Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) defends Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 9, 2017.
Lugo became the latest member of the Mets to make a successful return, pitching seven impressive innings in his season debut to lead NY over the Atlanta Braves 2-1 Sunday. The 28-year-old has been rocked for 15 runs and 18 hits in eight innings over his last two outings, including eight and 10 in four frames Tuesday at Texas.
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Jacob deGrom pitched a five-hitter, Asdrubal Cabrera atoned for an embarrassing error by lining two home runs and turning four double plays, and the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 Monday night.
Cespedes, back from a strained left hamstring, said he still can't run at 100 percent, but he didn't need to run fast after connecting against Luke Jackson in the ninth inning of the first game. Cespedes said there was nothing to worry about this time. The Mets said he left with a sore left heel.
"I'm just trying to be a little cautious", he said through a translator. It's quite a turnaround for the Mets, who entered Monday ranked 12th in the National League in ERA due largely to the absence of ace Noah Syndergaard, who suffered a torn lat May 1, and Matz and Lugo, who didn't debut until Saturday and Sunday due to elbow injuries. Conforto entered Monday with a slash line of.293/.412/.592 to go with 14 home runs and 36 RBIs.
The Dodgers have won each of Clayton Kershaw's last seven starts, a streak they'll try to stretch against Cleveland. The Cubs have lost eight straight away from home and haven't won a series on the road since taking two of three at Pittsburgh from April 24-26.
CC Sabathia seeks his sixth straight victory when the Yankees face the Angels. Bruce's two-run shot off of John Lackey in the third inning increased the Mets' advantage to 3-0. JC Ramirez (6-4, 4.33) is up for Los Angeles.