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Series preview: Mets vs. Nationals

September, 9, 2013
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USA TODAY SportsThe Mets face (l to r) Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and Dan Haren to open a four-game series.
METS (64-77, fourth place/NL East) vs. WASHINGTON NATIONALS (73-69, second place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Carlos Torres (3-3, 2.89) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (9-6, 3.49), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Dillon Gee (11-9, 3.53) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (16-8, 3.30), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Zack Wheeler (7-4, 3.38) vs. RHP Dan Haren (8-13, 5.23), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: LHP Jonathon Niese (6-7, 3.86) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (5-0, 0.94), 1:10 p.m. ET

Nationals short hops

Bryce Harper’s season is in jeopardy because of his latest ailment -- a left hip injury. Harper, who turns 21 on Oct. 16, has been banged up nearly all season. His issues began with crashing into a chain-link fence at Turner Field in Atlanta on April 30 and suffering a bruised left rib cage.


Joy R. Absalon/USA TODAY SportsBryce Harper's latest ailment is a hip injury.


“Ever since I hit the wall, pretty much every day I feel something different,” Harper told Nats beat writer Mark Zuckerman. “Or something will feel better, and then something else hurts. It’s pretty much just the left side of my body. That’s what hurts me right now. Everything on the right side of my body feels great. If the right side of my body felt like the left side of my body, I’d probably just say, ‘Screw it.’ But the last time I probably felt pretty good was that first month.”

Denard Span has a career-high 19-game hitting streak, which is the longest active streak in the majors. He is hitting .397 (31-for-78) during that stretch.

• Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has three homers in the past two days. He has gone deep five times in his last six games, giving him 20 long balls for the season.

• Shortstop Ian Desmond needs one more steal for his second straight 20-homer, 20-steal season. The only other Nationals player ever to reach those thresholds was Alfonso Soriano, who had 46 homers and 41 steals in 2006.

• Right-hander Tanner Roark displaced Ross Ohlendorf from the rotation on Saturday in Miami. After nine relief appearances to begin his major league career, Roark tossed six scoreless innings against the Marlins to improve to 5-0 with a 0.94 ERA. Originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 25th round in 2008, Roark was acquired by the Nats on July 30, 2010 with Ryan Tatusko for Cristian Guzman.

Wilson Ramos has started 16 straight games behind the plate. He was limited to 25 games in 2012 because of a torn ACL in his right knee, and has appeared in only 61 games this season because of multiple hamstring strains.

• Out-of-favor infielder Danny Espinosa was snubbed for a September call-up. Espinosa served as the Nationals’ Opening Day second baseman, but was demoted with a .158 average after 158 at-bats. Rookie Anthony Rendon since has taken over at second base, with some contribution from Stephen Lombardozzi. Espinosa hit only .216 with a .280 on-base percentage and struck out 101 times in 313 plate appearances at Triple-A Syracuse.

The Nats’ September call-ups: infielder Zach Walters, outfielders Eury Perez and Corey Brown, utilityman Jeff Kobernus and left-hander Xavier Cedeno.

• The Nats are on the ropes in their attempt to reach the postseason. They trail the Cincinnati Reds by eight games for the second wild-card spot with 20 games remaining.

Around the minors 8.2.12

August, 3, 2012
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SYRACUSE 2, BUFFALO 0: Carlos Rivero homered in the seventh inning against Garrett Olson to break a scoreless tie and make the southpaw a tough-luck loser. Olson allowed only one other hit -- a game-opening single by Eury Perez -- and a walk in seven innings, but was outpitched by Yunesky Maya. Maya limited the Bisons to two hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings. Robert Carson allowed a ninth-inning run. Josh Rodriguez and Josh Satin had Buffalo's only two hits. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, HARRISBURG 3 (12 innings): Dustin Martin rolled a walk-off single through the hole on the right side to give Binghamton a 12-inning victory. Martin’s hit, Binghamton’s 15th, ended a four-hour, seven-minute contest that saw the teams combine to strand 28 runners. With the game 3, reliever Jimmy Barthmaier issued a one-out walk to Raul Reyes. Sean Kazmar ended the righty’s night and pushed the eventual winning run to second with a single. Southpaw Patrick McCoy entered to face Martin, who fell behind 0-2 before rolling the next pitch weakly to the right side. The grounder evaded first baseman Justin Bloxom and second baseman Jonathan Tucker and rolled into right field untouched. Reyes scored from second to give Binghamton their fourth walk-off win this season. The game was marred my missed opportunities by both teams. The Senators went 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 14 runners, including runners at third in the 10th and 11th innings. Binghamton did not fare much better, leaving 14 aboard. B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni matched a season-high with 10 hits allowed, but battled through seven innings. He surrendered three runs (two earned) and struck out four. The B-Mets bullpen combined for five scoreless innings. Brad Holt and C.J. Nitkowski kept the Senators off the board in the eighth and ninth. Ryan Fraser stranded two runners while blanking Harrisburg in the 10th and 11th. Adam Kolarek (1-0) worked around a leadoff walk in the 12th to post a scoreless frame. He earned his first Double-A win. Box

