the win.

Video: NYM@MIA: Reyes, Conforto help Syndergaard to 8th win

The right-hander has been lights-out against Miami in his career, particularly at Marlins Park. Sunday was no exception. Syndergaard improved to 5-0 with a 1.96 ERA in seven career starts against the Marlins, and he now has four victories in five career starts in South Florida. Syndergaard's five career victories against the Marlins are his most against any opponent.

After Starlin Castro's one-out RBI single in the first tied the game at one apiece, Syndergaard retired nine straight Marlins -- for that stretch, it was vintage Thor. For nine straight batters, the ball did not leave the infield. The right-hander struck out four batters over that stretch.

Video: NYM@MIA: Reyes launches a 2-run homer to left

On Sunday, Syndergaard's slider was the chief catalyst for his success. Of his 101 pitches, 41 were sliders -- 12 of 17 swinging strikes came on Syndergaard's out pitch.

"It was really good," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "I think his ability to go strike to ball with that slider and get that swing and miss is big. I think he hung one of them for an RBI with two outs, but when it's going that good, you kind of have to live by it."

Seven strong innings was exactly what the doctor ordered. Robert Gsellman pitched a scoreless eighth and Seth Lugo registered his first career save, closing it down in the ninth.

Video: NYM@MIA: Frazier plays the carom, fires to end 5th

"I felt a lot better mechanically today," Syndergaard said, recalling the improvements he's made since returning from his most recent stint on the disabled list. "Worked on it a lot in between starts and I felt really comfortable out there. Really had to dig deep in that seventh inning to get through it."

In their third day of a 20-day stretch without a scheduled off-day, the Mets savor opportunities to save the bullpen from overuse, especially the day after an extra-innings game and with Callaway keeping a close eye on his starting pitchers' innings.

Said Syndergaard on his ability to pitch late into games moving forward: "I'm just trying to get my pitch count back up and lengthen some ballgames. I feel like I'm heading in the right direction."

Video: NYM@MIA: Flores plates Rosario with a sac fly in 1st

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
After Gsellman's scoreless eighth, Callaway went with Lugo to convert the save with a one-run lead. Gsellman has six career saves -- Lugo entered the day with zero. The Mets manager explained that it was simply matchups that sparked the decision.

"It was mainly just the order of the people that were coming up," Callaway said. "Lugo's curveball against who we figured would be coming in to pinch-hit and the top of the order was going to play the best."

Lugo allowed a leadoff base knock to All-Star J.T. Realmuto, but he quickly erased the baserunner with a 4-6-3 double play. Miguel Rojas followed with a single, but Castro grounded out to third to end the game. With Jeurys Familia now with Oakland, Lugo is a candidate to get some saves alongside Gsellman and others in the bullpen moving forward.

"I thought he kept his poise really well and threw a strike when he needed to," Callaway said.

Video: NYM@MIA: Lugo seals 4-3 victory for his 1st MLB save

SOUND SMART
Sunday's win sealed the Mets' first series win away from Citi Field in almost four months. The last time the Mets won a series on the road was April 27-29, when they took two of three from the Padres. Further, after winning the series against the Reds earlier in the week, Sunday marks the first series winning streak since New York opened the season with five straight series victories.

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Conforto unloaded on a 1-2 pitch from southpaw Wei-Yin Chen in the sixth inning, taking a hanging slider 395 feet over the right-field wall. According to Statcast™, the ball left his bat at 106.6 mph with a 25-degree launch angle.

"Any time you see the ball go out of the park it feels good," Conforto said. "Lefties have been a topic of discussion -- I think us left-handed hitters who have been here the last couple years have had a chance to see a lot of left-handers this season, and it's been a good experience for us to get in there and get comfortable."

With the Mets' outfield ravaged by injuries to Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce and Juan Lagares, Conforto has been an everyday starter regardless of the opposing starting pitcher. The regular exposure to left-handers has started paying off.

"The fact that he's been able to see more lefties -- he's been consistently playing against them and starting against them -- I think that has really allowed him to be a lot more comfortable in the box against those guys," Callaway said.

