Saturday's Mets-Brewers lineups

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Here are the lineups for the New York Mets' 7:10 p.m. ET game Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Mets
Curtis Granderson, rf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Lucas Duda, 1b
Travis d'Arnaud, c
Chris Young, cf
Wilmer Flores, ss
Jonathon Niese, lhp
Eric Young Jr., lf

Brewers
Carlos Gomez, cf
Jonathan Lucroy, c
Ryan Braun, rf
Aramis Ramirez, 3b
Rickie Weeks, 2b
Khris Davis, lf
Mark Reynolds, 1b
Jean Segura, ss
Wily Peralta, rhp

Matsuzaka to DL, and Carlyle returns

July, 26, 2014
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After undergoing an MRI in New York, Daisuke Matsuzaka has landed on the disabled list

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with right elbow inflammation.

The Mets have summoned right-handed reliever Buddy Carlyle from Triple-A Las Vegas. Carlyle had cleared waivers this week and accepted an assignment to the minors after Jonathon Niese had been activated from the DL on Monday.

Matsuzaka pitched two innings in relief in Thursday's series opener in Milwaukee, but looked uncomfortable in the dugout after the second frame. He had been dispatched to a bullpen role this week with Niese's return.

Morning Briefing: Trade talk or hot air?

July, 26, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: The Mets continue their series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday at Miller Park at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Jonathon Niese (5-5, 3.13 ERA) opposes right-hander Wily Peralta (11-6, 3.58).

Saturday’s news reports:

• Team insiders told ESPNNewYork.com that the Mets have engaged in limited dialogue involving Bartolo Colon and Daniel Murphy with other clubs, but there has not been anything substantive. That does not preclude a trade materializing before Thursday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline.

Regarding a big-ticket item such as Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez, a team insider severely tempered the suddenly rampant fan enthusiasm. The source said the Mets worked hard over a few years to build up their young pitching and are unlikely to part with multiple high-level pitching prospects in one deal.

David Wright nonetheless told Mike Puma in the Post: “It’s going to be a tough call when we do get to the point, which I think is very soon, of what are you willing to give, because [the Rockies] are not going to be giving these guys away. What are you willing to give to obtain that? And that is kind of an open-ended question.”

Read more in Newsday.

• After being blanked through eight innings, the Amazin’s scored three runs in the final frame against ex-Met Francisco Rodriguez, highlighted by Lucas Duda's go-ahead two-run homer, en route to a 3-2 win against the Brewers. Duda has accounted for all three second-half homers by the Mets.

Murphy produced three hits, but also had two errors, including a costly grounder through his legs in the sixth, when Milwaukee broke a scoreless tie against Zack Wheeler. Wheeler ultimately was charged with two runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings. It marked Wheeler’s fifth straight start allowing one earned run while completing at least six innings.

The Mets last overcame a ninth-inning deficit of at least two runs on May 11, against the Philadelphia Phillies. That day, the Mets scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth en route to a 5-4, 11-inning victory.

With 59 games remaining, the Mets (49-54) trail the first-place Washington Nationals by 8 games. The Amazin’s are six games back in the wild card, with four non-playoff teams -- St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Miami -- ahead of them.

Read game recaps in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Times, Journal and at MLB.com.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, who looked uncomfortable after leaving his appearance Thursday in Milwaukee, is due to have an MRI of his right elbow on Saturday in New York. He remains active … for now. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Record, Daily News and at MLB.com.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis had three hits, including a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh, as Las Vegas rallied to beat Salt Lake, 11-6. Greg Peavey limited Trenton to one run in eight innings as the B-Mets won, 6-1. Matt Bowman originally was due to start for Binghamton, but ended up getting summoned to Las Vegas after Darin Gorski fractured a foot. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes about Matt Garza's performance against the Mets in the series opener:

On Thursday, Matt Garza threw eight innings after lasting just one-third of an inning in his previous start in Washington. He became the first pitcher since the Mets' Bobby Jones in 1997 to pitch one-third of an inning or less and then eight innings or more in consecutive starts. Jones didn't retire a batter in a loss at Atlanta on Sept. 17, 1997, and then threw eight innings in a victory at Florida on Sept. 22, 1997.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear reflects on how the Mets fan mindset can adjust when the Mets finally begin to win consistently.

