New York Mets: Pittsburgh Pirates

Ike joins A's, displacing ex-Met Brown

November, 23, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Ike Davis wasn't unemployed for long.

After being designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Davis was traded to the Oakland Athletics for international signing money on Sunday.

Davis' arrival in Oakland had a negative effect for another ex-Met, though. Andrew Brown, who was claimed by Oakland from the Mets earlier this offseason, has been designated for assignment by the A's.

Pirates designate Ike Davis

November, 20, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Former Mets first baseman Ike Davis has been designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Davis hit .235 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 336 at-bats with Pittsburgh after the April 18 trade for minor league right-hander Zack Thornton as well as left-hander Blake Taylor, who subsequently arrived as the player to be named.

Davis was a probable non-tender anyway by the Dec. 2 deadline, since he earned $3.5 million in 2014.

Pedro Alvarez will serve as Pittsburgh's first baseman. He also bats left-handed and primarily played third base this past season.

"It comes down to spots," Davis told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "There's only one first baseman on a team. When you have three, there's going to be an odd man out. It was me."

Rapid Reaction: Pirates 5, Mets 2

June, 29, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- The Mets had no shortage of baserunners (and ensuing towel-waving). Driving them in proved the problem.

The Amazin’s produced 13 hits, including at least one in each of the first seven innings, but remained scoreless until the ninth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates won, 5-2, Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. Bartolo Colon suffered his first defeat since May 12 at Yankee Stadium.

The Mets (37-45) lost three of four games in Pittsburgh.

Snapped: Ex-Met Ike Davis’ two-run single highlighted a three-run first inning by the Pirates against Colon. Pedro Alvarez’s two-run homer in the fourth upped the lead to 5-0.

Colon’s final line: 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.

Colon had been 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his past seven starts. He had not allowed more than two earned runs in any start during that span to match his longest career streak.

Nothing doing: Edinson Volquez held the Mets scoreless for six innings despite surrendering eight hits. The Mets had runners on the corners in the third inning, but Daniel Murphy struck out and Curtis Granderson flied out. They had two on and none out in the sixth, but Juan Lagares flied out and Travis d'Arnaud grounded into a double play.

After Volquez departed, Eric Young Jr. reached third base with one out in the seventh on an infield single and two-base error, but Ruben Tejada struck out and Murphy lined out.

Granderson, despite sending three balls to the outfield wall, finished the series 0-for-17.

What’s next: The Mets head to Atlanta for a three-game series. Zack Wheeler (3-8, 4.45 ERA) opposes left-hander Alex Wood (6-6, 3.07) in Monday’s 7:10 p.m. series opener at Turner Field. Wheeler is coming off a career-low two-inning start against Oakland. That was preceded by his first career complete game at Miami.

Sunday's Mets-Pirates lineups

June, 29, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- Here are the lineups as the Mets face the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. in the series finale at PNC Park.

Bartolo Colon has allowed two earned runs or fewer in a career-high-matching seven straight starts. His 1.58 ERA since May 17 trails only Seattle's Felix Hernandez (1.48) in the majors during that span.

Mets
Eric Young Jr., lf
Ruben Tejada, ss
Daniel Murphy, 2b
Curtis Granderson, rf
Lucas Duda, 1b
Eric Campbell, 3b
Juan Lagares, cf
Travis d'Arnaud, c
Colon, rhp

Pirates
Gregory Polanco, rf
Starling Marte, cf
Neil Walker, 2b
Ike Davis, 1b
Josh Harrison, lf
Pedro Alvarez, 3b
Jordy Mercer, ss
Chris Stewart, c
Edinson Volquez, rhp

Marte starts for the first time in the series, after a finger injury mended.

Morning Briefing: Halfway done

June, 29, 2014
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PITTSBURGH

FIRST PITCH: Terry Collins did not sugarcoat where the Mets stand precisely halfway through their schedule.

After the Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday to improve to 37-44 at the midpoint, the club is on pace for the same 74-win total as the previous two seasons. (Not quite 90.)

The Mets are six games behind the co-division-leading Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves (43-38 apiece), although the Philadelphia Phillies (36-45) now occupy the division basement.

“We’re not going to make any excuses,” Collins said. “We’re not happy about it.”


Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesDillon Gee makes a rehab start Sunday with Brooklyn.


