New York Mets: Jonathan Pettibone

Series preview: Mets at Phillies

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Bill Streicher/USA TODAY SportsDavid Buchanan makes his second major league start Friday against the Mets.
METS (24-28, fourth place/NL East) vs. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (23-27, fourth place/NL East)

Thursday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-5, 4.63) vs. RHP David Buchanan (1-0, 3.60), 7:05 p.m. ET

Friday: RHP Rafael Montero (0-2, 4.96) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.51), 7:05 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (0-2, 1.83) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (1-5, 4.04), 3:05 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.74) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.43), 1:35 p.m. ET

Monday: RHP Bartolo Colon (4-5, 4.73) vs. RHP Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 3.76), 7:05 p.m. ET

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Cliff Lee landed on the disabled list on May 20 with a flexor-tendon strain in his left elbow. David Buchanan replaced Lee in the rotation. Buchanan, 25, allowed two runs in five innings and earned the win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his major-league debut on Saturday, despite getting pulled at 66 pitches. Buchanan, a former seventh-round pick out of Georgia State, averaged 91.5 mph with his fastball in his debut. He was one of the limited options available. Jonathan Pettibone, who made two mid-April starts for the Phillies, is out with a labrum tear in his right shoulder. Pettibone has opted for a cortisone injection and rehab over surgery.

• Second baseman Chase Utley’s .335 average ranks third in the National League, trailing Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki (.369) and L.A.’s Yasiel Puig (.344). Utley leads NL second basemen in the initial All-Star voting tally. He has 509,390 votes, already considerably ahead of runner-up Dee Gordon of the Dodgers (304,258).


Kathy Willens/Associated PressJimmy Rollins is 13 hits shy of matching the Phillies franchise record.


Darin Ruf made his season debut May 21 after opening the year on the disabled list with a left oblique strain. The righty-hitting first baseman/outfielder started Tuesday over Ryan Howard against Colorado Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg suggested Ruf could continue to cut into Howard’s playing time at first base against southpaws, despite Howard earning $25 million a season through 2016.

Howard nonetheless had success against a southpaw on Wednesday. After a four-RBI performance that included a walk-off three-run homer against Rockies left-handed reliever Boone Logan, Howard is now three RBIs shy of 1,000 for his career. He should need the fewest games of any active major leaguer to reach that plateau. Albert Pujols is the current fastest among active players to 1,000 RBIs, at 1,257 games. Howard has played in 1,227 games.

• Catcher Carlos Ruiz’s .387 on-base percentage ranks second in the majors among catchers, trailing only Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy (.397).

Kyle Kendrick on Monday notched his first win since Aug. 6, snapping a streak of 16 straight winless starts. Kendrick tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a 9-0 win against the Rockies.

• Third baseman Cody Asche landed on the DL on Sunday with a left hamstring strain. Cesar Hernandez (.132, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 38 at-bats) has started six straight games at third base.

• Center fielder Ben Revere produced his first major-league homer on Tuesday. It came in his 1,466th at-bat. That was the longest drought to begin a major-league career since Frank Taveras went homerless in his first 1,594 at-bats from 1972-77.

Jimmy Rollins became the 12th active player to appear in 2,000 games on Wednesday. The leader is Derek Jeter at 2,646 games. Rollins ranks second in Phillies history, trailing only Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt (2,404). Rollins had been 0-for-15 before a seventh-inning single Wednesday. That single gave him 2,221 career hits. The franchise record is 2,234, by Schmidt. Rollins already owns the franchise record for doubles (464).

• The last time the Mets met the Phillies, Sandberg alleged he lost six pounds after receiving food poisoning from a Shake Shack burger at Citi Field. Like Lucas Duda, Sandberg since has made amends with the popular restaurant chain. He posed in a Shake Shack T-shirt tweeted by the company.

