New York Mets: Rainy Lara

Minors 7.22.14: Flores hit streak ends

July, 22, 2014
Jul 22
11:31
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LAS VEGAS 4, TACOMA 0

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TACOMA 4, LAS VEGAS 3: Noah Syndergaard limited the Rainiers to four hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings and combined with Gonzalez Germen on the seven-inning shutout in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Matt den Dekker had a game-opening homer and Josh Satin had a two-run shot later in the first inning against James Paxton. Den Dekker finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Wilmer Flores went 0-for-4 as his 22-game hitting streak ended. Syndergaard (8-5) walked three and struck out five and tossed 109 pitches. In Game 2, starter Giancarlo Alvarado allowed three runs in three innings. Trailing 4-1 in the final frame, den Dekker had a two-out, two-run double. However, he was stranded at second base when Matt Reynolds struck out. Box 1, Box 2

PORTLAND 4, BINGHAMTON 3: B-Mets reliever Jon Velasquez surrendered a walk-off RBI

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double to Jonathan Roof. Dilson Herrera went 3-for-4 and fell a double shy of the cycle. He was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing after being called out at home plate. Binghamton had opened the scoring in the third. Travis Taijeron and Herrera singled and Brian Burgamy walked to load the bases. With Dustin Lawley at the plate, Luis Diaz tossed a wild pitch and Taijeron scored for a 1-0 lead. The Sea Dogs responded with a three-run fourth against Rainy Lara. After the righty retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced, rehabbing Ryan Lavarnway launched a solo homer to tie the score. Later in the frame, Sean Coyle and Stefan Welch singled and Shannon Wilkerson plated both. The B-Mets evened the score at 3 a half-inning later on solo homers by Taijeron and Herrera. Velasquez (4-3) went 1 2/3 innings in the losing effort. Lara tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits. Box

TAMPA 3, ST. LUCIE 2: Greg Bird’s solo homer on the first pitch from John Lannan in the bottom of the sixth broke a 2-all tie. Trailing 2-1 in the sixth, Jared King had tied the score

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when he scampered home on Kyle Haynes’ wild pitch. That same wild pitch moved Cam Maron to third base with no outs. Yet the Mets couldn’t get Maron home. After Aderlin Rodriguez walked, Gavin Cecchini struck out, Jeff McNeil lined out to shallow center and Eudy Pina flied out. Earlier in the game, the Mets had the bases loaded with one out in the fourth. However, Cecchini struck out and McNeil grounded out. Tampa’s first two runs came in a three-error third inning and were unearned. Lannan struck out Claudio Custodio, but Custodio reached first base safely because strike three was a wild pitch. Lannan then appeared to have Custodio picked off at first, but Rodriguez dropped the throw and Custodio advanced to second. Custodio advanced to third on Jose Rosario's single. It looked like Lannan was poised to get a double play to escape unharmed, but umpire Brennan Miller ruled Phillip Evans didn’t hold the bag at second and Custodio scored. Later in the inning, Rodriguez committed a fielding error at first base that allowed Rosario to score as the Yankees took a 2-0 lead. Lannan took the loss despite limiting the Yankees to one earned run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Seth Lugo retired all eight batters he faced after taking over for Lannan. Taylor Garrison and Cesar Vargas combined to strike out seven of the last eight St. Lucie hitters. Box

KINGSPORT 5, GREENEVILLE 0: Blake Taylor, the player to be named in the Ike Davis trade, allowed one hit and two walks in six scoreless innings. He combined with Christian Montgomery, David Roseboom and Nicco Blank on a two-hit shutout. Wuilmer Becerra went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBIs. Oswald Caraballo went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Box

ABERDEEN 7, BROOKLYN 6: The Cyclones nearly overcame a five-run deficit, but tying run Anthony Chavez was stranded at second base in the ninth when Amed Rosario struck out. Michael Conforto's run-scoring groundout had capped a three-run eighth that pulled Brooklyn within 7-5. Rosario and Jhoan Urena drove in two runs apiece for Brooklyn. The IronBirds broke a 2-all tie with a five-run fifth against Alberto Baldonado and Cameron Griffin. Box

GCL NATIONALS 5, GCL METS 1: Jeremy Hefner allowed one run in three innings in his third start since returning from Tommy John surgery. Audry German then surrendered four fourth-inning runs as the Nats built a 5-0 lead. German subsequently contributed four scoreless frames. The Mets' lone run came in the fifth on a leadoff homer by Hengelbert Rojas. Box

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Minors 7.11.14: Bowman nets 1st Vegas win

July, 11, 2014
Jul 11
11:56
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LAS VEGAS 8, ALBUQUERQUE 1
ALBUQUERQUE 5, LAS VEGAS 2: In Game 1, Las Vegas right-hander Matt Bowman recorded his first Triple-A victory. He allowed one run on seven hits and two walks in six innings. The 51s built an 8-1 lead after four innings. Matt den Dekker went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Allan Dykstra was 2-for-3 with a three-run triple in the fourth inning. In the nightcap, starter Greg Peavey allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings. Ex-Met Mike Baxter capped the scoring with a solo homer. Box 1, Box 2

ERIE 7, BINGHAMTON 3: Four B-Mets errors led to three unearned runs as a four-game winning streak ended. Erie grabbed the lead against Rainy Lara in the first. Following

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consecutive singles, Daniel Fields sent a potential double-play ball to third. It rolled under Dustin Lawley’s glove for an error. Runner Jamie Johnson collided with Lawley on his way to third and was tagged out after stopping between third and home when he incorrectly thought the play had been ruled dead. With runners at the corners, ensuing batter Steven Moya lifted a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead. The B-Mets flirted with cracking the scoreboard in the fourth against Kyle Ryan. Travis Taijeron pulled a two-out single into left. T.J. Rivera attempted to score from second, but Johnson gunned him down. After surrendering four hits to the first seven batters he faced, Lara settled in. He stranded two in the second, starting a stretch in which he retired 11 of 12. Lara's run ended in the sixth when the SeaWolves loaded the bases. Lara then uncorked a two-out wild pitch, prompting Devon Travis to dash home with Erie’s second run. Catcher Xorge Carrillo’s toss to the plate sailed past Lara and allowed Steven Moya to also scamper home. Dixon Machado capped the three-run inning with an RBI double as Erie took a 4-0 lead.

Kyle Johnson's two-run single in the seventh pulled the B-Mets within two runs. An inning later, Darrell Ceciliani's RBI double made it 4-3. However, Bryan Augenstein recovered to strike out Taijeron and Angel Nesbitt entered and retired Brandon Nimmo. Erie then took advantage of more defensive misplays in the eighth. A pair of singles and a throwing error by Lawley put runners at second and third. Following a hit batter by Adam Kolarek and a pop out, Johnson sent a potential inning-ending double play ball to short. Rivera failed to field the hop cleanly, allowing a run to score and opening the door for a three-run inning. Lara (5-3) allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits while walking four over six innings. He suffered his first loss since May 28. Box

LAKELAND 9, ST. LUCIE 3: St. Lucie took a 1-0 lead in the first on L.J. Mazzilli's sacrifice fly, but Austin Green put the Flying Tigers ahead for good when he blasted a three-run

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homer against Matt Koch in the second. Koch and Lakeland starter Edgar De La Rosa dueled through the middle innings until Lakeland put up four runs in the seventh. The rehabbing Austin Dirks crushed a pitch from Koch off the right-field wall for a double that plated Jared Reeves. Tim Peterson replaced Koch and surrendered a two-out, two-run single to Connor Harrell that gave Lakeland a 7-1 lead. Tyler Hanover singled in a run in the eighth. Peterson’s wild pitch later in the frame scored Reeves to make it 9-1. Mazzilli extended his hitting streak to eight games with an RBI triple in the eighth. He scored on Reeves’ throwing error on the play to make it 9-3. With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, Calvin Drummond struck out Jeff McNeil and got Mazzilli to fly out to end the game. Koch lasted 6 1/3 and was tagged for six earned runs. Entering the seventh he had retired 11 straight batters. Jared King went 3-for-4 for the Mets in his home debut. Box

CHARLESTON at SAVANNAH (ppd.)