The manager continued: “We’re hanging in there. As I told the guys the other day, ‘Listen, we’ve just got to push through the All-Star break, go into the break on a positive note. … We have like 15 games before the break. Let’s go 10-5. Let’s not get crazy. Hopefully you get really hot, but let’s just go 10-5, go into the break close and then, coming out of the break, everybody will be rested. We’ll be healthy, Dillon [Gee] will be back and now let’s take off after that.’”

Gee is due to make a rehab start Sunday for the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen estimated Gee will throw 55 in-game pitches. Gee, on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle on his right side, likely will need one additional minor-league start before presumably displacing Daisuke Matsuzaka in the rotation.

Meanwhile, the Mets send Bartolo Colon to the mound Sunday at PNC Park looking to split the four-game series. Colon (8-5, 3.67) opposes right-hander Edinson Volquez (5-6, 4.35).

The 41-year-old Colon is 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his last seven starts.

Sunday’s news reports:


Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsDavid Wright received a favorable report on his left shoulder Saturday in New York.


David Wright received favorable news during an examination with team doctor Struan Coleman at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan on Saturday. The captain was diagnosed with a bruised left rotator cuff and may avoid the disabled list. Wright will remain in New York and be reevaluated Monday by team doctors.

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

Jonathon Niese lost his control in the fourth inning and issued consecutive bases-loaded walks, but the southpaw overall limited Pittsburgh to three runs in six innings. And after Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia combined to retire all nine batters they faced, the Mets had completed a 5-3 win against the Pirates on Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak.

The Mets wore Negro Leagues-era uniforms from the Brooklyn Royal Giants during the victory.

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

• Backup catcher Anthony Recker required a postgame X-ray of his right hand, but minimized the issue.

• Long Island native Steven Matz tossed six scoreless innings to earn his first Double-A win and Dilson Herrera homered and had five RBIs as Binghamton held off Altoona, 8-7. Eudy Pina slugged a disputed walk-off homer as St. Lucie beat Bradenton, 4-3. Jorge Rivero delivered a walk-off RBI as Savannah beat Rome, 4-3. Eighth-round pick Dash Winningham produced his first professional homer as the Gulf Coast League Mets won, 7-2. Read the full minor-league recap here.

Scott Rice has an elbow injury at Triple-A Las Vegas.

• Columnist Bill Madden in the Daily News suggests the Mets and Yankees are in the same boat as the July 31 trade deadline nears -- rightfully sellers with an eye toward 2015, but unlikely to strip down this year’s team.

Columnist David Lennon in Newsday suggests Colon, Gee and Daniel Murphy could be on the block.

Chris Young has taken over the role of clubhouse D.J., which formerly was held by Justin Turner, Tim Rohan reports in the Times. Writes Rohan:

He actively seeks out requests. After wins, he plays what he called “Lil Jon-style music.” Before day games, he plays something lighter. He has noticed that everyone seems to enjoy hip-hop like Notorious B.I.G. and Outkast. Michael Jackson Sundays have been a big hit, too.

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger asks Pirates GM Neal Huntington why the Mets and his club have been compatible in trades. The Mets have sent Marlon Byrd, John Buck and Ike Davis to Pittsburgh in a pair of deals since last August.

• Jim Baumbach in Newsday examines Colon’s success, even with a fastball that is averaging a career-low 89.1 mph. That’s down from 89.9 mph last season with the Oakland Athletics and down from 93.2 mph a dozen years ago.

“Everybody says he throws one pitch -- a fastball -- just like everyone always said Mariano Rivera threw one pitch with the cutter,” A’s first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss told Baumbach. “But because they can throw that one pitch to all four quadrants of the strike zone, they really become four pitches.”

The Daily News gives a plug to partner SNY’s debuting game show, which pitted the Mets TV and radio broadcast crews. It was hosted by Kevin Burkhardt.

BIRTHDAYS: 1960s-era Met Larry Stahl was born on this date in 1941.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Are you upbeat about the Mets’ late-inning relief?

Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Pirates 3

June, 28, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- The 2014 season is halfway in the books.

The Mets grabbed an early five-run lead against Gerrit Cole in his return from the disabled list and held on to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Saturday at PNC Park. Wearing throwback uniforms from the Brooklyn Royal Giants of the Negro Leagues, the Amazin’s snapped a three-game losing streak.

Halfway through their regular-season schedule, the Mets own a 37-44 record.


Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesEric Young Jr., wearing a traditional Negro Leagues uniform, receives congratulations after scoring on Daniel Murphy's two-run single in the second inning.


