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Minors 8.25.14: Lawley double lifts B-Mets

August, 25, 2014
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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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Minors 8.16.14: Lupo swipes home for win

August, 17, 2014
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OMAHA 3, LAS VEGAS 2: Taylor Teagarden's two-run homer in the top of the seventh against Blake Wood broke a scoreless tie. But 51s starter Logan Verrett surrendered a sacrifice fly to ex-Mets farmhand Francisco Pena in the bottom of that inning, then a game-deciding two-run homer to Brian Bocock in the eighth. Verrett (10-5) was credited with a complete game and allowed only four hits and two walks in the defeat. Box

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BINGHAMTON 7, READING 3: Rehabbing Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed six strong innings and also contributed with a run-producing walk . Reading starter Jesse Biddle opened the fourth by issuing walks to Brian Burgamy and Jayce Boyd. Darrell Ceciliani followed with an RBI single. Three batters later, Biddle hit Wilfredo Tovar and walked Matsuzaka, forcing in another run. Mike Nesseth took over for Biddle and recorded the final out of the inning, defusing the threat. Matsuzaka cruised through four scoreless innings, needing only 38 pitches and facing one over the minimum. Reading’s first threat came in the fifth, when Brock Stassi pulled a one-out double down the right-field line. Matsuzaka stranded Stassi by retiring the next two batters. The Fightins cracked the scoreboard in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Peter Lavin doubled over right fielder Kyle Johnson’s head. He took third on a fly out and scampered home with Reading’s lone run when Matsuzaka uncorked a wild pitch. Jon Velasquez tossed a perfect seventh for his first save since 2010 as a Phillies farmhand at high-A Clearwater. Matsuzaka (1-0) allowed one run on three hits in six innings. He threw 69 pitches while walking none and collecting three strikeouts.

In Game 2, the B-Mets plated seven unanswered runs, highlighted by a go-ahead three-run homer from Tovar in the sixth. The Fightin Phils had blasted their way to the lead in the first inning on Aaron Altherr's three-run homer against Tyler Pill. Binghamton responded without needing a hit in the third against Reading starter Adam Loewen. Tovar walked and Pill reached safely when Loewen failed to cleanly field his drag bunt. After a walk loaded the bases, T.J. Rivera ripped a groundball through Jake Fox’s legs at third base, allowing Tovar to score. Burgamy followed with a fielder’s choice to third, plating Pill to cut the deficit to one run. Pill settled down after Altherr’s blast, retiring the final 13 batters he faced. The righty cruised through four perfect innings, striking out five additional batters, to cap his night. Loewen’s fortunes turned quickly when the B-Mets put together a two-out rally in the sixth. The lefty walked Dustin Lawley and hit Xorge Carrillo. Tovar then ripped a 1-0 pitch over the left-center wall. His second homer of the season put Binghamton ahead, 5-3. The B-Mets padded their lead in the ninth on Lawley's two-run double. Pill (8-5) struck out six while issuing no walks over five innings. He remains unbeaten in his last 15 games as a B-Met. Box 1, Box 2

BRADENTON 5, ST. LUCIE 2: In his first start since Aug. 3, Luis Cessa allowed one single

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and one walk in five scoreless innings. He struck out seven, but did not factor in the decision when the bullpen could not hold a 2-0 lead in the eighth. Beck Wheeler surrendered three straight singles to start the frame and was replaced by lefty T.J. Chism to face lefty Adam Frazier. Frazier singled to left to make it 2-1. After Chism struck out Walker Gourley, Jordan Steranka produced a three-run double to put the Marauders ahead, 4-2. Bradenton added one more run in the inning when Jose Osuna’s grounder went through second baseman Phillip Evans' legs and Steranka scored. Yhonathan Barrios pitched around a one-out double by Evans in the ninth to close out the game. Cessa retired the first 11 batters he faced. His no-hit bid ended with two outs in the fourth on a single by Steranka. The only other batter to reach against Cessa was on a walk in the fifth. Cam Maron singled to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Box

SAVANNAH 9, GREENVILLE 3: The Gnats used bases-loaded walks to Victor Cruzado and

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Nelfi Zapata to score twice in the first inning. The Drive pulled within 2-1 in the fourth against Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis as Kevin Mager singled to plate Tzu-Wei Lin. That was the only run Panteliodis allowed before the ninth inning. The Gnats blew the game open with a combined seven runs in the sixth and seventh innings against reliever Oscar Perez. Jeff Glenn and Patrick Biondi drew back-to-back walks to start a three-run rally in the sixth. In the seventh, consecutive singles from Cruzado, Zapata, Jonathan Johnson, Glenn and Biondi led to four runs and a 9-1 Savannah advantage. Cruzado finished 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI. Yeixon Ruiz was 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored. Biondi was 2-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. Savannah let Panteliodis begin the ninth with an eight-run lead, but he allowed three hits, including two doubles, and reached his pitch limit. He was removed one out shy of his second complete game of the season. He still earned the win to improve to 5-3 with a 3.80 ERA. Box

KINGSPORT 4, GREENEVILLE 3: The K-Mets scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off win, capped by Vicente Lupo's game-ending steal of home. Lupo's RBI double earlier in the frame had tied the score at 3. Kingsport starter Persio Reyes tossed six scoreless innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, VERMONT 1: Amed Rosario's two-out double in the third plated John Mora and opened the scoring. The Cyclones opened a 2-0 lead an inning later. Michael Conforto was hit by a pitch and stole second. Tyler Moore followed with an RBI double. Brooklyn starter Alberto Baldonado departed after five scoreless innings. In the eighth, Gaither Bumgardner inherited a runner on first with two outs from Carlos Valdez. A passed ball by Adrian Abreu advanced Max Kuhn to second. Trent Gilbert's RBI single then pulled Vermont within 2-1. In the ninth, closer Shane Bay surrendered one hit but converted his 13th save. Box

GCL MARLINS 9, GCL METS 5: Starter Darwin Reyes surrendered eight runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings. Down 8-0, the Mets produced five fifth-inning runs, highlighted by Alvin Maracaro's two-run double. Maracaro, a third baseman, also committed two of the Mets' three errors. Adrian Almeida contributed three scoreless relief innings in the loss. Box

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Minors 8.11.14: Stuart plates winner

August, 11, 2014
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ALBUQUERQUE 8, LAS VEGAS 2: With Rafael Montero scratched because of a promotion, Giancarlo Alvarado allowed eight runs in five innings. Box

BRADENTON 5, ST. LUCIE 4: St. Lucie took a 4-0 lead in the third on two-run doubles by L.J. Mazzilli and Jared King, but could not hold on. After three scoreless innings from Daisuke Matsuzaka in a rehab start, the Marauders tied the score with a four-run fourth against Tim Peterson. He ultimately was charged with five runs in four relief innings. Box

