New York Mets: Anthony Seratelli

Anthony Seratelli signs with Seibu

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Jeff Roberson/Associated PressAnthony Seratelli is Japan-bound.


NEW YORK -- Anthony Seratelli, who played at Triple-A Las Vegas with the Mets organization this past season, is headed to Japan.

Seratelli, a New Jersey native and Seton Hall product, has signed with the Seibu Lions, ESPNNewYork.com has learned.

Seratelli, 31, hit .279 with five homers and 40 RBIs in 244 at-bats with Vegas in 2014. He is capable of playing in the infield or outfield.

Minors 8.26.14: Pina double lifts St. Lucie

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LAS VEGAS 9, ROUND ROCK 5: Anthony Seratelli produced a second-inning grand slam and finished with five RBIs as Vegas won its sixth straight game. Logan Verrett recorded his team-leading 11th victory. Verrett allowed two runs on four hits in five innings. Box

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BINGHAMTON 3, NEW BRITAIN 2: Starter Gabriel Ynoa surrendered five runs in a seven-inning complete game as the B-Mets dropped Game 1. Jayce Boyd's two-out RBI single in the first inning gave Binghamton its lone run. In the nightcap, the B-Mets scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning -- on a passed ball and wild pitch -- to take a 3-2 lead. Dario Alvarez earned his first Double-A save by recording the final four outs. Paul Sewald earned the win in relief in his Double-A debut. Box 1, Box 2

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ST. LUCIE 5, CHARLOTTE 2: The Mets stormed back from a 2-0 deficit with a four-run seventh that included a three-run double from Eudy Pina and RBI single from Jeff McNeil. St. Lucie added a run in the eighth on Cam Maron's sacrifice fly. Maron had been named a Florida State League All-Star earlier in the day. Starter Matt Koch allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings. Ryan Fraser recorded the final four outs for his second save. Box

AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 3: John Mincone surrendered a pair of runs in the top of the ninth as Augusta broke a 3-all tie and sent Savannah to its season-high sixth straight loss. The Gnats had evened the score in the seventh on Jorge Rivero's RBI double and Yeixon Ruiz's RBI single, although the Gnats left the bases loaded that inning when Jonathan Leroux grounded into a fielder's choice. Box

JOHNSON CITY 3, KINGSPORT 2: Blake Drake's two-out solo homer in the fifth against Yoryi Nuez broke a 2-all tie. Luis Guillorme and Eudor Garcia each went 3-for-4 in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 8, STATEN ISLAND 2: Brooklyn produced a five-run third inning and maintained a two-game lead in the wild-card race with its victory. Consecutive singles by Michael Bernal, Tucker Tharp and Alfredo Reyes gave Brooklyn a 1-0 lead. After Adrian Abreu produced a run-scoring groundout, Amed Rosario delivered an RBI single. Michael Conforto grounded out, but another string of singles -- this time from Jhoan Urena, Tyler Moore and Pedro Perez -- plated two more runs for a 5-0 lead. Casey Meisner allowed one run on four hits in six innings and struck out 11. Box

GCL CARDINALS 2, GCL METS 1: Juan Marte surrendered a walk-off RBI single to Magneuris Sierra in the ninth. The Mets' lone run came on Dash Winningham's sixth-inning solo homer. It was his fifth long ball of the season -- the most by a Mets farmhand in the Gulf Coast League since Jeff Flagg and Alonzo Harris also had five in 2008. Box

Minors 8.25.14: Lawley double lifts B-Mets

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LAS VEGAS 9, ROUND ROCK 3: The 51s built an 8-2 lead after four innings. Third baseman Josh Satin was 3-for-5 with an RBI and run scored. Second baseman Anthony Seratelli was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and double. Starter Matt Bowman (3-2) allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks in five innings. The 51s have the best record in the 16-team PCL with a 78-60 mark (.565). Box

BINGHAMTON 4, NEW BRITAIN 1: Dustin Lawley’s double plated Jayce Boyd with the

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go-ahead run in a three-run eighth as the B-Mets won their fifth straight. Binghamton opened the scoring in the fourth against Taylor Rogers as T.J. Rivera had a two-out double and Lawley followed with an RBI single. New Britain evened the score in the sixth against Rainy Lara. Jorge Polanco singled, Nate Hanson walked and Mike Gonzales singled to load the bases. Ronny Rodriguez followed with a sacrifice fly. In the eighth, Edgar Ibarra hit Boyd with a pitch to start the frame. The southpaw then surrendered a single to Rivera. Lawley doubled to drive in the go-ahead run. After a groundout, Wilfredo Tovar's sacrifice fly plated Rivera. Kyle Johnson then legged out an infield single that brought Lawley home all the way from second for a 4-1 lead. Lara matched his season high with 7 2/3 innings. He allowed one run, but did not factor into the decision. Chase Huchingson (4-1) recorded the final out in the eighth. Cody Satterwhite worked a scoreless ninth for his 15th save. Box

CHARLOTTE 8, ST. LUCIE 5: T.J. Chism (0-3) surrendered a grand slam to Johnny Field in the ninth to suffer the blown save. With St. Lucie leading 5-4 lead, Granden Goetzman led off with a single. Chism then struck out Jake DePew. Chism looked like he had a second out when Gilbert Gomez dove for a ball in center off the bat of Juniel Querecuto. But the ball popped out of Gomez’s glove and runners were at first and second with one out. Tommy Coyle then drew a walk to load the bases. Field followed with the decisive homer. The Mets had jumped on the Stone Crabs early, taking a 4-0 lead. In the second, Phillip Evans grounded into a bases-loaded double play that plated the opening run. The Mets plated three more in the third. Maikis De La Cruz scored from third on a missed pickoff play at first and Jairo Perez and Jared King had run-scoring hits. The 4-0 lead unraveled in the fifth. Mets starter Angel Cuan surrendered a two-out, two-run double to DePew. DePew then scored on a single as the Crabs pulled within 4-3. Coyle appeared to fly out to end the frame, but Gomez dropped the ball. His throw back to the infield went past three defenders and to the backstop, allowing the tying run to score all the way from first base. The Mets appeared poised to respond in a big way in the bottom of the fifth, when they loaded the bases with no outs for the second time in the game. But Perez grounded into a double play and the Mets again only got one run. De La Cruz and L.J. Mazzilli each had three hits. Box

JOHNSON CITY 5, KINGSPORT 3: Vicente Lupo produced a three-run homer in the first inning, but the K-Mets were silent the rest of the way. Starter Yoan Gonzalez allowed four runs in four innings. Box

STATEN ISLAND 2, BROOKLYN 1 (10 innings): Brad Wieck surrendered a walk-off homer to Chris Breen in the 10th. Left fielder Michael Conforto threw out Connor Spencer at the plate to preserve a 1-all tie in the eighth. Conforto's RBI single in the third inning had opened the scoring. The Baby Bombers evened the score in the bottom half of that frame with an unearned run after a throwing error by second baseman Tyler Moore, then a run-scoring wild pitch by Alberto Baldonado. Carlos Valdez tossed 3 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Third baseman Jhoan Urena was ejected before the game's first pitch. Box

GCL CARDINALS 4, GCL METS 0 (10 innings): The Mets' only hit came on a one-out bunt single in the fifth by Miguel Leal. Two walks, two errors and a wild pitch contributed to a four-run top of the 10th that broke a scoreless tie. Mets starter Kevin Canelon tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings. Box

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Morning Briefing: Still rolling

July, 19, 2014
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SAN DIEGO

FIRST PITCH: The Mets did not cool off during the break.