Out of control: Jonathon Niese lost his control in the fourth at an inopportune time, but he ultimately limited the damage.

The southpaw issued three straight walks, including consecutive bases-loaded free passes to Pedro Alvarez and Chris Stewart to force in runs, as Pittsburgh clawed within 5-2. Niese then rallied. He consecutively struck out Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco to strand three Pirates on base.

Niese’s line in a 98-pitch effort: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.

He has now gone 20 straight starts allowing three earned runs or fewer, the longest active streak in the majors and tied for the third-longest streak in franchise history. Dwight Gooden had a club-record 29 straight starts allowing three earned runs or fewer in 1985. Johan Santana had 21 straight spanning 2008-09. Tom Seaver had 20 straight in 1974 and ’75.

Bob Waterman of the Elias Sports Bureau notes that Gooden had a 1.48 ERA and averaged eight innings per start during his streak, whereas Niese has a 2.92 ERA during his streak and is averaging 6 ½ innings per start.

Jeurys Familia followed with two perfect relief innings, during which he required only 12 pitches, before handing the ball to Jenrry Mejia for the ninth. Mejia, also perfect, earned his first save since June 15 and eighth of the season.

Running wild: The Mets stole five bases, two shy of matching the franchise record (May 14, 2009 at San Francisco, which included four by David Wright). Eric Young Jr. had three of Saturday’s steals. Eric Campbell added his first in MLB.

Curtis Granderson netted the other, on a double steal with E.Y. Jr. in the second inning. Daniel Murphy then plated both with a single as the Mets’ lead swelled to 5-0 against Cole.

David who? Subbing for Wright, Campbell went 3-for-4 with two doubles to lift his average to .307. His first-inning double plated Ruben Tejada with the opening run in a three-run frame.

What’s next: Bartolo Colon (8-5, 3.67 ERA) opposes right-hander Edinson Volquez in Sunday’s 1:35 p.m. finale. Colon is 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA and .191 opponent batting average in his last seven starts.

Saturday's Mets-Pirates lineups

June, 28, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- Here are the lineups as the Mets face the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. at PNC Park.

David Wright (left shoulder) traveled to New York on Saturday and is not due to be examined until the afternoon.

Mets
Curtis Granderson, rf
Ruben Tejada, ss
Daniel Murphy, 2b
Lucas Duda, 1b
Eric Campbell, 3b
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
Anthony Recker, c
Jonathon Niese, lhp
Eric Young Jr., lf

Pirates
Gregory Polanco, rf
Jordy Mercer, ss
Andrew McCutchen, cf
Gaby Sanchez, 1b
Josh Harrison, lf
Neil Walker, 2b
Pedro Alvarez, 3b
Chris Stewart, c
Gerrit Cole, rhp

Morning Briefing: Wright MRI Day

June, 28, 2014
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Keith Srakocic/Associated PressDavid Wright worsened his left shoulder issue when he reached to tag out Ike Davis following a rundown Thursday.
PITTSBURGH

FIRST PITCH: Three up. Three down.

After seemingly getting on a roll in Miami and in the opener against the A’s, the Mets now try to halt a three-game losing streak Saturday.

Jonathon Niese (4-4, 2.78 ERA) opposes right-hander Gerrit Cole (6-3, 3.64) in the 4:05 p.m. game at PNC Park.

Saturday’s news reports:

David Wright is scheduled to be in New York on Saturday for an MRI of his ailing left shoulder. Wright, who originally suffered the injury on a headfirst slide on a muddy field on June 12, had the pain intensify in Thursday’s series opener in Pittsburgh. The Mets did not plan to make a roster move until they learned the severity of Wright’s injury, according to Terry Collins. Wilmer Flores cannot return within 10 days of his demotion unless Wright is placed on the DL.

Read more on Wright in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Times, Journal and at MLB.com.

• The Mets lost 3-2 in the 11th inning on Friday when ex-Pirate Vic Black surrendered a walk-off RBI double to Josh Harrison. Black was acquired with a month remaining in last season in the deal that sent Marlon Byrd and John Buck to Pittsburgh.

Jacob deGrom limited Pittsburgh to two runs in 6 2/3 innings, but regretted not covering first base on a shot knocked down by first baseman Lucas Duda in what became a two-run fourth inning. Duda had produced a two-run single in the top half of that frame.

