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Mets back-up catcher Rene Rivera, who is the subject of a trade rumor (Charles LeClaire, USA Today)
Mets back-up catcher Rene Rivera, who is the subject of a trade rumor (Charles LeClaire, USA Today)

The Mets have announced that C Rene Rivera was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs.

In 54 games this season, the 34-year-old is hitting .230 with eight homers and 23 RBI. 

With Curtis Granderson traded to the Dodgers as well, the Mets have recalled LHP Tommy Milone and C Kevin Plawecki.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rene Rivera, Tommy Milone
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets began selling Thursday, with Lucas Duda shipped to Tampa Bay for reliever Drew Smith

Duda had been poised to be a free agent this winter, and the Mets would not have entertained re-signing him because of prospect Dominic Smith's readiness for the majors.

With contracts also expiring for Addison Reed ($7.75M), Fernando Salas ($3M), Curtis Granderson ($15M), Jay Bruce ($13M), Neil Walker ($17.2M), Jose Reyes ($535K), and Rene Rivera ($1.75M), and with the Mets holding team options for Asdrubal Cabrera and Jerry Blevins for next season, they should have plenty of financial flexibility this winter to retool.

Tags: Addison Reed, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Mets back-up catcher Rene Rivera, who is the subject of a trade rumor (Charles LeClaire, USA Today)
Mets back-up catcher Rene Rivera, who is the subject of a trade rumor (Charles LeClaire, USA Today)

The Cubs have interest in acquiring Mets C Rene Rivera, the NY Post's Mike Puma tweeted July 25.

In addition to the Cubs, the Rockies are also looking to upgrade at catcher, according to MLB.com.

The Rockies have started asking about Jonathan Lucroy (Rangers), Kurt Suzuki (Braves) and Alex Avila (Tigers), all of whom are reportedly available in trade.

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New York Mets relief pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero lost for the third time in his last four starts by allowing a season-high three home runs in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field.

Montero allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings, surrendering solo home runs to Marcus Semien in the first inning, Khris Davis in the fourth inning and a tie-breaking shot to Matt Chapman in the seventh inning.

"I need to keep the ball a bit lower," Montero said through an interpreter, according to the New York Post's Brian Lewis. "That's really where I got into some trouble and there was damage done against me. When those home runs occurred it was because I kept the ball too high."

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New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera hits a ball against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning at AT&T Park. (Andrew Villa/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera hits a ball against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning at AT&T Park. (Andrew Villa/USA TODAY Sports)

Rene Rivera hit two of the Mets' four home runs as their month-long power surge continued in Sunday's 8-2 win over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.

Jay Bruce hit his 20th home run of the season and Curtis Granderson added a solo home run that gave the Mets 46 home runs in June, the franchise's most in a month.

Rivera, who didn't record a multi-hit game since May 9, hit a two-run home run off Matt Moore in the second inning that gave the Mets a 3-0 lead, then made it 4-1 with a solo home run in the fourth inning, as New York won its third straight game following a four-game losing streak.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Rene Rivera, San Francisco Giants
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 6/25 00:03:55
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 8-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Rafael Montero allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings to win for the first time since Sept. 10, 2014. The right-hander surrendered five hits and two walks with a season-high seven strikeouts to win his second big league game.

2) Rene Rivera hit two of the Mets' four homers and drove in three runs. Jay Bruce launched his 20th of the season, a two-run shot in the eighth, and had three RBIs. Curtis Granderson slugged his 10th of the year in the top of the ninth and finished 2-for-3 with three walks.

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Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) triples in three runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) triples in three runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Travis d'Arnaud has been activated off the disabled list after pitcher Tommy Milone landed on the DL with a sprained left knee, the team announced Wednesday. 

D'Arnaud, who had been dealing with a bone bruise, went 0-for-4 and caught nine innings for Triple-A Las Vegas during his rehab assignment on Tuesday night.

