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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

So the Mets have acquired their righty-hitting outfielder in 34-year-old Justin Ruggiano, who hit .226/.321/.427 in 164 at-bats with Triple-A Round Rock this season.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets have signed Justin Ruggiano and he will start tonight. Jose Reyes to the DL, Terry Collins tells reporters.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Aroldis Chapman has blown his first save as a Cub. Leonys Martin's double into the gap plates two and puts the Mariners ahead 2-1 in the eighth.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets are offering Travis d'Arnaud, Brandon Nimmo and another piece for Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, Jon Heyman reports. Lucroy is not in the lineup for Milwaukee on Saturday night. However, there is no indication a deal with the Mets is close, according to Joel Sherman.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Massive applause for Aroldis Chapman as he comes in for his second consecutive 4-out save as a member of the Chicago Cubs.

Eric Karabell ESPN Senior Writer 

Nationals upgrade closer with Mark Melancon, but real statistical winner is Tony Watson. Another lefty with saves! Wonder how the No. 3 active saves guy feels about this trade?

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's a look at the patch the Mets will wear on Saturday night after retiring Mike Piazza's No. 31 in a pregame ceremony.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

That will be it for Jake Arrieta after he walks the first two in the eighth and misses on eight of his last nine pitches. Terrific performance for the kinda-sorta struggling ace, now it's up to the Cubs' new monster bullpen to do their thing. Hector Rondon is in; Aroldis Chapman is up and getting loose.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Padres working hard to trade Matt Kemp and are willing to pay most of salary. The Braves are one of two teams in discussions according to Padres source.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs' Kris Bryant temporary stole home during a pick-off play at first, but the safe call was overturned by replay. Second reversal of the inning. The Cubs lead 1-0 after seven.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Dexter Fowler ruled safe at the plate, scoring on Javier Baez's grounder for the game's first run. Replay reversed the original out call on the field. The replays here in the pressbox were inconclusive, but a big break for the Cubs. Now it's up to Jake Arrieta and Joe Maddon's new bullpen.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Nationals didn't want to pay the price of any of their top prospect pitchers to solve their desperate closer need and accomplished that today when they landed the Pirates Mark Melancon in exchange for lefty reliever Felipe Rivero and minor league left-handed pitcher Taylor Hearn. The Nats had Davis, Miller, Chapman all ahead of Melancon on their target list but didn't like the exorbitant asking price. Melancon a 3-time all star including last 2 yrs has 1.51 ERA 0.96 whip. Cheap price to pay considering present sellers market.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant's single breaks up Wade Miley's no-hit bid. Cubs have runners on second and third for Javier Baez.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Other clubs report the Astros are still hunting for starters but only if it's a rotation upgrade. Could be a fit on Edinson Volquez or the Rays' starters