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Monday, April 28, 2014
Morning Briefing: Mets bus to Philly

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: The Mets are off on Monday, but will bus to Philly in the afternoon in advance of Tuesday’s 7:05 p.m. series opener against the Phillies.

That game will be played directly across Pattison Avenue from Game 6 of the Flyers-Rangers series.

Jonathon Niese (1-2, 2.45 ERA) opposes left-hander Cole Hamels (0-1, 3.00).

Monday’s news reports:

Dillon Gee tossed eight scoreless innings and combined with Carlos Torres on a three-hit shutout as the Mets beat the Marlins, 4-0, in Sunday’s rubber game. Gee now has a 2.75 ERA since May 30 of last season, when he beat the Yankees in the Bronx.

Gee wanted to complete the game, but Terry Collins pulled him at 110 pitches.

“I kind of knew I threw quite a few pitches in that eighth inning and I was wondering if he would let me go back out after I threw over 100 pitches,” Gee said. “I definitely wanted to go back out. ‘CG’ chances [complete games] don’t come along that often. It would have been nice. But we won, so that’s the end of the story.”

Said David Wright to reporters postgame:  "Guys want a ton of strikeouts. Guys want the sexiness of pitching. And I’m not sure if Dillon is all that sexy of a pitcher. He just goes out and gets the job done.”

On the 22nd pitch he had seen from Marlins starter Tom Koehler over three at-bats, Chris Young delivered a two-run homer in a three-run fifth that capped the game’s scoring. It was Young’s second homer of the homestand. He would have produced a third, but St. Louis’ Matt Holliday reached over the left-field wall to take away a would-be long ball during that series.

“When you get a couple of weeks off and you come back in, it takes just a little bit to get your timing, quiet things down, try not to do too much, shorten your swing up a little bit and just really trust what you’ve been doing for the entire time,” said Young, who had been on the DL for most of the opening two weeks of the season. “I feel like it’s starting to come together.”

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

Juan Lagares played seven innings in center field for Class A St. Lucie in his first official rehab game. Collins said he expects Lagares (hamstring) to play rehab games with Triple-A Las Vegas before being activated from the disabled list. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Columnist Richard Justice at MLB.com writes that pitching and defense are the keys to the Mets’ success so far.

• John Jeansonne in Newsday recaps highlight-reel fielding plays by Wright on a retreating catch and Daniel Murphy barehanding a grounder Sunday.

John Lannan is dealing with a family matter, but eventually will wind up in Las Vegas’ rotation when he reports to the Pacific Coast League club.

• Wright produced only his fourth extra-base hit of the season Sunday. “The last week or so, I’ve really hit some balls hard,” Wright told reporters. “Whether it’s picking the wrong time of the year, the wrong part of the park, whatever it has been, it seems like I’ve had some good at-bats and have nothing to show for it. Hopefully, when the weather warms up a little bit and we stop getting these swirling winds, get on the road and see some more suitable hitting ballparks, we’ll see some results.” Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Travis Taijeron had a three-run homer in a nine-run fourth and Binghamton beat Erie, 9-6. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini went 3-for-5 with two doubles in Savannah’s 6-5 loss at Lakewood. Read the full minor-league recap here.

Wilmer Flores left Las Vegas’ game Sunday after three innings with a jammed finger and is expected to get X-rays on Monday.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear explores the concept of Mets fan happiness.

BIRTHDAYS: Gee turns 28. ... Former Mets reliever Jorge Sosa is 36.

TWEET OF THE DAY:

@DillonGee35 has been AMAZIN this year! #Mets #LGM #AllStarBound

— Billy Freyeisen (@BillyFreyeisen) April 28, 2014
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