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Series preview: Mets at Marlins

June, 18, 2014
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Chris Trotman/Getty ImagesThe Mets face Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney in the southpaw's major league debut.
METS (32-40, fifth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (36-35, second place/NL East)

Thursday: RHP Zack Wheeler (2-7, 4.38) vs. LHP Andrew Heaney (7-2, 2.47 with Double-A Jacksonville/Triple-A New Orleans), 7:10 p.m. ET

Friday: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.81) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.56), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (0-4, 4.39) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.84), 4:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-4, 2.67) vs. RHP Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.60), 1:10 p.m. ET

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Giancarlo Stanton produced his National League-leading 20th homer on Wednesday, but departed the game against the Chicago Cubs after six innings with a bruised left wrist. Stanton, who also leads the NL with 57 RBIs, predicted to reporters he would be back in the lineup for the series opener against the Mets. The injury occurred on an attempted catch of ex-teammate Chris Coghlan’s double at the outfield wall in the first inning. “It was getting tighter and tighter,” Stanton said. “On swings and misses, it hurts a lot.”


Joe Skipper/Associated PressGiancarlo Stanton slugged his 20th homer Wednesday, but also departed with a left-wrist injury.


• Right-handed reliever Kevin Gregg will be promoted from Triple-A New Orleans and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (concussion) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Thursday. In advance of those moves, the Marlins demoted left-hander Dan Jennings and catcher J.T. Realmuto. Gregg had signed a minor league contract on June 3.

• In a flurry of moves Monday, the Marlins placed outfielder Christian Yelich on the disabled list with a lower-back strain, designated for assignment veteran pitchers Randy Wolf and Kevin Slowey, and promoted left-hander Andrew Heaney, outfielder Jake Marisnick and infielder Justin Bour from Triple-A New Orleans. Wolf subsequently elected free agency.

The 23-year-old Heaney, the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Oklahoma State and the Marlins’ top prospect, will make his major league debut against the Mets in the series opener. The Marlins are looking for a rotation jolt after ace Jose Fernandez underwent Tommy John surgery on May 16. Heaney went a combined 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A this season. His fastball sits at 90-94 mph. He also has a solid slider and changeup.

Anthony DeSclafani, who was recalled from the minors on Sunday, also has stepped into the rotation, with Jacob Turner reassigned to the bullpen. DeSclafani made his major league debut on May 14. He became the ninth Marlin, and first since Adalberto Mendez on Sept. 6, 2010, to win his major league debut as a starter. Baseball America rated DeScalfani the No. 5 prospect in the organization entering the season. He graduated from Colts Neck (N.J.) High School and then pitched at the University of Florida. He was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the Nov. 19, 2012, trade that shipped out Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson.

• Second baseman Rafael Furcal made his Marlins debut Friday. It marked his first major league action since Aug. 30, 2012, with the St. Louis Cardinals. He missed all of last season recovering from spring-training Tommy John surgery. A left hamstring strain resulted in Furcal opening this season on the disabled list. He then suffered a groin strain in May while on a rehab assignment. Four different players had manned second base during Furcal’s more-than-two-month absence: Derek Dietrich, Ed Lucas, Jeff Baker and Donovan Solano. Furcal, 36, signed a $3.5 million contract with the Marlins on Dec. 5.

• Third baseman Casey McGehee had a season-high-matching 11-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday.

• The Marlins acquired reliever Bryan Morris from the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 1 in exchange for the 39th overall pick in this month’s draft. Morris since has made seven scoreless appearances spanning 9 1/3 innings.

• Miami signed Brad Penny, a member of its 2003 championship team and a former teammate of manager Mike Redmond, to a minor-league deal on Wednesday. Penny, 36, last appeared in the majors in 2012, compiling a 6.11 ERA in 22 relief appearances with the San Francisco Giants.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

May, 5, 2014
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Getty Images/Associated PressThe Met face Nate Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez and Tom Koehler during a three-game series at Marlins Park.
METS (16-14, third place/NL East) at MIAMI MARLINS (16-15, fourth place/NL East)

Monday: LHP Jonathon Niese (2-2, 2.20) vs. RHP Nate Eovaldi (2-1, 2.58), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-4, 5.65) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.28), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-3, 5.13) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (3-2, 2.41), 12:40 p.m. ET

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Giancarlo Stanton went deep twice Sunday, giving him National League leads with 10 homers and 36 RBIs. Stanton’s 31 RBIs in March/April set the franchise record, passing Moises Alou (30, in April 1997).


Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesGiancarlo Stanton leads the NL in homers and RBIs.


