New York Mets: Fred Lewis

Minors 6.6.13: B-Mets' Puello homers twice

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TACOMA 9, LAS VEGAS 1: D.J. Mitchell allowed four runs in 1 2/3 innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, TRENTON 4: Cesar Puello hit two solo homers, including the game-winner in the eighth. He has five homers in his past four games. The B-Mets (35-25) overcame an early 3-0 deficit. Ramon Flores walked to open the game, advanced to second

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on Cory Mazzoni's errant pickoff attempt, moved to third on a bunt and scored on Tyson Blaser's single. With two outs in the second, Ali Castillo and Flores had RBI doubles. In the bottom half, Matt Tracy walked the first four batters and had a stretch of 13 consecutive balls. The B-Mets scored their first run when Alonzo Harris walked to force in a run. They plated another on Xorge Carillo's double-play groundout to pull within 3-2 without a hit in the inning. Mazzoni and Tracy then found their grooves and tossed three scoreless innings apiece. In the sixth, Puello homered to tie the score at 3. Joe Bonfe later reached on a two-out infield single, stole second and scored on Harris' double for a 4-3 lead. Mazzoni departed in the seventh after allowing a single to Castillo. He was charged with three runs(two earned) on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Jack Leathersich struck out Flores to end the inning, but labored in the eighth. Leathersich allowed two walks and a single to load the bases with none out. Neil Medchill struck out. Closer Jeff Walters then entered, and Jose Pirela hit a first-pitch fly ball. Bonfe made the catch, but it was deep enough for a game-tying sacrifice fly. Puello answered by blasting his second homer, this time against Fred Lewis in the bottom of the eighth, to give Binghamton a 5-4 lead. Walters pitched a perfect ninth. Darrell Ceciliani extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Box

LAKELAND at ST. LUCIE (canceled)

LEXINGTON at SAVANNAH (canceled)

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Nickeas opts for free agency

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After being outrighted off the 40-man roster, Mike Nickeas has elected free agency, a team official said.

Fred Lewis, who also had been removed from the roster, chose free agency as well.

The Mets currently have catchers Josh Thole and Anthony Recker on the 40-man roster.

Fred Lewis to declare free agency

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Fred Lewis intends to become a free agent after being removed from the Mets' 40-man roster.


Fred Lewis plans to become a free agent after clearing waivers and being removed from the Mets' 40-man roster, a major league official said.

Lewis had yet to file the formal paperwork, but his agent has indicated to the Mets he intends to become a free agent.

Lewis, 31, went 3-for-20 with four walks with the Mets after a September call-up. He was rewarded with the promotion after hitting .294 with 13 homers, 45 RBIs and 25 steals in 419 at-bats with Triple-A Buffalo.

Over seven seasons, Lewis also has played for the San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds.

Mets expect Thole to be arbitration eligible

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The official calculation from Major League Baseball has not yet been shared with clubs, but the Mets do expect the collective bargaining agreement that went into effect for the 2012 season to result in Josh Thole being eligible for arbitration by a matter of days.

Players automatically are eligible for arbitration after three years of major league service time (and are free agents after six years of major league service time).

In addition, a select group of players with two-plus years service time -- known as Super Twos -- also are eligible for arbitration. That does not make them eligible for free agency earlier; it means they have four arbitration years instead of three.

Thole -- who has 2 years, 142 days of service time -- will make the cut, the Mets fully expect. So will Ike Davis at 2 years, 168 days.

The percentage of players with two-plus years of service time who are eligible for arbitration went to 22 percent from 17 percent under the new CBA.

The full list of arbitration-eligible Mets:

Manny Acosta
Davis
Rob Johnson
Fred Lewis
Daniel Murphy
Bobby Parnell
Mike Pelfrey
Thole
Andres Torres

Pelfrey and Torres (and possibly Acosta) are expected to be non-tendered in December, making them free agents.

The minimum salary in 2013 is $490,000. Thole's eligibility for arbitration means he may make $700,000 or $800,000 -- or more -- rather than a figure solely decided by the team close to the minimum.

Other Mets -- including Justin Turner, Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda -- are not yet be eligible for arbitration this winter.

Mets morning briefing 9.5.12

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Matt Harvey surrendered three runs in five innings and Jeurys Familia tossed a scoreless frame in his major league debut as the Mets lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-1, Tuesday at Busch Stadium.

Now, R.A. Dickey bids for his 18th win as the Mets try to avoid a sweep in the series finale. Dickey opposes right-hander Adam Wainwright (13-11, 3.90) at 1:45 p.m. ET as the Mets complete a three-city trip.

Wednesday's news reports:

David Wright tells Jon Heyman at CBSSports.com that he is "extremely optimistic" about reaching a long-term extension with the Mets this offseason.


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David Wright says he has "not a single complaint" as a Met.


"I've really enjoyed it here," Wright said. "... Although we haven't gotten things completely turned around, we've taken small steps in the right direction and have something to build on. ... There's not a single complaint that I have. [The Mets] drafted me as a kid. They developed me. They've given me an opportunity to make a living playing a game. There's a tremendous amount of mutual respect. They've gone above and beyond. ... My favorite player was Cal Ripken. The biggest reason for that was, I like that he stayed."

Keith Hernandez tells Richard Sandomir in the Times that his intention is to report for color-commentary duty for the Oct. 3 season finale in Miami without his signature mustache. Writes Sandomir:

Hernandez’s mustache faithfully accompanied him through nearly all of his baseball career, his guest appearances on “Seinfeld” and his singing duet with Mookie Wilson on "Put Down the Duckie" for Sesame Street. Still, he seems about to take it off, after a long season of letting it turn increasingly gray. The color has been fading longer than that but was artificially enhanced with Just for Men gel. He was, of course, a paid company endorser and a star, with Walt Frazier, of several kitschy TV commercials that suggested a better life through dyed facial hair.

