New York Mets: Allan Dykstra

Minors 9.6.14: Vegas, Savannah out

September, 6, 2014
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RENO 7, LAS VEGAS 3: The 51s were eliminated with the Game 4 loss. Starter Logan Verrett was charged with five runs (two earned) in five innings. He struck out 11 but uncorked three wild pitches and had a throwing error. Trailing 6-0, Allan Dykstra had a three-run homer in the seventh. Box

BINGHAMTON 11, PORTLAND 4: The B-Mets fended off elimination and set up a winner-take-all Game 5 on Sunday by producing a franchise-postseason-record 11 runs. Gabriel Ynoa will oppose Portland right-hander Luis Diaz in the decisive opening-round game. On Saturday, Portland grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first. Mike Miller singled and Sean Coyle doubled against Rainy Lara. With two aboard, Keury De La Cruz sent a bouncer to first baseman Brian Burgamy. He went home with the throw, but Miller slid in safely with the game’s opening run. Binghamton used a two-out rally to break through against Mike Augliera in the third. Brandon Nimmo had an infield single. T.J. Rivera then singled to push Nimmo to third. Burgamy tied the score with a single. The Sea Dogs retook a one-run lead in the fourth on Carson Blair's solo homer against Lara.

The B-Mets answered with 10 runs over the following two frames. In the fifth, Rivera's single plated Wilfredo Tovar with the tying run. Reliever Mike McCarthy eventually took over with the bases loaded and walked Darrell Ceciliani to force in another run. McCarthy capped the inning's scoring by uncorking a wild pitch, which allowed Rivera to dash home as the B-Mets took a 4-2 lead. Binghamton sent 11 men to the plate in a seven-run sixth. The B-Mets produced four hits, cashed in on three walks and walked away from the 38-minute frame with an 11-2 lead. The first seven batters all reached and scored against McCarthy and Pete Ruiz. Lara capped his outing -- the first quality start from a B-Met in the postseason -- with a scoreless sixth. Jon Velasquez surrendered a two-run homer to David Chester in the eighth. Randy Fontanez posted a perfect ninth. Lara allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. Box

ASHEVILLE 2, SAVANNAH 1: Savannah's season ended when it failed to rally in the resumption of Friday's suspended game. Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth with the tying run at second base and one out when play restarted, the Gnats loaded the bases that inning. Victor Cruzado walked with two outs and Dominic Smith advanced to first base on a wild pitch on a strikeout. However, Amed Rosario grounded out to leave three aboard. The Gnats went down in order in the ninth and were swept in the best-of-three opening-round series. Box

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Minors 8.14.14: Reynolds homers twice

August, 15, 2014
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IOWA 6, LAS VEGAS 5 (12 innings): Matt Reynolds had a pair of solo homers -- in the eighth inning to pull the 51s even and force extra innings, then in the top of the 12th to give Las Vegas a lead. But Chasen Bradford surrendered a two-run homer to Kris Bryant in the bottom half as the Cubs produced a walk-off victory. Reynolds finished 3-for-6 and is hitting .338 since a midseason promotion to Triple-A. Allan Dykstra and Josh Satin also homered in the loss. Starter Cory Mazzoni allowed four runs in six innings. Manny Ramirez went 2-for-3 for Iowa. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, ERIE 4: Jayce Boyd went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored and the B-Mets broke a 4-all tie with a four-run seventh en route to the victory. Down 1-0 in

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the second, Boyd doubled against Wilsen Palacios and ultimately came home on a groundout to even the score. The B-Mets took the lead in the third. Dilson Herrera doubled, advanced to third on Darrell Ceciliani's single and scored on a sacrifice fly from Boyd. In the fourth, Juan Centeno doubled and scored on Wilfredo Tovar's single. Brandon Nimmo advanced Tovar to third with a single. Herrera's sacrifice fly made it 4-1. The SeaWolves rallied in the seventh against B-Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa. Aaron Westlake hit a solo homer in what became a three-run frame. In his Double-A debut in that frame, Dario Alvarez allowed an inherited runner to score on an RBI double by Dean Green that evened the score at 4. But the B-Mets broke out the bats in the bottom half against Slade Smith. Brian Burgamy singled and Ceciliani doubled to put two in scoring position with one out. Boyd plated both runners with a single. Boyd moved to third on a single by T.J. Rivera. A wild pitch made it second and third for Centeno. His single scored two more for an 8-4 lead. Burgamy homered against Jose Valdez in the eighth to cap the scoring. Alvarez (1-0) suffered a blown save, but struck out two in 1 1/3 innings and earned the win. Cody Satterwhite pitched a scoreless ninth. Box

FORT MYERS 9, ST. LUCIE 8: Reliever Beck Wheeler walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. After he struck out Niko Goodrum for the second out, he then plunked Travis Harrison on the elbow to force home the winning run. Phillip Evans had opened the top of the ninth with a hit, but D.J. Johnson ultimately struck out Eudy Pina with Evans at third base to send the Miracle to the plate with a chance to win it. With the Mets trailing 8-6 in the eighth, Gavin Cecchini blasted a two-run homer to even the score. The Mets also rallied from down 6-4 in the sixth when Albert Cordero homered and L.J. Mazzilli plated a run on a fielder's choice. However, Ryan Fraser couldn’t keep it tied in the bottom of the sixth. He got the first two outs but gave up a hit to Adam Brett Walker. Max Kepler followed with a tiebreaking RBI triple and Tyler Grimes added a single to bring in Kepler. The Mets got to Miracle starter Steven Gruver early, scoring four runs in the first two innings. Mets starter Matt Koch allowed 10 hits and six runs in 3 2/3 innings. Pina and Evans had three hits apiece. Mazzilli, Jared King and Cam Maron each had two hits. Jeff McNeil walked twice, but his 12-game hitting streak ended. Box

SAVANNAH 4, GREENVILLE 0: Logan Taylor faced two batters over the minimum through two outs in the ninth. He then walked Jimmy Rider and reached his pitch limit, one out from a complete game. Taylor nonetheless earned his first win of 2014 for his 8 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball that included four strikeouts and one walk. The Gnats did all of their scoring with two outs in the eighth. Patrick Biondi created the first run with his speed, scoring from second on a wild pitch. Matt Oberste plated Dominic Smith with a double to the warning track in left-center. Victor Cruzado's double scored Oberste. Cruzado scored on Nelfi Zapata's single. Box