Read game recaps in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Post, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

• Kyle Johnson had three RBIs and finished a homer shy of the cycle as Binghamton beat Altoona, 8-2. Champ Stuart had a go-ahead two-run single in Savannah’s 4-2 win against Rome. Marcos Molina tossed six scoreless innings as Brooklyn beat Staten Island, 2-0. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Justin Terranova in the Post asks five questions of SNY analyst Ron Darling, including whether the Mets should trade pitching for a bat.

• John DeMarzo in the Post talks with Paul DePodesta about 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, who recently was promoted to St. Lucie.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal asks if the Mets are waving white flags of surrender instead of white towels. Writes Diamond:

Dave Martucci is the former president the North American Vexillological Association, one of the world's largest groups dedicated to vexillology -- the study of flags. In a telephone interview this week, he said the Mets shouldn't worry too much, since the white flag has only been used as a formal sign of surrender for about 300 years, a blip in human history.

• Anna Benson is a free woman. Read more at FoxNews.com.

BIRTHDAYS: Former outfielder Richard Hidalgo turns 39.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: How concerned are you about David Wright’s shoulder?

TC unaware of Wright's woes until Friday

June, 27, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- New York Mets manager Terry Collins said he was unaware David Wright was bothered by a left shoulder issue until the captain confessed Friday that the pain had intensified in the series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Collins said Wright, who originally injured the shoulder on a headfirst slide on June 12, still tried to talk the manager into letting him remain in Friday's lineup.

Collins would not allow that, knowing Wright blew out his right hamstring last season trying to play through a relatively minimal issue. Wright also played with a broken back for several weeks in 2011 before seeking a diagnosis.

"I think it's the best option," Collins said about holding Wright out and dispatching him to New York on Saturday for an MRI. "First of all, I absolutely salute him for coming in and saying something today. That's not David Wright, as you know, with what he did with the back a couple of years ago, with what he did last year with the leg, when he just plays through stuff. … He said, 'I don't want to do what I did with the leg, but can I try it anyway?' And I said, 'I don't think so.'"

The Mets had only Eric Young Jr. as a backup infielder Friday because Wilmer Flores was demoted before the series to make room for Juan Lagares' return from the disabled list. Collins said the team is prepared to continue playing down two infielders until there is a firm diagnosis on Wright. Flores is not eligible to return this quickly unless Wright lands on the disabled list.

Out of bounds: What was the umpiring crew's explanation to Collins for not calling Josh Harrison out of the baseline in the 10th inning on Friday?

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"I don't know," Collins said. "That wasn't the difference [in the game]. I wasn't too happy at the time, so I'm not sure I was paying much attention."

Daniel Murphy echoed Collins' assessment that he believed Harrison had left the baseline, but the Pirates ultimately did not score in that inning. So, Murphy noted, it served only to "flip" the batting order, meaning Harrison was up again in the 11th, when he drove in the winning run in Pittsburgh's 3-2 victory.

deGrom's regret: Jacob deGrom regretted not covering first base on the one-out grounder Russell Martin smoked up the first-base line that Lucas Duda knocked down in the fourth inning. DeGrom figured Duda had cleanly snared the baseball, so the rookie was late covering. Jordy Mercer ended up producing a two-out, two-run single later that inning that evened the score at two.

"When he dove, I thought he had it. And I kind of looked toward second to see if he was going to get up and try to make the throw," deGrom said. "I didn't see the ball roll out. Yeah, I was frustrated I wasn't over there. If I get over there, they probably don't score. That's a little frustrating."

Still, deGrom was pleased with his 6⅔-inning outing. His velocity was up.

"I felt good," deGrom said. "We've been working on some things in the bullpen mechanical wise, because I was kind of cutting everything and not staying behind the ball. So we've been working on that. It really showed tonight."

Rapid Reaction: Pirates 3, Mets 2 (11)

June, 27, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- At least no one else in the division is winning, either.

After David Wright was scratched with a painful left shoulder Friday, the New York Mets proceeded to lose their third straight game.

Josh Harrison hit a walk-off RBI double against Vic Black in the 11th inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates won, 3-2, at PNC Park.

The Mets are in last place in the NL East at 36-44, but only 5½ games out of first.

No harm: The Mets faced two runners in scoring position with no one out after a hotly disputed call in the 10th inning, but Jenrry Mejia wriggled free of the jam to send the game to the 11th.