• The Marlins improved to an MLB-best 14-5 at home after winning a series from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. Miami has won six of seven home series, with the lone loss coming to the Washington Nationals (April 14-16).

Miami has 21 homers in 19 home games. They had 36 long balls during the entire 2013 season at Marlins Park. Miami is an MLB-worst 2-10 on the road.

The Braves suspected the Marlins were somehow cheating during a recent series, but could not prove it. Wrote Carroll Rogers in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

[Braves manager Fredi] Gonzalez said he changed signs five times during the course of [Aaron] Harang’s outing and went to multiple signs even with no runners on base. The hits kept coming regardless.

Gonzalez said he wondered if [catcher Evan] Gattis was giving away signs, but then figured that wouldn’t account for the disparity in the Marlins home/road splits in general. Entering play Thursday, the Marlins were hitting .307 while scoring 6.3 runs per game at Marlins Park. They were hitting .215 with 2.7 runs per game on the road.

“Yeah, you have this conspiracy theory, but at the end, we came up with nothing,” Gonzalez said. “It wasn’t like we saw a guy with the (binoculars), like Mick Billmeyer (former Phillies bullpen coach) in Colorado. At the end of the day, they didn’t miss the pitches. They were right there.”

Rafael Furcal, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract on Dec. 5 after missing all of last season, remains on the disabled list with the Marlins. The 36-year-old Furcal departed a rehab game Friday with Double-A Jacksonville with a groin issue. He originally landed on the DL to open the season with a left hamstring strain. Adeiny Hechavarria has started every game at shortstop for Miami this season.

• Stony Brook University product Tom Koehler, who struggled against the Mets at Citi Field (4 ER in 5 IP), tossed seven scoreless innings against the Dodgers on Friday, allowing only three hits.

• Closer Steve Cishek suffered a blown save at Citi Field on April 25, which snapped his streak of successful save conversions at 33, a Marlins franchise record.

• Center fielder Marcell Ozuna is hitting .395 (17-for-43) in 10 career games against the Mets.

• Third baseman Casey McGehee has 20 RBIs this season, the most in the majors without a home run.

Nate Eovaldi’s fastball has averaged 96.0 mph this season. Only Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura (96.7 mph) has averaged more.

Greg Dobbs was designated for assignment last Tuesday, clearing a spot for Ed Lucas, who returned from the disabled list. Dobbs had been 1-for-13 as a lefty pinch hitter. He had signed a $1.7 million extension for 2014.

• Right-hander Jacob Turner returned from the disabled list Saturday and entered the rotation, pushing Kevin Slowey to the bullpen.

• Former Mets farmhand Alonzo Harris, who signed with the Marlins at the end of spring training after being released by the Mets, again has been released. Harris hit .094 (3-for-32) at Class A Jupiter.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 3, Marlins 1

September, 14, 2013
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NEW YORK -- Daisuke Matsuzaka may have a little left in the tank.

Matsuzaka limited the Miami Marlins to two hits in seven innings and the Mets split a doubleheader with a 3-1 victory in Saturday’s nightcap at Citi Field.

Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda produced back-to-back third-inning homers against right-hander Jacob Turner to give the Mets a three-run cushion. It marked only the third time this season Mets teammates consecutively went deep. (The last instance: Marlon Byrd and Ike Davis on Aug. 16 against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.)

Matsuzaka did not allow a hit until Justin Ruggiano produced a solo homer with one out in the fourth.

Dice-K faced runners on the corners with two outs in the seventh, but struck out Rob Brantly looking with a 78 mph slider to preserve a 3-1 lead and end his outing.

After producing a 10.95 ERA in his first three starts with the Mets, Matsuzaka has now limited the Cleveland Indians and Marlins to a combined two runs and five hits in 12 2/3 innings.

What’s next: Dillon Gee (11-10, 3.61 ERA) opposes right-hander Tom Koehler, a Stony Brook University product, at 1:10 p.m. Sunday. The Mets are 7-11 against the Marlins this season entering their final 2013 meeting.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Marlins 5

July, 29, 2013
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MIAMI – Ike Davis capped a three-run seventh inning with a double into the right-field corner that scored hustling Marlon Byrd from first base with the tiebreaking run and the Mets beat the Miami Marlins, 6-5, Monday night at Marlins Park.

Daniel Murphy produced his third RBI of the game and Byrd had an RBI single earlier in the frame as the Mets overcame a two-run deficit against Miami’s bullpen.


Marc Serota/Getty ImagesJeremy Hefner was absolved of a loss after the Mets posted three runs in the seventh.


The Mets snapped a three-game losing streak. They won for only the fourth time in 12 games against the Marlins in 2013.