KINGSPORT 5, BRISTOL 3: Ivan Wilson homered twice, including a solo shot in the fifth that broke a 3-all tie. Box

BROOKLYN 5, LOWELL 1: Corey Oswalt allowed one unearned run in six innings and

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Jhoan Urena homered in the rubber-game victory. The Cyclones jumped to a lead when Tomas Nido produced a two-run single in the first. The only hiccup for Oswalt, who was recently named a New York-Penn League All-Star, came in the fifth. Urena had a throwing error after fielding a grounder, placing Alixon Suarez at second base. Raymel Flores singled to place runners on the corners. The Cyclones then were only able to get one out on Mauricio Dubon's grounder to shortstop Amed Rosario and Lowell pulled within 2-1. Brooklyn's lead grew to 5-1 in the sixth when Michael Conforto singled and Urena produced a two-run homer. Urena extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He is the only player in Cyclones history to have three double-digit hitting streaks in one season. Brad Wieck replaced Oswalt for the seventh and tossed two scoreless frames. Gaither Bumgardner retired the side in order in the ninth. Box

GCL MARLINS 6, GCL METS 5: Waldo Rodriguez and Alex Palsha combined to allow three runs in the bottom of the eighth as the Marlins overcame a 5-3 deficit. Dash Winningham drove in two runs in the loss. Box

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Minors 8.10.14: Verrett wins No. 10

August, 10, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 7, ALBUQUERQUE 5: Right-hander Logan Verrett recorded his team-leading 10th victory. The Baylor product, a third-round pick in 2011, allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out two in a 99-pitch effort. Vegas overcame a 2-0 deficit with a six-run fifth. Allan Dykstra (1-for-3, two walks) delivered a two-run double and Taylor Teagarden (2-for-3, walk) hit a two-run homer in the inning. Matt Reynolds finished 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, HARRISBURG 0: Steven Matz tossed seven scoreless innings and

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combined with Randy Fontanez on the shutout. Matz allowed four hits and two walks and struck out five. Binghamton took a 1-0 lead in the third. Wilfredo Tovar doubled against James Simmons, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Brandon Nimmo's two-out triple. An inning later, Travis Taijeron doubled with one out. He scored on a single by T.J. Rivera. Xorge Carrillo's single placed runners on the corners. Tovar's sac fly then put the Mets ahead, 3-0. Matz (5-3) has allowed one unearned run and no other damage in 13 innings in his last two outings. Fontanez had three strikeouts in two scoreless innings to pick up his first career Double-A save. He had 10 saves for St. Lucie before a promotion. At 72-48, Binghamton is at its high-water mark for the season. Brian Burgamy went 0-for-4, snapping his 13-game hitting streak. B-Met starters have allowed three earned runs in the past eight games, spanning 53 1/3 innings. Box

BRADENTON 2, ST. LUCIE 1: The Marauders took advantage of bouts of wildness from

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Domingo Tapia and T.J. Chism in the seventh to score their only runs. With one out in the frame, Tapia surrendered a double to Max Moroff and walked Justin Howard and Raul Fortunato to load the bases. Chism entered to face lefty Jin-De Jhang. He walked Jhang to force in the tying run. Ashley Ponce followed with an RBI single 65 feet up the third-base line to put the Marauders in front, 2-1. The Mets had scored their lone run in the sixth. Jeff McNeil extended his hitting streak to nine games with a leadoff triple. He scored on Gavin Cecchini’s sac fly. The Mets had runners at the corners with two outs in the eighth, but Fortunato hauled in a deep line drive to center by L.J. Mazzilli. Ponce committed an error at third with two outs in the ninth that allowed Maikis De La Cruz to advance to second. However, Josh Smith got Albert Cordero to ground back to him to end the ballgame. The Marauders took sole possession of first place in the FSL South with the win and are now 4 1/2 games ahead of the Mets. Tapia was enjoying one of his best games of the season before he lost control with the back-to-back walks in the seventh. He went 6 1/3 innings and was charged with both runs on four hits and three walks. The Mets have been held to seven runs in their last four games. St. Lucie mustered three hits Sunday -- the triple from McNeil, a double from Jared King and a single by Cecchini. Box

SAVANNAH 6, AUGUSTA 4 (seven innings): In a rain-shortened game, Stefan Sabol had a game-tying RBI triple in the sixth. He scored for a 5-4 lead on Yeixon Ruiz's single. Jorge Rivero added an RBI double in the seventh. Ruiz finished 4-for-4 with two runs scored. Rivero drove in two runs. Alex Panteliodis allowed four runs (one earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Box

KINGSPORT 7, JOHNSON CITY 4: Jean Rodriguez's two-run homer in the fifth got the K-Mets on the scoreboard. Kingsport overcame a 4-3 deficit in the eighth on Zach Mathieu's RBI single and Branden Kaupe's run-scoring groundout. Mathieu finished 2-for-3 with two walks and two RBIs. Box

BROOKLYN 5, BATAVIA 2: The Cyclones broke a 2-all tie with a three-run ninth. Amed Rosario had a tiebreaking double that plated Pedro Perez and Tyler Moore. Both had walked to open the inning. Adrian Abreu plated Rosario with a sacrifice fly. Box

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Minors 8.5.14: Montero blanks Sacramento

August, 6, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 3, SACRAMENTO 0: Rafael Montero limited Sacramento to one hit in eight innings. He struck out 11 and walked two in a 105-pitch effort. Montero has now tossed 14 2/3 scoreless innings and surrendered only four hits in his past two starts. Matt den Dekker singled and scored on Allan Dykstra's sacrifice fly in the first inning. Den Dekker went 2-for-4 with a walk and has six multi-hit performances in his last nine games. Chasen Bradford produced a scoreless ninth for his third save. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, RICHMOND 6: Tyler Pill tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out