Now winners of nine of their past 11, they have climbed to four games under .500.

They try to keep the momentum going Saturday, with Dillon Gee (4-1, 2.56 ERA) opposing right-hander Tyson Ross (7-10, 2.85) at 8:40 p.m. ET.

Saturday’s news reports:

Travis d'Arnaud continued his solid production since returning from Las Vegas. Playing at the site of his major league debut last August, the rookie catcher finished 3-for-5 and drove in the tiebreaking run against Joaquin Benoit in the ninth as the Mets beat the Padres, 5-4, Friday at Petco Park. The Mets gained a game on the Washington Nationals, but remained seven games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves.

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

• Sandy Alderson said pregame that not much had transpired so far in terms of trade conversations with other teams. The GM also indicated that he did not intend to rent a player who would be a free agent at season’s end. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger, Record and Newsday.

Jenrry Mejia pulled a Mark Messier and guaranteed to SNY the Mets are making the playoffs … or something like that.

“We’re gonna make it because we believe in ourselves,” Mejia told the network, via the Post. “We’ll be ready, and we’re gonna make the playoffs. We’re gonna be there.”

• Daisuke Matsuaka is headed to the bullpen, although the Mets do not intend to use him there Saturday or Sunday. They first want to be 100 percent sure Jonathon Niese will be able to come off the disabled list on Monday to face the Seattle Mariners. Niese threw a bullpen session Friday at Petco Park and pronounced himself ready for that assignment in Seattle. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Newsday, Record and Daily News.

• Top prospect Noah Syndergaard returned from a save in the All-Star Game and proceeded to allow seven runs in five innings on Thursday for Las Vegas at Salt Lake. Syndergaard now has a 5.74 ERA in 17 Pacific Coast League starts.

He told Jared Diamond in the Journal that most of his issues have been mental, including paying too much attention to the Super 2 deadline. "I was thinking about that almost constantly," Syndergaard said.

Pitch selection, and an overreliance on fastballs, also has been an issue. "I've had a hard time knowing what to throw in certain situations," said Syndergaard, whose fastball comfortably hit 98 mph Thursday.

• Jay Schreiber in the Times notes that the last time the Mets finished with a winning record and the Yankees with a losing record was back in 1990. Could it happen again?

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger lists six surprising stats for the Mets, including Ruben Tejada possessing the third-highest OBP among major league shortstops and the Mets leading the NL in home runs since June 17.

• Anthony Seratelli had a three-run homer and Cory Mazzoni earned the win in his Triple-A debut as Las Vegas held on against Salt Lake, 7-6. Robert Gsellman had a 10-strikeout game on his 21st birthday as Savannah beat Lexington, 5-1. Taylor Teagarden’s rehab assignment shifted to St. Lucie, which lost to Brevard County, 4-3. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini was pulled from that game for an apparent disciplinary reason. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• First-round pick Michael Conforto is due to make his professional debut Saturday for the Cyclones as the designated hitter. Brooklyn hosts Williamsport at 6 p.m.

• Closer Huston Street was traded by the Padres to the Los Angeles Angels. Read more in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

• Benjamin Hoffman in the Times writes that San Diego may end up with the worst offense in major league history.

Dan Uggla was released by the Braves despite $18 million remaining on his contract through 2015. Read more in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

• Nick Forrester in the Daily News profiles Cyclones GM Steve Cohen.

From the bloggers …Faith and Fear made it through the All-Star break, but just barely.

BIRTHDAYS: Rick Ankiel turns 35. ... Preston Wilson is 40. ... David Segui turns 48.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Will the Mets finish with a better record than the Yankees?

Minors 7.18.14: Gsellman has happy 21st

July, 19, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 7, SALT LAKE 6: Cory Mazzoni allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings in his

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Triple-A debut. Mazzoni had been sidelined to open the season because of a right lat strain. Anthony Seratelli had a three-run homer in a four-run sixth as Vegas took a 4-1 lead. Josh Satin produced a solo homer the following inning. Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to 19 games. Chasen Bradford surrendered two runs in the bottom of the eighth as Salt Lake pulled to within 6-5, but Danny Muno answered with a solo homer a half-inning later to provide breathing room. The 51s needed the cushion. Bradford also surrendered a run in the ninth and departed with two outs and the tying run on third. Ryan Reid entered and got Luis Jimenez to pop out for the final out. Box

TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 5: The B-Mets surrendered four runs in the seventh inning as a 10-game unbeaten streak in starts by Tyler Pill ended. Dilson Herrera went 3-for-4 with

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three RBIs in the loss. Brandon Nimmo had two RBIs and scored twice. Jake Cave had a game-opening single against Pill and advanced to third on consecutive wild pitches. Tyler Austin followed with an RBI single. The B-Mets answered in the second against Zach Nuding. Travis Taijeron singled and Rylan Sandoval and Kai Gronauer worked back-to-back walks to load the bases for Nimmo. He smacked a two-run single. Herrera followed a two-run double for 4-1 lead. After Pill retired nine straight batters, Rob Segedin doubled to lead off the sixth. He scored on Tyler Austin's double. Trailing 4-2, Trenton did the rest of its damage in the seventh. Ali Castillo singled against Adam Kolarek. After Kolarek walked the next two batters, Jon Velasquez entered. Segedin greeted him with a three-run double that gave the Thunder a 5-4 lead. Austin added an RBI single. The B-Mets trimmed their deficit to one run in the bottom half against Mark Montgomery. Nimmo walked and moved to second on a passed ball. Herrera then had an RBI single. Pill allowed two runs in six innings in a no-decision. Kolarek (1-1) was charged with three runs while recording only one out. Velasquez allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings and suffered his third blown save. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 4, ST. LUCIE 3: Jose Sermo blasted a walk-off homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth against T.J. Chism. The long ball came one inning after the Mets had erased a 3-0 deficit and tied the score in the eighth. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini left the game in the third inning. There was no injury, a team official said. The Manatees scored their first three runs all with two outs. Alfredo Rodriguez singled against Kevin McGowan to plate Cameron Garfield in the fourth. McGowan then held the Manatees in check until he walked the first two batters of the seventh. Julian Hilario entered and recorded two outs, but Michael Reed then singled to drive in both runners. The Mets rallied with two outs in the eighth. Rehabbing designated hitter Taylor Teagarden, Jared King and Cam Maron consecutively singled against Scott Leiser to get the Mets on the board. Mark Williams then entered and walked Phillip Evans to load the bases. Williams followed by plunking Aderlin Rodriguez and walking Jeff McNeil to force in two runs and even the score at 3. The rally ended when Eudy Pina flied out. In the bottom of the ninth, Chism got Brandon Macias to fly out to start the frame, but Sermo smacked a pitch from the lefty over the left-center wall for the win. McGowan was charged with three runs on four hits in six-plus innings. He walked five and struck out one. Box

SAVANNAH 5, LEXINGTON 1: Robert Gsellman celebrated his 21st birthday with a

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season-high 10 strikeouts and the win as the Gnats snapped a five-game losing streak. Savannah grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning on sacrifice flies by Colton Plaia and Patrick Biondi. The Legends scored their lone run against Gsellman in the third inning on Elier Hernandez's infield single. Gsellman stranded two runners that inning, then found his groove. He retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced, including eight via strikeout. In the fourth, Champ Stuart singled to plate Biondi. Stuart finished 2-for-5 with a double. Matt Oberste singled in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. Box

BURLINGTON at KINGSPORT (ppd.)