Series preview: Mets vs. Phillies

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USA TODAY SportsRyne Sandberg has replaced Charlie Manuel as Phillies manager.
METS (58-70, third place/NL East) vs. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (59-71, third place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Zack Wheeler (6-2, 3.49) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (10-6, 3.16), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: LHP Jonathon Niese (5-6, 4.03) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.51), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 9.00) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.62), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Matt Harvey (9-5, 2.27) vs. RHP Ethan Martin (2-2, 6.33), 1:10 p.m. ET

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• The Phillies fired manager Charlie Manuel on Aug. 16 and named former Chicago Cubs star Ryne Sandberg the interim manager. Sandberg most recently served as Philadelphia’s third-base coach. He previously managed the organization’s Triple-A Lehigh Valley affiliate for two seasons.

Manuel, 69, began managing the club in 2005 and compiled a 780-636 record. He has the most wins in franchise history, and managed the Phillies’ 2008 World Series title team. Manuel’s firing came four days after he earned his 1,000th career win, combined with a 2-season stint managing the Cleveland Indians.


Laurence Kesterson/Associated PressEx-Nat Roger Bernadina signed with the Phillies last week.


Ryan Howard appears done for the season after undergoing left knee surgery on July 10. Although Howard has resumed baseball activities, Sandberg indicated it would not be productive to try to get the first baseman in major league shape by the season’s conclusion. Michael Young primarily has played first base minus Howard.

• Rookie Ethan Martin, the 15th overall pick in the 2008 draft, was acquired at last year’s trade deadline in the deal that sent Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Martin has a 6.33 ERA in five major league starts. He is coming off an outing Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks in which he was knocked out after recording only two outs. Martin surrendered three hits, including a homer to Martin Prado, and walked three.

That game ended up lasting 18 innings. Its length prompted scheduled Sunday starter Tyler Cloyd to pitch five innings in relief Saturday, which then prompted the Phillies to bring back Roy Halladay early from the disabled list to start Sunday. Halladay had planned to pitch in another minor league rehab game after recovering from right shoulder surgery. The Phillies also used outfielder Casper Wells and infielder John McDonald as relief pitchers in the 18-inning game.

• Wells was claimed off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 8.

• The Phillies signed outfielder Roger Bernadina on Wednesday and optioned Michael Martinez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Bernadina had batted .178 with two homers and six RBIs in 85 games with the Washington Nationals this season.

• The Phillies have won two straight series, after winning only one other series since the All-Star break.

Darin Ruf has a National League-high nine homers in August. His long ball total is the most by a Phillies rookie in a calendar month since Howard had 10 in September 2005.

John Lannan will undergo left-knee surgery. Fellow starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone also is expected to miss the remainder of the season, with rotator-cuff inflammation.

Domonic Brown departed Saturday’s game with right heel soreness. He then pinch hit on Sunday. Brown recently missed 11 games with a concussion.

Jimmy Rollins needs two homers for 200 in his career.

Minors 8.15.13: B-Mets nearing playoff berth

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LAS VEGAS 3, NEW ORLEANS 2: Rafael Montero (5-3) tossed seven scoreless innings. He allowed four hits, issued no walks and struck out eight in a 99-pitch effort that included 65 strikes. Montero retired 14 straight batters from the first through the sixth innings. "Easy 94-96 mph with filthy changeup that makes the fastball play even better," a scout in attendance said. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, READING 3: The B-Mets trimmed their magic number to two to clinch their first playoff appearance since 2004. Binghamton is a franchise-record 30 games over

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.500. Greg Peavey, Hamilton Bennett and Armando Rodriguez combined to retire 18 of the final 19 Reading batters. The B-Mets scored five runs in the seventh. Reading had jumped on Peavey for two first-inning runs. Zach Collier homered. After consecutive singles put two aboard, Anthony Hewitt then hit a sharp groundball to third. Richard Lucas’ throw to second sailed high and allowed Maikel Franco to score, giving Reading a 2-0 lead. Lucas made amends by leading off the next half-inning with a double against rehabbing major leaguer Jonathan Pettibone. Wilfredo Tovar followed with a single. Xorge Carrillo put the B-Mets on the board with a run-producing groundout. Alonzo Harris tied the score with an RBI double. Hewitt pushed Reading ahead with an RBI single in the fourth, but the B-Mets responded against Pettibone in the fifth, in his final inning. Carrillo singled, advanced to third when Harris bounced a single off Pettibone’s foot, and came home on Danny Muno's sacrifice fly. Binghamton (77-47) unloaded against Juan Sosa in the seventh. Carrillo doubled. Following a single by Harris, Allan Dykstra lined a pinch-hit, go-ahead single that plated Carrillo. Muno added a bunt single to third and Darrell Ceciliani kicked the lead to two with a sac fly. Travis Taijeron delivered the final blow against Sosa by lining a two-run single. After Tyler Knigge entered, Tovar capped the inning with an RBI single. Bennett tossed a perfect seventh, then added a quiet eighth after Ceciliani rounded out Binghamton’s scoring with an RBI triple in the top of the inning. Peavey (2-1) departed for a pinch-hitter in Binghamton’s five-run seventh. After allowing Hewitt’s RBI single in the fourth, the righty retired the final nine batters he faced. Box