Video: NYM@MIA: Conforto unloads a solo homer to right

HE SAID IT
"That was my third start back from the DL stint and having that virus, so now that I have my mechanics back, I can start working on speed to home plate. I feel like I did a pretty good job today, three or four stolen bases. If they're going to steal a base with two outs, so be it, I don't really care. I have enough confidence in my pitches to get the next guy out." -- Syndergaard, on Miami's three stolen bases Sunday

UP NEXT
Jacob deGrom will face off with Luis Severino in a marquee pitching matchup in the Bronx, concluding the 2018 Subway Series on Monday at 7:05 p.m. ET. deGrom has had trouble against the Yankees in his career, going 1-4 with a 3.67 ERA against them.

Max Goodman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. Follow him on Twitter @Max_Goodman97.

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Mets' nicknames for Players' Weekend

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For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

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Here are the nicknames the Mets will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:

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Tyler Bashlor: "BASH"
Jose Bautista: "JOEYBATS"
Jerry Blevins: "JER-RY JER-RY JER-RY"
Jay Bruce: "BRUUUCE"
Yoenis Cespedes: "LA POTENCIA"
Michael Conforto: "SCOOTER"
Travis d'Arnaud: "LIL d"
Jacob deGrom: "deGROM"
Phillip Evans: "BARREL"
Wilmer Flores: "CATIRE"
Todd Frazier: "TODDFATHER"
Robert Gsellman: "G-MAN"
Luis Guillorme: "LUISMI"
Austin Jackson: "A-JAX"
Juan Lagares: "ANGELO"
Seth Lugo: "QUARTERRICAN"
Steven Matz: "MATZY"
Jeff McNeil: "JT"
Devin Mesoraco: "ROCKO"
Rafael Montero: "MONTERO"
Brandon Nimmo: "NIMMS"
Corey Oswalt: "OZ"
Kevin Plawecki: "PLAW DAWG"
AJ Ramos: "JUNIOR"
Jose Reyes: "LA MELAZA"
Jacob Rhame: "RHAMROD"
T.J. Rivera: "T-BUTTA"
Amed Rosario: "EL NIÑO"
Paul Sewald: "PAULIE"
Drew Smith: "SMITTY"
Anthony Swarzak: "T-SWEEZY"
Noah Syndergaard: "THOR"
Jason Vargas: "VARGY"
Bobby Wahl: "PEANUT"
Zack Wheeler: "WHEELS"
David Wright: "D-DUB"

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Wright plays 3rd for 5 innings in rehab game

Mets captain goes 0-for-3 in first pro game since 2017
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David Wright took his most significant step in his attempted comeback from injuries that have sidelined him for the better part of more than two seasons on Sunday, as the 35-year-old third baseman began a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced St. Lucie. Wright went 0-for-3 and played third for five innings in a road game against Clearwater.

Batting third in the order, Wright struck out looking in the first inning, struck out swinging in the third and flied out to left in the sixth against Clearwater starter Mauricio Llovera, the flamethrowing Phillies prospect.

David Wright took his most significant step in his attempted comeback from injuries that have sidelined him for the better part of more than two seasons on Sunday, as the 35-year-old third baseman began a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced St. Lucie. Wright went 0-for-3 and played third for five innings in a road game against Clearwater.

Batting third in the order, Wright struck out looking in the first inning, struck out swinging in the third and flied out to left in the sixth against Clearwater starter Mauricio Llovera, the flamethrowing Phillies prospect.

"It felt good to get back out there," Wright said, per SNY. "Hopefully, the results will come. But, for now, getting three at-bats, I went out and played the field for five innings, seeing some pitches, seeing some really dominant pitching. It's not ideal to go out there and see 96, 97 [mph] in your first game in a year. So it was good to be challenged like that early. ... Getting to see a young arm like that that's live, you can't mimic that by practicing. You have to go out there and see it.

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"[I played the field for] five innings, [so] I was keeping track. But I didn't even realize that [my turn in the order was coming up in] the sixth, so I kind of figured, 'Why not?' That last at-bat [in the sixth] was my best at-bat. So I'm glad I got it, because I've got something to build on."

Wright also fielded a high popout in the fourth, battling the sun to make the catch.

"[It was a] day game, and I forgot my sunglasses -- so I was out there and really nervous when the ball started going in the air. It was good to track it a little bit and start moving around," Wright said. "Now, we just need some ground balls. Certainly, in my mind at least, a good day and kind of a baby step in the right direction."