KINGSPORT 12, ELIZABETHTON 0: Starter Yoryi Nuez tossed five scoreless innings and combined with Martires Arias on the four-hit shutout. Pedro Perez went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs. Luis Guillorme, Jean Rodriguez and Eudor Garcia had three hits apiece. Box

STATE COLLEGE 4, BROOKLYN 3: Brooklyn scored its three runs thanks to a wild pitch, passed ball and an error. Yet a missed call by the umpires led to the decisive run scoring in the seventh for the Spikes. Cleanup hitter Alex De Leon produced a two-run double against Cyclones starter Carlos Valdez in the first. A half-inning later, Michael Katz, Tomas Nido and Adrian Abreu each singled and Brooklyn had the bases loaded with two outs for Anthony Chavez. A passed ball charged to Spikes catcher Luis Cruz allowed Katz to score. Later in the plate appearance, Chavez was hit by a pitch to reload the bases. With Tucker Tharp at-bat, State College starter Austin Gomber uncorked a wild pitch to plate Nido and even the score at 2. Tharp then hit a slow grounder to third baseman Danny Diekroeger. He uncorked an errant throw that allowed Tharp to reach and Abreu to score as the Cyclones took a 3-2 lead. In the fifth, Robelys Reyes' RBI single evened the score at 3. Brooklyn's Gaither Bumgardner (0-2) found himself in trouble in the seventh, in his second inning of relief. With one out and a runner on first, Diekroger sent a ball own the left-field line that appeared to land in foul territory, just eluding a diving attempt from Katz. However, plate umpire Jacob Metz saw it differently, ruling a ground-rule double. Despite a spirited argument from Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa and a number of Cyclones in the vicinity, the ruling stood and the Spikes had two in scoring position with one out. With a drawn-in infield, De Leon singled to plate the tiebreaking run. Box

GCL METS 3, GCL NATIONALS 3 (suspended): Alfredo Reyes was 3-for-3 with an RBI before the game was suspended in the sixth inning. Box

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LAS VEGAS 7, SALT LAKE 3: Greg Peavey, promoted from Double-A before the game, carried a 7-1 lead into the eighth. Allan Dykstra and Brandon Allen homered in the win. Peavey recorded the victory with a season-high eight innings pitched. He allowed eight hits, three runs, issued no walks and struck out three in 99 pitches (67 strikes). It matched the longest outing by a Las Vegas pitcher this season (also Logan Verrett vs. Memphis, June 23). Box

BINGHAMTON 8, NEW BRITAIN 3: Dustin Lawley launched his 11th homer and finished

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with four RBIs as Binghamton won its 17th in 20 games. Binghamton loaded the bases in the second against Taylor Rogers. Rylan Sandoval then plated Brandon Nimmo and Travis Taijeron with a two-run single. In the bottom half, Reynaldo Rodriguez blasted a solo homer against Rainy Lara. Binghamton stretched its 2-1 lead with two-out production in the seventh. After Kyle Johnson was plunked with two outs and Dilson Herrera walked on four pitches, New Britain dipped into its bullpen. Jayce Boyd greeted Adrian Salcedo with an RBI single and Lawley capped the inning by ripping a two-run double. Lawley capped the B-Mets night emphatically in the ninth. Following a four-pitch walk to Boyd, the cleanup hitter crushed an 0-1 pitch from Jim Fuller over the left-field wall. Lara (5-2) surrendered one run on five hits over six innings to earn his first victory since May 17. Three B-Mets relievers combined to allow two runs over the final three innings. Lawley’s production capped a month in which he launched seven homers and collected 18 RBIs. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, BRADENTON 2: Eudy Pina’s two-run triple in the fourth erased a 2-1 deficit.

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Pina then scored on L.J. Mazzilli’s two-out hit for a 4-2 lead. Pina also provided an insurance run with a single in the sixth that plated Maikis De La Cruz. Pina finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs. He batted.375 in June. On the mound, Kevin McGowan took over for John Lannan with two outs in the fourth. McGowan did not allow a run and finished out the last 5 2/3 innings of the game. He only gave up three hits. It was McGowan’s first relief appearance of the season. He started 10 games with Savannah and won his first Florida State League start last week. Lannan cruised until running into trouble in the fourth. He allowed three straight one-out hits, the last a two-run triple by Eric Wood that put the Marauders up 2-1. McGowan entered and struck out Walker Gourley and got a groundout from Taylor Lewis to prevent Wood from scoring. Pirates top pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow had trouble with his command in his start. The fireballer needed 70 pitches to get through 2 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out five. The Mets had their chances to pounce on Glasnow early, but the only run they managed against him came on Gilbert Gomez's solo homer in the third. De La Cruz went 1-for-3 and scored twice. Gomez went 2-for-5. Box

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SAVANNAH 8, ROME 1: Matt Oberste had his second straight big game for the Gnats. After going 4-for-4 with six RBIs and his first homer on Sunday, Oberste followed that up with a 3-for-3 game Monday that included long ball No. 2. Champ Stuart and Dominic Smith each reached base three times. Stuart singled twice and walked while Smith singled twice and doubled into the left-field corner. Dario Alvarez continued his strong season by blanking Rome for five innings. He earned his fifth win and lowered his ERA to 0.96, with 78 strikeouts against 12 walks. The Gnats improved to 14-2 against Rome this season. Box

KINGSPORT 7, JOHNSON CITY 4
JOHNSON CITY 3, KINGSPORT 2: In Game 1, Oswaldo Caraballo had a tiebreaking two-run homer in a three-run sixth. David Roseboom tossed 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn his first professional win. In the nightcap, K-Mets starter Andrew Massie allowed three runs in four innings. With Kingsport trailing 3-0, Luis Ortega had a two-run single in the fourth. Brandon Brosher is out with a broken fibula. Box 1, Box 2

GCL NATIONALS 3, GCL METS 2: Milton Ramos' single plated Darryl Knight to even the score at 2 in the top of the seventh, but the Nats retook the lead in the bottom half against Darwin Ramos. Former Pirates farmhand Blake Taylor allowed two unearned runs in 2 2/3 innings. He allowed no hits, but issued three walks. Box

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Minors 6.23.14: Taijeron HR paces B-Mets