In the first and most famous ad, Hernandez and Frazier played the bar-side analysts of a sad sack Mr. Graybeard being rejected by Miss Hottie. Their facial hair was blindingly dark. "No play for Mr. Gray," Frazier said, evoking his penchant for rhyming. In a commercial made in 2008 they confronted another Mr. Graybeard, Emmitt Smith. “Your beard is weird,” Hernandez told the retired Dallas Cowboys running back. But Combe Inc., which makes Just for Men, ended the campaign early this year and replaced it with one that stars a tuxedoed baby.

• Familia's major league debut began by striking out Lance Berkman with a 97 mph fastball. He then surrendered a single to Jon Jay, but immediately erased him by coaxing a double-play grounder from Matt Carpenter. Fred Lewis, 31, also made his Mets debut. He opened the ninth by grounding out to shortstop against Trevor Rosenthal. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Newsday and Record.

• Read game recaps in the Post, Star-Ledger, Record, and Daily News.


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Matt Harvey has one or two more starts remaining in 2012.


• Collins said postgame it was not yet resolved whether Harvey would have one or two remaining starts. The five innings logged Tuesday give him 47 1/3 in the majors and 110 with Triple-A Buffalo this season. Read more in Newsday.

Tim Byrdak is due to undergo surgery today to repair the torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. That's the same surgery Johan Santana and Chris Young previously underwent. Team doctor David Altchek will perform the procedure. Byrdak's injury is career threatening, since he turns 39 next month. Byrdak also requires surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his right knee. The other knee required that procedure during spring training.

• The Mets are offering free tickets to up to three children age 12 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket to any September home game. The team announcement:

For "The Kids Go Free" ticket offer available via phone at (718) 507-TIXX and in person at the Citi Field Box Office, fans buying one regularly priced ticket will get up to three complimentary kids tickets. For the ticket offer available online at Mets.com/KidsFree, fans may purchase a Family Four Pack that includes four tickets for the price of two. All tickets must be picked up at Citi Field the day of the game and children must be present. For more information, contact the Mets Ticket Office at (718) 507-TIXX.

• Brooklyn lost to Lowell, 9-1, Tuesday. The Cyclones must win their regular-season finale today, or have Batavia lose at least one game in its doubleheader, in order to claim the New York-Penn League wild card. St. Lucie lost its Florida State League playoff opener, 3-1, at Jupiter in a game interrupted three hours by rain. Read the full minor league recap here.

Mike Pelfrey visited his teammates in St. Louis in part to participate in the players' fantasy football draft. Pelfrey, who underwent Tommy John surgery on May 1, is likely to be nontendered in December since he is eligible for arbitration and is making $5.6875 million this season. Players must make at least 80 percent of their previous year's salary if tendered a contract, and rarely receive a salary cut. Still, Collins said he would consider Pelfrey in a bullpen role (presumably if the Mets re-signed Pelfrey for a lower salary after making him a free agent). Read more in the Post, Newsday, Times and Record.

TRIVIA: Which active player has the second-most homers against the Mets, behind Chipper Jones?

Tuesday's answer: Technically, Mike Jorgensen preceded Tony La Russa as Cardinals manager. Jorgensen completed the 1995 season after Joe Torre was fired with a 20-27 record in his fifth season at the helm.

Mets morning briefing 9.4.12

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Collin McHugh's second major league start lasted only four innings, with McHugh surrendering four runs. The drama, though, came late. With the Mets trailing by a run in the ninth, Andres Torres seemingly led off with a double. But at the instruction of injured ex-Met Carlos Beltran, the St. Louis Cardinals successfully appealed to rookie ump Dave Rackley that Torres missed the first-base bag. The Mets, deprived of the baserunner, lost shortly thereafter, 5-4, on Monday afternoon at Busch Stadium.


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Daniel Murphy jaws at first base ump Dave Rackley after the final out.


Two-run homers by Kelly Shoppach and Daniel Murphy had clawed the Mets within a run. Despite only 33 at-bats as a Met, Shoppach now has three homers with the club, more than the combined total of Josh Thole (one), Mike Nickeas (one) and Rob Johnson (none). Murphy, meanwhile, produced his first extra-base hit in his past 22 games (18 starts).

Rackley and crew chief Dale Scott stood by the call, despite vehement protest from the Mets. The crew noted neither Torres nor first base coach Tom Goodwin initially complained about the call.

Rackley told Terry Collins he would not have made the ruling had he not been positive it was correct.

"He went over the front corner with his toe and it just kicked dirt up onto the base," Rackley said.

Said Scott after reviewing the video with his crew: "It was exactly what [Rackley] described. His foot went over [the bag], the toes hit the ground, the heel never did [hit the bag]. And did you see where [Rackley] was? He was right there to make the call."

Countered Murphy: "We had access to video. I'm sure you guys did, too. So we know the answer to that."

Now, Matt Harvey makes potentially his second-to-last start of 2012 in Game 2 of the series, tonight at 8:15. Harvey, whose innings cap will be reached with two to three more starts, opposes left-hander Jaime Garcia (3-6, 4.52 ERA).

Tuesday's news reports:

• Read game recaps in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Times, Record, Star-Ledger, Newsday, Daily News and Post.


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Fred Lewis, 31, has been rewarded for a solid season at Buffalo with a September call-up.


