"I have to be ready," said Lagares before going 3-for-5, lifting his batting average to .315. "I spent a couple days with my family. They're doing a little better now, and I feel better to see them. We've just got to keep doing what we're doing here."
Lagares flew to the Dominican Republic on the Mets' off-day Monday to be with his family. His late aunt raised him there as a child.
"We were very close," Lagares said.
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