New York Mets: Chris Schwinden

Morning Briefing: Another .500 bid

April, 15, 2014
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Ross D. Franklin/Associated PressTrainer Ray Ramirez and Terry Collins check out Curtis Granderson's left arm after a collision with the outfield wall in the first inning Monday.
PHOENIX

FIRST PITCH: For the sixth time this young season, the Mets (6-7) will attempt to move back to .500 on Tuesday night.

Each other time -- with their record at 0-1, 2-3, 3-4, 4-5 and 5-6 -- they have lost.

Jenrry Mejia (1-0, 4.09 ERA) opposes Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Bronson Arroyo (1-0, 4.82) at 9:40 p.m. ET at Chase Field.

Tuesday’s news reports:

• The Mets suffered a pair of injuries to outfielders Monday. Juan Lagares pulled his right hamstring and Curtis Granderson suffered bruises to his left forearm, rib cage and knee. Lagares appears likely to land on the disabled list, with Kirk Nieuwenhuis expected to join the Mets from Triple-A Las Vegas. Granderson officially is day-to-day, but may not see any action until the weekend at Citi Field at the earliest.

Lucas Duda was forced to play in the outfield for the first time since last June.

Chris Young, who has now reached base in nine of 10 plate appearances during his rehab assignment with Las Vegas, is not eligible to be activated from the DL until Friday.

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

Zack Wheeler reverted to an old delivery, limited the D-backs to two runs in 6 1/3 innings and earned his first win since last Aug. 31 as the Mets beat Arizona, 7-3, Monday at Chase Field. Carlos Torres handled the final 2 2/3 innings to earn his first big-league save. Duda finished 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Read more in Newsday and at MLB.com.

• Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in five innings and Eric Campbell played shortstop for the first time in his professional career as Las Vegas beat Fresno, 5-2. Read the full minor-league recap here.

Matt Harvey spent Sunday watching the Knicks game alongside a model, but was allowed because it was not a scheduled rehab day in Port St. Lucie, Fla., according to a team official. Read more in the Post.

• Ex-Met Frank Francisco has signed with the Chicago White Sox and was assigned to Triple-A Charlotte.

• The Mets plan to scout free-agent reliever Joel Hanrahan’s showcase for teams on Thursday, Kristie Ackert in the Daily News confirms. Hanrahan is returning from Tommy John surgery.

Ike Davis discusses his pinch-hitting role with Matt Ehalt in the Record.

• Tim Rohan in the Times recaps the Mets’ early season struggles.

Oliver Perez discusses his reinvention as a successful reliever in the Journal. “That’s really hard for anybody, when you get fired from your work,” Perez told the newspaper about getting released by the Mets in 2011, during the same spring training that Luis Castillo also was cut loose.

Chris Schwinden, released by the Mets during spring training, has signed with the independent Lancaster (Pa.) Barnstormers.

From the bloggers … Mets Police offers some thoughts on the Mets brand. … The Eddie Kranepool Society suggests it may be time for Terry Collins to shake up the lineup by dropping Daniel Murphy to No. 7 and letting Travis d'Arnaud bat second. … NY Mets Life offers it take on the Mets season thus far.

BIRTHDAYS: Jeromy Burnitz turns 45. ... Aaron Laffey is 29. ... Ricky Otero was born on this date in 1972.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you approve of Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ expected promotion to replace Juan Lagares?

Teufel's son among latest minors cuts

March, 27, 2014
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets continued to release players from minor-league camp Thursday, including left-handed pitcher Shawn Teufel, the son of Mets third base coach Tim Teufel.

The full list of spring-training releases from minor-league camp is now:

Joe Bonfe
Marco Camarena
Cristian Chivilli
Jonathan Clark
Mark Cohoon
Yucarybert De La Cruz
Chris Garcia
Alonzo Harris
Wanel Mesa
Eris Peguero
James Roche
Chris Schwinden
Shawn Teufel
Jhonathan Torres
David Wynn
Ernesto Yanez

Morning Briefing: It's Wheeler vs. Strasburg

March, 25, 2014
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Getty ImagesZack Wheeler and Stephen Strasburg face off on Tuesday in Grapefruit League action ... not on Opening Day.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.

FIRST PITCH: Mets fans will not get Stephen Strasburg versus Zack Wheeler on Opening Day, but they will get the matchup six days earlier in Viera, Fla.

Strasburg, Washington’s Opening Day starter at Citi Field, is scheduled to oppose Wheeler at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday at Space Coast Stadium. The game is not on television or radio in New York, but will be on the Nats’ MASN network.

Tuesday’s news reports:

Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to get word Tuesday that he has made the Opening Day roster. Noon is the deadline for the Mets to inform him he has made the club. Otherwise, the Mets would have to release him, or give him $100,000 for the right to send him to the minors. Matsuzaka appeared to seal the deal by blanking the St. Louis Cardinals through six innings Monday. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Times, Star-Ledger, Newsday and MLB.com.

• The Mets made it official Monday, naming Dillon Gee the 23rd different Opening Day starter in franchise history. He will oppose Strasburg. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday, Journal and MLB.com.

Matt Harvey will mostly get his wish. The ace primarily will rehab in New York this season, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.