• With Buffalo's season complete, the Mets have summoned six additional minor leaguers to St. Louis: Jordany Valdespin, right-handers Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Elvin Ramirez, left-hander Justin Hampson and outfielder Fred Lewis. Buffalo manager Wally Backman is due to join the Mets on Sunday. Zach Lutz, Nickeas and McHugh already had been added -- giving the Mets nine extra players in total.

Dillon Gee joined the Mets in St. Louis. He already has been cleared to begin tossing a baseball following surgery to repair a damaged artery in his pitching shoulder.

Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger reviews Harvey's early success, including the influence of former major league pitcher Don Carman on the mental side of the rookie's game.

"Sometimes in the minors, it was, 'I have to get this guy out. I have to go seven innings, eight innings, and completely dominate this game in order to get to the big leagues,'" Harvey said, according to Brian Costa in the Journal, while constrasting minor league struggles with major league success. "Whereas here, it's, 'I have to win.'"

Read about Harvey's impending shutdown after two to three more starts in the Post.

Stephen Strasburg's final start of the season will be Sept. 12 against the Mets at Citi Field.

• Buffalo was rained out at Lehigh Valley on Monday in what is expected to be its final game affiliated with the Mets. Las Vegas has been widely speculated as the Mets' next Triple-A home, but a minor league source said do not rule out Nashville over Las Vegas if the Mets have a choice between those markets. The Brewers currently are affiliated with Nashville and may re-up, though. Meanwhile, Brooklyn sliced its magic number to one with two games remaining to clinch the New York-Penn League's wild card. Like Buffalo, Binghamton and Savannah completed their seasons Monday. St. Lucie opens the Florida State League playoffs tonight at Jupiter. Read the full minor league recap here.

TRIVIA: Who preceded Tony La Russa as Cardinals manager?

Monday's answer: Jason Bay's first grand slam as a Met came on June 28, 2011 at Detroit. He and Beltran both had slams that day as the Mets snapped a historic streak in which their opponents had hit an MLB-record 18 consecutive unanswered slams.

Mets to add 6 from Bisons

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The final wave of call-ups from Buffalo includes (l to r) Jenrry Mejia, Justin Hampson and Jordany Valdespin.
With Triple-A Buffalo's season ending Monday afternoon, the Mets announced their intention to add six players Tuesday in St. Louis: right-handers Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Elvin Ramirez, left-hander Justin Hampson, outfielder Fred Lewis and Jordany Valdespin.

With Matt Harvey capped at two to three more starts because of an innings limit, Mejia should see time in the rotation down the stretch.

Lewis, 31, is hitting .294 with 13 homers, 45 RBIs and 25 steals in 108 games with Buffalo. He played parts of six major league seasons with the San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds.

The Mets already had added corner infielder Zach Lutz, catcher Mike Nickeas and Collin McHugh.


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Matt den Dekker will not receive a promotion, but should debut in 2013.


The group bypassed for a promotion included Zack Wheeler, 39-year-old left-hander C.J. Nitkowski, outfielder/third baseman Matt Tuiasosopo and center fielder Matt den Dekker.

Tuiasosopo (.242, 12 HR, 57 RBIs) had a champion in Wally Backman.

Den Dekker does not need to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason for Rule 5 protection, since he was drafted in 2010. A strong defensive outfielder, den Dekker hit .340 during the first half at Double-A Binghamton, but struck out 90 times through 295 at-bats in Triple-A, so he needs improvement with his plate discipline.

“His play in the outfield is very, very good. He’s an All-Star caliber center fielder," Backman said. "His power numbers are the same as they were last year. It seems like it takes him half a year to figure it out [at a higher level]. St. Lucie to Double-A, he only hit .235 last year. He leads the league this year in Double-A, hitting .340. So he figured that out. And he’s hitting .220 now. But his outfield play is incredible. He’s a speed guy."

Wheeler hit his innings limit for the season and should make his major league debut at some point in 2013.

The Mets, as expected, did not promote anyone directly from Binghamton. Wilmer Flores, already on the 40-man roster, would have been the primary consideration. He again will play second and third base in winter ball in his native Venezuela with Margarita.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis did not receive a call-up because he is out for the season with a partially torn plantar fascia in his right foot.

Mets morning briefing 9.3.12

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Making his first start in a week, Jason Bay delivered his third grand slam as a Met -- a first-inning shot against Mark Buehrle. The Mets went on to beat the Miami Marlins, 5-1, Sunday to sweep the three-game series.

The Mets now play a Labor Day matinee in St. Louis, with Collin McHugh trying to build on the seven scoreless innings he tossed in his major league debut against the Colorado Rockies. McHugh opposes right-hander Joe Kelly (4-6, 3.61 ERA) at 2:15 p.m. ET.

Monday's news reports:

• Bay had only his fourth two-hit game of the season. The Mets' bullpen tossed four scoreless innings in relief of Chris Young and has now limited opponents to one earned run in its past 22 1/3 innings. The Mets swept a series for the first time since June 20, against the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field. Read game recaps in the Post, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Daily News and Times.

Jenrry Mejia allowed six runs in six innings in Triple-A Buffalo's 6-0 loss at Lehigh Valley. St. Lucie posted its club-record 83rd victory in its regular-season finale and opens the playoffs Tuesday at Jupiter. Brooklyn lost to Staten Island, 1-0, to fall into a first-place tie in the New York-Penn League wild-card standings with three games remaining. Read Sunday's full minor league recap here.

• Mejia last appeared in the majors in September 2010, before Tommy John surgery. Read about his comeback here. Fellow expected call-up Jeurys Familia may pitch an inning of relief today in Buffalo's finale. The other players expected to join the Mets (along with already promoted Zach Lutz, Mike Nickeas and now McHugh): Jordany Valdespin, Fred Lewis, Elvin Ramirez and possibly Matt Tuiasosopo.

