New York Mets: Jorge Rivero

Morning Briefing: LOL Phils

August, 30, 2014
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NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: The Mets certainly have the number of their rivals from the City of Brotherly Love. The Amazin’s are 12-5 against the Philadelphia Phillies this season -- their most wins in a season series against Philadelphia since 1989.

With a win with Bartolo Colon on the mound Saturday at 7:10 p.m. opposite right-hander Jerome Williams, the Mets can match their most wins ever in a single season against Philadelphia. The Mets won 13 games in the season series in 1970, ’71 and ’72 and ’87.

Meanwhile, the Mets (63-72) must run the table to win 90 games -- not that it was a goal articulated by Sandy Alderson or anything.

Saturday’s news reports:

• Left fielder Grady Sizemore's two-out drop of a routine fly ball with the bases loaded led to three unearned runs in the seventh as the Mets beat the Phillies, 4-1, in Friday’s series opener at Citi Field. The Mets produced three runs in the seventh without a hit -- their first time posting that many runs in a hitless inning since 1999. Jacob deGrom allowed one unearned run in seven innings to rekindle his NL Rookie of the Year chances. Dilson Herrera went 0-for-3 and had a fielding error in his major league debut. Jenrry Mejia became the second-youngest closer in franchise history to reach 20 saves. Eric Campbell swiped home on a double-steal.

The Mets won for the sixth time this season while producing four hits or fewer. That is one shy of matching the franchise record set in 1972, according to statistician Eric Hornick. The Amazin’s opened a 1-game lead on Philadelphia for fourth place.

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

• In a pregame interview, Herrera said he was “in complete shock” upon learning of the promotion late Thursday. He replaced Daniel Murphy, who may miss most of the remainder of the season with a strained right calf. The Mets only view Herrera as a second baseman and do not intend to expose him to shortstop in the majors. Read more on Herrera in the Post, Journal, Star-Ledger and at MLB.com.

• Las Vegas manager Wally Backman was named Pacific Coast League manager of the year. The 51s are headed to the postseason for the second straight year. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Alderson told the Post’s Mike Puma that moving Travis d'Arnaud to left field has not been discussed. Asked if it was possible in the future, Alderson added: “No, not really.” (Twitter link)

• Read more on Alderson’s 90-wins spin in the Daily News.

• Columnist Michael Powell in the Times discusses the lament of being a Mets fan entering September. Writes Powell:

There is a metronomic regularity to this annual Mets ruination. The team shows glimmers of hope in the spring, goes on a nice little run in June or July, and elicits hopeful nouns, verbs and adjectives from the news media.

At which point, the Mets collapse, totally, thoroughly and profoundly. The joint goes somnolent. Scalpers despair -- how do you maintain line discipline when there are more sellers than fans stepping off the 7 train? And tickets get really cheap, like this official Mets “deGrom package” (named after one of the Mets’ better young pitchers, Jacob deGrom), which arrived in my email Thursday: four field-level seats for $48.

Gonzalez Germen surrendered five runs in the eighth as Las Vegas lost to Albuquerque, 9-6. Steven Matz matched a career high with 10 strikeouts, but Richmond topped Herrera-less Binghamton, 2-1. Seth Lugo allowed one run in seven innings and struck out a season-high 10 to lead St. Lucie past Palm Beach, 3-1. Colton Plaia and Jorge Rivero homered as Savannah held off Rome, 6-5. Kingsport completed its season with a 5-2 win against Elizabethton. Read the full minor-league recap here.

From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear examines just how youthful the Mets have become.

BIRTHDAYS: The late Tug McGraw was born on this date in 1944. ... Former reliever Jon Adkins turns 37.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Who is more deserving of NL Rookie of the Year -- Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia or Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton?

Minors 8.29.14: Lugo keeps FSL hopes alive

August, 30, 2014
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ALBUQUERQUE 9, LAS VEGAS 6: The Isotopes homered twice and plated five runs in the eighth against Gonzalez Germen in the come-from-behind win. Andrew Brown homered twice and Cesar Puello also went deep in the defeat. Starter Cory Mazzoni allowed three runs in six innings while striking out 10. After producing a 7.39 ERA in six starts with the 51s, John Lannan moved to a relief role. He allowed one run in one inning. Box

RICHMOND 2, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets collected five hits in their first eight at-bats, but mustered only two hits over the final seven innings. Steven Matz matched a career

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high with 10 strikeouts. The loss, coupled with Portland's win, secured a second-place finish for the B-Mets in the Eastern Division. The B-Mets will host Game Nos. 1 and 2 of the Eastern Division Championship Series, beginning Wednesday. Binghamton scored in the first against Adalberto Mejia. After Kyle Johnson doubled and T.J. Rivera singled, Brian Burgamy snapped a nine-game RBI drought with a single. The Squirrels struck back against Matz in the bottom half. Skyler Stromsmoe led off with a single, swiped second and scored when Mario Lisson doubled. Lisson struck again to give the Squirrels the lead in the third. He yanked a 2-2 pitch with two outs inside the third-base bag and down the left-field line, plating Stromsmoe from second with the go-ahead run. Mejia nearly coughed up the lead in the fourth. After surrendering a leadoff single to Jayce Boyd, the southpaw issued consecutive two-out walks to load the bases. Matz shot a line drive, but was robbed of a hit by first baseman Angel Villalona, who leaped and snared the shot. Matz (6-5) surrendered two runs on five hits over five innings. He also struck out 10 batters with Savannah on June 14, 2013, against Greenville. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, PALM BEACH 1: Seth Lugo allowed one run in seven innings while striking

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out a season-high 10 batters. Lugo fanned Dante Rosenberg on his 100th pitch to finish the seventh inning. Jake Kuebler retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth innings to earn his second save. He struck out three. Lugo and Kuebler combined to retire the final 14 Palm Beach hitters. The Cardinals had taken a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI groundout by Anthony Garcia. The Mets tied the score in the fourth on a single by Jared King that plated L.J. Mazzilli. Jairo Perez broke the tie with a long homer to left field against Cardinals starter Jimmy Reed with two outs in the sixth. Gavin Cecchini provided the final run when he tripled to score Cam Maron in the seventh. The Mets (75-61 overall) need major help to make the postseason. They need to win at least one of their remaining two games to stay in front of Palm Beach (75-62) in the overall standings. They need to finish with one more win than Bradenton (75-61). And they need to get first-half-champion Fort Myers (38-29) to surpass Bradenton (40-27) and win the second half in the division. Box

SAVANNAH 6, ROME 5: Colton Plaia and Jorge Rivero homered and starter John Gant (11-5) allowed one run in five innings as the Gnats built a 6-2 lead. The Braves produced five straight singles and scored three runs in the eighth against Ricky Knapp to close within a run. Dawrin Frias entered and recorded the final two outs of the eighth to strand two inherited runners. Frias then tossed a perfect ninth for his fourth save. Box

KINGSPORT 5, ELIZABETHTON 2: The K-Mets completed their season with a 34-34 record after winning the finale. Persio Reyes allowed one run in seven innings and Alex Palsha recorded his first save. Oswald Caraballo drove in two runs. Box

TRI-CITY 3, BROOKLYN 2: Starter Corey Oswalt allowed three runs in six innings. Anthony Chavez's one-out RBI single in the ninth pulled the Cyclones within a run. But Adrian Abreu grounded out. And with two in scoring position, Amed Rosario struck out for the game's final out. Chavez was thrown out at the plate in the seventh -- the second Cyclone in the game to be retired there. Box

Compiled with team reports

Minors 8.26.14: Pina double lifts St. Lucie

August, 26, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 9, ROUND ROCK 5: Anthony Seratelli produced a second-inning grand slam and finished with five RBIs as Vegas won its sixth straight game. Logan Verrett recorded his team-leading 11th victory. Verrett allowed two runs on four hits in five innings. Box