Wright said the next steps in his rehab will be mapped out over the coming days, but he hopes to work his way back into more games during the club's four-game homestand this week against Florida. St. Lucie's next scheduled off-day isn't until Aug. 20.

"What I've kind of realized these last two months of this baseball rehab stuff is that I certainly need off-days periodically -- and we're going to look at that when we start scheduling for the next week or so," Wright said. "Everybody wants to go get hits and make all the plays in the field and everything. I think, for me, I have to really not necessarily temper expectations but be realistic about the process, and to make sure that I do the work behind the scenes -- and hopefully go back in there and start seeing the results as we get further along in this rehab."

Sunday marked Wright's first professional game since Aug. 26, 2017. He last played in a Major League game on May 27, 2016. That lengthy stretch has been marred by significant injuries to Wright's back, shoulder and neck that cast doubt as to whether the seven-time All-Star would ever make it back to the diamond. Mets manager Mickey Callaway indicated on Saturday that Wright reaching a rehab assignment was the most concrete proof the veteran, who has spent his entire career with the Mets, could make a Major League return.

"Once guys are in rehab games, then anything is possible," Callaway said on Saturday. "They are on the right track to getting back here and helping us out. I feel that there's a very good chance now."

Wright has widely been viewed as one of the best position players in franchise history. He was drafted by the club in the first round in 2001, and he is the club's all-time leader in hits (1,777), RBIs (970) and runs scored (949). His 242 career homers place him behind only Darryl Strawberry (252) on the franchise's all-time home run leaderboard.

The Mets are mired in fourth place in a season that's been marred by injuries and inconsistencies. The return of a longtime stalwart to the franchise when rosters expand in September would be a positive for a club that will head into the offseason facing uncertainty -- most specifically relating to the front office.

"I wouldn't be out here in 95-degree sunny Florida dripping sweat if I didn't think that I could make it back," Wright said. "But a lot of it's going to [involve my] results down here. In order to go up there and try to help those guys, I'm going to have to show that I can be productive and go out there and kind of be counted on to get some hits and make the plays."

Callaway sounded cautiously optimistic after Wright's outing.

"[Wright] came out of [the game] feeling really good," said Callaway. "We're going to evaluate when he comes in [on Monday] and see what the next step is."

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.

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Yes, Peter Alonso homered again

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

Mets No. 2 prospect Peter Alonso, the No. 63 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline, added to his prodigious power numbers on Sunday with another home run -- his 29th of the season between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas -- and a pair of RBIs to bring his total to 105, the most of any player in the Minor or Major Leagues, in a 3-1 win over Reno.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

Mets No. 2 prospect Peter Alonso, the No. 63 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline, added to his prodigious power numbers on Sunday with another home run -- his 29th of the season between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas -- and a pair of RBIs to bring his total to 105, the most of any player in the Minor or Major Leagues, in a 3-1 win over Reno.

Watch: Alonso goes yard

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The 23-year-old first baseman has homered in five of his last seven games for Las Vegas, and is hitting .260 with a .931 OPS in 47 Triple-A games. He slashed .314/.440/.573 with 15 homers in 65 Double-A games before being promoted.

Other top prospect performances on Sunday:

• A trio of D-backs prospects had big games Sunday. Jasrado Chisholm (No. 2) and Pavin Smith (No. 4) each shined in Class A Advanced Visalia's 7-3 victory over Modesto, while No. 6 prospect Alek Thomas continued his hot streak at the plate for Rookie level Missoula in its 9-6 win over Orem.

Chisholm went 3-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer, his sixth of the season. The 20-year-old shortstop is 9-for-18 with a pair of homers over his last four games, and is slashing .349/.393/.639 in 20 games since his promotion from Class A Kane County. In the same game, Smith also went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. The first baseman is hitting .245/.340/.379 with 10 homers in 103 games this season.

Thomas went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two walks out of the leadoff spot for Missoula. The second-round selection in this year's MLB Draft is hitting .421 (16-for-38) with three doubles and two homers in nine Pioneer League games.

Dodgers No. 1 prospect Alex Verdugo, the No. 28 prospect overall, went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a homer and two RBIs in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 9-0 victory over Memphis. He's hitting .346/.395/.500 with nine home runs in 76 Triple-A games this year.