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SAVANNAH 4, ASHEVILLE 3 (10 innings): Champ Stuart brought home Yeixon Ruiz with a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th to cap a comeback win over division-leading Asheville. Ruiz had a big night. Leading off the bottom of the 10th, he tripled and scored the winning run in front of a laser throw from Asheville center fielder Ramiel Tapia. Ruiz's solo homer in the third inning had tied the score at 2. The Tourists took a 3-2 lead in the seventh when Dillon Thomas tripled and scored on Wilfredo Rodriguez's sacrifice fly. The Gnats evened the score at 3 in the bottom of the ninth when Victor Cruzado singled into right field to plate pinch runner Jonathan Johnson. Box

JOHNSON CITY 3, KINGSPORT 2: Starter Gaby Almonte (0-6) allowed three runs in three innings. The K-Mets pulled within 3-1 in the eighth on Eudor Garcia's run-scoring groundout. Luis Guillorme had an RBI single in the ninth. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on Jean Rodriguez's infield single. However, Guillorme was stranded there as the tying run when Oswald Caraballo grounded out. Yoan Gonzalez contributed three scoreless relief innings in the loss. Box

BATAVIA 4, BROOKLYN 3: Carlos Valdez and the Cyclones failed to hold a 3-2 lead over the final two innings. Second baseman Tyler Moore's two-out throwing error in the eighth allowed the tying run to score. Victor Castro had a two-out walk-off RBI single against Valdez in the bottom of the ninth. Box

GCL NATIONALS 3, GCL METS 0 (six innings): Kevin Canelon surrendered a three-run homer to Oliver Ortiz in the fifth inning of a rain-shortened game. Box

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Minors 7.29.14: Herrera lifts B-Mets

July, 29, 2014
7/29/14
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EL PASO 7, LAS VEGAS 5: Matt den Dekker went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, but relievers John Church and Miguel Socolovich combined to surrender four eighth-inning runs as El Paso broke a 3-all tie. Starter Cory Mazzoni allowed two runs in five innings. Kevin Plawecki had an RBI double and Matt Reynolds produced an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, but the comeback bid stalled when Allan Dysktra struck out. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, NEW HAMPSHIRE 3: Dilson Herrera's walk-off sacrifice fly capped a

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two-run ninth inning. It marked the first time this season Binghamton won when trailing after eight innings. Darrell Ceciliani started the ninth-inning rally with a single against Gregory Infante. Ceciliani stole second and moved to third on a groundout. Travis Taijeron's bloop RBI single tied the score. After Kyle Johnson entered as a pinch runner, Xorge Carrillo walked and Brandon Nimmo singled to load the bases with one out. Herrera came through with the sacrifice fly to right field to plate Johnson. In the eighth inning, Herrera had homered against Tyler Ybarra to cut the B-Mets' deficit to 3-2. Chase Huchingson (2-1) tossed 1 1/3 scoreless relief innings to close out the game. B-Mets starter Tyler Pill allowed three runs on six hits and struck out five in 7 2/3 innings. He extended his unbeaten streak to 13 games. Box

DUNEDIN at ST. LUCIE: The teams will play a doubleheader Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

SAVANNAH 8, LEXINGTON 3: Rob Whalen improved to 6-0 with a 1.65 ERA in the South Atlantic League by limiting Lexington to two unearned runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter in seven innings. Stefan Sabol had a bases-loaded triple in a four-run fourth as the Gnats took a 4-1 lead. Yeixon Ruiz finished 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. Box

KINGSPORT 6, DANVILLE 2: Starter Martires Arias (4-0) tossed five scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and five walks. Eudor Garcia went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. Box

BROOKLYN 4, LOWELL 1: Casey Meisner collected his first win in nearly a calendar year as the Cyclones (23-22) completed a three-game sweep and moved above .500 for the first

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time since July 12. Meisner allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out six in five innings. Tomas Nido had a one-out single in the third and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Anthony Chavez followed with a shot down the first-base line that was too hot to handle and Nido scored for a 1-0 lead. With Chavez on second base due to the fielding error, Joe Tuschak doubled to push the advantage to 2-0. Tuschak had been sidelined with a hamstring injury since July 18. Lowell plated its lone run in the bottom half courtesy of Sam Travis' two-out RBI double. Meisner retired the final seven batters he faced to collect his first win since July 30, 2013, when he was pitching in the Gulf Coast League. In the sixth, Tuschak and Michael Conforto walked. Michael Bernal plated Tuschak with a single. Tyler Moore drove in Conforto with a single. Relievers Carlos Valdez and Brandon Welch combined to allow one baserunner in three innings. Shane Bay tossed a scoreless ninth for his ninth save. Conforto's 10-game hitting streak to begin his pro career was snapped. Box

GCL METS 8, GCL METS 5 (six innings): Dash Winnigham had a two-run double in a three-run first and the Mets never looked back en route to a rain-shortened win. Winningham added a third-inning sacrifice fly as the Mets took a 4-0 lead. Box

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Minors 7.11.14: Bowman nets 1st Vegas win

July, 11, 2014
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ALBUQUERQUE 5, LAS VEGAS 2: In Game 1, Las Vegas right-hander Matt Bowman recorded his first Triple-A victory. He allowed one run on seven hits and two walks in six innings. The 51s built an 8-1 lead after four innings. Matt den Dekker went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Allan Dykstra was 2-for-3 with a three-run triple in the fourth inning. In the nightcap, starter Greg Peavey allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings. Ex-Met Mike Baxter capped the scoring with a solo homer. Box 1, Box 2

ERIE 7, BINGHAMTON 3: Four B-Mets errors led to three unearned runs as a four-game winning streak ended. Erie grabbed the lead against Rainy Lara in the first. Following

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consecutive singles, Daniel Fields sent a potential double-play ball to third. It rolled under Dustin Lawley’s glove for an error. Runner Jamie Johnson collided with Lawley on his way to third and was tagged out after stopping between third and home when he incorrectly thought the play had been ruled dead. With runners at the corners, ensuing batter Steven Moya lifted a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead. The B-Mets flirted with cracking the scoreboard in the fourth against Kyle Ryan. Travis Taijeron pulled a two-out single into left. T.J. Rivera attempted to score from second, but Johnson gunned him down. After surrendering four hits to the first seven batters he faced, Lara settled in. He stranded two in the second, starting a stretch in which he retired 11 of 12. Lara's run ended in the sixth when the SeaWolves loaded the bases. Lara then uncorked a two-out wild pitch, prompting Devon Travis to dash home with Erie’s second run. Catcher Xorge Carrillo’s toss to the plate sailed past Lara and allowed Steven Moya to also scamper home. Dixon Machado capped the three-run inning with an RBI double as Erie took a 4-0 lead.

