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Morning Briefing: deGrom day!

August, 2, 2014
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Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesJacob deGrom has allowed only two runs in 27 1/3 innings over his past four starts.
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FIRST PITCH: Jacob deGrom bids to win his fifth straight start when he opposes San Francisco Giants right-hander Jake Peavy on Saturday at 7:10 p.m.

DeGrom, the reigning National League co-Player of the Week, has a 0.66 ERA over his past four starts. Peavy (1-10, 4.71 ERA) makes his second appearance for San Francisco since being acquired from the Boston Red Sox last weekend.

The Mets (52-57) enter the game trailing the first-place Washington Nationals by seven games and now trailing the Pittsburgh Pirates by six games for the second wild-card spot.

Saturday’s news reports:

Ryan Vogelsong took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, when Juan Lagares produced a leadoff single, and ultimately tossed a complete game as the wild-card-leading San Francisco Giants beat the Mets, 5-1, in the opener of a four-game series. The Mets mustered two hits on Friday. The second hit was a solo homer by Lucas Duda in the eighth.

Duda became the 12th first baseman in franchise history to reach the 20-homer plateau. He joined: Carlos Delgado (three times), John Olerud (twice), John Milner (twice), Dave Kingman (twice), Donn Clendenon, Eddie Murray, Rico Brogna, Todd Zeile, Mo Vaughn, Mike Piazza and Ike Davis.

Duda drove in a run for the seventh straight game, matching David Wright for the longest such streak this season.

Jonathon Niese, hurt by his own error, allowed five runs (three earned), but got “lengthened out” by logging eight-plus innings.

Read game recaps in the San Francisco Chronicle, Post, Newsday, Times, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

Matt Harvey threw 15 pitches off a mound Friday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Oct. 22, 2013. Harvey suggested his goal is to pitch for the Mets in the postseason, although that obviously is a long shot for a couple of reasons.

Sandy Alderson indicated Harvey is likely to pitch in the low-intensity fall instructional league in Florida that spans late September and early October and then potentially make one appearance in the Arizona Fall League before shutting things down for the winter.

Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger and at MLB.com.

• Noah Syndergaard tossed six scoreless innings, but El Paso beat Las Vegas, 4-3, in 10 innings. Dilson Herrera had an RBI triple and scored on a wild pitch as Binghamton posted a 9-8 walk-off win against Bowie. Jeremy Hefner allowed two runs in four innings in St. Lucie’s 8-3 win against Clearwater as he further works back from Tommy John surgery. Andrew Church pitched a seven-inning shutout in Game 1 as Kingsport split a doubleheader with Elizabethton. Amed Rosario’s ninth-inning RBI single lifted Brooklyn to a 4-3 win against Auburn. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Columnist Larry Brooks in the Post questions Mets ownership. Writes Brooks:

But, colleague Joel Sherman’s report last week that the Mets had informed Colorado management they want to be invited to the party when and if Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez go on the market aside, it remains to be seen whether the Wilpons actually will put their money where management’s mouth is this winter.

It is all but impossible to trust this ownership will cash the checks its front office writes, to mix a particular Metaphor. And when an ownership loses the trust of its fan base the way this Wilpon operation has here, both pre- and post-Madoff, you get a half-empty ballpark more than half the time and you get well-earned eye-rolls on another idle deadline day.

• Fred Kerber in the Post speaks with the Mets scouts who saw deGrom at Stetson. “He has a little too much length especially for a shortstop,” Steve Barningham, the organization’s Southeast scouting regional supervisor, told Kerber. “We saw him as a freshman and sophomore play shortstop, and we liked the athlete, the body type. We like conversion guys because of the athleticism.”

• Wright and Terry Collins weighed in Friday on the Mets’ inactivity at the non-waiver trade deadline. Read more in Newsday.

• John DeMarzo in the Post profiles the Double-A infielder Herrera, who was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Marlon Byrd/John Buck trade last August.

• The Giants officially designated for assignment Dan Uggla and Tyler Colvin on Friday and promoted infielder Matt Duffy and outfielder Jarrett Parker.

• Read a feature on Giants infielder Joe Panik, a St. John’s product and New York State native, in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Daisuke Matsuzaka threw on flat ground Friday and reported no issue with his balky right elbow, which landed him on the disabled list last week.