JAMESTOWN 12, BROOKLYN 7 (15 innings): Edioglis Villasmil was charged with five runs in the 15th. The Cyclones had forced extra innings with Will Fulmer's leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth. It was the 22nd-round pick's first professional homer. Box

GCL CARDINALS 1, GCL METS 0: With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, the Cards produced the lone run when Frankie Rodriguez had an infield single, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch from Adrian Almeida and scored on an errant throw by catcher Darryl Knight. The unearned run was the lone damage against Almeida in 5 2/3 innings. Box

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Minors 7.8.14: Vaughn goes deep for Vegas

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LAS VEGAS 6, RENO 2: Cory Vaughn hit a pinch-hit three-run homer in the seventh inning to propel the 51s to victory. Matt den Dekker, Josh Satin, Matt Reynolds and Anthony Seratelli had two hits apiece. Logan Verrett improved to 7-2, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings. Box

BINGHAMTON VS. PORTLAND (ppd.): The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, starting at 5:35 p.m.

BRADENTON 11, ST. LUCIE 5: Starter Michael Fulmer took the loss, giving up six runs (three earned) on 10 hits in six innings of work. Center fielder Gilbert Gomez and right fielder Eudy Pina had two hits apiece. Box

AUGUSTA 6, SAVANNAH 4: The GreenJackets broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the top of the ninth to win it, snapping the Sand Gnats' 11-game winning streak. Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis went 7 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, with five strikeouts and no walks. Designated hitter Dominic Smith, first baseman Matt Oberste and third baseman Nelfi Zapata had two hits apiece. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 3, BROOKLYN 0: In the 1,000th game in team history, the Cyclones managed just two hits -- singles by first baseman Michael Katz and second baseman Will Fulmer. Starter Brandon Welch took the loss, giving up three runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings. Box

KINGSPORT 6, PULASKI 4: Left fielder Oswald Caraballo went 3-for-4 with a home run, as did first baseman Luis Ortega, and third baseman Pedro Perez went deep as well on his lone hit of the night. Starter Christian Montgomery went 4 2/3, giving up four runs on five hits, with five strikeouts and four walks, and got a no-decision. Matt Blackham earned a win with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Box

GCL METS 7, GCL CARDINALS 0: Starter Eucebio Arias pitched five shutout innings, giving up just three hits, to earn a win. Third baseman Alvin Maracaro went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, and first baseman Dash Winningham went 1-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Box

Minors 6.21.14: K-Mets' Brosher two homers

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LAS VEGAS 11, MEMPHIS 5: Noah Syndergaard surrendered a two-run homer to Xavier Scruggs in a three-run first by the Redbirds. Syndergaard dominated for a while after Scruggs' longball, retiring the next 16 batters as Vegas raced to an 8-3 lead. However, Stephen Piscotty singled to open the seventh and Pete Kozma launched a two-run homer with one out in the frame. So Syndergaard ultimately was charged with five runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking none in 6 2/3 innings. Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI and is hitting .453 in Triple-A. Anthony Seratelli had a three-run homer in a five-run third. Cesar Puello finished 2-for-3 with a homer, five RBIs and a walk. Ex-Met Pedro Feliciano tossed two scoreless innings in relief for the Redbirds. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, BOWIE 6: Left-hander Steven Matz allowed five runs on seven hits and

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two walks in 5 2/3 innings in his Double-A debut. Relievers Ryan Fraser, Adam Kolarek and Cody Satterwhite then limited Bowie to one run the rest of the way as the B-Mets rallied for their 11th win in 12 games. Trailing 5-3, Binghamton took the lead with a three-run seventh against Anthony Vasquez. Kevin Plawecki deposited an RBI double into the right-field corner, cutting Bowie’s lead to one. Jayce Boyd followed by plating Plawecki with the tying run on a double. Three batters later, Boyd scampered home with the go-ahead run when reliever Steven Hensley uncorked a wild pitch. The B-Mets tacked on a much-needed insurance run in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Kyle Johnson reached safely with a two-out double when his innocent popup behind second fell to the outfield turf. Plawecki brought him home by threading a single into left field. Bowie had one last gasp offensively in the eighth. Rehabbing Oriole Nolan Reimold doubled against Kolarek and his pinch-runner, Johnny Ruettiger, scored on consecutive groundouts to trim Binghamton’s lead to one. Satterwhite took the reins in the ninth and posted a perfect inning, fanning Garabez Rosa to lock down his third save. Fraser (1-0) retired all four Baysox he faced after replacing Matz in the sixth to pick up his first win. Box

FORT MYERS 3, ST. LUCIE 0
ST. LUCIE 2, FORT MYERS 0: Game 1 starter Michael Fulmer took a line drive off the forearm on his left, glove hand on his third pitch of the game. The baseball was hit so hard

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by Jorge Polanco that it ricocheted into right field. Fulmer did not suffer a fracture, Paul DePodesta said. Julian Hilario took over. Polanco, who was safe at first on the single, scored on Lance Ray’s sac fly later in the inning. Adam Brett Walker scored Fort Myers’ second run on a wild pitch by Jake Kuebler in the fourth. Ray added a two-out RBI double against Kuebler in the fifth. In Game 2, Matt Koch pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings and combined with recently demoted T.J. Chism as well as Paul Sewald on a four-hit shutout. Koch (7-2) surrendered a leadoff single in the first inning and issued a one-out walk. He then got Walker to ground into an inning-ending double play. That started a streak of 15 straight batters retired. The Mets scored their opening run in the second inning against Steven Gruver. With one out and runners on the corners, Maikis De La Cruz bunted back to Gruver, who tried to throw home to retire Gilbert Gomez. Instead, Gomez slid in safely. Jairo Perez drove in the second run when his fifth-inning infield single with two outs plated Eudy Pina. Koch ran into trouble in the sixth when he gave up back-to-back hits with one out. He induced Aderling Mejia to fly out. Chism then recorded the final out of the sixth when Nate Roberts grounded out. Sewald pitched around a two-out single in the seventh to earn his first save. Box 1, Box 2

SAVANNAH 7, GREENVILLE 6 (11 innings): Champ Stuart walked, stole second, advanced to third on a flyout and scored the go-ahead run on Victor Cruzado's single in the top of the 11th. Akeel Morris issued a two-out walk, then completed a scoreless bottom half to record his fourth save. Nelfi Zapata, Stefan Sabol and Jeff Glenn each went 3-for-5. Glenn drove in four runs. Zapata had three doubles. Starter Alex Panteliodis allowed four runs on 13 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Box

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KINGSPORT 9, DANVILLE 5: Brandon Brosher, a 36th-round pick out of high school in Florida in 2013, had a pair of two-run homers and finished 3-for-4. Eudor Garcia, the Mets' fourth-round pick out of junior college in Texas this month, went 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored. Starter Yoan Gonzalez limited Danville to two runs on five hits and three walks in seven innings. Box