Watch: Verdugo launches homer

Yordan Alvarez, the Astros' No. 3 prospect and the No. 41 prospect overall, belted a solo home run as part of a 2-for-3 performance in Triple-A Fresno's 9-4 win over Albuquerque. Since being promoted from Double-A Corpus Christi, the 21-year-old outfielder is slashing .240/.342/.462 with seven homers in 30 games.

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Meanwhile, another Houston prospect, Alex McKenna (No. 30), went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI in Class A (Short Season) Tri-City's 7-3 win over Vermont, improving his line to .328/.423/.534 with five homers in 32 games after being selected in the fourth round of this year's Draft.

• Right-hander Jefry Rodriguez, the Nationals' No. 11 prospect, was dominant over six innings in Triple-A Syracuse's 8-1 victory over Gwinnett. He yielded a run on six hits, walking two and striking out 11. The performance lowered his season ERA to 3.40 in 19 starts between Double-A Harrisburg (13) and Syracuse (six).

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• A pair of Red Sox prospects turned in strong performances in Double-A Portland's 6-2 victory over Akron. Boston's No. 1 prospect (and No. 99 overall), Michael Chavis, doubled and drove in three as part of a 2-for-3 afternoon, while No. 6 prospect Bobby Dalbec doubled, homered and drove in three runs of his own while going 2-for-4.

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Chavis, a first baseman, is hitting .309/.404/.556 with five homers in 22 Double-A games. Dalbec, a third baseman, has been red hot in nine games for Portland since being promoted from Class A Advanced Salem (.256/.372/.573, 26 homers), batting .364 with five homers.

Padres No. 10 prospect Cal Quantrill tossed six strong innings in Triple-A El Paso's 4-1 win at Sacramento, giving up a run on six hits, walking one and fanning six. The No. 8 overall selection in the 2016 Draft has given up three runs in 12 Triple-A innings since his promotion from Double-A San Antonio.

Watch: Quantrill notches strikeout

• Left-hander Cole Irvin, the Phillies' No. 10 prospect, blanked Louisville for seven innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's 4-0 victory. He surrendered just three hits, walked three and struck out two. In 23 starts for Lehigh Valley this season, he owns a 2.85 ERA.

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• Patrick Mazeika, the Mets' No. 28 prospect, went 3-for-3 with his seventh home run of the season during Double-A Binghamton's 8-5 loss to Reading. The catcher is hitting .218/.322/.342 in 72 games this season.

Athletics No. 27 prospect Parker Dunshee gave Double-A Midland 7 1/3 scoreless frames in its 2-0 victory over Arkansas. The right-hander has turned in scoreless performances in three of his last four outings, lowering his season ERA to 2.51 in 21 appearances (19 starts) between Class A Advanced Stockton and Midland (nine starts).

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

Each team's jersey number likely to be retired next

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Over the weekend, the Giants retired the No. 25 worn by Barry Bonds and the Tigers retired Jack Morris' No. 47. Bonds became the 12th Giant and Morris the seventh Tiger so honored (along with Jackie Robinson's No. 42 for both teams, of course). Bonds played for the Giants for 15 seasons and Morris pitched for the Tigers for 14 years and was just inducted into the Hall of Fame: It was a no-brainer for the Tigers once he was in.

This whole exercise got us thinking: Which active players might end up with their own jerseys retired? Who potentially has that immortality in their future? Thus, this week at The Thirty, in honor of Bonds and Morris, we take a look at the most likely active player to someday have their number retired for every team. Note the wording there, by the way: The player has to be active, but he does not have to be actively playing for the team that will retire his number at this specific moment.

Over the weekend, the Giants retired the No. 25 worn by Barry Bonds and the Tigers retired Jack Morris' No. 47. Bonds became the 12th Giant and Morris the seventh Tiger so honored (along with Jackie Robinson's No. 42 for both teams, of course). Bonds played for the Giants for 15 seasons and Morris pitched for the Tigers for 14 years and was just inducted into the Hall of Fame: It was a no-brainer for the Tigers once he was in.

This whole exercise got us thinking: Which active players might end up with their own jerseys retired? Who potentially has that immortality in their future? Thus, this week at The Thirty, in honor of Bonds and Morris, we take a look at the most likely active player to someday have their number retired for every team. Note the wording there, by the way: The player has to be active, but he does not have to be actively playing for the team that will retire his number at this specific moment.

