New York Mets: Matt Bowman

Prospect Bowman reports with Ivy diploma

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Right-hander Matt Bowman has one distinction none of the other 56 players in Mets camp can claim: an Ivy League degree.

Bowman, drafted by the Mets in the 13th round in 2012 out of Princeton, twice attended fall-semester classes after turning professional. He wrote his senior thesis last spring training and claimed his economics degree with fellow graduates in last June’s commencement ceremony, which favorably coincided with a Binghamton Mets off-day.

“It was extremely convenient the way it worked out,” said Bowman, a non-roster invite to big-league camp. “I think we were in Altoona, so it was like a four-hour drive maybe. I went back, walked [in the ceremony] -- it was great, I saw all my friends -- and then I came back and rejoined the team.”


Adam RubinMatt Bowman fields a comebacker during drills at Mets camp in Port St. Lucie.


Bowman, 23, went a combined 10-8 with a 3.22 ERA in 24 appearances (23 starts) between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas last season. Although fellow prospects Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Rafael Montero get the hype, Triple-A manager Wally Backman on multiple occasions has predicted Bowman will be a major leaguer.

Bowman throws a fastball that sits at 90-94 mph, plus a curveball, slider and changeup. His delivery resembles Tim Lincecum’s style, although Bowman said their motions have diverged in recent years.

“When I first got drafted, the two deliveries were very similar. But since then I’ve tried to move away from it,” Bowman said. “I still get the comparison. I looked at his delivery quite a bit, so I feel that I know the nuances and the subtleties of it. In that sense I feel that they’ve diverged quite a bit. But on the surface, if you just look at them both, I guess I’m too close to it to see how similar they really are.

“His arm angle is a little higher, and I’ve come down a little bit to get some more movement on the two-seam. And then that exaggerated twist is a bit too much for me. And that head leaning back, where his head seems to go outside his body, I’ve tried to stay forward with the head instead of drifting off to the side.”

Bowman’s Triple-A debut came July 5, when he needed 64 pitches to navigate 3 2/3 innings. From there, Bowman had a 1.32 ERA over his next four Las Vegas starts before stumbling at the end of the season, including allowing five runs in one-third of an inning in his lone relief appearance.

“He has great movement on his fastball,” Vegas batterymate Kevin Plawecki said. “That’s what makes him so effective. He’s just got a lot of sink. He’s just going to attack the zone. And he’s just an athlete on the mound, which helps. He fields the position really well.

“He’s got great offspeed stuff, too. He can throw any pitch he wants in any situation. As a game-caller, in my situation, it makes it easier knowing that he can throw just about any pitch he wants in any count -- whether it be his curveball or split finger or whatever.”

Meanwhile, Bowman picked a baseball topic for his senior thesis at Princeton. He evaluated how teams performed with free-agent baseball contracts.

He might entertain front-office work someday, after his pitching career.

“It’s possible,” Bowman said. “I chose that [topic] mostly because it would keep me interested. I have an economics degree. It ended up being 80 pages, I think. You had to be focused on it for half a year. So I wanted something that would keep me interested for that amount of time.

“But certainly, putting a team on the field, we watch decisions be made. We want to know how that works.”

Mets invite 17 to big-league camp

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Courtesy of Bruce Adler/Binghamton MetsGavin Cecchini will be in big-league camp for the first time in 2015.
NEW YORK -- Former first-round picks Brandon Nimmo and Gavin Cecchini as well as top prospects Matt Reynolds and Kevin Plawecki highlight the 17 non-roster invites to big-league camp.

Nimmo, an outfielder projected to open the season at Triple-A Las Vegas, hit a combined .278 with 10 homers, 51 RBIs and 14 steals and had a .394 on-base percentage in 558 plate appearances between Class A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton in 2014.

Cecchini, a shortstop who should spend this season at Binghamton, hit .247 with eight homers, 56 RBIs and 10 steals while primarily splitting his 2014 season between low-A Savannah and St. Lucie.

Reynolds, who should open this season as Vegas' shortstop, hit a combined .343 with six homers, 61 RBIs and 20 steals between Binghamton and Las Vegas last year.

Plawecki, also projected to open the season in Triple-A, hit .309 with 11 homers and 64 RBIs between Binghamton and Vegas a year ago.

Also invited to big-league camp: right-handers Buddy Carlyle, Zack Thornton, Cody Satterwhite, Tyler Pill, Matt Bowman, Jon Velasquez and Chasen Bradford, left-hander Scott Rice, catchers Johnny Monell and Xorge Carrillo, infielders Brandon Allen and Danny Muno and outfielder Alex Castellanos.

Mets pitchers and catchers report Feb. 19. Position players report Feb. 24.

Players on the 40-man roster automatically are invited to big-league camp, including winter additions such as Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Akeel Morris, Jack Leathersich and Hansel Robles.

Burning Questions: Who debuts in '15?

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Adam RubinKevin Plawecki, Matt Reynolds and Noah Syndergaard are the most likely prospects to debut in 2015.
This is the first in a series of 10 Burning Questions regarding the Mets.

Noah Syndergaard never did reach the majors this season, but it is only a matter of time before the 22-year-old right-hander debuts. Of course, with the Mets already possessing six established starting pitchers for five slots with Matt Harvey’s return, Syndergaard (9-7, 4.60 ERA with Triple-A Las Vegas) should have to wait until in-season in 2015 for a call-up. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since it will allow the Mets to delay Syndergaard’s free agency until after the 2021 season. It also potentially avoids an extra year of arbitration eligibility.

Here are nine other prospects who may debut in 2015:

Kevin Plawecki, catcher. If the 40-man roster wasn’t already full, Plawecki likely would have been a September call-up instead of Juan Centeno. But Plawecki -- a supplemental first-round pick in 2012 out of Purdue -- does not need to be added to the 40-man roster this winter for Rule 5 protection. He probably opens next season in Las Vegas, with Anthony Recker serving as Travis d'Arnaud’s backup, but Plawecki won’t stay down forever. Plawecki, 23, hit a combined .309 with 11 homers and 64 RBIs in 376 at-bats between Double-A Binghamton and Las Vegas.

Matt Reynolds, infielder. Dilson Herrera needed to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason for Rule 5 protection. Matt Reynolds, a second-round pick out of the University of Arkansas in 2012, did not. So that’s one major reason why Reynolds was bypassed for a call-up after Daniel Murphy landed on the DL in late August with a right calf strain. Reynolds, 23, raised his average 117 points from last season in Class A ball to this season at higher levels. He hit a combined .343 with six homers and 61 RBIs in 478 at-bats between Binghamton and Vegas. He has been manning shortstop and looking passable, although he may project more as a backup middle infielder.

