New York Mets: Michael Conforto

Captain back as Mets play eight scoreless

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- For the first time since last Sept. 8, David Wright played in a game Tuesday, albeit only of the intrasquad variety.

Wright, who was shut down with loose ligaments in his non-throwing shoulder last season, fielded a short hop on the backhand off the bat of Cesar Puello but otherwise went untested at third base. He also went 0-for-2, grounding into a double play in the first inning and flying out to right field in the fourth.

The game went eight scoreless innings and included no extra-base hits -- either signaling the Mets’ pitching dominance, or that hitters are way behind the pitching this early in camp. (Two frames were halted with two outs because the pitcher had reached his pitch limit.)


Jeff Roberson/Associated PressJon Niese tossed two scoreless innings in Tuesday's intrasquad game.


Afterward, Wright downplayed the significance of returning to game action, noting his shoulder already felt fine in spring training.

“It felt like every other spring training, which is the goal coming into this,” Wright said. “… I’m fine.”

Still, Wright added: “You could do whatever you want during the offseason to prepare for games. But once you start getting into the games, it’s a different type of moving, a different type of sitting down and getting back up and trying to get hot again. … So all in all a good day.”

Niesely done: Jonathon Niese breezed through a pair of innings, at one point consecutively striking out Michael Cuddyer, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and John Mayberry Jr.

Niese faced the minimum in two innings. He issued a leadoff walk in the first inning to Curtis Granderson, but erased him on Wright’s double-play grounder.

Niese was thrilled with how he felt. He noted that by last year’s intrasquad game, shoulder troubles left him with little life on his fastball. Niese knew as far back as his first bullpen session in 2014 that something was wrong.

“A lot different than last year,” Niese labeled Tuesday’s effort. “My intrasquad last year, I don’t think I threw over 80 mph. So the ball came out, I think, fairly well today. The shoulder and elbow felt great.”

Collins said he can easily tell that Niese’s arm slot is higher and his arm speed is better this spring training because the shoulder issue appears behind the southpaw.

Wheels down: Zack Wheeler had not previously had a chance to face batters this spring training because his batting-practice session was rained out.

Wheeler struggled with control Tuesday, working opposite Niese.

Wheeler allowed two hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. His first inning of work was called after two outs because he had reached a pitch limit.

Wheeler said he was throwing across his body and “herky-jerky,” but he labeled it an easy fix.

“Obviously it didn’t go the way that I wanted,” Wheeler said. “I was just throwing across my body a little bit and couldn’t make that adjustment when I was out there. … It’s something simple to fix.”

First thing: 2014 first-round pick Michael Conforto, who is not in big-league camp, went 0-for-1 and finished the game in left field.

What’s next: The Mets open Grapefruit League play Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Dillon Gee starts opposite Braves newcomer Wandy Rodriguez. Also making the trip: Travis d’Arnaud, Wilmer Flores and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Morning Briefing: GM due to speak

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FIRST PITCH: With Terry Collins away from camp after his father’s passing and not due back until Saturday, Sandy Alderson will address the media at 11 a.m. Friday.

Among the questions that may be posed to Alderson ahead of Saturday’s first official workout:

1. How will Matt Harvey's spring training and season be regulated? (A team insider told ESPNNewYork.com that it has not been determined that Harvey will be held back until the home opener, which is the seventh game of the season.)

2. What about that 89 wins thing?

3. Why was there so little winter activity?

4. How will the Mets handle having six established starting pitchers and what’s the potential for a spring-training trade?

The Mets indicated that all of their pitchers and catchers appear to have made it to camp for Thursday’s reporting date.

Friday’s news reports:

• Baseball America released its top 100 prospect list for MLB. The Mets checking in on the list: Noah Syndergaard at No. 11, Steven Matz at No. 33, Brandon Nimmo at No. 45, Dilson Herrera at No. 46, Kevin Plawecki at No. 63, Michael Conforto at No. 80 and Amed Rosario at No. 98.

• Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post isn’t concerned about the Mets’ pitching. He is concerned about the fielders behind the pitchers. Writes Davidoff:

On this, we can agree: Everybody worries about the [Wilmer] Flores project. In fact, for a team relying so heavily on its pitching, the Mets deploy potential defensive liabilities all over the diamond. It’s fair to be concerned about Flores, his double-play partner Daniel Murphy at second base, corner outfielders Michael Cuddyer and Curtis Granderson, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud. In other words, everyone besides reigning Gold Glove Award winner Juan Lagares in center field, the previously honored David Wright at third base, and Lucas Duda, who is average at first base. D’Arnaud does score high in pitch framing.

• The Daily News was provided exclusive access to Travis d'Arnaud, who was off limits this week to other media. D’Arnaud told the newspaper about his 2014 demotion: “I was timid at the plate and I let that affect my defense. But when I got down to Triple-A, George Greer, the hitting coach, noticed right away I was standing too far off the plate and, as a result, I couldn’t reach any of the pitches on the outside half. He moved me closer, and everything seemed to come together again. I was myself again.”

Josh Edgin expressed no concern about potentially being the only left-handed reliever on the Opening Day roster. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Record, NJ.com and Newsday.

Jonathon Niese said he probably should have spent the entire first month of last season on the disabled list, but professed his shoulder feels good now. Read more in the Post, Record, NJ.com, Newsday and MLB.com.

Wilmer Flores, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Cesar Puello are among the Mets’ 40-man roster players who are out of options.

Buddy Carlyle reportedly is the only player in camp on a minor-league contract who has an out during spring training if he does not make the major league team.

• WOR officially announced the hiring of Wayne Randazzo as pregame and postgame host and fill-in play-by-play man for Mets games. Listen to Randazzo on WOR on Thursday here.

• Mike Vorkunov at NJ.com asks five spring-training questions about the Mets and writes a profile about Michael Cuddyer.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear seeks the midpoint between cynicism and innocence. … John Delcos at Mets Report recalls his favorite spring-training memories from two decades as a beat writer.

BIRTHDAYS: Livan Hernandez turns 40 (or thereabouts). ... Shane Spencer is 43.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets hold back Matt Harvey for the home opener since they want to conserve his innings anyway?

Syndergaard again tops prospect list

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Elsa/Getty ImagesNoah Syndergaard is rated the Mets' top prospect by Baseball America.
NEW YORK -- Baseball America released its top Mets prospects list on Wednesday, and there's no surprise atop the class. Here's the magazine's full top 10:

1. Noah Syndergaard, rhp
2. Steve Matz, lhp
3. Brandon Nimmo, of
4. Dilson Herrera, 2b/ss
5. Kevin Plawecki, c
6. Amed Rosario, ss
7. Michael Conforto, of
8. Rafael Montero, rhp
9. Marcos Molina, rhp
10. Gavin Cecchini, ss

Alderson weighs in on Mets' top prospects

October, 31, 2014
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NEW YORK -- GM Sandy Alderson offered his thoughts on most of the Mets' top upper-level prospects during an interview Friday morning on WIOX 91.3 in the Catskills. Here's what Alderson said:

Steven Matz, left-hander

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"He had a very good season in 2013, and exceeded that in 2014, both at St. Lucie and at Binghamton. His numbers were very similar at both places, which is very positive given the fact that he had moved up a level. I would say Steven is probably one of the top handful of left-handed pitching prospects in the game right now. The guy who was supposed to be the best left-handed prospect, Andrew Heaney, came up to the Marlins last year and didn't do particularly well in his transition, but I think Steven is very comparable. He's got an excellent fastball for a lefty, at 93, 94 mph. It can get a little bit higher than that. His breaking ball has gotten much better. And he threw some excellent changeups that night in Binghamton in that championship game.

"He's been on the roster. He was on the roster last year. He'll, of course, be on the roster again this year. I think the difference is that last year we put him on the roster to protect the talent. This year I think he's got a chance potentially sometime during the season to help us at the major league level."

