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Minors 8.30.14: St. Lucie loss playoff blow

August, 30, 2014
Aug 30
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RICHMOND 7, BINGHAMTON 6: Randy Fontanez surrendered three runs in the ninth inning as the B-Mets blew their third save in their past three chances. Blake Miller’s walk-off single capped a furious Squirrels rally. After producing five runs in the eighth, Binghamton ultimately handed a 6-4 lead to Fontanez for the ninth. They righty walked pinch hitter Mario Lisson and allowed a single to Kelby Tomlinson. In an attempt to advance the runners, Elliott Blair bunted to the mound. Fontanez pounced on the roller, but his throw to third base ticked off Dustin Lawley’s glove and rolled into left field, allowing Lisson to score. With two runners in scoring position, Fontanez bounced a wild pitch, plating the tying run. Miller then capped the comeback by lining a 3-1 pitch into the left-field corner. Richmond’s comeback spoiled a monster inning by the B-Mets in the eighth. The B-Mets greeted reliever Ryan Bradley with three consecutive singles to load the bases. The southpaw ended his night and forced in a run by plunking pinch hitter Darrell Ceciliani. Travis Taijeron followed with a two-run single against reliever Jose Casilla. Lawley drove in Ceciliani with the go-ahead run. Juan Centeno capped the five-run frame with a run-producing double play. T.J. Rivera extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the eighth. Taijeron went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Box

PALM BEACH 11, ST. LUCIE 5 (12 innings): T.J. Chism and Robby Coles combined to allow six runs in the top of the 12th to deal a serious blow to the Mets' Florida State League postseason chances. In order to qualify, St. Lucie (75-62) needs to win on the final day of the regular season Sunday to overtake Palm Beach (76-62) in the overall standings. The Mets also need Charlotte to sweep Bradenton (76-61) in a doubleheader. And they need to get first-half-champion Fort Myers (40-29) to win Sunday against Jupiter to finish even with Bradenton (41-27). Box

ROME 4, SAVANNAH 3: John Mincone tossed a wild pitch that plated Jacob Schrader in the bottom of the eighth, a half-inning after the Gnats had pulled even on an error by right fielder Connor Oliver that allowed two runs to score. Box

TRI-CITY 3, BROOKLYN 2: The Cyclones dropped into a tie with Connecticut for the New York-Penn League's wild-card berth with two games remaining in the season. Connecticut owns the tiebreaker. Marcos Molina allowed three runs in seven innings. Michael Conforto's leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth pulled Brooklyn within a run. Jhoan Urena then doubled, but he ultimately was stranded at third base after Adrian Abreu struck out, Pedro Perez grounded out, Michael Bernal walked and Tucker Tharp grounded into a fielder's choice. Box

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Minors 8.28.14: Cessa blanks Palm Beach

August, 28, 2014
Aug 28
11:44
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ALBUQUERQUE 10, LAS VEGAS 5: Rafael Montero allowed eight runs in six innings. Three of the runs were unearned, but Montero gave up 11 hits. Danny Muno and Brandon Allen hit home runs. Box

NEW BRITAIN 5, BINGHAMTON 3: Dilson Herrera had three hits, including his 10th Double-A home run, and found out after the game that he was being promoted to the big-league team when Daniel Murphy went on the disabled list. Closer Cody Satterwhite had his second blown save in two days, allowing three runs in the ninth inning to deprive Greg Peavey of a win. Peavey allowed two runs on six hits in eight innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, PALM BEACH 0: Luis Cessa and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout. The Mets scored both their runs in the sixth, on Jared King's RBI single and Phillip Evans' sacrifice fly. L.J. Mazzilli had two hits and scored one run. Box

SAVANNAH 3, AUGUSTA 0: Robert Gsellman and three relievers combined on a four-hit shutout. Champ Stuart and Jeff Glenn each produced an RBI. Box

ELIZABETHTON 13, KINGSPORT 6: Starter Jimmy Duff pitched five scoreless innings, but the Mets bullpen had a rough night. Second baseman Branden Kaupe had four hits. Catcher Luis Ortega had two doubles and a single. Box

TRI-CITY 4, BROOKLYN 3: Right fielder Michael Bernal's ninth-inning error allowed the winning run to score. Adrian Abreu, Jhoan Urena and Tucker Tharp each had two hits. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL MARLINS 3 (10 innings): The Mets finished the Gulf Coast League season with a 33-27 record, winning their final game on a walk-off error. Raphael Ramirez stole second and third. On the latter steal, Marlins catcher Blake Anderson threw the ball into left field. Ramirez finished the 60-game season with 18 steals. He also had a triple and drove in a run in the final game. Starter Jose Celas allowed three hits in five scoreless innings. Box

Minors 8.26.14: Pina double lifts St. Lucie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minors 8.24.14: McGowan flirts with no-no

August, 24, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 6, ROUND ROCK 5: Cory Vaughn's three-run homer in the sixth staked the 51s to a 6-0 lead. Cory Mazzoni took a shutout bid into the eighth, when Round Rock exploded for five runs against him and Miguel Socolovich. Chasen Bradford entered and stranded the tying run at second base by striking out Luis Sardinas.Box

BINGHAMTON 5, AKRON 2: Steven Matz tossed five scoreless innings and struck out six and T.J. Rivera went 3-for-4 as the B-Mets completed a three-game sweep. Matz (6-4) has

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allowed one earned run in his last 25 innings. Binghamton tagged Akron starter Will Roberts for three first-inning runs. Brandon Nimmo led off with a double and moved to third when Dilson Herrera singled. Brian Burgamy walked to load the bases. Jayce Boyd then singled to plated Nimmo for the game's opening run. Darrell Ceciliani's sacrifice fly scored Herrera. The final run of the frame scored on Rivera's RBI single. An inning later, Wilfredo Tovar singled and stole second. Herrera then hit a one-out pitch to deep center. Ollie Linton made the catch, but fell afterward. That allowed Tovar to score from second base for a 4-0 lead. The B-Mets scored again in the fifth on Xorge Carrillo's sacrifice fly. Akron got on the board in the seventh on a leadoff homer by Anthony Gallas against Randy Fontanez. Adam Kolarek surrendered a run in the ninth that capped the scoring. At 81-52, Binghamton achieved a new high-water mark for the season. Ceciliani finished 0-for-2, snapping an 11-game hitting streak. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, JUPITER 2: Mets starter Kevin McGowan took a no-hit bid into the seventh and relievers Ryan Fraser and Paul Sewald worked out of jams. McGowan earned his first

