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Series preview: Mets at Marlins

June, 18, 2014

Chris Trotman/Getty ImagesThe Mets face Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney in the southpaw's major league debut.
METS (32-40, fifth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (36-35, second place/NL East)

Thursday: RHP Zack Wheeler (2-7, 4.38) vs. LHP Andrew Heaney (7-2, 2.47 with Double-A Jacksonville/Triple-A New Orleans), 7:10 p.m. ET

Friday: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.81) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.56), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (0-4, 4.39) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.84), 4:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-4, 2.67) vs. RHP Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.60), 1:10 p.m. ET

Marlins short hops

Giancarlo Stanton produced his National League-leading 20th homer on Wednesday, but departed the game against the Chicago Cubs after six innings with a bruised left wrist. Stanton, who also leads the NL with 57 RBIs, predicted to reporters he would be back in the lineup for the series opener against the Mets. The injury occurred on an attempted catch of ex-teammate Chris Coghlan’s double at the outfield wall in the first inning. “It was getting tighter and tighter,” Stanton said. “On swings and misses, it hurts a lot.”

Joe Skipper/Associated PressGiancarlo Stanton slugged his 20th homer Wednesday, but also departed with a left-wrist injury.

• Right-handed reliever Kevin Gregg will be promoted from Triple-A New Orleans and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (concussion) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Thursday. In advance of those moves, the Marlins demoted left-hander Dan Jennings and catcher J.T. Realmuto. Gregg had signed a minor league contract on June 3.

• In a flurry of moves Monday, the Marlins placed outfielder Christian Yelich on the disabled list with a lower-back strain, designated for assignment veteran pitchers Randy Wolf and Kevin Slowey, and promoted left-hander Andrew Heaney, outfielder Jake Marisnick and infielder Justin Bour from Triple-A New Orleans. Wolf subsequently elected free agency.

The 23-year-old Heaney, the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Oklahoma State and the Marlins’ top prospect, will make his major league debut against the Mets in the series opener. The Marlins are looking for a rotation jolt after ace Jose Fernandez underwent Tommy John surgery on May 16. Heaney went a combined 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A this season. His fastball sits at 90-94 mph. He also has a solid slider and changeup.

Anthony DeSclafani, who was recalled from the minors on Sunday, also has stepped into the rotation, with Jacob Turner reassigned to the bullpen. DeSclafani made his major league debut on May 14. He became the ninth Marlin, and first since Adalberto Mendez on Sept. 6, 2010, to win his major league debut as a starter. Baseball America rated DeScalfani the No. 5 prospect in the organization entering the season. He graduated from Colts Neck (N.J.) High School and then pitched at the University of Florida. He was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the Nov. 19, 2012, trade that shipped out Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson.

• Second baseman Rafael Furcal made his Marlins debut Friday. It marked his first major league action since Aug. 30, 2012, with the St. Louis Cardinals. He missed all of last season recovering from spring-training Tommy John surgery. A left hamstring strain resulted in Furcal opening this season on the disabled list. He then suffered a groin strain in May while on a rehab assignment. Four different players had manned second base during Furcal’s more-than-two-month absence: Derek Dietrich, Ed Lucas, Jeff Baker and Donovan Solano. Furcal, 36, signed a $3.5 million contract with the Marlins on Dec. 5.

• Third baseman Casey McGehee had a season-high-matching 11-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday.

• The Marlins acquired reliever Bryan Morris from the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 1 in exchange for the 39th overall pick in this month’s draft. Morris since has made seven scoreless appearances spanning 9 1/3 innings.

• Miami signed Brad Penny, a member of its 2003 championship team and a former teammate of manager Mike Redmond, to a minor-league deal on Wednesday. Penny, 36, last appeared in the majors in 2012, compiling a 6.11 ERA in 22 relief appearances with the San Francisco Giants.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

May, 5, 2014

Getty Images/Associated PressThe Met face Nate Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez and Tom Koehler during a three-game series at Marlins Park.
METS (16-14, third place/NL East) at MIAMI MARLINS (16-15, fourth place/NL East)

Monday: LHP Jonathon Niese (2-2, 2.20) vs. RHP Nate Eovaldi (2-1, 2.58), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-4, 5.65) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.28), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-3, 5.13) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (3-2, 2.41), 12:40 p.m. ET

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Giancarlo Stanton went deep twice Sunday, giving him National League leads with 10 homers and 36 RBIs. Stanton’s 31 RBIs in March/April set the franchise record, passing Moises Alou (30, in April 1997).

Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesGiancarlo Stanton leads the NL in homers and RBIs.

• The Marlins improved to an MLB-best 14-5 at home after winning a series from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. Miami has won six of seven home series, with the lone loss coming to the Washington Nationals (April 14-16).