BIRTHDAYS: No one to ever play for the Mets was born on this date, but Mick Jagger, Sandra Bullock and Kevin Spacey all celebrate birthdays on July 26.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Did you prematurely write off Zack Wheeler?

Minors 7.25.14: Peavey stymies Trenton

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LAS VEGAS 11, SALT LAKE 6: Kirk Nieuwenhuis produced a three-run homer in the seventh inning in his return to Vegas to stake the 51s to an 8-6 lead. Andrew Brown, Josh Satin and Allan Dykstra also went deep during the game. Dykstra went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and also was hit by a pitch. Nieuwenhuis finished 3-for-5. Starter Rafael Montero allowed five runs on six hits and a walk in five innings. The damage against Montero included a two-run homer by Brennan Bosch. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, TRENTON 1: Greg Peavey (8-1) allowed one run and struck out seven in eight innings and Darrell Ceciliani produced two RBIs, scored a run and stole two bases.

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Originally scheduled starter Matt Bowman was summoned to Las Vegas to fill in for Darin Gorski, who suffered a fractured foot. Binghamton opened the scoring in the fourth against Dan Camarena when Brian Burgamy doubled, moved to third on Dustin Lawley's single and came home on T.J. Rivera's single. After Travis Taijeron reached on an error by first baseman Francisco Arcia, Ceciliani's sacrifice fly plated Lawley for a 2-0 lead. Trenton scored its lone run a half-inning later. Jake Cave singled, moved to second on a groundout and to third on a wild pitch. Peter O’Brien then produced a run-scoring groundout. Jayce Boyd's two-out solo homer in the sixth restored a two-run lead. In the seventh, Ceciliani singled against Nick Rumbelow and stole second. After Brandon Nimmo walked, the B-Mets pulled off a double steal. Dilson Herrera then struck out on a pitch in the dirt, but reached safely on the wild pitch. Ceciliani crossed the plate, while Nimmo made it to third on the play. Nimmo scored on an error by third baseman Dan Fiorto. The B-Mets added a run in the eighth against Nick Goody. Rivera singled and Boyd walk. Jairo Heredia entered and, after a strikeout, gave up a run-scoring bloop single to Ceciliani. Jon Velasquez struck out the side in a scoreless ninth to close out the game. Herrera went 0-for-5, snapping a 12-game hitting streak. Box

ST. LUCIE at DAYTONA (ppd.): After consecutive rainouts, the teams will play doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday.

AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 2: Nelfi Zapata tripled and scored on Jorge Rivero's sacrifice fly to tie the score at 2 in the seventh, but Augusta scored a pair of runs in the bottom half. Starter Ricky Knapp allowed a leadoff walk and shortstop Yeixon Ruiz committed a one-out fielding error. With two on and one out, Knapp departed. Dawrin Frias allowed both inherited runners to score. Knapp was charged with four runs (three earned) in 6 1/3 innings. Box

BURLINGTON 3, KINGSPORT 2 (10 innings)
BURLINGTON 7, KINGSPORT 2: In his third inning of relief, Bryce Beeler's wild pitch allowed the winning run to score in the bottom of the 10th in Game 1. Ivan Wilson's two-run double in the sixth had evened the score at 2. In Game 2, starter Andrew Church allowed six runs (four earned) in five innings. Box 1, Box 2

VERMONT 5, BROOKLYN 2: Vermont overcame a 2-1 deficit with a three-run fifth against starter Octavio Acosta. Michael Conforto finished 2-for-4. His RBI double in the third had evened the score at 1. Box

GCL MARLINS 14, GCL METS 1: Starter Adrian Almeida allowed seven runs (four earned) in 1 2/3 innings. Reliever Dan Hermann was charged with four runs without allowing a hit. He walked three and hit a batter and recorded two outs. Box

Compiled with team reports

 

Solid Wheeler dealt another no-decision

July, 26, 2014
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Zack WheelerAP Photo/Jeffrey PhelpsZack Wheeler, who fanned nine over 6 2/3 innings Friday, narrowly avoided another hard-luck loss.
MILWAUKEE -- Zack Wheeler kept the Milwaukee Brewers guessing, and it paid off for him and the New York Mets.