Kyle Johnson's two-run single in the seventh pulled the B-Mets within two runs. An inning later, Darrell Ceciliani's RBI double made it 4-3. However, Bryan Augenstein recovered to strike out Taijeron and Angel Nesbitt entered and retired Brandon Nimmo. Erie then took advantage of more defensive misplays in the eighth. A pair of singles and a throwing error by Lawley put runners at second and third. Following a hit batter by Adam Kolarek and a pop out, Johnson sent a potential inning-ending double play ball to short. Rivera failed to field the hop cleanly, allowing a run to score and opening the door for a three-run inning. Lara (5-3) allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits while walking four over six innings. He suffered his first loss since May 28. Box

LAKELAND 9, ST. LUCIE 3: St. Lucie took a 1-0 lead in the first on L.J. Mazzilli's sacrifice fly, but Austin Green put the Flying Tigers ahead for good when he blasted a three-run

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homer against Matt Koch in the second. Koch and Lakeland starter Edgar De La Rosa dueled through the middle innings until Lakeland put up four runs in the seventh. The rehabbing Austin Dirks crushed a pitch from Koch off the right-field wall for a double that plated Jared Reeves. Tim Peterson replaced Koch and surrendered a two-out, two-run single to Connor Harrell that gave Lakeland a 7-1 lead. Tyler Hanover singled in a run in the eighth. Peterson’s wild pitch later in the frame scored Reeves to make it 9-1. Mazzilli extended his hitting streak to eight games with an RBI triple in the eighth. He scored on Reeves’ throwing error on the play to make it 9-3. With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, Calvin Drummond struck out Jeff McNeil and got Mazzilli to fly out to end the game. Koch lasted 6 1/3 and was tagged for six earned runs. Entering the seventh he had retired 11 straight batters. Jared King went 3-for-4 for the Mets in his home debut. Box

CHARLESTON at SAVANNAH (ppd.)

KINGSPORT 12, ELIZABETHTON 0: Starter Yoryi Nuez tossed five scoreless innings and combined with Martires Arias on the four-hit shutout. Pedro Perez went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs. Luis Guillorme, Jean Rodriguez and Eudor Garcia had three hits apiece. Box

STATE COLLEGE 4, BROOKLYN 3: Brooklyn scored its three runs thanks to a wild pitch, passed ball and an error. Yet a missed call by the umpires led to the decisive run scoring in the seventh for the Spikes. Cleanup hitter Alex De Leon produced a two-run double against Cyclones starter Carlos Valdez in the first. A half-inning later, Michael Katz, Tomas Nido and Adrian Abreu each singled and Brooklyn had the bases loaded with two outs for Anthony Chavez. A passed ball charged to Spikes catcher Luis Cruz allowed Katz to score. Later in the plate appearance, Chavez was hit by a pitch to reload the bases. With Tucker Tharp at-bat, State College starter Austin Gomber uncorked a wild pitch to plate Nido and even the score at 2. Tharp then hit a slow grounder to third baseman Danny Diekroeger. He uncorked an errant throw that allowed Tharp to reach and Abreu to score as the Cyclones took a 3-2 lead. In the fifth, Robelys Reyes' RBI single evened the score at 3. Brooklyn's Gaither Bumgardner (0-2) found himself in trouble in the seventh, in his second inning of relief. With one out and a runner on first, Diekroger sent a ball own the left-field line that appeared to land in foul territory, just eluding a diving attempt from Katz. However, plate umpire Jacob Metz saw it differently, ruling a ground-rule double. Despite a spirited argument from Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa and a number of Cyclones in the vicinity, the ruling stood and the Spikes had two in scoring position with one out. With a drawn-in infield, De Leon singled to plate the tiebreaking run. Box

GCL METS 3, GCL NATIONALS 3 (suspended): Alfredo Reyes was 3-for-3 with an RBI before the game was suspended in the sixth inning. Box

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Morning Briefing: Last stand for Mets?

July, 7, 2014
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NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: If the Mets want to be relevant after the All-Star break, they better win -- if not sweep -- their next series.

The Atlanta Braves arrive at Citi Field for a four-game series having just had a nine-game winning streak snapped by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Despite picking up a game in the standings Sunday, the Mets still trail first-place Atlanta by 10 games (and the Washington Nationals by 9 games) in the division.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.72 ERA) opposes left-hander Mike Minor (2-5, 4.73) in Monday’s 7:10 p.m. opener.

Read the Mets-Braves series preview here.

The Mets were swept in three games last week at Turner Field. The Amazin’s squandered a two-run lead in the eighth inning last Monday when Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares and Eric Campbell committed errors in an unsightly frame.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden is eligible to return from the disabled list for the series opener. The Mets have a few options: They can leave Teagarden on the DL, where he officially landed with a strained left hamstring two weeks ago. They can attempt to send him to the minors, although he would need to pass through waivers and also accept the assignment. Or they can demote Anthony Recker, who has an option remaining.

Of course, Recker homered Sunday.

The Mets essentially deferred the decision when Travis d'Arnaud was promoted by placing Teagarden on the DL, even though Teagarden had been getting treatment for that seemingly manageable hamstring issue for a considerable period.

Monday’s news reports:

• The Mets placed Jonathon Niese on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain before Sunday’s game and promoted right-handed reliever Buddy Carlyle. Dillon Gee is slated to be activated from the DL on Wednesday to make the start in Niese’s slot against the Braves.

Niese likely will miss only one start, since his DL stint will include the four-day All-Star break. He is eligible to return on July 20 -- the third game after the break, at San Diego.

Niese insisted he is uninjured. Still, Niese’s fastball topped out at only 86 mph in his 12-pitch start Friday against the Texas Rangers -- an outing that ended when he was struck on the “love handle” on his left side by Alex Rios’ line drive. Despite a solid 3.31 ERA, Niese’s fastball is averaging a career-low 88.6 mph this season, down from 90.2 mph in 2013.

Although the DL decision displeased Niese, even the southpaw had previously expressed hope that the All-Star break would allow his fastball to get recharged. Niese actually had wanted to come back early after Friday’s abbreviated outing and make two starts before the All-Star break.

He missed seven weeks last summer with a partial tear of his left rotator cuff.

Gee (3-1, 2.73) last pitched in the majors on May 10. He since has been on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle. Gee made his final rehab start Friday with Brooklyn. He limited Aberdeen to one run on three hits and a walk and also hit a batter while striking out 10 in six innings. Gee logged 75 pitches. He then threw a bullpen session Sunday at Citi Field to further confirm his health before the Mets made the official announcement about Niese landing on the DL.

Read more in the Star-Ledger, Daily News, Newsday and at MLB.com.


Evan Vucci/Associated PressDaniel Murphy has been selected to his first All-Star Game.


Daniel Murphy earned his first All-Star selection and is the lone Mets representative to the July 15 game at Minnesota. Murphy (.294, 7 HR, 35 RBIs) is tied with Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen and San Francisco’s Hunter Pence for second in the National League in hits with 106, trailing only Miami’s Casey McGehee (108).

David Wright and Niese were passed over for selection, although Niese would have been disqualified anyway because of the DL stint.

Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez topped the second-place Wright by 338,728 votes in fan balloting. It is only the second time in the past nine years that Wright has been left out of the game. The other instance came in 2011, when Wright missed two months with a stress fracture in his lower back.

This marks the first time since 2003 that the Mets have only one All-Star selection. That year, it was Armando Benitez. This time, no Mets were selected via the fan or player ballots, so Murphy was chosen by St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, who will lead the NL squad.

Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger and at MLB.com.

• The Mets scored a season-high five first-inning runs, capped by Recker’s three-run homer, and beat the Rangers, 8-4, in Sunday’s rubber game. Zack Wheeler surrendered only a solo homer to Robinson Chirinos in 6 1/3 innings. Wheeler had been winless in his last nine starts at Citi Field, going 0-6 with a 4.65 ERA since an Aug. 20, 2013 victory.