NEW BRITAIN 5, BINGHAMTON 1
BINGHAMTON 3, NEW BRITAIN 2: Starter Gabriel Ynoa surrendered five runs in a seven-inning complete game as the B-Mets dropped Game 1. Jayce Boyd's two-out RBI single in the first inning gave Binghamton its lone run. In the nightcap, the B-Mets scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning -- on a passed ball and wild pitch -- to take a 3-2 lead. Dario Alvarez earned his first Double-A save by recording the final four outs. Paul Sewald earned the win in relief in his Double-A debut. Box 1, Box 2

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ST. LUCIE 5, CHARLOTTE 2: The Mets stormed back from a 2-0 deficit with a four-run seventh that included a three-run double from Eudy Pina and RBI single from Jeff McNeil. St. Lucie added a run in the eighth on Cam Maron's sacrifice fly. Maron had been named a Florida State League All-Star earlier in the day. Starter Matt Koch allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings. Ryan Fraser recorded the final four outs for his second save. Box

AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 3: John Mincone surrendered a pair of runs in the top of the ninth as Augusta broke a 3-all tie and sent Savannah to its season-high sixth straight loss. The Gnats had evened the score in the seventh on Jorge Rivero's RBI double and Yeixon Ruiz's RBI single, although the Gnats left the bases loaded that inning when Jonathan Leroux grounded into a fielder's choice. Box

JOHNSON CITY 3, KINGSPORT 2: Blake Drake's two-out solo homer in the fifth against Yoryi Nuez broke a 2-all tie. Luis Guillorme and Eudor Garcia each went 3-for-4 in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 8, STATEN ISLAND 2: Brooklyn produced a five-run third inning and maintained a two-game lead in the wild-card race with its victory. Consecutive singles by Michael Bernal, Tucker Tharp and Alfredo Reyes gave Brooklyn a 1-0 lead. After Adrian Abreu produced a run-scoring groundout, Amed Rosario delivered an RBI single. Michael Conforto grounded out, but another string of singles -- this time from Jhoan Urena, Tyler Moore and Pedro Perez -- plated two more runs for a 5-0 lead. Casey Meisner allowed one run on four hits in six innings and struck out 11. Box

GCL CARDINALS 2, GCL METS 1: Juan Marte surrendered a walk-off RBI single to Magneuris Sierra in the ninth. The Mets' lone run came on Dash Winningham's sixth-inning solo homer. It was his fifth long ball of the season -- the most by a Mets farmhand in the Gulf Coast League since Jeff Flagg and Alonzo Harris also had five in 2008. Box

Minors 8.15.14: Bowman blanks Iowa Cubs

August, 16, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 2, IOWA 0: Matt Bowman limited Iowa to four hits and two walks in 7 1/3

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scoreless innings in his first Triple-A start in three weeks. He combined with Miguel Socolovich on the shutout. The 51s took the lead in the second inning when Taylor Teagarden walked, advanced to second on Kevin Plawecki's single and scored on Cory Vaughn's single. Las Vegas opened a two-run lead in the sixth when Matt Reynolds produced a leadoff double, moved to third on Josh Satin's groundout and scored on Andrew Brown's single. Socolovich stranded two runners inherited from Bowman in the eighth and ultimately retired all five batters he faced to earn his second save. Plawecki started at first base for the first time this season. Manny Ramirez walked as a pinch hitter. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, READING 7: After the B-Mets blew a five-run lead, Brian Burgamy launched his team-leading 23rd homer -- a tiebreaking two-run shot in the seventh -- to

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provide an 8-6 lead. The B-Mets sliced their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to six. Binghamton jumped on Reading starter Ryan O’Sullivan with a four-run first. Dilson Herrera opened the inning by launching his eighth Double-A homer. Following back-to-back walks, Darrell Ceciliani flared an RBI single into center. Juan Centeno chased O’Sullivan from the game by lining an RBI single. Wilfredo Tovar greeted reliever Austin Wright with a run-producing single. The B-Mets padded their lead with a solo homer from Brandon Nimmo in the second. However, B-Mets starter Rainy Lara ultimately was charged with five runs (four earned) in 3 2/3 innings. And Reading tied the score at 6 without a hit in the fifth. Hansel Robles opened the frame with a pair of walks. After a flyout pushed Jake Fox to third, Logan Moore delivered a sacrifice fly. A half-inning after Burgamy's two-run homer, Kelly Dugan cut Reading's deficit to one run with a solo homer against Chase Huchingson. Huchingson recovered to retire the next three batters. Randy Fontanez followed with a perfect eighth. Cody Satterwhite started the ninth inning by surrendering a single to Carlos Alonso, but bounced back with two strikeouts. After two wild pitches, including one during an intentional walk, Satterwhite struck out Aaron Altherr with runners at the corners to notch his 14th save. Satterwhite has converted his last 13 save chances. Huchingson (3-1) allowed one run over two innings to earn the victory. Centeno was ejected by plate umpire Paul Clemons after striking out in the seventh. Daisuke Matsuzaka starts Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, BRADENTON 7: St. Lucie rallied for five runs over the final two innings in a comeback win. Cole Frenzel’s RBI single against Ryan Hafner plated Phillip Evans to tie

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the score at 7. Jeff McNeil followed with a line drive up the middle that went off the tip of second baseman Max Moroff’s glove and trickled into center. Frenzel scored on that play to put the Mets up 8-7. Evans previously had doubled to plate Gavin Cecchini and start the rally. Jared King and Evans provided insurance runs in the ninth with an RBI single and sac fly, respectively. Paul Sewald recorded his second six-out save in the last four days. Robby Coles surrendered a run in the seventh but earned the win. The teams traded blows early. The Mets scored three runs in the fourth, including an RBI double by King and RBI single by Frenzel that gave the Mets a 4-2 lead. However, Mets started Domingo Tapia surrendered a two-out grand slam to Jose Osuna in the bottom half that put the Marauders up 6-4. The Mets battled back to get within a run in the seventh when Eudy Pina scored on a wild pitch. Coles gave the run back up in the bottom of the inning on an RBI groundout by Moroff. But Bradenton’s bullpen couldn’t shut down the Mets and hold a 7-5 in the final two innings. L.J. Mazzilli produced his fourth Florida State League homer, a solo shot in the first. He later doubled. Tapia gave up seven hits and six runs in six innings. The only earned runs he allowed were on the grand slam. He also walked five and hit a batter. Box

SAVANNAH 16, GREENVILLE 4: The Gnats erupted for a season-high 16 runs and tied

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season highs with three homers and 11 walks drawn. Savannah broke the game open with nine runs in the first two innings against Greenville starter Trey Ball, the seventh overall pick in the 2013 draft. Jon Leroux belted a two-out grand slam off the left-field foul pole in the first. The ball bounced back onto the field and initially was ruled a double, but the umpiring crew -- persuaded by Savannah manager Luis Rojas -- conferred and corrected the call. In the second, Victor Cruzado lashed a three-run homer. The Gnats kept the attack going against reliever Sergio Gomez with a four-run fourth and a three-run fifth. Jorge Rivero blasted a two-run homer in the latter frame. The Drive chased Savannah starter Ricky Knapp from the ballgame with three runs in the sixth. Box

KINGSPORT 11, BRISTOL 9: Zach Mathieu and Ivan Wilson homered and Mathieu and Wuilmer Becerra drove in three runs apiece. The K-Mets built an 11-5 lead and survived a four-run ninth. David Roseboom entered with two outs in the ninth and struck out Candon Myles to strand two runners inherited from Nicco Blank. Box

BROOKLYN 7, VERMONT 0: Marcos Molina (6-2) allowed one hit and one walk while striking out a career-high 12 in seven scoreless innings. Luis Rengel and Edioglis Villasmil completed the shutout. Tomas Nido went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI. Anthony Chavez drove in two runs. Box

GCL MARLINS 3, GCL METS 0: Starter Jose Medina allowed two runs in three innings. Box

