Den Dekker helps Mets in his first game back in MLB

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New York Mets' Matt den Dekker catches a ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Jesmuel Valentin during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in New York. After further review the catch was ruled an out. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Special to Gatorsports.com

NEW YORK — The New York Mets have promoted outfielder Matt den Dekker, a former University of Florida standout, on Wednesday.

Den Dekker hit .286 with 11 homers and 34 RBIs in 63 games with Las Vegas. He was in New York’s starting lineup for Wednesday night’s game against Philadelphia, batting sixth and playing center field in his first major league appearance since July 2, 2017, with Detroit.

Deb Dekker, who went 0-for-4 at the plate, was involved in a controversial call that may have contributed to the Mets’ 3-0 win.

After the Phillies’ Maikel Franco reached on a single with one out in the seventh, pinch-hitter Jesmuel Valentin hit a fly ball to shallow center. Den Dekker ran in and slid to make the catch.

The Phillies challenged the call, believing the ball hit the turf before den Dekker’s glove. Replays showed they had a strong case but they lost the challenge.