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seven and Brian Burgamy went 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs. Burgamy's 20th homer, a two-run shot in the fifth, staked the B-Mets to a 4-0 lead. The game turned into a rout in the eighth. Juan Centeno walked and Wilfredo Tovar doubled. T.J. Rivera then pinch-hit for Pill produced a run-scoring groundout. Dustin Lawley's single plated Dilson Herrera later in the four-run frame as Binghamton took a 9-0 lead. B-Mets relievers Randy Fontanez and Ryan Fraser each surrendered three runs in an inning of work as the Flying Squirrels pulled within three runs. Pill hasn’t lost in his last 14 appearances with Binghamton. It was Burgamy’s fourth four-RBI game of the season. Box

CHARLESTON 6, SAVANNAH 2
SAVANNAH 1, CHARLESTON 0: Miller Diaz tossed a seven-inning shutout in the nightcap

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as the Gnats earned a doubleheader split. 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith left Game 2 after five innings. Diaz allowed just three hits, two walks and struck out five to improve to 6-1 with a 2.14 ERA. He did not allow a hit between the first and seventh innings. The Gnats scored the game's only run in the bottom of the sixth. Colton Plaia grounded a single through the left side to plate Nelfi Zapata. In Game 1, the RiverDogs scored four runs in the top of the seventh against reliever Hunter Carnevale to snap a 2-all tie. The Gnats had tied the score a half-inning earlier on a line-drive homer by Matt Oberste. Box 1, Box 2

PULASKI 6, KINGSPORT 5: Starter Yoryi Nuez allowed six runs (four earned) in 3 2/3 innings as the Mariners built a 6-0 lead. The K-Mets produced a four-run ninth, but pinch hitter Luis Ortega grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game. Box

GCL METS 8, GCL MARLINS 5: Alfredo Reyes drove in three runs and Milton Ramos had three hits and scored twice. Box

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Minors 8.1.14: Syndergaard stars

August, 2, 2014
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EL PASO 4, LAS VEGAS 3 (10 innings): Noah Syndergaard had his third straight strong outing for the 51s, throwing six scoreless innings while allowing eight hits, with no walks and seven strikeouts. Syndergaard has allowed one earned run in 17 1/3 innings over the last three starts, with five walks and 20 strikeouts. Allan Dykstra's eighth-inning solo homer evened the score at 2. The Chihuahuas plated two runs in the top of the 10th against Erik Goeddel. Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a two-out sacrifice fly in the bottom half, but the 51s left the tying run at first base when Andrew Brown grounded into a fielder's choice. Box

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BINGHAMTON 9, BOWIE 8: Dilson Herrera's run-scoring triple brought home Brandon Nimmo to tie the score in the bottom of the ninth. Herrera then scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch. Nimmo and Herrera each reached base three times for the B-Mets, who had 16 hits. Brian Burgamy, Travis Taijeron and Jayce Boyd homered for the B-Mets, who rallied from 4-0 and 8-6 deficits despite going 3-for-18 with runners in scoring position. Starter Gabriel Ynoa gave up six runs in four innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 8, CLEARWATER 3: Jeremy Hefner, on his way back from Tommy John surgery, allowed two runs on two hits in four innings in his second Florida State League start after previously pitching in the Gulf Coast League. Jared King doubled and homered, while Jeff McNeil had a double and a triple. Mark Leiter Jr., whose father pitched in the major leagues and whose uncle Al Leiter pitched for the Mets, started the game for Clearwater and took the loss. Box

HICKORY at SAVANNAH (ppd.)

KINGSPORT 1, ELIZABETHTON 0
ELIZABETHTON 3, KINGSPORT 1: Right-hander Andrew Church, the Mets' second-round draft pick in 2013, threw a four-hit seven-inning shutout in the first game of a doubleheader. Luis Guillorme scored the game's only run on a first-inning double play. Wuilmer Becerra had two of the Mets' six hits in the nightcap. Andrew Massie gave up three runs (one earned) in 4 1/3 innings. Box 1, Box 2

BROOKLYN 4, AUBURN 3: Amed Rosario's two-out single completed a two-run ninth-inning rally to give the Cyclones the win. John Mora's sacrifice fly tied the score for the Cyclones, after Auburn took the lead with a home run against Luis Rengel in the top of the ninth. Jhoan Urena drove in two runs for Brooklyn. Box

GCL METS 8, GCL NATIONALS 5: Right fielder Hengelbert Rojas drove in three runs, and catcher Natanael Ramos drove in two. Ramos, outfielder Enmanuel Zabala and shortstop Milton Ramos each had two hits. Starter Adrian Almeida allowed one run on two hits in five innings. Box

Minors 7.30.14: Conforto 3-for-3, 2 RBIs

July, 31, 2014
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EL PASO 8, LAS VEGAS 5: Starter Logan Verrett surrendered four runs in six innings, including homers to Tyler Greene, Cody Decker and Taylor Lindsey. Trailing 7-1, the 51s posted a four-run eighth that included a three-run double by Allan Dykstra. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 7, BINGHAMTON 2: Starter Greg Peavey allowed four first-inning runs, including a two-run homer to Matt Newman, en route to his first Eastern League loss since April 14. Peavey (8-2) followed with five straight scoreless innings. The B-Mets clawed within 4-1 in the second against Casey Lawrence. T.J. Rivera doubled, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Jayce Boyd's sacrifice fly. In the sixth, Brian Burgamy walked and stole second base. After a pair of strikeouts, Darrell Ceciliani produced an RBI double as Binghamton moved within two runs. The Fisher Cats pulled away from there, though. Hansel Robles and Jack Leathersich combined to handle the final three innings. They surrendered a total of three runs -- all unearned -- on a four-error night for the B-Mets. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, DUNEDIN 3: Michael Fulmer tossed six scoreless innings and Eudy Pina went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Pina's two-run double in the sixth staked St. Lucie to a 4-0 lead. Dunedin pulled within a run with a three-run eighth against Beck Wheeler. T.J. Chism inherited the tying run on second base and, after issuing a walk, coaxed an inning-ending groundout. Chism then tossed a perfect ninth for his fourth save. The intended second game was canceled because rules prohibit three doubleheaders in a seven-day span. Box

KINGSPORT 8, DANVILLE 3: Wuilmer Becerra had a two-run triple and Eudor Garcia followed with an RBI double in a five-run first inning. Box