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win since June 30. He allowed three hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings. Albert Cordero had a two-out solo homer in the second against Scott Lyman. Gilbert Gomez followed with a walk and steal. Eudy Pina plated him with a double for a 2-0 lead. McGowan pitched around three errors in the first inning -- two committed by him -- and a fourth error to open the third. After that last miscue, McGowan retired 12 straight batters. Blake Barber broke up the no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the seventh. Cody Keefer followed with a single that advanced Barber to third. Juan Avila's bunt single scored Barber to slice St. Lucie's lead to 2-1. Fraser eventually entered with runners on the corners and got a comebacker from Anthony Gomez. The reliever caught Keefer between third and home for the second out. After a walk loaded the bases, Fraser got Ryan Goetz to ground out. Fraser walked back-to-back batters with one out in the eighth and threw a wild pitch to advance both runners. However, he got a lineout that did not advance the runners and Avila grounded out to strand two in scoring position. In the bottom half, Gilbert Gomez had a bases-loaded infield single and L.J. Mazzilli scored to increase the lead to 3-1. The first two batters of the ninth singled against Sewald. After a sac bunt moved the runners to second and third, Goetz grounded out to plate a run and make it 3-2. Sewald then retired Noah Perio as Jupiter stranded the tying run at third base for the third straight inning. Sewald converted his 11th save in 11 chances. Box

GREENVILLE 8, SAVANNAH 5: Starter Alex Panteliodis allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks in two innings. Champ Stuart had a solo homer in a three-run ninth as the Gnats closed within three runs. Paul Paez contributed three scoreless relief innings. Box

KINGSPORT 9, JOHNSON CITY 1: Persio Reyes (1-0) tossed seven scoreless innings for the K-Mets. Oswaldo Caraballo went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Ivan Wilson also drove in three runs. Box

BROOKLYN 10, TRI-CITY 1: Michael Conforto went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Jhoan Urena, Tyler Moore and Michael Bernal drove in two runs apiece. Marcos Molina allowed one run on one hit and five walks while striking out eight in 6 2/3 innings. Box

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Minors 8.22.14: B-Mets' Herrera drives in 4

August, 22, 2014
Aug 22
11:03
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LAS VEGAS 8, NEW ORLEANS 7 (11 innings): Noah Syndergaard allowed five first-inning runs, then settled down. He followed with four scoreless frames. In the sixth, Syndergaard allowed consecutive singles to open the inning, then shortstop Matt Reynolds committed an error that loaded the bases with none out. Syndergaard ultimately allowed an unearned run on a one-out groundout to first base by Zack Cox that evened the score at 6. Syndergaard's final line: 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP. Danny Muno had a walk-off RBI single in the 11th. Reynolds finished 4-for-4 with a walk. Box

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BINGHAMTON 12, AKRON 3: A day after clinching a postseason berth, the B-Mets routed the RubberDucks. After B-Mets starter Tyler Pill allowed two runs in the top of the first, Jayce Boyd slammed a three-run homer in the bottom half. Darrell Ceciliani had a two-run homer in the fifth. Dilson Herrera finished 3-for-3 with two doubles, four RBIs, two runs scored and a walk. Ceciliani and Wilfredo Tovar also had three hits apiece. Pill followed the two-run first by blanking Akron for four innings. Box

JUPITER 1, ST. LUCIE 0
ST. LUCIE 4, JUPITER 2:
In Game 1, Luis Cessa pitched a seven-inning complete game, allowing one run on three hits while striking out five and walking one. The lone run for the

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Hammerheads was scored by the Marlins' Derek Dietrich, who is on a rehab assignment. He had tripled with one out in the fourth. Matt Juengel plated him with a groundout. The Mets had a couple of chances late to tie the score. Jairo Perez, off the DL and back in the lineup for the first time since June 29, struck out to end the sixth two in scoring position. An inning later, Sean Donatello struck out Phillip Evans looking to end the game with Eudy Pina at second base. The Mets also stranded Jeff McNeil on third in the first inning and left Jared King on second in the second. Jupiter won despite being out-hit, 5-3. Four Hammerheads pitchers combined for the shutout, beginning with two scoreless innings from rehabbing Dan Jennings. Jennings was struck in the head by a line drive in Pittsburgh on Aug. 7. Jared King went 3-for-3 for the Mets. In his last two starts, Cessa has allowed a combined two runs and four hits in 12 innings, but has won neither.

In Game 2, Domingo Tapia came within one out of going the distance in the seven-inning contest. He gave up two runs on five hits and one walk. Cole Frenzel put the Mets up 2-1 in the second with a two-run double. The Mets extended their lead to two runs 1 in the fifth on Evans' RBI single. That hit scored Gavin Cecchini, who had doubled for the second time. Evans moved to third on Frenzel’s groundout and slid safely into home without a throw when Albert Cordero grounded out to make it 4-1. Tapia did not surrender his second run until there were two outs in the seventh. With a runner at second, Cody Keefer delivered an RBI double. Paul Sewald entered and recorded the final out for his 10th save in 10 chances. Cecchini finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a walk. The walk was his 19th in 21 games this month. Evans scored twice. Box 1, Box 2

GREENVILLE 6 ,SAVANNAH 5: Robert Gsellman surrendered six runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. The Gnats pulled within 6-5 in the sixth on Champ Stuart's run-scoring fielder's choice. But Savannah left Patrick Biondi at third base that inning when Dominic Smith and Matt Oberste flied out. Box

BLUEFIELD 8, KINGSPORT 4 (six innings)
KINGSPORT at BLUEFIELD: Game 1 of a doubleheader was called in the sixth inning because of rain and the nightcap never took place. Andrew Massie was knocked out after two-thirds of an inning. Massie and Audry German surrendered a combined seven runs in the frame. Vicente Lupo had a three-run homer in the third as the K-Mets pulled within 7-4. Box 1

BROOKLYN 7, TRI-CITY 0: Martires Arias walked six and allowed three hits but nonetheless tossed five scoreless innings. He combined with Gaither Bumgardner and Cameron Griffin on the four-hit shutout. Tyler Moore had a sacrifice fly and Michael Bernal had an RBI single in a three-run second. Jhoan Urena and Moore had RBI singles in a four-run third. Shortstop Amed Rosario missed a second straight game with a shoulder injury. Box

GCL NATIONALS 2, GCL METS 0 (suspended): The game was halted in the fourth inning when Mets baserunner Manuel Hilario was kneed in the head while sliding into second base. Hilario lost consciousness and suffered a seizure. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital. Hilario was in "good spirits" and may be discharged Saturday, the Mets announced. Box

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Morning Briefing: Mets eyeing Cuban?