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Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) triples in three runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) triples in three runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Rene Rivera will continue to see playing time when Travis d'Arnaud returns from the disabled list, Mets manager Terry Collins said.

D'Arnaud continued his rehab assignment on Saturday when he made a pinch-hit appearance triple-A Las Vegas, and he is scheduled to catch a full game for the 51's on Sunday.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:37
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-4 loss to the D-backs at Chase Field, their sixth loss in a row.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) The Mets dropped their sixth straight game despite homering twice and scoring four times off Zack Greinke. New York loaded the bases with one out in the second and scored a run on Curtis Granderson's walk, but Tommy Milone and Michael Conforto struck out to keep the damage at a single run. 

2) Tommy Milone surrendered five runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. He became the 16th straight Mets starter to not register an out in the seventh inning.

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May 31, 2016; Syndergaard (34) reacts during a game at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
May 31, 2016; Syndergaard (34) reacts during a game at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Noah Syndergaard wants to be the best pitcher he can be, which may also make him the best pitcher in baseball, he told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo earlier this week.

"That's the plan," he told DiComo. "That's the hope."

In roughly 72 hours, Syndergaard will arrive to Citi Field, where he'll be the team's Opening Day starting pitcher when the Mets begin their 2017 season against the Braves.

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The Mets have sent C Kevin Plawecki to minor league camp, manager Terry Collins said Tuesday.

The team is expected to carry catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Rene Rivera on the Opening Day roster.

Plawecki, 26, hit .197 with a .298 OBP and .265 SLG with one HR and 11 RBI in 48 games with the Mets last season...

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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Running wild on Syndergaard 00:05:11
Jon Hein and Dan Graca ask if the Mets ought to scrap the Syndergaard/d'Arnaud combo, since runners are swiping bases with impunity.

The Astros stole four bases Friday with Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard on the mound and Travis d'Arnaud behind the plate.

Astros center fielder Derek Fisher, who averaged a stolen base every three games during his minor-league career, swiped three bags against Syndergaard and d'Arnaud...

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d'Arnaud on his expectations 00:02:41
Travis d'Arnaud joins Mets Hot Stove to discuss his expectations for himself behind the plate and at bat this season.

Glenn Sherlock may have been hired this past offseason to be the entire team's catching instructor, but he was clearly tasked with planting himself in Travis d'Arnaud's back pocket.

In the week that I've been here, I've only seen d'Arnaud out of ear shot from Sherlock once or twice, and it was walking from one field to another where Sherlock eventually ended up anyway...

Tags: Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 22 00:02:25
SNY.tv covers the day in Mets camp that includes bullpen sessions for Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler.

The Mets continued workouts at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday...


Zack Wheeler threw a bullpen session and could get his first game action on March 8 >> Read more

Curtis Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Neil Walker will be leadoff options >> Read more ...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Zack Wheeler
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 (The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports)
(The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports)

 Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie. Here's what we learned...

  • Wednesday was the best Collins has seen RHP Zack Wheeler throw since his Tommy John surgery. Wheeler could get in to a Grapefruit League game on March 8.
  • Collins thinks RHP Noah Syndergaard is doing the right thing by not pitching in the upcoming World Baseball Classic...
Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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 (Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)
(Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)

Free agent C Matt Wieters is close to signing what will likely be a two-year deal with the Nationals that contains an opt-out after the first year, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The deal will be worth $21 million, with $10 million paid in 2017, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Wieters, 30, hit .243 with a .302 OBP and .409 SLG with 17 HR and 66 RBI in 124 games last season for the Orioles.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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Name That Mets Backup Catcher 00:03:54
Nelson Figueroa listens to clues and attempts to name backup Mets catchers from the past 10 years.

In early-November, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he planned to enter Spring Training with Travis d'Arnaud, Rene Rivera, and Kevin Plawecki as his group of catchers and he had no interest in adding someone new from outside the organization.

Alderson made a similar statement a number of times during December.