Writes columnist David Lennon in Newsday on the topic:

Just a reminder for those who tuned in late: Harvey is the guy who had Tommy John surgery last October and is not likely to throw a pitch for the Mets this season. Where Harvey will do his stretching exercises and long toss -- either New York or Port St. Lucie -- apparently has become a thing.

My take? This is nuts.

To paraphrase Allen Iverson, another franchise player from another psycho sports town: We’re talking about rehab, man. We’re not even talking about the game. We’re talking about rehab.

Columnist John Harper in the Daily News suggests the Mets, not Harvey, need the attitude adjustment. Writes Harper:

It’s just that Harvey clearly isn’t going to bow to authority or conventional behavior just to please people. For a team like the Mets that has accepted losing much too easily, Harvey provides a harder edge to their collective personality.

That’s not a knock on David Wright. He’s a team-first star who cares about all the right things, on the field and in the clubhouse, and every team needs that behavior as well.

Harvey just adds an I’m-good-and-know-it presence that can help change a losing culture, even if he doesn’t pitch at all this season.

Read more in the Post, Daily News, and Star-Ledger.

Jonathon Niese threw off a mound Monday for the first time since receiving a cortisone shot in his left elbow one week earlier. He pronounced the bullpen session a success. The southpaw aims to be activated from the disabled list for an April 6 start against the Cincinnati Reds. His next step is a minor-league game Thursday. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger and Record.

Wilmer Flores was arguably the highest-profile demotion Monday. Also sent to minor-league camp: Matt den Dekker, Zach Lutz and Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Thirty-three players, including the rehabbing Harvey and Jeremy Hefner as well as the DL-bound Niese, remain in big-league camp. Flores will play shortstop and second base at Triple-A Las Vegas, which will give the Mets an internal option to unseat Ruben Tejada in-season if the incumbent shortstop flops in April. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger and MLB.com.

• The Mets’ official account made an unfortunate tweet after Matsuzaka struck out the side in the first inning Monday, writing: “Dice-KKK off to a quick start. He strikes out the side in the 1st inning. #NYMvsSTL”

The tweet subsequently was deleted, with an apology. Read more in the Post and Daily News.

• The Mets have created the position of assistant hitting coach. Luis Natera, who has long served as Double-A Binghamton’s hitting coach, was named to the new role as Dave Hudgens’ deputy. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

Kyle Farnsworth, who was released by the Mets on Sunday, is expected to re-sign on a minor-league deal Tuesday. The maneuver will save the Mets a $100,000 retention bonus. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Record.


Adam RubinThe moving truck carrying Mets equipment back to Citi Field was fully loaded and departed Monday at noon.


• The Pittsburgh Pirates will honor the late Ralph Kiner with a No. 4 patch on their jerseys this season. The Mets previously announced their intention to wear a patch as a tribute to their longtime broadcaster.

• The Mets beat the Cardinals, 5-3, Monday behind a three-run third inning against Shelby Miller that included a two-run double by Daniel Murphy. Vic Black flopped again, perhaps imperiling his seemingly locked up roster spot. He now has allowed 22 baserunners in eight Grapefruit League innings. John Lannan shined in a relief role for the second straight day. Lannan is a perfect 6-for-6 in retiring batters in a two-day span out of the bullpen.

• Read more on Lannan’s relief transition in the Journal.

Chris Schwinden and eight other players were released from minor-league camp.

Curtis Granderson taught baseball to Port St. Lucie-area YMCA children after playing in Monday’s Grapefruit League game. See photo here.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear tries to reconcile Ike Davis’ continued Mets presence with the expectation he was considered on his way out during the offseason. … NY Mets Life hopes Sandy's plan is worth the wait.

BIRTHDAYS: Soon-to-be Hall of Fame inductee Tom Glavine turns 48. ... Lee Mazzilli, whose son L.J. is now a Mets farmhand, is 59.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should Vic Black, Gonzalez Germen, Jenrry Mejia or Daisuke Matsuzaka receive a bullpen spot if there is only room for one in that role?

Schwinden, 8 others released from minors

March, 24, 2014
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets have released nine players from minor league camp: Joe

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Bonfe, Mark Cohoon, Cristian Chivilli, Chris Garcia, Eris Peguero, James Roche, Chris Schwinden, Jhonathan Torres and Ernesto Yanez.

Schwinden and Cohoon, both pitchers, have the most name recognition among that group.

Schwinden made seven appearances (six starts) for the Mets in 2011 and '12, posting a 6.98 ERA.

