New York Mets: Ryne Sandberg

Series preview: Mets vs. Phillies

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Associated PressThe Mets face David Buchanan, Jerome Williams and A.J. Burnett at Citi Field this weekend.
METS (62-72, fourth place/NL East) vs. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (61-72, fifth place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Jacob deGrom (6-6, 3.13) vs. RHP David Buchanan (6-7, 4.21), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Bartolo Colon (12-10, 3.82) vs. RHP Jerome Williams (2-5, 6.71), 7:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Dillon Gee (5-6, 3.77) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (7-14, 4.30), 1:10 p.m. ET

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• Manager Ryne Sandberg reportedly has been having difficulty with veteran players treating him disrespectfully. The latest incident occurred Monday, when Cole Hamels began walking off and did a “handoff” of the baseball to Sandberg before the manager reached the mound to remove the southpaw, according to CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury. Kyle Kendrick reportedly pulled the same antics a couple of weeks earlier and subsequently apologized.

• The Phillies arrive at Citi Field coming off a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals that capped a 7-2 homestand.

• Right-hander Jerome Williams was claimed off waivers by the Phillies from the Texas Rangers on Aug. 10. Williams, 32, is 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA in three starts since the change of scenery. He began the season with the Houston Astros and was released on July 8.

A.J. Burnett was 0-6 with a 7.41 ERA in his first seven starts after the All-Star break. He then limited the Nats to one run on three hits while striking out 12 in seven innings Monday.

Ben Revere's .310 batting average ranks second in the National League. With his next steal, Revere will become the 12th different player in Phillies history with a 40-steal season. The last was Jimmy Rollins in 2008.

• Ex-Met Marlon Byrd's 24 homers rank fifth in the league.

Ryan Howard's 81 RBIs rank fourth.

• Closer Jonathan Papelbon has 33 saves in 36 chances. Papelbon notched his 100th save as a Phillie on Tuesday. He had 219 with the Boston Red Sox. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first closer in major league history to produce 200 saves with one team and 100 saves with a team in the other league.

• Phillies president David Montgomery, 68, has taken a leave of absence from the ballclub as he attempts to recover from jaw cancer surgery. Former GM Pat Gillick will fill in during Montgomery’s absence.

• The Phillies and Dodgers completed the trade on Thursday that sent Roberto Hernandez to L.A. Philadelphia obtained right-hander Victor Arano, who was pitching for Class A Great Lakes.

• Infielder Freddy Galvis was recalled Saturday from Triple-A, where he had been optioned on May 9. He is hitting .085 (4-for-47) at the major league level this season … and that’s with a two-hit game Tuesday.

Series preview: Mets at Phillies

May, 29, 2014
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Bill Streicher/USA TODAY SportsDavid Buchanan makes his second major league start Friday against the Mets.
METS (24-28, fourth place/NL East) vs. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (23-27, fourth place/NL East)

Thursday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-5, 4.63) vs. RHP David Buchanan (1-0, 3.60), 7:05 p.m. ET

Friday: RHP Rafael Montero (0-2, 4.96) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.51), 7:05 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (0-2, 1.83) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (1-5, 4.04), 3:05 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.74) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.43), 1:35 p.m. ET

Monday: RHP Bartolo Colon (4-5, 4.73) vs. RHP Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 3.76), 7:05 p.m. ET

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Cliff Lee landed on the disabled list on May 20 with a flexor-tendon strain in his left elbow. David Buchanan replaced Lee in the rotation. Buchanan, 25, allowed two runs in five innings and earned the win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his major-league debut on Saturday, despite getting pulled at 66 pitches. Buchanan, a former seventh-round pick out of Georgia State, averaged 91.5 mph with his fastball in his debut. He was one of the limited options available. Jonathan Pettibone, who made two mid-April starts for the Phillies, is out with a labrum tear in his right shoulder. Pettibone has opted for a cortisone injection and rehab over surgery.

• Second baseman Chase Utley’s .335 average ranks third in the National League, trailing Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki (.369) and L.A.’s Yasiel Puig (.344). Utley leads NL second basemen in the initial All-Star voting tally. He has 509,390 votes, already considerably ahead of runner-up Dee Gordon of the Dodgers (304,258).