Brandon Nimmo, outfielder

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"There are several qualities that I think distinguish Brandon. One is his commitment to excellence, if you will. He's a tremendously competitive individual. He takes his preparation very seriously. He has grown physically very impressively over the last couple of years through offseason workouts. He has an approach that's very consistent with what we try to promote, which is selectivity at the plate. Being aggressive with good judgment, I guess, is how we look at it -- getting a good pitch to hit. If anything, at Binghamton, I think he began to demonstrate a little more power, which we think he has. There may be a little trade-off between his discipline at the plate and his ability to turn on the ball, but I think that's something that's coming. He's a very committed guy."

Dilson Herrera, second baseman

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"We're very happy with his progress. I mean, it was phenomenal last year really coming from Port St. Lucie through Binghamton and up to the major league club. It was tough for me to make the decision to bring Dilson up to the major leagues knowing how important he had been to Binghamton. I think I called [B-Mets owner] Mike Urda and said, 'Look, I really apologize, but this is really what we need to do.' And he was the right guy at the time. We had some playing time because [Daniel] Murphy was down.

"Herrera has surprising power for his size. He runs well. He's very athletic. Turns the double play. I think he's going to get more consistent defensively. He's got pretty good hands and moves laterally well. We were impressed with him during his time with us. He had very good at-bats. I think he hit three home runs. So he's got some real potential. And we were very happy with him during the course of his time with us, and he'll come to spring training.

"You know, our middle-infield situation over the next couple of years is probably going to be in a little bit of flux. So he's got an excellent opportunity."

Matt Reynolds, shortstop

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"He's been solid at shortstop. And we've left him there and expect that he'll be able to remain there. He's also an excellent athlete. He's got a strong arm, pretty good range defensively. Offensively, he had just a great season last year -- really a breakout season for him both at Binghamton and at Las Vegas. The numbers get a little inflated at Las Vegas, but his were right in line with what he had done in Binghamton.

"I think what he's done -- by his own word, he's indicated -- he's started to use all the field. He's not really trying to pull everything. And although he had some home runs, and I think he's got three home runs already in the Arizona Fall League, he tries to use the whole field. He's sort of a gap-to-gap guy. So we're very high on Reynolds and hope that he can at least at the outset of 2015 duplicate what he was able to do last year."

Kevin Plawecki, catcher

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"Plawecki is very solid -- one of the handful of best catching prospects in baseball. I think we're fortunate to have two young guys like [Travis] d'Arnaud and Plawecki. Plawecki is a little different hitter -- more of a contact hitter, more patient at the plate. But I think he has some power potential. He's a big guy.

"Defensively, he catches the ball well, blocks reasonably well. He probably has an average arm, but is very solid behind the plate and I think develops a pretty good rapport with his pitching staff. So we're very high on both of those players. ...

"Right now we're fortunate that we have two who are essentially major league ready -- I think Plawecki is close -- of such high quality. At the same time, as they sort of both converge on the major leagues, it's a question of whether both can be accommodated. I think there are circumstances under which that's possible. For example, sharing the catching duties and then one of them playing first base a little bit or playing in the outfield. Or, during interleague games one of them DHing against left-handed pitching. I think there are ways to do it. The question is really whether that's the best use of those two resources. And it may be, because beyond those two there's a little bit of a drop-off at least in the catching we have in the system. We've got a couple of very young guys that we really like, but there may be a little bit of a drop-off after Plawecki. And so we have to be careful about trying to keep both of those guys in the system."

Michael Conforto, outfielder

"Since I arrived in New York, he's the first first-round pick out of college that we've drafted. Our other three had been high school players. So I do expect that he'll move a little more quickly. We did get him to Savannah for the playoffs late in the season this year. So I would expect that he'll move more quickly than some of our other top draft picks have certainly.

"Michael comes from a very athletic and competitive family. His father, I think, was a linebacker at Penn State. He played football there. His mother is a former Olympic athlete -- a medalist in synchronized swimming. So he comes from a very athletic family. He's a great kid, very humble and committed to the game and has interacted with fans -- I think a terrific individual, and an outstanding hitter.