BROOKLYN 3, ABERDEEN 1 (11 innings): Marcos Molina, Edioglis Villasmil and Juan Urbina combined to toss a two-hit shutout with no walks through 10 innings as the game remained scoreless. In the top of the 11th, Brooklyn (7-2) took a 1-0 lead on Stefan Crichton's wild pitch, which plated Tucker Tharp. Michael Bernal had an RBI single and Tyler Moore scored on Jhoan Urena's bunt to complete the three-run frame. Shane Bay surrendered two singles and a sac fly to open the bottom half but nonetheless recorded his third save. Rehabbing Oriole Dylan Bundy, the fourth overall pick in 2011, started for Aberdeen. He limited the Cyclones to two hits and a walk while striking out nine in five innings. Box

GCL NATIONALS 8, GCL METS 0: Cory Mazzoni, who suffered a strained right lat muscle

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in the final Grapefruit League game, appeared in an official game for the first time since suffering the injury as the Mets were prepared to break camp. The former second-round pick out of NC State allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven in four innings. Luis Mateo, a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, relieved Mazzoni and was charged with five runs (one earned) in 1 1/3 innings in his first official game action since the elbow procedure. Juan Lagares went 0-for-4 and played a full game in center field in his second rehab appearance. The Mets produced only three hits -- singles by John Mora, Dionis Rodriguez and Enmanuel Zabala. Box

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Minors 6.20.14: d'Arnaud, 51s stun Nashville

June, 21, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 5, NASHVILLE 4: Travis d'Arnaud singled to open what became a four-run bottom of the ninth as Las Vegas stormed back for the walk-off win. Trailing 4-1 after

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d'Arnaud's leadoff single against Donovan Hand, Andrew Brown doubled. Pinch hitter Danny Muno then singled, too, to plate d'Arnaud and place runners on the corners. Josh Satin had an RBI double to pull the 51s within a run. After Cesar Puello walked and Anthony Seratelli struck out, Nashville inserted reliever Brent Leach. He walked Brandon Allen to forced in the tying run. With the bases still loaded, one out and Matt den Dekker batting, a throwing error by Leach on a pickoff attempt allowed Satin to score the winning run. D'Arnaud finished 3-for-4 to up his average to .458 in 12 games since a demotion to Triple-A. Box

BINGHAMTON 12, BOWIE 4: The B-Mets scored six runs in the first two innings and six more in the final two frames en route to their 10th win in 11 games. Against Bowie starter

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Jake Pettit in the first, Brian Burgamy extended his hitting streak to seven games with a one-out double. Matt Clark followed with an RBI single. Bowie responded against Hansel Robles in the bottom half. After a one-out walk to Niuman Romero, rehabbing Nolan Reimold smoked an RBI double to even the score at 1. The B-Mets responded emphatically in the second after Pettit opened the door by walking the first two batters. Xorge Carrillo and Dilson Herrera had RBI singles. Following Kyle Johnson's sacrifice fly, T.J. Rivera chased Pettit by stroking a run-scoring single. Clark greeted reliever Jason Gurka with an RBI groundout, capping the five-run inning. Reimold had a two-run homer against Robles in the third to trim the B-Mets' lead to 6-3. After needing 72 pitches to navigate the first three frames, Robles made himself eligible for the win by retiring the final seven batters he faced. Bowie took one more chip out of Binghamton’s lead in the seventh against reliever Randy Fontanez. After tossing a scoreless sixth in his Double-A debut, the righty surrendered a triple to K.D. Kang and a run-producing groundout to Romero. Fontanez walked Reimold, but escaped the inning by inducing a groundout. With their lead whittled to two, the B-Mets answered in the eighth against Chris Petrini. Lawley ripped his eighth homer and Carrillo added a two-run shot. Binghamton capped its night with three runs in the ninth against Juan Morillo. Herrera finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Carrillo drove in a season-high four runs. Left-hander Steven Matz makes his Double-A debut Saturday. Box

FORT MYERS at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The teams will play a 4 p.m. doubleheader Saturday.

GREENVILLE 21, SAVANNAH 1: Starter John Gant allowed 11 runs, but only one earned, on 11 hits and three walks in four innings. Relievers Tyler Vanderheiden and John Mincone were charged with five earned runs apiece. Gnats third baseman Jon Leroux committed four errors. Greenville's Teddy Stankiewicz, who was drafted by the Mets in the second round in 2012 but did not sign, limited Savannah to one unearned run in six innings. He subsequently was drafted by the Red Sox in the second round in 2013 and signed. Box

DANVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 2: The K-Mets were held hitless until Branden Kaupe's one-out RBI double in the sixth. Starter Gaby Almonte allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings. Box

BROOKLYN 7, ABERDEEN 6: Michael Katz's sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth plated Tomas Nido with the tiebreaking run. Shane Bay surrendered a walk in a scoreless bottom half for his second save. The Cyclones had pulled even with a two-run eighth that included RBI singles by Tyler Moore and Tucker Tharp. Michael Bernal finished 4-for-5 with a double, two triples and three RBIs. Starter Casey Meisner allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings. Box

GCL METS 7, GCL NATIONALS 1: In the Gulf Coast League opener, starter Logan Taylor (1-0) limited the Nats to one run on five hits while striking out six in five innings. Jose Medina and Nabil Crismatt followed with two scoreless innings apiece. Juan Lagares went 0-for-4 and played seven innings in center field in his first rehab game. Enmanuel Zabala went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBIs. First baseman Dash Winningham, the Mets' eighth-round pick out of high school in Florida, went 1-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts in his professional debut. Box

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Farm report: LSU's Moore catching on

June, 18, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Tyler Moore split duties at LSU between catcher, first base and third base. He will have a singular focus as a professional.

The Mets, who have assigned Moore to the Brooklyn Cyclones, have resolved to solely use the sixth-round pick behind the plate. And that’s just fine with the 21-year-old native of Baton Rouge, La.

Moore made his pro debut Saturday, going 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored as the DH in the Cyclones’ season-opening 8-2 win against Staten Island. He started at catcher for the first time Monday.


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“I’m definitely looking forward to that -- just really to be precise in catching, really be great at it,” Moore said. “Instead of having to work at multiple positions, now I can just focus on one. It will give me the opportunity to get even better at that position.

“I think my whole life it’s really been something that I loved, even though I didn’t do it all the time. In high school it became a primary position for me. That’s really the first time I was a catcher.”

As for which skills he most wants to hone behind the plate, Moore added: “I think the biggest thing is throwing. Moving into pro ball, calling your own games and getting to know the pitchers as well -- just building some bonds with the pitchers and getting to know their tendencies and what they want.”

Moore grew up less than 15 minutes from the LSU campus and rarely missed a home football game, even before enrolling there. He joked that a big difference in New York for him is no swamps or alligators. (No, he did not grow up on a bayou.)

“I’m not used to taking the subway to the field, stuff like that,” he said. “It’s fun. It’s a new experience.”

Moore had a major role in Stony Brook’s first-ever College World Series berth. In the opening game of that best-of-three Super Regional in Baton Rouge in 2012, Moore -- a freshman -- homered in the bottom of the 10th inning to re-tie the score in what became a 12-inning win for the SEC powerhouse. Stony Brook went on to win the Super Regional in three games.

“It was a school that wasn’t supposed to be there,” Moore recalled. “They just came over there and they acted like it was their stadium and it was their ballgame. That was probably the biggest thing about the Super Regional. They came in with confidence and they played their game and they just flat-out beat us.”