Minors 9.6.13: Matz dominant in clincher

September, 6, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 3, SALT LAKE 2: Cory Wade inherited runners on the corners with one out in

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the eighth from Chris Schwinden and ultimately recorded the final five outs without surrendering a run as the 51s avoided elimination. Salt Lake now leads the best-of-five series two games to one. Aaron Harang starts for Las Vegas on Saturday in Game 4. Dustin Lawley, the Florida State League home run champ, broke a 1-all tie in the sixth with a solo homer. Ruben Tejada's RBI single gave the 51s a two-run lead later in the frame. Hamilton Bennett stranded an inherited runner in scoring position in the top half of the sixth in his Triple-A debut after replacing promoted Sean Henn on the roster. Lawley finished 3-for-4. Box

TRENTON 3, BINGHAMTON 0: The B-Mets were swept in the best-of-five series in their first playoff appearance since 2004. Danny Muno, Wilfredo Tovar and manager Pedro Lopez were ejected in the seventh inning, after Muno was called for an interference call at second base. Frank Francisco tossed a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts. Binghamton, which produced 11 hits, loaded the bases in the eighth, but Alonzo Harris struck out looking to end the threat. Starter Logan Verrett allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings. The B-Mets (86-55) had set their franchise's regular-season record for wins. Box

SAVANNAH 5, AUGUSTA 0: Behind seven scoreless innings from Steven Matz, the Gnats blanked Augusta at Historic Grayson Stadium to sweep the best-of-three Southern Division

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Championship Series. Savannah outscored Augusta, 15-2, in the two games. Savannah pitchers recorded 19 strikeouts and issued one walk. Matz retired 21 of the 22 batters he faced. He threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of 22 opposing hitters, struck out eight and did not issue a walk. Paul Sewald worked around an infield single in the eighth and Beck Wheeler retired the side in order in the ninth. The Gnats took a 1-0 lead in the third, when Eudy Pina tripled and scored on Maikis De La Cruz's fielder’s choice. Savannah broke the game open with a three-run fourth. With two outs and the bases loaded, Brandon Nimmo triple into the right-center gap. Nimmo finished the series 4-for-7 with four RBIs. Pina, who was 2-for-3, reached base three times for the second straight game from the leadoff spot. In the seventh, De La Cruz’s triple to left-center scored Pina for a 5-0 lead. Four of the Gnats’ seven hits Friday went for extra-bases, including three triples. The Gnats will begin the South Atlantic League Championship Series at the home of the Northern Division champ -- West Virginia or Hagerstown -- on Monday. Box

Compiled from team reports

Morning Briefing: Nats flirt with wild card

August, 30, 2013
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NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: Don’t look now, but the Mets are about to face a not-quite-dead-yet team.

The Washington Nationals (68-65) have won eight of their past nine games and have moved to within 6 games of the Cincinnati Reds for the second wild-card spot.

Dillon Gee (9-9, 3.69 ERA) opposes right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (15-7, 3.32) in today’s 7:05 p.m. series opener at Nationals Park.

Zack Wheeler faces Dan Haren on Saturday, while Jonathon Niese faces Ross Ohlendorf in Sunday’s series finale.

Friday’s news reports:


Marc Serota/Getty ImagesDavid Wright has moved to Port St. Lucie to continue his rehab from a right hamstring strain.


David Wright resolved on Thursday to return to the majors this season, before departing for Port St. Lucie, Fla., to continue his rehab from a strained right hamstring. Wright has yet to run full throttle or cut on bases. He is not ready to enter a minor league game, but hopes to do so soon.

Wright described the Grade 2 tear as having a six-week recovery time. He was cautioned by Philadelphia Phillies infielder Michael Young to avoid overtaxing the muscle as he works back.

Wright added that he believes the Mets will add talent this offseason. “With the money we have coming off the books this year, I expect us to go out there and make this team better,” he said. “Whether it’s through free agency, whether it’s through trades, I still believe in vision that Sandy [Alderson] has.”

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

• The Mets completed their trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, announcing the acquisition of hard-throwing right-hander Vic Black after completing the waiver process. The Mets are expected to take advantage of a 72-hour reporting window to delay Black’s arrival until Sunday, the day rosters expand. Black will report directly to the majors. Read more in Newsday.

• Alderson emailed a letter to season ticket holders, addressing 2014.

• Anthony DiComo at MLB.com has a Q&A with Wheeler.

Carlos Torres returned to the rotation and took a scoreless effort into the seventh as the Mets split a four-game series with the Phillies with an 11-3 win Thursday afternoon. Daniel Murphy matched a career high with four hits and drove in two runs. Anthony Recker, on his 30th birthday and in his first start since John Buck was traded, belted a two-run homer. Matt den Dekker went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts and a steal in his major league debut.

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

• Terry Collins essentially said he would be unable to drop Daisuke Matsuzaka from the rotation if he wanted because alternatives are lacking. The Mets may use Chris Schwinden, or another minor leaguer, as a sixth starter in September.

• Jacob deGrom is due to be added to the 40-man roster this winter, but the organization is not planning to give him a call-up. DeGrom departed his Wednesday outing with Las Vegas after two innings with shoulder tightness, but Paul DePodesta minimized the issue.

• Jorge Arangure in the Times delves into the Mets’ having two players with surnames beginning with lower-case Ds -- den Dekker and Travis d’Arnaud. The Mets will establish a new major league record next season assuming deGrom joins them in 2014. Writes Arangure:

As for the origin of his last name, d’Arnaud said that his great-great grandfather acquired it when he was adopted by a family of French origin.

A more formal explanation comes from Marcel den-Dikken, a linguistics professor at the City University of New York. “The ‘d’ is the truncated form of the preposition ‘de’ ‘of,’ he wrote in an e-mail. “So d’Arnaud is historically a name associating its bearer with a particular geographical location.”