TRIVIA: Against which team was Bay's first grand slam as a Met?

Sunday's answer: Expected call-up Fred Lewis played parts of four seasons for the San Francisco Giants.

Mets morning briefing 9.2.12

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Trailing by two runs entering the ninth after being stymied by Josh Johnson, the Mets rallied for four runs and beat the Miami Marlins, 5-3, Saturday night. Lucas Duda had an RBI single, then Kelly Shoppach cleared the bases on a single that was misplayed by Justin Ruggiano in center field.

The Mets aim for the sweep this afternoon when Chris Young (3-7, 4.64 ERA) opposes left-hander Mark Buehrle (12-11, 3.62).

Sunday's news reports:

• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post advocates trading David Wright and R.A. Dickey this offseason. Writes Sherman:

In the coming weeks, general manager Sandy Alderson will present ownership three avenues the Mets could follow this offseason: 1. Go the Dodgers route. Expand payroll greatly to try and purchase your way out of a variety of problems. 2. Extend David Wright and, perhaps, R.A. Dickey on long-term contracts, but essentially follow a similar course to the present: Continue to grow the farm, use about $10 million in available funds in a roughly $90 million-ish payroll to address needs and just keep running out the clock on the horrible contracts of Jason Bay and Johan Santana. 3. Think bigger picture by trading Wright, Dickey and Jonathon Niese to add eight-to-10 prospects and truly begin to address what has long been the Mets’ downfall: Lack of depth up and down the organization. I would pick Door No. 3, because the Mets can’t lie to themselves any longer that they are close to success.

That said, Sherman expects No. 2 -- trying to re-sign Wright with a status quo payroll while biding time until contracts for Jason Bay and Johan Santana come off the books.

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

Zack Wheeler completed his 2012 season by limiting Lehigh Valley to one run in five innings and the Bisons beat the IronPigs, 6-3. St. Lucie posted its 82nd win, breaking a 12-year-old club record. Brandon Nimmo homered and Brooklyn maintained a one-game lead over Batavia in the New York-Penn League wild-card standings. Read Sunday's full minor league recap here.

Mike Nickeas and Zach Lutz joined the Mets on Saturday. Collin McHugh is due to be promoted to face the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday at Busch Stadium. The other September call-ups, who will join the Mets after Buffalo's season ends Monday, are expected to be Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Elvin Ramirez, Jordany Valdespin, Fred Lewis and possibly Matt Tuiasosopo,

Terry Collins believes Dickey is Cy Young worthy. "We've had a tough time scoring runs, especially in the second half of the season, and he continues to win," Collins said, according to Anthony Rieber in Newsday. "We are [eight] games below .500 and he's [13] games over .500. That says a lot. ... I know we've had a collapse in the second half, but when you look at what he's done the entire year, he's racked up numbers against every team in baseball. No matter who he's faced, he's pitched great."

Seth Berkman in the Times looks at Collins' playing career, which included six seasons in Triple-A, but no major league experience. Writes Berkman:

Collins, who as a minor leaguer played shortstop, third base, first base and outfield and even pitched in six games (0-0, 1.00 earned run average, two strikeouts), said he stuck around the minors out of passion more than a belief that he would ever reach the majors. “I had one year where the big club, the Dodgers, had some injuries and I thought maybe, due to the fact that I played all over the place, I had a shot, but I didn’t and that was fine,” he said. “My years in Triple-A, I was not an everyday player. Backup players in Triple-A, you got to be in the right place at the right time.” During his last few years with Albuquerque, in the early 1980s, Collins was a player-coach. The Dodgers had initiated a system for developing older players into managers, who could also fill in for a game or two if a player was injured. Collins was recruited.

TRIVIA: For which major league team did the expected call-up Fred Lewis play for parts of four seasons?

Saturday's answer: Ike Davis had the Mets' first homer at Marlins Park, off Buehrle in the Amazin's first game there, on May 11.

Around the minors 9.1.12

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BUFFALO 6, LEHIGH VALLEY 3: Zack Wheeler allowed a solo homer to Cody Overbeck but no other damage in five innings in his final 2012 start. He finished the Triple-A portion of his season 2-2 with a 3.27 ERA. Wheeler stranded runners at third base in each of his final four innings. He allowed two hits and four walks while striking out five. The Bisons broke a 1-all tie with a four-run sixth that included a two-run single by Fred Lewis, who is expected to join the Mets after Buffalo's season wraps up Monday. Box

TRENTON 3, BINGHAMTON 2: The B-Mets put the tying run on base in the ninth, but their comeback bid fell short. The Thunder jumped on B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon in the first. Adonis Garcia doubled and scored two batters later on a sac fly by David Adams. Addison Maruszak capped the four-hit inning with an RBI single, giving Trenton a two-run lead. The visitors tacked on another run in the second on an RBI double by Garcia. Binghamton did not crack the scoreboard until the fourth against starter Craig Heyer. Dustin Martin led off the frame by homering for the second straight game. The B-Mets put runners at second and third later in the frame, but Sean Kazmar grounded out to end the inning. After allowing six hits in the first two innings, Cohoon (8-11) settled in and posted five scoreless innings to cap his final start of the season. He exited having allowed three runs on 10 hits over seven innings. Trying to protect a two-run lead, Trenton's Ryan Pope entered in the ninth and fell into immediate trouble. Martin led off the inning by doubling. With two outs, Jefry Marte cut the deficit to one by bouncing an RBI single to center. Raul Reyes then struck out looking to end the game. Armando Rodriguez tossed two scoreless relief innings for Binghamton. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, BRADENTON 4 (10 innings): Blake Forysthe walked with two outs in the top of the 10th and scored on Cesar Puello's single as St. Lucie posted its 82nd win, topping its 2000 club record. Adrian Rosario walked the leadoff batter in the bottom half but tossed a scoreless frame to improve to 3-0 in the Florida State League. Box

