New York Mets: Manny Ramirez

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

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Minors 8.14.14: Reynolds homers twice

August, 15, 2014
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IOWA 6, LAS VEGAS 5 (12 innings): Matt Reynolds had a pair of solo homers -- in the eighth inning to pull the 51s even and force extra innings, then in the top of the 12th to give Las Vegas a lead. But Chasen Bradford surrendered a two-run homer to Kris Bryant in the bottom half as the Cubs produced a walk-off victory. Reynolds finished 3-for-6 and is hitting .338 since a midseason promotion to Triple-A. Allan Dykstra and Josh Satin also homered in the loss. Starter Cory Mazzoni allowed four runs in six innings. Manny Ramirez went 2-for-3 for Iowa. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, ERIE 4: Jayce Boyd went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored and the B-Mets broke a 4-all tie with a four-run seventh en route to the victory. Down 1-0 in

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the second, Boyd doubled against Wilsen Palacios and ultimately came home on a groundout to even the score. The B-Mets took the lead in the third. Dilson Herrera doubled, advanced to third on Darrell Ceciliani's single and scored on a sacrifice fly from Boyd. In the fourth, Juan Centeno doubled and scored on Wilfredo Tovar's single. Brandon Nimmo advanced Tovar to third with a single. Herrera's sacrifice fly made it 4-1. The SeaWolves rallied in the seventh against B-Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa. Aaron Westlake hit a solo homer in what became a three-run frame. In his Double-A debut in that frame, Dario Alvarez allowed an inherited runner to score on an RBI double by Dean Green that evened the score at 4. But the B-Mets broke out the bats in the bottom half against Slade Smith. Brian Burgamy singled and Ceciliani doubled to put two in scoring position with one out. Boyd plated both runners with a single. Boyd moved to third on a single by T.J. Rivera. A wild pitch made it second and third for Centeno. His single scored two more for an 8-4 lead. Burgamy homered against Jose Valdez in the eighth to cap the scoring. Alvarez (1-0) suffered a blown save, but struck out two in 1 1/3 innings and earned the win. Cody Satterwhite pitched a scoreless ninth. Box

FORT MYERS 9, ST. LUCIE 8: Reliever Beck Wheeler walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. After he struck out Niko Goodrum for the second out, he then plunked Travis Harrison on the elbow to force home the winning run. Phillip Evans had opened the top of the ninth with a hit, but D.J. Johnson ultimately struck out Eudy Pina with Evans at third base to send the Miracle to the plate with a chance to win it. With the Mets trailing 8-6 in the eighth, Gavin Cecchini blasted a two-run homer to even the score. The Mets also rallied from down 6-4 in the sixth when Albert Cordero homered and L.J. Mazzilli plated a run on a fielder's choice. However, Ryan Fraser couldn’t keep it tied in the bottom of the sixth. He got the first two outs but gave up a hit to Adam Brett Walker. Max Kepler followed with a tiebreaking RBI triple and Tyler Grimes added a single to bring in Kepler. The Mets got to Miracle starter Steven Gruver early, scoring four runs in the first two innings. Mets starter Matt Koch allowed 10 hits and six runs in 3 2/3 innings. Pina and Evans had three hits apiece. Mazzilli, Jared King and Cam Maron each had two hits. Jeff McNeil walked twice, but his 12-game hitting streak ended. Box

SAVANNAH 4, GREENVILLE 0: Logan Taylor faced two batters over the minimum through two outs in the ninth. He then walked Jimmy Rider and reached his pitch limit, one out from a complete game. Taylor nonetheless earned his first win of 2014 for his 8 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball that included four strikeouts and one walk. The Gnats did all of their scoring with two outs in the eighth. Patrick Biondi created the first run with his speed, scoring from second on a wild pitch. Matt Oberste plated Dominic Smith with a double to the warning track in left-center. Victor Cruzado's double scored Oberste. Cruzado scored on Nelfi Zapata's single. Box

