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PHOENIX — New York Mets center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis landed at Sky Harbor Airport late in the morning Tuesday and he took off seven hours later. Summoned from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace the injured Juan Lagares, Nieuwenhuis had three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs to make his return to the major leagues in New York’s 9-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Tuesday. “It felt good,” Nieuwenhuis said. Nieuwenhuis singled in the final run in the Mets’ three-run first inning, and he hit a two-run homer two batters into a six-run third for a quick 9-0 lead off Arizona right-hander Bronson Arroyo (1-1).

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The New York Mets have placed center fielder Juan Lagares on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled right hamstring and recalled outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas. Lagares was injured while beating out a double-play ball Monday night in New York’s 7-3 win over Arizona. An outstanding defender, Lagares had performed well in an everyday role after Chris Young went down with a strained quadriceps at the beginning of the season. Lagares was leading the Mets with a .314 batting average and a nine-game hitting streak.

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PHOENIX — Outfielder Chris Young is expected to return from the disabled list Friday, but that might not be soon enough to help a suddenly hobbled New York Mets outfield. Right fielder Curtis Granderson and center fielder Juan Lagares were removed from the game a half-inning apart in the latter stages of the Mets’ 7-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday at Chase Field, and manager Terry Collins did not hold out much hope that either would be able to play Tuesday. Granderson collided with the right field fence as he chased Arizona catcher Miguel Montero’s RBI double in the first inning. Lagares left after feeling a tweak in his right hamstring after reaching first on a force play in the seventh.

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Tony Perez was on the road with the Cincinnati Reds in 1966 when he got the call that his first child was on the way. Yet Major League Baseball remains the only one of the four major professional leagues in North America to have a standardized paternity leave policy. The NFL, NBA and NHL leave the matter up to individual players and their teams. ”There is stress on both sides,” said Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, who watched shortstop Jimmy Rollins miss a game against Texas this season to fly home to be there for the birth of his second child.

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PHOENIX — Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez wreaked his usual havoc on the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, and this time he had an accomplice. Cleanup hitter Gonzalez homered for the fourth straight game and drove in three runs and leadoff man shortstop Dee Gordon had a career-high four stolen bases to help the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 8-6 to complete a three-game sweep at Chase Field. Gordon singled and walked twice, and he stole second and third base in the Dodgers’ four-run third inning, which was capped by Gonzalez’s three-run homer.

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After blowing a three-run lead in the ninth inning on one ill-fated pitch to Raul Ibanez, Jose Valverde needed a lift, and so did his New York Mets teammates. They got one four innings later from Anthony Recker. The backup catcher, the eighth batter in the lineup, led off the 13th with a home run off rookie Matt Shoemaker and also had a two-run single earlier, leading the Mets to a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night. ”Obviously, it’s great to be able to pick him up,” Recker said of Valverde.

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A fan at Angels Stadium in Anaheim was ejected on Friday night after reaching over the wall and touching New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson. The incident happened in the eighth inning of a tied game, immediately after Granderson secured a fly ball by the right field foul pole. The wall around the foul pole is much lower at Angels Stadium than most other ballparks, so it didn’t require a whole lot of effort on the fan’s part.
Though it didn’t appear to be much, Granderson was clearly startled by the contact and immediately turned around to get a visual on the fan. After running a long distance to make the catch in that part of the park, the last thing you expect to feel is a pat on the back, so it’s understandable that he was confused and concerned initially. Once he made eye contact with the fan, a few words were exchanged with the fan seemingly regretting or apologizing for his actions.
Regardless, stadium security quickly escorted the fan out of the ballpark and the game continued without delay.
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“What and why?,” Granderson said was his first reaction. “I know where I am on the field so I got a general idea that it’s a person in the area but to what extent and how it’s going to be, I’m not too sure. Once I turned I was able to see where I was at and able to address the situation. Made my comment and I was able to go out and play after that.”

Granderson yelling at fan #Mets #Angels pic.twitter.com/p6LwSgxCuu — xBigNick (@xMetsmatician) April 12, 2014
This will go down as the second notable incident involving a player and a fan this season. St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams lightly shoved a Reds fan in Cincinnati after pursuing a foul ball down the right field line. The difference being that Adams reached into the stands , but in that case no punishment was announced because it was deemed to be a harmless incident overall.
It seemed the incident in Anaheim was just as harmless, but once you let one fan get away with reaching over to touch a player, several copycats will follow, so the quick actions of security sent a good message.

”Say whatever you want to say, boo, cheer, clap, cheer for your team, cheer for the other team, but just don’t physically touch the players,” Granderson added.

Granderson is known throughout the game as one of the more fan friendly players. But let’s be honest, just about every player is to some degree. Some just have more patience than others, so in the case of this fan in Anaheim, he picked a good guy to mess with.
If it was Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles, it may have been a different story. Although his taser suggestion doesn’t seem to be flying with MLB .
As for what the fan missed after leaving the ballpark, the Angels finally earned a 5-4 victory in 11 innings after Hank Conger was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Hank Conger got his first RBI of the season the hard way. It was the ultimate in taking one for the team.

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Michael Pineda is only the latest in a long line of pitchers suspected of nefarious conduct on the mound.

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