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Minors 6.8.13: Montero ups scoreless streak

June, 8, 2013
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TACOMA 11, LAS VEGAS 0: Starter Matt Fox was charged with eight runs in four innings. Reliever Gonzalez Germen surrendered three fifth-inning runs. Collin Cowgill went 2-for-3 with a walk in the loss, snapping a 1-for-20 rut to begin the road trip. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, ALTOONA 3: Rafael Montero allowed two singles and a walk over seven scoreless innings as the B-Mets (37-25) moved 12 games over .500 for the first time since September 2004. The Dominican right-hander struck out six and faced three over the

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minimum while extending his Eastern League scoreless streak to 23 2/3 innings. He retired 16 of the final 18 batters he faced and did not allow a runner past first base in his final five innings. Montero (7-3) produced his fourth scoreless performance of at least six innings this season. Cesar Puello drove in four runs and Travis Taijeron, in his Double-A debut after replacing injured Cory Vaughn, finished a triple shy of a cycle. Curve third baseman Adalberto Santos opened the door for the B-Mets with consecutive throwing errors in the second. With one out, Richard Lucas reached second base when Santos errantly fired to first. Lucas scored one batter later when Santos repeated the gaffe on a grounder from Blake Forsythe. Wilfredo Tovar added an RBI single. Montero faced his only major challenge in the second. Santos reached on a fielding error by second baseman Danny Muno and Carlos Paulino singled to put runners on first and second. Montero retired the next two hitters to end the threat. The B-Mets added to their lead in the third against starter Casey Sadler. Taijeron doubled and Puello drove him in for a 3-0 lead. Taijeron highlighted his stellar debut with a two-run homer off Luis Sanz and Lucas added a sac fly in a three-run seventh. Puello blasted a three-run homer over the batter’s eye off Nate Baker in the ninth. Puello is hitting .600 (15-for-25) in six games in June, with three doubles, six homers and 15 RBIs. Ryan Fraser allowed three runs (one earned) in the ninth. Box

JUPITER 2, ST. LUCIE 1 (9 innings)
ST. LUCIE 1, JUPITER 1 (suspended):
Ryan Rieger had a walk-off infield single to third, scoring Joe Mahoney in the ninth inning as Jupiter won Game 1. The second game of the

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doubleheader was suspended entering the top of the eighth. The Mets and Hammerheads are tied at 1 in the extra-inning game, which will resume at 5:05 p.m. Sunday. In the opener, Mahoney's solo homer in the fourth gave Jupiter a 1-0 lead. T.J. Rivera had an RBI single in the fifth to plate Cam Maron and even the score. Domingo Tapia pitched six innings and allowed one run and five hits while issuing one walk and striking out five. Hamilton Bennett pitched a scoreless seventh. Chasen Bradford suffered the loss in 1 2/3 innings of work. Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-4 in the first game of the doubleheader, while fellow rehabbing Marlins Donovan Solano and Mahoney had two hits apiece. Stanton struck out twice against Angel Cuan in the second game. Also in Game 2, Matt Reynolds singled to score Robbie Shields in the first inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Josh Adams delivered an RBI single to tie the score in the fifth. Cuan pitched five innings and allowed one run on five hits. Jim Fuller pitched two scoreless relief innings. Box 1, Box 2

SAVANNAH 4, ROME 1
ROME 3, SAVANNAH 0:
Steven Matz, who had landed on the DL with a blister, made his first appearance since May 28. He allowed a two-run first-inning homer to Trenton Moses but no other damage in four innings in the Game 2 loss. Savannah (37-24) mustered only three hits in the nightcap. In Game 1, Jake Kuebler limited the Braves to one run on three hits and a walk in five innings. Paul Sewald earned his second save with two scoreless relief innings. Stefan Sabol's three-run homer in the fourth opened the game's scoring. Jeff Reynolds plated the Gnats' other run, in the sixth. Box 1, Box 2

Series preview: Mets vs. Marlins

June, 6, 2013
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Getty ImagesThe Mets are due to face (l to r) Jose Fernandez, Kevin Slowey and Tom Koehler this weekend at Citi Field.
METS (23-33, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (16-44, fifth place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Matt Harvey (5-0, 2.17) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (3-3, 3.34), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Shaun Marcum (0-6, 5.71) vs. RHP Kevin Slowey (1-5, 4.16), 1:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.40) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (0-4, 3.70), 1:10 p.m. ET

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Giancarlo Stanton, who has been out since straining his right hamstring against the Mets on April 29, began a rehab assignment Tuesday with Class A Jupiter. Also in the midst of rehab assignments: Donovan Solano (intercostal muscle), Joe Mahoney (hamstring) and Logan Morrison. Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (shoulder) has one remaining rehab start before returning from the disabled list.