"I think I was a little effectively wild throughout the game," he said after earning his eighth no-decision this season. "A couple of them got away from me, then I was able to dot a few of them up. I was able to get some of my speed over and some of it not. So I think I was effectively wild throughout the game. It worked to my advantage this time."

The 24-year-old right-hander threw 108 pitches, 72 for strikes. He struck out nine, one shy of his season high. He walked two and increased his team-leading hit-batters total to nine by plunking two more.

He credits the success to having a better understanding of being a major league pitcher.

"I was able to repeat all my mechanics," he said. "That’s probably the biggest thing for me is just repeating everything."

Wheeler held the Brewers to just one hit until the sixth, when Milwaukee pushed across a run.

He walked Rickie Weeks to start the inning. When second baseman Daniel Murphy failed to field Ryan Braun’s ground-hugging liner, Weeks raced all the way to second. The next batter, Aramis Ramirez, grounded to short. Ruben Tejada fielded the ball, flipped it to Murphy, whose throw just failed to get Ramirez in a close play. Weeks scored on the play and gave Milwaukee an unearned run.

Carlos Gomez had the first hit of the game on a softly hit ball to Murphy that Gomez beat out. Then, he hit his 15th home run leading off the seventh to give Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo a two-run cushion.

Murphy and Duda rescued the Mets, but Wheeler wasn't surprised.

"That’s why I never doubt these guys," he said. "I know the bats will eventually come around, and they did. That’s two games in a row for me now that they got me off the hook. [Lucas] Duda comes up clutch in big situations."

Daisuke Matsuzaka update: He’s scheduled to have an MRI on Saturday.

Duda brings smiles with one swing

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MILWAUKEE -- Lucas Duda twisted an impending sense of doom in the New York Mets’ dugout into pure exhilaration with one swing of his bat.

Duda's career-high 17th home run -- a two-run blast -- followed Daniel Murphy’s double and David Wright's RBI single as New York rallied with three runs in the top of the ninth off former Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez to snatch a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

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“We were sitting there in the eighth inning and talking about what a tough loss it would have been, manager Terry Collins said. “It was a huge win for us.”

The Mets have been working with Duda to be more aggressive when he gets in the batter’s box. The lessons finally seem to have taken hold. He was 0-for-3 before connecting in the ninth.

“He’s been told and told and told,” Collins said of Duda’s tutoring. “One of the things we usually talk about is that he’s going to have to apply it with confidence when you get in the batter’s box. He knows he’s got to do it. He’s talked about it in the past. He knows it. He’s got the reputation for taking the first pitch. He got a ball and did what he’s supposed to.”

Trailing 2-0, New York rallied for a 3-2 victory with three runs in the top of the ninth off Rodriguez, highlighted by Duda's line-drive shot into the right-field bleachers.

Rodriguez’s usual out pitch is his changeup. But he tried to sneak a fastball past Duda, who had a hunch it might be coming.

“I just got kind of lucky,” Duda said of his team-leading homer. “I got a fastball and was able to put the barrel on it.”

It was his sixth game-winning RBI this season. And he has hit a home run in three of his past four games, including one in the 9-1 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday.

“It’s definitely a big win,” Duda said, comparing it to the thrill of making the majors for the first time. “[Starting pitcher] Zack [Wheeler] did a great job today, and I’m glad we could pick him up.”

Rapid Reaction: Mets 3, Brewers 2

July, 25, 2014
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MILWAUKEE -- Lucas Duda’s career-high 17th home run, a two-run blast in the top of the ninth, saved the day for the New York Mets.