As for den Dekker, his name is of Dutch origin and roughly translates to “the roofer.” He said his family traces its roots to Indonesia, which was long a Dutch colony, and from there to the Netherlands. Den Dekker’s father, Gerrit, was born in the Netherlands and later boarded a ship with his 10 brothers and sisters that took them to New York. Eventually, Matt den Dekker said, the family settled in San Diego.

• Read more on Murphy in the Journal.

• Dustin Lawley launched his first Triple-A homer as Las Vegas beat Colorado Springs, 10-7. Newly acquired Dilson Herrera drove in the tiebreaking run and reached base three times in his organization debut as Savannah beat Rome, 5-3. Kingsport, playoff-bound for the first time since 1996, clinched its division’s title with a 9-1 win against Bluefield. Brooklyn maintained a half-game division lead with a 2-1 win against Staten Island. Read the full minor league recap here.

• Binghamton first baseman Allan Dysktra and closer Jeff Walters have been named to the Eastern League’s end-of-season All-Star team. Savannah pitcher Gabriel Ynoa, who notched his 15th win Thursday, was named the South Atlantic’s top pitcher, while Gnats pitching coach Frank Viola was recognized on the all-league coaching staff.

BIRTHDAYS: Newest ex-Met Marlon Byrd turns 36. … The late Tug McGraw was born on this date in 1944.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets let Vic Black close games throughout September?

Minors 8.29.13: Herrera lifts Gnats in debut

August, 29, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 10, COLORADO SPRINGS 7: Dustin Lawley, the Florida State League Player of the Year and home run leader, launched his first Triple-A long ball. Ruben Tejada and Mike Baxter also went deep as the 51s pummeled Sky Sox starter Sean Gallagher for 10 runs on 14 hits in four innings. 51s starter Matt Fox allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings. Chris Schwinden entered to record the final out after D.J. Mitchell surrendered four ninth-inning runs. Box

BOWIE 13, BINGHAMTON 1: The Baysox blasted five homers, four against starter Erik Goeddel, to hand the B-Mets their most lopsided loss of the season. Trailing 7-0, the B-Mets finally got on the board in the fifth against Daniel McCutchen. Travis Taijeron

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deposited a 2-1 pitch over the left-field wall for his 14th Double-A homer. Brandon Waring, who entered the game with a .159 batting average in August, launched three homers -- the final against Armando Rodriguez in the sixth. He became the first opponent to hit three homers against the B-Mets since Danny Espinosa performed the feat with Harrisburg on Aug. 4, 2010. Adam Kolarek and Chasen Bradford each contributed two scoreless relief innings. Goeddel (9-7) allowed 10 runs on 12 hits, both career-highs, in 4 2/3 innings. McCutchen (2-0) surrendered one run over 4 1/3 innings after taking over for rehabbing major leaguer Jason Hammel. Goeddel is the first B-Mets pitcher to allow four homers in a game since Brandon Moore surrendered four to Harrisburg on Sep. 3, 2010. it was Binghamton’s worst margin of defeat since they fell, 16-3, to New Hampshire on April 26, 2012. Earlier in the day, the Eastern League named Allan Dykstra and closer Jeff Walters to the end-of-season All-Star team. Box

JUPITER 12, ST. LUCIE 3: Alex Panteliodis allowed eight runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings and St. Lucie was eliminated from postseason contention. T.J. Rivera drove in two of the Mets' three runs. Box

SAVANNAH 5, ROME 3: Second baseman Dilson Herrera, acquired from the Pirates,

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batted cleanup and drove in the tiebreaking run in what became a three-run sixth. Herrera's single scored Brandon Nimmo for a 3-2 lead. Jeff Reynolds followed with an RBI single on which two runs scored. Herrera finished 2-for-3, was hit by a pitch and scored twice in his Gnats debut. Gabriel Ynoa earned his organization-leading 15th win. Ynoa, who was named the South Atlantic League's Most Outstanding Pitcher for the season, limited Rome to two runs in six innings. Paul Sewald notched his eighth save. Cole Frenzel's two-run homer in the fourth had evened the score at 2. Box

KINGSPORT 9, BLUEFIELD 1: The K-Mets clinched the division title. Kingsport is playoff-bound for the first time since 1996. First-round pick Dominic Smith went 2-for-2 with two doubles and two RBIs off the bench. He has reached base in all four plate appearances since a promotion from the Gulf Coast League. Sixth-round pick Champ Stuart went 3-for-5 with a double and his first professional homer. Starter Gaby Almonte allowed one run on three hits and threw walks in six innings in his Appalachian League debut. Edioglis Villasmil tossed three no-hit relief innings for his first save. Box

