Mets’ Ce­s­pedes opts out

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Mets out­fielder Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes opted out of the 2020 sea­son over ‘‘COVID-re­lated is­sues’’ af­ter he didn’t re­port to Truist Park in At­lanta for the team’s game Sun­day against the Braves, gen­eral man­ager Brodie Van Wa­ge­nen said.

Van Wa­ge­nen ad­dressed Ce­s­pedes’ de­ci­sion with re­porters af­ter the Mets’ 4-0 loss. He said the team hadn’t pre­vi­ously known of the pos­si­bil­ity Ce­s­pedes would opt out.

‘‘We sup­port ev­ery­body and every player’s right to make this type of de­ci­sion,’’ Van Wa­ge­nen said. ‘‘This is a chal­leng­ing time for ev­ery­one. It was sur­pris­ing, with­out ques­tion.’’

Van Wa­ge­nen said he learned about Ce­s­pedes’ de­ci­sion from his agent dur­ing the game. When the Mets sent se­cu­rity to Ce­s­pedes’ ho­tel room, he wasn’t there and his be­long­ings were gone, Van Wa­ge­nen said.

Ce­s­pedes was 5-for-31 (.161) with 15 strike­outs this sea­son.

Mar­lins fi­nally leave Philly

The Mar­lins fi­nally left Philadel­phia, where they had been stranded in iso­la­tion for a week af­ter their sea­son-open­ing se­ries against the Phillies be­cause of a coron­avirus out­break that side­lined half the team.

With the af­fected play­ers al­ready bused back to Mi­ami to quar­an­tine, the healthy Mar­lins trav­eled to Bal­ti­more, where they are set to re­sume play Tues­day against the Ori­oles.

Nei­ther the Mar­lins nor the Phillies have played since July 26 be­cause of the out­break, but nei­ther team re­ported a new pos­i­tive re­sult from test­ing con­ducted Satur­day.

Reds sweep seven-in­ning dou­ble­header

The vis­it­ing Reds swept the first sev­enin­ning dou­ble­header in ma­jor-league his­tory with 4-3 and 4-0 vic­to­ries against the Tigers. Nick Castel­lanos hit two home runs in the opener, and Trevor Bauer pitched a two-hit shutout in the night­cap.

Ma­jor League Base­ball last week said dou­ble­head­ers would be seven in­nings this sea­son to help teams al­le­vi­ate an ex­pected crush of games caused by weather- and coron­avirus-re­lated post­pone­ments.

Judge hits 2 HRs; homer streak at 5 games

Aaron Judge hit his se­cond homer of the game, a tiebreak­ing two-run blast in the eighth in­ning, to lift the host Yan­kees to a 9-7 vic­tory against the Red Sox. The Yan­kees swept the three-game se­ries and ex­tended their win­ning streak to six games.

Judge, who also hit a three-run shot in the se­cond, has home­red in five con­sec­u­tive games. The last Yan­kees player to do that was Alex Ro­driguez in Septem­ber 2007.

This and that

The An­gels said two-way star Sho­hei Oh­tani will have an MRI exam on his right (pitch­ing) arm af­ter walk­ing five bat­ters and fail­ing to get out of the se­cond in­ning against the vis­it­ing Astros.

Brew­ers bench coach Pat Mur­phy suf­fered a heart at­tack Satur­day at Miller Park, but the team said he was rest­ing com­fort­ably and should be out of the hos­pi­tal this week.


The Yan­kees’ Aaron Judge smacks the first of his two home runs Sun­day against the Red Sox.

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