August, 22, 2014
Aug 22
5:25
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NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: The Mets get back to work Friday, when they open a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jonathon Niese (7-8, 3.50 ERA) opposes right-hander Dan Haren (10-10, 4.59) in the 10:10 p.m. ET opener at Dodger Stadium.

Read the Mets-Dodgers series preview here.

Friday’s news reports:

• The Mets had not yet put Bartolo Colon on waivers as of Thursday morning, the Post’s Joel Sherman reports via Twitter. That would be a prerequisite to trading Colon in August.

• The Mets will “in the coming days take a look” at shortstop Roberto Carlos, a 28-year-old Cuban defector, sources tell Mike Puma in the Post.

As for the lack of aggressiveness in pursuing fellow Cuban Rusney Castillo, Sandy Alderson tells Puma: “I think it’s a matter of there might be some scouting differences of opinion, and kind of where we are and what we’re going to do in the immediate future, so there are lots of issues involved.”

Alderson said about the Mets’ pursuit of Cuban players in general: “We scout them now, so it’s not as if we’re not aware of what is going on. It’s not like we’re not aware of who is out there. We are not looking at that market necessarily to solve our problems. But you need to be active in all the player-acquisition markets -- participate and be aware that you have those as options.”

Daniel Murphy has a fan playing in the U.S Final of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. The favorite player of Drew Laspaluto, who plays for Nevada, is Murphy “because he hits line-drive singles and Drew tries to emulate Murphy in this way.” Nevada plays Illinois on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger looks at Lucas Duda's success. Duda has 23 homers, tied for fourth-most in the National League.

• The Mets have been out-homered 118-94 this season. “We need to hit more than the opposition,” Alderson told Marc Carig in Newsday. “Right now, that's not happening. That's in part because we're not hitting enough, and in part because we're giving up too many.”

Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed five scoreless innings for the Brooklyn Cyclones in his third minor-league start while on the disabled list.

• Las Vegas clinched a playoff berth with a 14-5 win against New Orleans. Idle Binghamton clinched an Eastern League playoff berth for the second straight season on Thursday. The B-Mets will face Portland in the opening round, although which team is the division winner remains unresolved. Michael Bernal and Tyler Moore drove in runs as Brooklyn beat Staten Island, 2-0. Read the full minor-league recap here.

BIRTHDAYS: Right-hander Ray Burris was born on this date in 1950.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Why don’t the Mets aggressively pursue Cuban players?

Minors 8.21.14: 51s, B-Mets clinch playoffs

August, 21, 2014
Aug 21
10:17
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LAS VEGAS 14, NEW ORELANS 5: The 51s clinched a playoff berth for the second straight season. Danny Muno produced a grand slam and finished with five RBIs. Box

BINGHAMTON CLINCHES: The idle B-Mets secured a playoff berth for the second straight season with New Britain's loss. Binghamton is 46-22 since June 10 and 78-52 overall.

ROME 3, SAVANNAH 2: John Mincone inherited a runner on second base with two outs in the bottom of the eighth from Dawrin Frias and surrendered a tiebreaking RBI single to Carlos Franco. Yeixon Ruiz had a run-scoring triple and Champ Stuart followed with a sacrifice fly as the Gnats had pulled even at 2 in the fourth. Savannah starter Logan Taylor allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Box

KINGSPORT at BLUEFIELD (ppd.)

BROOKLYN 2, STATEN ISLAND 0: Pedro Perez and Michael Bernal produced consecutive doubles in the fifth as the Cyclones opened the scoring. Brooklyn took a 2-0 lead an inning later on Tyler Moore's RBI single. Rehabbing Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed five scoreless innings. He combined with Brad Wieck, Kelly Secrest and Shane Bay on a four-hit shutout. Bay notched his 14th save. Box

GCL METS 6, GCL NATIONALS 5: Raphael Ramirez produced a two-out, tiebreaking RBI single in the bottom of the eighth. Box

Minors 8.19.14: Muno homer paces Vegas

August, 19, 2014
Aug 19
11:14
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LAS VEGAS 10, OMAHA 4: Danny Muno had a three-run homer in a six-run second inning as the 51s took a commanding early lead. Josh Satin went 3-for-4 with a double, walk, RBI and run scored. Matt Reynolds and Muno also had three hits apiece. Vegas starter Cory Mazzoni allowed four runs in seven innings. Box

ERIE 7, BINGHAMTON 0: Michael Fulmer was charged with six runs on six hits in his Double-A debut. Fulmer (0-1) struck out one and walked three. The SeaWolves plated six

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runs in the fourth and Wilsen Palacios tossed seven scoreless innings. Binghamton’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot sits at two. Erie jumped on Fulmer in the first. With Jason Krizan on second, Dean Green ripped an RBI double. Fulmer surrendered a single before retiring Corey Jones to limit the damage to one run. Steven Moya started Erie’s fourth inning with his league-leading 32nd homer. Fulmer followed by surrendering back-to-back singles. He then issued walks to Marcus Lemon and Jamie Johnson. The latter forced in a run and ended his night after 3 1/3 innings. Adam Kolarek entered and struggled to put out the fire. Jason Krizan greeted the lefty with a run-producing fielder’s choice. Devon Travis walked to reload the bases and Dean Green delivered a two-run single. Moya capped the six-run inning in which Erie batted around by lacing an RBI single. Binghamton’s only threat came in the third when Brian Burgamy singled. Brandon Nimmo attempted to score from second, but was gunned down by Johnson in center field. Hansel Robles contributed three scoreless relief innings. Box

