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Morning Briefing: Marlins next after Subway derailment

4/27/2015

NEW YORK --

FIRST PITCH: During an unbeaten homestand, the New York Mets swept a four-game series against the Miami Marlins.

Now, it is time for the Mets to visit Miami.

The Marlins have turned their season around since a 3-11 start, quelling rumblings about manager Mike Redmond's future. Miami enters the series on a five-game winning streak, which included a weekend sweep of the Washington Nationals.

Dillon Gee (0-1, 5.60 ERA) looks to solidify his rotation spot when he opposes right-hander Jarred Cosart (1-1, 3.63) in Monday’s 7:10 p.m. ET series opener. Gee was scheduled to fly ahead of his teammates to Miami.

Rafael Montero will be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to start Tuesday for the Mets. Something will have to give, since the Mets are not sticking with a six-man rotation.

MONDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:

  • Eric Campbell lost track of how many outs there were on the basepaths and the Mets committed four errors and lost Sunday’s rubber game to the New York Yankees, 6-4. The Amazin’s, who arrived in the Bronx on a franchise-record-matching 11-game winning streak, lost only their second series of the season. They still own MLB’s best record at 14-5. Jonathon Niese had a streak of seven straight starts allowing two earned runs or fewer snapped. The southpaw allowed six runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk in five innings. He surrendered the 659th homer of Alex Rodriguez's career, which pulled the polarizing Yankee within one of matching Willie Mays for fourth all time. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Journal, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • David Wright (strained right hamstring) has headed to Port St. Lucie to begin baseball activities, including fielding grounders and running. He could be activated from the disabled list as soon as next weekend. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • The Mets plan for Matt Harvey to have between 30 and 32 starts this season, David Lennon writes in Newsday.

  • The Mets signed former major league infielder Brooks Conrad and assigned him to Las Vegas.

  • Darrell Ceciliani had two homers and Matt Bowman did not surrender a hit until the fifth inning as Las Vegas beat Albuquerque, 10-4. John Gant, Dario Alvarez and Jon Velasquez combined on the shutout as Binghamton beat New Hampshire, 3-0. Michael Conforto homered for the sixth time this season, but Kevin McGowan surrendered a walk-off homer in Jupiter’s 4-3 win against St. Lucie. Martires Arias tossed seven scoreless innings and Savannah beat Charleston, 4-2. Read the full minor league recap here.

  • The positives of Daniel Murphy at the plate and the negatives of Daniel Murphy as a fielder and baserunner were on full display Sunday night, Mike Puma writes in the Post and Maria Guardado writes at NJ.com. Laura Albanese in Newsday, Roger Rubin in the Daily News and Mike Vorkunov at NJ.com review the Mets’ error-prone evening overall.

  • Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post suggests Sunday’s stinker tests what kind of Mets fan you are.

  • Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post looks forward to the Sept. 18-20 Subway Series rematch if both teams remain relevant then.

  • Critic Phil Mushnick in the Post suggests “New Yankee Stadium remains a shrine to unmitigated, on-your-screen/in-your-face greed.” Billy Witz in the Times similarly notes the empty seats for the Bronx edition of the Subway Series.

  • Anthony Rieber in Newsday explores why the Mets and Yankees played so early in the season.

  • Ex-Met Carlos Beltran's average has dropped to .161 with the Yankees, writes Fred Kerber in the Post.

  • The Mets’ and Yankees’ Twitter accounts tussled Sunday (see Tweet of the Day). Read more in the Daily News and at NJ.com.

  • From the bloggers … Despite Niese’s struggles against the Yankees, Mets Report suggests the southpaw remains the key to the rotation.

BIRTHDAYS: Frank Catalanotto turns 41. ... Brian Giles is 55. ... Eric Hillman is 49. ... Orber Moreno is 38.

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