Kathy Willens/Associated PressJimmy Rollins is 13 hits shy of matching the Phillies franchise record.


Darin Ruf made his season debut May 21 after opening the year on the disabled list with a left oblique strain. The righty-hitting first baseman/outfielder started Tuesday over Ryan Howard against Colorado Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg suggested Ruf could continue to cut into Howard’s playing time at first base against southpaws, despite Howard earning $25 million a season through 2016.

Howard nonetheless had success against a southpaw on Wednesday. After a four-RBI performance that included a walk-off three-run homer against Rockies left-handed reliever Boone Logan, Howard is now three RBIs shy of 1,000 for his career. He should need the fewest games of any active major leaguer to reach that plateau. Albert Pujols is the current fastest among active players to 1,000 RBIs, at 1,257 games. Howard has played in 1,227 games.

• Catcher Carlos Ruiz’s .387 on-base percentage ranks second in the majors among catchers, trailing only Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy (.397).

Kyle Kendrick on Monday notched his first win since Aug. 6, snapping a streak of 16 straight winless starts. Kendrick tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a 9-0 win against the Rockies.

• Third baseman Cody Asche landed on the DL on Sunday with a left hamstring strain. Cesar Hernandez (.132, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 38 at-bats) has started six straight games at third base.

• Center fielder Ben Revere produced his first major-league homer on Tuesday. It came in his 1,466th at-bat. That was the longest drought to begin a major-league career since Frank Taveras went homerless in his first 1,594 at-bats from 1972-77.

Jimmy Rollins became the 12th active player to appear in 2,000 games on Wednesday. The leader is Derek Jeter at 2,646 games. Rollins ranks second in Phillies history, trailing only Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt (2,404). Rollins had been 0-for-15 before a seventh-inning single Wednesday. That single gave him 2,221 career hits. The franchise record is 2,234, by Schmidt. Rollins already owns the franchise record for doubles (464).

• The last time the Mets met the Phillies, Sandberg alleged he lost six pounds after receiving food poisoning from a Shake Shack burger at Citi Field. Like Lucas Duda, Sandberg since has made amends with the popular restaurant chain. He posed in a Shake Shack T-shirt tweeted by the company.

Morning Briefing: Greinke on tap for L.A.

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Lenny Ignelzi/Associated PressZack Greinke can pitch the Dodgers to a sweep of the Mets on Thursday.
NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: The Mets face a tall order Thursday in trying to avoid getting swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field.

Zack Greinke (7-1, 2.03 ERA) pitches for the Dodgers in the 7:10 series finale. He opposes Jonathon Niese (2-3, 2.54).

Greinke is tied with Adam Wainwright for the National League lead in wins and ranks second in ERA, trailing only the Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija (1.46).

Greinke has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 21 straight starts. That matches Roger Clemens (1990-91) for the longest streak in the majors since earned runs became an official stat in 1913, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Thursday’s news reports:

Jacob deGrom surrendered solo homers to Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez and the Mets failed to turn a routine double play in the eighth as a costly run scored as the Dodgers won, 4-3, Wednesday night at Citi Field. Eric Campbell produced his first major-league homer, a two-run shot in the sixth against Hyun-Jin Ryu that had pulled the Mets within 3-2.

Curtis Granderson struck out with the bases loaded to end the third and Chris Young stranded two in scoring position in the seventh as the Mets lost despite outhitting the Dodgers, 13-5. The Mets (20-25) are now a season-worst five games under .500.

As for the botched eighth-inning double play, both Wilmer Flores and Daniel Murphy converged at second base, causing Jeurys Familia to hesitate before releasing the baseball. That ultimately allowed Ramirez to beat the throw to first as L.A.’s fourth run scored.

DeGrom, incidentally, now has both hits by Mets pitchers this season. In franchise history, deGrom joins Dillon Gee (2010) and Walt Terrell (1982) as the pitchers who produced hits in their first two games with the club.

Juan Lagares, who missed Tuesday’s game while in the Dominican Republic mourning the death of the aunt who raised him, went 3-for-5 in his return. In addition to the defensive miscue in the eighth, Flores went 3-for-4.