As for his game-tying extra-inning homer, Moore added: “That was definitely one of the best experiences of my college career. It’s definitely up there in the top two or three. It helped my confidence going forward, knowing that I came through in the late innings, and knowing that I could do it in the future.”

Moore had enrolled at LSU after going undrafted out of high school.

“A lot of scouts knew that LSU was in my backyard and I had grown up watching it,” Moore said. “The biggest dream of mine is to play in the big leagues, but another dream was to play at LSU. I talked to a few scouts and told them I wanted to go to school unless the opportunity was there to play pro ball. It would have had to have been a pretty good opportunity to pass up LSU. I’m definitely glad I went there. It was an awesome experience. Now I’m glad that I’m getting my chance and I’m in pro ball.”

Organization leaders

Average: Joe Tuschak, Brooklyn, .375; Jairo Perez, St. Lucie, .365; Matt Reynolds, Binghamton, .356; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .341; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, .332; Kevin Plawecki, Binghamton, .329; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, .322; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, .307; Matt Clark, Binghamton, .307; Brandon Allen, Vegas, .297.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 13; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 11; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 10; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 10; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Vegas, 10.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 48; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 47; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, 45; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 44; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 44.

Steals: Jeff McNeil, Savannah, 15; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, 14; Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 14; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, 11; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, 9.

ERA: Gaither Bumgardner, Brooklyn, 0.00; Casey Meisner, Brooklyn, 0.00; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 0.00; Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 1.50; Octavio Acosta, Brooklyn, 1.93; John Gant, Savannah, 2.12; Kevin McGowan, Savannah, 2.14; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 2.21; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 2.90; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 3.63.

Wins: John Gant, Savannah, 7; Gabriel Ynoa, St. Lucie, 7; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 6.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Binghamton, 11; Robert Coles, Savannah, 11; Randy Fontanez, St. Lucie, 10; Vic Black, Vegas, 7; Jeff Walters, Vegas, 6; Beck Wheeler, St. Lucie, 6.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 67; Matt Bowman, Binghamton, 65; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 62; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 60; Miller Diaz, Savannah, 59.

Short hops

• With St. Lucie’s first half due to be completed Wednesday, promotions to Binghamton are imminent. Outfielder Brandon Nimmo and left-hander Steven Matz should be on the move to Double-A as soon as the end of the week. St. Lucie would win its first-half title in the Florida State League with a win and Fort Myers loss.

• After considering the rehab route, Jeff Walters underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday for the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Walters, a member of the 40-man roster, set Binghamton’s single-season and career records with 38 saves in 2013.

• The prolonged absence of Dillon Gee demonstrates side-muscle injuries can take a while, but Rafael Montero’s left oblique strain “doesn’t appear substantial,” a team official said. Montero left his last start with Las Vegas after five pitches.

• Outfielder Bradley Marquez will not be joining the Mets this summer. The Texas Tech wide receiver, who was splitting time between the Mets and college football, will remain in Lubbock and take classes this summer, although the Mets have not been informed he officially is giving up on baseball. Marquez, 21, was selected in the 11th round in 2011. He hit .250 with one homer, nine RBIs and three steals in 84 at-bats last season with Kingsport. He has one more season of college football eligibility. (See college football bio here.)

• Brooklyn manager Tom Gamboa offered high praise for two Cyclones standouts:

On 18-year-old Amed Rosario, who signed with the organization two summers ago out of the Dominican Republic for a franchise-record $1.75 million, Gamboa said: “He’s a five-tool player at shortstop. … It’s kind of ironic that his favorite player is Hanley Ramirez, because by the time he’s 21 or 22, that’s probably the type of player that his skill set is going to be. … I was with the Angels twice. In my first tenure I got to manage Erick Aybar at the Double-A level. In my second go-around I managed Jean Segura. And I love both of those guys. And they’re both not only in the big leagues, Segura has already been an All-Star. But Rosario has as much or more talent than both of those guys. And he’s only 18.”

On right-hander Casey Meisner, the Mets’ third-round pick out of high school in Texas last year, Gamboa said: “He couldn’t have possibly had a better spring down in Florida. He’s a young kid, one year removed from high school, but he throws 93 mph. He’s got a very good changeup. And in the spring he developed a pretty good curveball to go with it. So he’s got two real good pitches, and he’s developing the third. And for a youngster he’s got pretty good feel for the strike zone and dominant stuff.

“He reminds me a lot of a pitcher we had in my tenure with Kansas City -- he made the All-Star team one year, a guy name Mike MacDougal. They’re both tall, lanky, red-haired, freckle-faced guys that are blessed with God-given ability. But, fortunately, Meisner has better control than MacDougal ever did.”

• Kingsport opens its season Thursday. The roster is highlighted by 19-year-old Wuilmer Becerra, the outfielder acquired from Toronto with Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard in the R.A. Dickey trade. Becerra hit .243 with one homer and 25 RBIs in 173 at-bats in the Gulf Coast League in 2013. Players assigned to Kingsport from this month’s draft include power-hitting third baseman Eudor Garcia (fourth round) and right-handers Jim Duff (20th) and Matt Blackham (29th).

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Minors 6.13.14: Wild ending for Vegas

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OKLAHOMA CITY 6, LAS VEGAS 5 (12 innings): Vegas reliever John Church's wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after inheriting the bases loaded evened the score. Okaloma City then had a walk-off win in the 12th when Gregorio Petit homered against Zack Thornton. Travis d'Arnaud had a first-inning solo homer and finished 2-for-6. Cory Vaughn produced a two-run homer in the fourth. Vegas had taken a 5-4 lead in the seventh on Anthony Seratelli's two-run double. Starter Logan Verrett allowed four runs (two earned) in five innings. Box

ERIE at BINGHAMTON (ppd.): The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday. Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani was placed on the disabled list with a concussion.

AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 1: With the score tied at 1 in the sixth, Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis left the bases loaded for reliever Dawrin Frias. After striking out the first batter he faced, Frias walked the next three GreenJackets to hand Augusta a 4-1 lead. Tyler Horan’s lengthy homer against Paul Paez in the seventh capped the scoring. The Gnats (44-21) scored their lone run in the fourth. Jonathan Leroux (2-for-3, walk) drilled a solo homer that had evened the score. Panteliodis was making his first start for Savannah since Aug. 31, 2012. He pitched for high-A St. Lucie in 2013 and made one start with St. Lucie and one start with Double-A Binghamton this season before joining the Gnats on Friday. Box

BROOKLYN at STATEN ISLAND: The Cyclones' season opener was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday.

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Farm report: Reynolds surges with B-Mets

June, 11, 2014
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NEW YORK -- One year certainly has made a dramatic difference for 23-year-old middle infielder Matt Reynolds, the Mets’ second-round pick in 2012 out of the University of Arkansas.

A year ago, in his first full professional season, Reynolds hit only .226 in 433 at-bats with Class A St. Lucie.

This season, he has a .361 average in 194 at-bats with Double-A Binghamton. Add in 27 walks and Reynolds has a .437 on-base percentage. The batting average is tied for second in all of minor league baseball.

Reynolds indicated his offseason work with Rick Strickland in St. Louis paid big dividends.


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Reynolds’ agent, Jason Wood, sent him to work with Strickland. Another client, the Phillies’ Cody Asche, also had success working with the part-time Mets scout and former Yankees minor leaguer.

“Luis Rivera, our [Binghamton] hitting coach, has been huge with me, too,” Reynolds added. “We’ve just been working on staying through the middle, having a confident approach at the plate, and really just getting a good pitch to drive. And if they don’t give it to me, and I get to two strikes, just battle and find a way to get on base.