CHARLOTTE 11, ST. LUCIE 8: Trailing 8-2, the Mets scored six eighth-inning runs to pull even. However, the Stone Crabs answered with three runs in the bottom half to retake the lead. Johnny Field scored the go-ahead run when St. Lucie reliever Beck Wheeler threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded. After Wheeler departed, Granden Goetzman hit a two-out, two-run single against Ryan Fraser. In the top of the eighth, L.J. Mazzilli and Cam Maron singled against Nick Sawyer. Gavin Cecchini and Jared King then drew consecutive four-pitch walks to force in Mazzilli and make it 8-3. Jose Molina entered and walked Phillip Evans, also on four pitches, to plate Maron. Gilbert Gomez followed with a two-run double and the Mets trailed 8-6. Eudy Pina delivered an RBI single to pull St. Lucie within a run. Molina then walked Jeff McNeil to load the bases. Ryan Garton was summoned to face Maikis De La Cruz with no outs and the bases loaded. He induced a 4-6-3 double play as Gomez scored the tying run. Garton got the Crabs out of further trouble when Mazzilli flied out to leave Pina on third base. Colton Reavis shut down the Mets in order in the ninth. Angel Cuan, who was demoted to St. Lucie from Binghamton, started for the Mets. He allowed three runs in four innings. Mazzilli and Pina had two-hit games. Maron extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Box

SAVANNAH 11, ROME 3: Victor Cruzado went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs. Yeixon Ruiz had a three-run homer in the second as the Gnats took a 5-0 lead. Rob Whalen allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings to improve to 8-1. Paul Paez followed with 3 1/3 no-hit relief innings to earn his first save. Box

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

NYPL NORTH 1, NYPL SOUTH 1: The New York-Penn League All-Star Game ended in a 1-all draw after nine innings at MCU Park in Coney Island. Among Cyclones representatives, Marcos Molina and Corey Oswalt tossed scoreless frames and Shane Bay recorded the final out of the top of the ninth. Amed Rosario, Jhoan Urena and Michael Bernal went a combined 0-for-5. Box

GCL METS 3, GCL CARDINALS 2: Jairo Perez had a run-scoring single and Dash Winningham followed with an RBI groundout in a two-run first. Perez also singled in the third to plate Raphael Ramirez and give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Kurtis Horne, the Mets' 31st-round pick in June out of British Columbia, tossed a scoreless relief inning to pick up his first professional win. Nabil Crismatt notched his first Gulf Coast League save. Box

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Morning Briefing: Mets draw Kazmir, A's

August, 19, 2014
Aug 19
5:30
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NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: Their anemic hitting already has reached historic levels. And things get no easier for the Mets as they shift coasts to California.

The Mets are due to face All-Stars Scott Kazmir on Tuesday and Jeff Samardzija on Wednesday in Oakland. After a day off, the Amazin’s then draw expected NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw to open a weekend series at Dodger Stadium, followed by Dan Haren and Kevin Correia.

“We know going into Oakland and L.A., obviously we’re going to face good pitching,” David Wright said.

The Mets have now failed to exceed four hits in any of their past five games -- a franchise record. The last major league team to have a streak that long was the 2002 Mets.

If that streak continues against Kazmir and the A’s on Tuesday, the Mets will become the first MLB team since 1900 to have a single-season streak of six games producing four hits or fewer in each, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Also on the negative front: Despite splitting a four-game wraparound series with the Chicago Cubs, the Mets produced a total of 16 hits. That’s the fewest hits by a team in a four-game series in MLB since May 2-5, 2008, when the Chicago White Sox also mustered 16 hits against the Toronto Blue Jays.

“There’s no easy answers,” Terry Collins said. “It’s not the workload. These guys are working. As a matter of fact, at this time of year maybe they’re swinging too much.”

Dillon Gee (4-5, 3.69 ERA) opposes Kazmir (13-5, 2.78) at 10:05 p.m. ET.

Collins implied that Daniel Murphy is due for a day off in Oakland. That would seem more likely to occur against the southpaw Kazmir. Murphy is 3-for-6 with a homer in his career against Samardzija, the ex-Cub.

Tuesday’s news reports:

Bartolo Colon was scratched from Monday’s scheduled start against the Cubs and traveled to the Dominican Republic, where his mother died at age 63 after battling breast cancer. Gonzalez Germen will join the Mets on the West Coast while Colon is placed on bereavement leave, which may last three to seven days. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger, Newsday and at MLB.com.

• Wright took batting practice in a cage early Monday and convinced Collins to place him in the lineup. Wright, after missing one game with a bruised left shoulder, went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his return. Postgame, Wright denied the shoulder issue that initially arose on a headfirst slide on June 12 was hindering his substandard production. Read more in the Times, Post, Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Carlos Torres tossed five scoreless innings as an emergency fill-in for Colon. However, once he departed, Dana Eveland surrendered an RBI single to Luis Valbuena in the sixth as Chicago evened the score. Anthony Rizzo had a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth against Buddy Carlyle and Javier Baez had a two-run shot against Jenrry Mejia in the ninth and the Cubs ultimately beat the Mets, 4-1, Monday at Citi Field.

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

Daisuke Matsuzaka, who will not activated from the disabled list with Colon going on bereavement leave, instead will make his third rehab start on Thursday. Matsuzaka is scheduled to pitch for the Brooklyn Cyclones at MCU Park against the Staten Island Yankees.

• The Cyclones host the New York-Penn League All-Star Game on Tuesday. Brooklyn’s representatives include left-hander Shane Bay, right-handers Marcos Molina and Corey Oswalt, shortstop Amed Rosario, third baseman Jhoan Urena and outfielder Michael Bernal.

Bobby Abreu went 1-for-4 with a walk and RBI in his return to Triple-A, but John Lannan was roughed up and Las Vegas lost at Omaha, 9-5. Travis Taijeron had four hits and five RBIs and Binghamton sliced its magic number to claim a playoff spot to three with an 11-4 win against Erie. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• A bone-marrow donor and recipient met for the first time at Citi Field, Kathryn Cusma and David K. Li write in the Post.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear offers a public service announcement of sorts.