Laurence Kesterson/Associated PressCasey Kotchman returned Monday, after a two-month absence.


Once Stanton returns, Chris Coghlan should get exposure at third base and rookie Marcell Ozuna in center field and left field. Coghlan hasn’t been an everyday third baseman since 2009 in Triple-A, but he manned the hot corner during his college career at Ole Miss.

• Ozuna, who has been starting in right field in Stanton’s absence, lost a 16-game hitting streak last Saturday against the Mets. It was the second-longest streak for a rookie in Marlins history, trailing only Edgar Renteria’s 22-game streak in 1996.

• After last weekend’s series against the Mets, the Marlins activated first baseman Casey Kotchman from the DL and promoted left-hander Edgar Olmos from Double-A. Left-hander Wade LeBlanc was designated for assignment and outfielder Jordan Brown was demoted to Triple-A.

• Highly regarded outfield prospect Christian Yelich, who excelled against the Mets during spring training, landed on the disabled list at Double-A Jacksonville with an abdominal strain. That will delay his promotion.

Ed Lucas, whose first major league hit came last weekend in Miami against the Mets, is the oldest position player ever to make his major league debut with the Marlins. The oldest players ever to debut for the Marlins, regardless of position: Joe Strong (2000, 37 years 245 days), Lucas (2013, 31 years 9 days), Chuck Smith (2000, 30 years 326 days), Joe Dillon (2005, 29 years 289 days) and Tommy Phelps (2003, 29 years 27 days).

Lucas’ four-hit game Sunday made him the fastest ever to accomplish that feat to begin his major league career with the Marlins -- his third game, and second start. Hanley Ramirez had a four-hit game in his fourth career game. Ozuna did it in his sixth career game, earlier this season.

Tom Koehler is a Stony Brook University product.

• Closer Steve Cishek blew a save Tuesday, serving up an extra-innings homer to Philadelphia’s John Mayberry Jr. He has converted five of seven chances.

• Former Marlins manager Jack McKeon, who remains a presence around the organization, underwent heart bypass surgery Monday. He is 82.

• Miami is 6-3 against the Mets this season.

Juan Pierre has a .322 career average against the Mets. His 157 hits against the Mets are his most against any club. Only Jimmy Rollins (245) has more hits against the Mets among active players.

Ricky Nolasco and reliever Ryan Webb are available via trade, but not Cishek or left-hander Mike Dunn, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

Giancarlo Stanton to DL for Marlins

April, 30, 2013
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MIAMI -- In a blow to the Miami Marlins, slugger Giancarlo Stanton has been placed on the disabled list. Stanton left Monday's game with a right hamstring strain after trying to beat out a ball in the infield in the 10th inning.

The Marlins also placed infielder Joe Mahoney (hamstring) on the DL after their 15-inning win.

Left-hander Brad Hand and outfielder Marcell Ozuna are due to join Miami on Tuesday.

After homering three times in the previous two games, Stanton was 0-for-5 Monday before departing.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

April, 28, 2013
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The Mets face (l to r) Jose Fernandez, Kevin Slowey and Wade LeBlanc during their series in Miami this week.
METS (10-13, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (6-19, fifth place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Matt Harvey (4-0, 1.54) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (0-2, 4.50), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 5.12) vs. RHP Kevin Slowey (0-2, 2.43), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Dillon Gee (1-4, 5.96) vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-4, 6.20), 12:40 p.m. ET

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• Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton finally homered Saturday, in his 75th plate appearance of the season. Stanton, who led the National League in slugging percentage in 2012, added two more homers Sunday. He went RBI-less in his first 12 games of the season, but has produced nine RBIs in his past seven games.


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Giancarlo Stanton has belted three homers in his past two games.


• Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (bruised right elbow) is due to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Class A Jupiter and is not expected to be activated until after the Mets series. Chris Valaika started four straight games at the position before Nick Green got the nod Sunday. Green homered for the first time since 2009.

• Rookie Jose Fernandez has allowed nine runs in nine innings over his past two starts. He has been kept on a tight pitch count. He has thrown 80, 85, 79 and 79 pitches in his four major league starts. Fernandez, who allowed only two homers in 138 1/3 minor league innings (all in Class A), surrendered his first big league long ball Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins. Oswaldo Arcia took the 20-year-old Fernandez deep.