Josh Edgin, LaTroy Hawkins and Bobby Parnell each contributed scoreless relief innings. Parnell retired Giancarlo Stanton for the final out to strand pinch-runner Juan Pierre at third base.

The Mets improved to 9-37 when trailing after six innings.

Jeremy’s swoon: Jeremy Hefner has surrendered 19 runs (16 earned runs) in 11 2/3 innings over his past three starts.

No. 8 hitter Jeff Mathis chased him with one out in the sixth with a two-run single that staked Miami to a 5-3 lead.

Hefner’s line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K.

Hefner tossed three no-hit innings before the Marlins started to tee off in the fourth. Stanton doubled. Ed Lucas tripled. And Donovan Solano was hit by a pitch.

Still, Hefner should have been out of the fourth with a 3-1 lead. Instead, shortstop Omar Quintanilla’s two-out error on opposing pitcher Jacob Turner’s bases-loaded grounder allowed two runs to score.

Hefner’s five walks were a career high.

What’s next: Zack Wheeler (4-1, 3.72 ERA) opposes right-hander Nate Eovaldi (2-1, 3.54) at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

July, 28, 2013
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Wilfredo Lee/Associated PressJake Marisnick and Christian Yelich were promoted from Double-A Jacksonville last Tuesday.
METS (46-56, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (40-63, fifth place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.17) vs. RHP Jacob Turner (3-3, 2.49), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Zack Wheeler (4-1, 3.72) vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 3.54), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (1-1, 2.64), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Matt Harvey (8-2, 2.11) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (2-6, 4.67), 12:40 p.m. ET

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• First-year hitting coach Tino Martinez resigned Sunday. He allegedly grabbed rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich by the neck and neck chain and verbally assaulted other players this season, the Miami Herald reported. "I want to apologize to the Marlins organization for my behavior," Martinez said, according to the Associated Press. "I have made some comments to certain players at certain times that I thought was more constructive criticism. Obviously, they didn't feel that way, and it kind of backfired on me."

• The Marlins promoted top outfield prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick from Double-A Jacksonville last Tuesday.


Robert Mayer/USA TODAY SportsGiancarlo Stanton has heated up with the Marlins.


Yelich, a left fielder who started in the Futures Game at Citi Field, is the only two-time organizational player of the year in Marlins history. He became the second player in franchise history to record a hit in each of his first three major league at-bats, joining current manager Mike Redmond (May 31, 1998). He is only the fourth major leaguer since 1980 to have hits in his first three ABs, joining Daryl Boston (White Sox, 1984), Jose Offerman (Dodgers, 1990) and Jay Bruce (Reds, 2008).

Marisnick, a center fielder, was hitless in 14 at-bats to open his career before singling. It was the second-longest drought in Marlins history to open a career. Nigel Wilson, the first pick in the expansion draft in 1992, went 0-for-16 as a Marlin and eventually was hitless in his first 26 at-bats in the majors before getting a hit three years after his debut, with the Cleveland Indians in ’96.

Fellow rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna landed on the disabled list Thursday with a ligament tear and fracture in his left thumb and required surgery. Ozuna had been demoted with Dietrich after Monday’s game to make room for Yelich and Marisnick, but Ozuna’s demotion was rescinded after the extent of his injury attempting a diving catch became known.

Adding Yelich and Marisnick to an outfield that already includes Giancarlo Stanton in right field makes it a formidable trio. After a mostly quiet July at the plate, Stanton is 9-for-13 in his last four games. He has four homers in his past six games at Marlins Park.

Justin Ruggiano is 0-for-his-last-32. Adeiny Hechavarria replaced Ruggiano in the leadoff spot a week ago.

Jacob Turner, who was acquired at last year’s trade deadline from the Detroit Tigers as part of a package for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante, has suffered consecutive hard-luck defeats. He was tagged with losses at Milwaukee and Colorado despite allowing two runs in each outing. Turner has allowed only three homers in 10 starts since making his season debut with seven scoreless innings against the Mets on May 31.

Henderson Alvarez -- acquired in November in the trade that sent Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to Toronto -- earned his first Marlins win Friday. He tossed six scoreless innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He topped out at 98 mph with his fastball.

Kevin Slowey, who struggled in the rotation before getting reassigned to the bullpen, landed on the DL during the weekend with right forearm discomfort. Right-hander Steve Ames took the roster spot Sunday. Ames was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 6 with fellow minor leaguers Angel Sanchez and Josh Wall for Ricky Nolasco.

Logan Morrison, who has settled in at first base, has reached base in 26 straight games.