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


Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesEric Campbell, who produced his first major-league homer Wednesday, could find himself contributing in the outfield.


• Campbell, who has seen action in the minors in the corner outfield spots, may find himself playing there with the Mets soon as Terry Collins looks for ways to get more offense. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Travis d’Arnaud passed some initial concussion tests Wednesday and is due to see a doctor Thursday, aiming for clearance to be activated from the concussion DL. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Newsday and at MLB.com.

• Tim Rohan in the Times writes an in-depth feature on deGrom, which covers the length of his hair, how he transitioned to pitching from shortstop in college at Stetson and Johan Santana’s influence in teaching him a changeup while they both rehabbed in Port St. Lucie in 2011 (deGrom from Tommy John surgery). Writes Rohan:

Santana proceeded to teach deGrom his famous changeup, how to grip the ball, how it should look the same as a fastball coming out of his hand. Santana told him to practice throwing at 180 feet. If he threw it correctly, the ball would fall well short.

When his arm was healthy enough, deGrom practiced until he felt he had the pitch down. Armed with a new weapon, he posted a 2.43 earned run average in 2012 in 19 starts in Class A Savannah and St. Lucie. He learned the nuances of pitching -- and he began growing his hair long again.

Also read a feature on deGrom in the Star-Ledger.

• Noah Syndergaard allowed three runs -- and two homers -- in five innings for Las Vegas at Fresno. Binghamton was swept at Portland in a doubleheader. Luis Cessa was tagged with the loss in Game 1, in his Double-A debut. Dilson Herrera finished 3-for-4 with a homer as St. Lucie beat Clearwater, 5-2. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Marc Carig in Newsday suggests Citi Field’s dimensions may be in the Mets players’ heads. Writes Carig:

For some team officials, the ugly truth is that Citi Field has once again gotten in the heads of their hitters. They are trying too hard -- swinging harder, pressing, you name it -- to conquer the park's dimensions. Whether or not they're willing to admit it, they are competitors who have given way to human nature, even though compromising the process has made it even harder to get results.

“It gets to be more of a mental thing than it actually is physical,” hitting coach Dave Hudgens said. “Because the swings get longer, you try to do a little bit more. It’s more about us than it is anything else.”

• The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, a devout Mets fan, had a little fun with Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg’s claim of food poisoning.

Matt Harvey is back on Twitter after a month-long timeout. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

• Columnist Anthony Rieber in Newsday likes Puig’s flair. Puig, apparently, plans to visit the Statue of Liberty before Thursday’s game.

From the bloggers … Blogging Mets says Citi Field’s walls are not going anywhere.

BIRTHDAYS: Ex-Mets outfielder Collin Cowgill will need more candles. He turns 28. ... 2013 third-round pick Casey Meisner, a high school selection out of Texas, is 19.

TWEETS OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets use Eric Campbell in the outfield? At the expense of whose playing time?

Daily Show's Stewart 'bashes' Ryno, Philly

May, 21, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg and Shake Shack have made amends, but that didn't stop devout Mets fan Jon Stewart from going on the offensive Tuesday night after Sandberg originally alleged Shake Shack gave him food poisoning.

In an epic monologue (fast forward to 4:10 if you don't want to watch the whole hilarious segment), Stewart concludes while chastising Sandberg: "You don't want diarrhea? Well, maybe you shouldn't come to a town called Flushing!"

William Perlman/USA TODAY SportsJacob deGrom makes his second major-league start on Wednesday night, against the Dodgers.
NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: Jacob deGrom aims to have a better encore to his major-league debut than Rafael Montero did Tuesday night.

DeGrom (0-1, 1.29 ERA), who took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning against the Yankees in his debut, makes his second major-league start Wednesday. He opposes Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-2, 3.00) in the 7:10 p.m. game. Ryu is returning from a disabled-list trip for shoulder inflammation.

Wednesday’s news reports:

• Montero surrendered five runs in 4 1/3 innings in his second major-league start and the Mets twice failed to score after loading the bases with one out as the Dodgers won, 9-4, Tuesday. The Mets (20-24) now occupy sole possession of last place in the National League East.