In late November, the Mets avoided salary arbitration with Rivera, with the two sides agreeing on a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

Noah Syndergaard said in mid-December that he's extremely happy that Rivera is returning in 2017, he told WOR's Pete McCarthy during an interview.

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Mets C Rene Rivera and pitcher Noah Syndergaard meet at the mound during a game in 2016 (Credit: USA Today Images) (Caylor Arnold)
Mets C Rene Rivera and pitcher Noah Syndergaard meet at the mound during a game in 2016 (Credit: USA Today Images) (Caylor Arnold)

Noah Syndergaard is extremely happy the Mets re-signed C Rene Rivera, he told WOR's Pete McCarthy during an interview this week on WOR 710 AM radio.

"That's huge, because he really helped me last year with his veteran leadership and the amount of knowledge that he has," Syndergaard explained.

The Mets avoided arbitration with Rivera in late-November, signing him to a one-year, $1.75 million deal. He joined them last season on a minor-league deal.

In early-November, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he's less interested in acquiring a new catcher from outside the organization and more focused on finding ways to help Travis d'Arnaud, Rivera and Kevin Plawecki play better in 2017.

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Travis d'Arnaud catches at Chase Field (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Travis d'Arnaud catches at Chase Field (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

"The Mets are fully planning to go with Travis d'Arnaud as the primary catcher in 2017 and don't foresee going the external route," ESPN.com's Adam Rubin wrote late Sunday.

According to Rubin, the Mets do not intend on pursuing free-agent C Welington Castillo, who was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks this past weekend.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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 (Jeff Curry)
(Jeff Curry)

The Mets have avoided arbitration with C Rene Rivera, agreeing with him on a one-year deal worth $1.75 million, the team announced Friday.


Today is the deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. Head here to see the other Mets who are eligible >> Read more!


Rivera, 33, hit .222 with a .291 OBP and .341 SLG with six HR and 26 RBI in 65 games last season.

He threw out 30 percent of would-be base-stealers.

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Mets C Rene Rivera and 1B Lucas Duda (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets C Rene Rivera and 1B Lucas Duda (Credit: USA Today Images)

The Mets and MLB teams have until midnight tonight to decide whether to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players.

If they decide to tender (offer, guarantee) a contract, the Mets retain team control over that player, after which the two sides are free to begin negotiating his 2016 salary. If the Mets decide to non-tender the player, he immediately becomes a free agent and can sign with any team.

This year's arbitration eligible players for the Mets include...

Tags: Lucas Duda, Rene Rivera
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Trea Turner (7) scores after beating the throw to Rene Rivera (44) at home in the first inning at Citi Field.  (Noah K. Murray (USA Today))
Trea Turner (7) scores after beating the throw to Rene Rivera (44) at home in the first inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray (USA Today))

The Mets are undecided on whether to offer salary arbitration to 33-year-old catcher Rene Riveramultiple sources told Kristie Ackert of the Daily News.

Although one team source told Ackert the Mets were not likely to offer Rivera a contract next season, a second team source told her they had yet to make a final decision.

Rivera is projected to earn roughly $2 million next season, which will be his final year being eligible for salary arbitration. He earned $507,000 last season after the Mets signed him on a minor-league contract prior to the season.

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Coming off a breakout season, Travis d'Arnaud was the presumptive starter going into 2016, with Kevin Plawecki as his backup. Unfortunately, d'Arnaud missed more than half the season due to injury and struggled at the plate in his limited appearances, putting up a .629 OPS, almost 200 points below his 2015 mark.

At the same time, Plawecki's offense was worse, as he found himself back in the minors. Rene Rivera, on a minor league deal, proved to be a serviceable alternative, though his batting lingered well behind his strong defense.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Maggie Wiggin
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Sep 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) steps up to single to left during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports 
		 (Anthony Gruppuso)
Sep 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) steps up to single to left during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets are more interested in helping Travis d'Arnaud, Rene Rivera and Kevin Plawecki play better in 2017 than acquiring a new catcher from outside the organization, GM Sandy Alderson told reporters in Arizona on Tuesday.

