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Mets Bat Out Of Order In First Inning At Reds

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During the first inning on Wednesday at Great American Ballpark, New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway made the silly mistake of batting his team out of order against the Cincinnati Reds.

After third baseman Wilmer Flores struck out with the bases empty, second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-out, bloop double down the left field line.

That’s when Reds intermin manager Jim Riggleman came out to notify the umpires of the mix-up.

Simply put, Flores was intended to hit second and Cabrera third. It’s the lineup the Mets released publicly, but not the one the umpires received from Mets first base coach Ruben Amaro Jr, as Cabrera was listed as the number-two hitter followed by Flores.

The Reds’ Twitter account couldn’t help troll the Mets afterwards:

Official scorer Ron Roth wiped Cabrera’s at-bat from the record books, and Jay Bruce, hitting clean-up, was ruled out (officially ruled a putout to the catcher) by crew chief Jerry Meals despite not going to the plate.

Adrian Gonzalez, hitting fifth, led off the second inning. This caused more confusion, as Riggelman emerged from the dugout again. According to Meals, Flores’ out-of-order at-bat became legal as Riggelman didn’t say anything when Cabrera was up, but only before Bruce took a pitch, effectively ruling Bruce out.

Callaway, a first-year manager, took the blame for failing to “double-check, triple-check, and quadruple-check” the card that third-base coach Gary DiSarcina usually takes care of.

The mistake was costly for the Mets, as it ended a potential rally, setting the stage for a walk-off 2-1 Reds win (improving to 10-27) in 10 innings. It was New York’s eighth loss in nine May games after starting the season 17-9 through April.

If anything has summed up the Mets’ recent struggles, this is it. New York will try to avoid falling to .500 tonight as they begin a three-game weekend road series against the Philadelphia Phillies, who are 22-15.

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Reds Acquire Rob Refsnyder

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The Cincinnati Reds have acquired Rob Refsnyder from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later, and cash, according to an official team announcement on Twitter.

Refsnyder will immediately report to Triple-A.

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Padres, Dodgers, Reds, Braves, Rays in “Advanced Stages” for Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto

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The Miami Marlins may be closing in on a deal to deal catcher J.T. Realmuto as several teams are considered to be in “advanced stages” in talks about a trade, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

The report goes on to say that the Cincinnati Reds are in “substantive” talks with the Marlins.

Other teams linked to the deep talks are the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Yankees, Reds Finalizing Sonny Gray Trade

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The Cincinnati Reds are finalizing a trade with the New York Yankees for veteran starting pitcher Sonny Gray.

The trade, which would send second base prospect Shed Long and a draft pick to New York, has hit a delay as the Reds try to work out a long-term deal with Gray.

As the trade drags on, it is possible that the Yankees could run out of patience and deal Gray elsewhere.

According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Yankees had received multiple offers from teams for Gray as of last Friday, so if the deal with the Reds fall through, they have other options.

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