FORT MYERS 5, ST. LUCIE 3: Fort Myers produced a four-run fifth against Matt Bowman and snapped St. Lucie’s five-game winning streak. The Mets had runners at first and second with two outs in the ninth, but Zach Jones struck out Rylan Sandoval to end the game. The Mets pushed across two runs in the first. Kevin Plawecki singled to score Kyle Johnson and Dustin Lawley had a sacrifice fly to plate T.J. Rivera. Charley Thurber’s RBI single scored Robbie Shields in the second to make it 3-0. Shields finished 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk. Rivera and Jayce Boyd each had two hits. Bowman allowed five runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out four in 4 2/3 innings. Cody Satterwhite pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Angel Cuan tossed three scoreless innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Box

ROME 4, SAVANNAH 3: Starter Julian Hilario allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings. The Gnats charged back with three eighth-inning runs, but Eudy Pina struck out with the potential tying run on third base to end the threat. Box

BRISTOL 4, KINGSPORT 2: Rob Whalen allowed only one unearned run in a tough-luck loss. The K-Mets nonetheless have a three-game lead over Johnson City for second place in the West Division. The top two teams in each division reach the Appalachian League playoffs. Whalen, the league's WHIP leader, allowed seven hits and struck out seven. Two Kingsport errors in the game resulted in three unearned runs. Reliever Alberto Baldonado allowed only a two-out single in the ninth, marring what was otherwise a flawless two-inning stint. Patrick Palmeiro, the son of former MLB player Rafael Palmeiro, had a hit and two runs scored for Bristol. Thaddius Lowry allowed the first four Kingsport batters in the game to reach base. He retired nine straight after that. A double by Jeff Diehl in the fourth was the only other hit he allowed. Kingsport worked quickly against Lowry, with Yeixon Ruiz legging out a leadoff double. He reached third on a bunt single by Jeff McNeil and scored on Joe Tuschak's base hit. An error on Jeyckol De Leon's grounder helped McNeil score from second. The K-Mets didn't threaten again, leaving five men on base the rest of the way and hitting into double plays to end the eighth and ninth innings. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 6, BROOKLYN 4: Dawrin Frias made his first professional start since 2009, going six innings and allowing two runs on three hits. Brooklyn opened the scoring in the first. Ismael Tijerina and Gavin Cecchini singled, with Cecchini extending his hitting streak to 13 games. Tomas Nido then hit a grounder to second baseman Ariel Soriano, who tossed the ball to shortstop Darryl George covering second. George dropped the ball and all runners were safe. With one out and the bases loaded, James Roche hit a comebacker to pitcher Chris Kirsch. He threw the ball away, allowing Tijerina and Cecchini to score and giving the Cyclones a 2-0 lead. Frias didn’t allow a hit until the fifth, when Hudson Valley came back to tie the score. Reliever Kevin McGowan entered for the seventh and Hudson Valley put up four runs in the inning. James Roche's late two-run homer pulled Brooklyn back within two runs. Box

GCL CARDINALS 12, GCL METS 2: Reliever Christian Montgomery allowed seven runs (five earned) in one inning. Box

Compiled from team reports

Rapid Reaction: Phillies 8, Mets 7

June, 22, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA -- Jordany Valdespin did it again. This time it went for naught.