With Harrison on second base and no outs, Gregory Polanco hit a comebacker to Mejia. The closer trapped Harrison in a rundown, but Harrison flopped to the ground on the infield grass, evaded a tag from Ruben Tejada and reached third base as Polanco arrived at second.

Mets manager Terry Collins argued to no avail that Harrison left the baseline. As a result of the play, the Pirates had two in scoring position with none out. After a one-out intentional walk to Andrew McCutchen loaded the bases, Mejia struck out Neil Walker. Russell Martin then flied out to right field as Mejia preserved the 2-2 tie.

No-decision: Jacob deGrom followed up his first major league win with a no-decision, although he mostly performed well. The lone damage against the rookie came on a two-out, two-run single by No. 8 hitter Jordy Mercer in the fourth inning that evened the score at 2. DeGrom had lamented not covering first on a grounder knocked down by Lucas Duda earlier in the inning.

DeGrom retired seven straight batters at that point, until Pedro Alvarez’s leadoff single in the seventh. After a sac bunt advanced Alvarez into scoring position and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle inserted pinch runner Starling Marte at second base, deGrom struck out the pinch-hitting Harrison.

Collins then summoned Josh Edgin to face the lefty-hitting rookie phenom Polanco. Edgin retired Polanco on a foul fly ball down the right-field line. That stranded the potential go-ahead run at second base and closed the book on deGrom.

Edgin has now retired the first batter he has faced in all 20 appearances this season.

DeGrom’s line in a 90-pitch effort: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP. His ERA stands at 3.62.

The Pirates are the first team deGrom has faced twice in his career. He tossed 6⅔ scoreless innings against Pittsburgh at Citi Field on May 26.

In the swing: Duda continues his surge at the plate. Duda produced a two-run single against Brandon Cumpton in the fourth inning that opened the scoring. Duda went 1-for-4 with a walk. He is now hitting .357 (15-for-42) with six doubles and four home runs in his past 12 games.

What’s next: Jonathon Niese (4-4, 2.78 ERA) opposes right-hander Gerrit Cole (6-3, 3.64) at 4:05 p.m. on Saturday. Cole is returning from the disabled list after dealing with shoulder fatigue.

Friday's Mets-Pirates lineups

June, 27, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- Here are the lineups as the Mets face the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at PNC Park.

Mets
Curtis Granderson, rf
Tejada, ss
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b Lucas Duda, 1b
Chris Young, lf
Eric Campbell, 3b
Juan Lagares, cf
Ruben Tejada, ss Travis d'Arnaud, c
Jacob deGrom, rhp

Pirates
Gregory Polanco, rf
Travis Snider, lf
Andrew McCutchen, cf
Neil Walker, 2b
Russell Martin, c
Ike Davis, 1b
Pedro Alvarez, 3b
Jordy Mercer, ss
Brandon Cumpton, rhp

UPDATE: Wright has been scratched with a painful left shoulder. Campbell enters the lineup, batting sixth, with Tejada moving to the No. 2 hole.

Morning Briefing: deGrom day in Pitt

June, 27, 2014
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PITTSBURGH

FIRST PITCH: Now losers of two straight, the Mets continue their series at PNC Park on Friday at 7:05 p.m.

Jacob deGrom (1-4, 3.75 ERA) opposes right-hander Brandon Cumpton (3-2, 4.93).

Friday’s news reports:

Daisuke Matsuzaka surrendered a three-run homer to Gregory Polanco after shaking off catcher Travis d'Arnaud and the Mets lost to the Pirates, 5-2, Thursday. Earlier, the Pirates purposely got Ike Davis into a rundown between first and second, allowing Andrew McCutchen to trot home from third base when the Mets got inattentive.

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

Juan Lagares officially was activated from the disabled list Thursday. He went 1-for-4 with an infield single and two strikeouts.

• Terry Collins officially labeled Eric Campbell the backup shortstop, although the manager has no intention of using him there. That also means he has no intention of pinch-hitting for Ruben Tejada since there is no bona fide backup. The Mets demoted Wilmer Flores over Kirk Nieuwenhuis to keep the bench with as many capable bats as possible, even though it left them with an infield-outfield imbalance. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

• Davis said facing the Mets for the second time is “totally different” and essentially devoid of emotion.

Dillon Gee likely will need two more rehab starts before being activated from the disabled list, beginning Sunday at Brooklyn.