BIRTHDAYS: Pitcher-turned-broadcaster Ron Darling turns 54. ... Ex-Mets left-hander Chris Capuano is 36. ... Among Mets minor leaguers, Flabio Ortega is 24 and Ismael Tijerina is 25.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Will the Mets exceed four hits on Tuesday?

Morning Briefing: Mets own Philly

August, 10, 2014
Aug 10
5:20
AM ET
PHILADELPHIA

FIRST PITCH: The Mets continue to beat up on the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Amazin’s on Saturday improved to 10-4 against the Phillies this season. They are 46-57 against the rest of baseball.

The success includes a 7-1 record at Citizens Bank Park in 2014.

Dating back to last season, the Mets have won 12 of their last 14 in the City of Brotherly Love.

Zack Wheeler looks to continue that roll Sunday. Wheeler, who is 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his past seven starts, opposes right-hander Kyle Kendrick (5-11, 4.74 ERA) at 1:35 p.m.

Sunday’s news reports:

Lucas Duda, getting a chance to prove he can produce against left-handed pitching, delivered a tiebreaking RBI single against Antonio Bastardo in the 11th as the Mets beat the Phillies, 2-1, Saturday.

It marked the sixth extra-inning game between the teams this season, matching the most between the Mets and one opponent in franchise history. The Amazin’s also played six extra-inning games against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

With Jenrry Mejia having worked consecutive days with a tight calf, Jeurys Familia handled Saturday’s save, albeit allowing two baserunners in the 11th.

Dillon Gee limited Philadelphia to a seventh-inning solo homer by Carlos Ruiz as the right-hander put a subpar start to the second half behind him. Gee also overcame career-long woes in Philly.

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

Matt den Dekker joined the Mets on Saturday in place of Chris Young, who was designated for assignment. Terry Collins said den Dekker should bat sixth and start against right-handed pitching in left field, with Eric Campbell facing southpaws. Den Dekker, who led the Pacific Coast League in batting at .334, attributed the success partly to a more compact swing, which includes a wider stance and shorter stride. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Daily News and Newsday.

• Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post warns Mets brass not to let late-season success by young players prompt conservative spending this winter.

• Davidoff in the Post also asserts that the Mets and Yankees both support Rob Manfred as MLB’s next commissioner for different reasons. In the Mets’ case, Davidoff suggests, it’s because of the team’s cozy relationship with Bud Selig. Manfred is Selig’s preferred choice.

• Jeff Roberts in the Record writes about the longtime friendship between Mejia and Familia and details their pre-baseball lives in the Dominican Republic, including Mejia’s job shining shoes at age 10.

• Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post begins to ask which young pitchers will stay and which will go as the Mets make moves this offseason.

• Matt Ehalt in the Record suggests the Mets made the right call emphasizing youth.

Matt Harvey threw 29 pitches off the slope of a mound Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Bill Price in the Daily News asserts it’s not prudent for Harvey to pitch in the majors this season. (He won’t be.)

Bobby Parnell tossed a baseball Saturday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery on April 8.

• Noah Syndergaard talks about his progress in the Daily News. “I don’t feel like I’m ready quite yet, but if I were to get the call tomorrow, I would find a way to get the job done, somehow,” Syndergaard told the newspaper.

• Kevin Plawecki had a two-run homer as Las Vegas beat Albuquerque, 8-3. Rainy Lara tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings as Binghamton beat Harrisburg, 3-1. Dominic Smith produced his first 2014 homer as Savannah split a doubleheader against Augusta. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• The Brooklyn Cyclones, who host the New York-Penn League All-Star Game on July 19, had six players selected for the game: shortstop Amed Rosario, third baseman Jhoan Urena, right-handers Marcos Molina and Corey Oswalt, left-hander Shane Bay and outfielder Michael Bernal.

BIRTHDAYS: den Dekker turns 27. ... Chuck Carr is 47.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Has Zack Wheeler turned a corner?

Minors 8.9.14: Lara silences Senators

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LAS VEGAS 8, ALBUQUERQUE 3: Kevin Plawecki contributed a two-run homer and Cory Mazzoni allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Albuquerque committed six errors, leading to four unearned runs. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, HARRISBURG 1: Rainy Lara tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings and Brian Burgamy went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and extended his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games. In his return to the lineup three days after suffering a jammed finger on a slide, Dilson Herrera hit a first-inning solo homer against John Simms. The B-Mets added to that total in the third. Lara and Brandon Nimmo, who was starting for the first time since Sunday, hit back-to-back singles to put two on with nobody out. After a fly out, Burgamy smacked a two-run double for a 3-0 lead. Harrisburg finally got on the scoreboard in the ninth against Cody Satterwhite. Jason Martinson made it all the way to third base on an error by right fielder Darrell Ceciliani. Martinson scored on Adrian Sanchez's pinch-hit single. Lara (6-4) has has allowed one run in 14 2/3 innings over his last two starts. Satterwhite notched his 13th save. Binghamton starting pitchers have allowed three earned runs over the last seven games. Nimmo, who had been sidelined with a hand injury, went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BRADENTON 3: Eudy Pina scored on a wild pitch as St. Lucie earned a walk-off win. Pina had worked a four-pitch walk against Bryton Trepagnier to open the frame. Gilbert Gomez bunted him to second, and Pina advanced to third on Jeff McNeil’s groundout. Then, on a 1-1 pitch to Maikis De La Cruz, Trepagnier skipped a fastball wide of catcher Jacob Stallings. The Mets had taken a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning, but Stallings hit a one-out solo homer against Beck Wheeler. Earlier, Jeff McNeil, De La Cruz and L.J. Mazzilli opened the first inning with singles to load the bases. However, the Mets only came away with one run, on Phillip Evans’ bloop single. Mets starter Matt Koch maintained the 1-0 lead into the fifth. That frame, he walked Justin Maffei to load the bases, then plunked Adam Frazier to force in the tying run. With the bases reloaded, Walker Gourley hit a sac fly that gave the Marauders a 2-1 lead. However, the Mets scored two runs in the bottom half to take a 3-2 lead. Cam Maron's single plated McNeil. Evans later beat out a potential inning-ending double play that allowed Mazzilli to score the go-ahead run. Koch went six innings and surrendered two runs. He walked two, hit two and struck out a season-high-matching six. Box