Miami has 21 homers in 19 home games. They had 36 long balls during the entire 2013 season at Marlins Park. Miami is an MLB-worst 2-10 on the road.

The Braves suspected the Marlins were somehow cheating during a recent series, but could not prove it. Wrote Carroll Rogers in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

[Braves manager Fredi] Gonzalez said he changed signs five times during the course of [Aaron] Harang’s outing and went to multiple signs even with no runners on base. The hits kept coming regardless.

Gonzalez said he wondered if [catcher Evan] Gattis was giving away signs, but then figured that wouldn’t account for the disparity in the Marlins home/road splits in general. Entering play Thursday, the Marlins were hitting .307 while scoring 6.3 runs per game at Marlins Park. They were hitting .215 with 2.7 runs per game on the road.

“Yeah, you have this conspiracy theory, but at the end, we came up with nothing,” Gonzalez said. “It wasn’t like we saw a guy with the (binoculars), like Mick Billmeyer (former Phillies bullpen coach) in Colorado. At the end of the day, they didn’t miss the pitches. They were right there.”

Rafael Furcal, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract on Dec. 5 after missing all of last season, remains on the disabled list with the Marlins. The 36-year-old Furcal departed a rehab game Friday with Double-A Jacksonville with a groin issue. He originally landed on the DL to open the season with a left hamstring strain. Adeiny Hechavarria has started every game at shortstop for Miami this season.

• Stony Brook University product Tom Koehler, who struggled against the Mets at Citi Field (4 ER in 5 IP), tossed seven scoreless innings against the Dodgers on Friday, allowing only three hits.

• Closer Steve Cishek suffered a blown save at Citi Field on April 25, which snapped his streak of successful save conversions at 33, a Marlins franchise record.

• Center fielder Marcell Ozuna is hitting .395 (17-for-43) in 10 career games against the Mets.

• Third baseman Casey McGehee has 20 RBIs this season, the most in the majors without a home run.

Nate Eovaldi’s fastball has averaged 96.0 mph this season. Only Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura (96.7 mph) has averaged more.

Greg Dobbs was designated for assignment last Tuesday, clearing a spot for Ed Lucas, who returned from the disabled list. Dobbs had been 1-for-13 as a lefty pinch hitter. He had signed a $1.7 million extension for 2014.

• Right-hander Jacob Turner returned from the disabled list Saturday and entered the rotation, pushing Kevin Slowey to the bullpen.

• Former Mets farmhand Alonzo Harris, who signed with the Marlins at the end of spring training after being released by the Mets, again has been released. Harris hit .094 (3-for-32) at Class A Jupiter.

Rapid Reaction: Marlins 7, Mets 6 (10)

April, 26, 2014
NEW YORK -- Terry Collins went to his primary closer in the 10th inning with the score tied. Leadoff batter Jarrod Saltalamacchia then greeted Kyle Farnsworth with an opposite-field home run on a 2-2 fastball.

After Steve Cishek rebounded from Friday's blown save that snapped a streak of 33 straight saves, the Miami Marlins had defeated the New York Mets 7-6 on Saturday night at Citi Field.

The Mets (13-11) had been bidding to move to four games over .500 for the first time since July 14, 2012.

Oh, Jenrry: Jenrry Mejia breezed into the sixth inning with a 5-1 lead when things rapidly unraveled. Giancarlo Stanton belted a two-run homer and Adeiny Hechavarria produced an RBI single as the Marlins pulled within a run.

With two baserunners and two outs, Collins inserted heavily used Carlos Torres to face pinch hitter Reed Johnson. Johnson dropped a two-run double into the right-field corner as Miami capped a five-run inning and took a 6-5 lead.

Those marked the first inherited runners Torres had allowed to score this season, after stranding five straight.

Mejia’s final line: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.

Mejia, whose scoreless-inning streak was snapped at 14 2/3 in the second inning, had his ERA swell by a full run and a half, from 1.99 to 3.49.

New York extended its lead to 5-1 in the third inning on Lucas Duda's two-out, two-run single against Marlins starter Kevin Slowey.

The Mets took Mejia off the hook and evened the score at 6 in the bottom of the sixth with an unearned run thanks to a passed ball by Saltalamacchia and a throwing error by Hechavarria at shortstop.

Deep thoughts: Bobby Abreu, in the starting lineup for the second time in three days because Chris Young felt ill, belted a two-run homer in the first inning to stake the Mets to a 3-0 lead.

Abreu's last major league homer came on Sept. 28, 2012, with the Los Angeles Dodgers, against Colorado's Will Harris.

Young entered on a double-switch in the eighth inning.

Yer out: Daniel Murphy was ejected in the bottom of the 10th by plate umpire Seth Buckminster for arguing a called third strike. It was Murphy's second ejection of the season. It left the Mets without enough infielders should the game have gone any further than the 10th inning.

