August 9, 2014 in Sports

MLB notes: Mets designate OF Chris Young for assignment

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Chris Young, a former All-Star, was hitting just .205 before being designated for assignment by the Mets.
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By the numbers

3,430: Career hits by Yankees’ Derek Jeter, tying Honus Wagner for 6th all-time in MLB.

36: Games by the Padres with one run or fewer this season, tops in MLB.

The New York Mets designated outfielder Chris Young for assignment on Friday night.

Signed to a one-year, $7.25 million deal in the offseason, Young has struggled with the Mets. He hit .205 with eight homers and 28 RBIs in 88 games.

“We tried to give him opportunities to get it going,” New York manager Terry Collins said. “I told him, ‘I feel terrible about it, but we’re in a spot now where we want to see some young guys.’ We’ve got to find spots for them.”

Young was batting .148 in his last nine games and hadn’t homered since July 12.

“Chris Young is an outstanding teammate, I like him a lot,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t work out as we would’ve liked.”

Young was an All-Star with the Diamondbacks in his best season in 2010 when he batted .257 with 27 home runs and 91 RBIs. But his production steadily slipped, and he hit .200 with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs in 107 games with Oakland last season.

But the Mets took a shot that he would resurrect his career in New York.

“We were looking for a bounce back from him and were willing to take a risk,” Alderson said. “He fit all of our check marks.”

Collins said playing in pitcher-friendly Citi Field didn’t make it easy on Young.

“Our park is tough,” he said. “One of the reasons we got him is we knew he had some power. He’s pretty much a dead-pull hitter, and it makes it tougher.”

Fans go to trial

A judge in New York says a small group of fans suing Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League to stop their strict control over television broadcast rights can try to prove their claims at trial.

The lawsuit claims that the leagues’ clubs and some television broadcast entities collude to eliminate competition in the showing of games on the Internet and television.

Beckett heads to DL

The Dodgers placed Josh Beckett on the 15-day disabled list for the third time this season.

Beckett, who is 6-6 with a 2.88 ERA in 20 starts for the Dodgers this season, has a left hip impingement. He is expected to be out about two weeks.

Right-hander Roberto Hernandez, acquired Thursday from Philadelphia, was activated and started Friday night’s game against the Brewers. He was sharp in a no-decision, allowing two earned runs in six innings as the Dodgers lost 9-3.

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