• The Marlins snapped a franchise-record 37-inning scoreless streak last Monday at Colorado.

• Closer Steve Cishek has an MLB-best 17 saves since June 8, without a blown save during that span.

Rapid Reaction: Marlins 5, Mets 1

May, 31, 2013
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MIAMI -- A four-game sweep of the Yankees and then this?

Shaun Marcum took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning, but the Mets nonetheless watched their five-game winning streak end with a 5-1 loss to the lowly Miami Marlins on Friday night at Marlins Park.

Ed Lucas, a 31-year-old rookie who made his major league debut Thursday, delivered a tiebreaking RBI single with one out in what became a four-run seventh. Jeff Mathis contributed a sacrifice fly and Jordan Brown had a two-run double to chase Marcum.

The Marlins snapped a nine-game losing streak and avoided matching their franchise record for most losses in a calendar month in franchise history (23 in June 2011). Miami leads the season series, 4-3.

The Mets? They watched the good feelings from their first-ever season sweep of the Yankees dissipate in the humid Miami air.

Marcum dropped to 0-6 in eight appearances (seven starts) as a Met. He had retired the first nine batters he faced and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth after an intentional walk by coaxing a 4-6-3 double play from Mathis.

Marcum’s final line: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB (1 IBB), 4 K. He threw 97 pitches (66 strikes).

Daniel Murphy got the Mets on the scoreboard with an eighth-inning RBI double.

I charting: Ike Davis produced his first extra-base hit since May 9 on a fifth-inning double against Jacob Turner, who was making his season debut.

But Davis’ hit did not drive in a run because Marlon Byrd had been caught stealing, 1-6, when he broke with Turner still holding the ball.

Turner, obtained last year by Miami in the Anibal Sanchez trade, tossed seven scoreless innings after being promoted from Triple-A New Orleans.

Q E-2: Omar Quintanilla had his second error in two games, leading to an unearned run in the eighth.

What’s next: Collin McHugh makes his first major league start this season, subbing for Jonathon Niese (shoulder tendinitis). McHugh starts opposite Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez (2-3, 3.78 ERA) at 4:10 p.m.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

May, 31, 2013
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The Mets face (l to r) Jacob Turner, Jose Fernandez and Kevin Slowey this weekend in Miami.
METS (22-29, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (13-41, fifth place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Shaun Marcum (0-5, 5.77) vs. RHP Jacob Turner (0-0, -.--), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Collin McHugh (0-0, 12.00) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (2-3, 3.78), 4:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Matt Harvey (5-0, 1.85) vs. RHP Kevin Slowey (1-5, 3.59), 1:10 p.m. ET

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• The Marlins are 5-22 in May. A loss in the series opener against the Mets will match June 2011 (5-23) for the most defeats in a month in franchise history.


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Marcell Ozuna has a 15-game hitting streak.


Giancarlo Stanton, who suffered a hamstring strain April 29 running to first base against the Mets, has developed sore knees while rehabbing, further delaying his return.

Rookie Marcell Ozuna, who has started every game in right field since Stanton landed on the disabled list, has hit safely in 15 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors. The streak is tied with Chuck Carr (1993) for second-longest by a rookie in Marlins history. The rookie record holder is Edgar Renteria, who hit safely in 22 straight games in 1996.

Jacob Turner, who was acquired last July 23 in the Anibal Sanchez trade with the Detroit Tigers, makes his season debut with the Marlins after 10 starts with Triple-A New Orleans. The Marlins hoped Turner would make the rotation out of spring training, but that did not materialize after he produced a 9.69 ERA in Grapefruit League play.

Alex Sanabia landed on the disabled list with a groin injury, creating the rotation vacancy.

Nathan Eovaldi is nearing a return, too. He pitched in a rehab game Thursday against the St. Lucie Mets. (First baseman Casey Kotchman appeared in the same Florida State League game against the Mets as Eovaldi.)

• Rookie Jose Fernandez is coming off his shortest career outing. He allowed seven runs (four earned) in 3 1/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, including a three-run homer to Kelly Johnson in a six-run second.

• Outfielder Chris Coghlan has started 12 straight games, primarily in left field, which had been Juan Pierre’s domain. The 2009 NL Rookie of the Year, Coghlan is hitting .333 during that stretch and is batting leadoff. Pierre is hitting .222, with a .276 on-base percentage.

Kevin Slowey was forced to leave a May 22 start after five innings with a left lat strain, but made his next start and remained in the rotation. The ex-Twin Slowey had tried to warm up for the sixth but was pulled from the game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

• Miami released ex-Met Jon Rauch on May 22 with a 7.56 ERA. Fellow ex-Met John Maine had been designated for assignment in April. Neither has resurfaced with another organization.