“I’m trying to keep a positive attitude, even when things are going bad. So far things really haven’t gone too bad. So it’s pretty easy to keep a positive mental state. But even when things start going bad, just to stay positive and keep working.”

Reynolds missed six days last week with a back issue, but he has come back on fire. He is 11-for-24 in five games since returning.

“It was just muscle tightness,” Reynolds said. “They never really said specifically what it was, but they said if I kept having pain to take time off until I was better. I think I took four days off and felt 100 percent. I feel a lot better now.”

Reynolds “definitely” continues to aspire to be a shortstop, although deficiencies may result in him playing elsewhere. He also sees roughly two games a week at second base with the B-Mets.

“I only played a couple of games in college at second, but I worked there a lot and practiced and everything,” Reynolds said. “I actually played summer ball at second. So I have a little background at second. I just had to get used to it again after playing third and short in college and everything. It’s nothing different to me -- just another position to help my value and to get better.”

Asked what he wanted to still polish in the minors, Reynolds added: “I really want to improve on being able to pull the ball a little bit better, and my defense, obviously. I want to stay at shortstop or even at second base. And I know there are a lot of things that I need to work on, like my hands and footwork, to be able to stay at that position. I know that may not come today or tomorrow, but eventually I feel like I’ll be able to get everything I need to do to play at those positions.”

Reynolds is athletic. A point guard in high school, he indicated he had invitations to walk on to basketball programs at Iowa State, Furman and Butler.

“After my sophomore year [of high school], I was almost for sure that I was going to play basketball in college,” Reynolds said. “I was close to playing basketball in college. And then I had a good junior year. And in the summer of my junior year I was talking to some professional scouts and they said I really had a chance of being a good player in baseball. I sat down with my parents and decided that baseball was probably my best route to go -- better than basketball – because I was a 6-foot guy trying to make it in an NBA where the point guards are 6-8 now. So it would be have been tough for me.”

Organization leaders

Average: Matt Reynolds, Binghamton, .361; Jairo Perez, St. Lucie, .353; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .351; Kevin Plawecki, Binghamton, .344; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, .341; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, .327; Matt Clark, Binghamton, .313; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, .304; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, .302; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, .299.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 13; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 9; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 9; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Vegas, 9.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 46; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 45; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, 43; Kevin Plawecki, Binghamton, 40; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 39.

Steals: Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, 14; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, 14; Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 13; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, 11; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, 9.

ERA: Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 2.13; Kevin McGowan, Savannah, 2.14; John Gant, Savannah, 2.36; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 2.81; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 3.24; Gabriel Ynoa, St. Lucie, 3.45; Ricky Knapp, Savannah, 3.99; Luis Cessa, St. Lucie, 4.08; Matt Bowman, Binghamton, 4.44; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 4.47.

Wins: Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 6; John Gant, Savannah, 6; Gabriel Ynoa, St. Lucie, 6.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Binghamton, 11; Robert Coles, Savannah, 11; Randy Fontanez, St. Lucie, 9; Vic Black, Vegas, 7; Jeff Walters, Vegas, 6; Beck Wheeler, St. Lucie, 6.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 64; Miller Diaz, Savannah, 59; Dana Eveland, Vegas, 58; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 58; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 57.

Short hops

Sandy Alderson indicated the Mets are within days of signing first-round pick Michael Conforto, an outfielder from Oregon State. The GM added that third-round pick Milton Ramos, a prep shortstop from Florida, is even closer to being signed. Other picks already in or en route to Port St. Lucie include Eudor Garcia (fourth round), Josh Prevost (fifth), Dash Winningham (eighth), Erik Manoah (13th), Darryl Knight (14th), David Roseboom (17th), Tyler Badamo (24th) and Matt Blackham (29th).

• Discussing his rationale for the first time for demoting Travis d’Arnaud, Alderson said: “He needs to go down without the pressure of playing every day at the major league level, get his swing back, get his confidence back, and I would expect that he’ll be back -- hopefully -- relatively soon. It’s not unusual. Sometimes we expect that guys will come up and everything will click immediately with a young player and it’s nothing but an upward trajectory. And that doesn’t always happen. I think we have to recognize that and be a little patient. As far as we’re concerned, there’s no reason Travis can’t come back and be a very productive player for us.”

• After seven weeks mysteriously away from the organization, John Lannan threw roughly 45 pitches off a mound at the Mets’ Florida complex on Tuesday morning. In a post-throwing-session interview with the St. Lucie News Tribune’s Jon Santucci, Lannan declined to disclose his whereabouts during his absence. The Mets have labeled it a personal/family matter. Lannan will work as a starter in the minors. He will pitch in the Gulf Coast League or Florida State League to ramp up before being dispatched to Las Vegas.

“Let’s call it a mini-spring training -- just stretch out and see how it goes,” Lannan told Santucci. “I’ve been throwing, so now I’m just going to get back in the swing of things, face some batters and get my pitch count up. My arm feels good. I just have to get back on a five-day rotation and get my pitch count going.”

• Shortstop Amed Rosario, temporarily with Savannah, is expected to highlight the roster of the Brooklyn Cyclones, who open play Friday at Staten Island. The 18-year-old Rosario signed two years ago for $1.75 million, a franchise record for an international teenager. The Cyclones also will include 2013 third-round pick Casey Meisner, a right-hander out of high school in Texas, as well as infielder Jhoan Urena, catcher Tomas Nido, outfielder Joe Tuschak and right-handers Marcos Molina, Corey Oswalt and Brandon Welch.

Kingsport opens play June 19, with the Gulf Coast League season beginning the following day.

• Vegas reliever Jeff Walters, a 40-man roster member, is debating whether to proceed with Tommy John surgery or to try to rehab after being diagnosed with an ulnar collateral ligament tear in his right elbow. Walters unwittingly had been pitching through the tear this season. He produced an 8.86 ERA in 23 Pacific Coast League relief appearances. He had 38 saves last season with Binghamton.

• 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo remains sidelined since getting struck with a pitch in the right wrist Friday by Dunedin’s Matt Boyd. X-rays were negative, but the wrist remains tender and Nimmo is unable to swing. Also injured with St. Lucie, reliever Beck Wheeler and shortstop Phillip Evans have landed on the DL with right-knee strains.