SAVANNAH 6, KANNAPOLIS 2 (11 innings): The Gnats exploded for five runs in the top of the 11th, highlighted by a three-run triple from Yucarybert De La Cruz. Starter Marcos Camarena had limited Kannapolis to one unearned run in nine innings. Box

BROOKLYN 3, STATEN ISLAND 2: Brandon Nimmo got the Cyclones on the scoreboard with a third-inning solo homer and Brooklyn took a 3-0 lead into the ninth behind 6 1/3 scoreless innings from Julian Hilario. Staten Island produced two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but John Mincone replaced Tyler Vanderheiden with the tying run at third base and struck out Taylor Dugas and retired Claudio Custodio on a pop out to preserve the victory. Brooklyn maintained a one-game lead on Batavia for the New York-Penn League wild-card lead. Box

Compiled from team reports

Mets morning briefing 9.1.12

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R.A. Dickey delivered a complete game to pick up his 17th win and Ike Davis produced a two-run homer as the Mets beat the Miami Marlins, 3-0, Friday night.

Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto, Washington's Gio Gonzalez and Dickey share the major league lead in wins. Dickey's 190 strikeouts rank second in the NL, two behind the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw. The knuckleballer's innings count (191 1/3) also trails only Kershaw (192 2/3) in the league. Dickey's third shutout this season is the most by a Met since David Cone produced five in 1992.

Jeremy Hefner (2-5, 4.65 ERA) opposes right-hander Josh Johnson (7-11, 4.00) today at 7:10 p.m.

It does not quite set up meaningful games in September, but the Mets (62-70) trail Philadelphia (63-69) by a game for third place in the NL East. The Amazin's have opened a three-game cushion on cellar-dwelling Miami (59-73).

Saturday's news reports:

• Catcher Mike Nickeas and corner infielder Zach Lutz are due to rejoin the Mets today in Miami, as rosters expand. Collin McHugh will return to face the St. Louis Cardinals on Labor Day at Busch Stadium. The Mets have not yet announced the remainder of the contingent, but Jordany Valdespin, Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Elvin Ramirez would be expected to be promoted after Triple-A Buffalo's season ends Monday at Lehigh Valley. The Mets also could reward a veteran such as Matt Tuiasosopo or Fred Lewis. Wally Backman is expected to join the Mets' coaching staff for the next homestand, which begins Friday against the Atlanta Braves. Read more in the Record.

• Dickey is now 4-0 with a 1.16 ERA against the Marlins this season. "When he makes his speech for Cy Young Award, make sure he mentions the Marlins, please," Miami manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters postgame. Read Saturday's game recaps in the Post, Times, Star-Ledger, Newsday, Record and Daily News.

Josh Thole went 0-for-3 and is now hitless in his past 28 at-bats. The Mets had recently tried to change Thole's approach at the plate to have him produce more power, but they have abandoned that attempt and instructed Thole to revert to his gap hitting while choking up on the bat. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Post.

Wilmer Flores and Allan Dykstra had consecutive homers as Binghamton beat Trenton, 8-5. St. Lucie notched its 81st win, tying the club record, originally set in 2000 by a team that included Heath Bell and Endy Chavez. Brooklyn's Hansel Robles upped his streak of innings without allowing an earned run to 36 and Alex Sanchez homered off rehabbing Pedro Feliciano in a 5-1 win against Staten Island. The Cyclones remained a game ahead of Batavia for the New York-Penn League wild-card lead. Read Friday's minor league recap here.

Mike Pelfrey, who lives in Wichita, Kansas, is due to visit the Mets during the next leg of their trip, in St. Louis. Pelfrey recently resumed throwing. He underwent Tommy John surgery on May 1. Pelfrey is likely to be non-tendered in December because he is making $5.6875 million this season and is eligible for arbitration. The collective bargaining agreement requires him to make at least 80 percent of that amount if he is not cut loose.

• The Mets spent the most per win in Major League Baseball over the past five seasons, with only the Minnesota Timberwolves and St. Louis Rams less efficient in all of the major sports, according to Business Week.

TRIVIA: Which Met had the team's first homer at first-year Marlins Park?

Friday's answer: Jose Reyes' first hit against the Mets came in his only hit during a 1-for-12 series at Citi Field in April. Reyes singled against Jon Rauch.