BROOKLYN 2, STATEN ISLAND 1: The Cyclones maintained a half-game lead over Aberdeen for first place in their division with their sixth win in seven games. Miller Diaz limited Staten Island to one hit in six scoreless innings while walking three and striking out nine. Brooklyn took a 1-0 lead in the first. Jonathan Clark walked, stole second and advanced to third on a throw into center by catcher Trent Garrison. Ismael Tijerina then double. In the third, Brooklyn loaded the bases on Tijerina's single and walks to Jared King and James Roche. Alex Sanchez then hit a grounder to shortstop Tyler Wade. He flipped the ball to John Murphy for the out at second, but Sanchez beat the relay throw to first as Tijerina scored for a 2-0 lead. In the eighth, Staten Island pulled within a run. Murphy singled and moved to second on reliever Cameron Griffin's wild pitch. Michael O’Neill then hit a fly ball to deep center that allowed Murphy to tag up and move to third base with two outs. Griffin's night ended after walking Eric Jagielo. Juan Urbina entered with runners on the corners. A fielding error by Tijerina then allowed Mike Ford to reach, making it a 2-1 game. Urbina avoided further damage by striking out Yeicok Calderon with the tying run on third base. Brooklyn hosts a two-game series at MCU Park against second-place Aberdeen beginning Saturday. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL MARLINS 1: Marcos Molina limited the Marlins to one run in five innings. Ryan Chapman, Waldo Rodriguez, Gaither Bumgardner and Yoryi Nuez tossed a scoreless inning apiece. Luis Guillorme and Ivan Wilson each drove in two runs. Box

Compiled from team reports

TC: Options lacking to drop Dice-K, Torres

August, 29, 2013
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Getty ImagesChris Schwinden (center) could get September starts, even with Daisuke Matsuzaka and Carlos Torres remaining in the rotation.
NEW YORK -- Asked if Daisuke Matsuzaka and Carlos Torres will remain in the rotation for the remainder of the season or are being evaluated start to start, Terry Collins was rather blunt.

“I don’t know where you guys think we’re getting people to replace these guys,” Collins said, before turning into comedy.

“Gary’s arm is bothering him,” he added, motioning toward SNY broadcaster Gary Cohen. “Ron [Darling]’s got a little tendinitis. Starting pitchers are hard to find. Ask the other 29 teams. Right now, yeah, we’re committed to those guys.”

Collins actually predicted the Mets would use a sixth starter at points in September. He said he could not identify who that might be. There has been some organizational buzz pointing to Chris Schwinden. Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard are not considerations.

Schwinden is 6-9 with a 5.73 ERA at Triple-A Las Vegas.

Left-hander Darin Gorski at Double-A Binghamton could be a logical alternative.

“We have talked about it,” Collins said about the six-man rotation. “Where we are, who it’s going to be, I don’t know who it is yet. We’ve got to certainly find a guy to fill that spot, and I don’t know who it is yet.”

Minors 8.21.13: Binghamton wins division

August, 21, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 8, FRESNO 7 (11 innings): Eric Campbell's walk-off single in the 11th plated Lucas Duda as the 51s overcame a seven-run deficit. Daryl Thompson, signed out of the independent Atlantic League, loaded the bases in the top half in his organization debut but escaped and earned the victory. Kirk Nieuwenhuis' solo homer in the eighth evened the score at 7. The 51s had Brandon Hicks on third base with one out in the bottom of the 10th. With Wally Backman out of position players, Fresno walked Francisco Pena and Nieuwenhuis to load the bases for reliever Sean Henn. Backman countered by pinch hitting with starting pitcher Matt Fox. He struck out on a squeeze attempt and Hicks was retired at the plate for a double play, sending the game to the 11th. Starter Chris Schwinden allowed seven runs in four innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, BOWIE 3: Allan Dykstra and Travis Taijeron each homered had two RBIs in the win as Binghamton clinched its first division title since 2000. Logan Verrett gave up two runs over five innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, PALM BEACH 4
PALM BEACH 7, ST. LUCIE 0:
Robbie Shields had a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh in the resumption of Tuesday's suspended game. Palm Beach shut out St. Lucie on Wednesday. Starter Domingo Tapia gave up six runs in 3 1/3 innings. St. Lucie had four hits. Box 1, Box 2

KANNAPOLIS 4, SAVANNAH 3: Kannapolis tied the game in the seventh and won in a walk-off. Albert Cordero and Cole Frenzel each drove in a run. Starter Marco Camarena gave up two runs over six innings. Box

STATEN ISLAND 5, BROOKLYN 3: Staten Island scored three in the sixth to take the lead for good. James Roche went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Dawrin Frias suffered the loss after giving up five runs over five innings. Box

GCL MARLINS 10, GCL METS 3: Injured reliever Frank Francisco gave up one homer and struck out two in one inning. Box

Minors 8.5.13: Cessa Ks 12 in 8 scoreless

August, 5, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 5, MEMPHIS 2: Francisco Pena belted a three-run homer in a five-run fourth. He had been hitless in 11 at-bats on the road trip before the long ball. Chris Schwinden allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk in six innings. Lucas Duda pinch-hit in the ninth as his rehab assignment shifted to Triple-A. Tim Byrdak retired lefty-hitting Greg Garcia, the lone batter he faced, on a pop-up in the southpaw's 51s debut after 14 appearances with Class A St. Lucie. Greg Burke earned his fourth save despite allowing three baserunners to reach in the bottom of the ninth with one out -- two via hit by pitch. Box

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SAVANNAH 6, CHARLESTON 0: Luis Cessa struck out a season-high 12 batters in eight scoreless innings while allowing four hits and walking none. Paul Sewald completed the shutout with a scoreless ninth that included three strikeouts. Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-4 and had a two-run homer in a five-run eighth. The Gnats grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Singles from Dimas Ponce, Jorge Rivero and Nimmo loaded the bases with none out. Ponce then scored on a groundball double play from Maikis De La Cruz. In addition to Nimmo's homer, Savannah picked up RBI singles from Eudy Pina, Greg Pron and Albert Cordero in the eighth. Box

CLEARWATER at ST. LUCIE (canceled)

GCL METS 7, GCL MARLINS 0: Octavio Acosta tossed six scoreless innings and combined with Ty Williams, Jose Encarnacion and Cameron Griffin on the five-hit shutout. Jhoan Urena and Ivan Wilson had three hits and two runs scored apiece. Box

Morning Briefing: Playoff run?