Gonzalez Germen surrendered a pair of homers in a three-run eighth, forcing Terry Collins to insert Familia to protect a three-run lead. Germen could be vulnerable Wednesday when the Mets need to clear a roster spot for Gee’s activation. The alternative presumably would be to drop the newly added Carlyle.

Texas has lost 15 of 18.

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

• Prospects Wuilmer Becerra and Vicente Lupo were arrested by Kingsport, Tenn., police for allegedly drag racing at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

• The Brooklyn Cyclones held their “Salute to Seinfeld Night” on Saturday at MCU Park, on the 25th anniversary of the pilot episode, known as “The Seinfeld Chronicles,” having been broadcast on July 5, 1989. The festivities included players wearing puffy shirts during batting practice and a Keith Hernandez “magic loogie” bobblehead giveaway.


Courtesy of Brooklyn CyclonesFirst baseman Jeff Diehl, and the rest of the Brooklyn Cyclones, wore puffy shirts during batting practice Saturday.


ESPN’s Mark Simon back in 2010 chronicled all the Mets references on “Seinfeld,” which you can check out here. The most famous involves Hernandez’s Feb. 12, 1992 appearance, on the episode known as “The Boyfriend.” Wrote Simon:

Hernandez and Jerry become friends, with Jerry spending much of his free time worrying about how he can impress Hernandez. Hernandez and Jerry's ex-girlfriend, Elaine, date, and meet Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson (unseen) in a local restaurant. The relationship breaks up when Elaine sees that Hernandez is a cigarette smoker.

The highlight is the mystery surrounding whether Hernandez spit on Kramer and his friend Newman, after the two yelled insults at the Mets first baseman, following another game the Mets blew (based on a game "Seinfeld" creator Larry David and friends attended in 1986).

Using the same principles regarding the "magic bullet" theory in the John F. Kennedy assassination, Jerry attempts to debunk the story. In the end, it's revealed that the spitter was actually Hernandez's teammate, Roger McDowell, who was getting revenge for Newman's spilling beer on him in the bullpen.

Mike Salfino in the Journal notes “Seinfeld” actually was far more Yankees- than Mets-oriented.

• Noah Syndergaard allowed one run on six hits while striking out eight and walking none in seven innings as Las Vegas routed Albuquerque, 12-1. Wilmer Flores homered for the sixth time in his last five games. Cesar Puello homered twice in his first game since June 23. He had been sidelined with a concussion.

Chase Huchingson allowed two runs in the top of the 10th and the B-Mets lost, 10-9, after leaving the bases loaded in the bottom half despite a hit by pitch and three walks to open the frame. Jorge Rivero drove in three runs and Matt Obserte homered as Savannah beat Hickory, 8-2. Carlos Valdez and Gaither Bumgardner combined on a two-hit shutout as Binghamton blanked Abderdeen, 7-0.

• Columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post suggests the Mets start making trades.

• Columnist David Lennon in Newsday acknowledges trading a pitching surplus could be shortsighted. Writes Lennon:

On paper, it's true -- the Mets have some pitching currency for the trade market. If not in the next three weeks, then certainly in the offseason. But you also can understand why Alderson might be leery of dealing from that deck. The fragile nature of pitchers, now more than ever, has made it crucial to have quantity as well as quality. If the Mets go the trade route, the pressure to pick the right chip can be cause for hesitation.

• Stephen Haynes in Newsday recaps Wheeler’s outing Sunday.

From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear offers an appreciation of Murphy as the perfect All-Star selection from an inherently imperfect Mets team.

BIRTHDAYS: Third base coach and '86 Met Tim Teufel turns 56. ... Andy Green, now managing Double-A Mobile in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, is 37. ... Minor-league left-hander Alex Panteliodis, a ninth-round pick in 2011 out of the University of Florida, is 24.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Will the Mets be represented by the correct All-Star selection in Minnesota on July 15?

Minors 7.6.14: Flores homers, again

July, 6, 2014
7/06/14
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LAS VEGAS 12, ALBUQUERQUE 1: Noah Syndergaard allowed just one run in seven innings, with no walks and eight strikeouts. And Wilmer Flores homered again, his sixth long ball in the past four days. Left fielder Cesar Puello hit two home runs in his return from a concussion. Kevin Plawecki had three hits and drove in three runs. Box

ERIE 10, BINGHAMTON 9 (10 innings): Third baseman Dustin Lawley hit his 15th home run of the season in a wild game. Erie tied it when Steven Moya homered off Binghamton's Adam Kolarek in the ninth. The SeaWolves scored twice in the top of the 10th, but Binghamton scored on a bases-loaded walk and then had the bases loaded with nobody out. Kyle Johnson and Dilson Herrera struck out, and Brian Burgamy popped up to end it. Travis Taijeron and T.J. Rivera also homered for the B-Mets. Box

JUPITER at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The game will be made up as part of an Aug. 22 doubleheader.

SAVANNAH 8, HICKORY 2: Second baseman Jorge Rivero had three hits and drove in three runs for the Sand Gnats. First baseman Dominic Smith, the Mets' first-round draft pick in 2013, also had three hits and drove in two runs. Starter Robert Gsellman allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings for his seventh win of the season. Box

PULASKI 4, KINGSPORT 1: Catcher Jose Garcia had two of the Mets' four hits and drove in their lone run. Starter Andrew Church allowed just one earned run in six innings, with no walks and two strikeouts. Box

BROOKLYN 7, ABERDEEN 0: Carlos Valdez and Gaither Bumgardner combined on a two-hit shutout. First baseman Michael Katz had two doubles and drove in a run. Third baseman Jhoan Urena had three hits and drove in a run. Box

Minors 6.28.14: Pina launches walk-off HR

June, 28, 2014
6/28/14
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SACRAMENTO 7, LAS VEGAS 6 (10 innnings): Zack Thornton surrendered a walk-off RBI double to Nick Buss in the bottom of the 10th. Allan Dykstra's ninth-inning solo homer with one out had sent the game to extra innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, ALTOONA 7: The B-Mets surrendered six runs in a disastrous seventh inning and nearly blew a seven-lead, but held on for their 15th win in 18 games. Steven

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Matz struck out nine over six scoreless innings to collect his first Double-A victory. Dilson Herrera had a career-high five RBIs. Kyle Johnson singled to open the game, moved to third on Herrera's single and scored when Zack Dodson balked. Binghamton took a 2-0 lead in the third when Xorge Carrillo singled, advanced to second on a sac bunt, took third on a groundout and scored when Herrera beat out an infield single. Herrera added a two-run homer in the fifth. His first Double-A long ball gave Binghamton a five-run lead. In six scoreless innings, Matz stranded seven runners while holding the Curve hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position.

