MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS-METS, DBACKS, YANKEES, NATIONALS-HARPER, TROUT

New York Post

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson took full responsibility Tuesday for the Mets’ two-month slide down the standings, which has seen them fall from the National League’s best record to one of its three worst.

Addressing a wide range of topics over 37 minutes, Alderson pinned much of the club’s problems on an offense ranking last in runs per game since the start of May. By Anthony DiComo

Robert Murray of FRS wrote yesterday that he had been in contact with an anonymous National League executive, talking about Bryce Harper, and Murray’s contact had some pretty strong words about the upcoming free agent outfielder. These sentiments were communicated to Murray via text message.

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Patrick Corbin allowed five runs – four earned – on six hits and three walks in 5.1 innings as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 on Monday. Corbin struck out five, ending the game with a 3.10 ERA and 0.99 WHIP on the season.

Archie Bradley improved to 2-1, allowing two hits and one walk over 1.0 scoreless inning, as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 on Monday. Bradley did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 2.23 ERA and 0.96 WHIP on the season.

Brad Boxberger did not allow a hit or walk in 1.0 scoreless inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 on Monday. Boxberger struck out one, ending the game with a 2.70 ERA and 1.20 WHIP on the season. By NY Times

St. Louis Cardinals reliever Luke Gregerson is already on the disabled list due to an impingement in his right shoulder, but MLB.com’s Joe Trezza reports that Gregerson also had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn right meniscus yesterday and will be out an additional four to six weeks following that procedure.

Chasen Bradford did not allow a hit or walk in 1.0 scoreless inning as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 on Monday. Bradford did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 1.75 ERA and 1.01 WHIP on the season. By NY Times

The Washington Nationals have activated second baseman Daniel Murphy ahead of Tuesday night’s game against the Yankees. He’s serving as the DH and batting fifth in what will be his season debut.

Murphy, 33, had microfracture surgery back in October on his right knee. His return will be a boon for the Nationals. Last season, he hit .322/.384/.543 with 23 home runs and 93 RBI in 593 plate appearances, helping the club reach the postseason for a second consecutive season. By Bill Baer

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Mike Trout went 2 for 3 with two home runs and two RBIs Monday as the Los Angeles Angels fell to the Seattle Mariners 5-3. The homers were his 20th and 21st of the season. He ended the game with a .304 batting average.

Trout fouled a ball off his foot prior to his second home run, a 459-foot blast in the eighth inning, and underwent precautionary X-rays after the game. The scan turned up negative and it appears he’ll be good to go for Tuesday’s contest. By NBC Sports

Boston Red Sox reliever Carson Smith will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery on Wednesday.

The Red Sox announced that they’ve acquired minor league outfielder Eric Filia from the Mariners as the player to be named later in April’s Roenis Elias trade. FanRag’s Robert Murray was the first to reports that Filia was going to the Red Sox (Twitter link).

After missing Monday’s game against the Boston Red Sox due to illness, Machado is back in the Orioles’ lineup and will bat third as the shortstop. NY Times

The Baltimore Orioles have the worst record in the major leagues and baseball executives with their finger on the pulse of that team’s thinking say they will deal slugging infielder Manny Machado before the July 31 trade deadline. The time is now for the Phillies to pounce on a guy they have long lusted for, right? NBC Sports

The Cleveland Indians gave reliever Matt Belisle his unconditional release this morning. A few hours later a division rival signed him. Specifically, the Minnesota Twins signed Belisle, bringing him back a season after he pitched 62 games in the Twins cities. By Craig Calcaterra

Bryce Harper is well aware of the excitement surrounding his pending free agency. The Washington Nationals outfielder, who will be the most coveted free agent if and when he hits the market following the 2018 season, played on the road on Tuesday against the Yankees — one of the suitors who could enter a bidding war in the off-season. By Chris Ryan

Harper, along with Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado, highlight a big free-agent class. Just like LeBron James potentially hitting the open market in the NBA, Harper understands there’s a natural buzz that accompanies any big free agent.

Don’t panic, Mookie Betts owners, as he’s just getting a rest day after playing his first game since May 26 on Monday. The majors’ leading hitter, who went 1 for 5 in his return from an abdominal strain, is expected to be available off the bench. NY Times

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner would like to play “two or three more years” after this season, he said Tuesday. Gardner is in the final guaranteed season of a four-year, $52-million contract extension, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts. The Yankees can exercise his $12.5-million team option for 2019 or let him go via a $2 million buyout.

Trenton Thunder’s Jonathan Loaisiga in action against the Richmond Flying Squirrels, Trenton, NJ, June 5, 2018. (Beverly Schaefer | The Times)

Jonathan Loaisiga, 23, appears in the running, along with veteran journeyman David Hale, to make Friday’s start vs. the Tampa Rays at Yankee Stadium.

He would take the spot of Masahiro Tanaka, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with hamstring strains in both legs and could miss weeks, according to general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone. By Brendan Kuty

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