CLEARWATER 5, ST. LUCIE 2: Jack Leathersich surrendered a tiebreaking three-run homer to Jim Murphy in the eighth. Starter Angel Cuan allowed two unearned runs in six innings. Clearwater's two-run third began with a throwing error by third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez. St. Lucie had evened the score in the fifth on an RBI single by Alonzo Harris Jr. Box

GREENSBORO 5, SAVANNAH 2: The Grasshoppers used a four-run fifth to earn a split of the four-game series. Rain delayed the start of the game by 80 minutes. The Gnats then opened the scoring in the third thanks to singles from Charley Thurber and Matt Reynolds and an RBI single by Gilbert Gomez. Starter Jimmy Fuller made the 1-0 lead hold up until the fifth, when the Grasshoppers took a 4-1 lead. With two outs and the bases empty, six straight Hoppers reached safely. Ryan Goetz plated the first Greensboro run with a single. Fuller then walked consecutive batters to force in the go-ahead run. Reliever Randy Fontanez entered with the bases loaded, and Josh Adams greeted him by lining a single for a three-run advantage. All four runs in the inning were charged to Fuller (3-4). Box

KINGSPORT 7, GREENEVILLE 4: Jorge Rivero had two triples and three RBIs. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini did not play, a day after leaving a game for a pinch runner after getting hit with a pitch in the hand. Box

CONNECTICUT 11, BROOKLYN 3: After Luis Mateo struck out the first four batters of the game, he struggled through the next four innings. He was charged with five runs on 10 hits despite striking out 10 in five innings. Reliever Ernesto Yanez allowed four runs in 1 2/3 innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 7.11.12

July, 11, 2012
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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE 3, INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE 0: Matt Harvey tossed two scoreless innings and was named the top IL performer in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Buffalo. Valentino Pascucci, fresh off Monday's home run derby win, doubled and walked three times in four plate appearances as the DH. Bisons closer Fernando Cabrera struck out Cubs prospect Josh Vitters, the lone batter he faced. Box

EAST 5, WEST 4: Binghamton's Eric Campbell singled with two out in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the winning run and earn MVP honors of the Eastern League All-Star Game. Campbell went 2-for-3 with a double off the bench in his first professional All-Star Game. Facing Hector Nelo of the Harrisburg Senators with runners on second and third, Campbell grounded a 3-1 pitch into left field, bringing home Reading Phillies shortstop Troy Hanzawa to secure the walk-off win. B-Mets teammate Jefry Marte earlier singled and had a sac fly that plated Campbell. Armando Rodriguez tossed a scoreless seventh to preserve a tie. He struck out Chris Rahl, induced Robbie Widlansky to fly out, walked Buck Britton and fanned Eury Perez. Zack Wheeler was selected but did not appear after pitching in Sunday's Futures Game. Box

ST. LUCIE at TAMPA (ppd.): Jason Bay and Frank Francisco's first expected rehab game was rained out.

SAVANNAH 5, DELMARVA 3: Starter Jake deGrom allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings and Carlos Vazquez contributed two scoreless relief innings. Xorge Carillo had a two-run homer and three RBIs. Box

KINGSPORT vs. BURLINGTON (ppd.)

CONNECTICUT 1, BROOKLYN 0: Brooklyn starter Julio Hilario battled Connecticut starter Hua-Wei Lo for six innings, but came up short. Hilario allowed one earned run on six hits with no walks and five strikeouts. In third, Hilario struck out Patrick Smith and retired Bennett Pickar on a groundout to Cyclones shortstop Phillip Evans. Brett Harrison then singled and scored on Jake Stewart's double. Lo held the Cyclones to three hits in six innings. Cyclones third baseman Alex Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a double in the loss. The other Brooklyn hit came from Evans, who led off the fourth with a single. The Cyclones left seven men on base and were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Working out of the bullpen, Matt Koch threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and struck out three. Tyler Vanderheiden entered with two outs and a runner at second base in the eighth and kept the Cyclones within a run. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 6.7.12

