NEW YORK -- Daniel Murphy is proud he put fatherhood ahead of baseball, and New York Mets manager Terry Collins thinks criticism his second baseman received for taking paternity leave this week was unfair. Aaron Ekblad Panthers Jersey . Murphy made his season debut Thursday, three days after the birth of son Noah. He called staying in Florida an extra day "the right decision to make" following wife Victorias cesarean section and said "we felt the best thing for our family was for me to stay." He learned Sunday that his wifes water broke, then travelled to Florida and missed Mondays 9-7 opening loss to Washington and Wednesday nights 5-1 defeat. He said his son was born at 12:02 p.m. Monday. Major league rules allow up to three days of paternity leave, and WFAN broadcaster Mike Francesa said on the air Wednesday that Murphy should not have skipped the second game. "One day I understand. And in the old days they didnt do that," Francesa said. "But one day, go see the baby be born and come back. Youre a Major League Baseball player. You can hire a nurse to take care of the baby if your wife needs help." A day later, Collins bristled after learning of the comments. "If youre accusing Dan Murphy of not wanting to play -- this guy played 161 games last year, wore himself out, played through all sorts of discomfort," he said. "You know, the man had his first child. Hes allowed to be there. The rules state that he can be there, so he went. Theres nothing against it. Theres nothing wrong with it. You know, he missed two games. Its not like hes missed 10. You know, when you start attacking Dan Murphys credibility, you need to look in the mirror a little bit." Murphy said he received text messages about the criticism. He was applauded before his first at-bat, singled and scored the Mets first run against the Nationals. He said his son was named after the Biblical character Noah, not for Mets teammate Noah Syndergaard. "People are going to say you named him after the monstrosity that throws like 1,000 miles an hour," Murphy said. "We didnt. Noah came from Noahs Ark. Peace and rest is what it means." Baby Noah kept his parents awake at 3 a.m. Wednesday. "We had our first panic session. It was dark. She tried to change a diaper, couldnt do it. I came in," he said. "It was just the three of us, 3 oclock in the morning, all freaking out. He was the only one screaming. I wanted to." NOTES: Murphy took the roster spot of OF Chris Young, who was put on the 15-day disabled list because of tightness in his right quadriceps. Jussi Jokinen Panthers Jersey . New York City FC introduced Frank Lampard in Brooklyn on Thursday after signing the 36-year-old former Chelsea midfielder to a two-year contract. Vincent Trocheck Panthers Jersey . A strong fastball. A big, bending curveball that can buckle hitters at the knees. Against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, Elias put the entire package together against one of the leagues strongest lineups.TORONTO -- In light of Jonathan Berniers injury, goaltender Drew MacIntyre is rejoining the Toronto Maple Leafs, his agent said in an email. MacIntyre, 30, had been back with the AHLs Toronto Marlies since Bernier returned from a five-game absence with a groin injury March 25. Bernier left Thursday nights 4-3 overtime win over the Boston Bruins with what looked like a left leg or knee injury. Asked if Bernier re-aggravated his groin problem, coach Randy Carlyle called it only a "lower-body" injury and said the 25-year-old goaltender had an MRI scheduled. James p;Reimer relieved Bernier and stopped 10-of-11 shots he faced against Boston. Alex Petrovic Panthers Jersey. Hes expected to shoulder the load for the rest of the season, beginning Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets, if Bernier is out. MacIntyre made one appearance in March for the Leafs but has never started an NHL game. His agent, Thane Campbell, confirmed MacIntyre was returning to Toronto. It was unclear if hed be back in time for the Leafs practice Friday morning. The Marlies were in Utica, N.Y. for a Friday game against the Comets, the Vancouver Canucks top minor-league affiliate. Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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