The B-Mets tacked on two runs against Jason Townsend in the seventh. After loading the bases on three straight singles, including one from pinch-hitter Tyler Pill, Binghamton scored on a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice by Herrera. Binghamton nearly threw away its 7-0 lead in the seventh. Reliever Randy Fontanez allowed the first two batters to reach before rebounding with consecutive groundouts. The final out of the inning proved elusive. By the time Adam Kolarek entered, Altoona had cut Binghamton’s lead to 6-4. Following an infield single, Jarek Cunningham then shot a grounder to third baseman Brian Burgamy. Burgamy, who moved to third as part of a double-switch, booted it, allowing a run to score. Kolarek settled down to record the inning's final out, preserving a one-run lead. Altoona resumed its pressure in the eighth with back-to-back one-out singles. With the tying run on third, Cody Satterwhite entered. Stetson Allie chopped his first pitch for an inning-ending double play. With the benefit of an insurance run produced by Burgamy in the ninth, Satterwhite returned for the final inning. He loaded the bases before allowing a run-scoring fielder’s choice to Alen Hanson. Satterwhite survived by striking out Kelson Brown looking to secure his fifth save. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BRADENTON 3: Eudy Pina has been swinging a hot bat in June, but no hit was bigger than Saturday's walk-off homer inside the left-field foul pole. Pina’s rocket came

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on a full-count pitch from Robby Rowland to lead off the half-inning. The Marauders protested the homer, arguing it hooked foul. Plate umpire Adam MacKay maintained his original call. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first on Aderlin Rodriguez’s two-out single that scored Jairo Perez. Bradenton answered in the second when Jordan Steranka led off with a solo homer against Gabriel Ynoa. Ynoa otherwise cruised through seven innings. He allowed one run on seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five in a 98-pitch effort. The Mets had two great chances to blow the game open but could not come up with a big hit. They loaded the bases against John Kuchno in the sixth but only scored one run, when Maikis De La Cruz grounded into a double play. With runners at second and third and no outs in the seventh, Ryan Hafner threw a wild pitch that allowed Gilbert Gomez to score, which put the Mets up 3-1. L.J. Mazzilli advanced to third with none out but was stranded. Ynoa was in line for his sixth win in his last six starts. However, Josh Bell doubled home Max Moroff in the eighth and later scored on a groundout to tie the score 3. T.J. Chism took over for Robert Coles with runners on first and second and induced an inning-ending double play. Paul Sewald pitched a scoreless ninth and was credited with the win after Pina's heroics. Pina is hitting .370 with five homers and 18 RBIs this month. Box

SAVANNAH 4, ROME 3: With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Jorge Rivero

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stroked a one-out line drive into the left-center gap to plate Champ Stuart with the winning run. Stuart began the Gnats’ ninth-inning rally with a walk. The Braves had tied the score with two outs in the top half. With runners on the corners, Savannah reliever Hunter Carnevale struck out Edison Sanchez on a breaking ball in the dirt. The ball kicked away from catcher Jeff Glenn, allowing Sanchez to sprint safely to first and Johan Camargo to score the tying run. To that point, the Gnats had thrown out Braves baserunners at the plate in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to preserve a 3-2 lead. The most impressive was Stuart’s throw from center to cut down Gerald Chin, which kept the Braves off the scoreboard in the seventh. Box

JOHNSON CITY 8, KINGSPORT 1 (suspended): The game was suspended after three innings. K-Mets starter Yoryi Nuez allowed seven runs (four earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Box

STATEN ISLAND 11, BROOKLYN 5: Starter Carlos Valdez was knocked out with two outs in the first inning. He surrendered five runs. Gaither Bumgardner surrendered another five runs in four innings of relief. Trailing 10-2, Michael Bernal produced a three-run homer for the Cyclones in the seventh. Box

GCL METS 7, GCL CARDINALS 2: Eighth-round pick Dash Winningham produced his first professional homer -- a two-run shot -- and finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Adrian Almeida earned the win with three no-hit relief innings, albeit walking four while striking out six. Luis Mateo completed the game with two scoreless innings in his third appearance since returning from Tommy John surgery. Shortstop Alfredo Reyes also drove in two runs. Box

Compiled with team reports

Minors 6.22.14: Pina, Maz double doubles

June, 22, 2014
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MEMPHIS 7, LAS VEGAS 5 (11 innings): Randal Grichuk produced a tiebreaking two-run double against Zack Thornton in the top of the 11th. The 51s had rallied from a 5-0 deficit, tying the score with a four-run seventh that was capped by Josh Satin's RBI double. Satin finished 3-for-4 with a walk and three doubles. Recently promoted Matt Reynolds finished 3-for-6 with two doubles and an RBI. Travis d'Arnaud struck out as a pinch hitter in the 11th, dipping his Triple-A batting average to .444. Starter Joel Carreno pitched five innings in a no-decision. He allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out two. Box

BOWIE 2, BINGHAMTON 0: Zach Davies tossed seven scoreless innings and the B-Mets mustered three hits as their five-game winning streak ended. Kyle Johnson doubled on the second pitch of the game. He took third on a groundout, but was stranded after Kevin Plawecki lined out and Matt Clark bounced out. B-Mets starter Matt Bowman stumbled in the third. David Adams singled and K.D. Kang walked with two outs. Niuman Romero then produced an RBI single. Following Johnson’s double, Davies retired 10 straight B-Mets. Binghamton threatened to break through against Davies in the fourth. Plawecki reached after getting hit by a pitch and Clark walked. With two on and one out, though, Jayce Boyd sent a line drive to the right side. First baseman Christian Walker snared the drive in the air and fired to second to double off Plawecki, ending the inning. Kang jumped on the first pitch he saw from Bowman in the fifth and cleared the right-field wall for his sixth homer and a 2-0 lead. Davies did not allow another hit after Johnson’s first-inning double. In fact, he prevented the B-Mets from hitting any balls out of the infield. Binghamton had a final threat in the ninth. Brian Burgamy had a leadoff double against Oliver Drake and Plawecki singled. Drake struck out the next two hitters and induced Darrell Ceciliani to ground out to end the game. Bowman (5-5) allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, JUPITER 6 (8 innings): St. Lucie clubbed 19 hits, one shy of its season high, and won the rain-shortened game. Eudy Pina and L.J. Mazzilli laced two doubles apiece. Pina, Gavin Cecchini and Maikis De La Cruz had three-hit games. Jairo Perez had three RBIs. The Mets tagged Jake Esch for four runs in the second inning. Gilbert Gomez, Pina and Cecchini lined run-scoring doubles in the frame. Jupiter snapped a 39-inning scoreless drought when Domingo Tapia threw a wild pitch that allowed Matt Juengel to score in the second. The Hammerheads cut their deficit to 4-2 on Noah Perio's RBI groundout later in the frame. In the third, De La Cruz put the Mets up 5-2 with his second RBI single. Mazzilli doubled to plate Pina in the fourth and Perez followed with a sac fly to make it 7-2. Mazzilli collected his second RBI double in the eighth, against Brad Mincey. Perez then singled home two runs to put the Mets up 10-4. Colin Moran cut the Hammerheads deficit to four runs with a two-run homer against Seth Lugo in the eighth, but a severe thunderstorm ended any rally chance. Jupiter lost its ninth consecutive game. Tapia (3-6) surrendered three runs on seven hits in five innings. Box