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Cory Mazzoni, right-handed starter. Mazzoni’s season did not start up until late June because of a strained right lat suffered in the final spring-= training game in Port St. Lucie. Although he has been a starter throughout his minor league career, the Mets already were speaking last offseason about using the NC State product in the bullpen in the majors.

Jack Leathersich, left-handed reliever. The 24-year-old southpaw has gaudy career minor league strikeout numbers. He has K’d 334 in 197 ⅓ innings. Leathersich, like Mazzoni, should be added to the 40-man roster this offseason. Before Leathersich reaches the majors, though, he needs to harness his control. He walked 4.6 per nine innings this season, which actually is down from 6.9 in 2013.

Steven Matz, left-handed starter. Matz, who hails from Stony Brook on Long Island, is the top left-handed prospect in the organization. He took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning in Binghamton’s Eastern League championship clincher. Matz should be ticketed to open 2015 in the Triple-A rotation after going 10-9 with a 2.24 ERA and posting 131 strikeouts in 140 ⅔ innings with St. Lucie and Binghamton this season.

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Matt Bowman, right-handed starter. Vegas manager Wally Backman said Bowman is not a sleeper to him and definitely should be a major leaguer. Bowman, a Princeton product with a Tim Lincecum-style delivery, went 10-8 with a 3.21 ERA with Binghamton and Vegas this season. The primary thing that may hold Bowman back is the organization's depth of young, upper-level starting pitching.

Logan Verrett, right-handed starter. Expected to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason, the former third-round pick out of Baylor went 11-5 with a 4.33 ERA in 28 starts for Vegas.

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Brandon Nimmo, outfielder. Nimmo would appear on track for at least a September call-up considering the Mets are light on upper-level outfield prospects, and he will need to be added to the 40-man roster during the 2015-16 offseason anyway. Looking considerably stronger after spending last winter at the IMG Academy bulking up, the 21-year-old Nimmo hit a combined .278 with 10 homers, 51 RBIs, 14 steals and a .394 on-base percentage in 558 plate appearances between St. Lucie and Binghamton.

Jeff Walters, right-handed reliever. Already on the roster, Walters was in big league camp last spring training, coming off posting a Binghamton-record 38 saves in 2013. He underwent Tommy John surgery June 17, so if he appears in the majors next season -- no guarantee -- it probably would not be until September.

Morning Briefing: Play on

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FIRST PITCH: Wait until next year!

The Mets officially were eliminated from postseason contention on Friday night, despite producing a win.

Still, they play on.

At 74-80, the Amazin’s occupy fourth place in the NL East. Still, they are only a half-game behind the Miami Marlins (74-79) for third place and only 2 games behind the Atlanta Braves (76-77) for second place.

The Mets need to go 7-1 the rest of the way to reach .500. Otherwise, they will produce their sixth straight losing season, which would match the Houston Astros for the longest active streak of sub-.500 seasons in the majors.

On Saturday at Turner Field, Jonathon Niese (8-11, 3.55 ERA) opposes left-hander Mike Minor (6-11, 4.74) at 7:10 p.m.

Saturday’s news reports:

Lucas Duda opened the scoring with a two-run homer and the Mets tacked on three ninth-inning runs en route to a 5-0 win against Atlanta in Friday’s series opener. Albeit requiring 105 pitches, Zack Wheeler tossed six scoreless innings to improve to 11-10 with a 3.49 ERA with one start remaining.

“His stuff was very, very good,” Terry Collins said, while adding: “As we’ve seen lately, he uses a lot of pitches to get outs.”

Collins was pleased that Wheeler has maintained his velocity this deep into the season. He has now logged 180 1/3 innings. Last year, he logged 174 1/3 innings. Wheeler has continued to average more than 96 mph with his fastball in September.

“That’s what you work hard for during the offseason, so you can last this long and stay powerful throughout the season,” Wheeler said. “It’s a good sign.”

As for turning a 3-8 record entering July into an above-.500 mark, Wheeler added: “It was a rough first few months, but I got past that. I kept my nose down and kept going.”

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

• Read more on Wheeler in the Record.

• Triple-A manager Wally Backman joined the major league staff Friday for the final nine games of the season. He offered candid assessments of Noah Syndergaard, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Reynolds, Matt Bowman, Jacob deGrom and Wilmer Flores. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Juan Lagares is skipping the trip to Atlanta and D.C. because of his right elbow sprain. Lagares may appear during the season’s final series, against the Astros at Citi Field. Or he may already have played his final 2014 game.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis was given Friday off after passing a kidney stone.

• Broadcaster Ron Darling tells Neil Best in Newsday this was an “enjoyable” year watching the Mets.

• If deGrom wins the Rookie of the Year Award, he would have logged the second-fewest innings ever among recipients, ahead of only Dave Righetti, writes Jared Diamond in the Journal. DeGrom is at 134 1/3 innings with two remaining starts. Righetti had only 105 1/3 with the Yankees while winning the AL award in 1981.

• A fan caught Duda’s homer in a popcorn bucket. Watch the video at MLB.com.

• The Mets hosted a wheelchair softball tournament in the parking lot at Citi Field, writes Lisa L. Colangelo in the Daily News.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear has mentally pushed its calendar ahead to 2015.

BIRTHDAYS: Jason Bay turns 36. ... Dave Gallagher was born on this date in 1960.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Will the Mets make the postseason in 2015?

Backman breaks down high-level prospects

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Adam RubinWally Backman joined the Mets on Friday for the final nine games of the season.
ATLANTA -- Wally Backman tactfully indicated Friday that he hopes to get a chance at the major league level.

“I think that’s why the players play and I think that’s why coaches coach,” Backman said inside the visitors’ dugout at Turner Field, after joining the staff as a September call-up for the final nine games of the season.

Still, Backman said he has had no discussions about his role for next year. ESPNNewYork.com reported Thursday the Mets are internally discussing adding Backman to the coaching staff for 2015.

“I don’t know if I’ll be hunting all year or not,” Backman said. “I don’t know. We’ll see.”