BROOKLYN 9, AUBURN 4: 2014 first-round pick Michael Conforto finished 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and two RBIs and the Cyclones jumped on Auburn with a seven-run second inning. Tyler Moore began that outburst with a walk and advanced on a wild pitch. Auburn starter James Bourque then plunked Will Fulmer. Joe Tuschak followed with an RBI double. Anthony Chavez had a run-scoring infield single. Chavez ultimately scored on a successful double steal as Amed Rosario swiped second. Conforto's RBI single made it 5-0. A balk during Moore’s second at-bat of the inning plated another run. Moore's RBI double made it 7-0. Box

GCL CARDINALS 10, GCL METS 1: Dash Winningham's ninth-inning solo homer accounted for the lone Mets run. Starter Jose Celas surrendered five runs on seven hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings. Box

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Minors 7.25.14: Peavey stymies Trenton

July, 26, 2014
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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

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Minors 7.23.14: Whalen wins in return

July, 24, 2014
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TACOMA 6, LAS VEGAS 4: Cory Mazzoni allowed six runs (four earned) on five hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings. Wilmer Flores and Allan Dykstra homered in a three-run third as the 51s took a 3-1 lead. Flores finished with three RBIs. With Vegas trailing by two runs, Danny Muno doubled with one out in the ninth and Juan Centeno singled. After Cesar Puello flied out, Matt den Dekker then walked to load the bases. However, Josh Satin flied out for the final out. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, PORTLAND 2: Steven Matz (4-1) limited the Sea Dogs to two runs on

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seven hits and a walk in seven innings and the B-Mets avoided a three-game sweep. Sean Coyle had a solo homer against Matz in the second inning, but the B-Mets responded a half-inning later against Binghamton University product Mike Augliera as Rylan Sandoval had a leadoff homer. It was Sandoval’s first long ball of the season. Binghamton took the lead in the fourth as T.J. Rivera doubled and eventually scored on Jayce Boyd's single. That advantage swelled to 4-1 in the fifth. Dilson Herrera singled and stole second. Brian Burgamy then singled to place runners on the corners. Travis Taijeron followed with a run-scoring double. Rivera skied a sacrifice fly to center to plate Burgamy. Portland cut the deficit to two runs in the sixth as rehabbing Ryan Lavarnway, Michael Almanzar and Dave Chester all singled. Randy Fontanez and Cody Satterwhite each contributed a scoreless frame in relief. Satterwhite notched his ninth save. Burgamy finished 4-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored. Portland won the season series over the B-Mets, 11-9. Box

TAMPA 13, ST. LUCIE 6: Gavin Cecchini blasted a three-run homer in a five-run first inning, but the Yankees overcame the deficit to complete a four-game sweep. Mets starter Michael Fulmer cruised through the first three innings, allowing one hit and striking out five. His outing unraveled in the fourth. Greg Bird singled, Dante Bichette Jr. reached on L.J. Mazzilli’s error and Fulmer hit Eric Jagielo on the foot with an 0-2 pitch to load the bases. Fulmer threw a wild pitch that allowed Bird to score and walked Aaron Judge to reload the bases. Angelo Gumbs then singled to make it 5-2. With the bases again loaded, Trent Garrison had a two-run single. Jose Rosario followed with an RBI single to even the score. After Danny Oh struck out and Cito Culver walked, Fulmer was replaced by Jake Kuebler. Bird came up for the second time in the inning and produced a sac fly to put the Yankees ahead. Bichette followed with an RBI single to make it 7-5. Judge finally grounded out to end the fourth. Kuebler stayed in to pitch the fifth, but the Yankees got to him. Kuebler fielded Rosario’s bunt attempt with two runners on but threw the ball over the head of Mazzilli covering first base to allow a run to score. Later in the frame, Gilbert Gomez dropped a fly ball hit to center that allowed two more runs to score as the Yankees took a 12-5 lead. The Mets committed five errors in the game. Fulmer was charged with seven runs (four earned) in 3 1/3 innings. Box

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SAVANNAH 7, AUGUSTA 2: Rob Whalen (5-0) limited Augusta to two runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first South Atlantic League start since May 1. He missed more than two months recovering from an infection in his pitching hand that needed to be surgically cleaned. Miller Diaz tossed three scoreless innings and was credited with his second save. Matt Oberste extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a ninth-inning solo homer. Jonathan Johnson had two RBIs. Victor Cruzado went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Box

GREENEVILLE 6, KINGSPORT 3 (10 innings): Jimmy Duff was charged with three runs (two earned) in the top of the 10th. Third baseman Eudor Garcia had a fielding error in the frame. Box

ABERDEEN 5, BROOKLYN 2: Starter Casey Meisner allowed three runs (two earned) in one inning. Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 with a triple and Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 with a double in the loss. Jhoan Urena drove in two runs. Box

GCL METS 9, GCL NATIONALS 6: Dale Burdick's eighth-inning sacrifice fly broke a 6-all tie. Hengelbert Rojas added a two-run single in the ninth. John Mora, Arnaldo Berrios, Rojas and Burdick had two RBIs apiece. Box

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Morning Briefing: Almost back

July, 17, 2014
Jul 17
6:48
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Courtesy of New York MetsCurtis Granderson hosted a youth clinic Wednesday in Chicago at a stadium bearing his name.
NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: Tomorrow, tomorrow …

The second half is only a day away.

The Mets resume their season on Friday at 10:10 p.m. ET at Petco Park in San Diego. Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.99 ERA) opposes right-hander Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.47).

Read the Mets-Padres series preview here.

Thursday’s news reports:

• Columnist David Lennon in Newsday assesses what Sandy Alderson ought to do at the trade deadline. Writes Lennon:

The determining factor there will be the market for Colon and [Daniel] Murphy, two players that could be very attractive to contending clubs -- and not necessarily cripple the Mets' own chances. Colon's contract, with $11 million coming to him next season, was practically designed to be moved. While he's been a solid placeholder for [Matt] Harvey, the Mets are now finding others pushing for permanent spots, like [Jacob] deGrom, and before too long, Noah Syndergaard. …

As for Murphy, it's strange that the Mets' lone representative at the All-Star Game may not even be on the team by August. But the argument to deal him may just be too compelling for Alderson to pass up -- peak value, a big arbitration bump this winter and a waiting replacement in Wilmer Flores, who is raking at Triple-A Las Vegas with a .368/.405/896 slash line over his last 10 games, including six homers.

• Mike Puma in the Post asks five questions for the second half.

