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Sunday, August 10, 2014
Morning Briefing: Mets own Philly

By Adam Rubin

PHILADELPHIA

FIRST PITCH: The Mets continue to beat up on the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Amazin’s on Saturday improved to 10-4 against the Phillies this season. They are 46-57 against the rest of baseball.

The success includes a 7-1 record at Citizens Bank Park in 2014.

Dating back to last season, the Mets have won 12 of their last 14 in the City of Brotherly Love.

Zack Wheeler looks to continue that roll Sunday. Wheeler, who is 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his past seven starts, opposes right-hander Kyle Kendrick (5-11, 4.74 ERA) at 1:35 p.m.

Sunday’s news reports:

Lucas Duda, getting a chance to prove he can produce against left-handed pitching, delivered a tiebreaking RBI single against Antonio Bastardo in the 11th as the Mets beat the Phillies, 2-1, Saturday.

It marked the sixth extra-inning game between the teams this season, matching the most between the Mets and one opponent in franchise history. The Amazin’s also played six extra-inning games against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

With Jenrry Mejia having worked consecutive days with a tight calf, Jeurys Familia handled Saturday’s save, albeit allowing two baserunners in the 11th.

Dillon Gee limited Philadelphia to a seventh-inning solo homer by Carlos Ruiz as the right-hander put a subpar start to the second half behind him. Gee also overcame career-long woes in Philly.

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

Matt den Dekker joined the Mets on Saturday in place of Chris Young, who was designated for assignment. Terry Collins said den Dekker should bat sixth and start against right-handed pitching in left field, with Eric Campbell facing southpaws. Den Dekker, who led the Pacific Coast League in batting at .334, attributed the success partly to a more compact swing, which includes a wider stance and shorter stride. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Daily News and Newsday.

• Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post warns Mets brass not to let late-season success by young players prompt conservative spending this winter.

• Davidoff in the Post also asserts that the Mets and Yankees both support Rob Manfred as MLB’s next commissioner for different reasons. In the Mets’ case, Davidoff suggests, it’s because of the team’s cozy relationship with Bud Selig. Manfred is Selig’s preferred choice.

• Jeff Roberts in the Record writes about the longtime friendship between Mejia and Familia and details their pre-baseball lives in the Dominican Republic, including Mejia’s job shining shoes at age 10.

• Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post begins to ask which young pitchers will stay and which will go as the Mets make moves this offseason.

• Matt Ehalt in the Record suggests the Mets made the right call emphasizing youth.

Matt Harvey threw 29 pitches off the slope of a mound Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Bill Price in the Daily News asserts it’s not prudent for Harvey to pitch in the majors this season. (He won’t be.)

Bobby Parnell tossed a baseball Saturday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery on April 8.

• Noah Syndergaard talks about his progress in the Daily News. “I don’t feel like I’m ready quite yet, but if I were to get the call tomorrow, I would find a way to get the job done, somehow,” Syndergaard told the newspaper.

• Kevin Plawecki had a two-run homer as Las Vegas beat Albuquerque, 8-3. Rainy Lara tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings as Binghamton beat Harrisburg, 3-1. Dominic Smith produced his first 2014 homer as Savannah split a doubleheader against Augusta. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• The Brooklyn Cyclones, who host the New York-Penn League All-Star Game on July 19, had six players selected for the game: shortstop Amed Rosario, third baseman Jhoan Urena, right-handers Marcos Molina and Corey Oswalt, left-hander Shane Bay and outfielder Michael Bernal.

BIRTHDAYS: den Dekker turns 27. ... Chuck Carr is 47.

TWEET OF THE DAY:

WE DIDNT BLOW IT!! #mets

— John Smithson (@ShakySmithson21) August 10, 2014
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