KINGSPORT 5, BRISTOL 3: Ivan Wilson homered twice, including a solo shot in the fifth that broke a 3-all tie. Box

BROOKLYN 5, LOWELL 1: Corey Oswalt allowed one unearned run in six innings and

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Jhoan Urena homered in the rubber-game victory. The Cyclones jumped to a lead when Tomas Nido produced a two-run single in the first. The only hiccup for Oswalt, who was recently named a New York-Penn League All-Star, came in the fifth. Urena had a throwing error after fielding a grounder, placing Alixon Suarez at second base. Raymel Flores singled to place runners on the corners. The Cyclones then were only able to get one out on Mauricio Dubon's grounder to shortstop Amed Rosario and Lowell pulled within 2-1. Brooklyn's lead grew to 5-1 in the sixth when Michael Conforto singled and Urena produced a two-run homer. Urena extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He is the only player in Cyclones history to have three double-digit hitting streaks in one season. Brad Wieck replaced Oswalt for the seventh and tossed two scoreless frames. Gaither Bumgardner retired the side in order in the ninth. Box

GCL MARLINS 6, GCL METS 5: Waldo Rodriguez and Alex Palsha combined to allow three runs in the bottom of the eighth as the Marlins overcame a 5-3 deficit. Dash Winningham drove in two runs in the loss. Box

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Series preview: Mets at Cubs

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
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Getty ImagesThe Mets face Jake Arrieta, Edwin Jackson and Travis Wood at Wrigley Field.
METS (28-29, third place/NL East) vs. CHICAGO CUBS (20-34, fifth place/NL Central)

Tuesday: RHP Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.31) vs. RHP Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.20), 8:05 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-0, 2.45) vs. RHP Edwin Jackson (3-5, 4.81), 8:05 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Jacob deGrom (0-2, 2.42) vs. LHP Travis Wood (5-5, 5.15), 7:05 p.m. ET

Cubs short hops

• UConn product and New Haven native Mike Olt leads National League rookies with nine homers and 24 RBIs. The righty-hitting third baseman was acquired last July 22 with three other players in a swap with the Texas Rangers for Matt Garza. Olt, 25, became the first Cubs rookie since Geovany Soto in 2008 with nine homers before June 1.


Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesUConn product Mike Olt leads NL rookies in homers and RBIs.


Olt experienced blurriness and depth-perception trouble with his vision last year while with Texas after being struck in the head the previous November while playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic. It affected his ability to catch baseballs in the field, not just to judge pitches at the plate. It since has been managed through eye drops.

Olt and lefty-hitting Luis Valbuena share duties at third base. The Cubs used six different players at the position last year.

Valbuena has been out since Friday with a sore abdominal muscle, but is expected to be available for the series opener against the Mets. He has started 21 games at third base and 14 games at second base this season. Ex-Marlin Emilio Bonifacio made his first third-base start of the season Saturday with Valbuena unavailable.

Bonifacio, who was released by the Kansas City Royals in February and signed by the Cubs, otherwise has 33 starts in center field and 14 starts at second base this season.

• The Cubs signed 42-year-old Manny Ramirez to serve as a player-coach with Triple-A Iowa. There is no intention of bringing Ramirez, who last appeared in the majors in 2011, to the big leagues.

“While Manny is not and will not be a fit on the Cubs’ major league roster, we do think at this stage of his life he’s a nice fit as a mentor for some of the young talented hitters we have in the organization,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said in a statement. “Manny will coach full time and play part time in a limited role that does not take at-bats away from our prospects. If he shows there is still some magic in his bat, perhaps he will find his way to the major leagues and help another team, but that is not why he is here.”

• Wednesday’s game will feature two of baseball’s more deliberate pitchers. Edwin Jackson averages 25.1 seconds between pitches, tied for seventh slowest in MLB among qualifiers. Opponent Daisuke Matsuzaka checks in at 23.9 seconds, which is actually the fastest pace of his career.