• Marc Carig in Newsday looks at Travis d'Arnaud’s turnaround after a demotion to Las Vegas. Upon joining the Triple-A club, d’Arnaud had a two-hour meeting with Wally Backman, hitting coach George Greer and pitching coach Frank Viola.

"He just needed to slow things down and understand that he was good enough to be who they wanted him to be," Viola told Carig. "But he had to be good enough for him first. He was putting so much undue pressure on himself that he just had to take a little time to step back."

Said d’Arnaud: "If I have a good at-bat, I'm happy now. Before, if I had a productive out, if I lined out, I would get on myself so much because I was so worried about getting a hit. It helps me to stay even-keeled.”

• The Mets project attendance to rise over 2013, when they officially drew 2.14 million fans, Steven Marcus writes in Newsday.

"Halfway through the year we have our slight uptick in attendance already," chief revenue officer Lou DePaoli told the newspaper. "So, now it's a matter of what kind of hay we can make the rest of the season. The team has been playing well and the fans have reacted just in the last week or so. You saw some pretty nice crowds toward the end, and I'm sure if the team continues to play at that level we'll see more increased interest."

• Also in Newsday, Carig writes about young players fueling the Mets’ ascent, three key players for the second half and three key questions.

• Anthony DiComo at MLB.com assesses the state of the Mets as they enter the second half.

• Kristie Ackert in the Daily News hands out grades.

Curtis Granderson and his Grand Kids Foundation hosted a baseball clinic at Curtis Granderson Stadium at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Wednesday. Granderson recently contributed $5 million toward the college stadium, which also hosts Chicago youth organizations.

• Matt Ehalt in the Record reviews prospects who could be called up in the second half.

• Ehalt in the Record also looks at Granderson’s successful conclusion to the first half after a Jason Bay-like start to his Mets career. Granderson is hitting .274 with 13 homers and 36 RBIs since May 1.

• Allan Dykstra went hitless in three at-bats as the DH as the Pacific Coast League lost the Triple-A All-Star Game, 7-3, at Durham, N.C. Binghamton outfielder Kyle Johnson went 2-for-2 in the Eastern League All-Star Game, but his East squad lost, 5-2. Wuilmer Becerra went 5-for-5, but Kingsport lost to Burlington, 4-3. Taylor Teagarden caught all five innings in a rain-shortened win by the Gulf Coast League Mets. Read the minor-league recap here.

• Binghamton prospect Brandon Nimmo chats with WBNG.

From the bloggers … Blogging Mets thinks Jacob deGrom has pushed his way into the Rookie of the Year conversation.

BIRTHDAYS: The late Roy McMillan, a former shortstop for the Mets, was born on this date in 1929.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Will the Mets sweep the Padres?

Minors 7.16.14: Becerra 5-for-5 in loss

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INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE 7, PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE 3: Las Vegas' Allan Dykstra, who won the Home Run Derby on Monday, went 0-for-3 with a strikeout as the designated hitter for the PCL in the Triple-A All-Star Game at Durham, N.C. Box

WEST 5, EAST 2: Kyle Johnson started in center field and went 2-for-2 for the East while representing Binghamton in the Eastern League All-Star Game at Altoona, Pa. Third baseman Brian Burgamy struck out in his lone at-bat off the bench. Jon Velasquez allowed an unearned run in the third inning. Cody Satterwhite struck out two of the three batters he faced. The other reached on a fielding error behind him. Box

BREVARD COUNTY at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The teams will play a doubleheader Thursday beginning at 4 p.m.

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 3: The Tourists built a 6-0 lead, scoring two runs apiece against Logan Taylor, Dawrin Frias and Paul Paez. Both runs against Taylor were unearned because he dropped a foul pop before surrendering an RBI double to Michael Benjamin. Taylor struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings. The Gnats scored three ninth-inning runs, but left the bases loaded when pinch hitter Nelfi Zapata flied out. Box

BURLINGTON 4, KINGSPORT 3: Starter Gaby Almonte surrendered four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings. The K-Mets pulled within a run in the bottom of the ninth on Wuilmer Becerra's RBI single, but left the tying and winning runs on base when pinch hitter Eudor Garcia grounded out. Becerra finished 5-for-5 with two doubles in the loss.Box

JAMESTOWN 5, BROOKLYN 2: Jamestown scored four third-inning runs against Cyclones started Brandon Welch. Brooklyn has lost six straight games. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL MARLINS 1 (5 innings): John Mora went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Audry German was credited with a rain-shortened complete game. He allowed one run on eight hits while striking out two in five innings. Taylor Teagarden went 1-for-3 with a double and two strikeouts and caught the full five innings as his rehab assignment continued. Box

Farm report: Mazzoni finally Vegas-bound

July, 16, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Right-hander Cory Mazzoni was slated to be part of a standout Triple-A rotation to open the season with Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom.

Instead, the honor of starting the Grapefruit League finale on getaway day for the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla., became a major setback for the 2011 second-round pick out of NC State.

With the Mets wanting to avoid using Bartolo Colon against the Nationals since he also was due to face them in his first regular-season outing, Mazzoni took the March 27 start at Tradition Field. He was forced to leave the game against Washington in the second inning because of what eventually was diagnosed as a right lat-muscle strain.


Courtesy of New York MetsCory Mazzoni


Only now is the 24-year-old Mazzoni due to head to Las Vegas.

In what was expected to be his final tune-up before joining the 51s, Mazzoni tossed seven innings for Binghamton at Erie on Saturday. That was his fourth minor-league appearance as he gets back into pitching shape.

“I thought it was going to be a couple-of-week thing,” Mazzoni said. “It was tough being out that long, seeing all of your friends pitching well and stuff in Double-A and Triple-A. It’s definitely tough to watch.

“You see what deGrom did in Triple-A and now he’s in the big leagues, pitching really well. Obviously everything gets pushed back a little bit now. But you still have to keep the same mindset and you can’t dwell on that.”

Mazzoni went 5-3 with a 4.36 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts) with Binghamton in 2013 before requiring season-ending surgery on Aug. 2 to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Mazzoni’s fastball sits at 92-94 mph. He also throws a slider and changeup. He is projected to pitch in relief in the majors.

“He’s come with some high recommendations from the people in the organization that this kid can be an absolute late-in-the-game kind of bullpen guy, because he’s got three quality pitches,” Terry Collins has said.