• Arguments were heard Wednesday in State Supreme Court regarding an action brought by opponents of a mall slated to be built next to Citi Field, in the parking lot where Shea Stadium once stood. Read details in the Queens-based TimesLedger.

• Tim Teufel hosted a charity golf tournament Thursday, with players including Dillon Gee, Niese and Harvey participating. Read details in Greenwich Time.

From the bloggers …Faith and Fear figures the Mets and Giants played so quickly Friday because they feared Sharknado's return to Citi Field.

BIRTHDAYS: Mr. Koo turns 45.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you think Matt Harvey will pitch for the Mets this year?

Minors 7.15.13: Verrett goes 8 for 9th win

July, 15, 2013
7/15/13
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BINGHAMTON 7, RICHMOND 3: Logan Verrett fired eight strong innings and earned his league-leading ninth win. Binghamton is 25 games over .500 for the first time since Sept. 3,

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2000. Justin Turner went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored in his first rehab game in Double-A. Verrett struck out nine in his first win in exactly a month. For the sixth straight game, the B-Mets (59-34) scored in the first inning. Against Richmond starter Taylor Rogers, Allan Dykstra blasted a two-run homer. It was Dykstra’s team-leading 16th long ball. Richmond's Jarrett Parker answered with a homer in the second against Verrett, but Binghamton plated four runs in the bottom half. Alonzo Harris had an infield single. Darrell Ceciliani followed with a single. And Turner poked a groundball into right field to make it 3-1. Josh Rodriguez followed with a two-run double. Before the inning's end, second baseman Mike Minicozzi booted a routine groundball, allowing Rodriguez to score Binghamton’s sixth run. After surrendering a leadoff single in the fifth, Verrett retired 11 straight batters. In the eighth, Verrett retired the first two batters, but then gave up a single, walk and a two-run double to Joe Panik to make it a 7-3 game. Chasen Bradford induced three straight groundballs in the ninth to secure the victory. Rodriguez and Ceciliani extended their hitting streaks to 10 games. Verrett has thrown at least eight innings three times this season. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, DUNEDIN 3
ST. LUCIE 4, DUNEDIN 2: In the resumption of a suspended game, St. Lucie scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh for the walk-off win. Yucarybert De La Cruz had a game-tying RBI double and Kyle Johnson contributed a game-ending sacrifice fly. Rainy Lara allowed two runs in four innings and earned the win. In Game 2, Domingo Tapia departed after 1 2/3 innings due to ineffectiveness. He allowed three hits and four walks. Tim Byrdak tossed a scoreless relief inning. T.J. Rivera went 3-for-4 and Johnson scored twice. Box 1, Box 2

GREENVILLE 2, SAVANNAH 1
SAVANNAH 7, GREENVILLE 4:
In the resumption of a suspended game, Aneury Tavarez tripled up the left-center gap with one out in the ninth against Jake Kuebler to drive home David Chester with the go-ahead run. In Game 2, the Gnats overcame a 3-1 deficit with a three-run sixth. Jorge Rivero picked up the Gnats’ first hit of the game, leading off the inning with a single. After Brandon Nimmo reached on an error, Maikis De La Cruz singled home Rivero. Nimmo scored on a wild pitch to even the score. DH Eudy Pina brought home De La Cruz with a sacrifice fly. The Gnats added insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings, while the Drive got a run back in their half of the eighth for the final margin. Savannah starter Luis Cessa allowed three runs (two earned) in seven innings. He struck out six and earned his fifth win. Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 4, BURLINGTON 0
KINGSPORT 7, BURLINGTON 1: Chris Flexen tossed a seven-inning shutout, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out nine, in the opener. In Game 2, Andrew Massie earned his first professional win. He allowed one run on two hits and a walk in six innings. Pedro Perez and Jeyckol De Leon drove in two runs apiece. Box 1, Box 2

BROOKLYN 5, CONNECTICUT 4 (12 innings): After Connecticut rallied to erase a two-run deficit in the ninth, the Cyclones ultimately answered. Matt Oberste’s RBI double in the top of the 12th provided the winning margin. Jared King opened the frame with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Eris Peguero. Oberste then laced a double into center field. In the bottom half, right-hander Tim Peterson out of the University of Kentucky tossed a scoreless frame, issuing one walk, to collect his first save. Johnny Magliozzi had failed to hold the two-run lead in the ninth. After allowing a leadoff single and a walk, the ex-Florida Gator seemed like he would be able to wiggle free, recording two outs. But with a pair of runners in scoring position, Pat Leyland dropped a perfectly placed single into right field, allowing both runners to score to knot the score at 4. John Mincone and Connecticut reliever Tanner Bailey matched zeroes from that point until the 12th. Box