Before Friday’s series opener against the Atlanta Braves, Backman broke down several of the top prospects he managed at Triple-A Las Vegas this season. Here’s a rundown …

NOAH SYNDERGAARD, rhp

“I’ll say what you’ve probably heard a million times: He’s still very, very young. He just turned

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22 the last week of the season. Stuff-wise he’s probably second to nobody, but he has a lot to learn mentally. If he has the right guy behind the plate, he’s going to be pretty good, because the catcher really runs the game for him right now. He needs to learn to be able to call his own pitches in certain situations at the minor-league level, for sure, and trust the stuff that he has. For me, it’s all about consistency for him and really being able to command the fastball.”

Backman agreed with reports Syndergaard can become too reliant on his fastball.

“That’s very accurate. There was one point where he got hit hard this year where he threw 27 or 28 fastballs in a row. You call them ‘AAAA’ guys -- the guys that have been in the big leagues, the up-and-down guys. They all want to go to the Pacific Coast League because they can put up big numbers. And those ‘AAAA’ guys, so to speak, they don’t miss that fastball when they know it’s coming. That happened to Noah quite a bit.”

Backman added that Syndergaard’s other pitches are quality.

“He’s got a very good changeup. And his breaking ball is very good. All the pitches are there. It’s just learning how to use those pitches in the right situations. He may be better when he gets to the big leagues, just like [Matt] Harvey was when I had him.”

Harvey, of course, may have been bored in Triple-A and underperformed? Backman did not say that was the case with Syndergaard.

“Matt’s a smart kid. He’s a college graduate. Noah is a younger kid that’s still learning. For me, mentally, he’s got to get a little bit tougher. Trust me, I would never let him go, because of his stuff. He’s going to be a quality major league starter. There’s no question in my mind that’s going to happen. When that happens? The timetable has slowed down a little bit on him because everybody expected him in July.”

Backman added that Syndergaard needs to work on his pace while pitching.

“That’s pretty accurate. The tempo of the game, he needs to speed it up. And at times he’ll show good tempo. But, again, it all boils down to consistency. And he’s not consistent enough. Just way too much time in between pitches. Slow to the plate with base stealers on at times. So there’s room for improvement in all facets of the game for him. But, again, the stuff is there. When he learns to speed the game up a little bit for himself with guys on base, base stealers, he’ll be pretty good.”

KEVIN PLAWECKI, c

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Plawecki
“Kevin is a very smart individual and works very hard. In my opinion, he still needs time. He’s slides forward a little bit. He lunges a little bit. I think the hard stuff can give him trouble at times. But he’s another guy that’s got great hand-eye coordination and makes up for it. Down the road, when he’s ready, he’s probably going to be pretty good.”

And Plawecki’s defensive skills?

“He’s more of an offensive player, but very smart in the sense of calling a game -- reading hitters’ swings, seeing the swings and misses and those type of things. He’s very good at that. Throwing-wise he’s just average. But he really does, from what I’ve seen in the short time I had him -- a half-year or whatever it was -- running a pitching staff he did a nice job.”

MATT REYNOLDS, ss

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“This was the first real good year that he had, I think, offensively. I know he was a high pick, but he really showed he can handle the bat. He’s not a home run guy. He’s a guy that slaps the ball around. He’s a gap-to-gap guy. I was impressed with the way he played shortstop. At the start he was just kind of an ordinary guy. But he kind of grew on you as time went on. Very solid defensively.

“But he’s another kid that probably needs a little bit of seasoning. You know, one good year doesn’t make you an All-Star. So this was really his first good year. And I think the developmental part of it for this kid, with the way his work ethic is, he’s going to be a pretty good player someday.”

MATT BOWMAN, rhp

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“He’s a guy that has a four-pitch mix. He throws everything for strikes at any time. I think he went to Princeton. A smart kid. He kind of has the [Tim] Lincecum look. That’s the way his delivery is. He competes. He doesn’t throw 95 mph, but he’s still 91-93 mph with the four pitches that he commands very well. You can call him a sleeper. I won’t, because I think he’s going to pitch in the big leagues.”

JACOB DeGROM, rhp

“I’m not surprised with deGrom. I really believed that he was a guy that was going to be a dominant type of pitcher -- the way he competes, his stuff. He’s got swing-and-miss stuff. I didn’t want to lose him as fast as I lost him. I knew that it was the right move. He’s probably pitched better than a lot of people expected, but I’ve seen a lot of the things in him that were going to make him good. For him to make that transition as fast as he did, it probably surprised a lot of people.”

WILMER FLORES, ss

“When he’s played on a regular basis when he’s been up here, he’s done very well, from what I’ve seen. The two years that I had him he hit in the middle of the order. He played every day. He was a run producer. Where he played was shortstop, second, some third, some first. But Wilmer is a guy that has got to produce with his bat. And if he can do that on a consistent basis, then he can help Terry [Collins].”

Morning Briefing: Alderson speaks

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FIRST PITCH: After a day off in Cincinnati, the Mets get back to work with the opener of a three-game series against the Reds.

Bartolo Colon (12-11, 4.01 ERA) opposes right-hander Alfredo Simon (13-9, 3.28) at 7:10 p.m. at Great American Ball Park.

Friday’s news reports:

• Sandy Alderson, attending Binghamton’s playoff series, did a Q&A with Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.

On whether the Mets will be in the market for a shortstop and left fielder during the offseason, Alderson said: “Right now, part of what we need to do is assess what we have. If you look at shortstop, [Wilmer] Flores has actually done a very nice job for us at shortstop. [Matt] Reynolds has played well at short, both here and at Triple-A. [Matt] den Dekker had an excellent season at Triple-A. So we've got to assess what we have before we start going out and canvasing the free-agent market. Free agents aren’t always the solution.”

Alderson reiterated that Dilson Herrera needed to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason anyway, so it made sense to promote him when the playing time became available because of Daniel Murphy's calf injury. The GM noted left-hander Dario Alvarez needed to be protected ahead of the Rule 5 draft, too.

Asked if Kevin Plawecki could be a factor on the major league roster next season, Alderson noted the catcher does not need to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason. “I would expect that we'll see them both in spring training next year and see where it takes us, but there is no question right now Travis [d’Arnaud] is the incumbent and Kevin doesn't have to be on the roster either,” Alderson told Worthy. “It's one of those administrative hurdles."

And asked if Brandon Nimmo could open next season with Binghamton, where he is finishing 2014, Alderson said: “Frankly, depending on what our needs are, he has probably done enough to warrant a Triple-A assignment coming out of spring training."