June, 24, 2014
Jun 24
12:55
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LAS VEGAS 8, MEMPHIS 5 (10 innings): Matt den Dekker produced a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th. Cesar Puello and den Dekker had raced home on the same wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth as Vegas tied the score at 5 and sent the game to extra innings. After inheriting a runner on first and a one-run lead from starter Logan Verrett in the top of the inning, Scott Rice ultimately surrendered a three-run homer to Scott Moore as Memphis took a 5-3 lead. Travis d'Arnaud flied out in his lone at-bat before being informed he was being called up. Juan Centeno entered for d'Arnaud as a pinch hitter in the fourth inning. A walk to Josh Satin with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth -- the fourth walk of the inning by Memphis -- had given Vegas a 3-2 lead. Satin's fourth-inning throwing error had allowed Randal Grichuk to reach base. Oscar Taveras followed with a run-scoring double against 51s starter Logan Verrett. Trailing 2-0, Vegas evened the score in the sixth on Brandon Allen's two-run single. Verrett limited Memphis to three runs (two earned) on five hits in eight-plus innings. That included one run surrendered by Rice on the homer. Box

BINGHAMTON 12, READING 8: Travis Taijeron launched a three-run homer in a six-run first inning, Brian Burgamy homered twice to increase his team-leading total to 13 and

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Dustin Lawley contributed a solo shot. The B-Mets scored in each of the first six innings en route to their sixth win in seven games. Rehabbing Juan Lagares played all nine innings in center field and went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored. Reading scratched out an early lead against Binghamton starter Rainy Lara. Peter Lavin hit a 1-1 pitch over right-field wall to make the score 1-0. The next batter, Aaron Altherr, doubled and scored on a single by Jake Fox to put the Fightin Phils on top, 2-0. Binghamton cashed in on Jesse Biddle’s wildness in the bottom half. After the southpaw walked three of the first four batters of the frame, Jayce Boyd blooped an RBI single and Darrell Ceciliani threaded a run-producing hit to the right side. Following Lawley's sac fly, Taijeron hammered a pitch to left field to make it a 6-2 ballgame. The B-Mets picked up where they left off in the second inning. Lagares singled to start things off and moved to third on a throwing error by Biddle. Dilson Herrera doubled to plate Lagares. The next batter, Burgamy, hit a two-run shot to extend the lead to 9-2. Lara went 3 2/3 innings. He allowed four runs on six hits in his first game back from the disabled list. Biddle (3-9) gave up 10 runs in three innings and walked three in the loss. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, JUPITER 4: Jupiter put the first two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth against T.J. Chism, but the Brian Schneider-managed Hammerheads opted not to

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have Colin Moran bunt. Instead, Moran flied out to center. Paul Sewald entered and induced Blake Barber to fly out. Sharif Othman then grounded out to shortstop Gavin Cecchini to strand the tying run at second base. The Mets, now winners of nine of their last 10 games, trailed 3-1 in the sixth. Cam Maron blasted a two-run double against Matt Milroy to even the score. Aderlin Rodriguez followed with a two-run single. The Hammerheads scored an unearned run against Tim Peterson in the bottom half to move within a run. Peterson recovered by striking out Terrence Dayleg with the bases loaded to end the inning. Robert Coles pitched a scoreless seventh and recorded two outs in the eighth. Chism came on and got the final out of the frame by striking out Viosergy Rosa with the tying run at third. Kevin McGowan earned the victory in his St. Lucie debut. He gave up seven hits and three runs in five innings. All three runs came in the fifth. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the second on Gilbert Gomez's sac fly. That score held until the fifth. Rehabbing Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich drove in Noah Perio to tie the score at 1. Three batters later, Matt Juengel gave the Hammerheads a 3-1 lead with a two-run triple. Maron extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Sewald recorded his second save in two outings. Box

SAVANNAH at CHARLESTON (ppd.)

BLUEFIELD 7, KINGSPORT 2: Starter Andrew Church allowed four runs on 10 hits, a walk and two hit batters in four innings. Reliever Ruben Reyes allowed three earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. He surrendered one hit -- a homer -- one walk and hit one batter. Brandon Brosher had a two-run homer -- his fourth long ball in 15 at-bats this season with Kingsport. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 1, BROOKLYN 0 (10 innings): Corey Oswalt tossed seven scoreless innings, scattering three hits and striking out eight, but the Cyclones fell in extra innings. In the top of the 10th, with Scarlyn Reyes pitching his third inning in relief, Coty Blanchard singled with two outs and stole second. Clayton Henning then doubled to left-center to plate the game's lone run. Box

GCL METS 8, GCL MARLINS 3: Starter Adrian Almeida tossed three scoreless innings. Waldo Rodriguez earned the win with a scoreless fourth. Bret Mitchell completed the game with two no-hit innings. Alfredo Reyes, Manuel Hilario and Gregory Valencia had two RBIs apiece. Box

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Morning Briefing: Mets hit the road

May, 29, 2014
May 29
7:24
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NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: Considering the Mets play better on the road than at home, they are in luck. Twenty-five of the Amazin’s next 33 games are away from Citi Field, beginning with a swing through Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco.

The Mets play a five-game series in Philly because of an April 30 rainout at Citizens Bank Park.

Zack Wheeler (1-5, 4.63 ERA) opposes rookie right-hander David Buchanan (1-0, 3.60) in Thursday’s 7:05 p.m. series opener as the Mets attempt to go 3-0 in the Lamar Johnson era. Buchanan allowed two runs in five innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his major-league debut Saturday.

Sixteen days after being struck on the top of the head with a backswing at Yankee Stadium and receiving a concussion, Travis d’Arnaud will be active. Juan Centeno has been returned to Triple-A Las Vegas. Centeno hit .238 with two RBIs in six starts.

Thursday’s news reports:

Bartolo Colon and Jeurys Familia combined on the shutout as the Mets beat the Pirates, 5-0, Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field to complete a 4-5 homestand. Colon notched his 2,000th career strikeout by catching Ike Davis looking in the sixth. The 41-year-old Colon threw 121 pitches, his most since logging 128 with the Angels at Tampa Bay on Aug. 18, 2004.


Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY SportsJeurys Familia had a five-out save and a hit Wednesday.


Familia recorded his first major-league hit in addition to a five-out save. Jenrry Mejia and Familia produced multi-inning saves on consecutive days against the Pirates. It marked the first time a pair of Mets had produced back-to-back saves of at least five outs apiece since Roberto Hernandez and Aaron Heilman had consecutive two-inning saves Sept. 26-27, 2005 at Philadelphia, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Six different Mets have saves his season -- more than any other team.

David Wright and Lucas Duda homered. With Duda uncharacteristically having difficulty scooping balls at first base, Wright also had two errors.

Davis had a quiet return to Citi Field, going 0-7 with a walk and two strikeouts.

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

• Read more on Duda in the Post and Daily News.

• Wright -- who may end up getting hurt by so many Mets road games during the voting period -- ranks third at third base in the initial NL All-Star voting tally released by MLB on Wednesday. Wright (278,840) trails Colorado’s Nolan Arenado (318,111) and Milwaukee’s Aramis Ramirez (282,843). Arenado, who is hitting .305 with six homers and 28 RBIs, broke his left middle finger on a headfirst slide into second base last Friday.

No other Mets position player appears in the top five at his position in voting (or top 15 in the outfield). Read more at MLB.com.

• The Mets labeled the report that Jeff Wilpon ordered the firing of Dave Hudgens “substantively inaccurate.” Substantively, of course, means a considerable amount. In reality, Sandy Alderson, as would be predicted, acknowledged some ownership input in that decision.