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Minors 5.7.14: Peavey tosses 2-hit shutout

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LAS VEGAS 7, SALT LAKE 5 (10 innings): Jacob deGrom allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits and no walks in five innings. He threw 89 pitches (62 strikes) as his ERA rose to 2.58. The damage included a two-run homer in the first inning by Luis Jimenez. Eric Campbell delivered a tiebreaking RBI double in what became a two-run 10th inning. Vic Black recorded the save, striking out the side. Wilmer Flores, who is expected to be promoted for Friday's series opener against the Phillies, went 3-for-6 with a double and two RBIs. With Las Vegas trailing by two runs and two outs in the top of the ninth, Flores singled to advance Campbell to third base. Allan Dykstra followed with an RBI single to plate Campbell and pull Vegas within a run. Andrew Brown walked to load the bases, and Brandon Allen then walked too to force in the tying run. Anthony Seratelli grounded out to strand the bases loaded with the score tied at 5. Buddy Carlyle, Jeff Walters and Zack Thornton combined for four scoreless relief innings. Cesar Puello was placed on the temporary inactive list by the 51s before the game. Ex-Met Robert Carson faced two 51s batters and walked both. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Greg Peavey tossed his first career nine-inning, complete-game shutout. He allowed only two singles as the B-Mets snapped a four-game

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losing streak. It was the first nine-inning shutout by a B-Met since Mark Cohoon blanked Harrisburg on Aug. 10, 2012. Peavey retired the first 11 Fisher Cats he faced before surrendering a two-out single to Andy Burns in the fourth. Peavey (2-1) shook off the hit and posted a scoreless inning. He worked around another two-out single in the fifth. Two innings after Brian Burgamy snapped an 0-for-20 skid, Burgamy also put Binghamton on the board in the third. Following Xorge Carrillo and Kyle Johnson's singles, Burgamy homered against Casey Lawrence for a 3-0 lead. Binghamton added to its lead against Lawrence in the sixth. Jayce Boyd singled. Two batters later, Dustin Lawley bounced a two-out double off the left-field wall, plating Boyd. Given a 4-0 cushion, Peavey continued to cruise. He needed 12 pitches for a perfect sixth, then posted a 1-2-3 seventh. Cory Vaughn padded Binghamton’s lead in the eighth with a two-run homer -- his first long ball of the season, which cleared a 30-foot-high batter’s eye in center. Peavey followed with a perfect eighth. Then, nearing his pitch limit, the righty returned for the ninth. He retired Aaron Munoz on one pitch and fanned Jon Berti for the second out. Kevin Nolan lifted Peavey’s 100th pitch down the right-field line. Vaughn snagged the fly in foul territory, completing Peavey's first career nine-inning performance. Peavey never allowed any Fisher Cat past first base. Carrillo extended his season-opening hitting streak to 10 games with his third-inning single. Box

PALM BEACH 6, ST. LUCIE 1: Thomas Lee limited the Florida State League’s top offense to one run on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. The Mets’ lone run came in the third, after Lee surrendered a leadoff single to Phillip Evans and threw a wild pitch that allowed Evans to advance to second. Maikis De La Cruz followed with a run-scoring single. St. Lucie starter Michael Fulmer's downfall came in a sloppy fourth. He retired the first two hitters but gave up a single and walk and threw a wild pitch to put runners at second and third. Jesus Montero -- younger brother of the Mariners' catcher by the same name -- drove in a run to tie the score at 1 on a dribbling infield single up the third-base line. Ildemaro Vargas then hit a routine grounder to Evans, but the shortstop threw the ball out of Dilson Herrera’s reach at second base on what would have been the final out. A run scored and the inning continued. Charlie Tilson lined a two-run double to make it 4-1. David Washington added a two-run homer in the fifth to complete the scoring. Ryan Fraser and Randy Fontanez each pitched two scoreless relief innings for the Mets. Cam Maron and De La Cruz had two hits apiece. Fulmer was charged with six runs (three earned) on eight hits in five innings. Box

SAVANNAH 9, WEST VIRGINIA 3: 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs as the Gnats overcame an early two-run deficit to improve to 21-9.

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West Virginia struck first, scoring runs in the second and third innings, on Wyatt Mathisen's solo homer and Edwin Espinal's groundout. Although Gnats starter Ricky Knapp was tagged for nine hits in 6 2/3 innings, the right-hander limited the damage to three runs and earned his second win. Savannah responded in the fifth when Patrick Biondi singled home Dominic Smith with two outs. Cecchini then tripled home Biondi to tie the score at 2. Things fell apart for the Power in the sixth courtesy of a series of miscues. After allowing a leadoff single to L.J. Mazzilli, reliever Jerry Mulderig set up the disaster, issuing a wild pitch, walk and another wild pitch to put two runners in scoring position. Gnats runners then scored on Stefan Sabol's groundout, a throwing error by West Virginia catcher and Pirates first-round pick Reese McGuire, Matt Oberste's double, then Colton Plaia's single. Reliever Clario Perez then entered and surrendered a two-run homer to Cecchini to cap the six-run sixth. After notching eight extra-base hits -- all doubles -- in 51 games with Brooklyn last season, Cecchini already has 11 extra-base hits through 29 games with the Gnats, including two triples and three homers. Savannah reliever Tyler Vanderheiden recorded the final seven outs to preserve the lead. Box

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Minors 4.18.14: Vegas' Montero roughed up

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RENO 10, LAS VEGAS 7 (11): Rafael Montero started and went four innings, giving up four runs on six hits (including one home run), with six strikeouts and three walks. Vic Black pitched a scoreless eighth, ninth and 10th innings, but Jeff Walters surrendered a three-run homer to Didi Gregorious in the bottom of the 11th to end the ballgame. Eric Campbell went 3-for-5 and Taylor Teagarden and Anthony Seratelli hit home runs for the 51s. Bobby Abreu went 1-for-5 with a double and a walk. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 6, BINGHAMTON 3: The Fisher Cats broke open a 3-3 tie with three runs in the top of the ninth off B-Mets relief pitcher Jon Velasquez, who took the loss. Darin Gorski started for Binghamton and went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits (including three home runs), with six strikeouts and one walk. Kevin Plawecki had a team-high two hits for the B-Mets. Box

ST. LUCIE 15, FORT MYERS 9: Brandon Nimmo and T.J. Rivera had four hits apiece for St. Lucie, and Maikis De La Cruz hit a home run. Starting pitcher Michael Fulmer lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits. Seth Lugo, who came in and gave up just one run on three hits in five innings of work, picked up the win. Box

GREENVILLE at SAVANNAH (ppd.): The game will be made up as part of a May 15 doubleheader.

Morning Briefing: Opening Day!

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Mets fan Stewie Griffin always gets fed up on Opening Day, despite the team’s high rate of success in openers.

NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: The 53rd Opening Day in franchise history has arrived.

Dillon Gee is scheduled to throw the season’s first pitch at Citi Field at roughly 1:10 p.m.

Gee, making his first career Opening Day start, opposes Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg, who starts Game 1 for the third straight season.

Washington won the 2013 season series, 12-7.

A pregame ceremony will honor the late Ralph Kiner, with four of his children participating.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio throws out the ceremonial first pitch.

Terry Collins also unveils his lineup, with the question marks being: Ike Davis or Lucas Duda at first base? And Eric Young Jr. or Juan Lagares in the outfield?

The Mets are 34-18 in franchise history on Opening Day … and that includes eight straight losses to begin their existence.

Monday also marks the official beginning of instant replay for the Mets.

Monday’s news reports:

• The Mets set their roster Sunday by placing Jonathon Niese on the 15-day disabled list and Matt Harvey on the 60-day disabled list and by sending Eric Campbell, Kyle Farnsworth, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Anthony Seratelli and Taylor Teagarden to the minors.

The 25-man roster:

Starting pitchers (4): Gee, Bartolo Colon, Zack Wheeler and Jenrry Mejia

Relievers (7): Bobby Parnell, Jose Valverde, Jeurys Familia, Carlos Torres, Gonzalez Germen, Scott Rice and John Lannan

Infielders (9): Travis d’Arnaud, Anthony Recker, Davis, Duda, Josh Satin, Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada, Omar Quintanilla and David Wright

Outfielders (5): Chris Young, Lagares, EY Jr., Curtis Granderson and Andrew Brown

• Read Opening Day previews in the Post, Daily News, Times, Record and at MLB.com.