"A left-handed hitter, power is probably not his foremost quality. He's got some, but he's more of a gap-to-gap guy -- high average, high on-base percentage -- and a pretty good defender, which was not his reputation coming into the draft. But based on the time he spent in Brooklyn and then Savannah, our guys were very pleased with him defensively. He's kind of an all-around player, and we do expect that he'll move very quickly."

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

Morning Briefing: Clean it up, Mets!

September, 2, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: After an ugly game in the series opener, the Mets look to rebound Tuesday in Game 2 of their series against the Miami Marlins.

Jonathon Niese (7-10, 3.48 ERA) opposes right-hander Brad Penny (1-0, 5.40) at 7:10 p.m.

With Philadelphia no-hitting Atlanta on Monday, the Phillies (63-74) again are only a half-game behind the Mets (64-74) for fourth place in the NL East. So some scoreboard watching may be in order at Marlins Park.

Meanwhile, back in New York, Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka are expected to have their pitching elbows examined by team doctors. Edgin has bone spurs, and it is possible he will learn those need to be surgically removed. Terry Collins is unsure whether Edgin will return this season.

Tuesday’s news reports:

• The Mets committed six errors, one shy of matching the franchise record, and lost to Miami, 9-6, on Labor Day at Marlins Park. The Marlins scored three eighth-inning runs while producing only one hit in the frame. Jeurys Familia had two errors and a run-scoring wild pitch that inning. Erik Goeddel walked in a run in his major league debut. Dilson Herrera had his first major league homer and also a two-run triple, but committed two errors. Zack Wheeler allowed five runs (two earned) and lasted only 4 2/3 innings because of a high pitch count.

Collins bluntly said afterward that the team’s showing did not resemble a “big-league baseball game.”

“They are not mental errors. They are just execution errors,” David Wright, who had one of the errors, told reporters postgame. “That is not an excuse for them, and obviously you’re not going to win games committing six errors, but they happen, and a lot of times they happen in bunches.”

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

• Read more on Wheeler in the Post.

• Clark Spencer in the Miami Herald chronicles Penny’s feud with the Mets during the right-hander’s first tour of duty with the Marlins, back in 2001. It stemmed in part from Tsuyoshi Shinjo touching the plate after a homer and also swinging at a 3-0 pitch in a rout. The feud escalated with Todd Zeile barking at Penny after a subsequent homer. Writes Spencer:

When the pitcher and hitter came face to face in subsequent showdowns, Penny often threw behind Zeile’s back as a warning. Though [Mike] Redmond declined to be interviewed for this article, he has said previously that Zeile turned to him after one of Penny’s warning shots and said, “Is this ever going to end?”

• The Brooklyn Cyclones were eliminated on the final day of the regular season despite a 3-1 win against Staten Island. First-round pick Michael Conforto, promising shortstop prospect Amed Rosario and third baseman Jhoan Urena were promoted to Savannah after the Cyclones’ elimination. Las Vegas, Binghamton and Savannah open the playoffs on Wednesday. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Bronx-raised T.J. Rivera finished with the top batting average among Mets minor leaguers at .349, while Cyclones right-hander Marcos Molina won the organization’s ERA crown at 1.77. View the organization’s final minor-league statistical leaders here.

Rafael Montero should get a late-season start with the Mets.

Bobby Parnell expects to get on a mound after Christmas.

• Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin profiles 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo.

BIRTHDAYS: Hitting coach Lamar Johnson turns 64. ... The late Marv Throneberry was born on this date in 1933. ... Minor-league right-hander Jake Kuebler is 25.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets seek retribution on Tuesday for Brad Penny’s 2001 antics against Tsuyoshi Shinjo and Todd Zeile?