Around the minors 8.31.12

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BUFFALO 8, ROCHESTER 5: Buffalo built a 7-0 lead. Fred Lewis doubled and walked three times in five plate appearances while scoring twice. Jordany Valdespin went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs. Chris Schwinden (9-9) allowed three runs on four hits and three walks in six innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, TRENTON 5: The B-Mets slugged three homers, including back-to-back shots by Wilmer Flores and Allan Dykstra. Dustin Martin had a three-hit night, finishing a double shy of the cycle. Flores capped a red-hot August with his fourth homer in the last nine games. He hit .377 in 28 games in August. After being held to one run over 13 innings in their two previous games against Trenton starter Brett Marshall, the B-Mets tagged the righty for three runs in the first. Wilfredo Tovar singled and Martin plated him with a homer. Flores was hit by a pitch and scored later in the frame on Eric Campbell’s sac fly. In the second, the B-Mets added to their lead with back-to-back doubles by Pedro Zapata and Tovar. Flores and Dykstra trumped that feat with back-to-back homers later in the frame. With Tovar on second, Flores sent a 2-1 pitch over the left-field wall for his eighth homer this season. Dykstra blasted a solo shot to dead center, his seventh homer. It was the first time the B-Mets hit consecutive homers this season. Ryan Flannery entered in the sixth for Trenton and allowed a run on two hits. Martin extended Binghamton’s lead to eight with an RBI triple. B-Mets starter Greg Peavey marched through six scoreless innings. He allowed four hits and walked three, but coaxed four double plays. His fortune changed in the seventh when the Thunder produced four runs on five hits, cutting the B-Mets' lead to four. Brad Holt took over in the eighth and surrendered a solo homer to Luke Murton. Ryan Fraser tossed a perfect ninth, capping his fourth save with a strikeout. Peavey (8-8) went at least seven innings for the fourth straight start and collected his fourth win in August. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, BRADENTON 3: St. Lucie matched its single-season record for wins in team history with No. 81 Friday. The 2000 team that included Heath Bell, Endy Chavez and Jason Phillips also reached that total. Chase Huchingson pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed three runs and six hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts. Jeff Walters tossed 1 2/3 innings and gave up one hit and struck out two. Adam Kolarek pitched a scoreless inning and struck out two. Richard Lucas went 2-for-4 with two runs scored with two RBIs. Aderlin Rodriguez finished 1-for-4 with an RBI. Cory Vaughn also had a hit and RBI. St. Lucie has two regular-season games remaining. Box

SAVANNAH 4, KANNAPOLIS 2: Yucarybert De La Cruz's two-run homer in the third staked the Gnats to a 3-0 lead. Alex Panteliodis limited Kannapolis to two runs on five hits in seven innings. Box

BROOKLYN 5, STATEN ISLAND 1: Hansel Robles (6-1) collected the win and finished the month with a 4-0 record and without allowing an earned run in August. The Cyclones remained a game ahead of Batavia in the wild-card race. Robles allowed four hits and two walks and hit a batter while surrendering an unearned run in five innings. Entering the game, Robles hadn’t allowed a run since Aug. 4 -- a span of 22.0 innings. He still hasn’t allowed an earned since July 28. His streak without allowing an earned run extended to 36.0 innings, the longest by a Cyclones starter this season. The Yankees did score first. Matt Duran singled with one out and Exicardo Cayones was hit in the leg by a pitch. Jose Rosario then hit a grounder to second baseman Jeff Reynolds, who misplayed it to load the bases. After Robles retired Isaias Tejeda for the second out, Taylor Dugas drew a two-out walk, scoring Duran. Brooklyn struck back in the third when Jorge Rivero led off with a double. Reynolds then grounded out, moving Rivero to third. Maikis De La Cruz walked, bringing up Brandon Nimmo, who was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Dimas Ponce's sacrifice fly tied the score at 1. The Cyclones took the lead in the fourth when Kevin Plawecki led off with a towering homer. After the Cyclones added two runs in the fifth, ex-Met Pedro Feliciano entered in a rehab appearance. The first batter Feliciano faced was Alex Sanchez, who homered for a 5-1 lead. This marked the second straight year that a Yankees pitcher on a rehab assignment has given up a home run to a Cyclones player. Last year Phil Hughes gave up a solo homer to Nelfi Zapata. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.30.12

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BUFFALO 10, ROCHESTER 3: Jeurys Familia struck out nine, matching a season high, in seven innings and Fred Lewis and Josh Satin homered as Buffalo snapped a three-game losing streak. Familia's 28 starts will either lead or share the lead in the International League. In fact, only one other Bisons pitcher in the past 17 seasons has started 28 games in a season -- Dillon Gee in 2010. Rochester tallied solo runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, but the Bisons never trailed. Lewis' two-run shot opened the scoring in the second. Buffalo blew the game open with a five-run ninth that was highlighted by Satin's three-run shot. Satin's long ball was his 14th of the season and gave him 59 RBIs. He is two behind Valentino Pascucci for the club lead. Lewis extended his hitting streak to nine games, a personal season best. C.J. Nitkowski and Drew Carpenter combined for two perfect innings. The Bisons' record for starts in a season is 29, set by Dave Johnson (1988) and matched by Dorn Taylor (1990) and Tim Wakefield (1994). Box

READING 7, BINGHAMTON 2: The R-Phillies scored six runs in the second inning and the B-Mets never recovered. Darin Gorski capped his otherwise strong season on a sour night, lasting two innings. The inning's damage all came with two outs. With runners on first and second, R-Phils starter Austin Hyatt got Reading on the board by dumping a two-run double into left. Tyson Gillies followed by squirting an RBI double up the third-base line and Cody Asche was hit by a pitch to set the stage for Darin Ruf. He blasted a pitch from Gorski over the left-field fence for his record-setting 38th homer. The Nebraska native surpassed Ryan Howard for the Reading Phillies' single-season homer record while giving the R-Phils a 6-0 lead. Gorski matched his shortest career start, set as a Brooklyn Cyclone in 2009. Edgar Ramirez entered in the third and posted three scoreless innings. Binghamton scratched back with a run in the third off Hyatt. Pedro Zapata doubled and scored on Sean Kazmar’s sacrifice fly. Eric Campbell cut the deficit to four with a solo homer in the sixth, his first longball since July 24. Hyatt took a four-run lead into the seventh and got two outs before being replaced by Jordan Whatcott. The righty induced Kazmar to ground out to end the inning. He posted a scoreless eighth after the R-Phils tacked on a run against reliever Brandon Moore. Whatcott returned for the ninth, but was pulled after loading the bases on three singles. Justin Friend entered with one out and collected his 24th save by getting Kazmar to bounce into a game-ending 1-2-3 double play. Gorski (9-7) ended his first year at Double-A with a 4.00 ERA. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, BRADENTON 1: Jacob deGrom pitched six effective innings and struck out six to improve to 3-0 in the Florida State League. He allowed one run and five hits while issuing two walks. Hamilton Bennett tossed two scoreless innings and struck out one. Adrian Rosario pitched a scoreless ninth. Travis Taijeron's solo homer in the fifth tied the score. Danny Muno’s RBI groundout gave the Mets a 2-1 advantage in the fifth. Robbie Shields added an RBI to extend the lead. T.J. Rivera went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Darrell Ceciliani finished 1-for-3 with an RBI single. Aderlin Rodriguez had a hit and drove in a run. Box