A half-inning after the Mets completed a rally from a six-run deficit, Carlos Torres served up a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to Kevin Frandsen as the Philadelphia Phillies survived for an 8-7 win against the Mets on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.

A year after Valdespin burst onto the major league stage with a tiebreaking pinch-hit homer against Jonathan Papelbon for his first major league homer, JV1 again homered in the ninth inning against the closer. This time, the one-out solo shot pulled the Mets within 7-6. The Mets then benefited from some Phillies sloppiness to even the score.


H. Rumph Jr./Associated PressRyan Howard homered twice against Dillon Gee.


David Wright reached on third baseman Michael Young's error. Stealing second with two outs and Daniel Murphy at the plate, Wright scored on the play when Murphy punched a single through the vacated hole at shortstop and center fielder Ben Revere flubbed picking up the baseball.

Papelbon suffered his third blown save this season -- and this week.

Oh, Gee: Next time, Dillon Gee might want to pitch around Ryan Howard.

Howard continued to torment the right-hander, homering twice and driving in four runs against Gee.

Howard is now a career 7-for-15 with six homers and 14 RBIs against Gee. He has gone deep in five of the six games in which they have met.

Fellow nemesis Michael Young also had a solo homer against Gee, whose streak of stellar starts was snapped at four.

The all-time homer list versus Gee: Howard 6, Young 3, John Mayberry Jr. 2, Alex Gonzalez 2, Ian Desmond 2, Travis Ishikawa 2.

Gee ultimately was charged with six runs (five earned) on eight hits in a 67-pitch effort over five innings. He had produced a 1.53 ERA over his previous four starts.

Gee’s career numbers in Philly: 1-2 with a 10.38 ERA in six appearances (five starts).

Comeback: The Mets began their rally from a six-run deficit in the seventh -- the inning after Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone was forced to depart with lower-back tightness.

After Omar Quintanilla’s RBI single pulled the Mets within 7-2, Josh Satin walked to load the bases and chase Michael Stutes. Eric Young Jr. followed with a two-run double against Justin De Fratus. Valdespin then had an RBI groundout as the Mets pulled within two, 7-5.

The four-run frame ended when left-hander Jacob Diekman entered and struck out a perturbed Murphy looking, stranding two runners.

Satin, who is due to start at first base Sunday, has reached base in six straight plate appearances (three hits, three walks).

Buck-E: John Buck had a passed ball in the first inning that contributed to an unearned run charged to Gee.

With Greg Burke pitching in the sixth, Ben Revere stole second and third against the tandem and scored on Buck’s errant throw to third base as the Phillies took a 7-1 lead.

Welcome back: Burke, who surrendered the unearned run in one inning of work, was making his first appearance since returning to the majors this weekend. His promotion coincided with Jonathan Niese landing on the disabled list.

Burke may not be around long. The Mets will need to clear a roster spot Tuesday when Zack Wheeler is re-promoted to face the Chicago White Sox.

What’s next: Matt Harvey Day! Harvey (6-1, 2.16 ERA), who took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning in Atlanta in his last start, opposes left-hander John Lannan (0-1, 5.49) in the rubber game at 1:35 p.m. Sunday.

Rapid Reaction: Phillies 9, Mets 4

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WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets demoted Josh Edgin to Double-A Binghamton before Saturday's game against the Phillies to clear a spot for Shaun Marcum.

Both of the left-handed relievers to survive that cut now have experienced meltdowns in recent days.

Inserted for Marcum to open the fifth inning with the Mets trailing by a run, Robert Carson surrendered five runs, including a three-run homer to Domonic Brown and solo shot to John Mayberry Jr.


Jason Szenes/Getty ImagesShaun Marcum allowed three runs in four innings in his Mets debut.


The Phillies ultimately beat the Mets, 9-4, at Citi Field.

Carson's subpar appearance came two days after Scott Rice, the other lefty in the bullpen, was charged with two ninth-inning runs and suffered his first major league loss.

The Mets' MLB-worst bullpen ERA rose to 5.28.

The Mets (10-12) dropped to two games under .500. They are 5-0 in games started by Matt Harvey and 5-12 otherwise.