“What I try to do is evaluate what’s going on on the field and make the appropriate judgments, and that’s my responsibility,” Alderson told John DeMarzo in the Post. “I talk to ownership from time to time. I talk to Fred. I talk to Jeff, and I have a sense of what they’re thinking or what their frustrations may be. But, ultimately, I have to make a baseball decision, I guess, and that’s what this was.”

• Terry Collins says the back end of the bullpen is taking shape with Mejia, Familia and Vic Black. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

Chris Young, now hitting .195, has all but lost his starting job with the Mets. He started Thursday after three straight days out of the lineup. “It’s my responsibility to swing the bat better and play better,” Young told Anthony Rieber in Newsday. “I hold myself fully accountable for that. When I do get that opportunity, I do need to take more advantage of it to where I force myself into the lineup everyday like I want to be.”

• Columnist Bill Madden in the Daily News sums up the Mets’ hitting-coach change this way:

Either you can hit or you can’t.

• Columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post writes:

Yes, the Mets stink, but so do a lot of teams.

The key is for the Mets to stink less.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis had two homers and Jeff Francoeur ended up pitching a scoreless inning with a walk and hit batter for El Paso as Las Vegas won, 13-7. Starting pitcher Rainy Lara was injured on a play at the plate and Binghamton split with New Hampshire. Brandon Nimmo reentered the lineup and stole a base a day after leaving a game with a sprained ankle as St. Lucie beat Brevard County, 3-2. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Read more about 50 Cent’s awful ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field in the Post.

Nick Evans is back in the big leagues for the first time since 2011, when he was a Met. The Arizona Diamondbacks promoted the 28-year-old Evans, a Phoenix native, on Thursday. The year after leaving the Mets, Evans missed most of the season with the Pirates in the minors because he shattered bones in his left hand diving to catch a foul ball. Read more in the Arizona Republic and at ArizonaSports.com.

• Denis Hamill in the Daily News writes about Wright’s monthly salute to the NYPD.

From the bloggers … Mets Police seeks your help in crowdsourcing 41 amazin’ ideas for the Mets.

BIRTHDAYS: Long Islander Steven Matz, who has a 1.95 ERA in nine starts for St. Lucie, turns 23. … Binghamton right-hander Tyler Pill is 24.

TWEETS OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Is playing 25 of the next 33 on the road a good or bad thing for the Mets?

Minors 5.22.14: Diaz, Gnats toss shutout

May, 23, 2014
May 23
12:30
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FRESNO 6, LAS VEGAS 3: Jeff Walters and Ryan Reid combined to allow four seventh-inning runs as Fresno overcame a 3-2 deficit. Starter Dana Eveland allowed two runs in six innings. Box

PORTLAND 6, BINGHAMTON 5: Mookie Betts produced a walk-off, two-run triple in the ninth to send Binghamton to its fifth straight defeat. With the B-Mets clinging to a 5-4 lead,

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Cody Satterwhite walked Peter Hissey on four pitches. Shannon Wilkerson then had a bunt single. Satterwhite got ahead of Betts, 0-2, before the Eastern League's batting-average leader delivered the game-winning hit. B-Mets starter Rainy Lara allowed three runs on two hits and four walks in three innings. It marked his shortest outing as a starter since he pitched in the Dominican Summer League in 2010. Jack Leathersich took over in the fourth and fanned four Sea Dogs in two scoreless innings. Portland starter Mickey Pena silenced the B-Mets through five innings, allowing one single and one walk. Following a one-out double by Matt Reynolds in the first, Pena retired 15 of the next 16 batters. Kevin Plawecki ended Pena’s roll in the sixth. Following Kyle Johnson’s one-out single, Plawecki blasted a first-pitch fastball over the “Maine Monster." His blast cut Portland’s lead to 3-2. Binghamton took the lead in the seventh. Pena walked Travis Taijeron to load the bases. Miguel Celestino entered and Wilfredo Tovar greeted the righty with a two-run single for a 4-3 lead. Portland answered in the bottom half with a run against John Church. The B-Mets retook the lead against Celestino in the eighth. Jayce Boyd doubled and Dustin Lawley followed by singling into right. Rylan Sandoval, pinch-running for Boyd, scored. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CLEARWATER 4: Alex Panteliodis earned the victory in his season debut. The former Florida Gator limited the Threshers to two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five and did not walk a batter while throwing 87 pitches. With the score tied at 2 in the sixth, Cam Maron, Jairo Perez and Cole Frenzel hit consecutive RBI singles. T.J. Rivera doubled home Dilson Herrera in the seventh to make it 6-2. The Threshers scored two runs against Chase Huchingson in the eighth, but Huchingson struck out Brian Pointer as the tying run to end the threat. Huchingson, returning from a 50-game suspension, was making his first appearance this season. Beck Wheeler worked a perfect ninth with two strikeouts to earn his sixth save. The Threshers are an MiLB-worst 9-35. Brandon Nimmo produced a solo homer in the third. Rivera went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. He leads the Florida State League with 40 RBIs. Box

SAVANNAH 4, LEXINGTON 0: Miller Diaz tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings and combined

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with Akeel Morris and Tyler Vanderheiden on a five-hit shutout. Diaz (5-0) allowed five hits and three walks while striking out eight. Morris upped his scoreless streak to 24 1/3 innings. Vanderheiden lowered his ERA to 0.79. Lexington starter Matt Tenuta surrendered six hits and three earned runs, including Victor Cruzado's sacrifice fly in the second inning that gave the Gnats a 1-0 lead. Tenuta ran into trouble again in the sixth when Jeff McNeil singled home Patrick Biondi. McNeil then scored on Dominic Smith's double to extend the lead to 3-0. L.J. Mazzilli’s eighth-inning homer, his fourth long ball of the season and second in three games, capped the scoring. Mazzilli went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. McNeil (2-for-4) extended his hitting streak to added to 14 games. He upped his average to .347. Box

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Minors 5.17.14: Koch wins 5th straight

May, 17, 2014
May 17
10:11
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LAS VEGAS 6, EL PASO 4: Brandon Allen homered as part of a 2-for-5 night as Vegas improved to 31-11. Buddy Carlyle, Zack Thornton and Vic Black (sixth save) combined for three scoreless relief innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 5: Travis Taijeron doubled twice and Kevin Plawecki drove in two runs in Binghamton’s fourth straight win. Binghamton broke a scoreless tie in the third against Fisher Cats starter Matt Boyd. Taijeron had a leadoff double and Wilfredo Tovar plated him by bouncing a single off Boyd’s foot and up the middle. Following a wild