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 2: Yohan Almonte surrendered six runs in five innings. Savannah's runs came on a two-run homer in the third by Gilbert Gomez. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 3, BROOKLYN 1: Paul Sewald surrendered a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth to Leonardo Reginatto. The Cyclones had been first on the board, scoring a run in the first. Richie Rodriguez and Maikis De La Cruz hit back-to-back singles before Brandon Nimmo grounded into a forceout. Rodriguez came home on the play to make it 1-0. The Renegades tied the score in the fourth. After throwing three perfect innings, Brooklyn starter Luis Mateo hit Joey Rickard with a pitch. He advanced to second on a groundout. With Ryan Dunn batting, a passed ball by Nelfi Zapata then allowed Rickard to move to third. Mateo walked Dunn and surrendered a run-scoring single to Justin O’Conner. Mateo ultimately surrendered one earned run on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts, including striking out the side in the sixth. Sewald entered to pitch the eighth with the score tied at 1. He gave up a double, followed by a single to put the go-ahead run on third base. But Sewald escaped that jam when he got Shaffer to ground into an inning-ending double play. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.28.12

August, 29, 2012
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ROCHESTER 10, BUFFALO 4: The 25th season at Coca-Cola Field came to a close in front of 14,697 in downtown Buffalo. The Bisons finish the 2012 season with five road games. The Mets are expected to change affiliations this offseason. The Herd finished the season 32-39 at home. Rochester scored solo runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to erase an early 2-0 Bisons advantage. The fifth-inning tally was compliments of former Bisons catcher Rene Rivera, who homered against Collin McHugh. Rivera also doubled in a run in a two-run eighth. The Wings tacked on five runs in the ninth. Buffalo's four runs came on two swings of the bat. Matt Tuiasosopo hit a two-run homer in the second inning to give Buffalo a 2-0 lead. For the team's 2012 Community Service Award winner, it was his 12th homer this season. After being crowned the team MVP before the game, Fred Lewis hit a two-run shot in the ninth. McHugh started for Buffalo but was on a pitch count and allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings before departing. He struck out three and walked two. Prior to the game, the Bisons also announced Matt Harvey as the club's Most Valuable Pitcher. Left-hander Justin Hampson earned the "Hometown Hero" award, his third Bisons award in two seasons. Box

READING 12, BINGHAMTON 8: Wilmer Flores had a three-hit night and finished a homer shy of the cycle in the loss. He extended his hitting streak to nine games and has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games. The R-Phils opened the scoring against starter Cory Mazzoni. In the first, Tug Hulett laced an RBI single and Tommy Joseph lined a run-scoring double. Binghamton answered in the fourth, hanging six runs on starter Ethan Martin. After Flores' leadoff double, Martin walked three straight, including Jefry Marte to force in a run. Francisco Pena then cleared the bases with a double. Juan Lagares contributed a two-run homer. Mazzoni failed to hold the four-run lead in the bottom half. With two outs and runners on the corners, R-Phils reliever Colby Shreve beat out a potential double play, allowing a run to score. The play extended the inning for Tyson Gillies, who cut the deficit to one with a two-run homer. After Cody Asche doubled and Darin Ruf walked, Jake Fox chased Mazzoni with a game-tying RBI. The B-Mets countered with two runs off Shreve a half-inning later. Flores singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored when Raul Reyes singled. Marte brought Reyes home with a triple. Armando Rodriguez (2-3) posted a perfect fifth inning and retired the first two he faced in the sixth before things unraveled. Asche singled and Ruf crushed his league-leading 37th homer to even the score. Fox added a tiebreaking solo shot. Reading tacked on three more runs against reliever Brad Holt, capped by Joseph’s two-run homer. Box

JUPITER 5, ST. LUCIE 4
JUPITER 4, ST. LUCIE 2: Cory Vaughn slugged his Florida State League-leading 23rd homer -- a three-run shot in the sixth -- to stake St. Lucie to a 4-1 lead in Game 1. But Adam Kolarek suffered the loss, allowing a walk-off two-run homer to Marcell Ozuna, who also slugged No. 23 on the season. In the nightcap, Angel Cuan was knocked out in a four-run first inning. It marked the second straight start Cuan failed to get out of the opening frame. Box 1, Box 2

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 5: Domingo Tapia allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings. Trailing 6-2, the Gnats scored three runs in the ninth, but Brian Harrison's groundout left the tying run at third base. Box

PULASKI 5, KINGSPORT 2: Jeffrey Diehl drove in both runs in the loss. Kingsport completed its season at 23-43. Box