Now, some of these teams have a rule that they won't retire anyone's number who wasn't elected to the Hall of Fame. In this case, if there is no obvious Hall of Fame candidate, when necessary, we'll pick the player most likely to be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame. But the general principle remains: Who's the active player most likely to go down in history for each specific franchise? Here's our list.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays
19: Jose Bautista

This is probably the last year for Bautista, who is peddling his wares for the Mets, his second team this season. This jersey retirement probably won't end up happening, so they may just have to do a statue of his bat flip.

Video: MLB Tonight uses Statcast™ on Bautista's bat flip

Orioles
10: Adam Jones

Jones may be traded in August, but he'll be forever an Oriole. He's Captain America for crying out loud.

Rays
3: Evan Longoria

He's the best player in franchise history by a wide, wide margin.

Red Sox
15: Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia is already one of the franchise's 10 best players by WAR (per Baseball Reference) in history, and if he ever gets healthy again, he'll pass David Ortiz (whose No. 34 is already retired) in a matter of weeks. Also, those two World Series championships don't hurt.

Video: 2007 WS Gm1: Dustin Pedroia leads off with homer
Yankees
99: Aaron Judge

It's obviously early, but it's not like anyone else is clamoring for the number.

AL CENTRAL

Indians
12: Francisco Lindor

This is a tough call: Corey Kluber (28) is right there, too, but Lindor could be here for decades to come as a franchise icon.

Royals
13: Salvador Perez

Anybody else get the feeling that come 2028 we're going to be having the same Hall of Fame arguments about Perez that we're having about Yadier Molina right now?

Video: Perez receives World Series MVP Award in presentation

Tigers
24: Miguel Cabrera

Cabrera will end up having been a Tiger for 16 years by the time his contract is over … and heck, maybe even longer.

Video: WS2012 Gm3: Miggy receives trophy for Triple Crown

Twins
7: Joe Mauer

Remember, Kent Hrbek has a statue outside Target Field. If he has a statue, they should probably just name the stadium after Mauer.

White Sox
49: Chris Sale

Probably pushing it here, but if he ends up spending longer than seven years -- the amount of time he spent with the White Sox -- with any other team, we'll be surprised.

AL WEST

Angels
27: Mike Trout

Sorry, Vlad.

Astros
27: Jose Altuve

The jersey might be retired before the player is.

Video: Watch Jose Altuve's top 10 moments of the 2017 season

Athletics
26: Matt Chapman

Without question the toughest call on the board, but we'll just imagine a theoretical future where he turns into Brooks Robinson and plays with the A's for the next 15 years.

Mariners
51: Ichiro Suzuki

He's not technically retired yet, remember.

Video: A look at Ichiro's first and last hits in the Majors

Rangers
29: Adrian Beltre

If only he could have won one of those World Series…

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves
5: Freddie Freeman

He's still only 28 years old. The guy the Braves didn't trade years ago may end up being an Atlanta lifer … and perhaps someday a champion.

Marlins
27: Giancarlo Stanton

He's the Marlins' all-time leader in bWAR, by a significant margin. But by the time he retires, will anyone remember he ever played here?

Video: Stanton caps off historic 2017 with NL MVP Award

Mets
5: David Wright

Oh, what could have been.

Nationals
31: Max Scherzer

He's under contract with the Nationals through 2021, which gives him a lot of time to win some more Cy Young Awards.

Video: BOS@WSH: Scherzer records 1,000th K with Nationals

Phillies
26: Chase Utley

We've got five years to debate his Hall of Fame case. OK, probably 10, at least.

NL CENTRAL

Brewers
8: Ryan Braun

Is this crazy? This is probably crazy. But we might feel a lot differently about Braun's offense in 20 years than we do now.

Cardinals
5: Albert Pujols

Molina might end up having his jersey retired as well, but the Cardinals haven't given out No. 5 since Pujols left and surely won't ever again.

Video: WS2011 Gm3: Pujols' trio of homers ties Series record

Cubs
17: Kris Bryant

Incredibly tough call between Bryant and Anthony Rizzo here, but we'll go with the guy with the MVP Award and maybe some more coming.