In early October, Terry Collins made a similar comment when talking to ESPN, saying d'Arnaud will be one of the organization's biggest projects during spring training.

"You can't go into a National League season with your eight hitter hitting what essentially your nine hitter is hitting," Alderson said, according to Newsday. "But, do we think we have the potential for improvement there? I think we do feel that way."

D'Arnaud played in just 75 games during 2016, while hitting just .247 with four home runs and 15 RBIs. He missed time early in the season with a strained rotator cuff, ending up idle for almost a month.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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The Mets haven't really commented on what their payroll will look like next seaosn. But, the way I see it, they can probably add roughly $50 million to their payroll next season, which - right now - is projected to open around $105 million when you factor in raises and players under contract.

I explained my reasoning here earlier this week, which is more or less the same conclusion reached Thursday by ESPN.com's Adam Rubin...

That $105 million does not include Yoenis Cespedes, Bartolo Colon or Neil Walker.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 2, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) at home plate during game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 2, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) at home plate during game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Free-agent C Wilson Ramos still plans to seek a four- or five-year contract, despite having season-ending knee surgery in September, his agent told the Washington Post.In 523 plate appearances this past season, Ramos, 28, hit .307 with a career-high 22 home runs, while throwing out 37 percent of opposing base-stealers and drawing strong marks for pitch-framing, according to Baseball Prospectus.Ramos is expected to be sidelined for 6-to-8 months following surgery, and unlikely to return to a big-league roster until late in 2017.

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New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is taken out in the in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is taken out in the in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard allowed five runs, eight hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing since June 27, in Monday's 7-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

"It's a disappointment," Syndergaard (13-9), who threw 99 pitches, said, according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin. "I didn't go out there and get my job done."

Manager Terry Collins said earlier on Monday that Syndergaard is in line to start a potential wild card game, and reiterated his confidence in the 24-year-old starter after Syndergaard didn't make it out of the fourth inning.

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Mets C Travis d'Arnaud is 27 years old, he's missed more than 50 percent of the last three seasons and he's now losing playing time to his backup, Rene Rivera.

Rivera, 33, started Tuesday night. However, he also started the next afternoon. Typically like most managers, Terry Collins swaps catchers when playing a day game after a night game. But with d'Arnaud hitting just .238 during the last week, and Rivera going 3-for-8 the previous two days, the rules clearly changed.

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New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at AT&T Park. (John Hefti/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at AT&T Park. (John Hefti/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets LHP Jerry Blevins struck out Daniel Murphy with the game-tying run on first base to seal the Mets' 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday at Nationals Park.

After Jeurys Familia blew the save in the bottom of the ninth inning, manager Terry Collins brought in Fernando Salas for the save. Salas retired the first two batters before allowing a Jayson Werth single, and Collins brought in Blevins for the lefty-lefty matchup.

Murphy, who leads the majors in batting average, was hitting over .400 against the Mets this year. He found himself down in the count 0-2 before working it full.

Tags: Daniel Murphy, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Rene Rivera, Washington Nationals
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Noah Syndergaard and Rene Rivera meet on the mound.  (Caylor Arnold (USA Today))
Noah Syndergaard and Rene Rivera meet on the mound. (Caylor Arnold (USA Today))



Earlier this week, I wrote about my fear that the stolen base - and other little things - would needle the Mets season in to oblivion. And the last three days didn't help in easing my fears...

The D-backs stole 13 bases during their painful sweep of the Mets, which is the most ever allowed in a three-game series, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"They have good baserunners all around the lineup," Mets C Rene Rivera said. "This is going to happen. They picked stuff up on our pitchers, and they took advantage of it."

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Matthew Cerrone
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Post Game Extra: 7/19/16 00:03:31
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Jeurys Familia worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth by inducing a double play from Kris Bryant and the Mets held on for a 2-1 win over the Cubs on Tuesday night.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera
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