Morning Briefing: About last night ...
June, 20, 2014
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Chris Trotman/Getty ImagesZack Wheeler tossed his first career complete game on Thursday.
FIRST PITCH: So the Mets, at 33-40, remain in last place in the National League East … and are only five games out of first place in the division thanks to no one taking charge.
Their improbable pursuit continues Friday at Marlins Park when Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.81 ERA), no longer in need of Pepto-Bismol, opposes right-hander Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.56) at 7:10 p.m.
The matchup will be hard-pressed to duplicate the excitement in the series opener.
Friday’s news reports:
• Zack Wheeler tossed a three-hit shutout in easily his longest major league start and David Wright homered against debuting top prospect Andrew Heaney as the Mets beat the Marlins, 1-0, Thursday at Marlins Park. Wheeler became the youngest Met to throw a 1-0 shutout since Dwight Gooden in 1985.
Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday, Journal and at MLB.com as well as Jerry Crasnick’s feature on Heaney here.
• Dillon Gee (lat) should make a rehab start Tuesday in the Gulf Coast League. He will need multiple minor-league outings before being activated from the disabled list. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger and Record.
• Among a flurry of minor-league reassignments, 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo joined Binghamton on Thursday and 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini moved to St. Lucie.
• Travis d’Arnaud continues to tear up the Pacific Coast League. D’Arnaud homered for the sixth time in 11 games since his demotion. He is now hitting .432 in Triple-A after going 3-for-5 in Las Vegas’ 6-2 win against Nashville. Tyler Pill tossed eight scoreless innings and became the first Binghamton pitcher to homer since 2001 in a 6-0 win against Richmond. L.J. Mazzilli had a three-run homer in his Florida State League debut as St. Lucie beat Fort Myers, 7-4. Octavio Acosta tossed six scoreless innings in Brooklyn’s 4-0 win at Hudson Valley. Read the full minor-league recap here.
• The Mets reportedly will pay first-round pick Michael Conforto $2,970,800, precisely the recommended figure for the 10th overall pick, although Conforto officially remains unsigned.
• Terry Collins said the Mets added Kirk Nieuwenhuis and demoted Matt den Dekker in part to get den Dekker at-bats. Read more in the Star-Ledger.
• Chris Young doubled Thursday to snap a streak of 16 straight games with an at-bat and no extra-base hit. Before the game, Young said he was getting a déjà vu feeling, referring to his experience in Oakland a season ago of struggling and losing playing time. Collins, asked how much C.Y. would face righty pitching going forward, said: "Right now, it’s tough to say.” Read more in the Journal, Star-Ledger and Newsday.
• Matt Harvey remains in a holding pattern as the organization waits to give him clearance to get on a mound.
• Juan Lagares is due to play in minor-league rehab games “soon,” Collins said.
• Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post writes that it would be a shame if the Mets get one All-Star representative and it is Wright over more-deserving Daniel Murphy or Jonathon Niese.
BIRTHDAYS: No one ever to play in a game for the Mets was born on this date, but Nicole Kidman, Lionel Richie, John Goodman and Olympia Dukakis all were born on June 20.
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