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Morning Briefing: Gee, Koehler up in finale

4/27/2014

NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: The Mets complete a 10-game homestand at 1:10 p.m. Sunday as Dillon Gee (1-1, 3.58 ERA) opposes Miami Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler (2-1, 2.13).

Koehler is a product of Stony Brook University on Long Island. He has allowed two runs or fewer and completed at least six innings in all four of his starts this season.

After the rubber game, the Mets have a day off. They begin a three-city trip Tuesday in Philadelphia, and also make stops in Denver and Miami.

Sunday’s news reports:

Kyle Farnsworth surrendered a 10th-inning homer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the Marlins beat the Mets, 7-6, Saturday night at Citi Field. Jenrry Mejia carried a 5-1 lead into the sixth. That became a five-run frame for the Marlins, who began aggressively swinging at Mejia’s first pitches.

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia produces a game-deciding homer against Kyle Farnsworth in the 10th.

Mejia eventually was charged with six runs in 5 2/3 innings as his ERA climbed from 1.99 to 3.49. His outing snapped a streak of 11 straight games in which Mets starting pitchers had allowed three runs or fewer.

Until Giancarlo Stanton belted a two-run homer in the sixth against Mejia, Mets starters also had gone 11 games without surrendering a homer. That was the longest streak by the Mets starting staff since an 11-game stretch in August 1991, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The four-run lead was the largest squandered by the Mets this season.

“His balls started getting left up and the Marlins were putting good swings on it,” catcher Travis d’Arnaud said about Mejia. “The balls were finding holes and they got a lot of runners and did what they needed to do.

“What can you do? I’ll tell you, I put the wrong fingers down,” d’Arnaud continued. “I wasn’t showing him where I wanted the ball.”

Despite posting six runs, the Mets produced only one hit after Lucas Duda’s two-run single in the third inning. In the first inning, Bobby Abreu notched his first homer since Sept. 28, 2012.

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

Curtis Granderson started in center field with Chris Young ill, although Young eventually entered Saturday’s game anyway, on an eighth-inning double-switch. Read more on Granderson’s hitting struggles in Newsday.

Juan Lagares (hamstring) has started playing in extended spring training games in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday, although Terry Collins implied Lagares’ absence would be slightly longer. Read more in the Record.

Taylor Teagarden homered twice and Jacob deGrom improved to 3-0 as Las Vegas beat Tacoma, 11-3. Matt Bowman allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings and Kyle Johnson had a three-run homer as Binghamton won the opener en route to splitting a doubleheader against Erie. John Gant allowed one run in six innings, but Savannah lost at Lakewood, 3-0. Read the full minor-league recap here.

Matt Harvey discusses with Kathleen Lucadamo in the Times what a typical Sunday off for him is like.

Says Harvey: “I like to go to Freemans for brunch. There’s a men’s clothing shop, Freemans Sporting Club, next door, so I check out new suits while I’m there. They have really amazing material and options. So if I can get in a good brunch and pick up a great suit for an upcoming road trip, I’ll do it. Or I’ll go to John Varvatos to shop. The majority of my clothes are from there. Those guys have been very helpful in fashion. If I’m hungry, I go to Lure Fishbar for a bite.”

David Wright on Saturday met NYPD officer James Li, who was shot in both legs in February. Read more in the Daily News.

• Anthony McCarron in the Daily News assesses the Mets’ offense. Writes McCarron:

Entering Saturday night, the Mets ranked among baseball’s worst in baseball in multiple offensive categories. They were last in on-base plus slugging (OPS) at .613. They were 29th in average at .220, 27th in homers with 14 and 22nd in runs (90). The club that’s supposed to be invested in pitch selection and patient at-bats was 26th in on-base percentage at .296. David Wright has only three extra-base hits. No Met has more than five.

• Tim Rohan in the Times reviews Facebook data that suggests the Yankees are residents’ favorite team even in Queens.

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