Morning Briefing: Colon on deck

April, 13, 2014
Apr 13
5:45
AM ET
ANAHEIM, Calif.

FIRST PITCH: After splitting a pair of extra-inning games, the Mets wrap up their series with the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday at 3:35 p.m. ET.

Bartolo Colon (1-1, 2.08 ERA) opposes left-hander C.J. Wilson (1-1, 4.61) in the rubber game.

Sunday’s news reports:

Jose Valverde surrendered a three-run homer to Raul Ibanez with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to suffer a blown save, but the Mets survived for a 7-6, 13-inning win against the Angels on Saturday night. Anthony Recker produced the decisive solo homer against Matt Shoemaker. John Lannan tossed two perfect innings to earn the win. Recker and Omar Quintanilla combined for five RBIs.

Terry Collins indicated afterward that Valverde will remain the closer, although Kyle Farnsworth may be required for that role Sunday.

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

Read more on Valverde in the Star-Ledger.

Read more on Lannan in Newsday.

• Tim Rohan in the Times discusses Colon’s girth. “He’s a genetic outlier,” strength and conditioning coach Jim Malone tells Rohan.

Daisuke Matsuzaka carried a no-hit bid into the sixth and Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a solo homer as Las Vegas beat Fresno, 1-0, in 10 innings. Cam Maron had a walk-off RBI single as St. Lucie beat Fort Myers, 5-4, in 10 innings. Colton Plaia delivered a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth and Savannah beat Rome, 4-3. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Marc Carig in Newsday discusses the slow starts of David Wright and Curtis Granderson.

Juan Lagares has reduced his swing rate on pitches out of the strike zone from 35.6 percent last year to 31.7 percent this season, writes Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger.

• Matt Ehalt in the Record tackles the unforeseen resurgence of Farnsworth, whose velocity is dramatically up over spring training.

Bobby Abreu, 40, has an April 30 out in his contract if he is not promoted from Triple-A Vegas by then, Mike Puma reports in the Post. At this point, it is worth noting, adding Abreu to the big-league roster likely would require the demotion (or trade) of Ike Davis or Lucas Duda. Abreu, who had exclusively served as a DH or pinch hitter, started for the first time with the 51s in right field on Saturday. He is 11-for-22 with four walks and five RBIs so far with Vegas.

• A former Mr. Met discusses his time in that role in the Post.

BIRTHDAYS: Ricardo Rincón, whose final MLB pitch came with the Mets, was born on this date in 1970.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets promote Bobby Abreu if it means Ike Davis or Lucas Duda getting demoted?
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.298 9 54 76
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 28
RBIL. Duda 86
RD. Murphy 76
OPSL. Duda .827
WB. Colon 14
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.49
SOZ. Wheeler 180