• Noah Syndergaard allowed five runs in four innings and Kevin Plawecki made his Triple-A debut as his batterymate as Las Vegas faced Sacramento. Cory Mazzoni pitched in the Florida State League as he works back from a lat-muscle strain suffered in the Grapefruit League finale. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Tyler Kepner in the Times profiles the Pirates rookie Polanco.

• Critic Phil Mushnick in the Post tackles SNY’s Keith Hernandez.

BIRTHDAYS: Jeff Conine turns 48. ... Chris Woodward is 38. ... B-Mets outfielder Brian Burgamy is 33. ... Savannah RHP Tyler Vanderheiden is 24.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Are you concerned about Noah Syndergaard’s Triple-A production?

Matsuzaka laments shaking off d'Arnaud

June, 26, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- Daisuke Matsuzaka said he owed an apology to Travis d'Arnaud.

D'Arnaud had called for a fifth-inning changeup to Gregory Polanco with two runners in scoring position after a passed ball. Matsuzaka, changing goals from coaxing a double play to a strikeout after the runners advanced, shook off d'Arnaud and instead threw a slider.

The rookie Polanco delivered a three-run homer that proved the margin of victory as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Mets, 5-2, Thursday at PNC Park.

"I didn't have my best stuff today, but I just wanted to fight through and just give it my all today," Matsuzaka said through an interpreter after allowing five runs on five hits and four walks in six innings. "Regarding that pitch, I actually shook off d'Arnaud. It ended up being a big mistake. I need to apologize to him about it. ... The result ended up being the worst possible result. It's really regretful."

Rapid Reaction: Pirates 5, Mets 2

June, 26, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- Aaaargh!

The Mets were defeated by the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-2, Thursday in the opener of a four-game series at PNC Park.

The Pirates manufactured a pair of runs, scoring in the third inning without a hit, then plating a run the following inning when Ike Davis got caught in a two-out rundown between first and second and Andrew McCutchen scooted home from third.

The big blow against Daisuke Matsuzaka came in the fifth, when Pittsburgh grabbed a 5-1 lead on Gregory Polanco’s three-run homer.

Matsuzaka’s line: 6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR.

Matsuzaka entered the start with a 2.21 ERA since Sept. 8 of last season.

Lucas Duda accounted for the opening Mets run when he tucked an opposite-field solo homer inside the left-field foul pole against Pirates starter Vance Worley in the fourth inning. It was Duda’s first career homer to the left-field corner.

Quiet night: Juan Lagares went 1-for-4 with an infield single and two strikeouts in his return from the disabled list.

Wright stuff: David Wright extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an eighth-inning RBI double. Wright has driven in a run in eight of his past nine games.

What’s next: Jacob deGrom (1-4, 3.75 ERA), fresh off his first major league win, opposes right-hander Brandon Cumpton (3-2, 4.93) on Friday at 7:05 p.m.
PITTSBURGH -- Reunion No. 2 with his original major league team is not quite the same for Ike Davis, the first baseman suggested before Thursday's Mets-Pirates series opener at PNC Park.

Davis, traded April 18 for Zack Thornton and player-to-be-named Blake Taylor, faced the Mets at Citi Field from May 26 to 28, going 0-for-7 with a walk. (His platoon mate, righty-hitting Gaby Sanchez, inflicted the damage that series.)


Adam RubinIke Davis and Terry Collins chat before batting practice Thursday at PNC Park.


"It's totally different," Davis said. "Obviously I'm a Pirate now. It's not new. Now it's just playing them again."

Davis is hitting .254 with four homers and 19 RBIs and has a .360 on-base percentage in 58 games since the trade. He has started in the cleanup spot 24 times as a Pirate, although he now apparently has settled into the No. 6 slot.

"I've had some good weeks and some bad weeks," Davis said. "Overall, I'm playing all right. Obviously it's a better first half than most years. So if I can go out and have a good second half like I normally do, I should have a decent season."

Asked if he keeps in touch with any particular former teammates, Davis said: "Random texts here and there, but during the season it's tough. We've got jobs to do and we're on different schedules all the time. I've texted the majority of everyone once, I think. But we're on different teams and it's time to move on."

He does monitor their progress, though.

"Of course, because they're my friends," Davis said. "So I want to see them do well."

Davis remains gratified he received a mostly warm reception during last month's return to Queens.

"It was cool," Davis said. "It was a lot better than I thought, for sure."

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RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187