Q for shortstop: Omar Quintanilla made a pair of stellar plays at short. He dived to his left to snare a sharp line drive off the bat of Stanton in the third. Two innings later, Quintanilla fielded Hechavarria’s up-the-middle grounder, spun and fired to first base in time.

What’s next: Dillon Gee (1-1, 3.58 ERA) opposes right-hander Tom Koehler (2-1, 2.13), a Stony Brook University product, in Sunday’s 1:10 p.m. series finale.

Series preview: Mets vs. Marlins

April, 25, 2014

Getty ImagesThe Mets face Henderson Alvarez, Kevin Slowey and Tom Koehler this weekend at Citi Field.
METS (12-10, second place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (10-12, fifth place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.63) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 2.66), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 1.99) vs. RHP Kevin Slowey (0-0, 4.15), 7:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Dillon Gee (1-1, 3.58) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (2-1, 2.13), 1:10 p.m. ET

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Giancarlo Stanton leads the National League with 27 RBIs. Among his six long balls, he has the longest homer in the majors this season: 484 feet, on April 4 against San Diego’s Eric Stults (watch video here). Last Friday against Seattle’s Yoervis Medina, Stanton belted his second career walk-off grand slam. The other came May 13, 2012 against the Mets’ Manny Acosta.

Jeff Roberson/Associated PressChristian Yelich arrives at Citi Field with a 17-game hitting streak.

Christian Yelich enters the series with a career-high 17-game hitting streak -- the longest active streak in the majors. Yelich, 22, also is 14-for-14 in steals attempts to begin his big-league career. That is a Marlins record, displacing Edgar Renteria, who began his career with 13 straight successful steals in 1996.

• The Marlins used free agency to bring in nearly an entirely new infield during the offseason: catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, first baseman Garrett Jones, shortstop Rafael Furcal and third baseman Casey McGehee.

Furcal (hamstring) has opened the season on the disabled list, although he has started a rehab assignment. He signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract on Dec. 5 after missing all of last season. Furcal underwent Tommy John surgery on March 15, 2013. Adeiny Hechavarria has started all 22 games at shortstop in Furcal’s absence.

McGehee, who signed for one year, $1.1 million on Dec. 18, spent last season with Rakuten in Japan. He tied for second in that country’s Pacific League in homers with 28. With that pennant-winning Japanese club, McGehee played alongside ex-Met Kazuo Matsui as well as current Yankee Masahiro Tanaka, who went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA.

The Marlins signed Saltalamacchia away from the champion Boston Red Sox with a three-year, $21 million contract on Dec. 4.

Jones signed for two years, $7.75 million on Dec. 9 after spending the previous five seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

• Closer Steve Cishek has converted a franchise-record 33 consecutive save attempts dating to June 8, 2013. It is the longest active streak in the majors. The previous Marlins record belonged to Todd Jones, who converted 27 straight saves in 2005. Last year’s 94.4 save percentage tied Toronto’s Casey Janssen for best in the majors.

• After opening the season working in long relief, Kevin Slowey replaced ineffective Brad Hand in the rotation last turn. Slowey had gone 1-6 with a 4.11 ERA in 14 first-half starts for Miami last season before being dispatched to the bullpen. He then suffered a season-ending forearm strain.

Hand had an 11.37 ERA while tossing a combined 6 1/3 innings in two starts against the Washington Nationals before getting bounced from the rotation last week.

• Stony Brook University product Tom Koehler has limited opponents to two runs or fewer and completed at least six innings in each of his four starts.

• Center fielder Marcell Ozuna's 2013 season ended July 22 when he suffered a torn thumb ligament on a diving play in the outfield. Ozuna is hitting .309 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 81 at-bats.

• Miami is tied for second in the NL with 98 runs scored.

• The Marlins are 1-8 on the road.

• Reliever Carlos Marmol was forced to depart Wednesday’s game with a strained right hamstring.

'B' Gee tosses 4 scoreless, Mets slam Fish

March, 10, 2014
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Dillon Gee tossed four scoreless innings and Wilfredo Tovar and Cory Vaughn contributed two-run doubles against Kevin Slowey as the Mets beat the Marlins, 8-0, Monday morning in a "B" game at the Mets' complex.

Gee, who had been working aggressively on his mechanics with Dan Warthen for a week, was thrilled with his performance. He allowed only two infield singles and benefited from a diving catch in right-center by Brandon Nimmo that completed the outing.

The specific adjustment, Gee indicated, involved when he separates his hands during his delivery. The revision helps prevent his arm from dragging during the delivery.

"The ball was coming out of my hand a lot better than normal," Gee said.