FOUR-LORN: Marcum lasted four innings in his Mets debut. He allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three in a 71-pitch effort.

Marcum departed for pinch-hitter Justin Turner with runners on the corners and two outs in the bottom of the fourth and the Mets trailing, 3-2. Turner took a called third strike from Phillies rookie starter Jonathan Pettibone (5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER).

Could Marcum have continued? Perhaps for another inning. But the Mets have been struggling for runs. And Marcum barely had ramped up in preparation for his Mets debut anyway.

Marcum threw only 52 in-game pitches in an extended spring training game Monday in Florida, but was declared ready for a regular-season game.

Marcum's fastball sat at 85 mph, with an occasional 86 mph Saturday. All three runs against him came in the third inning -- on Chase Utley's RBI double, a wild pitch and Ryan Howard's sacrifice fly.

BUCK SHOT: John Buck had a solo homer in the ninth, giving him 23 RBIs. That's the most April RBIs since David Wright also had 23 in 2008. The franchise record for the month is by Jeff Kent (26 in April 1994). Buck has eight homers.

WHAT'S NEXT: Jonathon Niese starts on turn after being forced from his last outing in the third inning because he was struck in the right ankle with a sharp comebacker. Niese (2-1, 3.81 ERA) opposes winless Cole Hamels (0-3, 5.40) in Sunday's 1:10 p.m. series finale as the Mets attempt to avoid getting swept.

Saturday's Mets-Phillies lineups

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Terry Collins is sticking with the reconfigured lineup as the Mets face the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Citi Field. Shaun Marcum comes off the disabled list for his Mets debut. Marcum opposes right-hander Jonathan Pettibone, who is making his second major league start.

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Mike Baxter, rf
Ruben Tejada, ss
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Lucas Duda, lf
John Buck, c
Ike Davis, 1b
Jordany Valdespin, cf
Shaun Marcum, rhp

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Jimmy Rollins, ss
Chase Utley, 2b
Michael Young, 3b
Ryan Howard, 1b
Domonic Brown, lf
John Mayberry Jr., cf
Laynce Nix, rf
Humberto Quintero, c
Jonathan Pettibone, rhp

Morning briefing: Marcum debuts for Mets

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The Mets will need to clear a roster spot for Shaun Marcum. The candidates (l to r): Jeurys Familia, Robert Carson and Josh Edgin.
FIRST PITCH: Shaun Marcum, who signed a $4 million deal on Jan. 30 that included the opportunity to double that amount by achieving incentives, is due to make his Mets debut today as the Mets oppose the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:05 p.m. at Citi Field.

Marcum received injections on April 4 to calm an inflamed nerve that was causing pain in his neck and shoulder. He never appeared in an official minor league rehab game, instead pitching in extended spring training against low-level competition. Marcum threw 52 pitches in five scoreless innings Monday in Florida, then continued to toss on the side to try to up his pitch count. He likely will be capped at roughly 90 pitches today, Terry Collins indicated.

The Mets will need to make a pregame roster move, subtracting a member from the bullpen, in order to clear room for Marcum. Josh Edgin has struggled badly, although he had a 1-2-3 ninth Friday. The alternatives: Jeurys Familia or, seemingly less likely, Robert Carson. Familia tossed two scoreless innings in the series opener against Philadelphia. That workload led to speculation he may be out.

Marcum faces right-hander Jonathan Pettibone in the rookie’s second major league start.

Saturday’s news reports:

• The Mets dropped below .500 for the first time this season with a 4-0 loss to the Phillies in Friday’s series opener. Dillon Gee matched zeroes with Kyle Kendrick until the sixth, when Gee surrendered a run-scoring single to Michael Young and three-run homer to Ryan Howard. Kendrick produced a three-hit shutout. It marked the fourth time in five games the Mets mustered five hits or fewer. Perhaps recognizing the Mets like to take pitches, Kendrick threw a season-high 71 percent first-pitch strikes, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Howard, the active home run leader against the Mets with 36, now has four homers in 12 career at-bats against Gee. That is the most homers Gee has surrendered to any player. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday, Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and MLB.com.

