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Mets call up den Dekker, Rhame from Minors

Kaczmarski, Gagnon optioned in corresponding moves
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NEW YORK -- Matthew den Dekker has been brought up for a second stint with the Mets and started in center field on Wednesday night against the Phillies in the finale of the four-game series.

den Dekker, who was drafted by the Mets in the fifth round in 2010, hit .238 with one home run and 13 RBIs over 80 games for New York from 2013-14 before he was traded to the Nationals at the beginning of the '15 season for left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins. The Mets brought den Dekker back on a Minor League contract this past offseason two days before Spring Training.

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NEW YORK -- Matthew den Dekker has been brought up for a second stint with the Mets and started in center field on Wednesday night against the Phillies in the finale of the four-game series.

den Dekker, who was drafted by the Mets in the fifth round in 2010, hit .238 with one home run and 13 RBIs over 80 games for New York from 2013-14 before he was traded to the Nationals at the beginning of the '15 season for left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins. The Mets brought den Dekker back on a Minor League contract this past offseason two days before Spring Training.

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"It was a cool feeling coming in [to Citi Field], because I obviously made my debut here," den Dekker said. "That was kind of the thing signing back with them in the offseason knowing that I had the chance to come back here and get a shot where I started at."

den Dekker was hitting .286 with 27 extra-base hits and 34 RBIs over 63 games for Triple-A Las Vegas before his callup.

The Mets also recalled right-handed reliever Jacob Rhame and optioned Kevin Kaczmarski and Drew Gagnon in corresponding moves.

Rhame was recently up as the Mets' 26th man for the doubleheader on Monday but was sent down to Triple-A the next day. The reliever has made 14 appearances for the Mets this season and owns a 6.59 ERA.

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Kaczmarski had his contract selected on June 22 and appeared in four games for the Mets, making five plate appearances and not recording a hit. Gagnon made his Major League debut on Tuesday and went 4 2/3 innings, giving up six earned runs in a loss.

First pitch
The Mets had a special ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday's game. For 26 years, Chris Majkowski has been the Mets' radio producer, and he's only missed one day of work, Aug. 7, 1993, which he recalls was a doubleheader against the Pirates. He missed the games because his sister was getting married. The Mets celebrated Majkowski's 25th work anniversary with a well-deserved first pitch.

Erin Fish is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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