• Marc Carig in Newsday writes that Gee’s tryout for the Mets before being drafted in the 21st round in 2007 almost did not happen because of rain.

The field was unplayable. And now the Mets’ scout in charge was trying to send most of them home.

He told the group that the workout would be moved to a small indoor facility about 45 minutes up the road. Only 15 could go. Then he read aloud from the list of the chosen few.

Dillon Gee didn't hear his name.

Disappointed, he was ready to begin the long drive home. But before he made it to the car, his father made a beeline toward the scout, Ray Corbett.

“I was embarrassed,” Gee said last week. “But that’s kind of how my dad is. He was probably thinking, ‘I didn’t come here for nothing.’”

Read more on Gee in the Post and MLB.com.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal wonders when the next “Harvey Day” will be. Harvey, by the way, accompanied the team from Florida to Montreal and then on to New York and will be at Citi Field on Monday, including performing his rehab pregame by throwing on flat ground.

• Lannan, who made the team as a second left-hander in the bullpen, plans to spend the opening homestand living in the Long Beach, Long Island, house in which he grew up. Lannan will move to Manhattan when the apartment becomes available later this month. Read more in the Post.

• Shortstops Nick Franklin and Didi Gregorius both were demoted by their clubs and should still be available via trade, the Post’s Joel Sherman tweets.

• Columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post offers five reasons for optimism … and five reasons for pessimism.

• Anthony Rieber in Newsday writes about four Mets who can make Sandy Alderson’s 90-win goal become reality.

• Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post notes the Mets are deep in starting pitching throughout the system.

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger delves in the Mets’ recent home futility. Vorkunov notes the Mets were MLB’s only team with a winning road record and losing overall record last season.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear in Flushing declares that on Opening Day, baseball is a metaphor for baseball, which is all it has to be. … The Eddie Kranepool Society opines on what to expect from the Mets, with emphasis on the bullpen being a determining factor in the team’s competitiveness.

BIRTHDAYS: Tom Hausman, who pitched five seasons for the Mets, was born on this date in 1953.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: What’s your ideal Mets lineup for Opening Day?

Morning Briefing: Tomorrow, tomorrow ...

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Howard Simmons/NY Daily News Archive via Getty ImagesFour of the late Ralph Kiner's children will be on hand at Citi Field on Monday when the Mets honor the Hall of Famer and legendary broadcaster.
MONTREAL

FIRST PITCH: Opening Day is only a day away.

The Mets completed their exhibition schedule Saturday with a 2-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays before 50,229 onlookers in Montreal, then flew to New York in advance to Monday’s 1:10 p.m. opener against the Washington Nationals.

Dillon Gee (12-11, 3.62 ERA last season) will oppose Stephen Strasburg (8-9, 3.00) at Citi Field.

The Mets will have a private workout Sunday at their home ballpark.

Terry Collins on Saturday declined to specify his Opening Day lineup, which basically means declining to reveal whether Ike Davis or Lucas Duda would start at first base and whether Eric Young Jr. or Juan Lagares would start in the outfield.

TC has clearly advocated EY Jr. as his leadoff hitter, so the resolution should offer insight as to how much sway the manager actually has. Meanwhile, logic suggests Ike gets the first shot at first base, with very little rope, although that too remains to be seen.

Asked if he knew which Opening Day lineup he intended, Collins succinctly said Saturday: “I do.”

Asked if he cared to share it, the manager added: “No.”

The Mets are 34-18 in season openers, which gives them an MLB-best .654 winning percentage. That’s despite losing the first eight Opening Days in franchise history.

Sandy Alderson has floated a 90-win goal for the Mets, but that seems more wishful thinking than being realistic. The Mets have produced five straight losing seasons, and enter 2014 off consecutive 74-88 campaigns.

“We think we’re going to be better,” Collins maintained Saturday. “We think we’re going to do some positive things. We’ve added some athleticism, some power. Now we’ve just got to go play.”


Eric Bolte/USA TODAY SportsJenrry Mejia is scheduled to start Friday against the Reds.


Sunday’s news reports:

Jenrry Mejia has made the Opening Day roster over Daisuke Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka described himself as “shocked” by the decision. Still, there are multiple scenarios in which Matsuzaka never throws a pitch for Triple-A Las Vegas. Mejia is due to visit a doctor Sunday after being struck in the right forearm with a line drive Friday. X-rays in Montreal were negative. If Mejia cannot pitch Friday against the Cincinnati Reds, or if Jonathon Niese cannot come off the disabled list two days later for a homestand-concluding start, Matsuzaka would step in. Matsuzaka might succeed Mejia after one turn of the rotation anyway. Read more in the Times, Star-Ledger, Daily News, Newsday and MLB.com.

Gonzalez Germen and Andrew Brown round out the 25-man roster, with Kyle Farnsworth, Eric Campbell, Anthony Seratelli and Taylor Teagarden among the players ticketed for Triple-A. See the unofficial Opening Day list of players here.

• Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post recaps the long stretches of futility in Mets history, including 2009 to the present.

• New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will throw the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day. A pregame ceremony at Citi Field will honor the late Ralph Kiner. It is due to include his children Michael, K.C., Tracee and Kimberlee. Their brother Scott will be in Pittsburgh for a Pirates ceremony honoring their father, according to the Daily News, which interviewed Kiner’s kids. Read more on the pregame ceremony in the Daily News.

• Steve Serby in the Post has a Q&A with SNY’s Gary, Keith and Ron. On Noah Syndergaard, Ron Darling tells Serby: “I’ve watched him throw not only in a game, but also on the side. He’s a bear, and he’s got all the makings of one of those special guys. I think that there’s definitely some more polish that he needs.”

• The Mets’ ballpark-related revenue declined for a fourth straight season in 2013, Jim Baumbach writes in Newsday.

• Mike Puma in the Post discusses the Davis versus Duda decision.

• Marc Carig in Newsday reviews Alderson’s call for 90 wins.

Curtis Granderson as the cleanup hitter provides protection for David Wright in the No. 3 hole, writes Anthony Rieber in Newsday.

• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post doubts you’ll see Matt Harvey in 2014, with the Mets and agent Scott Boras both prioritizing being cautious. Writes Sherman:

It is not just that there has been a rash of Tommy John surgeries this spring (seven) that has the industry wondering if this is a coincidence or a sea change of some sort. But five starters between ages 24-29 -- Brandon Beachy, Daniel Hudson, Cory Luebke, Kris Medlen and Jarrod Parker -- all needed a second Tommy John in the past six weeks, and in the cases of Beachy, Hudson and Luebke it was within two years of their first. Harvey is 25.

• Harvey tells Rieber in Newsday he wants to be a Hall of Famer. He toured the museum at age 17. “Being the best is being in that room,” Harvey said. “That was something that I always kind of pictured and hoped that one day my plaque would be up there." Harvey and Masahiro Tanaka’s teams actually met in Cooperstown when Harvey was a teenager, Rieber also writes.

• The Mets hope to improve their recently dismal home record in 2014. Carig in Newsday writes one part of the plan is to curtail access to the players, at least during clubhouse time.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear remembers not being able to read about today’s game until tomorrow’s paper came out. … NY Mets Life reviews how Mets players have performed on past Opening Days.

BIRTHDAYS: Agent Terry Bross, a St. John’s product and former Mets pitcher, turns 48. Bross’ clients include Bronson Arroyo.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187