Minors 9.1.14: Clones eliminated on last day

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LAS VEGAS 5, ALBUQUERQUE 0: Noah Syndergaard tossed two scoreless innings in the

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regular-season finale to stay sharp for the postseason and departed. He ultimately combined with John Lannan, Giancarlo Alvarado, Jack Leathersich and Gonzalez Germen on a four-hit shutout. L.J. Mazzilli started at second base and went 1-for-5 in his Triple-A debut. Taylor Teagarden went 2-for-4 with solo homer and scored twice. Syndergaard finished 9-7 with a 4.60 ERA in 26 starts. He struck out 145 and walked 43 in 133 innings. Rafael Montero is expected to start Game 1 on Wednesday against Reno. Vegas finished the regular season with an 81-63 record. Box

RICHMOND 12, BINGHAMTON 4: Newly promoted Tim Peterson was knocked out in the first inning in his Double-A debut. He surrendered five runs (four earned) and recorded only one out. The B-Mets stumble into the Eastern Division Championship Series against Portland on a season-high six-game losing streak. Tyler Pill starts Wednesday's playoff opener. Adam Kolarek took over for Peterson and notched the final two outs of the first, then worked a perfect second. His good fortune ended in the third when Clayton Blackburn produced a three-run double in what became a five-run frame as Richmond took a 10-0 lead. The B-Mets (83-59) completed the regular season with their second-highest win total in franchise history. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini (1-for-4) and catcher Cam Maron (1-for-2) collected hits in their Double-A debuts. Box

SAVANNAH 4, ROME 1: Rob Whalen tossed five scoreless innings as playoff-bound Savannah improved to 85-51 with a win in the regular-season finale. The Gnats, who posted an 85-51 record, open the playoffs on Wednesday at Asheville. Whalen went 9-1 with a 2.01 ERA in South Atlantic League play. Box

BROOKLYN 3, STATEN ISLAND 1: Despite winning their regular-season finale, the Cyclones were eliminated on the final day of the regular season when Connecticut overcame a three-run deficit to beat Lowell, 9-8. Lowell scored three runs in the top of the ninth, but its comeback fell short as the Spinners left two in scoring position. Brooklyn and Connecticut finished with identical 42-34 records, but the Tigers had the tiebreaker. First-round pick Michael Conforto went 0-for-4 to finish the New York-Penn League season with a .331 average. Casey Meisner tossed five scoreless innings in the finale. Conforto, Amed Rosario and Jhoan Urena were promoted to Savannah after Brooklyn's elimination. Box

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Morning Briefing: No deal

September, 1, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: The gang is still all here.

The deadline to trade a player and have him eligible for the acquiring team’s postseason roster passed at midnight and the Mets stood pat, as they did at the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. So all the chatter about Bartolo Colon potentially getting dealt can be revisited this offseason, when he has one year and $11 million remaining on his contract.

The Mets open a series at third-place Miami at 1:10 p.m. on Labor Day.

Zack Wheeler, who is 2-0 with a 0.65 ERA in four starts against the Marlins this season, opposes fellow right-hander Henderson Alvarez in the opener.

Read the Mets-Marlins series preview here.

Monday’s news reports:

• The Mets won Sunday’s rubber game against the Phillies, 6-5, to avoid dropping into last place in the NL East. Anthony Recker hit a tie-breaking three-run homer and the Mets held on late despite Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia each surrendering a run.

The Mets went 13-6 in the season series against Philadelphia, matching the most wins against the Phillies in one season in franchise history. It was the Amazin’s most wins against any team in a single season since producing 14 wins against the Montreal Expos in 1991.

Wilmer Flores had a career-high-matching three hits as well as a handful of solid fielding plays at shortstop.

The Mets produced 11 hits. That snapped a streak of 10 straight home games with six hits or fewer, which had tied the 1980 Athletics for a modern-day futility record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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

• The Mets have fired their VP in charge of ticket sales after four years on the job, the Post reported.


Adam RubinErik Goeddel is one of four players due to join the Mets on Monday in Miami as rosters expand.


• With rosters expanding, the Mets summoned four minor leaguers to join the club for the series opener in Miami: infielder Josh Satin, right-handed reliever Erik Goeddel, left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez and catcher Juan Centeno. The Mets’ 40-man roster is now at 39. Alvarez, albeit 25, began the season at low-A Savannah. He was promoted from Double-A Binghamton. He had 114 strikeouts and 17 walks in 73 1/3 innings across three levels. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• The minor-league reinforcements were needed in part because the Mets left a couple of relievers behind in New York with elbow woes. Josh Edgin, who has bone spurs, is due to be examined as soon as Tuesday and may be “down for a while,” manager Terry Collins said. Edgin is unsure if he will require surgery to remove the spurs. Daisuke Matsuzaka's balky elbow also will be examined. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday and at MLB.com.