Fernandez, a Cuban defector, was taken with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of high school in Tampa. The Mets selected outfielder Brandon Nimmo one pick earlier. Besides Fernandez, three of the other first 100 picks in that ’11 draft have reached the majors: right-hander Trevor Bauer, third overall, UCLA, Arizona Diamondbacks; right-hander Dylan Bundy, fourth overall, Owasso (Okla.) H.S., Baltimore Orioles; and outfielder Jackie Bradley, 40th overall, University of South Carolina, Boston Red Sox.

• Owner Jeffrey Loria created another stir when he was accused in a report of dictating which game of a day-night doubleheader Fernandez pitched in Minnesota. Loria denied a role.

• Ex-Minnesota Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey is winless through five starts despite a 2.43 ERA. The Marlins have scored a total of six runs in Slowey’s five outings. Slowey did not appear in the majors last season. He made eight Triple-A starts with the Cleveland Indians in 2012 before being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his rib cage.

Mike Redmond, the first-year Marlins manager, caught Slowey’s major league debut on June 1, 2007. Slowey limited Bob Geren’s Oakland Athletics to one run in six innings in an eventual 3-2, 10-inning win.

• Stony Brook University product Tom Koehler joined the Marlins’ bullpen on April 19, replacing John Maine, who was designated for assignment. Maine, in his first major league duty since 2010 with the Mets, allowed 15 hits and 10 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings spanning four appearances.

• Closer Steve Cishek has three losses and a blown save and has allowed runs in six of 11 appearances this season. He earned his third save Sunday despite surrendering a homer to the Cubs’ Dioner Navarro.

• Rookie Joe Mahoney is day to day with right hamstring tightness. Mahoney had taken over for plug Greg Dobbs at first base in Casey Kotchman and Logan Morrison’s absences before this hamstring issue arose. Mahoney is a waiver claim from the Baltimore Orioles. He played at Triple-A Norfolk in 2012. The 26-year-old Mahoney was activated from the DL on April 17 after recovering from an oblique injury.

Series preview: Mets vs. Marlins

April, 4, 2013
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The Mets face (l to r) right-handers Alex Sanabia, Ricky Nolasco and Jose Fernandez this weekend.
METS (2-1, second place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (0-3, fifth place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-0, -.--) vs. RHP Alex Sanabia (0-0, -.--), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-5, 2.70) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 3.00), 1:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Aaron Laffey (0-0, -.--) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (0-0, -.--), 1:10 p.m. ET

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Jose Fernandez, the 14th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of high school in Tampa, will make his major league debut Sunday. The 20-year-old right-hander went a combined 14-1 with a 1.75 ERA in 25 Class A starts last season between Greensboro and Jupiter.

The Marlins opted to use the rookie with Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez on the disabled list, both with shoulder inflammation.

Fernandez arrived in the U.S. from Cuba by boat as a refugee in 2008. In preparation for Sunday’s start, Fernandez threw a simulated game Tuesday in D.C., with first-year manager Mike Redmond and hitting coach Tino Martinez acting as batters. Both are not that far removed from major league careers.


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John Maine made the Marlins' Opening Day roster. He last pitched in the majors in 2010 with the Mets.


• Ex-Met John Maine made Miami’s Opening Day roster as a reliever. He did not appear during the season-opening series at D.C., so his first major league action since his Mets days may come this weekend at Citi Field. Maine last threw a big league pitch on May 20, 2010 in Washington. It was after that abbreviated outing that pitching coach Dan Warthen called Maine a “habitual liar” with respect his truthfulness about injuries. Maine went 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in six games during spring training. He struck out nine and walked nine in 13 2/3 innings.

• Fellow ex-Met Jon Rauch signed a one-year, $1 million free-agent contract with the Marlins on Feb. 5.

• Miami, which completed its latest fire sale during the offseason, mustered only one run while getting swept in a season-opening three-game series at Nationals Park. The Marlins became the first team to total no more than one run in the team's first three games since the 1988 Orioles (also one run), according to ESPN Stats & Information. The '88 Orioles opened that season 0-21.

• Third baseman Placido Polanco batted cleanup the first two games of the season. He had never started a game in that slot previously in his 16-year career.

• First baseman Casey Kotchman will land on the disabled list Friday, two days after straining his left hamstring. He becomes the third first baseman the Marlins have lost this season. Logan Morrison (knee surgery) is on the 60-day DL, while Joe Mahoney is on the 15-day DL with an intercostal strain. Among the flurry of moves last season, the Marlins traded first baseman Gaby Sanchez to the Pittsburgh Pirates last July 31.

Greg Dobbs should handle the bulk of the first-base duty for now, while Austin Kearns and rookie Chris Valaika may see action at the position, too.