July, 22, 2013
7/22/13
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FIRST PITCH: If the Mets are going to make any noise in the National League East -- and that’s a major uphill battle despite their recent solid play -- it’s now or never.

The banged-up Atlanta Braves visit Citi Field for a four-game series beginning tonight at 7:10, with Dillon Gee (7-7, 4.32 ERA) opposing right-hander Julio Teheran (7-5, 3.35) in the opener.

The Mets, who have 68 games remaining, trail Atlanta by 10 games in the standings. The wild-card deficit behind the Cincinnati Reds is an identical 10 games.

Meanwhile, the Mets may welcome back Justin Turner from the disabled list today. He has been rehabbing most recently with the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Four of Turner’s seven starts with Brooklyn and Binghamton have come at shortstop. Terry Collins said he will use Turner at that position once or twice to give Omar Quintanilla a breather.

Read the Mets-Braves series preview here.

Monday’s news reports:

Matt Harvey tossed seven scoreless innings while striking out 10 and walking none and combined with Scott Atchison on a shutout as the Mets beat Philadelphia, 5-0, in Sunday’s rubber game at Citi Field. David Wright, Marlon Byrd and Juan Lagares all took All-Star Cliff Lee deep.


Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesMatt Harvey receives congratulations after tossing seven scoreless innings Sunday.


Wright’s next homer will be No. 220, matching Mike Piazza for second on the Mets’ all-time list. The leader: Darryl Strawberry, at 252.

Harvey’s 2.38 ERA through 30 games is the best in franchise history (min. 100 IP), topping Jerry Koosman’s 2.39 as well as No. 3 Jon Matlack (2.54), Dwight Gooden (2.66) and Tom Seaver (2.88).

Among pitchers debuting in the past 30 seasons in the majors, Harvey’s ERA ranks fourth-lowest through 30 career starts, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The only better: Scott Erickson (2.16), Hisashi Iwakuma (2.22) and Joe Hesketh (2.33).

Harvey got 23 swings and misses Sunday, one shy of matching his career high. His fastball velocity averaged a career-best 97.4 mph. He went to a 2-0 count on only one batter in the game.

"It's definitely the best we've seen," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He used all of his pitches. He was aggressive with his fastball. He also threw in and out, up and down, threw to spots -- about everything you have to do. That's good. Real good.”

Collins suggested Harvey took the mound angry and was motivated by his dissatisfaction over a Men’s Journal portrayal of his social life.

“He should have fun and enjoy himself,” Gooden, who attended Sunday’s game on his bobblehead day, told columnist George Willis in the Post. “He just needs to remember a lot of things that may not offend some may offend others. You have to understand that you’re in New York and your success is going to be under a microscope. I didn’t see anything wrong with what he said, but some things you might want to say you have to hold on to.”

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

• Lagares is hitting .412 (14-for-34) in July. He went 7-for-10 with a homer and five RBIs against the Phillies during the weekend. Regarding what has become a platoon with Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Collins said: “We’ve played pretty well with what we’ve been doing, but I think Juan is going to certainly get some playing time against right-handers, too -- not just a platoon thing.” Read more in the Post, Record, Daily News and Newsday.

• Michael Salfino in the Journal charts the Mets’ record by uniform they’ve worn.

Jordany Valdespin went 4-for-6 with a homer and five RBIs and Chris Schwinden may have disqualified himself for consideration for Friday’s spot start by allowing six runs in four innings as Las Vegas beat Reno, 15-8. Binghamton had seven doubles in a 5-3 win at New Britain. Dustin Lawley belted his 20th homer in St. Lucie’s 7-5 win against Daytona. Read the full minor league recap here.

• The Mets need an extra starter Thursday or Friday, depending upon whether they want to give Zack Wheeler an extra day of rest. The candidates: Jenrry Mejia, who has pitched strongly since his rehab tour has stopped in Binghamton, as well as highly regarded prospect Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom and Schwinden.

• Byrd’s 2.1 WAR is better than Michael Bourn’s 1.5, Marc Carig notes in Newsday. The Mets settled for Byrd at a price tag of only $700,000 after the Cleveland Indians landed Bourn as a free agent.

• The consecutive long balls by Wright and Byrd in the first inning marked the first time this season Mets teammates had gone deep back to back. Read more in the Post.

• Tim Marchman in the Journal reviews Wheeler’s performance so far.

• The Phillies, now a game under .500, are on the fence about whether to buy or sell at the trade deadline. The Mets taking two of three may have pushed them into the seller category. Read more from columnist Bill Madden in the Daily News.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear in Flushing discovers sometimes the baseball gods really do listen. … The Kings of Queens talks Harvey’s impact on the Mets’ overall future.