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pitch that moved Tovar into scoring position, Brian Burgamy produced an RBI single for a 2-0 lead. Plawecki capped the inning's scoring by singling to right. Burgamy raced home from second, and needed an acrobatic headfirst dive to avoid a tag. B-Mets starter Rainy Lara's scoreless effort ended in the fourth on Ryan Schimpf's solo homer. Lara then retired seven of the next eight batters. Taijeron struck again for the B-Mets in the sixth. With two outs and Jayce Boyd at first, Taijeron smoked a 1-2 pitch from reliever John Anderson off the top of the left-field fence for his second double of the game. Boyd scored from first to give the B-Mets a 4-1 advantage. Schimpf's second solo homer of the game pulled New Hampshire within 4-2 in the sixth. A half-inning later, Binghamton opened a four-run lead. Anderson bounced a pickoff throw to first, prompting Darrell Ceciliani to scamper to second. With the ball still loose, Ceciliani tried for third. Right fielder Matt Newman’s throw hit Ceciliani, enabling him to race home. Cory Vaughn and Plawecki followed by posting back-to-back two-out doubles. Lara was chased from the game in the seventh. With runners at the corners, Peter Mooney stroked an RBI double. Reliever John Church entered and surrendered a run-producing infield single to Jon Berti. Kenny Wilson followed with an RBI groundout, cutting Binghamton’s lead to 6-5. Church intentionally walked Schimpf, then retired A.J. Jimenez. Church added a perfect eighth. Cody Satterwhite struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his first save in affiliated baseball since July 23, 2011, when he was a Gulf Coast League Tiger. Lara (4-1) matched a season high with seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 3: Unbeaten Matt Koch allowed two runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings en route to his fifth win in his last five starts. The Mets scored four eighth-inning

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runs to break a 2-all tie. Flying Tigers second baseman Curt Powell booted a ball with one out in the eighth that allowed Maikis De La Cruz to reach safely. Dilson Herrera followed with a double to place two in scoring position. Lakeland intentionally walked Brandon Nimmo to load the bases, but the plan backfired when Florida State League RBI leader T.J. Rivera singled to plate De La Cruz and put the Mets up 3-2. Jairo Perez then drew a bases-loaded walk and Cam Maron lined his third single of the game to plate another run and make it 5-2. Gilbert Gomez capped the frame's scoring on a sac fly. Koch got one out in the bottom of the eighth before surrendering a single and departing. Randy Fontanez recorded the final five outs. The Mets had taken a 1-0 lead in the third when Herrera got caught in a rundown but kept himself alive long enough to allow De La Cruz to score from third. Lakeland made it 1-1 in the fourth when Chad Wright tripled and scored on a wild pitch. James Robbins gave the Flying Tigers a brief lead when he opened the fifth with a homer. The Mets tied the score in the sixth when Herrera doubled and reached home on Perez's two-out single. Herrera went 3-for-5. Maron went 3-for-4. Box

CHARLESTON 3, SAVANNAH 1: The Gnats (28-13) had runners on base in each inning, but finished 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left 13 men on base. The RiverDogs scored a pair of unearned runs in the first against starter Robert Gsellman, in his return from the disabled list after a three-week absence. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini had a game-opening fielding error. Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar collected RBI singles later in the frame. Charleston added a run in the fifth against reliever John Mincone, on Michael O’Neill's RBI single. The Gnats scored their lone run in the ninth. Champ Stuart began the inning by beating out an infield single with a dive into first. He advanced to second on Cecchini’s single and scored on Stefan Sabol’s infield tapper. Stuart, in his second game as a Gnat, finished 2-for-5 with a stolen base. L.J. Mazzilli was 3-for-5 to lift his season average to .250. Box

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Minors 5.10.14: Syndergaard with 10 K's

May, 11, 2014
May 11
1:01
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TACOMA 5, LAS VEGAS 5 (suspended): Noah Syndergaard had 10 strikeouts in six innings in a late-night game. Syndergaard allowed five runs, four of them earned, with the first three coming on a three-run first-inning home run by Nick Franklin. Syndergaard has 46 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings for Las Vegas, with a 3.92 ERA. The game was suspended in the eighth inning due to wind, and will be completed on Sunday. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, HARRISBURG 2: Third baseman Dustin Lawley had a double and a three-run home run to lead the B-Mets to their third win in the last four games. Right-hander Rainy Lara went 6 2/3 innings and struck out a season-high seven in his third win of the season. Jack Leathersich pitched the ninth for his first save since last May 28. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, PALM BEACH 0: Matt Koch and two relievers combined on a four-hit shutout, with Koch going 6 2/3 innings to earn his fourth win of the season. Koch allowed the first three Palm Beach hits, but two of them didn't leave the infield. Dilson Herrera and Phillip Evans drove in the two Mets runs, and each had two hits. Brandon Nimmo reached base twice (a hit and a walk), and stole his sixth base of the season. Box

SAVANNAH 1, CHARLESTON 0: Stefan Sabol drove in the game's only run with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly, and John Gant combined with two relievers on a five-hit shutout for his fourth win. The Sand Gnats beat Caleb Smith, who entered the game with a 18 1/3-inning scoreless streak. Gavin Cecchini returned to Savannah's lineup after missing one game with a sore knee. Robert Coles pitched the ninth for his seventh save in as many chances. Box

Minors 5.4.14: Koch, Lugo blank Crabs

May, 4, 2014
May 4
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LAS VEGAS 7, TACOMA 5 (suspended)
LAS VEGAS at TACOMA (ppd.): The first game of a scheduled doubleheader was

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suspended with one out in the top of the final inning and will resume Monday. Andrew Brown had belted a two-run homer in that frame against Zach Miner to give the 51s a 7-5 lead. Vegas starter Rafael Montero allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks in five innings. He struck out six in a 98-pitch effort. Brandon Allen had a third-inning solo homer and Wilmer Flores had a three-run shot the following frame as the 51s built a 5-1 lead. Tacoma plated four sixth-inning runs against Montero and Jeff Walters. Kirk Nieuwenhuis left the game after two innings with an elbow injury after colliding with the outfield wall on a catch. Box 1

PORTLAND 4, BINGHAMTON 1: Facing B-Mets starter Rainy Lara in the first, Mookie Betts singled and Travis Shaw subsequently pulled a double off the right-field wall. Cory Vaughn mishandled the ricochet, allowing Betts to score. In the second, Henry Ramos lifted a fly ball to right to start the inning. Battling a stiff wind, Vaughn watched the ball sail over his head for a double. Heiker Meneses followed with an RBI single. After a sac bunt, Betts singled, plating Meneses with Portland’s third run. Portland starter Mike McCarthy faced the minimum through four innings. He used double plays to erase leadoff singles in the first two innings and picked off Wilfredo Tovar in the third. Binghamton finally broke through in the fifth. After Matt Clark's leadoff walk, Kevin Plawecki sent a bouncer to the mound. McCarthy fired to second, but Deven Marrero muffed the throw, allowing both runners to reach safely. Jayce Boyd followed with a single to load the bases. Tovar then chopped a grounder to third that Meneses smothered with a dive. Tovar beat the throw to first, bringing home Clark with Binghamton’s lone run. McCarthy induced Darrell Ceciliani to fly out to limit the damage. Lara capped his fifth start of the season with three scoreless innings before handing off to Cody Satterwhite for the sixth. Satterwhite tossed two scoreless innings to extend his season-opening scoreless streak to 16 2/3. Miguel Celestino allowed consecutive two-out singles in the ninth, but induced Brian Burgamy to bounce into a fielder’s choice to secure his second save. Lara (2-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits in five innings in his first Double-A loss. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, CHARLOTTE 0: For the fourth consecutive game, the Mets scored two runs in the first inning. Jeff Ames walked Dilson Herrera and Brandon Nimmo to begin the game,