• Outfielder Logan Morrison (knee surgery in September) has started a rehab assignment, but is not due to be activated for the Mets series.

• Utilityman Ed Lucas made his major league debut Thursday at age 31. He replaced infielder Nick Green, who was designated for assignment.

Rapid Reaction: Marlins 4, Mets 3 (11)

October, 2, 2012
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WHAT IT MEANS: R.A. Dickey will have to settle for a 20-win season.

Dickey surrendered solo homers to Gorkys Hernandez and Rob Brantly and was charged with three runs in six innings, although he received a no-decision when the Mets rallied for three runs in the eighth.

Marc Serota/Getty ImagesR.A. Dickey finished the season with 20 wins.
The Mets ultimately lost to the Marlins, 4-3, in 11 innings Tuesday night at Marlins Park. Collin McHugh surrendered the game-ending run. Jose Reyes scored after leading off with a triple. Jordany Valdespin, the cutoff man, curiously never made an attempt to throw out Reyes at third on the three-bagger despite a legitimate shot.

Dickey finished the season with a 20-6 record and 2.73 ERA. Dickey’s eight strikeouts gave him 230 this season, the most by a Met since David Cone had 241 in 1991. Dickey logged 233 2/3 innings, the most by a Met since Johan Santana tossed 234 1/3 innings in 2008.

Clayton Kershaw (13-9) has an NL-leading 2.58 ERA as well as 221 strikeouts -- nine shy of Dickey’s total -- entering Wednesday’s scheduled start for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gio Gonzalez’s 21 wins with the Washington Nationals will lead the league.

Dickey was absolved of his first loss against the Marlins in two seasons because of the eighth-inning comeback. He entered Tuesday’s outing having won eight straight starts against the Marlins, compiling a 0.92 ERA against Miami during that span. The 8-0 record by Dickey against Miami since the start of the 2011 season matches the second-longest winning streak by a starter against one club in franchise history, one shy of the nine-game winning streak Dwight Gooden produced against the Chicago Cubs from 1988 to '91.

Marlins rookie Jacob Turner took a scoreless effort into the eighth. David Wright broke up the shutout bid with a two-out RBI single against Heath Bell, who had inherited runners at the corners. Bell then tossed a run-scoring wild pitch and surrendered a run-scoring infield single to Scott Hairston, which evened the score at 3.

Josh Thole struck out to strand the bases loaded in the 10th.

GREENBERG DAY: Adam Greenberg, whose lone major league plate appearance back in 2005 resulted in him getting hit in the head with a pitch, got a second chance Tuesday night. Signed to a one-day contract, Greenberg pinch hit in the sixth inning. He struck out on three pitches against Dickey. Greenberg received a standing ovation from the Marlins Park crowd and high-fived his temporary teammates. Greenberg was part of a string of five straight batters Dickey struck out.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets conclude their 2012 season at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday. Jeremy Hefner (3-7, 5.32 ERA) opposes a cast of Marlins relievers.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 7, Marlins 3

September, 21, 2012
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WHAT IT MEANS: In a battle for last place in the NL East, the Miami Marlins made a strong case for supremacy with a disgusting series of fielding gaffes that left manager Ozzie Guillen with his head at least briefly buried in his palms in the dugout.

Multiple Marlins miscues led to rookie right-hander Jacob Turner surrendering five runs in the first two innings, and the Mets went on to win, 7-3, Friday night at Citi Field.

The Mets snapped a nine-game home losing streak and improved to 5-24 at Citi Field since the All-Star break -- matching the Braves’ second-half win total in Flushing and moving to within one of the Nationals’ MLB-leading total in the ballpark during that span.

Aided by the Marlins’ gaffes, the Mets snapped a streak of 16 straight home games failing to exceed three runs. The streak ended narrowly shy of matching the MLB record -- 18 straight home games of three runs or fewer by the 1915 Yankees at the Polo Grounds.

The Mets (67-83) opened a 1-game lead over the Marlins (66-85) for fourth place in the division. The teams have five games remaining, including a season-ending series in Miami from Oct. 1-3.

Jon Niese, who surrendered three runs in 6 1/3 innings, benefited from the run support en route to his career-high 12th win.

PULLED: Lucas Duda was removed from the game for the start of the third inning and replaced by Mike Baxter in the outfield. The Mets announced the decision was made by Terry Collins and not injury-related. In his first at-bat, Duda jogged and only reached first base on a pop-up, which dropped in shallow left field after a miscommunication by Marlins fielders.