GREENVILLE 7, SAVANNAH 3: Chris Flexen allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings and Paul Paez surrendered four runs (one earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Colton Plaia went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI in the loss. Plaia and Nelfi Zapata each had errors as Greenville posted a combined six runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Box

KINGSPORT 5, BLUEFIELD 2: Brandon Brosher and Ivan Wilson each had solo homers in a three-run third inning as Kingsport took a 5-0 lead. Starter Yoryi Nuez allowed one run on one hit and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, ABERDEEN 1: Michael Bernal's solo homer in the fourth broke a 1-all tie. Starter Carlos Valdez allowed one run in five innings. Gaither Bumgardner handled the final four innings, blanking Aberdeen while allowing one hit and one walk and striking out five. Box

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Minors 8.11.13: Johnson belts walk-off HR

August, 11, 2013
8/11/13
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LAS VEGAS 4, OKLAHOMA CITY 3: The 51s overcame a 3-0 deficit with two runs apiece in the fourth and fifth innings. Matt den Dekker had a double and RBI single during that two-inning stretch. Lucas Duda manned first base for the first time since his minor league tour began. Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-2 with two walks. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, ERIE 1: Cory Vaughn drove in four runs and Mark Cohoon allowed one run over six innings. In the bottom of the first, Eugenio Suarez doubled against Cohoon.

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Ramon Cabrera gave Erie a lead with an RBI groundout, but that was Erie's lone run of the game. Binghamton took the lead in the third against Erie starter Ramon Garcia. With Danny Muno breaking from first base, Vaughn launched a payoff pitch over the left-field wall. Vaughn’s blast, his third since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 5, gave the B-Mets a 2-1 advantage. Travis Taijeron padded Binghamton’s lead by ripping a solo homer in the sixth. Cohoon sailed through four scoreless innings before facing his biggest challenge in the sixth. Cabrera reached with two outs on an infield single, and Cohoon hit Tyler Collins and walked James McCann to load the bases. The southpaw pitched himself out of trouble, inducing Wade Gaynor to bounce back to the mound. The B-Mets then enjoyed a three-run seventh. Wilfredo Tovar scampered to second when Daniel Fields dropped his fly ball in shallow center. Reliever Justin Souza entered and walked Muno before surrendering an RBI double to Josh Rodriguez. Vaughn capped the inning by lacing a two-run single. Chasen Bradford contributed two perfect relief innings. Cohoon (8-3) struck out three while allowing one run on five hits. He has gone 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA in his last four starts. Vaughn is hitting .360 (9-for-25) with three homers and 11 RBIs since returning from the DL. Box

ST. LUCIE 9, PALM BEACH 8 (12 innings): Kyle Johnson hit a walk-off homer leading off

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the bottom of the 12th against Iden Nazario to end the 4-hour, 25-minute game. The Mets trailed 7-2 in the fifth before scoring four times in the frame to cut the deficit to a run. Gilbert Gomez had a two-out, two-run double in the seventh to tie the score at 8. Gomez finished 3-for-6 with two RBIs. Johnson was 2-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Dustin Lawley had two hits and an RBI. Jayce Boyd had two hits with two RBIs. Kevin Plawecki went 1-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Alex Panteliodis allowed seven runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. Shawn Teufel picked up the victory with two scoreless relief innings. Box

HICKORY 2, SAVANNAH 1: Joey Gallo blasted his South Atlantic League-leading 27th homer to break a 1-all tie. Hunter Carnevale (0-3) surrendered the decisive ninth-inning long ball. The Gnats scored their lone run in the first inning. Jorge Rivero reached on shortstop Nick Urbanus' fielding error on a line drive. Rivero scored on Brian Harrison’s single. The Crawdads evened the score at 1 in the fourth against Luis Cessa. Gallo walked with one out and scored on David Lyon's single. The Gnats (68-47) mustered only three hits -- none between the first and eighth innings. Box

KINGSPORT 7, GREENEVILLE 2: Joe Tuschak went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Michael Bernal capped the scoring with a two-run homer in the eighth. Box

BROOKLYN 9, STATE COLLEGE 2: LJ Mazzilli went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs in the victory. State College had taken the lead in the third in bizarre fashion. Steven Ramos bunted down the first-base line. Starting pitcher Carlos Valdez threw to first and Ramos was called safe. Alex Sanchez thought Ramos was out and went to throw the ball around the infield. His throw went into left field and Ramos broke for second. Left fielder Jonathan Clark retrieved the ball but overthrew Mazzilli covering second. As the ball headed toward the Cyclones dugout, Ramos started toward third. He then noticed nobody was covering home and headed for the plate. Eddie Rohan came up with the ball after it caromed off the front of the dugout and raced home, but Ramos narrowly beat him, giving the Spikes a 1-0 lead. The official scoring: a bunt single and two Cyclones errors. Brooklyn answered in a four-run second, thanks to three hits and two errors. Rohan and Anthony Chavez doubled. Patrick Biondi walked and Gavin Cecchini grounded into a run-scoring fielder's choice. Mazzilli then singled and right fielder Luis Perez allowed the ball to get behind him as Biondi scored. Shortstop Cesar Valera's error on James Roche's grounder extended Brooklyn’s lead to 4-1. In the fourth, Rohan again doubled, and moved to third on a groundout. Biondi then reached on a bunt, scoring Rohan and giving the Cyclones a four-run cushion. State College scored a run in the seventh against David Wynn to pull within 6-2. In a three-run eighth, Cecchini doubled and scored on Mazzilli's single. Sanchez then belted a two-run homer. Box

Compiled from team reports

Morning Briefing: Wheeler Day

July, 30, 2013
7/30/13
8:37
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MIAMI

FIRST PITCH: The Mets, who now have won four of 12 games against the Miami Marlins this season, send Zack Wheeler to the mound at 7:10 tonight.

Wheeler (4-1, 3.72 ERA) opposes right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 3.54) at Marlins Park.

Tuesday’s news reports:

Marlon Byrd continues to display his value as the trade deadline looms at 4 p.m. Wednesday, but the Mets want a lot to deal him and no one was forecasting the Mets making a deal.

“If something presented itself we would consider it,” a team official told Mike Puma in the Post. “But we haven’t been presented with anything. We’re just sitting tight. … We’re not motivated to move anybody. It’s hard to go to people. They have to come to you. It’s better to be asked to the prom than have to ask somebody.”

Ike Davis had the decisive run-scoring double as the Mets rallied with three runs in the seventh to beat the Marlins, 6-5, Monday night. The Mets had lost five straight against Miami. Bobby Parnell stranded the tying run at third base in the bottom of the ninth by coaxing a groundout to second base from lethal Giancarlo Stanton. Jeremy Hefner surrendered five runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings and walked a career-high five in a no-decision.

On the lift provided by the seventh-inning rally to overcome a 5-3 deficit, Terry Collins said: “Well, we’ve lost three in a row. We’re not exactly a bundle of joy at the moment. So it energized us a lot. Believe me. It brought us out of a huge hole. I think it’s a great step moving forward. We may look up in two weeks and point to this game, as we have pointed to the Cubs game, as a big turning point.”