Jenrry Mejia followed Gee with two perfect innings. He next is due to start Sunday's game in Las Vegas against the Chicago Cubs.

Jeurys Familia added a no-hit inning.

After the Tovar and Vaughn two-run doubles against Slowey, the Mets upped the lead to 5-0 in the fourth. Nimmo walked, stole second and scored on Danny Muno's single against Steve Cishek.

Matt Clark later added an opposite-field two-run homer against Colby Suggs.

Marlins 5, Mets (ss) 2 (10 innings)

March, 5, 2014
VIERA, Fla. -- In Port St. Lucie, Gonzalez Germen surrendered three 10th-inning runs, and a Mets split squad lost to the Miami Marlins, 5-2, Wednesday at Tradition Field.

The Mets had tied the game in the bottom of the ninth when Matt den Dekker’s sacrifice fly scored Matt Clark. Clark had singled and advanced to third base on minor-league call-up Jeff Glenn's single.

Dillon Gee allowed one run on four hits while striking out one in 2 1/3 innings. His fastball sat at 87 mph.

Carlos Torres entered and recorded two outs on three pitches in relief of Gee that frame. Torres went on to retire six straight batters until surrendering a double to Jeff Mathis.

Torres eventually logged three-plus innings. The lone run against him was unearned, when den Dekker’s throw from center field eluded Anthony Recker. The error, charged to the catcher, allowed Miami to take a 2-0 lead.

Ryan Reid inherited two runners from Torres in the sixth and coaxed a first-pitch double play.

At the plate, the Mets mustered only two hits in 3 1/3 innings against reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez. After a leadoff single in the first by Eric Young Jr., Fernandez retired nine straight. The next hit, a two-strike single by Chris Young in the bottom of the fourth, came after Young could have been called out looking at a breaking ball, but which was ruled a ball.

The Mets then were blanked for an additional 2 2/3 innings by Kevin Slowey.

The Mets pulled within 2-1 in the seventh when Recker’s single scored Dustin Lawley, then drew even in the ninth on den Dekker’s sac fly.

“I still feel a little out sync, but that’s what all this is for,” Gee said about his start. “... I’m not a power guy, so I can’t just go out there and blow things by guys. I’m a feel guy. My mechanics are big. My timing is big. After taking four months off, it kind of takes a while to find that. Now, after throwing 199 innings last year, I try to take a little more time off and get that rest, instead of coming into spring training ready to go -- try to utilize spring training so I can make it a whole year again and make it 200-plus [innings].

“I have a tendency to want to rush and force everything to the plate rather than letting everything work how it’s supposed to,” Gee continued. “I just continue to work on the things we were working on last year during the season, trying to replicate that as much as possible.

“As of right now, I feel good compared to where I was last year at this point. Last year, one of these games, I hit like three guys and walked like five guys. At least I’m throwing strikes right now. If I can throw strikes, I can go out there and compete no matter how I feel.”

Morning Briefing: Lannan to make pitch

March, 1, 2014

FIRST PITCH: The Mets host the Miami Marlins at 1:10 p.m. Saturday (PIX11) as Grapefruit League play continues at Tradition Field.

Fifth-starter candidate John Lannan makes his Mets debut, opposite right-hander Kevin Slowey. Vic Black, Scott Rice, Kyle Farnsworth, Josh Edgin, Ryan Reid, John Church, Steven Matz and Cory Mazzoni also are scheduled to pitch for the Mets.

Saturday’s news reports:

Brad Barr/USA TODAY SportsRafael Montero opened the Grapefruit League schedule with two perfect innings Friday.

• Not shying away from Sandy Alderson’s statement in an internal meeting, Terry Collins acknowledged he plans to give each player specific goals that collectively will get the Mets to 90 wins. Read more in the Post.

In a positive start for both first basemen, Ike Davis belted a two-run homer and Lucas Duda had a broken-bat ground-rule double and was robbed of another hit Friday against the Washington Nationals. Pitching prospects Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero tossed two perfect innings apiece, although the Mets lost, 5-4, in the ninth on a run-scoring triple against Jeff Walters. Chris Young started in left field and led off and went 1-for-2 with a strikeout in his Mets debut. Ex-Yankee Curtis Granderson went 0-for-2. Wilfredo Tovar suffered a right-hamstring injury in the seventh, but downplayed the severity.

On Montero and deGrom, Paul DePodesta told Kristie Ackert in the Daily News: “You look at the Cardinals and the Rangers in the last couple of years, they have had to bring their young pitchers up to the bullpen, because that is where there is room for them. We want to be in that type of situation, where we are bringing guys up to the bullpen in the big leagues. Maybe they are starters who will transition back to being starters later, or maybe they won’t because they have become so valuable in their role in the bullpen.” Read more on Montero and deGrom at

Read more on Davis and Duda in the Times, Star-Ledger, Record and Newsday.