Compiled with team reports

Minors 8.10.14: Verrett wins No. 10

August, 10, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 7, ALBUQUERQUE 5: Right-hander Logan Verrett recorded his team-leading 10th victory. The Baylor product, a third-round pick in 2011, allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out two in a 99-pitch effort. Vegas overcame a 2-0 deficit with a six-run fifth. Allan Dykstra (1-for-3, two walks) delivered a two-run double and Taylor Teagarden (2-for-3, walk) hit a two-run homer in the inning. Matt Reynolds finished 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, HARRISBURG 0: Steven Matz tossed seven scoreless innings and

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combined with Randy Fontanez on the shutout. Matz allowed four hits and two walks and struck out five. Binghamton took a 1-0 lead in the third. Wilfredo Tovar doubled against James Simmons, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Brandon Nimmo's two-out triple. An inning later, Travis Taijeron doubled with one out. He scored on a single by T.J. Rivera. Xorge Carrillo's single placed runners on the corners. Tovar's sac fly then put the Mets ahead, 3-0. Matz (5-3) has allowed one unearned run and no other damage in 13 innings in his last two outings. Fontanez had three strikeouts in two scoreless innings to pick up his first career Double-A save. He had 10 saves for St. Lucie before a promotion. At 72-48, Binghamton is at its high-water mark for the season. Brian Burgamy went 0-for-4, snapping his 13-game hitting streak. B-Met starters have allowed three earned runs in the past eight games, spanning 53 1/3 innings. Box

BRADENTON 2, ST. LUCIE 1: The Marauders took advantage of bouts of wildness from

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Domingo Tapia and T.J. Chism in the seventh to score their only runs. With one out in the frame, Tapia surrendered a double to Max Moroff and walked Justin Howard and Raul Fortunato to load the bases. Chism entered to face lefty Jin-De Jhang. He walked Jhang to force in the tying run. Ashley Ponce followed with an RBI single 65 feet up the third-base line to put the Marauders in front, 2-1. The Mets had scored their lone run in the sixth. Jeff McNeil extended his hitting streak to nine games with a leadoff triple. He scored on Gavin Cecchini’s sac fly. The Mets had runners at the corners with two outs in the eighth, but Fortunato hauled in a deep line drive to center by L.J. Mazzilli. Ponce committed an error at third with two outs in the ninth that allowed Maikis De La Cruz to advance to second. However, Josh Smith got Albert Cordero to ground back to him to end the ballgame. The Marauders took sole possession of first place in the FSL South with the win and are now 4 1/2 games ahead of the Mets. Tapia was enjoying one of his best games of the season before he lost control with the back-to-back walks in the seventh. He went 6 1/3 innings and was charged with both runs on four hits and three walks. The Mets have been held to seven runs in their last four games. St. Lucie mustered three hits Sunday -- the triple from McNeil, a double from Jared King and a single by Cecchini. Box

SAVANNAH 6, AUGUSTA 4 (seven innings): In a rain-shortened game, Stefan Sabol had a game-tying RBI triple in the sixth. He scored for a 5-4 lead on Yeixon Ruiz's single. Jorge Rivero added an RBI double in the seventh. Ruiz finished 4-for-4 with two runs scored. Rivero drove in two runs. Alex Panteliodis allowed four runs (one earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Box

KINGSPORT 7, JOHNSON CITY 4: Jean Rodriguez's two-run homer in the fifth got the K-Mets on the scoreboard. Kingsport overcame a 4-3 deficit in the eighth on Zach Mathieu's RBI single and Branden Kaupe's run-scoring groundout. Mathieu finished 2-for-3 with two walks and two RBIs. Box

BROOKLYN 5, BATAVIA 2: The Cyclones broke a 2-all tie with a three-run ninth. Amed Rosario had a tiebreaking double that plated Pedro Perez and Tyler Moore. Both had walked to open the inning. Adrian Abreu plated Rosario with a sacrifice fly. Box

Compiled with team reports

Minors 7.25.14: Peavey stymies Trenton

July, 26, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 11, SALT LAKE 6: Kirk Nieuwenhuis produced a three-run homer in the seventh inning in his return to Vegas to stake the 51s to an 8-6 lead. Andrew Brown, Josh Satin and Allan Dykstra also went deep during the game. Dykstra went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and also was hit by a pitch. Nieuwenhuis finished 3-for-5. Starter Rafael Montero allowed five runs on six hits and a walk in five innings. The damage against Montero included a two-run homer by Brennan Bosch. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, TRENTON 1: Greg Peavey (8-1) allowed one run and struck out seven in eight innings and Darrell Ceciliani produced two RBIs, scored a run and stole two bases.

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Originally scheduled starter Matt Bowman was summoned to Las Vegas to fill in for Darin Gorski, who suffered a fractured foot. Binghamton opened the scoring in the fourth against Dan Camarena when Brian Burgamy doubled, moved to third on Dustin Lawley's single and came home on T.J. Rivera's single. After Travis Taijeron reached on an error by first baseman Francisco Arcia, Ceciliani's sacrifice fly plated Lawley for a 2-0 lead. Trenton scored its lone run a half-inning later. Jake Cave singled, moved to second on a groundout and to third on a wild pitch. Peter O’Brien then produced a run-scoring groundout. Jayce Boyd's two-out solo homer in the sixth restored a two-run lead. In the seventh, Ceciliani singled against Nick Rumbelow and stole second. After Brandon Nimmo walked, the B-Mets pulled off a double steal. Dilson Herrera then struck out on a pitch in the dirt, but reached safely on the wild pitch. Ceciliani crossed the plate, while Nimmo made it to third on the play. Nimmo scored on an error by third baseman Dan Fiorto. The B-Mets added a run in the eighth against Nick Goody. Rivera singled and Boyd walk. Jairo Heredia entered and, after a strikeout, gave up a run-scoring bloop single to Ceciliani. Jon Velasquez struck out the side in a scoreless ninth to close out the game. Herrera went 0-for-5, snapping a 12-game hitting streak. Box

ST. LUCIE at DAYTONA (ppd.): After consecutive rainouts, the teams will play doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday.

AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 2: Nelfi Zapata tripled and scored on Jorge Rivero's sacrifice fly to tie the score at 2 in the seventh, but Augusta scored a pair of runs in the bottom half. Starter Ricky Knapp allowed a leadoff walk and shortstop Yeixon Ruiz committed a one-out fielding error. With two on and one out, Knapp departed. Dawrin Frias allowed both inherited runners to score. Knapp was charged with four runs (three earned) in 6 1/3 innings. Box

BURLINGTON 3, KINGSPORT 2 (10 innings)
BURLINGTON 7, KINGSPORT 2: In his third inning of relief, Bryce Beeler's wild pitch allowed the winning run to score in the bottom of the 10th in Game 1. Ivan Wilson's two-run double in the sixth had evened the score at 2. In Game 2, starter Andrew Church allowed six runs (four earned) in five innings. Box 1, Box 2

VERMONT 5, BROOKLYN 2: Vermont overcame a 2-1 deficit with a three-run fifth against starter Octavio Acosta. Michael Conforto finished 2-for-4. His RBI double in the third had evened the score at 1. Box

GCL MARLINS 14, GCL METS 1: Starter Adrian Almeida allowed seven runs (four earned) in 1 2/3 innings. Reliever Dan Hermann was charged with four runs without allowing a hit. He walked three and hit a batter and recorded two outs. Box

Compiled with team reports

 

Minors 7.12.14: Mazzilli scores winner in 10

July, 13, 2014
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ALBUQUERQUE 6, LAS VEGAS 5: The Isotopes scored three eighth-inning runs against John Church for the comeback win. Jamie Romak hit a solo homer to lead off the inning. Albuquerque tied the score on a wild pitch. Brian Cavazos-Galvez then hit a pinch-hit, two-out solo homer for the lead. Cory Vaughn finished 3-for-5 with a double and RBI in the loss. Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to a 17 games. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, ERIE 3: Jayce Boyd led the B-Mets with three RBIs and notched his fourth homer of the season. The B-Mets opened the scoring with a two-run third against