SAVANNAH 9, AUGUSTA 2
AUGUSTA 3, SAVANNAH 1: In Game 1, 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith produced an RBI double in the sixth that evened the score at 2. Jeff Glenn added a three-run triple later in that five-run frame. Smith had a two-run homer in the seventh that capped the scoring. It was Smith's first 2014 long ball. Starter Ricky Knapp contributed a seven-inning complete game to even his record at 6-6. After five scoreless innings from starter Robert Gsellman in Game 2, Augusta posted three runs in the sixth against Bret Mitchell. Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 5, BRISTOL 4: Jean Rodriguez had a first-inning homer and finished 3-for-4 as the K-Mets built a 5-0 lead and held on. Rodriguez and Zach Mathieu drove in two runs apiece. Former Pirates farmhand Blake Taylor allowed three runs on six hits and five walks in three innings. David Roseboom converted his second save despite allowing two hits in the ninth. Box

BATAVIA 4, BROOKLYN 2: Starter Marcos Molina, one of six Cyclones All-Star selections earlier in the day, allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out 11 in six innings. Molina's ERA swelled to 1.78. Also chosen for the Aug. 19 game, which will be played in Brooklyn: shortstop Amed Rosario, third baseman Jhoan Urena, right-hander Corey Oswalt, left-hander Shane Bay and outfielder Michael Bernal. Box

GCL CARDINALS 6, GCL METS 2: Starter Darwin Ramos and reliever Joel Huertas allowed three runs apiece as the Cardinals built a 6-0 lead. Dale Burdick, a 40th-round pick out of high school in Tennessee in June, produced his first professional homer in the loss. Box

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LAS VEGAS 4, SACRAMENTO 2: Logan Verrett took a shutout into the ninth inning when he allowed a leadoff solo homer and departed. Matt den Dekker went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and walk. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, CLEARWATER 4: Maikis De La Cruz went 4-for-6 with three RBIs. De La Cruz also reached over the wall to take away a potential game-tying three-run homer from Brandon Short in the eighth. After Clearwater evened the score with three fourth-inning runs against Domingo Tapia, St. Lucie answered the following half-inning to take a 5-3 lead. Jeff McNeil doubled and scored on De La Cruz's ensuing single. After walks to Phillip Evans and L.J. Mazzilli, De La Cruz scored on a sacrifice fly by Gavin Cecchini. Cole Frenzel had a solo homer in a three-run ninth as the Mets put the game out of the reach. Dario Alvarez, T.J. Chism and Paul Sewald combined for 3 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Box

CHARLESTON at SAVANNAH: The doubleheader was postponed due to unplayable field conditions. The teams will play doubleheaders Tuesday and Wednesday.

PULASKI 6, KINGSPORT 4: Starter Audry German allowed five runs (four earned) in 2 2/3 innings. Zach Mathieu drove in two runs in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 4, CONNECTICUT 3: Michael Conforto and Michael Bernal had RBI singles in a three-run first inning as the Cyclones grabbed a 3-0 lead. Shane Bay recorded the final four outs for his 10th save. He inherited and stranded the potential tying run at third base in the eighth. Starter Casey Meisner allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings. Before Bay entered, Connecticut had pulled within a run in the eighth. Third baseman Jhoan Urena had a fielding error that led to an unearned run in that frame. Box

GCL METS 2, GCL MARLINS 1 (six innings): Milton Ramos and Dash Winningham had RBI doubles in a two-run fourth inning as the Mets grabbed a 2-0 lead. Starter Kevin Canelon allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings. The game was called in the middle of the sixth due to wet field conditions. Box

Minors 7.29.14: Herrera lifts B-Mets

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EL PASO 7, LAS VEGAS 5: Matt den Dekker went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, but relievers John Church and Miguel Socolovich combined to surrender four eighth-inning runs as El Paso broke a 3-all tie. Starter Cory Mazzoni allowed two runs in five innings. Kevin Plawecki had an RBI double and Matt Reynolds produced an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, but the comeback bid stalled when Allan Dysktra struck out. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, NEW HAMPSHIRE 3: Dilson Herrera's walk-off sacrifice fly capped a

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two-run ninth inning. It marked the first time this season Binghamton won when trailing after eight innings. Darrell Ceciliani started the ninth-inning rally with a single against Gregory Infante. Ceciliani stole second and moved to third on a groundout. Travis Taijeron's bloop RBI single tied the score. After Kyle Johnson entered as a pinch runner, Xorge Carrillo walked and Brandon Nimmo singled to load the bases with one out. Herrera came through with the sacrifice fly to right field to plate Johnson. In the eighth inning, Herrera had homered against Tyler Ybarra to cut the B-Mets' deficit to 3-2. Chase Huchingson (2-1) tossed 1 1/3 scoreless relief innings to close out the game. B-Mets starter Tyler Pill allowed three runs on six hits and struck out five in 7 2/3 innings. He extended his unbeaten streak to 13 games. Box

DUNEDIN at ST. LUCIE: The teams will play a doubleheader Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

SAVANNAH 8, LEXINGTON 3: Rob Whalen improved to 6-0 with a 1.65 ERA in the South Atlantic League by limiting Lexington to two unearned runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter in seven innings. Stefan Sabol had a bases-loaded triple in a four-run fourth as the Gnats took a 4-1 lead. Yeixon Ruiz finished 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. Box

KINGSPORT 6, DANVILLE 2: Starter Martires Arias (4-0) tossed five scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and five walks. Eudor Garcia went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. Box

BROOKLYN 4, LOWELL 1: Casey Meisner collected his first win in nearly a calendar year as the Cyclones (23-22) completed a three-game sweep and moved above .500 for the first

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time since July 12. Meisner allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out six in five innings. Tomas Nido had a one-out single in the third and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Anthony Chavez followed with a shot down the first-base line that was too hot to handle and Nido scored for a 1-0 lead. With Chavez on second base due to the fielding error, Joe Tuschak doubled to push the advantage to 2-0. Tuschak had been sidelined with a hamstring injury since July 18. Lowell plated its lone run in the bottom half courtesy of Sam Travis' two-out RBI double. Meisner retired the final seven batters he faced to collect his first win since July 30, 2013, when he was pitching in the Gulf Coast League. In the sixth, Tuschak and Michael Conforto walked. Michael Bernal plated Tuschak with a single. Tyler Moore drove in Conforto with a single. Relievers Carlos Valdez and Brandon Welch combined to allow one baserunner in three innings. Shane Bay tossed a scoreless ninth for his ninth save. Conforto's 10-game hitting streak to begin his pro career was snapped. Box

GCL METS 8, GCL METS 5 (six innings): Dash Winnigham had a two-run double in a three-run first and the Mets never looked back en route to a rain-shortened win. Winningham added a third-inning sacrifice fly as the Mets took a 4-0 lead. Box

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Morning Briefing: Sandy thrown under bus?