Giancarlo Stanton, the lone remaining threat in Miami’s lineup, led the NL in slugging percentage (.608) and finished second to Ryan Braun in homers last season, with 37. Stanton now has 93 career homers, matching Frank Robinson for fifth-most in MLB history before turning 23. The only players with more: Mel Ott (115), Eddie Mathews (112), Tony Conigliaro (104) and Alex Rodriguez (95).

• Catcher Miguel Olivo signed with Miami on March 29 after playing in 21 games for the Cincinnati Reds during spring training. Jeff Mathis suffered a broken right clavicle early in spring training.

• In the Nov. 19 trade that sent Jose Reyes, John Buck, Emilio Bonifacio, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson to Toronto, the Marlins received minor leaguers Anthony DeScalfani, Jake Marisnick and Justin Nicolino as well as Alvarez, Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria and Mathis. Reyes bristled during spring training at Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, after Loria denied advising Reyes days before the trade to buy a house in Miami.

Alex Sanabia, 24, will make his first major league appearance since Sept. 24, 2011 in the series opener. He went 6-7 with a 4.06 ERA in 17 starts last season at Triple-A New Orleans, where he also had three DL stints.

Marcum, Hawkins log 2 'B' IP apiece

March, 5, 2013
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JUPITER, Fla. -- Shaun Marcum and LaTroy Hawkins each logged two innings as a Mets "B" team was two-hit by the Miami Marlins in a 4-0 loss on Tuesday on a back field at the Roger Dean Stadium complex. Pedro Feliciano made his first game appearance with the Mets since 2010.


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Shaun Marcum pitches during Tuesday's "B" game in Jupiter, Fla.


Matt den Dekker produced a leadoff triple against Chad Qualls in the fifth, but Juan Lagares and Reese Havens consecutively struck out and Jamie Hoffmann flied out to end that threat. The Mets loaded the bases in the eighth on a double by Andrew Brown and walks to Brian Bixler and Juan Centeno, but left-hander Brian Flynn stranded the three runners by striking out Josh Satin on a changeup.

Marcum, who had requested to be held out of game action, was pitching for the first time since the team's Feb. 23 Grapefruit League opener. With his fastball sitting at 84-85 mph, the Marlins loaded the bases against Marcum with one out in the first frame, but the ex-Brewer rallied by retiring Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna on flyouts. Marcum then tossed a 1-2-3 second inning to complete a scoreless effort.

"I had a little shoulder flare-up last spring," Marcum said. "So I wanted to be smart about it this spring, especially with the extended spring, and just make sure that I was ready for whenever my turn is in the rotation for the start of the season. Because that's the most important thing, not making seven or eight starts down here. The elbow, shoulder, all that feels good."

Hawkins was making his first spring training appearance. He allowed a leadoff walk in the third to Ed Lucas, who then stole second. Joe Mahoney then delivered an RBI double. Hawkins also committed an error in the frame. He tossed a 1-2-3 fourth inning.

"That's probably the first time I've been in a bullpen I threw two innings in my first outing of a spring," Hawkins said with a chuckle. "But it went well, just throwing a lot of fastballs, trying to work on location and getting a feel for being back out there."

Gonzalez Germen surrendered two runs while recording only one out in the fifth, at which point that inning was called for a pitch count. Germen then contributed two additional scoreless innings.

Feliciano, wearing a heart monitor, surrendered a leadoff homer to Ben Lasater in the eighth. Registering 82-83 mph in his first game action after being idle earlier in camp, Feliciano also hit a batter.

Box score

Batter AB-R-H-RBI-BB-K
Omar Quintanilla, ss 4-0-0-0-0-1
Brian Bixler, 3b 2-0-0-0-2-0
Landon Powell, c 2-0-0-0-1-2
Juan Centeno, c 0-0-0-0-1-0
Josh Satin, 1b 4-0-0-0-0-3
Matt den Dekker, dh 3-0-1-0-1-1
Juan Lagares, cf 2-0-0-0-1-1
Alonzo Harris, ph 1-0-0-0-0-0
Reese Havens, 2b 3-0-0-0-0-1
Danny Muno, ph 1-0-0-0-0-0
Jamie Hoffmann, lf 3-0-0-0-0-0
Andrew Brown, rf 3-0-1-0-0-1

Pitcher IP-H-R-ER-BB-K
Shaun Marcum 2-2-0-0-1-1
LaTroy Hawkins 2-1-1-1-1-1
Gonzalez Germen 2.1-2-2-2-2-1
Pedro Feliciano 1-1-1-1-0-1

SB: Bixler
E-Hawkins (throw)
HBP: Feliciano
2B: Brown
3B: den Dekker

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