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Ryan Robowski. Kai Gronauer homered and Dustin Lawley produced an RBI single later in the inning. An inning later, Boyd's solo homer -- his first long ball since June 7 -- upped Binghamton’s lead to 3-0. After retiring 11 of the first 12 batters he faced, B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni opened the door for a SeaWolves comeback with back-to-back two-out walks in the fourth. Corey Jones made him pay with a two-run double, slicing Binghamton’s lead to one. The lead disappeared in the fifth. Francisco Martinez singled off Mazzoni’s mitt and stole second. Marcus Lemon brought him home by lining a two-out single. Binghamton responded with a string of hits against reliever Slade Smith in the sixth. Travis Taijeron ultimately singled to plate Darrell Ceciliani with the go-ahead run. Binghamton turned a one-run game into a blowout by hanging five runs on reliever Jose Valdez in the ninth, highlighted by Boyd's two-run single. Mazzoni (2-0) struck out nine while allowing three runs and five hits over seven innings. Jack Leathersich and Cody Satterwhite each tossed a scoreless relief inning. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, LAKELAND 4 (10 innings): Lakeland’s Austin Green launched a game-tying solo homer against T.J. Chism with two outs and two strikes in the ninth, but the Mets

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recovered to snap their four-game losing streak. L.J. Mazzilli doubled to lead off the bottom of the 10th against Nate Fury and moved to third on Cam Maron’s single. Jared King struck out for the first out of the inning. Fury’s first pitch to Phillip Evans then bounced away from Green, the catcher, and Mazzilli slid safely into home to give the Mets a walk-off victory. Paul Sewald pitched a perfect top of the 10th to earn the win. Maikis De La Cruz had put the Mets ahead, 1-0, in the third with a single. Maron followed later that inning with a two-out, two-run single to make it 3-0. Evans belted his third homer of the season in the sixth to put the Mets up by four runs. Mets starter Luis Cessa cruised for most of the night. After Andy Dirks led off the game with a single, Cessa only allowed one more baserunner until the top of the seventh. In the seventh, Chad Wright led off with a single. Cessa rebounded to get a pop out and a strikeout, but Green extended the inning with a single. That brought up James Robbins, who launched a three-run homer to cut the Mets’ lead to 4-3. Cessa escaped further damage when Maron threw out Jared Reaves trying to steal second. Cessa struck out eight in seven innings. He allowed five hits and one walk. Beck Wheeler struck out three in 1 1/3 relief innings. Mazzilli’s leadoff double in the 10th extended his hitting streak to nine games. Box

CHARLESTON 4, SAVANNAH 1: The Dogs scored a pair of first-inning runs against Savannah starter Robert Gsellman and never looked back. Mike Ford drove in the opening run with a double and eventually scored on second baseman Jorge Rivero's error. Charleston produced its third run, and the second unearned run against Gsellman, in the third on a fielding error by shortstop Yeixon Ruiz. The Gnats committed four errors in the game. Charleston completed its scoring with a bases-loaded walk in the fourth -- one of the four walks issued by Gsellman in four innings. The Gnats scored their lone run in the third as Champ Stuart plated Ruiz with a hard-hit single to third base. Matt Oberste extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a second-inning double. Box

BRISTOL 9, KINGSPORT 8: Bristol scored five first-inning runs and chased Andrew Church before he recorded an out in the second inning. Eudor Garcia went 2-for-3 with four RBIs in the loss. The K-Mets pulled within 9-8 with a two-run eighth, but they stranded the tying run in scoring position when pinch hitter Jean Rodriguez struck out. Box

CONNECTICUT 4, BROOKLYN 3: Josh Prevost issued a bases-loaded walk to Garrett Mattlage with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off loss. Michael Bernal's RBI single had given Brooklyn a 1-0 lead in the first. An inning later, Jeff Diehl doubled, advanced on a wild pitch and scored ahead of a throw to the plate on Joe Tuschak's groundball for a 2-0 lead. Cyclones starter Octavio Acosta retired the first 10 batters. He eventually surrendered a sacrifice fly to Joey Pankake in the fourth. The Tigers tied the score at 2 against Acosta in the seventh on consecutive doubles from Ross Kivett and Pankake. Brooklyn regained the lead in the eighth. Jhoan Urena singled and advanced to second when left fielder Rashad Brown bobbled the ball. With one out, Bernal hit a soft groundball through the right side that seemed like it would be enough to score Urena, but right fielder Ben Verlander showed that his brother isn’t the only one in the family with a strong arm. He uncorked a laser throw to the plate to retire Urena and keep the score tied. Bernal did advance to second on the throw, though. After an intentional walk to Tyler Moore, Diehl produced a go-ahead RBI single.

The 3-2 lead would be short-lived. Cyclones reliever Brad Wieck struck out the first two batters he faced, but then walked two batters and uncorked a wild pitch that placed runners on the corners. Wieck then coaxed Pankake to hit a routine grounder to third. However, Urena bounced a throw to first base, allowing the tying run to score. The Cyclones seemed prime to take the lead back in the top of the ninth, placing runners on first and third with one out. But Urena and Michael Katz struck out. Prevost retired the first batter he faced in the bottom half, but then walked two and surrendered a single to load the bases with two outs for Mattlage, who leads the New York-Penn League in walks. Box

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GCL NATIONALS 4, GCL METS 3: Jeremy Hefner tossed a perfect inning in the regularly scheduled game in his first game action since Tommy John surgery. The Nats then overcame a 3-0 deficit with a four-run eighth against Alex Durham and Dan Hermann. Taylor Teagarden went 0-for-1 with a walk as a DH and was replaced by a pinch runner. Meanwhile, in the resumption of Friday's game, which had been suspended with the score tied at 3, Brent McMinn's balk plated the tiebreaking run in the bottom of the sixth. Box 1, Box 2

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Morning Briefing: Last stand for Mets?

July, 7, 2014
Jul 7
5:30
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NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: If the Mets want to be relevant after the All-Star break, they better win -- if not sweep -- their next series.

The Atlanta Braves arrive at Citi Field for a four-game series having just had a nine-game winning streak snapped by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Despite picking up a game in the standings Sunday, the Mets still trail first-place Atlanta by 10 games (and the Washington Nationals by 9 games) in the division.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.72 ERA) opposes left-hander Mike Minor (2-5, 4.73) in Monday’s 7:10 p.m. opener.

Read the Mets-Braves series preview here.

The Mets were swept in three games last week at Turner Field. The Amazin’s squandered a two-run lead in the eighth inning last Monday when Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares and Eric Campbell committed errors in an unsightly frame.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden is eligible to return from the disabled list for the series opener. The Mets have a few options: They can leave Teagarden on the DL, where he officially landed with a strained left hamstring two weeks ago. They can attempt to send him to the minors, although he would need to pass through waivers and also accept the assignment. Or they can demote Anthony Recker, who has an option remaining.

Of course, Recker homered Sunday.

The Mets essentially deferred the decision when Travis d'Arnaud was promoted by placing Teagarden on the DL, even though Teagarden had been getting treatment for that seemingly manageable hamstring issue for a considerable period.

Monday’s news reports:

• The Mets placed Jonathon Niese on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain before Sunday’s game and promoted right-handed reliever Buddy Carlyle. Dillon Gee is slated to be activated from the DL on Wednesday to make the start in Niese’s slot against the Braves.

Niese likely will miss only one start, since his DL stint will include the four-day All-Star break. He is eligible to return on July 20 -- the third game after the break, at San Diego.