July, 28, 2014
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Associated PressBartolo Colon makes his final start before the non-waiver trade deadline on Monday.
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FIRST PITCH: Bartolo Colon makes his final start before Thursday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline when the Mets return home to face the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

Colon (9-8, 4.03 ERA) enters the start off an outing in Seattle in which he retired the game’s first 20 batters. Robinson Cano broke up the perfect-game bid in the seventh with a line single.

Colon opposes right-hander A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.86) in the 7:10 p.m. series opener.

The Mets took four of five games in Philly when the teams last met, May 29-June 2.

Of course, the Mets won eight of 10 games on their last homestand and now have a 25-23 record at Citi Field this season. The Mets have not finished a season with a winning home record since 2010.

Colon, incidentally, likely will be eligible to be traded in August, too -- either by clearing waivers or via the Mets dealing with a team that puts in a claim. That is because he is owed $11 million in 2015, during a season in which he will turn 42 years old.

Monday’s news reports:

• After giving an interview to Willie Weinbaum at ESPN.com in which he advocated Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire getting voted into the Hall of Fame with asterisks, Tony La Russa went further during an interview published in the Daily News.


Mike Groll/Associated PressTony La Russa said he brought concerns about steroid use to Sandy Alderson during their days with the A's, but was rebuffed.


La Russa said he voiced concern to Oakland Athletics GM Sandy Alderson and the team’s ownership during that era about potential player steroid use, but nothing was done.

“I knew our programs in Oakland were 100 percent clean,” La Russa told the Daily News. “But we had our suspicions -- guys hitting stronger but not working out. I went to Sandy and ownership about this. And they told me flat off, ‘Right of privacy. It’s a collective bargaining issue.’”

Alderson told the newspaper: “I’m not going to comment on that until at least Monday” -- presumably so any comments would not detract from induction weekend.

Jacob deGrom tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his latest dominating performance and Lucas Duda slugged his fourth homer in six games as the Mets beat the Brewers, 2-0, Sunday at Miller Park to earn a split of the four-game series.

The Mets went 5-5 on their second-half-opening trip to San Diego, Seattle and Milwaukee. With 57 games remaining, the Mets trail the first-place Washington Nationals by 8 games and are seven games out in the wild card.


Mike McGinnis/Getty ImagesJacob deGrom has a 0.66 ERA over his past four starts.


DeGrom has now limited opponents to two runs in 27 1/3 innings over his past four starts -- all wins -- to even his record at 5-5. He has not allowed a homer in his last 59 innings. That is four outs shy of matching the franchise’s rookie record, set by Mark Bomback in 1980.

Duda had four of the Mets’ five homers on the entire 10-game trip, with Curtis Granderson producing the other. Duda entered Sunday with an NL-leading 24.3 percent of his at-bats this season ending with a ball deemed “hard hit,” according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Jenrry Mejia wriggled free despite allowing two baserunners in the ninth. He has now recorded a save in each of his last seven appearances. That’s the longest string of appearances with a save by a Mets reliever since Billy Wagner had a save in nine straight appearances in 2007.

The Mets posted a 5-5 trip despite failing to exceed three runs in any of the final nine games. If the Mets fail to reach four runs on Monday against the Phillies, it will become the longest streak of games producing three or fewer runs since 1981 (11 straight).

In the second half, the Mets are hitting .186 (60-for-322) and averaging 2.2 runs per game. Only the Cincinnati Reds are worse in those categories in the National League.

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

• Read more on Duda in the Post and Newsday.

Tom Glavine made multiple references to the Mets during his 17-minute induction speech in Cooperstown on Sunday.


Gregory J. Fisher/USA TODAY SportsTom Glavine generously mentioned the Mets during Sunday's Hall of Fame induction speech.


“To all the folks associated with the Mets organization, thank you for treating me and my family the way you did,” Glavine said. “Thank you Fred and Jeff Wilpon for the opportunity to play in New York and for providing the resources so I could experience a postseason there. To the fans of New York, thank you so much for your support and for ultimately treating me and my family with so much respect.”

Glavine singled out former Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson and trainer Mike Herbst for gratitude.

“Rick, you helped me to reinvent myself, make the changes I needed to make for the latter part of my career -- which, trust me, when you were doing something for 16, 17 years, it's not an easy thing to change,” Glavine said. “But you talked me into it, you convinced me of it, and you gave me confidence to do it.”

Joe Torre also paid homage to the Mets early in his induction speech.

Torre lauded Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, who was in attendance in Cooperstown, then said during in speech: “I was with the Mets a couple of years before I became manager. And then once I became manager on May 31, 1977, my first bit of duty was to trade Tom Seaver two weeks later, which wasn’t a whole lot of fun. And the last time he pitched for me -- I don’t know if you remember, Tommy -- he pitched in Houston. And when I went out to take him out of the game, he patted me on the rear end.

“I did have one accomplishment with the Mets as a player. And, again, you can’t go through life alone. Certainly in baseball, you need all the help you can get. Well, on July 21, I hit into four double plays in one game. And I just want to make sure I share the credit, because I could not have done it unless Felix Millan had hit four singles right in front of me.

“In 1977 I became manager. I want to thank the New York Mets, at the age of 36, for trusting me with their ballclub -- M. Donald Grant, chairman of the board. It was a great opportunity for me. You talk about learning. As I said, we had to make some trades a couple of weeks after I took the job. And there was a lot of learning -- young players -- but [it was] a great experience. A great experience.”

Read more on Mets references in Glavine’s speech in Newsday.