• Critic Phil Mushnick in the Post calls out retiring commissioner Bud Selig for propping up Mets ownership. Writes Mushnick:

What Selig never would have accepted from the assistant general manager of one of his auto dealerships, he allowed from the owners of the New York Mets.

Even in their post-Madoff mode, Wilpon’s Mets chose to rent Citi Field entrance space to one of America’s most dubious enterprises, Amway. In 2010, Amway paid $34 million in cash and provided $22 million in products to settle a long-running class-action lawsuit that accused the company and top-level distributors of fraud and operating a pyramid scheme.

So as the Mets continue to kick the same can down the alley, hoping to find the next Bartolo Colon, Marlon Byrd and perhaps Bernie Madoff -- whoever it takes to at least make it seem better -- Selig’s role in this recycled redundancy should not go unappreciated.

Vic Black threw off a mound Thursday for the first time since landing on the disabled list with a herniated disk in his neck. Black subsequently tweeted that he feels “funky fresh” and expects to be activated on Monday, when he is eligible to return from the DL.

• Mike Puma in the Post caught up with Bobby Parnell in Miami earlier this week. Parnell, throwing on flat ground as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery, aims to be ready to compete for his old closer’s job during spring training.

“It’s just a mental grind,” Parnell told Puma about the rehab process. “It’s tough being away from the competitive side of baseball, but I try to look at the positives -- a physical break and somewhat of a mental break. I feel like the path of a Tommy John rehab is a lot more known than a neck rehab, so I feel like it was laid out very well and we’re going in the right direction.”

Read more on Parnell in the Star-Ledger.

Matt Harvey will be shut down for the winter by the end of the month without having faced batters, Kristie Ackert writes in the Daily News. Alderson recently had quashed any notion Harvey would do anything serious this season.

• Hitting coach Lamar Johnson tells Marc Carig in Newsday that it may behoove Curtis Granderson to make more than subtle changes to his swing this offseason. Read more on Granderson in the Star-Ledger.

Juan Lagares in Newsday picks his favorite defensive plays of the season. Read more on Lagares from Matt Ehalt in the Record.

• Ex-Met Mike Jacobs belted a grand slam in a five-run first inning against Matt Bowman as Reno evened its best-of-five series with Las Vegas at a game apiece with a 6-0 win. Greg Peavey was knocked out in the third inning and Binghamton lost Game 2 of its playoff series, 7-0 against Portland. That series also is tied 1-all. Read the full minor-league recap here.

BIRTHDAYS: Ex-Met Chris Young -- the outfielder, not the pitcher -- turns 31. ... Rod Barajas is 39. ... Matt Watson turns 36.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Who should be the Mets’ closer in April 2015?

Minors 9.4.14: Ex-Met Jacobs slams 51s

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RENO 6, LAS VEGAS 0: Reno posted five first-inning runs against Matt Bowman, including a grand slam by ex-Met Mike Jacobs. Bowman ultimately was charged with six runs in four innings as Reno evened the best-of-five Pacific Coast League opening-round series at a game apiece. Reno's Andrew Chafin went the distance, tossing a four-hit shutout. Giancarlo Alvarado and Ryan Reid each contributed two scoreless relief innings in the loss. Noah Syndergaard starts Game 3 for Las Vegas on Friday. Box

PORTLAND 7, BINGHAMTON 0: Starter Greg Peavey was charged with six runs (two earned) in two-plus innings as Portland evened the best-of-five series at a game apiece. He surrendered three of Portland's four homers. Portland posted five runs in the second on two long balls and two B-Mets errors. Former Mets farmhand Stefan Welch hit a solo homer to open the frame. With two outs, Michael Brenly reached on an error by shortstop Wilfredo Tovar. Shannon Wilkerson plated Brenly with a triple and scored when first baseman Brian Burgamy’s throw to third went wide of the bag. Sean Coyle capped the inning with a two-run homer for a 5-0 lead. In the third, Welch again went deep, this time ending Peavey’s night with a leadoff homer. The final run of the rout came in the fifth on Keury De La Cruz's homer against Matt Koch. Portland's Justin Haley tossed seven scoreless innings and stuck out eight. Koch tossed three innings in his Double-A debut. Jon Velasquez, Adam Kolarek and Randy Fontanez each pitched a scoreless inning to close out the game. The B-Mets and Sea Dogs play Game 3 of the Eastern Division Championship Series on Friday at Portland. Steven Matz opposes Portland left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. Box

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Minors 9.3.14: Rivera HR lifts B-Mets

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LAS VEGAS 5, RENO 4: L.J. Mazzilli broke a 4-all tie with a RBI single to left field with one out in the eighth inning in the opener of the best-of-five series. Rafael Montero allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision. Kevin Plawecki had a solo homer in the sixth that evened the score at 3. Cory Vaughn earlier went deep. The series continues Thursday with Matt Bowman starting for the 51s. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, PORTLAND 5: T.J. Rivera produced a walk-off three-run homer in the ninth to complete a comeback from a four-run deficit as the B-Mets won the opener of their

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best-of-five Eastern Division Championship Series. Rivera finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBIs. Binghamton closed the game with seven unanswered runs. With the score tied at 5 in the ninth and one out, Xorge Carrillo reached on third baseman Mike Miller's error. Noe Ramirez then surrendered a single to Wilfredo Tovar. Kyle Johnson pinch ran for Carrillo. After a strikeout, Rivera hammered the first pitch he saw over the left-field wall.

Trailing 5-2 an inning earlier, the B-Mets pulled even. Tovar produced a leadoff double against Robby Scott. With one out, Rivera doubled to plate Tovar. Brian Burgamy then walked to end Scott’s night. Ramirez entered to face Jayce Boyd, who reached on second baseman Sean Coyle's error. Rivera scored on the play and Burgamy advanced to third base. Darrell Ceciliani's sacrifice fly tied the score at 5. Cody Satterwhite (1-0) then worked a scoreless ninth to set up the walk-off win.

After B-Mets starter Tyler Pill retired the first 11 batters he faced, Coyle homered to tie the score at 1. The Sea Dogs appeared to have blown the game open in the sixth. Rusney Castillo single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and stole third. Kuery De La Cruz then had a tiebreaking RBI single. Following a single by Carson Blair, Dave Chester belted a three-run homer for a 5-1 lead. Binghamton inched closer in the bottom of the frame. Rivera doubled with one out. A batter later, Boyd singled home the runner to cut the deficit to 5-2. Pill tossed 5 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on six hits. He has not taken a loss since May 5 (18 appearances).

