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Mets will wear special uniforms to mark 9/11 anniversary

The Mets will mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with special uniform shirts for Saturday’s game against the Yankees.

Their home whites will be changed to include “NEW YORK” across the front of their jerseys, with the same design and color scheme as those worn by the team during the 2001 season. The right sleeve also will feature the American flag and “9-11-01.”

Before the game, the Mets also will hold a remembrance ceremony featuring at least 14 players and coaches from their 2001 squad, including Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza and manager Bobby Valentine. Former Yankees manager Joe Torre also will be in attendance.

The Mets will wear first responder caps representing the FDNY, NYPD, Port Authority Police, the Dept. of Sanitation and the Dept. of Correction.

Due to the U.S. Open next door, the Mets are recommending that fans attending the game take mass transit and be in their seats before 7 p.m.

The Mets and Yankees will commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 at Citi Field on Saturday.
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Jacob deGrom (elbow) played catch on flat ground before the game from a distance of around 90 feet.

“When he goes off the slope, we can start talking about dates and what’s going to happen,” manager Luis Rojas said.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner, who hasn’t pitched since July 7, had clarified Thursday that he wouldn’t be throwing if he had “a compromised ligament.” The comments were his first since team president Sandy Alderson had said two days earlier that deGrom had healed from a “sprain” or low-grade tear of the ulnar collateral ligament.


Dominic Smith was back on the bench Friday night after going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Thursday in Miami in his first start since Aug. 27. Rojas again went with Jeff McNeil in left field, but Smith popped out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

“We wanted to get Dom involved [Thursday] with his success against the lefties. We know there’s another lefty again tonight. But he took some pitches and was late on some fastballs, not being quite himself,” Rojas said. “But there’s games left and Dom’s a good hitter. … I know he’s going to grind through things and give his best to the team. He didn’t have a good day [Thursday], yes but you’ve got to count on Dom. … Dom’s a guy who’s going to put in work.”

“We wanted to get Dom involved [Thursday] with his success against the lefties. We know there’s another lefty again tonight. But he took some pitches and was late on some fastballs, not being quite himself,” Rojas said. “But there’s games left and Dom’s a good hitter.

“I know he’s going to grind through things and give his best to the team. He didn’t have a good day [Thursday], yes, but you’ve got to count on Dom. … Dom’s a guy who’s going to put in work.”


Rojas said catcher Tomas Nido (thumb) was slated to begin a rehab assignment Friday at Triple-A Syracuse, but he did not play. … Rojas also said Brandon Nimmo (hamstring) has resumed running and is “healing quicker than we expected,” adding “that’s a really good sign we may see him before the season’s over.”

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