Anthony Rizzo (.267, 10 HR, 28 RBIs) had his fifth career multi-homer game Saturday when he twice took Milwaukee’s Wily Peralta deep. A day later, the 24-year-old Rizzo was ejected by plate umpire Jerry Meals in the fourth inning with the Cubs already trailing by eight runs for demonstrably arguing a called third strike. Rizzo has started 53 of the team’s 54 games at first base. He received his lone day off Friday, preceding his big day at the plate. Rizzo has lifted his on-base percentage to .398 this season, up from .323 a year ago.

• CBSChicago.com’s Bruce Levine reports the Baltimore Orioles are in the lead for soon-to-be-traded ace Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija’s ERA swelled from 1.68 to 2.54 after he was charged with eight earned runs in three innings at Milwaukee on Sunday. The Mets miss Samardzija and Jason Hammel (6-3, 2.78 ERA) in the three-game series. Hammel’s 0.869 WHIP ranks third in the majors, trailing only Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto (0.758) and San Francisco’s Tim Hudson (0.866).

Starlin Castro has the most hits by a shortstop in the majors since 2011 with 612, considerably ahead of runner-up Alexei Ramirez (575) of the Chicago White Sox. Castro (.272, 7 HR, 26 RBIs) has started all 54 Cubs games this season. He was due to be given Sunday off, but talked his way into the lineup. Castro had missed the bulk of Cactus League action with a spring-training hamstring injury. He started 159 games at shortstop in 2013.

• Left fielder Junior Lake has 60 strikeouts in 160 at-bats. His vulnerability is balls on the lower half of the plate.

Jake Arrieta opened the season on the disabled list with right shoulder tightness. He made his season debut May 3. Arrieta had been acquired from the Orioles last July 2 with Pedro Strop and two international signing bonus slots for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger. Strop returned Friday from a DL stint for a left groin strain.

• Right fielder Nate Schierholtz went homerless in his first 42 games, which included 150 at-bats, but since has two homers in the past week.

• Former Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan was promoted from Triple-A on May 3. He replaced fellow outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who landed on the DL with a right hamstring injury. Another backup outfielder, Justin Ruggiano, was activated from the DL last Monday after missing a month with a left hamstring strain.

Travis Wood enters Thursday’s start off his shortest outing of the season. He allowed seven runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Brewers.

• The Cubs’ .231 batting average ranks 29th in the majors, better than only the San Diego Padres (.226).

• Closer Hector Rondon (6-for-7 in save opportunities) missed the weekend series against Milwaukee while on paternity leave but will be back for Tuesday’s opener against the Mets. Neil Ramirez, also acquired in the Garza trade, filled in as closer during Rondon’s absence.

• The Cubs are 0-11-3 in their past 14 road series. They have a 10-13 record at Wrigley Field this season.

Manny to Flushing? Don't hold breath

June, 16, 2012
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The Mets have not shown much of an appetite in recent years to entertain bringing Manny Ramirez to Queens. That apparently remains the case.

Asked if Ramirez might find his way to the Mets now that he has requested and been granted his release from the Oakland A's organization, a Mets official said: "Very thin chance."

The official simultaneous made a circle with his fingers, in the shape of a zero.

According to an ESPN.com news account:

Ramirez signed a minor league deal with Oakland on Feb. 20, and hit .302 with 14 RBIs in 17 games with Triple-A Sacramento. He served a 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy last year, but remained in the minors when the ban ended on his 40th birthday on May 30. The dreadlocked slugger was expected to make approximately $500,000 if he was added to Oakland's big league roster.

"Manny believes he has demonstrated that he is ready to return to the major leagues," Ramirez's agents, Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro, said in a statement. "However, given that the Oakland Athletics could not give Manny any assurance that they plan to promote him in the immediate future he asked for his release. Manny thanks the A's for providing him with this opportunity."

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Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
14 4.02 143 190
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .298
HRL. Duda 28
RBIL. Duda 86
RD. Murphy 76
OPSL. Duda .827
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.49
SOZ. Wheeler 180