Hansel Robles contributed 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Tovar finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored. It was the first win postseason win for the B-Mets at NYSEG Stadium since Sept. 10, 2004.

The B-Mets and Sea Dogs play Game 2 of the series on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. in Binghamton. Greg Peavey starts for the B-Mets. Box

ASHEVILLE 8, SAVANNAH 3: Starter Robert Gsellman allowed five runs in five innings as Savannah lost the opener of its best-of-three opening-round series. Paul Paez allowed three runs in the bottom of the sixth as Asheville took an 8-2 lead. The game included a two-hour, 13-minute rain delay later in that frame. Champ Stuart had a first-inning solo homer in the loss. First-round pick Michael Conforto went 2-for-5 with a double and RBI in his South Atlantic League debut. The series resumes Friday in Savannah with John Gant on the mound. Box

Compiled with team reports

Minors 8.31.14: St. Lucie eliminated

August, 31, 2014
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ALBUQUERQUE 12, LAS VEGAS 11 (11 innings): Ryan Reid (5-2) surrendered a walk-off sacrifice fly to Roger Bernadina in the bottom of the 11th. Las Vegas had led 8-0 entering the bottom of the sixth. Starter Logan Verrett contributed five scoreless innings. Matt Bowman was charged with five runs and recorded only one out in the sixth. Box

RICHMOND 1, BINGHAMTON 0: Elliott Blair broke a scoreless tie with a two-out RBI single in the eighth and contributed two sparkling catches in center field. The B-Mets were held to three hits and suffered their fifth straight defeat. B-Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa retired six straight batters to open his start. He stranded two in the third when Blair popped out in foul territory to catcher Xorge Carrillo. Richmond threatened again when Angel Villalona led off the fifth with a double. Ynoa responded by retiring three straight. Richmond starter Ty Blach tossed four no-hit innings before surrendering a leadoff infield single to Carrillo in the fifth. Blach erased Carrillo with a double play and ended the frame by retiring Ynoa. Binghamton finally pushed a runner into scoring position when Brian Burgamy ripped his team-leading 32nd double with two outs in the sixth. Blach sidestepped the threat by inducing Jayce Boyd to fly out. Blair had opened the game with a diving catch on the warning track to rob Brandon Nimmo of an extra-base hit. He struck again with an over-the-shoulder basket catch against Travis Taijeron in the seventh.

Ynoa retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced. Jon Velasquez (4-4) inherited the scoreless tie in the eighth and fell into trouble immediately by allowing a leadoff single to Myles Schroder. Velasquez retired the next two batters, but then issued a two-out walk to Kelby Tomlinson. Blair made the righty pay by lining a 2-1 pitch into center, plating Schroder with the lone run. T.J. Rivera (0-for-4) had an 11-game hitting streak snapped. The playoff-bound B-Mets (83-57) conclude the regular season on Monday. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, PALM BEACH 2: St. Lucie faced long playoff odds entering Sunday’s finale. The Mets did their part by beating the Cardinals, but Bradenton’s 3-2 victory over Charlotte in Game 1 of a doubleheader eliminated the Mets from playoff contention. St. Lucie completed its season with a 76-62 record. Matt Koch limited the Cardinals to one run in seven innings. He scattered nine hits, induced two double-play grounders and struck out four batters. The Mets scored all four of their runs in the third inning against Tyrell Jenkins. Gavin Cecchini singled and advanced to third on two wild pitches. Gilbert Gomez drove him in with a double. After Maikis De La Cruz singled, L.J. Mazzilli crushed a two-run double for a 3-0 lead. Jared King capped the scoring with an RBI double. Mason Katz hit a solo homer against Jake Kuebler in the eighth to cut the Mets' lead to 4-2. Koch earned his team-high 10th win. Kuebler notched his third save. Mazzilli had three hits and finished the Florida State League season with a .312 average. Box

ROME 4, SAVANNAH 3: Patrick Biondi had a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth to pull the Gnats within a run. Stefan Sabol then singled, but Victor Cruzado struck out to the end game. Starter Alex Panteliodis allowed four runs in seven innings. The Gnats complete their regular season Monday. They open the playoffs Wednesday at Asheville. Box

BROOKLYN 11, STATEN ISLAND 3: The Cyclones remained alive entering Monday's final day of the regular season. Brooklyn needs to beat Staten Island and have Connecticut lose to Lowell to claim the New York-Penn League's wild-card spot. On Sunday, Adrian Abreu went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBIs. Michael Conforto had three hits and a walk and scored twice. Starter Alberto Baldonado allowed one run in five innings. Box

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Minors 8.25.14: Lawley double lifts B-Mets

August, 25, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 9, ROUND ROCK 3: The 51s built an 8-2 lead after four innings. Third baseman Josh Satin was 3-for-5 with an RBI and run scored. Second baseman Anthony Seratelli was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and double. Starter Matt Bowman (3-2) allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks in five innings. The 51s have the best record in the 16-team PCL with a 78-60 mark (.565). Box

BINGHAMTON 4, NEW BRITAIN 1: Dustin Lawley’s double plated Jayce Boyd with the

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go-ahead run in a three-run eighth as the B-Mets won their fifth straight. Binghamton opened the scoring in the fourth against Taylor Rogers as T.J. Rivera had a two-out double and Lawley followed with an RBI single. New Britain evened the score in the sixth against Rainy Lara. Jorge Polanco singled, Nate Hanson walked and Mike Gonzales singled to load the bases. Ronny Rodriguez followed with a sacrifice fly. In the eighth, Edgar Ibarra hit Boyd with a pitch to start the frame. The southpaw then surrendered a single to Rivera. Lawley doubled to drive in the go-ahead run. After a groundout, Wilfredo Tovar's sacrifice fly plated Rivera. Kyle Johnson then legged out an infield single that brought Lawley home all the way from second for a 4-1 lead. Lara matched his season high with 7 2/3 innings. He allowed one run, but did not factor into the decision. Chase Huchingson (4-1) recorded the final out in the eighth. Cody Satterwhite worked a scoreless ninth for his 15th save. Box