Trailing the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0, New York rallied for a 3-2 victory with three runs in the top of the ninth off former Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez, highlighted by Duda's line-drive shot into the right-field bleachers.

Jenrry Mejia pitched the bottom of the ninth for his 14th save.
He made it interesting when he walked pinch hitter Jonathan Lucroy to lead off. Logan Schafer pinch-hit for Rodriguez, but Mejia got him to strike out trying to move Lucroy to second. Carlos Gomez chased a nasty slider for the second out, and then Rickie Weeks fanned to end the game.

Carlos Torres took over for Vic Black to start the eighth and held the Brewers in check. Rodriguez took the loss, thanks to his fourth blown save of the season.

The rally saved Zack Wheeler from absorbing a tough loss and saved some embarrassment for Daniel Murphy, whose second fielding error of the game let the Brewers score first.

After Wheeler walked Weeks to start the bottom of the sixth, Murphy let Ryan Braun’s liner whistle through his legs. Weeks took third on the error and scored on a fielder’s choice by Aramis Ramirez. Wheeler had a chance to keep the game scoreless with a double play on Ramirez’s grounder to short, but it didn’t happen. Ruben Tejada fielded the ball cleanly and flipped it to Murphy, but his throw to first was late.

Manager Terry Collins pulled Wheeler with two outs in the seventh. Gomez had crushed Wheeler's first pitch for his 15th home run of the year and a 2-0 lead. Weeks followed and drove Wheeler’s 108th pitch to the wall in center for a double that ended the right-hander’s night.

It was just the 10th home run allowed in the past 28 starts, dating to August 2013, for Wheeler. He struck out nine, one off his season high, walked two and took no consolation that the first run was unearned.

Wheeler came in 2-0 over his past four starts and allowed one run over six innings at San Diego on Sunday. But the right-hander picked up his seventh no-decision of the season when he failed to get any run support in the 2-1 loss to the Padres.

With one out in the fifth, Martin Maldonado reached on second baseman Murphy’s fielding error. Maldonado hit a rocket that skipped between Murphy’s legs. Wheeler calmly struck out Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo and then retired Gomez on a roller to third.

Wheeler had pitched well away from Citi Field, going 2-1 with a 1.66 ERA in his previous six outings. In his only career start at Miller Park, he gave up three runs -- one earned -- over five innings in a 12-5 win on July 5, 2013.

The Mets looked like they had something going against Gallardo in the top of the fourth but ended up with a runner stranded at third when Bobby Abreu struck out swinging for the second time. Murphy and David Wright had back-to-back singles. A fielder’s choice advanced Murphy to third, but he got no further.

For the second consecutive game, Collins asked for a review of a close play. This time, he succeeded. After a quick study, the third-out call was reversed and pinch hitter Eric Campbell was deemed safe at first. Will Smith relieved Gallardo and struck out Curtis Granderson.

Ouch!: Wheeler hit two more batters, extending his team-leading total to nine.

Tejada resilient: Tejada showed no effects from being beaned Wednesday in Seattle. The shortstop seemed comfortable at the plate despite going 0-for-4 and turned all seven chances into outs.

Hitting machine: Murphy, who came in batting .278 and fourth in the NL with 118 hits, improved both stats with a single in the first and third and finished the game with a .289 batting average.

Oops: Wheeler took a tumble in the bottom of the first while covering first base on Gomez’s grounder to second. Duda broke toward the ball but then backed off. Wheeler alertly ran to cover first but tumbled awkwardly as he reached the bag and missed Murphy’s throw.

What’s next: Left-hander Jonathon Niese (5-5, 3.13 ERA) faces right-hander Wily Peralta (11-6, 3.58) on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. in the third of the four-game series.

Matsuzaka going for MRI on elbow

July, 25, 2014
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MILWAUKEE -- Daisuke Matsuzaka appeared concerned about his right elbow after finishing the seventh inning of Thursday night’s 9-1 loss to the Brewers. Now he’s back in New York getting it checked out.