June, 7, 2012
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BUFFALO 3, COLUMBUS 2: Bisons starter Garrett Olson pitched five-plus innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits while striking out three. Manny Acosta, Josh Edgin and Fernando Cabrera combined to pitch four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit while striking out seven. Cabrera recorded his 13th save, giving him sole possession of the International League lead. The Bisons scored in the first inning on RBI singles by Valentino Pascucci and Raul Reyes. Corey Wimberly delivered an RBI single in the sixth as the Bisons took a 3-1 lead. Wimberly, Reyes, Sean Kazmar and Dustin Martin all had multi-hit nights. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, HARRISBURG 1: Zack Wheeler allowed one unearned run in seven innings to win his sixth straight start. He struck out seven, walked four and hit a batter in a 104-pitch effort. For the third straight game, the B-Mets grabbed the lead in the first inning. Matt den Dekker lined a single against starter Danny Rosenbaum. It was the first of eight hits the B-Mets collected against Rosenbaum, who had tossed a complete game against Binghamton in May. With two outs, Jefry Marte ripped an RBI double down the left-field line to give Binghamton the lead. The B-Mets added to their lead in the fourth. Josh Rodriguez doubled and scored two batters later on a single by Juan Lagares. Lagares swiped second base and took third when catcher Jeremy Mayo’s throw skipped into center. Rylan Sandoval drove him in by shooting a single through the hole on the right side. The advantage was more than enough for Wheeler. The righty allowed at least one runner in each of the first three innings, but kept Harrisburg off the board. The Senators had runners on the corners in the third and tried to execute a double-steal, but Chris McConnell was gunned down at home. Eury Perez’s single in the third was the final hit Wheeler allowed. Wheeler followed by posting scoreless frames in the fourth and fifth, before the B-Mets stumbled in the sixth in the field. Harrisburg plated its only run without a hit. The B-Mets committed three errors -- all on booted groundballs, which allowed Perez to score. Binghamton plated its final run against Rosenbaum in the seventh. Lagares started the inning by doubling. The right fielder moved to third on a single by Joe Bonfe and came home when Jesus Valdez bobbled the hit in left field. Wheeler came back for the seventh and worked around a leadoff walk to post a scoreless inning. He induced pinch hitter Jimmy Van Ostrand to bounce into a double play to cap his night. Wheeler (6-2) lowered his ERA to 1.66. Adrian Rosario took over for Wheeler and took the game to the finish line. He navigated around two-out singles in the eighth and ninth and posted two scoreless frames. He fanned pinch hitter Stephen King for the final out and earned his second save as a B-Met. Box

CLEARWATER 3, ST. LUCIE 2: Cory Vaughn hit his 11th homer, but St. Lucie mustered only two other hits. The Mets lost only their fifth game at home all season. Blake Forsythe drew a two-out walk in the ninth and represented the tying run at first base. But Francisco Pena flied out to deep center to end the game. Pena finished 2-for-4 with a double. Vaughn ripped a leadoff homer in the fourth to cut the deficit to 3-2. Angel Cuan allowed three runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings while striking out five. Cuan surrendered a two-run homer to Zach Collier in the second inning as the Mets fell behind 3-0. Kyle Allen tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings while allowing a hit with a walk and recording one strikeout. Taylor Whitenton pitched two relief innings and surrendered one hit while walking and striking out three. Box

ASHEVILLE 2, SAVANNAH 0
SAVANNAH 5, ASHEVILLE 4:
Down 4-0 entering the bottom of the third of Game 2, the Gnats scored five unanswered runs. In the fourth, three doubles -- from T.J. Rivera, Travis Taijeron and Brian Harrison -- helped produce two runs to draw the Gnats within a run. An inning later, Brandon Brown launched a two-run homer. Gnats starter Michael Fulmer fought his way through five innings to earn the win despite allowing four runs on five hits and two walks while fanning four. T.J. Chism induced three groundballs in the ninth to lock up his 10th save in 10 chances. All of the scoring in Game 1 occurred on one swing. In the second inning, Taylor Featherston walked and Brian Humphries followed with a two-run homer against Savannah starter Rafael Montero. Montero worked six innings innings. Asheville's Tyler Anderson shut out the Gnats through six innings. Box 1, Box 2