Niese insisted he is uninjured. Still, Niese’s fastball topped out at only 86 mph in his 12-pitch start Friday against the Texas Rangers -- an outing that ended when he was struck on the “love handle” on his left side by Alex Rios’ line drive. Despite a solid 3.31 ERA, Niese’s fastball is averaging a career-low 88.6 mph this season, down from 90.2 mph in 2013.

Although the DL decision displeased Niese, even the southpaw had previously expressed hope that the All-Star break would allow his fastball to get recharged. Niese actually had wanted to come back early after Friday’s abbreviated outing and make two starts before the All-Star break.

He missed seven weeks last summer with a partial tear of his left rotator cuff.

Gee (3-1, 2.73) last pitched in the majors on May 10. He since has been on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle. Gee made his final rehab start Friday with Brooklyn. He limited Aberdeen to one run on three hits and a walk and also hit a batter while striking out 10 in six innings. Gee logged 75 pitches. He then threw a bullpen session Sunday at Citi Field to further confirm his health before the Mets made the official announcement about Niese landing on the DL.

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


Evan Vucci/Associated PressDaniel Murphy has been selected to his first All-Star Game.


Daniel Murphy earned his first All-Star selection and is the lone Mets representative to the July 15 game at Minnesota. Murphy (.294, 7 HR, 35 RBIs) is tied with Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen and San Francisco’s Hunter Pence for second in the National League in hits with 106, trailing only Miami’s Casey McGehee (108).

David Wright and Niese were passed over for selection, although Niese would have been disqualified anyway because of the DL stint.

Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez topped the second-place Wright by 338,728 votes in fan balloting. It is only the second time in the past nine years that Wright has been left out of the game. The other instance came in 2011, when Wright missed two months with a stress fracture in his lower back.

This marks the first time since 2003 that the Mets have only one All-Star selection. That year, it was Armando Benitez. This time, no Mets were selected via the fan or player ballots, so Murphy was chosen by St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, who will lead the NL squad.

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

• The Mets scored a season-high five first-inning runs, capped by Recker’s three-run homer, and beat the Rangers, 8-4, in Sunday’s rubber game. Zack Wheeler surrendered only a solo homer to Robinson Chirinos in 6 1/3 innings. Wheeler had been winless in his last nine starts at Citi Field, going 0-6 with a 4.65 ERA since an Aug. 20, 2013 victory.

Gonzalez Germen surrendered a pair of homers in a three-run eighth, forcing Terry Collins to insert Familia to protect a three-run lead. Germen could be vulnerable Wednesday when the Mets need to clear a roster spot for Gee’s activation. The alternative presumably would be to drop the newly added Carlyle.

Texas has lost 15 of 18.

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

• Prospects Wuilmer Becerra and Vicente Lupo were arrested by Kingsport, Tenn., police for allegedly drag racing at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

• The Brooklyn Cyclones held their “Salute to Seinfeld Night” on Saturday at MCU Park, on the 25th anniversary of the pilot episode, known as “The Seinfeld Chronicles,” having been broadcast on July 5, 1989. The festivities included players wearing puffy shirts during batting practice and a Keith Hernandez “magic loogie” bobblehead giveaway.


Courtesy of Brooklyn CyclonesFirst baseman Jeff Diehl, and the rest of the Brooklyn Cyclones, wore puffy shirts during batting practice Saturday.


ESPN’s Mark Simon back in 2010 chronicled all the Mets references on “Seinfeld,” which you can check out here. The most famous involves Hernandez’s Feb. 12, 1992 appearance, on the episode known as “The Boyfriend.” Wrote Simon:

Hernandez and Jerry become friends, with Jerry spending much of his free time worrying about how he can impress Hernandez. Hernandez and Jerry's ex-girlfriend, Elaine, date, and meet Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson (unseen) in a local restaurant. The relationship breaks up when Elaine sees that Hernandez is a cigarette smoker.

The highlight is the mystery surrounding whether Hernandez spit on Kramer and his friend Newman, after the two yelled insults at the Mets first baseman, following another game the Mets blew (based on a game "Seinfeld" creator Larry David and friends attended in 1986).

Using the same principles regarding the "magic bullet" theory in the John F. Kennedy assassination, Jerry attempts to debunk the story. In the end, it's revealed that the spitter was actually Hernandez's teammate, Roger McDowell, who was getting revenge for Newman's spilling beer on him in the bullpen.

Mike Salfino in the Journal notes “Seinfeld” actually was far more Yankees- than Mets-oriented.

• Noah Syndergaard allowed one run on six hits while striking out eight and walking none in seven innings as Las Vegas routed Albuquerque, 12-1. Wilmer Flores homered for the sixth time in his last five games. Cesar Puello homered twice in his first game since June 23. He had been sidelined with a concussion.

Chase Huchingson allowed two runs in the top of the 10th and the B-Mets lost, 10-9, after leaving the bases loaded in the bottom half despite a hit by pitch and three walks to open the frame. Jorge Rivero drove in three runs and Matt Obserte homered as Savannah beat Hickory, 8-2. Carlos Valdez and Gaither Bumgardner combined on a two-hit shutout as Binghamton blanked Abderdeen, 7-0.

• Columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post suggests the Mets start making trades.

• Columnist David Lennon in Newsday acknowledges trading a pitching surplus could be shortsighted. Writes Lennon:

On paper, it's true -- the Mets have some pitching currency for the trade market. If not in the next three weeks, then certainly in the offseason. But you also can understand why Alderson might be leery of dealing from that deck. The fragile nature of pitchers, now more than ever, has made it crucial to have quantity as well as quality. If the Mets go the trade route, the pressure to pick the right chip can be cause for hesitation.

• Stephen Haynes in Newsday recaps Wheeler’s outing Sunday.

From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear offers an appreciation of Murphy as the perfect All-Star selection from an inherently imperfect Mets team.

BIRTHDAYS: Third base coach and '86 Met Tim Teufel turns 56. ... Andy Green, now managing Double-A Mobile in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, is 37. ... Minor-league left-hander Alex Panteliodis, a ninth-round pick in 2011 out of the University of Florida, is 24.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Will the Mets be represented by the correct All-Star selection in Minnesota on July 15?

Minors 7.6.14: Flores homers, again

July, 6, 2014
Jul 6
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LAS VEGAS 12, ALBUQUERQUE 1: Noah Syndergaard allowed just one run in seven innings, with no walks and eight strikeouts. And Wilmer Flores homered again, his sixth long ball in the past four days. Left fielder Cesar Puello hit two home runs in his return from a concussion. Kevin Plawecki had three hits and drove in three runs. Box

ERIE 10, BINGHAMTON 9 (10 innings): Third baseman Dustin Lawley hit his 15th home run of the season in a wild game. Erie tied it when Steven Moya homered off Binghamton's Adam Kolarek in the ninth. The SeaWolves scored twice in the top of the 10th, but Binghamton scored on a bases-loaded walk and then had the bases loaded with nobody out. Kyle Johnson and Dilson Herrera struck out, and Brian Burgamy popped up to end it. Travis Taijeron and T.J. Rivera also homered for the B-Mets. Box

JUPITER at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The game will be made up as part of an Aug. 22 doubleheader.

SAVANNAH 8, HICKORY 2: Second baseman Jorge Rivero had three hits and drove in three runs for the Sand Gnats. First baseman Dominic Smith, the Mets' first-round draft pick in 2013, also had three hits and drove in two runs. Starter Robert Gsellman allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings for his seventh win of the season. Box

PULASKI 4, KINGSPORT 1: Catcher Jose Garcia had two of the Mets' four hits and drove in their lone run. Starter Andrew Church allowed just one earned run in six innings, with no walks and two strikeouts. Box

BROOKLYN 7, ABERDEEN 0: Carlos Valdez and Gaither Bumgardner combined on a two-hit shutout. First baseman Michael Katz had two doubles and drove in a run. Third baseman Jhoan Urena had three hits and drove in a run. Box

Minors 7.2.14: Leroux scores tiebreaker

July, 2, 2014
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SALT LAKE 10, LAS VEGAS 9: Salt Lake, trailing 9-7, rallied for three runs in the ninth against Ryan Reid. Luis Martinez delivered a two-out, two-run double to give the Bees the 10-9 lead. Las Vegas had built a 7-3 lead after two innings. Josh Satin went 2-for-3 with two walks, a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Vegas right-hander Giancarlo Alvarado pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed seven runs on eight hits and three walks. Box

BINGHAMTON at NEW BRITAIN (ppd.): The game will be made up as part of a 5:05 p.m. doubleheader Thursday.