Seemingly fearful of losing his players, Collins had retracted pregame his previous night’s insinuation that players had quit. Still, Collins must have been on the lookout for an opportunity to make a point.

MILESTONES: After a scoring change on his first-inning grounder, Ike Davis was credited with an RBI. Davis then passed David Wright for the team lead with his 83rd RBI on a solo homer in the seventh. Davis’ 28 homers are the fourth most by a first baseman in franchise history. Carlos Delgado had 38 twice (2006 and 2008) and Dave Kingman had 37 in 1982. Davis passed Eddie Murray, who had 27 in 1993.

Scott Hairston’s first-inning homer was his career-high 18th long ball.

Wright went 0-for-4 and remained four shy of matching Ed Kranepool’s franchise-record 1,418 career hits.

LOL MARLINS: Had the official scorer not changed his original ruling -- an error on Marlins second baseman Donovan Solano -- to a single for Davis with two outs in the first, the first six runs the Mets posted would have been unearned.

Hairston followed the Solano-error-turned-Davis-single with a two-run homer off Turner.

In a two-run second, Thole doubled off left fielder Justin Ruggiano’s glove. Later in the inning, Jose Reyes had Thole nailed at third base on a grounder to shortstop, but the ex-Met errantly bounced the throw to Gil Velazquez and Thole was ruled safe.

The Mets’ sixth run also scored after some lackluster Marlins fielding. Daniel Murphy reached first despite striking out on a passed ball in the fifth. Later in the frame, Davis lined out to Reyes, and the shortstop had Murphy dead to rights -- having strayed too far off second base. But Reyes showed no awareness and Murphy successfully scampered back with Reyes making no attempt at a double play. Hairston followed with a run-scoring triple for a 6-1 lead.

WHAT’S NEXT: R.A. Dickey bids for his 19th win Saturday at 1:10 p.m. Dickey (18-6, 2.67 ERA) opposes left-hander Mark Buehrle (13-12, 3.78).

Series preview: Mets vs. Marlins

September, 21, 2012
9/21/12
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The Mets are due to face (l to r) Jacob Turner, Mark Buehrle and Ricky Nolasco this weekend.
METS (66-83, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (66-84, fifth place/NL East)

Friday: LHP Jon Niese (11-9, 3.46) vs. RHP Jacob Turner (1-2, 3.75), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP R.A. Dickey (18-6, 2.67) vs. LHP Mark Buehrle (13-12, 3.78), 1:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Chris Young (4-8, 4.37) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (12-12, 4.42), 1:10 p.m. ET

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Giancarlo Stanton is expected to return for the weekend series. He has been sidelined with a left intercostal strain for the past three games.


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Jose Reyes returns to Citi Field this weekend.


In Stanton’s place, Justin Ruggiano started twice and Austin Kearns once in right field. Stanton’s 90 homers rank sixth in MLB history for a player before turning 23. Those ahead: Mel Ott 155, Eddie Mathews 112, Tony Conigliaro 104, Alex Rodriguez 95 and Frank Robinson 93. Stanton turns 23 in November.

• Right-hander Jacob Turner was acquired from the Detroit Tigers on July 23 in the deal that shipped out Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez. He is 2-4 with a 6.06 ERA in 10 career major league starts between the two teams, but is coming off tossing seven scoreless innings against the Cincinnati Reds. Turner, 21, was the ninth overall selection in the 2009 draft -- three picks after the Giants selected Zack Wheeler.

• The Mets snapped the career-high 26-game hitting streak of Jose Reyes on Aug. 9 at Citi Field. Reyes’ 35 steals are tied with Juan Pierre and Carlos Gomez for third in the NL. Michael Bourn leads with 39, followed by Shane Victorino with 37.

• Former Mets farmhand Gil Velazquez was promoted Sept.14 -- two weeks after completing his minor league season with the Marlins -- because third baseman Donnie Murphy suffered a season-ending concussion.

• Team president Larry Beinfest is expected to be fired, USA Today reported.