BIRTHDAYS: Catcher Rob Johnson, who tossed a scoreless inning in Toronto last season, turns 31. After spending most of the season at Triple-A, he currently is on the St. Louis Cardinals big-league roster.

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Minors 7.21.13: 'Spin drives in 5

July, 21, 2013
7/21/13
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LAS VEGAS 15, RENO 8: Jordany Valdespin went 4-for-6 with a homer and five RBIs. Ruben Tejada had three hits and drove in two. Starter Chris Schwinden, who had been a consideration for a spot start against the Nationals on Friday, allowed six runs in four innings as his ERA swelled to 6.00. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, NEW BRITAIN 3: Binghamton produced a season-high seven doubles, beginning with Allan Dykstra's run-scoring two-bagger in the first. The Rock Cats used a

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pair of solo homers to grab the lead against B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel -- by Nate Hanson and Miguel Sano. Binghamton took a 4-2 lead with a three-run third that included doubles by Alonzo Harris, Josh Rodriguez, Cesar Puello and Travis Taijeron. Goeddel bounced back after Sano’s homer with three scoreless innings. In the sixth, Sano ripped a single past shortstop Wilfredo Tovar to start the inning and Daniel Ortiz walked. Dan Rohlfing’s innocent flyout to right proved costly for Binghamton. As Sano tagged up to third, Tovar received Puello’s throw and fired to first in attempt to nab Ortiz. The shortstop’s toss skipped into the seats and allowed Sano to score, trimming Binghamton’s lead to 4-3. But with the tying run on third, Goeddel struck out Jordan Parraz. He then handed the reins to Adam Kolarek. The southpaw struck out Angel Morales looking to end the threat. Kolarek returned for the seventh and worked around a leadoff double by Danny Santana in a scoreless frame.

The B-Mets added an insurance run against Ryan O’Rourke in the seventh. With the bases loaded after an intentional walk to Puello, Dykstra lifted a sac fly. Pedro Feliciano struck out two in a perfect eighth. Closer Jeff Walters surrendered a pair of two-out singles in the ninth, but escaped with his 26th save. Goeddel (9-3) allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and matched a season high with eight strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. He matched teammate Logan Verrett and Akron’s Matt Packer for the league lead in wins. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, DAYTONA 5: Jayce Boyd had a two-run homer in the third to give St. Lucie at 3-2 lead. Dustin Lawley's 20th homer of the season, a solo shot in the ninth, gave the Mets a two-run cushion. Michael Fulmer allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings. Tim Byrdak tossed a scoreless relief inning. T.J. Chism recorded his 15th save. Box

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SAVANNAH 4, DELMARVA 2: Eudy Pina and Jorge Rivero had consecutive RBI doubles in a three-run first. Pina's solo homer in the eighth gave the Gnats (55-40) a two-run cushion. Beck Wheeler hit a batter, then struck out three straight in the ninth for his 11th save. Shawn Teufel and Hunter Carnevale combined for three scoreless relief innings. Steven Matz (4-4) allowed two runs on three hits and three walks in five innings. Box

KINGSPORT 8, PRINCETON 1: Chris Flexen tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out 11. Champ Stuart went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.Victor Cruzado also drove in two runs. Box

BROOKLYN 3, BATAVIA 2 (10 innings): Julio Concepcion's single plated Justin Turner in the 10th as the Cyclones (15-18) notched their fourth walk-off win of the season. Turner, in likely his final rehab game and again playing shortstop, led off the inning with a single. He advanced to second on LJ Mazzilli's single. Jared King then advanced both runners with a sac bunt. After Matt Oberste was intentionally walked to load the bases, Concepcion's single won it. Starter John Gant allowed one run on two hits in five innings. Relievers Cristian Chivilli, Paul Paez and David Wynn combined for five no-hit relief innings. James Roche's second-inning RBI double gave Brooklyn a 1-0 lead. Batavia scored an unearned run in the eighth to take a 2-1 lead, on a bases-loaded walk issued by Paez. Brooklyn evened the score in the bottom half. Mazzilli singled and King reached on a fielder's choice. Alex Sanchez then singled to advance King to third with one out. Concepcion followed with a grounder to shortstop Javier Lopez, who made the flip to second baseman J.T. Riddle. Concepcion beat out the double-play attempt as the Cyclones evened the score at 2. Box

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Minors 6.27.13: Injury knocks out Plawecki

June, 27, 2013
6/27/13
11:52
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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

GCL METS at GCL MARLINS (ppd.)