• Matt Reynolds launched a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh as Las Vegas beat Salt Lake, 6-5. Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings. Jeremy Hefner allowed three runs in three innings in his fourth minor-league start since returning from Tommy John surgery as Daytona beat St. Lucie, 4-3, in Game 1 en route to a doubleheader sweep. St. Lucie has lost eight straight. Michael Bernal went 4-for-4 with four RBIs off the bench as Brooklyn beat Lowell, 9-3. Read the full minor-league recap here.

Troy Tulowitzki may love New York, but it looks like the Bronx would be his strong preference. Tulowitzki, on the DL with the Colorado Rockies and in the Northeast to visit a doctor in Philly, swung by Yankee Stadium on Sunday to watch Derek Jeter play.

“It’s a short drive from Philly,” Tulowitzki told The Denver Post. “I’m with my family. I wanted to see Jeter play one more time.”

• Terry Collins dismissed any apparent friction with Jonathon Niese, who was displeased with getting pulled after five innings Saturday.

“I love Jon and support everything he says,” Collins said. “I know he doesn’t want to come out. … Sandy Koufax told me many years ago, ‘Pitchers and managers never get along.’”

• Why did Juan Lagares slide headfirst into first base Sunday, against what his manager would prefer? “I was just trying to do something to get a hit because I don’t remember the last time I did,” Lagares told Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger.

From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear isn't so nervous during ninth innings these days.

BIRTHDAYS: No one to appear in a game for the Mets was born on this date, but Soulja Boy and Manu Ginobili celebrate birthdays on July 28.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Did Tony La Russa throw Sandy Alderson under the bus?

Minors 7.27.14: Reynolds homer lifts 51s

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LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 5: Matt Reynolds launched a three-run homer against Michael Kohn with one out in the seventh as the 51s overcame a 5-3 deficit. It marked only

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Reynolds' third homer in 337 at-bats this season between Triple-A and Double-A. The Bees had scored three runs in the top half of the inning. The damage included a two-run double by ex-Met John Buck against Gonzalez Germen. Germen had inherited those runners from Miguel Socolovich. Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out eight in five innings. He threw 103 pitches (68 strikes). In his past two starts, Syndergaard has allowed one earned run in 11 1/3 innings. Chasen Bradford tossed a scoreless ninth for his second save despite allowing a leadoff single to Buck. After a sac bunt advanced pinch runner Zach Zaneski to second, Bradford struck out Roberto Lopez and John Hester. Pitching coach Frank Viola was ejected in the fifth inning by plate umpire Scott Mahoney. Box

TRENTON 7, BINGHAMTON 3: B-Mets starter Rainy Lara was tagged for seven runs on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. The damage included a four-run sixth, capped by Jake Cave's two-run triple that staked the Thunder to a 7-2 lead. Jayce Boyd went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored in the loss. Binghamton had opened the scoring in the third inning against Manny Banuelos. Travis Taijeron walked and moved to second when Kai Gronauer reached on Banuelos' throwing error. Both runners then advanced on a wild pitch. Rylan Sandoval followed with an RBI groundout. Trenton answered in the bottom half against Lara on Cave's solo homer. The Thunder took a 3-1 lead in the fifth. Casey Stevenson produced a solo homer. Back-to-back singles by Ali Castillo and Cave then put runners on the corners with none out. Ben Gamel produced a sacrifice fly. Binghamton got a run back in the sixth against Danny Burawa. T.J. Rivera smacked a one-out single and moved to second on a passed ball. Boyd also singled to plate Rivera and cut the deficit to 3-2. Chase Huchingson and Adam Kolarek blanked Trenton over the final 2 1/3 innings. Banuelos went four innings and surrendered one unearned run. Box

DAYTONA 4, ST. LUCIE 3
DAYTONA 6, ST. LUCIE 5: After three Gulf Coast League appearances since returning from

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Tommy John surgery, Jeremy Hefner allowed three runs on three hits and four walks in three innings in Game 1 of a Florida State League doubleheader. All three runs against Hefner came in the first inning. St. Lucie evened the score with a three-run fifth that included consecutive RBI doubles by Gilbert Gomez and Eudy Pina. Wilfredo Tovar, who was just assigned to the FSL club as he returns from thumb-ligament surgery, added a game-tying RBI single. The Cubs broke the 3-all tie in the bottom half without the benefit of a hit. Jake Kuebler issued a leadoff walk to Marco Hernandez. Hernandez advanced to third on a wild pitch and passed ball and scored the decisive run on Kyle Schwarber's sacrifice fly. Kuebler (3-2) suffered the loss on the unearned run despite not yielding any other baserunners in three relief innings.

In Game 2, St. Lucie took a 5-4 lead with a three-run fifth inning that included Jared King's tiebreaking RBI double. However, T.J. Chism surrendered a two-run homer in the bottom half to Dan Vogelbach after inheriting a runner from Luis Cessa. Box 1, Box 2

LEXINGTON 5, SAVANNAH 2: Dario Alvarez uncorked a wild pitch in the seventh that allowed a runner inherited from Bret Mitchell to race home and even the score at 2. An inning later, Alvarez surrendered three more runs. He had a throwing error on a bunt attempt as the tiebreaking run scored. The Gnats had taken a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Matt Oberste tripled and scored on a passed ball. Starter John Gant allowed one run on seven hits and four walks in five innings in a no-decision. Box

KINGSPORT 11, BURLINGTON 3: Pedro Perez had a pair of doubles and drove in three runs as the K-Mets overcame an early 2-1 deficit. Starter Blake Taylor allowed three runs in six innings. Box

BROOKLYN 9, LOWELL 3: Michael Bernal went 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs off

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the bench after replacing injured first baseman Michael Katz as the Cyclones overcame an early 3-1 deficit. First-round pick Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and walk to lift his average to .412. Conforto has hit safely in all nine games since signing and joining Brooklyn. Starter Marcos Molina allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks in six innings. Katz was injured in the third inning when Danny Mars hit a groundball into the hole between Katz and second baseman Tyler Moore. Moore was able to get to the ball and tried to retire Mars at first base. As Katz tried to catch Moore’s throw he twisted a knee. Box

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TEAM LEADERS

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15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187