Video: Bryant continues magical year with NL MVP Award

Pirates
22: Andrew McCutchen

Still pretty strange that his old team has a better record than his new one does.

Reds
19: Joey Votto

At this point, Votto will probably retire a Red, and maybe as the best Red since the Big Red Machine.

NL WEST

D-backs
44: Paul Goldschmidt

Goldschmidt might have gotten started too late in his career to have much of a shot at the Hall of Fame, but he'll be beloved in Phoenix forever.

Dodgers
22: Clayton Kershaw

We'll see what happens this offseason, but 11 years of brilliance so far is plenty.

Video: Kershaw sets Dodgers, MLB record with strikeout mark

Giants
28: Buster Posey

Barely edging out Madison Bumgarner, if just because Posey is less likely to ever play anywhere else.

Padres
23: Fernando Tatis Jr.

Heck, why not?

Rockies
28: Nolan Arenado

The question, as with many Rockies: How long will he remain a Rockie?

Video: Must C Cycle: Arenado gets cycle with walk-off homer

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

Mets fall in extras after Oswalt goes 6 strong

Rookie right-hander makes case to stay in rotation
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MIAMI -- After Saturday's 4-3 loss in 11 innings to the Marlins, starter Corey Oswalt stood at his locker, ready to address the media. With rumblings of a six-man rotation and an opportunity for a longer stint in the Major Leagues undoubtedly on the rookie's mind, Oswalt couldn't have been more humble.

"I just go out there and do what I can," the 24-year-old said, addressing his future with the big league club. "Hopefully I keep the game close and give our team a chance to win. I don't really think about that kind of stuff. I just go out there and take it one pitch at a time."

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MIAMI -- After Saturday's 4-3 loss in 11 innings to the Marlins, starter Corey Oswalt stood at his locker, ready to address the media. With rumblings of a six-man rotation and an opportunity for a longer stint in the Major Leagues undoubtedly on the rookie's mind, Oswalt couldn't have been more humble.

"I just go out there and do what I can," the 24-year-old said, addressing his future with the big league club. "Hopefully I keep the game close and give our team a chance to win. I don't really think about that kind of stuff. I just go out there and take it one pitch at a time."

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Oswalt's team-first mentality aside, the right-hander is continuing to showcase his development and potential, proving that he belongs in this starting rotation for the rest of this season and beyond.

Oswalt tossed six strong innings Saturday, allowing just three runs on six hits in the loss. Oswalt had three strikeouts and walked just one. He threw 84 pitches. The right-hander didn't factor into the decision -- the decisive blow was a walk-off base hit in extra innings by Marlins backup catcher Bryan Holaday off Jacob Rhame.

"I thought he was good," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said, praising the rookie's performance in the loss. "Good deception. He throws the ball over the plate and keeps his pitch count down so he's going to be able to pitch deep into the game if he's that efficient every time. He threw a really nice ballgame."

Since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Aug. 3, to replace an injured Steven Matz, Oswalt has shown improvements across the board, putting together his second consecutive solid outing on Saturday. Last Sunday, Oswalt tossed six frames and surrendered three runs on eight hits in Flushing against the Braves.

"I felt good," Oswalt said. "I had good command of my fastball in and out. Devin Mesoraco had a great game plan going into the game. Overall I felt pretty solid."

Video: NYM@MIA: Sewald escapes bases-loaded jam unscathed

With just one walk to his name Saturday, and no walks in his previous start, the rookie's pinpoint accuracy, something you don't always get with young pitchers, impressed Callaway.

"For him to have that kind of command at such a young age is rare, you don't see it a ton," Callaway said. "For him to go out there and attack hitters, get the ball where he wants to, not give up free passes and be so efficient is a real plus."

The right-hander did not allow a base runner through the first 2 2/3, retiring the first eight batters he faced. Oswalt flew through the Marlins lineup, striking out the Marlins' two best hitters -- J.T. Realmuto and Brian Anderson -- before opposing pitcher Dan Straily sneaked a base knock on the ground through the middle with two outs in the third.

The rookie has shown he's taken steps in the right direction since he was roughed up in his first two career outings. Not only has Oswalt increased his stamina, as he lasted just 4 2/3 in his MLB debut on April 25, but he has also enhanced his ability to limit damage, as he gave up six runs against Miami on June 29.