GCL METS 6, GCL MARLINS 2
GCL METS 3, GCL MARLINS 0: Frank Francisco struck out the side in one inning of work in Game 1. It was his second rehab appearance. Starter Yoryi Nuez (1-0) allowed two runs in five innings. In Game 2, Lenny Rosario, Dan Herrmann and Gaither Bumgardner combined on a two-hit shutout, although Rosario walked five in five innings. Box 1, Box 2

Compiled from team reports

Minors 6.20.13: Plawecki HR in 1st FSL AB

June, 21, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 7, TUCSON 5: Ike Davis homered twice and drove in three runs. Trailing 5-3, the 51s (38-34) scored three runs in the eighth. That inning included a double by Davis and Brandon Hicks' two-run single. Robert Carson tossed two scoreless innings for the save. Jack Leathersich also contributed a scoreless relief inning. Starter Rafael Montero surrendered three runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, RICHMOND 3: The B-Mets scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk in the seventh as Phil McCormick’s free pass to Allan Dykstra plated Alonzo Harris. Binghamton (44-27) has won eight straight series. Trailing 1-0, the B-Mets clawed back

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against Richmond starter Chris Gloor in the third. Cory Mazzoni singled. Josh Rodriguez followed with a double and Dykstra walked to load the bases. With two outs, Richard Lucas drove in two runs. An inning later, Blake Forsythe reached when third baseman Adam Duvall failed to field a chopper. Forysthe ultimately scored on Gloor’s balk. Richmond took advantage of a B-Mets misplay to tie the score at 3 in the fourth. With two outs and a runner on second, Ryan Lollis rolled a grounder to shortstop Danny Muno. The throw bounced past Dykstra at first base, allowing an unearned run to score. Richmond then tied the score on Mark Wagner's RBI single. In the seventh, Harris bunted for a single. Representing the go-ahead run, the speedy outfielder stole second. A parade of walks followed. Gloor was pulled after issuing a free pass to Muno. Scott Shuman entered and fanned Rodriguez before walking Travis Taijeron to load the bases. McCormick entered to face Dykstra and missed the outside corner on a 3-1 pitch, forcing in the go-ahead run. Mazzoni (3-2) struck out eight while allowing three runs (one earned) in six innings. He collected his first win since May 19. Jim Fuller made his Double-A debut, working around a one-out walk in a scoreless seventh. The southpaw also struck out Jarrett Parker to begin the eighth. Jeff Walters earned his league-leading 17th save. Box

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ST. LUCIE 8, PALM BEACH 6: Newly promoted Kevin Plawecki belted a three-run homer in his first Florida State League at-bat and finished 2-for-5 with four RBIs. Jayce Boyd also went 2-for-5 and drove in a run in his FSL debut. St. Lucie starter Domingo Tapia allowed six runs on 11 hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. Trailing 6-5, Matt den Dekker scored on an error and Plawecki delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh. Den Dekker went 2-for-4 with a walk and scored twice in his fourth game since returning from a broken wrist. Box

SAVANNAH 5, LEXINGTON 1: Maikis De La Cruz drove in the tying run in the fifth with an RBI single. He then scored on an errant throw while stealing third as the Gnats improved to 44-26. Savannah starter Logan Taylor (1-1) allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out nine in six innings. Hunter Carnevale and Beck Wheeler combined for three scoreless relief innings. Box

JOHNSON CITY 9, KINGSPORT 3: K-Mets starter Martires Arias allowed five runs (three earned) in 1 2/3 innings as Kingsport lost its season opener. Jeff Diehl went 3-for-5 with an RBI in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 3, ABERDEEN 0: John Gant limited Aberdeen to three hits and two walks while striking out six batters in five scoreless innings as the Cyclones (1-2) notched their first 2013 win. Gavin Cecchini walked with one out in the third and stole second base. LJ Mazzilli drew a walk to put men on first and second. Jared King then doubled, scoring Cecchini and moving Mazzilli to third. Matt Oberste grounded back to the pitcher and Mazzilli was thrown out at the plate for the second out. With two outs, Julio Concepcion hit a fly ball that was dropped by right fielder Manny Hernandez, scoring King for a 2-0 lead. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 6.19.13: Dykstra homers twice