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

• On the Marlins’ dominance of the Mets, Jared Diamond in the Journal writes:

The Mets arrived for this week's series here at Marlins Park with three wins in 11 tries against Miami. If that doesn't sound depressing enough for the Mets, consider that the Marlins' eight wins against them make up 20 percent of their season total thus far.

Since baseball expanded to 30 teams in 1998, only two teams won a higher percentage of their games against a single opponent. The 2002 Pittsburgh Pirates hold this dubious "record," with 15 of their 72 wins that year coming against the Milwaukee Brewers (20.8 percent).

Jonathon Niese expects to make two more rehab appearances -- the next one Thursday with Class A St. Lucie -- before being activated from the disabled list. Read more in the Daily News, Star-Ledger and Record.

• Collins offered no indication Jordany Valdespin or Ruben Tejada would be returning to the majors soon, despite both putting up solid numbers at Triple-A Las Vegas. Valdespin was named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Frank Francisco, who has yet to appear in the majors this season, recently received two cortisone injections in his right elbow.

• Valdespin homered, was hit by a pitch and then found himself ejected in Las Vegas' doubleheader sweep against Sacramento. Carlos Valdez tossed six scoreless innings as Brooklyn won its fifth straight game. Read the full minor league recap here.

• Right-hander Noah Syndergaard has been named Eastern League Player of the Week.

Jason Bay was designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners. The Mets bought out Bay after last season, while deferring some of the money owed to him. They were due to pay him $6 million this season, while spreading another $15 million over the next two years.

From the bloggers … John Delcos at Mets Report writes about stacking the speed at the top of the order and using a 1-2 combo of Eric Young Jr. and Juan Lagares. … Faith and Fear in Flushing revels in the Mets doing to the Marlins what Anthony Young did just over 20 years earlier: beating them for a change.

BIRTHDAYS: Clint Hurdle, now the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, turns 56. … Outfielder Ellis Valentine is 59.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets pick up Jason Bay, since it would essentially not cost anything?

Minors 7.29.13: 'Spin HR, plunked, ejected

July, 29, 2013
7/29/13
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LAS VEGAS 8, SACRAMENTO 3
LAS VEGAS 10, SACRAMENTO 4: Starter Matt Fox allowed one run in five innings in Game 1. Matt den Dekker went 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored. In the nightcap, Jordany Valdespin had a three-run homer and Jamie Hoffmann went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Pitcher Armando Rodriguez, Valdespin and Wally Backman all were ejected in the seventh inning of Game 2, prompting Ruben Tejada to finish the game at second base. Valdespin had been hit by a pitch in the top half of the inning. The ejections occurred after Rodriguez replied in the bottom half by plunking a Sacramento player. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 5, TAMPA 4: Rob Refsnyder’s throwing error allowed two runs to score with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as the Mets rallied past Tampa. Jayce Boyd had a one-out single. After Gilbert Gomez pinch-ran, Kevin Plawecki doubled to put runners at second and third. Matt Reynolds received an intentional walk and Robbie Shields struck out. Then, with the bases loaded and two outs, Kyle Johnson ripped a 2-2 pitch to second. Refsynder knocked it down before throwing the ball away, toward the Yankees dugout, to allow Gomez and Plawecki to score. Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and played left field in his first game with Class A St. Lucie on a rehab assignment. Johnson went 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored. T.J. Rivera had two hits and an RBI double. Shields added a double and a run scored. Rainy Lara received a no-decision despite throwing seven innings and allowing two runs and eight hits with no walks. T.J. Chism allowed two runs with two outs in the top of the ninth as the Yankees took a 4-3 lead. Cody Satterwhite recorded the final out of that half-inning to earn his first win. Box

ASHEVILLE 5, SAVANNAH 4: Hunter Carnevale allowed a pair of seventh-inning runs as Asheville overcame a 4-3 deficit. Box

KINGSPORT 4, ELIZABETHTON 0: Martires Arias tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Luis Rengel and Ricardo Jacquez on the shutout. Leadoff hitter Yeixon Ruiz scored three runs. Jeff McNeil went 3-for-3. Box

BROOKLYN 4, HUDSON VALLEY 0: Carlos Valdez tossed six scoreless innings as the Cyclones won their fifth straight. It marked the second time this season Valdez went six innings without allowing an earned run. This time, he allowed four hits, walked one and struck out three before handing the ball to Akeel Morris. Morris tossed three shutout innings to continue his spectacular season. Through 25 innings, Morris has yet to allow an earned run. He has struck out 31. Matt Oberste got the Cyclones on the board with a long ball. The homer was Oberste’s second of the season. The other came June 19 against Staten Island. After hitting only four homers through the first 36 games of the season, the Cyclones have now gone deep four times in their last four games. Oberste finished 2-for-3 with a walk. Brooklyn scored two more runs in the fourth. Oberste was involved again, leading off with a walk. Alex Sanchez followed with a double that put two runners in scoring position. James Roche took advantage, producing a two-run double. Roche has 11 doubles, tied for the team lead with Jared King. The Cyclones tallied their final run in the fifth, on a groundball that should have gotten the Renegades out of the inning. With two outs, Sanchez hit a grounder to shortstop Julian Morillo. Morillo intended to get Oberste out on the force at second, but bobbled it as King scored from third. Box

GCL CARDINALS 5, GCL METS 2: With the score tied at 2, Gaither Bumgardner (0-2) was charged with three runs on four hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings. Travis d'Arnaud caught four innings and went 0-for-3. Vicente Lupo homered in the loss. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 7.22.13: Pina triple lifts Gnats

July, 23, 2013
7/23/13
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LAS VEGAS 7, RENO 2: Starter Giancarlo Alvarado allowed one run in six innings. The 51s (53-47) scored a combined seven runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Jordany Valdespin homered and had three RBIs. Ruben Tejada and Eric Campbell each scored twice. Box

READING 5, BINGHAMTON 4 (7 innings): Binghamton tied the score with four runs in the

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fifth, but Sebastian Valle hit a solo homer in the sixth against Logan Verrett in what became a rain-shortened victory for Reading. Trailing 4-0 in the fifth with two outs against Reading starter Seth Rosin, Danny Muno blooped a hit into left-center. After Josh Rodriguez walked, Cesar Puello put the B-Mets on the scoreboard with an RBI single. The highlight of the inning came next for Binghamton, as Allan Dykstra tied the score with a three-run homer. The B-Mets were held scoreless in the bottom of the sixth. Rain then halted the game in the seventh. Verrett (9-5) allowed a season-high three homers. Darrell Ceciliani went 3-for-3, extending his hitting streak to 15 games. Dykstra leads the B-Mets with 18 homer. Verrett has allowed 18 homers, which is the second most in the Eastern League. Box

ST. LUCIE at DAYTONA (ppd.)