CHARLOTTE 8, ST. LUCIE 5: T.J. Chism (0-3) surrendered a grand slam to Johnny Field in the ninth to suffer the blown save. With St. Lucie leading 5-4 lead, Granden Goetzman led off with a single. Chism then struck out Jake DePew. Chism looked like he had a second out when Gilbert Gomez dove for a ball in center off the bat of Juniel Querecuto. But the ball popped out of Gomez’s glove and runners were at first and second with one out. Tommy Coyle then drew a walk to load the bases. Field followed with the decisive homer. The Mets had jumped on the Stone Crabs early, taking a 4-0 lead. In the second, Phillip Evans grounded into a bases-loaded double play that plated the opening run. The Mets plated three more in the third. Maikis De La Cruz scored from third on a missed pickoff play at first and Jairo Perez and Jared King had run-scoring hits. The 4-0 lead unraveled in the fifth. Mets starter Angel Cuan surrendered a two-out, two-run double to DePew. DePew then scored on a single as the Crabs pulled within 4-3. Coyle appeared to fly out to end the frame, but Gomez dropped the ball. His throw back to the infield went past three defenders and to the backstop, allowing the tying run to score all the way from first base. The Mets appeared poised to respond in a big way in the bottom of the fifth, when they loaded the bases with no outs for the second time in the game. But Perez grounded into a double play and the Mets again only got one run. De La Cruz and L.J. Mazzilli each had three hits. Box

JOHNSON CITY 5, KINGSPORT 3: Vicente Lupo produced a three-run homer in the first inning, but the K-Mets were silent the rest of the way. Starter Yoan Gonzalez allowed four runs in four innings. Box

STATEN ISLAND 2, BROOKLYN 1 (10 innings): Brad Wieck surrendered a walk-off homer to Chris Breen in the 10th. Left fielder Michael Conforto threw out Connor Spencer at the plate to preserve a 1-all tie in the eighth. Conforto's RBI single in the third inning had opened the scoring. The Baby Bombers evened the score in the bottom half of that frame with an unearned run after a throwing error by second baseman Tyler Moore, then a run-scoring wild pitch by Alberto Baldonado. Carlos Valdez tossed 3 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Third baseman Jhoan Urena was ejected before the game's first pitch. Box

GCL CARDINALS 4, GCL METS 0 (10 innings): The Mets' only hit came on a one-out bunt single in the fifth by Miguel Leal. Two walks, two errors and a wild pitch contributed to a four-run top of the 10th that broke a scoreless tie. Mets starter Kevin Canelon tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings. Box

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Morning Briefing: L.A. luck; Sandy speaks

August, 21, 2014
8/21/14
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FIRST PITCH: The Mets take a day off in California on Thursday, then get to work against the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend.

The Amazin’s get a reprieve of sorts, too.

Clayton Kershaw, originally due to start Friday’s series opener against the Mets, instead faces the San Diego Padres on normal rest on Thursday. So the Mets draw Dan Haren in the series opener, followed now by Zack Greinke on Saturday and Kevin Correia on Sunday.


Beck Diefenbach/Associated PressThe Mets get a reprieve in L.A. with Clayton Kershaw moved out of the series.


The L.A. shakeup allows Greinke two extra days of rest for a cranky right elbow that will not be 100 percent the remainder of the season.

Meanwhile, the Mets will activate a pair of starting pitchers for the series.

After Jonathon Niese starts the series opener, Jacob deGrom is due to be activated from the disabled list to pitch Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Bartolo Colon will be activated from bereavement leave for Sunday’s series finale. Colon then plans to return to the Dominican Republic for the funeral of his mother, who died Monday at age 63 after battling breast cancer.

The Mets ultimately will need to make as many as three roster moves -- for deGrom, Colon and, presumably, for Daisuke Matsuzaka early next homestand.

Matsuzaka, currently on the DL with right elbow inflammation, is due to make his third minor-league rehab start Thursday. He pitches for the Brooklyn Cyclones at 7 p.m. against the Staten Island Yankees at Coney Island.

The Mets have a number of potential maneuvers to clear as many as three spots. Gonzalez Germen, promoted when Colon went on bereavement leave, could return to Las Vegas. So could Rafael Montero, who otherwise would be working out of the bullpen with deGrom reentering the rotation. Perhaps the Mets also could find a DL candidate among some banged-up players.

Jenrry Mejia, who has a hernia and cranky calf, was unavailable Wednesday in Oakland because of tightness in his lower back on the right side, which is a recurring issue. Dana Eveland required a cortisone shot in his left elbow. And Kirk Nieuwenhuis was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup with neck discomfort.

Thursday’s news reports:

• Sandy Alderson joined Seth Everett on WOR, reminiscing about his days in Oakland and also commenting about the state of the Mets. (Listen here.)

On the team’s offensive funk (Wednesday notwithstanding), the GM said: “It’s been pretty much across the board, starting with the top of our lineup all the way through. When you only get three or four hits a night, there’s a collective issue. We’ve got some young players in the lineup who we’ve got to give some time, but I think it’s been a collective thing. I do believe that offensively we will get better. The question is how much better.”

Addressing David Wright's subpar production, Alderson added: “First of all, no player is ever going to be at the top of his game consistently throughout a season, or over ‘X’ number of seasons. And part of dealing with the adversity is how it’s handled. David handles it very well. We certainly recognize this is a collective thing.”

On the evaluation process for Matt den Dekker and Wilmer Flores, Alderson said: “The one thing that we have to do is be patient and not reach those judgments prematurely.”

And on how Terry Collins will be judged, Alderson said: “It’s more than wins and losses. It’s how the team approaches each game and how it conducts itself over the course of an entire season. All those things are important.”

Eric Campbell and Lucas Duda homered in a five-run second inning against Jeff Samardzija and the Mets survived a pair of errors by Daniel Murphy en route to an 8-5 win against Oakland on Wednesday.

Zack Wheeler (9-8) allowed four runs (two earned). He was pulled after 5 2/3 innings and 103 pitches as the Mets kept him on a tight pitch limit after he threw 120 his previous outing. Wheeler improved to 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA in his past 10 starts and climbed above .500 for the first time this season.

With Mejia unavailable, Jeurys Familia produced a five-out save. Familia inherited the bases loaded in the eighth from Vic Black and walked in a run, but otherwise kept the A’s in check.

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

• Read more on Colon’s temporary return for Sunday’s start in the Daily News and Newsday.

• Read more on Eveland’s “tennis elbow” and cortisone injection in the Star-Ledger.

• Matt Bowman allowed one run in seven innings but suffered a hard-luck loss as New Orleans beat Las Vegas, 4-0. Behind three RBIs from Dustin Lawley, Binghamton trimmed its magic number to clinch an Eastern League playoff berth to one with an 8-5 win at Erie. Read the full minor-league recap here.