With the club keeping a close eye on Zack Wheeler's innings, Matz still nursing his injured forearm and with the two-headed monster of Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom taking on huge workloads, Oswalt is the perfect candidate to help this rotation make it through the next two months. To Callaway, a six-man rotation is very much being considered.

"As long as he keeps on being deserving, we have to consider it," he said.

And as for Oswalt, you can count on that humble, positive attitude, even with his future at stake.

"Whatever the team needs, I'm here," he said. "It's all about winning ball games. Whatever the team needs, I'm ready to go."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
In the fourth inning, with a man on first and one out, Oswalt induced what appeared to be an inning-ending double play. A slight hesitation, however, kept the inning alive and led to two runs.

After a base hit from Starlin Castro, Anderson chopped a first-pitch curveball right back to Oswalt. The rookie fielded and turned, ready to fire to the second base bag, but double-clutched the baseball before releasing it.

Anderson was subsequently safe at first and after a double from Derek Dietrich, Martin Prado drove home both baserunners with a two-out single to right.

Video: NYM@MIA: Prado drives in 2 with single in 4th

"It was a quick ground ball, and there was a little miscommunication," Oswalt recalled, explaining the play. "I should have just thrown it. It was just a quick play, I should have just thrown it to the bag."

SOUND SMART
The entire Mets' offensive output came on one swing of the bat -- a bases-clearing double from Todd Frazier. Frazier's RBIs, putting the Mets ahead, 3-0, in the fourth, were his 14th go-ahead RBIs, giving him a tie for the team lead.

Further, Frazier has had his way against Marlins pitching as of late. The veteran extended his hitting streak against Miami to seven games -- he is hitting .320 over that stretch. 

Video: NYM@MIA: Frazier clears the bases with a double

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
In the sixth, Miami was poised to take a lead after a two-out hit-by-pitch. Center fielder Brandon Nimmo, however, was determined to keep the score tied at 3.

With Prado at first, Miguel Rojas stroked a 1-2 fastball into the right-center-field gap, slicing away from Nimmo. Statcast™ had the ball flying at 91.4 mph off the bat. Nimmo ranged to his left, laid out and made the magnificent catch, saving a run. With how big Marlins Park's gaps are, Rojas' liner was ticketed for the wall and had "RBI triple" written all over it.

Video: NYM@MIA: Nimmo goes full extension to rob Rojas

HE SAID IT
"It just looks like balls are staying middle. The last pitch right there was a slider that stayed over the middle of the plate. Holaday was able to hook it down the line. So, just probably needs to get the ball where he wants to get it a little bit better. He's got good stuff, got a good slider, and I think he'll be OK in the long run. He's just got to weather the storm here and really concentrate on getting the ball where he wants to." -- Callaway, on Rhame's struggles of late and surrendering the walk-off hit Saturday 

UP NEXT
Syndergaard starts the finale of New York's three-game set with the Marlins. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET Sunday. Syndergaard is a perfect 4-0 against Miami in six career starts with a 1.62 ERA (seven earned runs in 39 IP). At Marlins Park, the right-hander is 3-0. Miami counters with southpaw Wei-Yin Chen.

Max Goodman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. Follow him on Twitter @Max_Goodman97.

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Mets, Peterson spins a gem for St. Lucie

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

White Sox fans are anxious to see Eloy Jimenez and Michael Kopech in the Majors, and the organization's top two prospects gave fans a glimpse of what they're capable of as they led Triple-A Charlotte to an 8-0 win over Rochester.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

White Sox fans are anxious to see Eloy Jimenez and Michael Kopech in the Majors, and the organization's top two prospects gave fans a glimpse of what they're capable of as they led Triple-A Charlotte to an 8-0 win over Rochester.

Jimenez (White Sox No. 1, No. 3 overall) went 2-for-5 with a homer, while Kopech (White Sox No. 2, No. 13 overall) struck out nine over seven scoreless innings.

After hitting a two-run homer in the third, Jimenez has 20 homers on the season (a career high) and has gone deep four times in the past nine games. Overall, he's hitting .365/.409/.683 in 33 games since being promoted from Double-A Birmingham, where he hit .317 in 53 contests.