• With St. Lucie having been eliminated from postseason contention on the final day of the Florida State League regular season, several farmhands received promotions to playoff-bound clubs. Second baseman L.J. Mazzilli, the son of Lee Mazzilli, is headed to Las Vegas. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, catcher Cam Maron and right-handers Matt Koch and Tim Peterson are headed to Binghamton.

Maron hails from Hicksville, Long Island. He hit .282 with three homers and 50 RBIs and had a .387 on-base percentage in 348 at-bats with St. Lucie.

• St. Lucie was eliminated Sunday despite a 4-2 win against Palm Beach. The FSL club posted a 76-62 record this season. Meanwhile, Brooklyn remained alive for the New York-Penn League’s wild-card berth entering Monday’s regular-season finale by beating Staten Island, 11-3, behind a four-RBI game from Adrian Abreu. The Cyclones need to win Monday and have Connecticut lose to Lowell to qualify for the playoffs. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Mike Puma in the Post names Lucas Duda the MVP and Curtis Granderson the LVP of the Mets for August. The Mets went 12-17 during the month. Granderson, who was 1-for-17 on the homestand, was given Sunday off.

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger profiles first-round pick Michael Conforto, who is hitting .340 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 159 at-bats entering Brooklyn’s regular-season finale. “It’s just rare to see that kind of selectivity in somebody that is so young,” Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa told Vorkunov. “Everything we had heard -- he was one of the top college hitters in the country -- has proved to be true in pro ball.”

BIRTHDAYS: Left-hander David West turns 50. ... Minor-league infielder Jhoan Urena is 20.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Which starting pitcher should the Mets trade this offseason?

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 8.30.14: St. Lucie loss playoff blow

August, 30, 2014
8/30/14
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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 8.27.14: Cyclones get walk-off win

August, 28, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 8, ROUND ROCK 3: Noah Syndergaard pitched 6 2/3 strong innings, allowing one run on seven hits with a walk and nine strikeouts. Syndergaard lowered his ERA to 4.67. Catcher Kevin Plawecki hit two home runs. Box

NEW BRITAIN 11, BINGHAMTON 7 (11 innings): Closer Cody Satterwhite gave up two game-tying runs in the ninth inning, and Adam Kolarek allowed five in the 11th. First baseman Jayce Boyd had a big night for the B-Mets, falling a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Center fielder Brandon Nimmo and right fielder Travis Taijeron also had three hits apiece. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, CHARLOTTE 3: The Mets scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a routine ground ball that should have ended the game. L.J. Mazzilli hit the grounder to third base, where it went between Patrick Leonard's legs and ended up in left field, allowing both runs to score. An earlier error by Mazzilli had allowed the Stone Crabs to tie the game in the sixth inning. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini had three hits for the Mets. Box

AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 4: The Sand Gnats lost their seventh straight game, despite a four-run rally in the eighth inning. Shortstop Yeixon Ruiz had three hits, but also committed his 26th error of the season. Box

ELIZABETHTON 9, KINGSPORT 8 (10 innings): Third baseman Eudor Garcia's throwing error allowed the winning run to score in the 10th, after Kingsport had tied the game with four unearned runs in the ninth. Right fielder Wuilmer Becerra tied the game with a two-run triple, then was thrown out trying to steal home to end the inning. Box

BROOKLYN 3, STATEN ISLAND 2 (11 innings): Amed Rosario was hit by a Matt Wotherspoon pitch with the bases loaded to force in the winning run. First-round draft pick Michael Conforto had two doubles and two singles to raise his average to .338. Starter Scarlyn Reyes allowed just one earned run on three hits in seven innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts. Box

GCL METS 7, GCL MARLINS 5: Center fielder Raphael Ramirez and right fielder Enmanuel Zabala had three hits apiece. The Mets had 12 hits, all singles. Starter Erik Manoah allowed just one hit in five shutout innings, with nine strikeouts. 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 8.25.14: Lawley double lifts B-Mets

August, 25, 2014
8/25/14
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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: A day to mend

August, 25, 2014
8/25/14
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FIRST PITCH: After salvaging their series finale at Dodger Stadium to go 2-3 on a trip to Oakland and Los Angeles, the Mets have a day of rest Monday. It looks like they need it.