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and T.J. Rivera singled to load the bases. Jairo Perez drove in Herrera with a single and Cam Maron followed with a sac fly to plate Nimmo and make it 2-0. That would be plenty for Mets starter Matt Koch, although he had to pitch out of a first-inning jam. Koch walked two batters and allowed a single to load the bases, but recovered to strike out Justin O’Conner and maintain the lead. The Mets added their three runs in the fourth. Eudy Pina singled to score Maron and Aderlin Rodriguez. Herrera added an RBI single. Stone Crabs reliever Ryan Garton proceeded to retire 10 in a row, but Koch and Seth Lugo combined to provide the Mets their second shutout in four games. Koch earned his third win, limiting the Crabs to five hits in five scoreless innings. Lugo scattered three hits over the final four innings to pick up his second save. The Crabs loaded the bases on Lugo in the eighth with two outs, but Lugo ended the threat by striking out O’Conner. The Mets only collected only six hits. Nimmo walked three times. He now leads the Florida State League with 31 walks. Box

ROME 7, SAVANNAH 3: Rome's Joey Meneses had a three-run double in the first inning and the Braves ultimately snapped Savannah's five-game winning streak. The Gnats (19-9) picked up a run in the second, when Dominic Smith walked and scored on Gavin Cecchini’s sacrifice fly. Cecchini extended his hitting streak to a season-best seven games with a first-inning single. He departed after seven innings, but the issue was not immediately clear. Rome added two runs in the third inning for a 5-1 lead. Victor Caratini singled and A.J. Kirby-Jones lined a two-run homer. The Gnats picked up a run in the bottom half when Jared King singled home L.J. Mazzilli. Savannah starter Chris Flexen held the Braves off the scoreboard in the fourth and fifth innings, but was tagged with his third loss. He allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings. The Braves tacked on single runs in the eighth and ninth innings against Savannah reliever Tim Peterson. Box

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Minors 4.27.14: Taijeron HR in big inning

April, 27, 2014
Apr 27
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TACOMA 5, LAS VEGAS 4: With two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth, Logan Kensing struck out Andrew Brown to end the comeback threat and game. Las Vegas fell to 18-6 on the season. Starter Logan Verrett allowed five runs (three earned) in five innings. The damage included a three-run homer by Jesus Montero in the fifth that staked Tacoma to a 5-3 lead. Montero had homered against Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard earlier in the series. Wilmer Flores, who committed his sixth error at shortstop, departed after three innings with a jammed finger. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, ERIE 6: The B-Mets scored nine times in the top of the fourth, which proved enough to overcome starter Rainy Lara allowing six runs in the bottom half. After Lara and Tommy Collier matched zeroes through three innings, the B-Mets erupted.

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Binghamton sent 14 men to the plate in the fourth, pounded out seven hits, and took advantage of an error and two walks. Every B-Mets starter scored in the inning. Kevin Plawecki ripped a bases-loaded grounder through third baseman Francisco Martinez's legs. The gaffe allowed the first two runs to score. Travis Taijeron followed with a three-run homer, his first long ball of the season. Kyle Johnson later lined an RBI single. Brian Burgamy followed by bouncing a run-producing double off the left-field wall to knock out Collier. Matt Reynolds greeted reliever Ryan Robowski by dropping an RBI single into right, kicking Binghamton’s lead to 8-0. The single capped a stretch of 10 straight B-Mets reaching safely. Two batters later, Cory Vaughn singled home Binghamton’s final run. Given a nine-run cushion, Lara struggled. With two aboard, Dean Green put Erie on the board with an RBI double. Martinez and Jamie Johnson followed with run-scoring singles. Lara pitched himself deeper into a hole with a pair of two-out walks, including a bases-loaded free pass to Eugenio Suarez. Aaron Westlake ended Lara’s day, and made it a three-run game, with a two-run single. Jack Leathersich entered and recorded the inning's final out. Leathersich returned for the fifth and slipped into and then out of a jam. The SeaWolves put the first three aboard via an error, hit batter and walk. With the tying run on base, the southpaw wiggled free with a strikeout, a pop out and a groundout. Jon Velasquez (1-2) then posted two perfect relief innings. Cody Satterwhite tossed a scoreless eighth. Chasen Bradford worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save. Box

BRADENTON 7, ST. LUCIE 6: Josh Bell had a two-run homer against Luis Cessa in the first inning and finished with five RBIs as Bradenton led throughout. Bell's two-run triple in the seventh gave the Marauders a 7-4 lead. St. Lucie's Gilbert Gomez drove a two-run

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triple off the left-field wall to make it 7-6 in the eighth, but Gomez was thrown out by first baseman Jose Osuna trying to take home on the play. The throw attempting to get Gomez at third had sailed high. Osuna tracked it down near the Mets bullpen and threw a strike to home to retire Gomez. The Mets drew two walks with two outs in the ninth, but Albert Cordero grounded out to Osuna to end the game. The Marauders jumped to a 5-0 lead against Cessa. An error on right fielder Eudy Pina led to two runs in the third. Cessa eventually did retire nine in a row. The Mets came to life at the plate in the fifth. Phillip Evans doubled and Maikis De La Cruz plated him with a single against John Kuchno. Pina then had a two-run double in the sixth and Cordero followed with an RBI single to slice the deficit to 5-4. Cordero advanced to third on a flyout and stood 90 feet from home as the tying run with one out. He tried to score on Ryan Hafner's wild pitch, but the ball bounced hard off the backstop, right to catcher Jin-De Jhang, who retired Cordero after a rundown. Cessa (0-3) was charged with seven runs (five earned) on six hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings. Box

LAKEWOOD 6, SAVANNAH 5: Gavin Cecchini singled with two outs in the top of the ninth to plate Dominic Smith, but Jeff McNeil then popped out to second base as the Gnats' rally fell a run short. Starter Chris Flexen allowed six runs on four hits and four walks in three innings. He surrendered a pair of homers. Dario Alvarez and Akeel Morris combined for five scoreless relief innings. Cecchini finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. L.J. Mazzilli and Jared King had two RBIs apiece as the Gnats rallied from a 6-0 deficit. Box

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Minors 4.19.14: Syndergaard struggles

April, 20, 2014
Apr 20
12:12
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EL PASO 8, LAS VEGAS 5: Noah Syndergaard made his fourth start of the season for the 51s, and it didn’t go well. Syndergaard allowed six runs on six hits and three walks (plus a wild pitch) in just four innings. Four of the six runs were earned, but Syndergaard's ERA rose to 4.95. Syndergaard gave up a three-run homer to Cody Decker. Wilmer Flores went 2-for-5, and Taylor Teagarden his his second home run in as many nights. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2: Shortstop Matt Reynolds had a career-high four hits and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. Reynolds has a seven-game hitting streak and is now batting .383. Starter Rainy Lara pitched well for the B-Mets (six innings, two hits, one unearned run), but the Fisher Cats tied the score when Jack Murphy homered off John Church in the seventh. Reynolds led off the eighth inning with his fourth hit of the day, then scored all the way from first on Matt Clark's single. Chasen Bradford pitched the ninth for his third save. Box

FORT MYERS 4, ST. LUCIE 0: The Mets were blanked on four hits by three Miracle pitchers. Dilson Herrera had one of the Mets' hits, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Mets starter Domingo Tapia went four innings and gave up the first two Fort Myers runs. Box

SAVANNAH 3, GREENVILLE 3 (suspended): Jeff McNeil and Jeff Glenn had two hits apiece for the Sand Gnats, whose game with Greenville was suspended in the bottom of the sixth inning because of rain. It will be resumed May 14, before the next scheduled game between the two teams in Savannah. Starter John Gant allowed three runs in five innings. Box

Morning Briefing: Late show in Anaheim

April, 12, 2014
Apr 12
5:00
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Paul Spinelli/MLB Photos/Getty ImagesThe Angels, perhaps spurred by the Rally Monkey, won in walk-off fashion Friday against the Mets.
ANAHEIM, Calif.