BROOKLYN 6, ABERDEEN 3 (11 innings): Luis Cessa took a perfect game into the sixth before allowing three runs and Matt Bowman and John Mincone combined for five scoreless relief innings. Dimas Ponce had a tiebreaking two-run double in the 11th. In the fourth, Jayce Boyd homered against Cameron Coffey for a 1-0 lead. An inning later, new arrival Maikis De La Cruz tripled and Brandon Nimmo doubled for a two-run lead. Cessa did not allow a baserunner until the sixth, when Hector Veloz was hit by a pitch to open the inning. Will Howard moved Veloz to second with a single. Anthony Vega doubled with one out, scoring Veloz. Torsten Boss eventually gave Aberdeen the lead, 3-2, with a two-run triple. Brooklyn tied the score in the seventh. Jeff Reynolds singled and De La Cruz walked. With one out, a passed ball from Sam Kimmel advanced the runners. Ponce then hit a fly ball to center field that was deep enough for Reynolds to score. In the top of the 11th, the Cyclones produced three runs. Reynolds walked with one out and reached third when shortstop Joel Hutter committed an error on a grounder by De La Cruz. After Nimmo struck out for the second out, Ponce doubled, scoring Reynolds and De La Cruz. Phillip Evans then walked and Kevin Plawecki singled to score Ponce. Box

Compiled from team reports

September call-up projections

August, 28, 2012
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Likely September call-ups (l to r) should include Collin McHugh, Jenrry Mejia and Mike Nickeas.
PHILADELPHIA -- Major league roster expand Saturday, although many call-ups may wait until after Triple-A Buffalo’s season ends Monday at Lehigh Valley to join the big league club.

Here are ESPNNewYork.com’s projected call-ups from Buffalo in three categories …

YOU MAKE THE CALL: The most probable.

Collin McHugh, rhp. Even had he not been summoned to start in Johan Santana’s place last Thursday, McHugh was a probable call-up, since he needed to be protected for this December’s Rule 5 draft. He’s a no-brainer now, after tossing seven scoreless innings against the Rockies in his major league debut. McHugh starts for Buffalo today. He should be capped at 75 pitches/five innings to ensure he is fresh for his return to the major league rotation.

Jenrry Mejia, rhp. Terry Collins said he expects Mejia to get an occasional start for the Mets in September. Mejia still projects as a reliever, but he has shown far better results in Triple-A this season as a starter. Mejia has a 1.94 ERA and .220 opponent batting average in nine starts with Buffalo. He has a 5.48 ERA and .303 opponent batting average as a reliever.


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Mike Nickeas, c. The Mets, like other MLB teams, customarily add a third catcher once rosters expand. And with Rob Johnson (thumb) done for the season, Nickeas is the obvious choice. He’s hitting .317 in 60 at-bats with Buffalo since his demotion.

Jeurys Familia, rhp. Erratic is the right way to describe Familia’s 2012 season with the Bisons, but he’s already on the 40-man roster. Viewed by many scouts as a reliever, he is 8-9 with a 4.78 ERA in 27 starts. Familia has walked 72 in 130 innings.

Zach Lutz, 3b/1b. Lutz was poised for a September call-up a year ago, but suffered his second concussion of the season and had to end his Triple-A season early. Known for offense, not fielding, Lutz is hitting .303 with 10 homers and 33 RBIs in 69 Triple-A games.

Elvin Ramirez, rhp. Ramirez, 24, has a 7.30 ERA in 11 major league relief appearances this season.

CALL ME MAYBE? Bubble players.

Jordany Valdespin, if/of. Probably a little harsh to put Valdespin here, but there are at least some organizational rumblings of considering sending him a message about how to carry himself. The Mets did bypass a September call-up for Valdespin a season ago as a wakeup call. Valdespin is expected to primarily play second base during the final week of the Triple-A season.

Fred Lewis, of. Lewis left Monday’s Buffalo game with an injury, which could further compromise any call-up potential. The 31-year-old former San Francisco Giant is hitting .290 with 11 homers and 24 steals.

Matt Tuiasosopo, of/3b. Hitting .244 with 11 homers with the Bisons. He appeared in 71 games with Seattle from 2008 to 2010.

SEPTEMBER MOURN: While not unfathomable, these call-ups look like longer shots.


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Matt den Dekker, cf. Drafted in the fifth round in 2010 out of University of Florida, den Dekker does not need to be added to the 40-man roster to be protected for the Rule 5 draft, making his odds long for a call-up. A lefty-hitter and lefty-thrower who covers plenty of ground in center field, he hit .340 with eight homers in 238 at-bats during the first half with Double-A Binghamton. Den Dekker has produced extra-base hits since a promotion to Buffalo, but his average is only .218 and he has struck out 86 times in 275 at-bats, suggesting more development time is needed.

Zack Wheeler, rhp. Due to be shut down for the season because of innings limits after a final start Friday for the Bisons at Rochester.

C.J. Nitkowski, lhp. Signed by the Mets in July after spending the previous four seasons in Asia, Nitkowski would be an intriguing call-up at age 39 for lefty-lefty matchups now that Tim Byrdak is done for the season to lessen the burden on Josh Edgin. But the Mets being out of contention puts a major obstacle in Nitkowski’s path for a call-up. After mostly summoning Nitkowski for lefty-on-lefty matchups once he joined Buffalo, the now-sidearmer has been asked to contribute longer stints more recently, with less effective results.

Drew Carpenter, rhp. Appeared in six games in relief for Toronto this season.

Adam Loewen, 1b/of. Loewen may be on the outside looking in, despite competing with Mike Baxter during spring training for a roster spot. He’s hitting .239 with eight homers in 55 games and missed more than two months with a stress fracture in his right foot.

Josh Satin, if. Already off the 40-man roster, Satin is expected to instead play for Israel in World Baseball Classic qualifying.

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