Read a recap of the Grapefruit League opener in the Star-Ledger.

• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post says the Mets remind him of the Harold Ramis-penned movie “Groundhog Day.” Writes Sherman:

I was thinking of that film Friday as I entered Mets camp for what was their first spring game, but with a sense already of been there, done that. After all, there was the Flaw Firm of Ruben Tejada, Ike Davis and Lucas Duda in the starting lineup beginning, what is it, Year 4 of “they need to show us what they’ve got” portion of the program? Quite frankly, none of it has been as amusing as Bill Murray.

Plus there was that never-ending backstory playing out yet again in which the Mets are selling hard that they are better than the perception offered by their competitors, the public, the media and the odds-makers.

Sherman goes on to note that Bovada, the betting site that has the Mets at 73.5 wins this season, has come within 2.5, 0.0, 0.5 and 0.5 of the Mets’ actual win total over the past four seasons.

David Wright was voted on Twitter as the #faceofmlb, beating what one Mets staffer labeled “rickroll” candidate Eric Sogard of the Oakland Athletics in the finals. “Speech!” Bobby Parnell shouted in the clubhouse upon seeing Wright enter Friday morning. Wright then jokingly said: “First of all, I’d like to thank my parents for giving me this face.”

Jonathon Niese returned to camp Friday after undergoing an MRI in New York and reiterated he had received good news from team doctor David Altchek. Niese suggested his concentration on strengthening the rotator cuff in his pitching arm during the offseason prompted him to neglect other shoulder muscles and caused an “imbalance” and weakness. He expects to resume tossing a baseball this weekend, although he will not yet return to the mound. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday and

• Parnell, cautiously returning from herniated-disk surgery and briefly slowed by a left quadriceps injury, plans to throw live batting practice Saturday for the first time since arriving in camp.

• The Mets are offering $5 tickets that include a Wright T-shirt for their Friday, April 4 game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Find more details here.

• WOR made its radio debut as the Mets’ flagship station Friday. “See, you found us. That wasn’t so hard, was it?” Howie Rose began the maiden broadcast by saying, Newsday’s Neil Best tweeted.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal writes that the Mets could break MLB’s all-time strikeout record this season. After all, the Mets added Granderson and Chris Young to a team that already set a franchise record with 1,384 Ks last season. The MLB record is 1,535, set by the 2013 Houston Astros. The previous record had been 1,529 by the 2010 Arizona Diamondbacks.

• The Mets had only one player exceed 502 plate appearances and qualify for the batting title last year: Daniel Murphy, with 697. It marked only the 15th time in the majors since 1900 (albeit 12th time since 2003) that a team only had one player with enough plate appearances to qualify, Michael Salfino writes in the Journal.

From the bloggers … John Delcos at Mets Report suggests Niese’s injury raises questions.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets (and Long Island Ducks) catcher Ramon Castro turns 38.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Are the Mets setting themselves up to have the season viewed as a failure no matter how successful they are because of all this unrealistic 90-win chatter?

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

July, 28, 2013

Wilfredo Lee/Associated PressJake Marisnick and Christian Yelich were promoted from Double-A Jacksonville last Tuesday.
METS (46-56, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (40-63, fifth place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.17) vs. RHP Jacob Turner (3-3, 2.49), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Zack Wheeler (4-1, 3.72) vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 3.54), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (1-1, 2.64), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Matt Harvey (8-2, 2.11) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (2-6, 4.67), 12:40 p.m. ET

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• First-year hitting coach Tino Martinez resigned Sunday. He allegedly grabbed rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich by the neck and neck chain and verbally assaulted other players this season, the Miami Herald reported. "I want to apologize to the Marlins organization for my behavior," Martinez said, according to the Associated Press. "I have made some comments to certain players at certain times that I thought was more constructive criticism. Obviously, they didn't feel that way, and it kind of backfired on me."

• The Marlins promoted top outfield prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick from Double-A Jacksonville last Tuesday.

Robert Mayer/USA TODAY SportsGiancarlo Stanton has heated up with the Marlins.

Yelich, a left fielder who started in the Futures Game at Citi Field, is the only two-time organizational player of the year in Marlins history. He became the second player in franchise history to record a hit in each of his first three major league at-bats, joining current manager Mike Redmond (May 31, 1998). He is only the fourth major leaguer since 1980 to have hits in his first three ABs, joining Daryl Boston (White Sox, 1984), Jose Offerman (Dodgers, 1990) and Jay Bruce (Reds, 2008).

Marisnick, a center fielder, was hitless in 14 at-bats to open his career before singling. It was the second-longest drought in Marlins history to open a career. Nigel Wilson, the first pick in the expansion draft in 1992, went 0-for-16 as a Marlin and eventually was hitless in his first 26 at-bats in the majors before getting a hit three years after his debut, with the Cleveland Indians in ’96.