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SAVANNAH 4, DELMARVA 2 (13 innings): Eudy Pina's triple plated Maikis De La Cruz with the tiebreaking run in the 13th and Cole Frenzel added an RBI single for a two-run cushion. Wanel Mesa earned the win after tossing three scoreless relief innings. Frenzel finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Starter Jake Kuebler allowed two runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings. Box

PRINCETON 9, KINGSPORT 3: Starter Andres Perez allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings. Amed Rosario, the 17-year-old who signed out of Venezuela for $1.75 million last summer, homered in the loss. Richie Rodriguez added a ninth-inning homer. Box

BATAVIA 2, BROOKLYN 0: Cyclones starter Carlos Valdez allowed two runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings. Akeel Morris pitched a season-high 4 1/3 innings in relief, allowing two hits and striking out six in a scoreless effort. The Cyclones mustered only two hits, both by Jared King. King is hitting .458 (11-for-24) during his current six-game hitting streak. Box

GCL CARDINALS 9, GCL METS 8 (14 innings): Waldo Rodriguez surrendered a game-deciding two-out RBI single in the top of the 14th after a walk and balk. The Mets had evened the score with two runs in the bottom of the ninth, on Brian Harrison's sacrifice fly and Wuilmer Becerra's RBI single. Relievers Gaither Bumgardner, Ramon Estevez and Cameron Griffin combined for 6 2/3 scorless relief innings. Box

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Minors 7.9.13: Diehl produces walk-off HR

July, 9, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 8, SALT LAKE 5: Starter Jacob deGrom (2-1) allowed two runs in six innings. Rylan Sandoval went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Box

CHARLOTTE 5, ST. LUCIE 1: Kes Carter had a go-ahead two-run single and the Stone Crabs scored four runs with two outs in the seventh to get past the Mets. Dustin Lawley had launched his league-leading 18th homer leading off the top half of that frame, against ex-Met Ramon Ramirez, to tie the score. With two hits in the seventh, Domingo Tapia allowed two hits and a walk. Cody Satterwhite, who was acquired from Sioux City in the American Association of Independent Baseball, made his St. Lucie debut with the bases loaded and gave up a two-run single to Carter. Carter's groundball went off the glove of first baseman Nelfi Zapata on a diving attempt. Tapia pitched effectively despite being charged with four runs in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one. Hamilton Bennett retired the side in order in the eighth. Box

SAVANNAH 8, AUGUSTA 1: Cole Frenzel and Eudy Pina drove in three runs apiece, while Chad Zurcher scored three runs. Starter Gabriel Ynoa tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings to improve to 10-3. Box

KINGSPORT 3, GREENEVILLE 2: Jeff Diehl delivered a leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the K-Mets (8-11) a walk-off win. Starter Rob Whalen allowed one run, unearned, on three hits and two walks while striking out six in six innings. Box

LOWELL 5, BROOKLYN 2: Carlos Valdez, who tossed six scoreless innings in his previous outing, this time walked the first two batters he faced. Later in the first inning, with runners on the corners and one out, Aaron King sent a grounder to first baseman Alex Sanchez for a seeming double play. But Sanchez took off the force at second by stepping on first and a run scored when no tag was applied at second. Valdez nonetheless took a no-hitter into the fifth, when he surrendered a leadoff hit to Nick Moore. Immediately after Moore’s single, Williams Jerez doubled. Both scored on groundouts. With two outs, Valdez appeared out of the inning by coxing a groundball from Cleuluis Rondon, but third baseman Anthony Chavez threw the ball past first base. Kevin Mager then delivered an RBI single as the Spinners took a 4-0 lead. In 4 2/3 innings, Valdez surrendered three hits, four runs (three earned) and four walks. The Spinners added a run in ninth inning on LJ Mazzilli's error. Mazzilli committed his first two errors of the season in the game. The Cyclones' best opportunity came in seventh. Matt Oberste had a leadoff double. Sanchez followed with a single. Jorge Rivero then drove in Oberste to cut the Spinners' lead to 4-1. Tomas Nido could not keep the rally going, grounding into a double play. The Cyclones scored their second run on an RBI double from Rivero. He had two hits and two RBIs on the day. Rivero leads the Cyclones with eight multi-hit games. Box

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Minors 6.27.13: Injury knocks out Plawecki

June, 27, 2013
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TACOMA 2, LAS VEGAS 0: Chris Schwinden limited Tacoma to two runs in seven innings, but Danny Hultzen and three relievers combined on a three-hit shutout of the 51s (40-38). Ike Davis went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Box

TRENTON at BINGHAMTON (ppd.): Thursday night’s game between the B-Mets and Thunder was postponed due to inclement weather. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 26 at 5:30 p.m. Rain has affected four straight B-Mets games. Monday at Portland started with an 84-minute delay. Tuesday’s game was suspended after two innings. Wednesday’s game was postponed before it began.

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PALM BEACH 10, ST. LUCIE 6: Catcher Kevin Plawecki was forced to leave the game after shifting over for a breaking pitch in the dirt while catching. He appeared to be in pain, possibly in the hip area. Palm Beach built a 10-1 lead. Starter Angel Cuan was charged with nine runs (six earned) on nine hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings. Jayce Boyd produced a three-run homer in the seventh. Dustin Lawley went 3-for-5. Box

SAVANNAH 10, ROME 3: Savannah starter Logan Taylor left the game after 1 2/3 innings, accompanied by the team trainer. Julian Hilario gave the Gnats 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, his longest outing of the year, to take the team's pitching staff through the fifth inning. The Gnats (3-4/46-30) broke a 1-1 tied with a five-run sixth. Brandon Nimmo began the frame with a single. After Greg Pron walked, Cole Frenzel rolled a single into right field to score Nimmo from second with the go-ahead run. Nelfi Zapata followed with a line-drive single to plate Pron. Albert Cordero's single and Phillip Evans' double each scored a run. Cordero trotted home with the final run of the inning on a wild pitch for a 6-1 lead. The Braves picked up two runs in the seventh against eventual winning pitcher Tyler Vanderheiden. Vanderheiden left the bases loaded for Hunter Carnevale. Carnevale forced home the second run of the inning with a walk to make the score 6-3, but recovered to strike out Chris Edmonson and leave the bases loaded. Savannah added three runs in the seventh, keyed by a two-run double from Evans. Evans finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Box

GREENEVILLE 8, KINGSPORT 0: The K-Mets (2-6) were held hitless until Yeixon Ruiz singled with two outs in the eighth. They finished with two hits. Box

ABERDEEN 7, BROOKLYN 5: Cyclones starter Carlos Valdez seemed to settle down after first-inning trouble, putting up zeroes over the next three innings, but the southpaw ran into trouble in the fifth. After striking out Scott Kalush to start the frame, three straight hits from the IronBirds pushed two runs across and chased Valdez. David Wynn (0-2) entered and retired Connor Bierfeldt for the second out of the frame, but then issued back-to-back walks to load the bags for Anthony Vega. The IronBirds center fielder connected on what proved to be the biggest swing of the game, ripping a double to left field to score three runs and give Aberdeen a 6-5 lead after five innings. Brooklyn had a chance to pull even in the seventh, loading the bases with two outs, but Aberdeen reliever Jimmy Yacabonis retired Juan Gamboa, leaving the bags full. Akeel Morris tossed two scoreless relief innings, striking out four, before giving way to Kevin McGowan, who made his professional debut. The right-hander from Franklin Pierce University struggled in his first outing, allowing a run on one hit with a walk. Box

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RBIL. Duda 92
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