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Around the minors 6.6.12

June, 6, 2012
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BUFFALO 5, COLUMBUS 1: A night after the Clippers scored 21 runs, Jeurys Familia threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out six, allowing two hits and walking two. Familia retired eight in a row between the third and sixth innings. Brad Emaus homered in the top of the first. In the second, Lucas May knocked in Matt Tuiasosopo, who had walked, to extend the lead to 2-0. The Herd later tacked on three more runs -- on Corey Wimberly's RBI single and Fred Lewis' double as well as a throwing error by Clippers catcher Matt Pagnozzi. Relievers Justin Hampson, Edgar Ramirez and Fernando Cabrera combined to toss 2 2/3 innings, allowing one run. Ramirez had been promoted from Double-A Binghamton. Clippers starter Eric Berger tossed six innings, striking out eight and giving up two runs. Familia improved to 5-2 with a 2.94 ERA and 36 strikeouts. Lewis and Emaus combined to go 6-for-9. Lewis is now 10-for-23 in his last six games. Box

HARRISBURG 4, BINGHAMTON 3: Eury Perez ripped a go-ahead, two-run double off Robert Carson to lead the Senators to victory. The B-Mets pounded out 13 hits in the game, but produced only three runs, all in the first inning. Matt den Dekker started that rally by doubling against starter Mike Ballard. Josh Rodriguez brought him home by launching a triple. Jefry Marte followed with another triple. Juan Lagares capped scoring by bouncing an RBI single up the middle. A half-inning later, Perez led off by ripping a double against B-Mets starter Collin McHugh. Manny Mayorson got Harrisburg on the board with an RBI double. Devin Ivany cut the B-Mets' lead down to one with an RBI single in the second. McHugh shook off his shaky first two innings and settled in. After the hit to Ivany, the righty retired 13 of the next 16 Senators, allowing just one hit over the stretch. His good fortune came to an end in the seventh. He hit Ivany with a pitch and surrendered a pinch-hit double to Jimmy Van Ostrand. With the B-Mets clinging to a 3-2 lead, Carson entered with the tying run on third and go-ahead run at second. The first batter he faced, Perez, shot a 1-0 offering down the right-field line for a two-run double. With two outs in the eighth and Juan Centeno at second, Pedro Zapata waved at the third strike from Erik Davis. The ball kicked free from Ivany and the catcher’s throw to first evaded Tim Pahuta. Centeno tried to score, but was gunned down as Pahuta recovered and fired home to end the inning. In the ninth, den Dekker led off with an infield single. With one out and Marte hitting in a 2-2 count, den Dekker broke for second. Marte struck out swinging and den Dekker was called out on batter’s interference to end the game. With the two runners inherited by Carson scoring, McHugh (5-4) was charged with four runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. Carson suffered his second blown save. The B-Mets (26-29) look to avoid the sweep Thursday night when Zack Wheeler pitches. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, CLEARWATER 1: Right-hander Yohan Almonte tossed seven scoreless innings and Alonzo Harris Jr. homered for the second straight game. Almonte struck out three and issued one walk while allowing six hits in a season-high workload to improve to 6-0 on the season. Adam Kolarek earned a six-out save -- his ninth save of the season. He surrendered a run on two hits while striking out three. For the second consecutive game, Harris drilled a leadoff homer over the left-field fence to give the Mets a 1-0 lead in the first. The Mets (46-13) scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning to create some distance. Francisco Pena's groundout scored Wilmer Flores. Richard Lucas added a double to plate Blake Forsythe. James Murphy hit a leadoff homer in the ninth. Kolarek bounced back by retiring the next three batters, including a pair of strikeouts. Forsythe’s 14-game hitting streak was snapped, but he reached base on a walk and scored a run. Box

SAVANNAH 8, ASHEVILLE 1: Making his first start since landing on the DL after an April 17 appearance, Logan Verrett took a no-hitter into the sixth. With one out, David Kandilas dropped a bunt single up the third-base line to break up Verrett’s no-hit bid. The Gnats (34-23) ultimately within 5 games of the first-place Tourists (40-18) with 12 games to play in the first half. After a walk and a hit-by-pitch to start the first, Verrett collected 16 outs in a row until Kandilas’ bunt. A pair of clean singles and an escalating pitch count chased Verrett in the seventh. He earned his first win of 2012 while tossing a season-high 6 1/3 innings. Verrett struck out four and walking one. The Gnats scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first on back-to-back doubles by T.J. Rivera and Dustin Lawley. Rivera, one of three Gnats All-Stars, finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs. Savannah added two runs in the third, keyed by Brian Harrison's RBI double. RBI singles from Gregory Pron and Rivera gave the Gnats a 5-0 lead in the sixth. The Tourists picked up their only run in the seventh, on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Massey. The Gnats completed the game’s scoring with three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Rivera doubled up the left-center gap to drive home two. Travis Taijeron added a sacrifice fly. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 6.5.12