FIRST PITCH: The Mets attempt to bounce back from an extra-inning loss when Jonathon Niese makes his second start of the season Saturday.

Niese (0-1, 3.18 ERA) should be free to throw as many as 105 pitches. He opposes right-hander Jered Weaver (0-2, 6.00) at 9:05 p.m. ET.

With the Mets having the DH available, Ike Davis and Lucas Duda both are expected to start.

Saturday’s news reports:

Jeurys Familia loaded the bases with a pair of one-out intentional walks, then plunked Hank Conger to force in the winning run as the Angels beat the Mets, 5-4, in 11 innings late Friday night. That snapped a streak of 20 1/3 scoreless innings by Mets relievers. The Mets last lost on a walk-off hit by pitch in 2008, courtesy of Scott Schoeneweis. The Angels left 14 men on base. The Mets left four men on base the entire game and failed to score over the final seven innings. A displeased Dillon Gee allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Travis d’Arnaud, who grew up 15 minutes from Angel Stadium, homered for the first time in 110 at-bats. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday, Times and MLB.com.

Curtis Granderson was touched on the back by a fan who reached onto the field during the eighth inning. The spectator was ejected but law enforcement will not get involved, an Angels spokesman said. Read more in the Daily News and Star-Ledger.

• Kevin Burkhardt recalls the 3 a.m. ET firing of Willie Randolph back in 2008, after Game 1 of the Mets’ last series in Anaheim. Burkhardt told Kristie Ackert in the Daily News about SNY’s critical coverage of that event: “I ripped into how they handled it for 15 minutes. I was exhausted. It was one of those things that when I got done, I was like, hmmmm, I wonder how that will be received.”


Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesFree agent Joel Hanrahan is expected to audition for teams next week.


• ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweets that the Mets are believed to be one of the teams interested in free-agent reliever Joel Hanrahan, who is 11 months post-Tommy John surgery. Hanrahan is expected to throw for teams next week. Other teams in the mix include the Yankees, Angels, Rangers, Rockies, Royals, Red Sox, Athletics and Rays, according to Crasnick.

Chris Young (quadriceps) is headed to Triple-A Las Vegas to begin a rehab assignment. Terry Collins expects a rotation among four outfielders when C.Y. is activated from the disabled list on Friday in New York. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger and Record.

• Rainy Lara tossed seven scoreless innings and Brian Burgamy homered twice as Binghamton beat New Hampshire, 7-0. Cam Maron drove in Aderlin Rodriguez in the eighth with the tiebreaking run and St. Lucie beat Fort Myers, 6-3. Robert Gsellman allowed one unearned run in seven innings as Savannah beat Rome, 4-1. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Mets farmhand Akeel Morris, a right-hander from the Virgin Islands, gets a mention in this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet. The report reads:

A 10th-round pick from the Virgin Islands in 2010, Morris struggled with his direction to the plate as a starter, but his potential was obvious given his mid-90s heat. He began seeing results after switching to relief at short-season Brooklyn last year, striking out 60 in 45 innings with a 1.00 ERA. That success has carried over to 2014 as the 21-year-old Morris has recorded 11 strikeouts among the 12 outs he’s recorded this year while throwing four scoreless innings (three of them in one relief outing) at low Class A Savannah. If Morris keeps dominating like that, he might get another shot at the rotation.

• Collins said he is a changed person compared to the late 1990s, when he was managing the Angels. The only thing the same? His short stature, he joked.

"We let him down," Angels third-base coach Gary DiSarcina, who played for Collins with the Angels, told Marc Carig in Newsday. "He didn’t let us down. … We fractured. And he took the blame for it."

Said Bill Bavasi, then the Angels GM, to Tim Rohan in the Times about Collins’ players in Anaheim: “They couldn’t handle being pushed to get better. You know, life was good for them. They were getting paid a lot of money. Why put up with somebody asking you to work a little bit harder? They were just really rotten apples. And blame me. Terry didn’t bring those guys in. I did.”

Read more in the Journal, Star-Ledger and Record.

From the bloggers … Mark Berman at Blogging Mets thinks Collins should have used Jose Valverde with the game on the line Friday.

BIRTHDAYS: Catcher-turned-thoroughbred handicapper Paul Lo Duca turns 42. ... Danny Garcia, the first Brooklyn Cyclone to reach the majors, is 34. ... Minor-league catchers Xorge Carillo (25) and Tomas Nido (20) also celebrate birthdays.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should Jeurys Familia have been pitching a third inning of relief Friday?

Minors 4.11.14: Lara, Burgamy fuel B-Mets

April, 12, 2014
Apr 12
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FRESNO 5, LAS VEGAS 1: Logan Verrett surrendered four runs on eight hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. Vic Black pitched a scoreless inning with a walk and two strikeouts in his return from the disabled list for a pinched nerve in his neck. The lone Vegas run came on Kirk Nieuwenhuis' first-inning single, which plated Matt den Dekker. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Rainy Lara faced one over the minimum in seven scoreless innings, Brian Burgamy homered twice and Matt Clark also went deep as the B-Mets won their fifth straight. Binghamton broke a scoreless tie in the fourth against Scott Copeland on the first of Burgamy's two long balls. Kenny Wilson became the first player to

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reach against Lara with a single to open the fourth, but he was erased when Lara picked him off. Ryan Schimpf followed with a two-out shot off the right-field wall, but was gunned down by Cory Vaughn trying to stretch the hit into a double. The B-Mets broke the game open in the seventh against the Fisher Cats bullpen. Clark greeted reliever Tony Davis with a leadoff homer in the seventh. After a pair of walks, Xorge Carrillo produced an RBI single, Wilfredo Tovar had a sac fly and Darrell Ceciliani capped the inning with a run-scoring single. After surrendering two hits in the fourth, Lara retired seven straight. Jon Berti reached on an infield single in the seventh, but was left on second when Lara (2-0) induced a pair of flyouts. Burgamy struck again in the eighth, against Wil Browning. The third baseman launched his third homer of the series. Cody Satterwhite and Chasen Bradford each tossed an inning of scoreless relief. Lara allowed three hits, struck out three and issued no walks. Burgamy’s two-homer night was the first by a B-Met since Tovar went deep twice against Altoona on Aug. 7, 2013. Binghamton’s 6-2 start is its best since opening the 2006 season 7-1. Ceciliani extended his season-opening hitting streak to six games with an RBI single in the eighth. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, FORT MYERS 3: Cam Maron broke a 3-all tie with one out in the eighth when he belted a 3-1 pitch from Matt Tomshaw into center field to score Aderlin Rodriguez from second base. The Mets added a pair of insurance runs later in the frame. Levi Michael’s throw home from second was wild and Maron scored. Maikis De La Cruz then hit a sac fly to plate Eudy Pina. The Mets (4-4) have now won three straight. Randy Fontanez worked a perfect ninth with a pair of strikeouts to earn his first save. Bret Mitchell pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth to earn the win. Starter Steven Matz allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings. He struck out six, walked one and surrendered five hits. Dilson Herrera led off the bottom of the first with a double and Brandon Nimmo followed with a run-scoring single. The 1-0 lead lasted until the fourth. The Miracle loaded the bases with no outs. Matz nearly escaped unscathed. He got Adam Brett Walker to fly out. Stuart Turner then grounded to third, but Rodriguez successfully threw home to record an out and preserve the Mets' lead. However, Niko Goodrum followed by belting a two-out, two-run single to put the Miracle up, 2-1. The Miracle added another run in the fifth, when Jonathan Murphy -- the brother of Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy -- reached on an error and later stole home. The Mets tied the score in their half of the fifth. Nimmo singled in Phillip Evans to make it 3-2. Then, with two outs, Jairo Perez grounded a ball to third that Goodrum kicked into center field, allowing Nimmo to score. Herrera, Nimmo, Rivera and Evans had two hits apiece. Rivera now has four multihit games in seven games this season. Box