David Wright departed Sunday’s game in the third inning with muscle spasms on the right side of his neck, which apparently began bothering him earlier in the weekend. Daniel Murphy then departed in the ninth inning with right-calf soreness.

Wright is in the midst of a career-high 143 at-bat homerless drought. His previous career high came earlier this season (136 at-bats).

The Mets resume play Tuesday at Citi Field against the Braves. Dillon Gee (4-6, 3.84 ERA) opposes left-hander Alex Wood (9-9, 3.05) in the 7:10 p.m. series opener.

Monday’s news reports:

Lucas Duda produced a pair of home runs and a career-high five RBIs as the Mets beat the Dodgers, 11-3, on Sunday. Duda now has five homers in his past six games, making him a strong candidate for NL Player of the Week. His 26 homers for the season rank him third in the National League, trailing only Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton (32) and Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo (29).

In the sixth inning, the Mets turned their first triple play since May 19, 2010 in Washington. With Yasiel Puig on second base and Adrian Gonzalez on first base and no one out, Matt Kemp hit into what appeared poised to be a double play. However, Puig decided to ignore a stop sign from his third base coach and head home. He was comfortably beaten by Duda’s throw on what became a 5-4-3-2 triple play. It was the 11th triple play turned in Mets history.

Ruben Tejada, starting at shortstop over Wilmer Flores, contributed a two-run homer to snap his long-ball drought at 163 at-bats.

Making his first start since returning from bereavement leave, Bartolo Colon (12-10) limited the Dodgers to two runs on five hits and one walk in six innings. Colon now plans to return to the Dominican Republic to be present for his mother’s funeral Thursday. He will rejoin the Mets in time for his scheduled start Saturday against the Phillies in Queens.

That is, Colon will face Philadelphia provided he is not traded first. He reportedly was placed on revocable waivers over the weekend.

If Sunday's game happened to be Colon’s last start -- and it probably was not -- his last pitch as a Met coaxed the triple play. ESPN’s Mark Simon notes that would be reminiscent of Joe Pignatano, who hit into a triple play in his last career at-bat, back in 1962 with the Mets.

The Angels and Dodgers make sense for Colon as in-season landing spots, one MLB executive suggested. Tigers VP Scott Reid also watched Colon pitch Sunday, but he was at Dodger Stadium all week and an insider does not believe Detroit would be interested in Colon because of the salary attached.

Meanwhile, the Mets snapped a six-game Dodger Stadium losing streak. It was their longest skid at the stadium since also losing six straight in 1980 and ’81.

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

• Read more on Wright in the Post, Daily News and Star-Ledger.

• Read more on Duda in Newsday.

• Long Island native Steven Matz tossed five scoreless innings as Binghamton beat Akron, 5-2. Kevin McGowan took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and St. Lucie held on for a 3-2 win against Jupiter. Persio Reyes tossed seven scoreless innings in Kingsport’s 9-1 win against Johnson City. Michael Conforto drove in three runs for Brooklyn in a 10-1 win against Tri-City. Read the full minor-league recap here.

From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear explores the concept of fun where the Mets are concerned. ... Blogging Mets suspects the Mets are gearing up to trade Noah Syndergaard.

BIRTHDAYS: Pedro Feliciano turns 38. ... Choo-Choo Coleman was born on this date in 1937. ... Gary Matthews Jr. is 40. ... Neal Musser is 34.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: How many home runs will Lucas Duda finish with this season?

Minors 8.24.14: McGowan flirts with no-no

August, 24, 2014
8/24/14
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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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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