Said Mazzoni: “I can always work on fastball command. I’m still developing my splitter. It needs to be a little bit more consistent. But my arm feels good, and I feel like my stuff is pretty good. It’s just refining and tweaking it a little more.”

Organization leaders

Average: Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .350; John Mora, GCL Mets, .338; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .336; Enmanuel Zabala, GCL Mets, .329; Oswald Caraballo, Kingsport, .323; Matt den Dekker, Vegas, .312; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, .312; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, .312; Kevin Plawecki, Vegas, .308.

Homers: Dustin Lawley, Binghamton, 16; Andrew Brown, Vegas, 15; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 15; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 12; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 12.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 59; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 58; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 53; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 53; Kevin Plawecki, Vegas, 53.

Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 19; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 17; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, 15.

ERA: Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 0.94; Rob Whalen, GCL Mets, 1.67; Octavio Acosta, Brooklyn, 1.86; Kevin McGowan, St. Lucie, 2.14; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 2.41; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 2.89; John Gant, Savannah, 2.97; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 3.16; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 3.43; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 3.51.

Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton, 10; John Gant, Savannah, 9.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 12; Robert Coles, St. Lucie, 12; Randy Fontanez, Binghamton, 10; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 8.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 96; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 89; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 87; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 85; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 82.

Short hops

• First-round pick Michael Conforto is due to head to Los Angeles for Thursday’s Golden Spikes Award. Conforto, who officially signed on Friday after a standout career as an outfielder at Oregon State, is one of three finalists for the award, which goes to the nation’s top amateur player. The winner will be revealed on “SportsCenter.” The other finalists are LSU right-hander Aaron Nola (selected seventh overall by Philadelphia) and Kentucky left-hander/infielder A.J. Reed (a second-round pick by Houston). Conforto is due to rejoin the Brooklyn Cyclones on Friday and should make his professional debut shortly thereafter.

Matt Reynolds has continued his offensive surge since a promotion to Triple-A. In 24 Pacific Coast League games, the former second-round pick out of Arkansas is hitting .337/.389/.453. Not known for being accomplished defensively, Mets personnel nonetheless say he is showing better range at shortstop than Ruben Tejada and Omar Quintanilla possess. That’s not a terribly high bar, but suggests he may be viable at the position in the majors.

Allan Dykstra, who won Monday’s Triple-A Home Run Derby in Durham, N.C., topped a familiar face in the finals. Former Mets minor-league teammate Francisco Pena finished as the runner-up.

Pena, a catcher like his All-Star father Tony Pena, left the Mets last offseason as a minor-league free agent and signed with Kansas City. The 24-year-old Pena made his major league debut on May 20, catching the final inning, but was returned to Triple-A Omaha without a plate appearance. He did throw out the first would-be base stealer against him. His father formerly managed the Royals and his brother Tony Jr. played there. He is hitting .254 with a career-high 18 homers and 40 RBIs in 205 PCL at-bats this season.

Dykstra will serve as the PCL’s DH for Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game.

• The Eastern League All-Star Game also will be played Wednesday night. Representing Binghamton at Altoona, Pa.: infielder Brian Burgamy, outfielder Kyle Johnson and right-handers Cody Satterwhite and Jon Velasquez.

• Left-hander Blake Taylor, the player-to-be-named acquired from Pittsburgh with Zack Thornton in the April 18 trade for Ike Davis, has been promoted from the Gulf Coast League to Kingsport. Taylor, who turns 19 on Aug. 17, made three GCL appearances. In 10 2/3 innings, he allowed two unearned runs and one hit while walking seven and hitting a batter. In his K-Mets debut Monday, Taylor was pulled one out into the third inning. He was charged with four earned runs on six hits and two walks.

• Binghamton right fielder Travis Taijeron has been named Eastern League Player of the Week. For the week ending Sunday, the 25-year-old Taijeron hit .400 (8-for-20) with three homers and 10 RBIs and had a league-leading .900 slugging percentage. The former 18th-round pick out of Cal Poly Pomona is hitting .251 with 11 homers and 46 RBIs in 227 at-bats this season with the B-Mets.

• Binghamton reliever Hamilton Bennett, 26, was released by the organization last week. The former 29th-round pick in 2010 out of Tennessee Wesleyan College had produced a 3.38 ERA in 10 appearances with Double-A Binghamton this season. A Mets official said the release came at Bennett’s request.

• Montero is nearing a return to Vegas. He tossed four scoreless innings for Class A St. Lucie on Monday. Five days earlier he had logged two innings in the Gulf Coast League. Montero had been sidelined since leaving a Triple-A start on June 14 after only five pitches with a strained left oblique.

• Catcher Ali Sanchez, right-hander Adonis Uceta and infielder/catcher Victor Moscote represent the Mets on the Dominican Summer League All-Star team.

Morning Briefing: Halftime nears end

July, 16, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: And now the rest of the story …

With the All-Star Game in the books, the Mets prepare to open the second half Friday at San Diego. Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.99 ERA) will oppose right-hander Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.47) in the series opener at Petco Park.

The Amazin’s, who won eight of 10 on their first-half-closing homestand, nonetheless are 45-50 and trail division co-leaders Washington and Atlanta by seven games.

Wednesday’s news reports:

• In his lone at-bat, Daniel Murphy struck out against Seattle’s Fernando Rodney to strand two runners in the eighth and the NL lost to the AL, 5-3, in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Minneapolis.


Elsa/Getty ImagesDaniel Murphy bats during the eighth inninng of Tuesday's All-Star Game.


"I had a blast," Murphy told MLB.com. "I had a lot of fun. I felt like I was able to take a step back and soak it in as much as I could. It was really a lot of fun. And David [Wright] was right. It went by quick. I feel like the two days have flown by, but I had a lot of fun. I would love to do this again sometime."

Murphy’s brother Jonathan is an outfielder in the Twins system, who had an off-day Tuesday and was only a four-hour drive away from Minneapolis. But Murphy told his younger brother not to come to the All-Star Game.

“I talked him out of it,” Murphy told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I know how precious off-days can be in the minor leagues. They really jam that 140-game season into five months. I told him, ‘Just stay there with your wife. Enjoy the off day.’”