ST. LUCIE 7, CHARLOTTE 6: St. Lucie stunned Charlotte by erasing a ninth-inning deficit for the second straight night. Trailing 6-5, Eudy Pina led off with a single against Casey

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Weathers. Gilbert Gomez followed with a double to place two in scoring position. With L.J. Mazzilli at the plate, Weathers threw a wild pitch that evened the score. After Mazzilli grounded out, catcher Maxx Tissenbaum failed to reel in a high fastball. It went off his glove and to the backstop. Gomez, who had advanced to third on the original wild pitch, slid safely into the plate on the passed ball for a 7-6 lead. T.J. Chism tossed a perfect bottom half with two strikeouts to notch the save. Robert Coles worked a scoreless seventh and eighth and earned the win. The Stone Crabs had jumped on Mets starter Matt Koch with three second-inning runs. However, the Mets responded with four runs in the third. Leonel Santiago walked two batters and committed an error to load the bases. Mazzilli followed with a two-run double. With two outs, Gavin Cecchini laced a two-run single to put the Mets up 4-3. Maikis De La Cruz made it 5-3 in the fourth when he scored from third on a wild pitch from Kevin Brandt. All told, the Mets scored two runs on wild pitches and the decisive run on a passed ball. The Stone Crabs tied the score at 5 on Tissenbaum’s two-run single against Koch in the fifth. They grabbed a 6-5 lead in the sixth on a two-out RBI single by Patrick Leonard against Julian Hilario. Box

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SAVANNAH 7, CHARLESTON 4: Jon Leroux doubled and scored on Jorge Rivero's groundout as the Gnats snapped a 4-all tie in the sixth en route to their sixth straight victory. Earlier, the Gnats twice had taken two-run leads only to watch the Dogs re-tie the score. In the fifth, Champ Stuart laced his second homer of the season -- a two-run shot. He finished 2-for-3 with a walk, stolen base, two runs scored and two RBIs. Gnats starter John Gant fought his way through seven innings, tying a career-high with 10 strikeouts to earn his eighth win. After allowing four runs, Gant now has a 2.79 ERA. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 1, BROOKLYN 0 (suspended): The game was suspended with two outs in the top of the second. It will be completed on Monday at 6 p.m. Hudson Valley scored a second-inning run on three throwing errors in the frame -- one by third baseman Jhoan Urena and two by second baseman Will Fulmer -- before the game was halted. Box

GCL METS at GCL NATIONALS (ppd.)

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Morning Briefing: Halfway done

June, 29, 2014
Jun 29
5:32
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PITTSBURGH

FIRST PITCH: Terry Collins did not sugarcoat where the Mets stand precisely halfway through their schedule.

After the Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday to improve to 37-44 at the midpoint, the club is on pace for the same 74-win total as the previous two seasons. (Not quite 90.)

The Mets are six games behind the co-division-leading Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves (43-38 apiece), although the Philadelphia Phillies (36-45) now occupy the division basement.

“We’re not going to make any excuses,” Collins said. “We’re not happy about it.”


Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesDillon Gee makes a rehab start Sunday with Brooklyn.


The manager continued: “We’re hanging in there. As I told the guys the other day, ‘Listen, we’ve just got to push through the All-Star break, go into the break on a positive note. … We have like 15 games before the break. Let’s go 10-5. Let’s not get crazy. Hopefully you get really hot, but let’s just go 10-5, go into the break close and then, coming out of the break, everybody will be rested. We’ll be healthy, Dillon [Gee] will be back and now let’s take off after that.’”

Gee is due to make a rehab start Sunday for the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen estimated Gee will throw 55 in-game pitches. Gee, on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle on his right side, likely will need one additional minor-league start before presumably displacing Daisuke Matsuzaka in the rotation.

Meanwhile, the Mets send Bartolo Colon to the mound Sunday at PNC Park looking to split the four-game series. Colon (8-5, 3.67) opposes right-hander Edinson Volquez (5-6, 4.35).

The 41-year-old Colon is 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his last seven starts.

Sunday’s news reports:


Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsDavid Wright received a favorable report on his left shoulder Saturday in New York.


David Wright received favorable news during an examination with team doctor Struan Coleman at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan on Saturday. The captain was diagnosed with a bruised left rotator cuff and may avoid the disabled list. Wright will remain in New York and be reevaluated Monday by team doctors.

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

Jonathon Niese lost his control in the fourth inning and issued consecutive bases-loaded walks, but the southpaw overall limited Pittsburgh to three runs in six innings. And after Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia combined to retire all nine batters they faced, the Mets had completed a 5-3 win against the Pirates on Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak.

The Mets wore Negro Leagues-era uniforms from the Brooklyn Royal Giants during the victory.

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

• Backup catcher Anthony Recker required a postgame X-ray of his right hand, but minimized the issue.

• Long Island native Steven Matz tossed six scoreless innings to earn his first Double-A win and Dilson Herrera homered and had five RBIs as Binghamton held off Altoona, 8-7. Eudy Pina slugged a disputed walk-off homer as St. Lucie beat Bradenton, 4-3. Jorge Rivero delivered a walk-off RBI as Savannah beat Rome, 4-3. Eighth-round pick Dash Winningham produced his first professional homer as the Gulf Coast League Mets won, 7-2. Read the full minor-league recap here.

Scott Rice has an elbow injury at Triple-A Las Vegas.

• Columnist Bill Madden in the Daily News suggests the Mets and Yankees are in the same boat as the July 31 trade deadline nears -- rightfully sellers with an eye toward 2015, but unlikely to strip down this year’s team.

Columnist David Lennon in Newsday suggests Colon, Gee and Daniel Murphy could be on the block.

Chris Young has taken over the role of clubhouse D.J., which formerly was held by Justin Turner, Tim Rohan reports in the Times. Writes Rohan:

He actively seeks out requests. After wins, he plays what he called “Lil Jon-style music.” Before day games, he plays something lighter. He has noticed that everyone seems to enjoy hip-hop like Notorious B.I.G. and Outkast. Michael Jackson Sundays have been a big hit, too.

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger asks Pirates GM Neal Huntington why the Mets and his club have been compatible in trades. The Mets have sent Marlon Byrd, John Buck and Ike Davis to Pittsburgh in a pair of deals since last August.

• Jim Baumbach in Newsday examines Colon’s success, even with a fastball that is averaging a career-low 89.1 mph. That’s down from 89.9 mph last season with the Oakland Athletics and down from 93.2 mph a dozen years ago.

“Everybody says he throws one pitch -- a fastball -- just like everyone always said Mariano Rivera threw one pitch with the cutter,” A’s first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss told Baumbach. “But because they can throw that one pitch to all four quadrants of the strike zone, they really become four pitches.”

The Daily News gives a plug to partner SNY’s debuting game show, which pitted the Mets TV and radio broadcast crews. It was hosted by Kevin Burkhardt.

BIRTHDAYS: 1960s-era Met Larry Stahl was born on this date in 1941.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Are you upbeat about the Mets’ late-inning relief?