Fellow rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna landed on the disabled list Thursday with a ligament tear and fracture in his left thumb and required surgery. Ozuna had been demoted with Dietrich after Monday’s game to make room for Yelich and Marisnick, but Ozuna’s demotion was rescinded after the extent of his injury attempting a diving catch became known.

Adding Yelich and Marisnick to an outfield that already includes Giancarlo Stanton in right field makes it a formidable trio. After a mostly quiet July at the plate, Stanton is 9-for-13 in his last four games. He has four homers in his past six games at Marlins Park.

Justin Ruggiano is 0-for-his-last-32. Adeiny Hechavarria replaced Ruggiano in the leadoff spot a week ago.

Jacob Turner, who was acquired at last year’s trade deadline from the Detroit Tigers as part of a package for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante, has suffered consecutive hard-luck defeats. He was tagged with losses at Milwaukee and Colorado despite allowing two runs in each outing. Turner has allowed only three homers in 10 starts since making his season debut with seven scoreless innings against the Mets on May 31.

Henderson Alvarez -- acquired in November in the trade that sent Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to Toronto -- earned his first Marlins win Friday. He tossed six scoreless innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He topped out at 98 mph with his fastball.

Kevin Slowey, who struggled in the rotation before getting reassigned to the bullpen, landed on the DL during the weekend with right forearm discomfort. Right-hander Steve Ames took the roster spot Sunday. Ames was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 6 with fellow minor leaguers Angel Sanchez and Josh Wall for Ricky Nolasco.

Logan Morrison, who has settled in at first base, has reached base in 26 straight games.

• The Marlins snapped a franchise-record 37-inning scoreless streak last Monday at Colorado.

• Closer Steve Cishek has an MLB-best 17 saves since June 8, without a blown save during that span.

Rapid Reaction: Marlins 11, Mets 6

June, 2, 2013

MIAMI -- Not even Matt Harvey could salvage a pitiful weekend at Marlins Park.

Harvey surrendered a career-high 10 hits and the Mets ultimately were swept by the National League's worst team with an 11-6 loss Sunday. So much for that Subway Series euphoria.

Harvey, for the record, received a no-decision and remained 5-0. By going unbeaten in his first 12 starts of a season, he broke the franchise record, which he previously shared with Armando Reynoso (1997).

Steve Mitchell/Getty ImagesMatt Harvey allowed a career-high 10 hits as the Mets were swept by lowly Miami.

The Mets had rallied for a 6-4 lead to put Harvey in position to win when he departed after five innings with his pitch count at 100. But Scott Rice walked three straight batters with one out in the seventh. All three scored -- on a two-run double by Marcell Ozuna, then a tiebreaking groundout by Chris Coghlan.

Ozuna, who produced four RBIs, twice benefited from less-than-optimal outfield play. Lucas Duda froze on Ozuna's two-run double in the seventh. More egregiously, center fielder Rick Ankiel misread Ozuna's shot into a two-run triple during a three-run first inning against Harvey.

Now, exactly one-third of the way through the season, the Mets own a 22-32 record. They trail the season series, 6-3, and have lost a pair of series to the Marlins. Those are the only two series Miami has won in 2013. The Marlins had entered the weekend on a nine-game losing streak and had been outscored by their opponents by an MLB-worst 90 runs.

Not Harvey's day: The three first-inning runs surrendered by Harvey matched the most he had allowed in an inning in his career, although he didn't have much luck -- or help from his fielders.

Juan Pierre had a perfectly placed leadoff bunt. Ed Lucas, the 31-year-old rookie who finished 4-for-4, followed with a seeing-eye single through the right side of the infield. Ankiel misread Ozuna's shot. Then Coghlan dropped an RBI double over shortstop Omar Quintanilla's head and into shallow left field to cap the inning as Miami took a 3-0 lead.

The four runs surrendered by Harvey matched his season high.

I charting: Ike Davis produced a season-high-matching three RBIs, including a two-run homer in the fourth against starter Kevin Slowey that evened the score at 4. Davis last had gone deep April 25, against the Los Angeles Dodgers' Brandon League. Duda and Quintanilla earlier produced solo homers.