Read more on Murphy at SI.com.

• Don Burke in the Post reminisces with David Wright and former teammates about the captain’s rookie season. Monday is the 10-year anniversary of Wright’s major league debut.

“I had no idea what the dress code was,” Wright told Burke. “I knew that I had to have a sports coat. I had suit pants, but I had a coat that didn’t match the suit pants. So I always carried the coat so no one would notice.But once I got to Montreal you had to wear nice shoes, nice jeans and a collared shirt. I had the collared shirts, but I was wearing flip-flops. I went to the first game and everyone looked at me.”

Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post wonders if the Mets have wasted the 31-year-old Wright’s best years. “But by no means am I in decline,” Wright said. “I feel like I am going to produce at a high level. I have plenty of belief that I have plenty left.”

• Michael Salfino in the Journal charts other rookie pitchers who historically have had the type of first-half success that Jacob deGrom enjoyed. The impressive list includes Jose Fernandez, Dwight Gooden and Kerry Wood.

• Matt Ehalt in the Record asks five questions for the second half and gives his midseason report card.

• Rob Whalen tossed four scoreless innings as the GCL Mets won a rain-shortened game against the GCL Marlins, 1-0. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• The Triple-A and Eastern League All-Star Games will be played on Wednesday night. Allan Dykstra, who won Monday’s Home Run Derby, will represent Las Vegas and the Pacific Coast League as the DH in Durham, N.C. Infielder Brian Burgamy, outfielder Kyle Johnson and right-handers Cody Satterwhite and Jon Velasquez represent Binghamton at Altoona, Pa.

Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin profiles the B-Mets’ selections.

• The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals saluted Citi Field as vegetarian-friendly.

• A potential LIRR strike next week would make the 7 Line stop at Citi Field pretty crowded, Sonja Sharp writes in the Journal.

BIRTHDAYS: Left-hander Shawn Teufel, a former minor-league pitcher with the Mets and son of Tim Teufel, turns 28. ... Norm Sherry, a catcher for the '63 Mets, was born on this date in 1931.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: How many wins will the Mets finish with this season?

Morning Briefing: Murph stars in Minny

July, 15, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: Daniel Murphy represents the Mets in Tuesday’s All-Star Game at 8 p.m. ET at Target Field in Minneapolis.

“I’ve got my feathers up a little right now,” Murphy told reporters on Monday in Minneapolis. “The Metropolitans are playing well. It was a lot of fun in the homestand. We’ve got some guys in San Diego on the beach right now, relaxing. It’s really nice to go into the break feeling good about the way you’re playing.”

Asked earlier whether the All-Star selection is validation of all the work he has put in, Murphy said: “I don’t know about validation. It’s nice to get recognized. I’m not going to say it’s not. It’s really nice. Validation, for me, seems like it’s the end of the road. There’s still so much work I have to do with my game to try to improve.”

Tuesday’s news reports:

Bartolo Colon is available via trade, sources tell ESPNNewYork.com. In addition, industry insiders suggest the Mets are searching for upgrades at shortstop and left field. Starlin Castro does not appear likely, but Cubs’ Triple-A shortstop Javier Baez appears a realistic target.

An industry source tells David Lennon in Newsday that Castro won’t be available anyway, with the Cubs prepared to shift him to third base. “I’m not even thinking about that,” Castro told Lennon at Monday’s All-Star media session. “I’m here right now.”

• Check out ESPNNewYork.com’s grades for Mets pitchers here and position players and management here. Also read a report card from Mike Puma in the Post.

• Read more on the All-Star Murphy in the Post, Daily News and at MLB.com.

• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post suggests the Mets have the opportunity to retake the city from the Yankees. Writes Sherman:

In this town, the Yanks have been made men, the Mets Madoff.

Yet, cue familiar music, we are at another moment when the Mets and their disheartened fan base can dream a little -- of better days finally being near, if not here. Meanwhile, the Yankees are trending toward the dreaded Double Bs -- bad and boring. There is nothing a fan in this city loves more than his team being up -- unless if it can coincide with the other New York club being down.

• Mr. Met and some pixelated extras pretending to be Mets players tip their caps to Mr. Met in a Nike commercial saluting retiring Derek Jeter. Watch here.

• Read about the state of the Mets from Matt Ehalt in the Record.

Matt Harvey talks about his road back with Kristie Ackert in the Daily News. It’s now obvious Harvey will not pitch in the majors this season. Scott Boras recently said pitchers rehabbing from Tommy John surgery should wait 14 to 16 months to get into games, and Harvey’s surgery was last Oct. 22. Harvey notes the Mets now will not let him get on a mound at any point in July.

• Darrell Ceciliani homered twice and Binghamton moved a season-high 20 games over .500 with an 11-4 win against Erie. Rehabbing Rafael Montero pitched four scoreless innings in Game 1 and Domingo Tapia pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings in the nightcap as St. Lucie swept a doubleheader against Lakeland. Taylor Teagarden caught five innings in the Gulf Coast League as he works back from a left hamstring strain. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Allan Dykstra won the Home Run Derby at the Triple-A festivities in Durham, N.C. He will serve as the Pacific Coast League DH in Wednesday’s All-Star Game.

From the bloggers … Blogging Mets thinks the Mets should make a couple of deals to make a playoff push.

BIRTHDAYS: Fernando Nieve, who still cringes whenever Jerry Manuel points, turns 32. ... Wilson Delgado is 42. ... James Baldwin (the pitcher, not the playwright) is 43. ... The late Donn Clendenon was born on this date in 1935.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you believe the Cubs will actually trade Starlin Castro?

Morning Briefing: Third place at break?

July, 13, 2014
Jul 13
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FIRST PITCH: Don’t look now, but a win on the final day of the first half would leapfrog the Mets over the Miami Marlins and put the Amazin’s in sole possession of third place for the first time since May 4.

Jacob deGrom (2-5, 3.38 ERA) opposes left-hander Brad Hand (0-1, 5.09) in Sunday’s 1:10 p.m. series finale as the Mets aim to sweep Miami.

Terry Collins plans to give Daniel Murphy off Sunday ahead of his busy All-Star break, with Eric Campbell likely to appear at second base for the first time in his major league career.

Meanwhile, in Minneapolis, right-hander Noah Syndergaard and catcher Kevin Plawecki will compete in the Futures Game at 5 p.m. ET at Target Field.