Last series results

Mets won, 3-0, at Marlins Park, Aug. 31-Sept. 2 (AP game recaps)

Mets 3, Marlins 0: R.A. Dickey pitched a five-hit shutout and Ike Davis backed him with a homer. More

Mets 5, Marlins 3: Kelly Shoppach hit a go-ahead two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning that cleared the bases when center fielder Justin Ruggiano misplayed the ball. The Mets had been frustrated most of the night by Josh Johnson. He allowed a run and three hits in eight innings and held the Mets hitless until the fifth. Johnson departed leading 3-1. More

Mets 5, Marlins 1: Jason Bay hit his fifth career grand slam in the Mets' five-run first inning. More

Series preview: Mets vs. Marlins

August, 6, 2012
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The Mets face (l to r) Wade LeBlanc, Nathan Eovaldi and Josh Johnson during the midweek series against the Marlins.
METS (53-56, third place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (49-60, fifth place/NL East)

Tuesday: LHP Jon Niese (8-5, 3.72) vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-1, 1.35), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Chris Young (3-5, 4.22) vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-7, 4.66), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP R.A. Dickey (14-3, 2.82) vs. RHP Josh Johnson (7-7, 3.85), 12:10 p.m. ET

Marlins short hops

Jose Reyes takes a career-high 24-game hitting streak into the series against the Mets. It’s the longest hitting streak in the majors this season, topping a 23-game streak by the Yankees’ Robinson Cano from June 24 to July 20. Reyes has the fourth-longest hitting streak in Marlins history, trailing only Luis Castillo’s franchise-record 35-game streak in 2002 as well as Emilio Bonifacio’s 26-game streak in 2011 and Kevin Millar’s 25-game streak in 2002. Reyes is hitting .371 (36-for-97) with eight doubles, two triples and four homers during the streak.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Reyes is the first reigning batting champ with a 20-plus-game hitting streak the following season since Nomar Garciaparra in 2000. His streak is the longest by a reigning batting champ since Wade Boggs had a 25-gamer in 1987. And Reyes is the first reigning NL champ with a streak of this length since Stan Musial had a 24-gamer in 1952.

• Reyes moved to the No. 3 slot in the order on July 27, with the second baseman Bonifacio moving into Reyes’ leadoff slot and Carlos Lee shifting from third to cleanup. Bonifacio suffered a sprained left thumb Friday and has landed on the DL, but Reyes remains third. Nick Green was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans. Rookie Donovan Solano started during the weekend at second base.


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Jose Reyes takes the longest hitting streak in the majors this season into Citi Field on Tuesday.


Reyes and Bonifacio are the first Marlins tandem with 25-plus steals apiece since 2002, when Castillo (48 steals), Andy Fox (31) and Eric Owens (26) all exceeded that total.

• In their latest fire sale, the Marlins shipped Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers with Randy Choate on July 25 for Nathan Eovaldi and minor leaguer Scott McGough. Ramirez is owed $15.5 million in 2013 and $16 million in 2014.

First baseman Gaby Sanchez was dealt to Pirates six days later with minor leaguer Kyle Kaminska for outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and a draft pick. Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez landed in Detroit for right-hander Jacob Turner and minor leaguers Rob Brantly and Brian Flynn and a swap of draft picks. Edward Mujica was dealt to the Cardinals.

• Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (.284, 19 HR, 50 RBIs) began a rehab assignment Thursday after recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He should return for the series against the Mets.

• Eovaldi faced the Mets in his final start with the Dodgers. He allowed one run on seven hits and a walk while striking out seven in a 96-pitch effort that lasted only 4 1/3 innings at Citi Field.

• The Marlins acquired Lee from the Astros on July 4 for Matt Dominguez and minor leaguer Rob Rasmussen. Lee, who is playing first base, has an 11-game hitting streak. Houston picked up the $9 million owed to Lee, less the prorated major league minimum.

Heath Bell, who is in the first season of a three-year, $27 million deal, has not worked in a save chance since allowing three runs in a blown save at St. Louis on July 8. Steve Cishek is 5-for-5 in save chances since that point.

• Left-hander Wade LeBlanc was acquired from the Padres in a Nov. 22 trade for John Baker. He made 16 starts at New Orleans before joining Miami’s bullpen on July 1. He will be making his second Marlins start, as his audition to remain a starter continues. LeBlanc allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings while throwing 71 pitches at Atlanta on Wednesday.

LeBlanc displaced from the rotation Carlos Zambrano, who last Monday made his first relief appearance since Aug. 4, 2010.

• Center fielder Justin Ruggiano (.340) started Sunday for the first time in five days. He had been dealing with back spasms. The 30-year-old former Ray, a nine-year minor leaguer, was acquired from Houston on May 26 after playing in 39 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Last series results

Miami won, 2-1, at Marlins Park, May 11-13 (AP game recaps)

Marlins 6, Mets 5: Greg Dobbs’ two-out single in the ninth inning scored Emilio Bonifacio from second base with the winning run. The Marlins scored twice in the ninth off Frank Francisco to win for the ninth time in 10 games. Francisco blew his second save in 10 chances. His ERA rose to 6.59. More