• Collins preached patience and insisted any consideration about demoting Ike Davis is a long way away. The manager tried to compare Davis’ struggles to the woes of Matt Kemp, who arrived in Queens with the Dodgers this week homerless. Yet Kemp still was respected by the Mets as a dangerous bat, according to Collins.

"I looked at Matt Kemp’s numbers the other day," Collins said. "They weren’t very good for Matt Kemp. I’m still scared to death of him. And you can be sure that the Philadelphia Phillies, when Ike Davis gets in the batter’s box, they’re worried, because they know he’s going to get out of it."

Davis was dropped to No. 7 in Friday’s lineup and went 0-for-2 with a walk. His average dipped to .169. Read more in the Record, Post and Star-Ledger.

• Collins’ Friday lineup juggling also included Daniel Murphy moving into the No. 3 slot and David Wright to cleanup, both for the first time this season. Read more in the Times.

• Read more on Marcum’s Mets debut and the impending roster move in the Journal, Post and Star-Ledger.

• Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post analyzes the state of the struggling Phillies and Washington Nationals, and wonders if the Mets will make a trade if those teams stumble and the Mets end up more in contention than they thought. Writes Davidoff:

The Mets say they have the funds to add payroll during the season, and their prospect/trade chip base has grown with the development of pitchers like Rafael Montero, Luis Mateo and Cory Mazzoni. Will they have cause to make a move, courtesy of the Phillies and Nationals? I’d like to see it, just to learn whether the Mets would live up to their word. After a night like this, though, you wonder whether the possibility of the 2013 Mets being relevant is the true mirage.

• In a batter of young NL East phenoms, Matt Harvey is scheduled to oppose Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez on Monday in Miami. Fernandez, who limited the Mets to one run in five innings in his major league debut on April 7, had allowed nine runs in nine innings over his past two starts -- at Cincinnati and at Minnesota.

In Miami, lightning-rod owner Jeffrey Loria denied influencing which game of a doubleheader Fernandez pitched at Minnesota this week, according to Manny Navarro in the Miami Herald.

• Catcher Carlos Ruiz is due to join the Phillies on Sunday after completing a 25-game suspension for amphetamines. "It's been a little hard for me," Ruiz told John Smallwood in the Philadelphia Daily News while rehabbing with Double-A Reading. "Definitely, I would like to be with the team. I want to help the ballclub win games. But now it's just about over. I'm real close, and I can't wait to see [Sunday]. It was tough, but at the same time, you had to prepare yourself to be ready for when you came back. I'm not happy with what happened, but there was nothing I could do except work every day."


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Aaron Laffey was ineffective Friday night in the Bronx after being claimed by the Jays.


Aaron Laffey, claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays a day after being designated for assignment by the Mets, started in the Bronx on Friday night in place of Josh Johnson, who had triceps tightness. Laffey lasted only 2 2/3 innings and walked five. He was charged with two runs. Brad Lincoln inherited the bases loaded from Laffey and stranded three by striking out Ichiro Suzuki.

Richard Griffin in the Toronto Star notes Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has made a massive number of waiver claims. Writes Griffin:

The Jays have made 21 such claims since Oct. 17, 2012. That is crazy high. Here is the list: OF Scott Cousins; RH Cory Wade; RH Tyson Brummett; C Bobby Wilson; RH David Herndon; RH Chad Beck (twice); LH Scott Maine; C Eli Whiteside; RH Mickey Storey; IF Russ Canzler; RH Tommy Hottovy; 1B Lars Anderson; RH Guillermo Moscoso; RH Todd Redmond; 1B Clint Robinson; RH Alex Burnett; RH Edgar Gonzalez; 1B Mauro Gomez; OF Casper Wells and Laffey. Only eight of the 20 different claims (Beck twice) are still in the organization. Only Laffey is on the Jays’ 25-man roster. Only Laffey, Robinson, Gomez and Redmond remain on the 40-man roster.