SAVANNAH 4, ROME 1: Robert Gsellman limited Rome to one unearned run on six hits and a walk in seven innings. Robert Coles handled the final four outs for his second save. He inherited two runners in scoring position in the eighth and produced a strikeout to maintain a three-run lead. Stefan Sabol and Victor Cruzado had two RBIs apiece. Sabol had opened the scoring in the first with a two-run single. Cruzado had a two-run triple in the third that plated Sabol and Dominic Smith. Box

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Minors 4.5.14: Lara wins Double-A debut

April, 5, 2014
Apr 5
10:12
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FRESNO 8, LAS VEGAS 6: One out from victory, Josh Edgin and Erik Goeddel combined to allow seven ninth-inning runs as Fresno overcame a 6-1 deficit in the final frame. Jacob deGrom had limited Fresno to one run on four hits and a walk while striking out six in six innings. Cesar Puello and Taylor Teagarden had three hits apiece in the loss. Zach Lutz drove in two runs, giving him eight RBIs through three games. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, AKRON 3
AKRON 3, BINGHAMTON 0: In Game 1, Binghamton took advantage of strong winds to grab the lead in the first as Matt Clark’s fly ball to right field turned into an adventure for Jordan Smith. The outfielder misplayed the drive, allowing Kyle Johnson to score from first

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base with the game’s initial run. The B-Mets doubled the lead on a two-out RBI single from Wilfredo Tovar in the second against Akron starter Joe Colon. The RubberDucks got to B-Mets starter Rainy Lara in the third with a game-tying two-run homer from Francisco Lindor. Lara then rebounded with two scoreless innings. With the score tied at 2, Colon pitched himself into trouble in the fifth. Following Johnson’s single, Kevin Plawecki and Clark drew two-out walks to load the bases. Reliever Tyler Sturdevant entered and induced Jayce Boyd to hit a fly ball. Battling the wind, Smith misplayed the drive into a two-run double. Dustin Lawley followed with a two-run single. Owning a four-run lead, Lara returned for the sixth and surrendered back-to-back singles. He then coaxed a flyout from Jake Lowery before giving way to Adam Kolarek. The southpaw gave up a run-producing fielder’s choice before fanning Bryson Myles to end the inning. Chasen Bradford worked around a leadoff double to post a scoreless seventh for his first 2014 save. Lara (1-0) earned the win in his Double-A debut. He scattered eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed three runs, struck out three and walked one.

In Game 2, Tyler Pill was tagged for a run on three hits in the second. In the third, Pill surrendered a leadoff homer to Joe Wendle. The RubberDucks plated another run in the fourth. Jerrud Sabourin walked with one out and moved to second on a groundout. The next batter, Tyler Naquin, singled to plate Sabourin. Pill (0-1) exited after four innings. He was tagged for three runs on six hits. John Church and Jon Velasquez combined to hold Akron hitless over the final three frames. Box 1, Box 2

PALM BEACH 8, ST. LUCIE 3: David Washington belted a three-run homer with two outs on an 0-2 pitch from Michael Fulmer in the first inning and the Cardinals never looked back. Gilbert Gomez homered in his first at-bat of the season in the third, but the Cardinals stretched their lead to six runs by belting out four consecutive run-scoring base hits against Fulmer with two outs in the fourth. Trailing 7-1, the Mets tried to claw their way back in the game. Gomez hit a ground-rule double and Brandon Nimmo followed with an RBI single in the sixth. Later in the frame, Dilson Herrera cut the deficit to 7-3 with a hit that plated Nimmo. The Mets had their best chance to make it a game in the seventh when they loaded the bases on three walks. However, Iden Nazario struck out T.J. Rivera on a full-count offering to end the threat. Fulmer took the loss. He lasted 3 2/3 innings and was tagged for 11 hits and seven runs. Seth Lugo pitched the remainder of the game. He allowed one run and two hits in 4 1/3 innings. Box

LAKEWOOD 6, SAVANNAH 2: In the first, Savannah's Victor Cruzado capped a 10-pitch at-bat by belting a full-count offering over the right-field wall for his first 2014 homer. The BlueClaws pulled ahead for good a half-inning later. Savannah starter Chris Flexen walked Zach Green. Two outs later, Gabriel Lino followed with a two-run double. In the fourth, Willians Astudillo produced a three-run double. All five runs Flexen allowed came with two outs in the inning. He went 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks in his Savannah debut. The Gnats closed to within 5-2 with a run in the fourth. DH Matt Oberste doubled, plating Jared King. Astudillo drove home the BlueClaws' final run in the sixth with a single off reliever Dawrin Frias. Box

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Top prospects descend on St. Lucie

February, 24, 2014
Feb 24
9:40
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets annually have their top prospects report early, ahead of the general minor-league population. Here is the roster for that STEP camp:

Pitchers
Dario Alvarez*
Tyler Bashlor
Matt Bowman
Luis Cessa
Miller Diaz
Chris Flexen
Michael Fulmer
John Gant
Darin Gorski*
Robert Gsellman
Ricky Knapp
Matt Koch
Jake Kuebler
Rainy Lara
Seth Lugo
Kevin McGowan
Alex Panteliodis*
Tim Peterson
Tyler Pill
Hansel Robles
Paul Sewald
Domingo Tapia
Robert Whalen
Gabriel Ynoa
* left-hander

Catchers
Xorge Carrillo
Albert Cordero
Blake Forsythe
Jeff Glenn
Kai Gronauer
Cam Maron
Colton Plaia

Infielders
Jayce Boyd, 1b
Dominic Smith, 1b
Dilson Herrera, 2b
L.J. Mazzilli, 2b
Aderlin Rodriguez, 3b
Gavin Cecchini, ss
Phillip Evans, ss
Matt Reynolds, ss
Amed Rosario, ss

Outfielders
Maikis De La Cruz
Kyle Johnson
Jared King
Eudy Pina
Champ Stuart
Travis Taijeron

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.287 7 38 57
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 15
RBID. Wright 51
RD. Murphy 57
OPSL. Duda .840
WB. Colon 9
ERAJ. Niese 3.13
SOZ. Wheeler 112