Matsuzaka came on in the sixth inning, taking over for starter Dillon Gee. His first pitch was crushed by Khris Davis for a home run. The next three batters were retired in order.

In the seventh he allowed a leadoff single, and then with one out Ryan Braun drove a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left field. Matsuzaka struck out Aramis Ramirez and got Rickie Weeks to ground out to second base to end the inning.

Matsuzaka walked off the mound and headed for help in the dugout.

“Dice-K’s elbow was bothering him a little,” manager Terry Collins said Friday. “He’s in New York getting it examined.”

When and if Matsuzaka will return to Milwaukee remains to be determined. “We have no plans at the moment until he’s seen by the doctor in New York,” Collins said.

It’s the first time Matsuzaka has had issues with his elbow, according to Collins.

“He said when he was loosening up, he’d feel it a little bit and thought it was nothing that he couldn’t pitch through,” Collins said.

The manager added that after Thursday's game it was bothering him pretty good.

“We had it looked at here,” Collins said. “We decided to send him to New York.”

Friday's Mets-Brewers lineups

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Here are the lineups for Friday's game between the New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers, with first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET at Miller Park.

Mets
Curtis Granderson, rf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Lucas Duda, 1b
Travis d'Arnaud, c
Bobby Abreu, lf
Juan Lagares, cf
Ruben Tejada, ss
Zack Wheeler, rhp

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Carlos Gomez, cf
Rickie Weeks, 2b
Ryan Braun, rf
Aramis Ramirez, 3b
Khris Davis, lf
Lyle Overbay, 1b
Jean Segura, ss
Martin Maldonado, c
Yovani Gallardo, rhp

Morning Briefing: Wheels up!

July, 25, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: Zack Wheeler has allowed one run and completed at least six innings in each of his last four outings.

He looks to keep that production going and get the Mets back on track Friday at Miller Park. Wheeler (5-8, 3.78 ERA) opposes right-hander Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.79) at 8:10 p.m. ET.

Friday’s news reports:

• The Mets have told the Colorado Rockies they would want in if the club is willing to trade Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez, Joel Sherman reports in the Post.

Tulowitzki is owed $20 million a season through 2019 and $14 million in 2020. CarGo is signed for $16 million in 2015, $17 million in 2016 and $20 million in 2017.

Of course, John Harper in the Daily News had just written Wednesday why Tulowitzki will NOT be coming to the Mets or Yankees.

Dillon Gee surrendered six runs over the opening three innings and the Mets ultimately lost to the Brewers, 9-1, in Thursday’s series opener. Gee now has a 9.00 ERA in two starts since a prolonged layoff during the All-Star break.

The Mets are averaging 2.1 runs and 5.3 hits per game and have a .168 team batting average in seven games since returning from the All-Star break. Matt Garza, who had been knocked out by the Washington Nationals after recording only one out Saturday, limited the Mets to one run on two hits in eight innings. The lone damage came on a solo homer by Lucas Duda in the seventh.

Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed a pair of home runs in two relief innings and appeared to be injured when he reached the dugout after the seventh, but Terry Collins said postgame that he was unaware of any issue.

Read game recaps in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday, Times and at MLB.com.

• Although Ruben Tejada felt fine a day after getting beaned with a 94 mph fastball from Taijuan Walker, the Mets promoted Wilmer Flores and started him at shortstop on Thursday. Kirk Nieuwenhuis was optioned to Las Vegas to clear the roster spot. Tejada should be back at shortstop Friday. Read more in the Journal, Times, Star-Ledger, Newsday and at MLB.com.

Curtis Granderson returned to the lineup Thursday after missing two games with a flu-like illness.

• Colon Plaia’s ninth-inning solo homer lifted Savannah to a 2-1 win against Augusta. Josh Prevost, Kelly Secrest and Paul Paez combined for four scoreless relief innings as Brooklyn beat Vermont, 7-2. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Tom Seaver tells the Daily News that Derek Jeter should be the first unanimous Hall of Fame selection.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets closer Billy Wagner turns 43.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you believe the Mets are serious contenders if the Rockies trade Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez?