Mets 9, Marlins 3: David Wright pulled an RBI single in the first inning, then sent three subsequent hits to the opposite field with a variety of trajectories. The net result: Three singles, one homer and three RBIs for Wright to help the Mets beat Ricky Nolasco. It was the fourth consecutive multi-hit game for Wright, hiking his NL-leading average to .402. R.A. Dickey (5-1) pitched six innings and sent the Marlins to only their second loss in the past 11 games. More

Marlins 8, Mets 4: Giancarlo Stanton's two-out slam capped a comeback Sunday by the Marlins, who scored six times in the ninth inning to beat an angry Frank Francisco. The Marlins trailed 4-2 when Emilio Bonifacio led off the ninth with his second triple of the game against the struggling Francisco (1-3). John Buck walked and pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs followed with an RBI single. Francisco was then replaced, and he walked slowly toward plate umpire Todd Tichenor, hollering angrily. Manager Terry Collins stepped between Tichenor and Francisco, who was ejected even though he was already out of the game. Manny Acosta replaced Francisco, and Jose Reyes' sacrifice fly made the score 4-all. After a popup, Hanley Ramirez walked and Austin Kearns was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Stanton's pink Mother's Day bat then closed out the victory, launching the first pitch over the left-center wall near the animated home run sculpture. More

Mets 7, Tigers 7: Duda a blast in return

March, 12, 2012
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Lucas Duda belted a monstrous grand slam off right-hander Jacob Turner in the right fielder’s return to the lineup and the Mets played to a 7-7, 10-inning draw with the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland on Monday afternoon.

Duda had been out of Grapefruit League action since Wednesday because of back stiffness, although he had continued to hit in a cage even during the absence.

“It wasn’t a big issue to start with,” Duda said. “A couple of days and I was good. … I wouldn’t even call it an injury. It was very minor.”

“If it still hurts him, I hate to see how hard he’s going to hit them when he feels better,” Terry Collins quipped.

Mike Nickeas was told he would need to make his swing more compact and show he can hit at least at a minimally acceptable level in order to take the backup catcher spot and hold off Rob Johnson. So far, so good.

Nickeas produced a pair of doubles in three at-bats Monday and is hitting .364 (4-for-11) in the Grapefruit League.

Collins said Nickeas is showing him something.

“He really is,” the manager said. “You ask a player when he comes into camp, ‘Hey, here’s what we’ve got to see,’ and he’s done nothing but swing the bat very, very well.”

Said Nickeas: “The message has been clearly sent to me, which has nice. He said, ‘Hey, get shorter, get on top of the ball, be a tough out.’ That’s what I continue to try to do. It feels good. It’s kind of surprising -- when you stay short, you start using those ‘whippy’ muscles in your swing instead of the big muscles that were really slowing me down in the first place. I feel like there’s a little bit of whip in there that wasn’t there before. I think that’s just a result of staying short.”

Wilmer Flores, who is transitioning from shortstop to third base this season, dropped a pop-up and had a throwing error at the hot corner. The pair of eighth-inning errors contributed to an unearned run charged to Jeremy Hefner, which evened the score at 7.

Jon Niese allowed three runs on five hits in three innings while striking out four and walking none in his latest Grapefruit League start. A three-run third included an RBI single by Miguel Cabrera. Prince Fielder also started for Detroit.

“Boy, they’ve got some good guys on their team,” Niese said. “They have a great lineup. There’s a certain way you pitch those guys. And if you go off that plan, they’re really going to make you pay for it, and they did.”

Still, Niese said he did have a small alibi. He was working on his two-seam fastball and changeup during a three-run third by the Tigers. Niese called those “show pitches” and not integral to his arsenal.

• Former Cubs reliever Jeff Stevens worked a 1-2-3 10th inning after being borrowed from minor league camp. Stevens, a 28-year-old right-hander, made 68 relief appearances over three years for Chicago.

• Collins said Ike Davis is ready to play multiple days in a row, and the 2011 ankle injury is behind him. “I ask him all the time about it,” Collins said. “It’s absolutely a non-issue.” Davis briefly appeared in back-to-back games to open the Grapefruit League season, but had settled into an every-other-day pattern.

• On David Wright’s cortisone shot, Collins said: “David was close. I think this was just an added precaution to pretty much speed him along the process of him getting better. I know when David comes back tomorrow he’ll have a timeframe in mind -- mostly likely midweek, late week before he can start resuming some on-the-field activities. Then we’ve got to see where he is by the weekend.”

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.297 7 37 55
OTHER LEADERS
HRC. Granderson 14
RBIL. Duda 46
RD. Murphy 55
OPSL. Duda .835
WB. Colon 8
ERAJ. Niese 2.96
SOZ. Wheeler 99