June, 6, 2012
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COLUMBUS 21, BUFFALO 3: The 21 runs scored were one shy of the modern-era record for a Bisons opponent. Oklahoma City defeated the Herd 22-6 on April 21, 1987. The last time an opponent reached the 20-run plateau against Buffalo was a 20-7 loss to Louisville on May 3, 2010. Bisons pitchers had allowed just 20 combined runs in the nine previous games. All three of Buffalo's runs were driven in by Valentino Pascucci, giving him a team-high 40 RBIs. The loss went to Dylan Owen, who was charged with 13 runs as his ERA swelled from 2.95 to 5.32. Catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere allowed three runs in the ninth and became the first position player to pitch for the Herd since infielder Trent Durrington in 2007. Ruben Tejada removed himself from the game after two innings with right quadriceps tightness. Columbus touched Buffalo pitching for five homers. The 21 runs were a record for the Clippers' ballpark, which debuted in 2009. Jared Goedert had two homers and drove in nine runs -- two more RBIs than any opponent had ever produced against the Bisons in a single game. Clipper Ezequiel Carrera, a former Mets farmhand, became the first opponent to score five times in a game in the modern era. The outfielder, who was shipped out by the Mets in the J.J. Putz deal, went 4-for-5 with a homer. Box

HARRISBURG 9, BINGHAMTON 6: The B-Mets took a one-run lead into the seventh inning, but relievers Brandon Moore and Brad Holt combined to allow two runs on two walks, one hit and a hit batter in the decisive inning. Manny Mayorson delivered the big hit -- a two-run single against Holt. The B-Mets jumped on Harrisburg starter Paul Demny in the first inning. Josh Rodriguez laced a one-out double. Jefry Marte followed by blasting a two-run homer -- his fourth long ball of the season. Matt den Dekker added to the lead with an RBI single in the second. The Senators countered against B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon in the third. Chris McConnell singled and scored on a hit by Eury Perez. After Perez was picked off and Mayorson singled, Jesus Valdez ripped a two-run homer to knot the score at 3. After Devin Ivany scored on a wild pitch to give the Senators their first lead in the fourth, the B-Mets answered in the fifth. Den Dekker scored from first on Reese Havens’ double. Valdez broke the tie by bouncing a solo homer off the left-field foul pole to lead off the sixth. It was the final frame for Cohoon. The lefty allowed five runs on seven hits over six innings in a no-decision. Trailing 5-4, the B-Mets refused to go quietly in the seventh. Harrisburg reliever Cameron Selik recorded one out in his Double-A debut, but left due to injury with a 3-2 count on pinch hitter Rylan Sandoval. Pat McCoy came on in emergency relief and completed the walk to Sandoval. After consecutive singles loaded the bases, Jefry Marte ripped a two-run double to give Binghamton a 6-5 lead. It did not stand for long. Moore took the mound in the seventh and issued two walks and hit a batter before being lifted for Holt. Mayorson greeted the righty by smashing a two-run single. Harrisburg tacked on two more runs against Holt in the eighth. The B-Mets failed to muster any threats against the back end of the Harrisburg bullpen. Moore (0-1) was dealt his first loss, while Holt experienced his second blown save. The B-Mets (26-28) continue their series against the Senators on Wednesday, with Collin McHugh getting the start. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, CLEARWATER 2: Right fielder Jonathan Clark ripped a walk-off single to center to score ZeErika McQueen in the bottom of the ninth. Clark, playing in his first Florida State League game, went 2-for-4 with a steal. Tyler Pill also made his St. Lucie debut and allowed two runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings with one walk and two strikeouts. Jason Bay went 0-for-3 with a walk in his third and final game on a major league rehab assignment. Alonzo Harris Jr. launched his first homer of the season, a leadoff shot over the left-field fence in the first inning. Wilfredo Tovar hit a leadoff double in the third inning and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Wilmer Flores. Hamilton Bennett pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up one hit while walking two and striking out a pair of batters. John Church tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Ryan Fraser picked up the victory in relief with a scoreless ninth. Box

ASHEVILLE at SAVANNAH (ppd.): The teams are now scheduled to play a doubleheader on Thursday, beginning at 5:45 p.m.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
14 4.02 143 190
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .295
HRL. Duda 27
RBIL. Duda 83
RD. Murphy 75
OPSL. Duda .827
ERAJ. Niese 3.55
SOZ. Wheeler 173