Minors 6.28.14: Pina launches walk-off HR

June, 28, 2014
Jun 28
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SACRAMENTO 7, LAS VEGAS 6 (10 innnings): Zack Thornton surrendered a walk-off RBI double to Nick Buss in the bottom of the 10th. Allan Dykstra's ninth-inning solo homer with one out had sent the game to extra innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, ALTOONA 7: The B-Mets surrendered six runs in a disastrous seventh inning and nearly blew a seven-lead, but held on for their 15th win in 18 games. Steven

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Matz struck out nine over six scoreless innings to collect his first Double-A victory. Dilson Herrera had a career-high five RBIs. Kyle Johnson singled to open the game, moved to third on Herrera's single and scored when Zack Dodson balked. Binghamton took a 2-0 lead in the third when Xorge Carrillo singled, advanced to second on a sac bunt, took third on a groundout and scored when Herrera beat out an infield single. Herrera added a two-run homer in the fifth. His first Double-A long ball gave Binghamton a five-run lead. In six scoreless innings, Matz stranded seven runners while holding the Curve hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position.

The B-Mets tacked on two runs against Jason Townsend in the seventh. After loading the bases on three straight singles, including one from pinch-hitter Tyler Pill, Binghamton scored on a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice by Herrera. Binghamton nearly threw away its 7-0 lead in the seventh. Reliever Randy Fontanez allowed the first two batters to reach before rebounding with consecutive groundouts. The final out of the inning proved elusive. By the time Adam Kolarek entered, Altoona had cut Binghamton’s lead to 6-4. Following an infield single, Jarek Cunningham then shot a grounder to third baseman Brian Burgamy. Burgamy, who moved to third as part of a double-switch, booted it, allowing a run to score. Kolarek settled down to record the inning's final out, preserving a one-run lead. Altoona resumed its pressure in the eighth with back-to-back one-out singles. With the tying run on third, Cody Satterwhite entered. Stetson Allie chopped his first pitch for an inning-ending double play. With the benefit of an insurance run produced by Burgamy in the ninth, Satterwhite returned for the final inning. He loaded the bases before allowing a run-scoring fielder’s choice to Alen Hanson. Satterwhite survived by striking out Kelson Brown looking to secure his fifth save. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BRADENTON 3: Eudy Pina has been swinging a hot bat in June, but no hit was bigger than Saturday's walk-off homer inside the left-field foul pole. Pina’s rocket came

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on a full-count pitch from Robby Rowland to lead off the half-inning. The Marauders protested the homer, arguing it hooked foul. Plate umpire Adam MacKay maintained his original call. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first on Aderlin Rodriguez’s two-out single that scored Jairo Perez. Bradenton answered in the second when Jordan Steranka led off with a solo homer against Gabriel Ynoa. Ynoa otherwise cruised through seven innings. He allowed one run on seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five in a 98-pitch effort. The Mets had two great chances to blow the game open but could not come up with a big hit. They loaded the bases against John Kuchno in the sixth but only scored one run, when Maikis De La Cruz grounded into a double play. With runners at second and third and no outs in the seventh, Ryan Hafner threw a wild pitch that allowed Gilbert Gomez to score, which put the Mets up 3-1. L.J. Mazzilli advanced to third with none out but was stranded. Ynoa was in line for his sixth win in his last six starts. However, Josh Bell doubled home Max Moroff in the eighth and later scored on a groundout to tie the score 3. T.J. Chism took over for Robert Coles with runners on first and second and induced an inning-ending double play. Paul Sewald pitched a scoreless ninth and was credited with the win after Pina's heroics. Pina is hitting .370 with five homers and 18 RBIs this month. Box

SAVANNAH 4, ROME 3: With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Jorge Rivero

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stroked a one-out line drive into the left-center gap to plate Champ Stuart with the winning run. Stuart began the Gnats’ ninth-inning rally with a walk. The Braves had tied the score with two outs in the top half. With runners on the corners, Savannah reliever Hunter Carnevale struck out Edison Sanchez on a breaking ball in the dirt. The ball kicked away from catcher Jeff Glenn, allowing Sanchez to sprint safely to first and Johan Camargo to score the tying run. To that point, the Gnats had thrown out Braves baserunners at the plate in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to preserve a 3-2 lead. The most impressive was Stuart’s throw from center to cut down Gerald Chin, which kept the Braves off the scoreboard in the seventh. Box

JOHNSON CITY 8, KINGSPORT 1 (suspended): The game was suspended after three innings. K-Mets starter Yoryi Nuez allowed seven runs (four earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Box

STATEN ISLAND 11, BROOKLYN 5: Starter Carlos Valdez was knocked out with two outs in the first inning. He surrendered five runs. Gaither Bumgardner surrendered another five runs in four innings of relief. Trailing 10-2, Michael Bernal produced a three-run homer for the Cyclones in the seventh. Box

GCL METS 7, GCL CARDINALS 2: Eighth-round pick Dash Winningham produced his first professional homer -- a two-run shot -- and finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Adrian Almeida earned the win with three no-hit relief innings, albeit walking four while striking out six. Luis Mateo completed the game with two scoreless innings in his third appearance since returning from Tommy John surgery. Shortstop Alfredo Reyes also drove in two runs. Box

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Minors 6.27.14: B-Mets' Johnson plates 3

June, 28, 2014
Jun 28
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LAS VEGAS 4, SACRAMENTO 1: Giancarlo Alvarado limited the River Cats to one run in 5 2/3 innings and Chasen Bradford and Buddy Carlyle provided scoreless relief. Wilmer Flores, who started at third base, went 1-for-3 with a walk and drove in two runs. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, ALTOONA 2: Every B-Mets starter, including pitcher Tyler Pill, collected at least one hit in the club’s 14th win in 17 games. Kyle Johnson had three hits and three

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RBIs and finished a homer shy of the cycle. Johnson greeted starter Adrian Sampson by lining the game's second pitch for a single. He moved to third on Dilson Herrera’s single and scored on Brian Burgamy's groundout. Binghamton then used a two-out push to break through in the fourth. Darrell Ceciliani doubled, Xorge Carillo walked and Pill loaded the bases on an infield single. Johnson plated all three with a triple for a 4-0 lead. Pill sailed through his first four innings without allowing a run, requiring only 48 pitches. Altoona got to the righty in the fifth. Andy Vasquez tripled and scored on Jarek Cunningham's groundout. Binghamton broke the game open and chased Sampson in the seventh. Following Pill’s leadoff single, Herrera and Burgamy had RBI doubles. Dustin Lawley greeted reliever Quinton Miller with a two-run homer. Lawley's 10th long ball of the season gave Binghamton an 8-1 lead. Pill (6-5) ultimately allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He issued no walks and struck six while extending his unbeaten streak to nine games. Josh Satin remains the only B-Met in franchise history to hit for the cycle (June 24, 2011 at Bowie). Jon Velasquez and Hamilton Bennett combined for 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Box

ST. LUCIE at FORT MYERS (ppd.): The teams will resume Thursday's suspended game and also make up Friday's postponement in August.

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SAVANNAH 4, ROME 2: The Gnats took a 3-2 lead on Champ Stuart’s two-run single through the left side in the fourth inning. Stuart also walked twice. After the Gnats took the lead, Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis retired 10 batters in a row. Overall, Panteliodis allowed two unearned runs in 7 2/3 innings to earn his first South Atlantic League win of the season. The Gnats added a run in the eighth. Colton Plaia doubled to plate Jorge Rivero. Rome's unearned runs resulted from a pair of fielding errors by shortstop Yeixon Ruiz. Box

PRINCETON 9, KINGSPORT 3: Miguel Leal drove in all three runs in the loss. Matt Blackham, the organization's 29th-round pick out of Middle Tennessee State, surrendered two runs in two relief innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, STATEN ISLAND 0: The Cyclones scored the game's lone runs in the seventh without the benefit of a hit. The Yankees issued four walks, two wild pitches and a passed ball in the frame. Brooklyn starter Marcos Molina tossed six scoreless innings and combined with Kelly Secrest and Shane Bay on a five-hit shutout. Box