BIRTHDAYS: Felix Millan turns 71 today. ... John Stearns is 63.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: How should the Mets clear spots for deGrom, Colon and Matsuzaka?

Minors 8.20.14: B-Mets' magic number to 1

August, 21, 2014
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NEW ORLEANS 4, LAS VEGAS 0: Matt Bowman allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out nine in seven innings but departed trailing 1-0. The lone run he surrendered came on a two-out RBI single in the first inning by Mark Canha. Ryan Reid surrendered three ninth-inning runs. Josh Satin grounded into a fourth-inning triple play. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, ERIE 5: Dustin Lawley drove in three runs as the B-Mets trimmed their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to one. Dilson Herrera had a solo homer in the first

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against Josh Turley for his ninth homer as a B-Met. It was his 12th long ball overall this season, setting a career high. Erie's Steven Moya responded in the second by lining his league-leading 33rd homer to even the score against Gabriel Ynoa. Binghamton broke the 1-all tie with a two-out rally in the fourth. Darrell Ceciliani and T.J. Rivera singled. Lawley, 1-for-his-last 21, followed with a two-run triple. Ynoa cruised following Moya’s homer until and getting into a sixth-inning jam. With two outs, Devon Travis singled and Dean Green walked, bringing Moya to the plate. However, Ynoa struck out Erie’s slugger to end the threat and preserve Binghamton’s 3-1 lead. The B-Mets extended their lead against the SeaWolves bullpen in the seventh. Kyle Johnson tripled and scored on Jayce Boyd's single. Ceciliani capped the inning with an RBI single. Binghamton took an 8-1 lead in the eighth after opening the frame with three consecutive doubles. Lawley and Juan Centeno drove in runs with doubles. A throwing error by Francisco Martinez brought home Binghamton’s third run of the frame. Green had a two-run triple in the eighth against Randy Fontanez and Aaron Westlake had a two-run homer against Cody Satterwhite in the ninth. Ynoa (3-1) allowed one run on five hits while striking out four in seven innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 2: The Mets scored five runs in the seventh inning to erased a 2-1 deficit. Gilbert Gomez scored from third to tie the score on catcher Luke Bailey’s passed ball. Maikis De La Cruz then laced a double against Zach Cooper to score Jeff McNeil and Gavin Cecchini to put the Mets up 4-2. L.J. Mazzilli tripled to plate De La Cruz. Phillip Evans collected his third single of the game to bring in Mazzilli and complete the scoring. Mets starter Matt Koch tossed a season-high seven innings. He allowed six hits and two runs. Koch did not walk a batter and tied his season high with six strikeouts. The only runs the Crabs scored came on Tyler Goeddel’s two-run homer in the second. After Goeddel singled in the fourth, Koch retired 12 of the next 13 batters, including the last seven in a row to complete his night. Paul Sewald recorded the final six outs in a non-save situation. Sewald struck out four of the final five batters. Mazzilli went 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to seven games. He is now 14-for-29 in his last seven games. Evans went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Box

ROME 6, SAVANNAH 3: Starter Octavio Acosta allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Matt Oberste went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in the loss. Box

GREENEVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 4: Andrew Church allowed six runs (four earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Zach Mathieu went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs for the K-Mets. Box

STATEN ISLAND 14, BROOKLYN 4: Scarlyn Reyes surrendered six runs (three earned) in 3 1/3 innings. Adrian Abreu went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Brooklyn committed six errors, leading to 11 unearned runs. The staff also walked nine batters. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL CARDINALS 0: Dash Winningham had an RBI single and Hengelbert Rojas followed with a run-scoring double as the Mets broke a scoreless tie in the eighth. Raphael Ramirez added a two-run triple in the ninth. Tyler Badamo and Adonis Uceta combined on a five-hit shutout. Box

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Morning Briefing: Castro doesn't want to go

August, 16, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: After getting swept in a three-game series at Wrigley Field in June, the Mets began getting some payback Friday against the Chicago Cubs.

Next up: Jonathon Niese (6-8, 3.46 ERA) opposes right-hander Dan Straily (1-2, 4.93) on Saturday at 7:10 p.m.

Saturday’s news reports:

Zack Wheeler remained unbeaten in his last nine starts and Eric Campbell launched a three-run homer as the Mets beat the Cubs, 3-2, Friday at Citi Field. The Mets rebounded after a disastrous three-game series against the Washington Nationals.

Wheeler wants to go deeper in games, but nonetheless has a 2.02 ERA and is 5-0 since June 25. He struck out 10 and tossed a career-high 120 pitches on Friday. Campbell would be a regular starter if he displayed consistent power, according to Terry Collins. Campbell’s homer is the only hit the Mets have in 21 at-bats with runners in scoring position on the homestand.

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

• Read more on Wheeler from columnist George Willis in the Post.

• Six days after he was designated for assignment, Chris Young officially was released on Friday as the Mets ate what remained on his $7.25 million contract.


Brian Kersey/Getty ImagesStarlin Castro says he wants to remain a Cub.


• Although either shortstop acquisition would be costly in terms of young pitching, the Mets are getting to view two potential trade targets this weekend with the Cubs -- Starlin Castro and Javier Baez. Blocked, the rookie Baez is manning second base.

“I don’t want to leave. I want to stay here all my career,” Castro told reporters pregame Friday regarding the Cubs (via Anthony McCarron in the Daily News). “… I know myself. I know I can be a good player and I know a lot of teams can want me. But I’m here and I don’t want to leave here. I feel comfortable here and I want to be a part of this team when we compete, when we win playoffs and stuff like that.”

"The beauty of having shortstops is that they actually can transition into other positions," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said (via Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger). "They’re very athletic. … I don’t think it’s a problem. I think when you have to cross that bridge to make adjustments, you do. Right now I don’t have to really concern myself with it. Starlin’s our shortstop. And Javy is our second baseman. If there’s ever something that ever develops we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it."

• The Mets participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday afternoon to benefit ALS. They challenged the SNY broadcast crew and Mets fan Jon Stewart. Read more in Newsday and at MLB.com.

Daisuke Matsuzaka makes a rehab start Saturday for Double-A Binghamton at Reading. Collins said Matsuzaka’s role upon eventually returning from the DL will be contingent upon Jacob deGrom's timetable for recovery and, potentially, Rafael Montero's performance Sunday. DeGrom is due to throw Saturday for the first time since landing on the DL with rotator-cuff tendinitis. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Despite pitching with a hernia and cranky calf, Jenrry Mejia tossed a perfect ninth inning Friday for his first save in a week. Read more in the Post.