Sunday’s news reports:

Chris Young had a pinch-hit two-run homer in the seventh and Campbell had a tiebreaking pinch-hit RBI single an inning later as the Mets twice overcame two-run deficits to beat the Marlins, 5-4, Saturday at Citi Field. Murphy had a leaping two-out catch in the eighth to prevent the Marlins from taking a lead. Daisuke Matsuzaka had a career-high-matching 10 strikeouts.

Collins said the victory may be the biggest for the Mets so far this season.

The Mets have won seven of nine of their current homestand. With wins by division co-leaders Atlanta and Washington on Saturday, the Mets remained seven games back in the NL East.

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

• Although Matsuzaka is expected to shift to the bullpen with Jonathon Niese poised to return from the disabled list, Collins said he needs to discuss with Sandy Alderson on Sunday whether there ought to be the intermediate step of putting deGrom in the bullpen for a week or two to conserve the rookie’s innings. Alderson has said deGrom should have 185 innings in 2014. Read more in Newsday.

• Although it has not been fully announced, a source tells ESPNNewYork.com that the second-half-opening series in San Diego should be Bartolo Colon on Friday, Dillon Gee on Saturday and Zack Wheeler in the finale. That pushes Niese to the opener in Seattle, where he can deal with lefty-hitting slugger Robinson Cano.

Niese is scheduled to throw at Citi Field before Sunday’s game against the Marlins to demonstrate he is fine to return from the DL in Seattle.

Matt Harvey continues to be more and more resigned to the fact he will not pitch in the majors in 2014. Read more in the Post.

Jeremy Hefner had a perfect inning in the Gulf Coast League in his first game since undergoing Tommy John surgery last Aug. 28. Taylor Teagarden (hamstring) also began a rehab assignment in that game. He only had two plate appearances as a DH before departing for a pinch runner.

• Marc Carig in Newsday profiles the All-Star-bound Murphy. Writes Carig:

Daniel Murphy is the antithesis of a star.

There is no grace in his game. There is no flash. There is no sense of ease. His value stems entirely from function, not aesthetics, and because of this, he knew long ago that his only way to the major leagues involved walking a fine line.

"I've always felt that at the point that I don't play the game with my hair on fire, I'm just not physically gifted enough to continue playing at this level," Murphy said. "So that's how I've always approached it."

• Steve Serby in the Post has a Q&A with Murphy.

• Jayce Boyd homered and had three RBIs as Binghamton beat Erie, 9-3. L.J. Mazzilli doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th as St. Lucie beat Lakeland, 5-4. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post compares LeBron James’ departure and return to Cleveland with the Mets’ trade and reacquisition of Tom Seaver.

• Laura Albanese in Newsday profiles Triple-A All-Star Allan Dykstra, who is not related to Lenny Dykstra.

• Stony Brook University product and new dad Tom Koehler discusses his no-decision Saturday with Mike Gavin in Newsday.

From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear revels in what it believes is the most scintillating Mets win of the year.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets catcher Mike Fitzgerald was born on this date in 1960.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Can Jeremy Hefner be useful for the Mets later this season?

Morning Briefing: Mets big-game hunters?

July, 12, 2014
Jul 12
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FIRST PITCH: The Mets have been giant slayers during their current 6-2 homestand, roughing up Yu Darvish, Julio Teheran and now Henderson Alvarez during that stretch.

That trio of pitchers continues to be ranked in the top 10 in ERA in their respective leagues despite allowing a combined 15 runs in 13 1/3 innings against the Mets.

“We go out every night and try to compete,” Terry Collins said. “No matter who is on the mound, we try to make sure that [the batters] do what we want, and that’s get a good ball to hit and try not to chase.”

The Mets look to keep rolling when they send Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.32 ERA) to the mound opposite Miami Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler (6-7, 3.98) on Saturday at 4:10 p.m.

Huey Lewis and The News perform a postgame concert at Citi Field.

Saturday’s news reports:

Zack Wheeler allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings, David Wright finished 4-for-4 with a two-run homer and Lucas Duda also had a two-run shot as the Mets won Friday’s series opener, 7-1, against the Marlins. Wheeler improved to 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA in five career starts against Miami. He has allowed one run and pitched into the seventh inning in each of his past three starts to head into the All-Star break on a high note.


Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsZack Wheeler limited the Marlins to one run in 6 2/3 innings on Friday.


Alvarez, who had a 1.04 ERA over his previous nine starts and had dominated the Mets this season, allowed six runs in five innings.

“We’ve seen him really, really sharp,” Collins said. “He wasn’t quite as sharp tonight. That’s what you’ve got to do when you get a guy who is not on his best game -- hopefully take advantage of it.”

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

• Read more on Wheeler in the Post.

• Read more on Wright in the Star-Ledger.

• Scott Boras appears to favor a more conservative rehab plan for Matt Harvey than even Sandy Alderson and the Mets. The agent said the optimal rehab time following Tommy John surgery before entering a game is 14 to 16 months. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Daily News.

• First-round pick Michael Conforto officially was introduced at Citi Field on Friday. He is due to begin his pro career with the Brooklyn Cyclones, although he will be eased into games and actually will travel to Los Angeles next week because he is one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award. Read more in the Times, Newsday and at MLB.com.

Jeremy Hefner is due to pitch an inning in the Gulf Coast League on Saturday, less than 11 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery on Aug. 28, 2013.

• Left-hander Scott Rice has a bone spur in his left elbow that may require surgery to remove, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.

• Matt Bowman earned his first Triple-A win and Allan Dykstra had a three-run triple as Las Vegas beat Albuquerque, 8-1, in Game 1 of a doubleheader Friday. Kingsport routed Elizabethton, 12-0, behind a combined shutout from Yoryi Nuez and Martires Arias. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Michael Salfino in the Journal writes that the Mets have the worst winning percentage in the National League in games in which they score first.

• John DeMarzo in the Post profiles former second-round pick Matt Reynolds, who has been on a tear this season with Binghamton and now Las Vegas as a middle infielder.

From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear soaks up some Polo Grounds memories on a very nice Citi Field night.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets left-hander Dick Rusteck was born on this date in 1941.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: What is your favorite Huey Lewis song?

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Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187