GCL CARDINALS 7, GCL METS 3: After starter Logan Taylor tossed six scoreless innings for the Mets, the Cardinals overcame a 3-0 deficit with a seven-run eighth against Derrick Bernard and Nabil Crismatt. Shortstop Alfredo Reyes' throwing error to open the inning meant six of the runs ultimately were unearned. Box

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Minors 6.19.14: Holdover Pill shines

June, 20, 2014
Jun 20
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LAS VEGAS 6, NASHVILLE 2: Travis d'Arnaud's torrid production since his demotion continued. D'Arnaud homered for the sixth time in 11 Triple-A games. He finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored. D'Arnaud is hitting .432. Matt den Dekker started in center field and led off and went 2-for-5 with a double in his return to the minors. Andrew Brown was 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Starter Darin Gorski limited Nashville to two runs (one earned) while striking out 11 in 6 1/3 innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, RICHMOND 0: Tyler Pill fired eight scoreless innings and backed his own effort with three hits, including a home run. Pill drove in four runs and finished a triple

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shy of the cycle in his longest career outing. The victory, Binghamton’s ninth in its last 10 games, secured a three-game sweep. On a night the B-Mets welcomed five newcomers from St. Lucie, Pill stole the show. He put Binghamton on the board in the third with a solo homer. He became the first pitcher to go deep for the B-Mets since Justin Brunette in 2001. In his Double-A debut, Brandon Nimmo (0-for-2, two walks) worked a one-out walk in the fourth and scored on Dustin Lawley's double for a 2-0. The score stayed that way until the sixth, when the B-Mets blew the game open against reliever Phil McCormick. Lawley and a pair of fellow newly promoted players -- T.J. Rivera and Dilson Herrera -- each singled to load the bases with none out. Pill then smacked a three-run double down the right-field line. Kyle Johnson doubled to plate Pill for a 6-0 advantage. Pill (5-5) allowed four hits and retired 12 straight batters at one point. He struck out a season-high nine in his fifth straight win. Adam Kolarek pitched a scoreless ninth. Pill has four of the B-Mets pitchers’ seven hits this season. Herrera went 2-for-4 in his Double-A debut. Rivera went 1-for-3 with a walk. Left-hander Steven Matz's Double-A debut comes Saturday at Bowie. The final player promoted from St. Lucie, reliever Randy Fontanez, did not appear Thursday. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, FORT MYERS 4: New-look St. Lucie won its sixth straight game despite graduating five players to Binghamton and adding six players from Savannah. Four of those

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new additions -- Gavin Cecchini, L.J. Mazzilli, Jeff McNeil and Robert Coles -- played crucial roles in the victory. Mazzilli smashed a three-run homer, Cecchini drove in two runs, McNeil walked and scored and Coles picked up the final four outs to earn the save. Holdover Eudy Pina went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, two runs scored and finished a homer shy of the cycle. The Mets, who finished one game behind Fort Myers for first place in the first half, improved to 6-1 against the Miracle this season. The Mets jumped to 4-0 lead in the third. Pina greeted B.J. Hermsen with a single and stole second base. Cecchini drove him in with a double. After McNeil walked, Mazzilli clobbered a pitch over the left-field wall for a three-run homer. Adam Brett Walker put the Miracle on the board in the fourth with a sac fly. The Mets extended their lead to 7-1 in the sixth. Albert Cordero and Maikis De La Cruz singled against Alex Wimmers with one out. Pina brought both runners in with a triple. Cecchini knocked Pina in with a sac fly. The Miracle scored three runs with two outs in the seventh against Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa to make it 7-4. Jake Kuebler entered to get the final out, then induced a double-play ball in the eighth. Coles got the final out of that frame. After giving up a leadoff walk and a single in the ninth, he struck out Jorge Polanco and Travis Harrison. The game ended when Lance Ray grounded out. Ynoa improved to 8-2. Box

SAVANNAH 6, GREENVILLE 3: Jon Leroux and Jorge Rivero each scored twice and Colton Plaia drove in two runs as Savannah built a 6-1 lead. Right fielder Patrick Biondi departed in the fifth inning. Box

DANVILLE 8, KINGSPORT 4: Starter Christian Montgomery surrendered seven runs (six earned) on five hits and five walks in 1 1/3 innings as the K-Mets lost their season debut. Martires Arias limited Danville to one run in 5 2/3 relief innings. Fourth-round pick Eudor Garcia went 0-for-1 off the bench in his professional debut. Box

BROOKLYN 4, HUDSON VALLEY 0: Octavio Acosta tossed six scoreless innings and combined with Josh Prevost, Brad Wieck and Edioglis Villasmil on a seven-hit shutout. The Cyclones broke a scoreless tie with a three-run sixth that included Luis Arrizurieta's RBI triple. Box

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Minors 6.15.14: d'Arnaud again homers

June, 15, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY 13, LAS VEGAS 9: Travis d'Arnaud slugged a three-run homer and now has five long balls in 29 at-bats since a demotion from the major league club. He finished 2-for-5 as the DH and is hitting .414 with Vegas. Oklahoma City had already built an 11-1 lead before d'Arnaud's shot. Starter Giancarlo Alvarado allowed eight runs in four innings. Reliever Erik Goeddel allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings. Kirk Nieuwenhuis slugged his 10th homer with the 51s this season during a 2-for-4, two-RBI game. Box

ERIE 5, BINGHAMTON 3: Binghamton went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and had a six-game winning streak snapped. Eric Young Jr. was 0-for-3 but walked and scored in his third rehab game with the B-Mets. With two outs in the top of the first, Devon Travis doubled against B-Mets starter Angel Cuan. Ramon Cabrera then grounded to second baseman Brian Burgamy, whose throw was low and scooted away from first baseman Matt Clark. Travis scored from first. Binghamton answered in the bottom half against Wilsen Palacios. Young walked to lead off and moved to second on Burgamy's single. Young moved to third on Matt Reynolds' flyout and scored on Clark's sacrifice fly. The SeaWolves quickly retook the lead. Francisco Martinez had a leadoff double in the second. Aaron Westlake then singled to put Erie ahead, 2-1. In the bottom of the second, Dustin Lawley smashed his seventh homer to even the score at 2. The tie again was short-lived. Erie scored in the next half-inning to take the lead for good. After Travis worked a one-out walk, Ramon Cabrera homered for a 4-2 lead. In the seventh, T.J. Chism surrendered a one-out double to Dixon Machado. After Machado moved to third on a flyout, Jason Krizan blooped an RBI single, kicking Erie’s lead to three runs. The B-Mets inched closer in the bottom half. With Slade Smith pitching, Burgamy doubled and Reynolds singled to cut the deficit to 5-3. It was the only hit with a runner in scoring position for the B-Mets. Binghamton had one last threat in the eighth, putting two aboard with one out. Jose Valdez entered and struck out Travis Taijeron and induced Kyle Johnson to bounce into a fielder’s choice. Box

AUGUSTA 4, SAVANNAH 2: Augusta scored three unearned runs against Ricky Knapp over the final three innings to overcome a one-run deficit. Knapp had a one-out fielding error in a two-run seventh. Second baseman Jorge Rivero had an error in the eighth as Augusta tacked on a run. All four Augusta runs on the afternoon were unearned thanks to four Gnats errors. Box

STATEN ISLAND 2, BROOKLYN 1 (9 innings)
BROOKLYN 3, STATEN ISLAND 2: 2013 third-round pick Casey Meisner limited Staten Island to one unearned run in 4 1/3 innings in his Cyclones debut in a no-decision in Game 1. Edioglis Villasmil issued four walks in the bottom of the ninth, forcing in the winning run with a free pass to Ty McFarland. In Game 2, the Cyclones broke a 2-all tie in the sixth on Michael Bernal's RBI double. Marcos Molina limited the Yankees to two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk in six innings and earned the win. Juan Urbina, son of former major league reliever Ugueth Urbina, earned his first save with a scoreless seventh. Amed Rosario went 4-for-9 in the doubleheader. Box 1, Box 2

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Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187