Jimenez hits two-run homer

On the mound, Kopech was dominant. The hard-throwing right-hander has given up two earned runs or fewer in six straight starts after spinning his latest gem.

Kopech got into a bit of trouble in the first as he hit a batter and then gave up a hit, but he escaped the inning and then struck out the side in the second. From there, he cruised through the rest of the game.

Kopech's ninth strikeout

The strikeouts and the zero in the runs column certainly stand out, but Kopech has struggled with command at points this year so it's especially notable that he threw 69 of his 96 pitches for strikes and didn't issue a walk.

Other top prospect performances from Saturday's action:

• No. 1 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays' No. 1) went deep for the fourth time in as many games as he launched a solo homer in the fourth inning for Triple-A Buffalo. Guerrero, who finished 2-for-4, has multiple hits in four of his past five games and is hitting .441 through 11 games at the Triple-A level. Overall, he's hitting .406 through 76 games this year.

Guerrero Jr. homers again

• No. 43 overall prospect Austin Riley (Braves' No. 4) hit his first homer since July 7 as part of a 3-for-4 performance for Triple-A Gwinnett. Riley, who is 7-for-9 over the past two days, hit a solo homer in the fifth and also added a double.

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• No. 95 overall prospect Shane Baz (Pirates' No. 4) extended his scoreless streak to 9 2/3 innings with his second straight scoreless start for Rookie-level Bristol. Baz, whom the Pirates selected in the first-round of the 2017 Draft, struck out six and gave up three hits over five innings.

Cubs No. 12 prospect Keegan Thompson's recent run of dominance continued with six scoreless innings for Double-A Tennessee. The right-hander threw 60 of his 94 pitches for strikes, gave up three hits and struck out three. Since getting lit up for eight runs in three innings on June 23, Thompson has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight straight starts.

Marlins No. 29 prospect Austin Dean's second two-homer game of the year continued his recent hot streak for Triple-A New Orleans. After going 3-for-4 with a pair of homers, Dean is 10-for-14 (.714) with three homers and six RBIs over his past four games.

Mets No. 6 prospect David Peterson cruised through one of his best starts of the season for Class A Advanced St. Lucie. The 22-year-old lefty needed just 72 pitches (47 strikes) to navigate his way through six scoreless frames. Peterson yielded just one hit, struck out nine and also retired 13 in a row at one point.

Orioles No. 27 prospect Alex Wells nearly put together a repeat performance after throwing seven scoreless innings in his last start for Class A Advanced Frederick. Wells did give up a run, but that was all as he worked seven innings for the fourth time this season. The lefty threw 66 of his 90 pitches for strikes, didn't issue a walk and racked up seven strikeouts.

• Pirates No. 30 prospect Deon Stafford set a career high with six RBIs as part of a huge 3-for-5 performance for Class A West Virginia. The 22-year-old, a fifth-round pick from the 2017 Draft, did all his damage late in the game as he came through with a two-run double in the eighth and put the game out of reach with a grand slam in the ninth.

Watch: Stafford launches grand slam

Rangers No. 5 prospect Hans Crouse fired six innings of one-run ball in his debut with Class A Hickory. After going 5-1 with a 2.37 ERA through eight starts with Class A Short Season Spokane, Crouse, a second-round pick from 2017, surrendered three hits, walked two and struck out three.

Twins prospects Trevor Larnach (No. 6) and Gabriel Maciel (No. 17) combined for a trio of homers to help lead Class A Cedar Rapids to a win. Larnach, the Twins' first-round pick this year, went 2-for-5 with a homer, his third of the season and his first since joining the Kernels. Maciel, whom the Twins acquired in July, had a huge night at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a pair of homers. The two-homer game was the first of Maciel's career and it comes as a bit of a shock considering he had hit just four homers in the first 190 games of his career.

Watch: Larnach goes yard

Yankees No. 11 prospect Garrett Whitlock picked up the win and was nearly unhittable over five inning for Class A Advanced Tampa. Taking over in the fifth after the start by Yankees No. 4 prospect Albert Abreu, who was activated from the DL prior to the game, Whitlock spun five innings of one-hit ball. The 22-year-old only walked one as he threw 44 of his 70 pitches for strikes and struck out eight.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

Wheeler's streak ends as Mets thump Fish

Right-hander gives up HR, halting scoreless innings at 23