• Howard Johnson, back in baseball as the first-year hitting coach for Triple-A Tacoma (Seattle Mariners), is in Las Vegas this weekend facing Mets-affiliate Las Vegas. Regarding 51s manager Wally Backman getting a major league managerial gig, HoJo told the Las Vegas Sun: “One of these days, Wally is going to get a shot. I would love to be one of his coaches. It’s important to have people that you know and trust. We go back a long way and share a lot of the same experiences.”

• Zack Wheeler is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA in five starts with Las Vegas. He has allowed 26 hits and 15 walks while striking out 28 in 23 1/3 innings. Opposing Pacific Coast League batters are hitting .283 against him.

“His velocity is good and his mechanics are good,” Sandy Alderson told columnist John Harper in the Daily News. “That’s what’s most important. And he threw well for four innings [Thursday]. We’re looking for his development as opposed to his line scores. But there’s no question it’s a big adjustment pitching in that league.”

Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Rafael Montero suffered his first 2013 loss as Binghamton was blanked by Akron, 4-0. Montero (3-1, 1.95 ERA) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out eight. Dustin Lawley homered twice as St. Lucie beat Bradenton, 5-2. Read the full minor league recap here.

• Jonathan Lehman in the Post profiles Binghamton left-handed reliever Jack Leathersich. Although he allowed two hits and a walk last night, Leathersich also struck out three in a scoreless ninth to keep his ERA at 0.00 for the season. The 2011 fifth-round pick from UMass-Lowell has 157 Ks in 95 2/3 professional innings.

• ESPN West Palm launched a weekly video segment featuring the St. Lucie Mets. Watch the first installment here.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear in Flushing realizes some losses are less miserable than inevitable. … Shannon from Mets Police has some thoughts about the Mets’ efforts on social media.

BIRTHDAYS: Smithtown, Long Island’s Frank Catalanotto is 39. … Orber Moreno turns 36. … Eric Hillman is 47. … Brian Giles turns 53.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Who should the Mets demote/release from the bullpen to clear a roster spot for Shaun Marcum?

Around the minors 6.13.12

June, 14, 2012
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READING 1, BINGHAMTON 0:
Binghamton starter Mark Cohoon cruised through six innings and the B-Mets had a 1-0 lead before things unraveled in the final frame. Brandon Tripp and Jiwan James started the rally with one-out singles. Pinch hitter Jeremy Barnes sent a chopper to shortstop that had double-play potential. After some hesitation, Josh Rodriguez’s flip to Reese Havens at second was late and Binghamton failed to get an out. Miguel Abreu capitalized and tied the score with a sac fly. With runners at second and third, Adrian Rosario entered and surrendered a two-run single to Cesar Hernadez. Justin Friend took over in the seventh for Reading and worked around a leadoff walk to collect his 12th save. The B-Mets had scored their only run in the first inning off R-Phils starter Jonathan Pettibone. Rodriguez singled and scored when Jefry Marte doubled. Cohoon (3-6) allowed three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. In the night cap, the B-Mets were held to six hits. Reading scratched out the game’s only run in the fourth off starter Collin McHugh. Hernandez started the inning by tripling. Darin Ruf brought him home on a sac fly. McHugh (5-5) allowed one run on five hits and struck out seven over 5 2/3 innings. The B-Mets (29-32) will look to avoid their first three-game sweep of the season Thursday at 10:35 a.m. Zack Wheeler opposes right-hander Austin Hyatt. Box 1, Box 2

PALM BEACH 6, ST. LUCIE 1: Robbie Shields had two hits and drove in a run, but St. Lucie was limited to only four other hits. The Cardinals took the lead with a two-run third inning and scored three times in the seventh. Yohan Almonte was dealt the loss for the first time this season. Almonte allowed two runs on three hits and struck one in three innings. After a 79-minute rain delay, Jack Leathersich entered for the fourth inning with the Mets trailing 2-1 and tossed two scoreless innings. Hamilton Bennett gave up three runs and six hits while striking out three over two innings. Taylor Whitenton surrendered a run on hits in two innings while walking three and striking out four. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Shields delivered an RBI double to score Rafael Fernandez. Box