Flores finishes 1-for-3 in return

July, 25, 2014
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MILWAUKEE -- Wilmer Flores is back for his third stint with the Mets this season. This time it’s due to the injury to Ruben Tejada, who was beaned in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Mariners in Seattle.

The problem for Flores is that Tejada should be back in the lineup Friday night. That means he goes to the bench or spells Daniel Murphy at second or David Wright at third.

Flores said that he can make it work.

“I’ll just have to find a way,” said Flores, who went 1-for-3 in Thursday's 9-1 loss to Milwaukee. “I’ll have to find a way. If I’m playing everyday, OK. If I’m not, I mean, I’m just going to get used to it and try to find a way to be ready.”

But he added, something every ballplayer knows.

“Playing everyday, being out there everyday is so much easier,” he said.

He was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, while outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was optioned to Las Vegas.

Flores, 22, was with the Mets from May 8-June 25 and from April 2-6 earlier this season. He hit .225 (18-80) with three doubles, one home run and seven RBIin 25 games in the previous two stretches.

Gee's slump continues, vows to snap back

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MILWAUKEE -- Two poor starts aren’t enough to rattle Dillon Gee. Even the 9-1 thrashing the Milwaukee Brewers put on the New York Mets on Thursday night isn’t enough to shake his confidence.

For the second consecutive start, Gee struggled through five innings before leaving the game. The home run ball hurt him again. He gave up two in a loss to San Diego on July 19 in his previous start, and then the Brewers pounded out three more, including one against the right-hander.

“There’s no excuses,” Gee said. “There’s no excuse for me. It’s not that perplexing either. The ball’s just not coming out right the last couple of starts. I’ve been in this situation before. I’ve had bad starts before. I’m probably going to have some more sometime else in my career. The key is just try to bounce back as fast as you can.”

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Jerry Lai/USA TODAY SportsDillon Gee lacked his best stuff for the second straight start.
Before taking on the Padres, Gee had allowed three or fewer runs in six straight starts. But all that changed, starting with the road loss at San Diego, where he surrendered four runs in the 6-0 loss. Against the Brewers, it was even worse when he was charged with six runs.

“You just have those nights sometimes where definitely it just isn’t your day to be out there, I guess,” he said. “I’m confident I’ll get it turned around and get back out there and keep us in the ballgame.”

Asked if he was hurt, Gee said that he wasn’t.

“I’m healthy,” he said. “It’s nothing new. I’ve been there before.”

Mets manager Terry Collins didn’t think Gee was hurt, either.

“If there’s something bothering him, he’d say something,” Collins said, noting that his 27-year-old right-hander wouldn't pitch in pain and risk ending a career that’s barely three seasons old. “He’s got a long way to go. So I don’t think it’s health.”

Jonathan Lucroy hit a home run off Gee and then the Brewers did the rest of their damage against him with run-producing singles, doubles and a triple by Jean Segura. The home run by Lucroy was Gee’s first to a right-handed hitter since allowing one to the Angels Mike Trout on April 11.

When it looked like Gee wouldn’t get out of the third, the Mets' bullpen went to work. But the righty retired the final two batters in the inning after a RBI double by Davis, and the pen was quiet.

“The only reason I left him in there was he needs the work,” Collins said. “He needs to be out there pitching. He needs the work. We know Dillon’s better than that. He knows he’s better than that.”

What does he need to turn things around besides a lot of confidence in himself?

“We just got to get him a really good side, get him some extra work,” Collins said.

This was Gee’s third start since coming off the disabled list with a strained right lat. He won his first start over Atlanta, 4-1, but has lost the past two.

“Just keep working hard, and go for it,” Gee said. “It was just a weird night.”

Reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka served home run balls to Khris Davis (solo shot) and Ryan Braun (two-run).

Report: Mets inquire about Tulo, CarGo

July, 24, 2014
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The Mets have told the Colorado Rockies they would like to be involved with trade discussions if and when Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez become available, the Post's Joel Sherman reports.