June, 20, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 8, TUCSON 4: Eric Campbell drove in four runs while Ike Davis went 2-for-2 with three walks, an RBI and two runs scored. Gonzalez Germen and Sean Henn combined for three scoreless relief innings after starter Matt Fox allowed four runs in six innings. Box

RICHMOND 3, BINGHAMTON 2 (8 innings)
BINGHAMTON 8, RICHMOND 1: The B-Mets suffered a walk-off loss in the opener as Chase Huchingson walked the leadoff batter and ultimately surrendered a two-out RBI

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single to Andrew Susac in the bottom of the eighth. Binghamton won the nightcap as Cesar Puello returned from a one-week absence and Allan Dykstra went 3-for-7 with a double, two homers and five RBIs in the twinbill. In Game 1, Richmond starter Carlos Torres walked five batters in his lone two innings, but the B-Mets could not capitalize. Binghamton starter Erik Goeddel hit Mark Minicozzi to start the second inning and surrendered an RBI single later in the frame to Jarrett Parker. Omar Javier took over for Torres in the third and Puello stroked a leadoff double. Dykstra followed with a go-ahead two-run homer. Goeddel preserved that 2-1 lead, but Richmond busted through in the sixth against reliever John Church. Adam Duvall and Minicozzi singled. Duvall eventually scored on Susac's sac fly. The B-Mets loaded the bases in the top of the eighth against Tom Vessella, but Danny Muno struck out looking to end the frame. None of the 10 B-Mets batters who walked scored.

After mustering four hits in the opener, the B-Mets opened the nightcap with the first five batters to face Richmond starter Taylor Rogers reaching safely. Puello delivered an RBI single. Richard Lucas added a two-run single. Xorge Carrillo wrapped up the four-run first with his first RBI as a B-Met. B-Mets starter Darin Gorski allowed a runner to reach in each of his five innings, but surrendered just one run. Puello added an RBI single in the second and Dykstra hammered an RBI double in the fourth. Dykstra also had a two-run homer against reliever Ryan Bradley. Ryan Fraser contributed a scoreless sixth. Adam Kolarek struck out two in the seventh. Lefty reliever Jim Fuller was promoted from St. Lucie. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 5, CHARLOTTE 4: St. Lucie (37-30) won seven of its last eight games to close

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the first half. Robbie Shields had two hits, including a leadoff homer in a five-run fourth. Gilbert Gomez followed with an RBI single to tie the score at 2. Matt den Dekker, who finished 0-for-3 in his third game since returning from a broken right wrist, had a sacrifice fly to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. T.J. Rivera and Dustin Lawley each had RBI singles in the frame. St. Lucie starter Rainy Lara struck out back-to-back hitters with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth to close his outing. Lara earned his first Florida State League win. He allowed three runs and seven hits over five innings while walking two and striking out seven. Carlos Vazquez allowed one run and one hit with no walks and two strikeouts in two innings. Chasen Bradford pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. T.J. Chism struck out Richie Shaffer looking with runners at first and third to earn his eighth save. Box

STATEN ISLAND 5, BROOKLYN 2: Miller Diaz allowed five runs (two earned) in 4 2/3 innings. He allowed seven hits and one walk while striking out four. The damage began in a two-run second. With two outs, Kale Sumner and Bubba Jones consecutively singled. Francisco Rosario then produced a two-run double. An inning later, Derek Toadvine and Michael O’Neill singled to start the inning. With both in scoring position and two outs later in the frame, Isaias Tejeda lofted a fly ball that was botched by left fielder Eris Peguero, allowing two unearned runs to score. Sumner followed with an RBI single for a 5-0 Baby Bombers lead. The Cyclones (0-2) finally broke through in the sixth. LJ Mazzilli doubled with one out and advanced to third on a passed ball. Matt Oberste (3-for-4) eventually singled with two outs to plate him. Oberste, a seventh-round pick from the University of Oklahoma, produced his first professional homer in the ninth. Box

Compiled from team reports

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WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187