SAVANNAH 3, CHARLESTON 1
SAVANNAH 3, CHARLESTON 2:
After failing to complete a game since Saturday, the Gnats finished two Wednesday, taking the conclusion of a suspended game from Sunday as well as the seven-inning nightcap. Game 1, which began three days ago in Charleston, resumed with the Gnats leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth. After the RiverDogs (38-25) evened the score with a run in the fourth, the Gnats snapped the tie with two runs in the seventh. T.J. Rivera singled and scored the go-ahead run on Travis Taijeron’s booming triple. Taijeron scored the Gnats’ third run on Brian Harrison’s single. Gnats reliever Randy Fontanez permitted an inherited runner to score in the fourth, but did not allow another run in his 3 2/3 innings to earn his first win as a Gnat. Jeffrey Walters worked around a hit in the ninth to collect his second save. In Game 2, the Gnats built a 2-0 lead. In the first, Rivera doubled home Cam Maron. In the second, Charley Thurber tripled to plate Harrison. The Gnats added a run in the fifth on Maron's RBI single. Charleston twice closed to within a run, at 2-1 and 3-2, but starter Logan Verrett and reliever T.J. Chism kept the Dogs from pulling even. Verrett struck out eight batter in 5 2/3 innings. Rivera was 3-for-5 in Game 1 and 3-for-3 in Game 2, with a double and RBI. Maron was 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored in Game 2 to extend his hitting streak to 11 straight games. The Gnats finish the first half in Rome, Ga. Box 1, Box 2

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Around the minors 5.31.12

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COLUMBUS 3, BUFFALO 0: Chris Young tossed six scoreless innings, allowing two hits while tossing 87 pitches. Despite Young's efforts, the Bisons bullpen faltered and the Herd fell short of a series sweep. Thursday's game concluded a record 16-game homestand. After posting a 3.18 ERA in three starts for Class A St. Lucie, Young faced a higher-caliber opponent with Buffalo. After Young's departure, left-hander Chuck James had a 7 2/3-inning scoreless streak end. James surrendered a homer to Beau Mills, the first batter he faced. He allowed two more hits before being relieved by Pedro Beato. Columbus added two more runs in the inning. Reliever Jeff Stevens pitched the ninth and allowed no runs, extending his scoreless streak to six innings. Valentino Pascucci extended his International League-high on-base streak to 25 straight games courtesy of a first-inning walk. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, AKRON 1: Zack Wheeler allowed one run and struck out eight over seven innings. Wheeler faced three over the minimum to earn his fifth straight win. Wheeler again got serious offensive support. After going down in order in the first against starter Jonathan Pettibone, the B-Mets offense came alive in the second. Eric Campbell singled and Juan Lagares doubled. Juan Centeno chased both home with a double. Pedro Zapata added an RBI single and scored later in the inning on a fielding error by first baseman Steven Lerud. The B-Mets tacked on a run with a sac fly by Juan Lagares in the third and posted another crooked number in the fourth. Zapata tripled and Wheeler walked to set the table for Josh Rodriguez. The shortstop launched a 1-2 pitch from Pettibone into the left-field seats for his fourth homer of the season, giving the B-Mets an 8-0 lead. The run support was plenty for Wheeler. The righty retired the first nine R-Phils he faced before allowing a single to Miguel Abreu in the fourth. Wheeler shook off the hit and sat down 10 consecutive as he breezed into the seventh. His only blemish came in his final inning when he allowed back-to-back doubles to Darin Ruf and Brandon Tripp. Wheeler (5-2) did not issue a walk for the second time this season. He finished one shy of his season high for strikeouts. Over his last five starts, the B-Mets offense has supplied nearly nine runs per game. Robert Carson added two scoreless relief innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 8, PALM BEACH 3: Starter Yohan Almonte tossed five scoreless innings. Alonzo Harris Jr. went 4-for-5 with three RBIs, two runs scored, a walk and two extra-base hits. Blake Forsythe also drove in three runs. Box

GREENSBORO 2, SAVANNAH 0: Starter Michael Fulmer allowed one run on four hits and two walks in five innings. Randy Fontanez contributed three no-hit relief innings. The Gnats mustered four hits -- two by T.J. Rivera. Box

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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