What's next: The Mets spend an off-day in D.C., although golfing is expected to be disrupted by a rainy forecast. On Tuesday, Jeremy Hefner (1-5, 4.74 ERA) opposes right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (8-3, 2.37) at 7:05 p.m. at Nationals Park.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

May, 31, 2013

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The Mets face (l to r) Jacob Turner, Jose Fernandez and Kevin Slowey this weekend in Miami.
METS (22-29, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (13-41, fifth place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Shaun Marcum (0-5, 5.77) vs. RHP Jacob Turner (0-0, -.--), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Collin McHugh (0-0, 12.00) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (2-3, 3.78), 4:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Matt Harvey (5-0, 1.85) vs. RHP Kevin Slowey (1-5, 3.59), 1:10 p.m. ET

Marlins short hops

• The Marlins are 5-22 in May. A loss in the series opener against the Mets will match June 2011 (5-23) for the most defeats in a month in franchise history.

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Marcell Ozuna has a 15-game hitting streak.

Giancarlo Stanton, who suffered a hamstring strain April 29 running to first base against the Mets, has developed sore knees while rehabbing, further delaying his return.

Rookie Marcell Ozuna, who has started every game in right field since Stanton landed on the disabled list, has hit safely in 15 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors. The streak is tied with Chuck Carr (1993) for second-longest by a rookie in Marlins history. The rookie record holder is Edgar Renteria, who hit safely in 22 straight games in 1996.

Jacob Turner, who was acquired last July 23 in the Anibal Sanchez trade with the Detroit Tigers, makes his season debut with the Marlins after 10 starts with Triple-A New Orleans. The Marlins hoped Turner would make the rotation out of spring training, but that did not materialize after he produced a 9.69 ERA in Grapefruit League play.

Alex Sanabia landed on the disabled list with a groin injury, creating the rotation vacancy.

Nathan Eovaldi is nearing a return, too. He pitched in a rehab game Thursday against the St. Lucie Mets. (First baseman Casey Kotchman appeared in the same Florida State League game against the Mets as Eovaldi.)

• Rookie Jose Fernandez is coming off his shortest career outing. He allowed seven runs (four earned) in 3 1/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, including a three-run homer to Kelly Johnson in a six-run second.

• Outfielder Chris Coghlan has started 12 straight games, primarily in left field, which had been Juan Pierre’s domain. The 2009 NL Rookie of the Year, Coghlan is hitting .333 during that stretch and is batting leadoff. Pierre is hitting .222, with a .276 on-base percentage.

Kevin Slowey was forced to leave a May 22 start after five innings with a left lat strain, but made his next start and remained in the rotation. The ex-Twin Slowey had tried to warm up for the sixth but was pulled from the game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

• Miami released ex-Met Jon Rauch on May 22 with a 7.56 ERA. Fellow ex-Met John Maine had been designated for assignment in April. Neither has resurfaced with another organization.

• Outfielder Logan Morrison (knee surgery in September) has started a rehab assignment, but is not due to be activated for the Mets series.

• Utilityman Ed Lucas made his major league debut Thursday at age 31. He replaced infielder Nick Green, who was designated for assignment.

Rapid Reaction: Marlins 2, Mets 1

April, 30, 2013


For the second straight night, the Mets were three outs away from victory and lost to the lowly Miami Marlins. Now, their losing streak is at six games and they have dropped a season-worst five games under .500.

A night after the Mets used their entire bullpen, and Shaun Marcum too, in a 15-inning loss, Jeremy Hefner provided a much-needed respite. Hefner nursed a 1-0 lead into the ninth, limiting the Marlins to four hits, a hit batter and no walks.

Hefner’s first professional shutout was not to be.

Pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan opened the bottom of the ninth with a single and advanced to second on a passed ball. Juan Pierre then attempted to sacrifice Coghlan to third. Catcher Anthony Recker aggressively tried to catch Coghlan, but the throw to third base was too late and both runners were safe, although David Wright unsuccessfully argued Coghlan over-slid the bag.

That ended Hefner's night. With Bobby Parnell having worked two innings the previous night in a blown save as well as the previous day, Terry Collins turned to Brandon Lyon to try to rescue the Mets.

Donovan Solano followed with a game-tying single to right. A wild pitch then ended it as Pierre scampered home.

Marlins 2, Mets 1.

The Mets' lone run came in the fifth, when Daniel Murphy led off with a double against right-hander Kevin Slowey, advanced to third base on a flyout by Ike Davis, then scored on Recker’s line-drive sacrifice fly to the weak-armed Pierre in left field. The Mets (11-14) mustered only four hits themselves.

Hefner ended up matching his previous career high -- an eight-inning performance against the Houston Astros last Aug. 26, in a 2-1 win. Hefner, who originally was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2007, has two pro complete games, both in 2010 with Double-A San Antonio.

WRIGHT STUFF: Wright went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his return to the lineup after a one-start absence because of neck stiffness. Wright did dive to his left to smother a grounder from Nick Green. Wright then threw to first base in time to end the fifth inning.

WHAT’S NEXT: Dillon Gee (1-4, 5.96 ERA) opposes left-hander Wade LeBlanc (0-4, 6.20) in Wednesday’s 12:40 p.m. series finale. Collins indicated he plans to start Justin Turner over Davis at first base.