Travis d'Arnaud took a backswing off his left elbow and is expected to protect it with a pad Saturday.

Ruben Tejada will get a start during the Cubs series.

• Joe Lemire in the Journal discusses the travel rigors with having a Triple-A team so far away from New York.

• Will Sammon in Newsday interviews Wilmer Flores.

• Matt Bowman tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings and combined with Miguel Socolovich on the shutout as Las Vegas blanked Iowa, 2-0. Brian Burgamy had a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh and Binghamton beat Reading, 8-7. Jeff McNeil had a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth as St. Lucie beat Bradenton, 10-7. Jon Leroux had a grand slam in Savannah’s 16-4 rout of Greenville. Marcos Molina allowed one hit and one walk and struck out a career-high 12 in seven scoreless innings in Brooklyn’s 7-0 win against Vermont. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• John DeMarzo in the Post catches up with first-round pick Michael Conforto out of Oregon State, who is hitting .320/.415/.440 through 27 games with the Brooklyn Cyclones.

From the bloggers … Blogging Mets takes an early look at the possible Mets payroll for 2015.

BIRTHDAYS: Roger Cedeno turns 40. ... Rick Reed is 50. ... Mike Jorgensen was born on this date in 1948.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you think the Mets can work out a deal with the Cubs for a shortstop this winter?

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 8.7.14: Boyd sinks Squirrels

August, 7, 2014
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ALBUQUERQUE 6, LAS VEGAS 2: Noah Syndergaard allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and four walks while striking out four in five innings. He threw 102 pitches (64 strikes). Syndergaard had limited opponents to one earned run in 17 1/3 innings in his previous three starts. Jack Leathersich allowed one run on two hits and recorded one out in his return to Triple-A. Matt den Dekker went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, RICHMOND 0: Jayce Boyd's two-run double in the eighth broke a scoreless tie and lifted the B-Mets to their second series sweep of Richmond this season.

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Matt Bowman tossed six innings and combined with Hansel Robles and Cody Satterwhite on the shutout. Against Jose Casilla in the eighth, Brian Burgamy smacked a one-out double and Darrell Ceciliani was intentionally walked. Boyd then doubled to left-center to plate both. In the ninth, Wilfredo Tovar produced a one-out double against Phil McCormick. T.J. Rivera then singled to cap the scoring. Bowman allowed five hits and struck out six. Richmond starter Ty Blach tossed seven scoreless innings. Robles (7-6) tossed two no-hit innings and struck out four of the six batters he faced to pick up the win. Satterwhite worked a perfect ninth for his 12th save. At 70-47, Binghamton achieved its high-water mark for the season. Ceciliani and Burgamy each extended season-long hitting streaks. Ceciliani has reached nine games. Burgamy has hit safely in 11 straight. Box

FORT MYERS 6, ST. LUCIE 2: The Miracle stole six bases and catcher Cam Maron committed three errors on stolen-base attempts. Miracle starter Ethan Mildren limited the

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Mets to solo homers from Gavin Cecchini and Jared King in six innings. The Miracle scored two runs in the first against Michael Fulmer. Levi Michael walked and stole second and Byron Buxton followed with an infield hit. Buxton then stole second. Maron’s throw skipped away from L.J. Mazzilli and into center field, allowing Michael to score. Later in the inning, Dalton Hicks had an RBI double for a 2-0 lead. In the third, Aderling Mejia led off with a single and stole second. This time Maron’s throw sailed high and Mejia advanced to third. He came home on a two-out infield single by Michael to make it 3-0. The Miracle took a four-run lead an inning later. Niko Goodrum singled with two outs and stole second. It was the fifth steal of the night for the Miracle. Michael then had an RBI single. Cecchini’s solo homer in the fifth cut St. Lucie's deficit to 4-1. King made it a two-run game in the sixth with a solo shot. However, the Miracle answered with an ugly seventh-inning run. Goodrum stole second on Buxton's strikeout and went to third on another throw from Maron that sailed into center. Center fielder Gilbert Gomez bobbled the ball. The lapse allowed Goodrum to score. Adam Brett Walker’s homer against Robert Coles made it 6-2 in the eighth. Fulmer was charged with four runs (three earned) on seven hits in five innings. He struck out seven and walked one. Maron went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Box

AUGUSTA 10, SAVANNAH 9 (10 innings): Augusta scored six runs in the eighth to force extra innings. Reliever Akeel Morris then suffered a walk-off loss in the 10th as catcher Colton Plaia was charged with interference on Randy Ortiz's game-ending single. Box

KINGSPORT 8, BRISTOL 7
KINGSPORT 3, BRISTOL 2: Luis Arrizurieta singled and Leon Canelon scored the tiebreaking run from second base in the ninth after a throwing error by third baseman Edgardo Munoz as the K-Mets won, 8-7, in the completion of a game suspended on July 14. Long Islander Jimmy Duff (2-0) retired all nine batters he faced, four via strikeout, with the game having resumed in the seventh inning. In the regularly scheduled game, Kingsport overcame a 1-0 deficit with a three-run eighth. Luis Ortega had a game-tying leadoff homer. Branden Kaupe had a two-out, two-run double. After Bristol pulled within a run and loaded the bases in the top of the ninth, Ismael Tijerina replaced Bryce Beeler with one out and got a game-ending double-play grounder. Starter Andrew Church allowed one run in six innings. Box 1, Box 2

BROOKLYN 4, MAHONING VALLEY 0: Martires Arias limited the Scrappers to two hits and three walks in six scoreless innings. Relievers Brad Wieck and Mike Hepple combined for three no-hit relief innings. Michael Conforto went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Conforto doubled and scored the opening run on Jhoan Urena's single in the fourth. Brooklyn added three eighth-inning runs. Conforto had an RBI single, Urena contributed a sacrifice fly and Tomas Nido also had an RBI single. Box

GCL METS 5, GCL CARDINALS 3: Starter Tyler Badamo, a 24th-round pick out of Dowling College on Long Island, allowed one run on three hits in five innings and earned his first professional win. Alex Palsha produced a scoreless ninth for his eighth save. The Mets took a 4-0 lead on Arnaldo Berrios' two-out RBI double and Enmanuel Zabala's ensuing RBI single in the second. Box

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
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