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But keep in mind Tulowitzki has indicated he has become frustrated playing his prime mainly in non-contention. And there is belief if he were to request a trade, ownership would strongly consider fulfilling his wishes. However, Tulowitzki has a no-trade provision, wears No. 2 in honor of Derek Jeter and is thought to be considerably more interested in being a Yankee than a Met. And Colorado already has expressed interest to the Yankees in their top pitching prospect, Luis Severino.

Plus, sources say the Cardinals -- owners of arguably the deepest farm system in the sport -- are enamored with Tulowitzki and would move significant pieces to land him. In fact, the market will be deep if Tulowitzki comes onto it, because he is viewed as one of the 10 best players in the majors.

Minors 7.24.14: Plaia homer lifts Gnats

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TACOMA 5, LAS VEGAS 4: Danny Muno produced a ninth-inning sacrifice fly to pull the 51s within a run against Todd Coffey, but the Mets left pinch runner Cesar Puello on first base when Juan Centeno lined out. Brandon Allen's two-run homer in the fourth had staked Vegas to a 3-1 lead. The Rainiers scored four sixth-inning runs against starter Logan Verrett. Zack Thornton contributed two scoreless relief innings. Box

TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 5: Jack Leathersich surrendered three seventh-inning runs as the Thunder overcame a two-run deficit. Starter Tyler Pill allowed three runs in six innings. Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-5 with two doubles in the loss. Jayce Boyd drove in two runs. T.J. Rivera finished 3-for-4. Rivera's RBI single in the top of the seventh had staked the B-Mets to a 5-3 lead. Box

ST. LUCIE at DAYTONA (ppd.): The teams will play a 5:05 p.m. doubleheader Friday.

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SAVANNAH 2, AUGUSTA 1: Colton Plaia produced a one-out solo homer in the top of the ninth to break a 1-all tie. Akeel Morris pitched a perfect bottom half for his 10th save. The Gnats had pulled even in the sixth on Victor Cruzado's run-scoring triple. Starter Logan Taylor surrendered only a solo homer Tyler Horan in six innings in a no-decision. Dario Alvarez improved to 7-0 with two perfect relief innings that included three strikeouts. Gnats pitching coach Marc Valdes was ejected in the seventh inning by plate umpire Jon Felczak. Box

KINGSPORT 1, GREENEVILLE 0: Martires Arias limited the Astros to two hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings. He combined with Persio Reyes and David Roseboom on the shutout. The lone run came in the sixth inning on Ivan Wilson's one-out homer. Box

BROOKLYN 7, VERMONT 2: The Cyclones took advantage of an error to take a first-inning lead against Vermont starter Jose Torres. Amed Rosario hit a routine groundball to first baseman John Nogowski, who misfired throwing to Torres covering first. Rosario wound up on second. He scored when Jhoan Urena singled. Urena extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Michael Bernal made it 2-0 with a solo homer in the second. In the third, Rosario tripled and Urena plated him with a sacrifice fly. Brooklyn starter Scarlyn Reyes did not allow a baserunner until the fourth inning. Vermont produced two runs against Reyes in his fifth and final inning, but the Cyclones took control with a four-run seventh. Tomas Nido walked and advanced to third on Bernal's single. Will Fulmer contributed a sacrifice fly. Adrian Abreu plated Bernal. After Vermont reliever Michael Fagan intentionally walked Urena, Tucker Tharp scored on a passed ball. Aggressive baserunning by the Cyclones allowed Abreu to score from third when the Lake Monsters attempted to pick off Urena at second. Josh Prevost, Kelly Secrest and Paul Paez combined for four scoreless relief innings. Box

GCL METS 5, GCL MARLINS 3: Enmanuel Zabala had a tiebreaking RBI triple in the seventh and Dash Winningham followed with an RBI single to cap the scoring. Box

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 7 38 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 17
RBIL. Duda 53
RD. Murphy 58
OPSL. Duda .855
WB. Colon 9
ERAJ. Niese 3.13
SOZ. Wheeler 121