Morning briefing: Hefner asked to stop skid

April, 30, 2013

FIRST PITCH: Now what?

The Mets lost a Matt Harvey start for the first time this season. They now send Jeremy Hefner to the mound at 7:10 tonight against right-hander Kevin Slowey, trying to snap the team’s five-game losing skid.

After a two-run homer Monday, John Buck enters the final game of the month tied with Carlos Delgado (2006) and Dave Kingman (1976) for the franchise record for homers in April with nine. Buck (25) trails Jeff Kent by one for the Mets record for RBIs in the month.

Tuesday’s news reports:

• The Mets twice squandered one-run leads while three outs from victory and lost to the Miami Marlins, 4-3, Monday night in a 15-inning game that lasted five hours, 31 minutes. The Mets (10-14) dropped a season-low four games under .500. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Journal, Times, Record, Star-Ledger and

Shaun Marcum volunteered for relief duty Monday. He suffered the loss, but predicted the outing would not impede his ability to start Friday in Atlanta on turn. Backup catcher Anthony Recker was next in line to pitch.

• Harvey struggled with command of his fastball and had a high pitch count, but he nonetheless gutted through 5 1/3 innings while limiting Miami to one run. The ninth-inning meltdown long after Harvey’s departure -- which was as much the responsibility of Collin Cowgill in center field as closer Bobby Parnell -- deprived Harvey of joining Pedro Martinez and Dwight Gooden as the only players in franchise history to go 5-0 in April.

David Wright was held out of the series opener with neck stiffness, but ultimately decided to pinch hit in the 13th inning. Wright struck out looking. He was unsure if he would be capable of starting tonight, but resolved to have a short absence. Read more in the Daily News, Newsday, Record, Star-Ledger and

• Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton landed on the DL postgame with a right hamstring strain.

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Zack Wheeler says conditions in the Pacific Coast League are more difficult for him than he expected.

• Zack Wheeler is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA through five starts with Triple-A Las Vegas. The organization’s top prospect told columnist John Harper in the Daily News the Pacific Coast League conditions have been a challenge. Wheeler is due to pitch today at 2:35 p.m. ET in Reno opposite former major leaguer Garrett Mock.

“I didn’t think it was going to be a big deal, but it’s always in the back of your mind,” Wheeler told Harper about the West Coast games. “You’re going to get hit from time to time, but sometimes you make a pitch and you say, ‘Man, that was a good pitch, but it was still off the wall.’ It makes you second-guess yourself when it really shouldn’t. It’s human nature, but you’ve gotta keep your head on straight and go out and battle. …

“It’s hard being from the East Coast, and being used to the humidity, the moisture. Every time after I throw a pitch, I’ve gotta lick my fingers. Sometimes, before I even throw the next pitch, I’ve gotta step off and lick them again because my fingers are already dry again. And the balls are slick as crap. It takes some adjusting.”

• Wright told reporters about NBA player Jason Collins, who announced he is gay. “It’s very admirable. Obviously, it’s a different sport. But if you can play the game I don’t care the color of your skin, sexual orientation, religion. If you can play the game, come on in. You’re welcome. … Hopefully that allows individuals to express themselves.”

Said LaTroy Hawkins to Anthony DiComo at "Everybody knows somebody who's gay. If you can't deal with it in 2013, you need to go somewhere and hide in a cave."

Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Hefner has a 2.21 ERA in four career appearances (three starts) against the Marlins, notes Mike Puma in the Post.

• Ex-Yankees right-hander D.J. Mitchell took a scoreless effort into the sixth in his Vegas debut and the 51s beat Reno, 9-5, to snap a five-game losing streak. Josh Edgin recorded two scoreless innings in his first game with Double-A Binghamton, although he needed outfielder Cory Vaughn to throw out a runner at the plate to keep Erie off the scoreboard against him. Rylan Sandoval hit a grand slam and Pedro Feliciano made his first appearance since a food-poisoning scare as St. Lucie beat the Tampa Yankees, 7-1. Read the full minor league recap here.

Frank Francisco threw 15 pitches in an intrasquad game in Port St. Lucie. The Mets did not say how that abbreviated appearance went.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear in Flushing looks at an unhappy day on a fan's baseball calendar. … The Eddie Kranepool Society notes April 2013 will mark five straight months the Mets have posted a losing record. … Shannon from Mets Police prefers AM to FM when listening to Mets games.

BIRTHDAYS: Left-hander Bob Hendley, who made 13 starts for the Mets in 1967 at the end of his major league career, was born on this date in 1939.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Will the Mets see .500 again this season?

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

April, 28, 2013

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

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

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

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

Marlins short hops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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