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Minors 6.21.13: Mazz 2 RBIs for 'Clones

June, 21, 2013
6/21/13
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TUCSON 5, LAS VEGAS 3: Ike Davis homered twice and Wilmer Flores also went deep, but the solo shots were not enough. Starter Chris Schwinden (3-7) was charged with five runs in five innings. Box

ERIE 5, BINGHAMTON 2: The B-Mets (44-28) did their damage in the second inning against Erie starter Kyle Lobstein. Alonzo Harris opened the scoring with a bloop single

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that plated Richard Lucas. Xorge Carillo followed with a sacrifice fly for an early 2-0 lead. Erie got on the scoreboard for the first time in the third against Logan Verrett. James Robbins hit a solo homer to cut the B-Mets' lead to 2-1. In the sixth, Marcus Lemon led off with an opposite-field double. Zach Maggard bunted the next pitch. Verrett fielded it and threw to third, but not in time. Jamie Johnson then hit a fly ball into the left-center gap. Darrell Ceciliani and Harris dove for the ball and collided. The ball hit the ground and two runs scored on a triple as Erie took a 3-2 lead. Harris left the game in the eighth. Verrett (8-3) pitched into the eighth inning for the third time this season, but could not get through the frame. With two outs, Hernan Perez launched a two-run homer to cap the scoring and chase Verrett. Verrett struck out a career-high 11. Danny Muno doubled to begin the ninth, but was stranded at second as closer Justin Souza earned his 15th save. Cesar Puello missed a second straight game after getting hit in the foot with a ball during his final at-bat Wednesday. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, PALM BEACH 3: St. Lucie (39-30) scored three ninth-inning runs for the

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comeback win. Dustin Lawley opened the final frame with a game-tying homer, his 14th long ball this season. Jayce Boyd then singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored the go-ahead run on Kevin Plawecki's double. A second wild pitch in the inning eventually scored Plawecki. T.J. Chism worked around an error by shortstop Matt Reynolds and a double to strand two in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth for his ninth save. Boyd went 3-for-4 and is hitting .556 in two games since a promotion from Savannah. Starter Angel Cuan allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings. Chasen Bradford (4-2) tossed 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Box

LEXINGTON 6, SAVANNAH 2: Starter Matt Koch allowed four runs in six innings. Phillip Evans' two-run homer in the fifth accounted for the lone Savannah runs. Box

JOHNSON CITY 5, KINGSPORT 0: Starter Rob Whalen allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings in his season debut. Amed Rosario went 2-for-4 in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 4, ABERDEEN 2: LJ Mazzilli went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and is the lone Cyclone to hit safely in all four games this season. Brooklyn trailed 2-0 in the sixth before finally getting to Aberdeen starter Steven Brault. Anthony Chavez doubled and Patrick Biondi singled to chase Brault. Reliever Janser Severino entered and Mazzilli laced a run-scoring double. A wild pitch evened the score at 2. Chavez and Biondi were right in the middle of things again an inning later. With runners on the corners, Biondi singled up the middle to score Alex Sanchez, giving the Cyclones a 3-2 lead. Biondi finished 2-for-5. With the bases loaded, Mazzilli walked for a two-run lead. Southpaw Carlos Valdez allowed two runs in five innings in his Cyclones debut. In his second Cyclones appearance, Akeel Morris struck out seven in 3 2/3 innings, allowing one hit. Left-hander John Mincone replaced Morris to record the final out with a runner on first. Mincone struck out Jeff Kemp to record his second consecutive save. Box

GCL NATIONALS 4, GCL METS 3: Hansel Robles surrendered four runs (three earned) in 4

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2/3 innings as the revived Gulf Coast League club lost its season opener. Robles, who is on the 40-man roster, had last appeared in a minor league game May 19 with Class A St. Lucie. He had missed time with a shoulder strain. Wuilmer Becerra, acquired in the R.A. Dickey deal, started in right field and went 3-for-4 and had an RBI in his organization debut. First baseman Elvis Sanchez contributed a two-run homer in the seventh. Ramon Estevez tossed 3 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Tim Byrdak had tweeted he was due to pitch in the game, but did not. Dan Warthen said Byrdak recently had dealt with a dead-arm period. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 6.10.13: Brown homers twice in loss

June, 11, 2013
6/11/13
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TACOMA 10, LAS VEGAS 7: Starter Chris Schwinden allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits and three walks in five innings. Andrew Brown homered twice and Wilmer Flores also went deep, all against Tacoma starter Hector Noesi. Brown, who had returned Friday from an oblique injury, went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBIs. He is hitting .378. Box

ST. LUCIE 9, CLEARWATER 4: Noah Syndergaard struck out five in six innings and T.J. Rivera had two hits and two RBIs. Syndergaard, who allowed a solo homer to Maikel

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Franco and a single to Tommy Joseph in the second inning, then retired 13 straight. Kelly Dugan ripped a two-run homer against Syndergaard with two outs in the sixth to cut Clearwater's deficit to 6-3. Syndergaard allowed a hit and walk before departing in the seventh. He was charged with four runs and six hits with one walk. Jim Fuller issued a bases-loaded walk in the seventh before retiring Dugan on a flyout to escape further trouble in the inning. Randy Fontanez pitched a scoreless eighth. T.J. Chism worked around the bases loaded with a scoreless frame in the ninth. The Mets jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Rivera had a triple off the wall in center to score Jonathan Clark and Robbie Shields. Aderlin Rodriguez followed with an RBI single and later scored on wild pitch. Gilbert Gomez delivered a two-run single in the sixth to extend the Mets lead to 6-1. The Mets (32-29) also scored three runs in the ninth. Dustin Lawley had an RBI fielder's choice. Charley Thurber and Albert Cordero had back-to-back RBI singles. Box

ASHEVILLE at SAVANNAH (ppd.) The teams will play a doubeheader Tuesday. Box

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