David Wright, who fouled off three full-count pitches from Josh Beckett, then grounded out to strand the bases loaded in the fifth. Wright said about that missed opportunity: “You’re hoping to get something that you can drive, and he just never gave in. I got to 3-2, got into a favorable count, and then cutter, curveball, curveball, curveball. That’s just him making good pitches, and pitches that I’m not expecting with 3-2 with the bases loaded.”

The game lasted four hours, eight minutes -- one minute shy of matching the franchise record for a nine-inning game.

“It’s an issue with the league. It’s an issue with everybody,” Terry Collins said about the length of games. “There’s always those games, just like tonight, where we use a lot of pitchers trying to keep ourselves in the game and try to keep the game close. That eats up a lot of time also. But when you throw a lot of pitches like we did -- we walked six and hit a guy -- that’s going to make for long nights."

For L.A., Juan Uribe left the game in the ninth inning with a hamstring strain.

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

Stephen Drew signed with the Red Sox for $10 million for the remainder of the season, and Sandy Alderson said the Mets were not interested at that price.


USA TODAY SportsSandy Alderson passed on vigorously pursuing Stephen Drew.


Writes columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post on that subject:

Instead of spending money the Mets will continue to go along with Ruben Tejada, who was hitting .185 and Wilmer Flores, who is learning the position and started Tuesday night against the Dodgers and was hitting .200. The Mets did not view Drew as a player worth that kind of money.

The trade route remains a possibility with Seattle’s Nick Franklin still available or perhaps now that Tony La Russa is running the Diamondbacks the Mets will look to land Didi Gregorius.

No matter who plays shortstop, it’s going to be someone who does not cost a lot of money.

Hey, it’s only shortstop. Why do you need to spend money at shortstop, one of the most vital, if not the most vital position on the field?

Columnist Anthony Rieber in Newsday writes that the Mets will script out shortstop playing time between Tejada and Flores days ahead of time rather than react to who has a good or poor game the previous day. Read more on Tejada versus Flores in the Post and Journal.

Read more on Drew in Newsday.

Matt Harvey wants to make five to seven major-league starts this season. Still, Alderson spoke cautiously Tuesday about Harvey’s ambitious hope to return 10 months after Tommy John surgery. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Daily News.

Juan Lagares missed Tuesday’s game because he remained in the Dominican Republic following the death of a relative. Lagares is expected back for Wednesday’s game, so the Mets played a man short in the series opener rather than place Lagares on bereavement leave.

• On the health front:

Travis d’Arnaud continues to experience concussion symptoms when he exercises and is not ready to be activated from the disabled list.

Dillon Gee wants to make a rehab start before being activated from the DL, which means he is expected to miss at least three turns in the rotation. Gee plans to throw on Wednesday for the first time since suffering the lat-muscle strain.

Gonzalez Germen has an abscess and lingering flu-like symptoms and his rehab assignment has been aborted as he remains on the DL.

Bobby Parnell, who underwent Tommy John surgery on April 8, is at Citi Field this week. Parnell was examined by Mets doctors and got a positive initial review. He just had a brace removed.

Read more on players’ injury status in the Star-Ledger, Daily News and at MLB.com.

• DeGrom's college coach at Stetson tells John Harper in the Daily News that the right-hander was a natural to convert from shortstop to the mound. “He had a great arm and he could throw strikes with his eyes closed,” Stetson coach Pete Dunn told Harper. “We knew that from seeing him throw in some fall and intrasquad games, and we had to do something because our pitching wasn’t getting it done. But still ... I’ve never seen a guy go out there and have total command of the strike zone right away like he did without any real experience. That told me he might just have a future on the mound.”

Justin Turner, back at Citi Field with the Dodgers, said he was shocked when the Mets non-tendered him on Dec. 2.

• Their precise motivation was unclear, but Lucas Duda as well as Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg both posed smiling while wearing Shake Shack T-shirts in photos tweeted Tuesday. That came a week after they each alleged the burger proprietor gave them food poisoning.

Matt den Dekker had a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh as Las Vegas beat Fresno, 3-2. Michael Fulmer allowed one run in seven innings and St. Lucie beat Clearwater, 10-3. Dominic Smith had a tiebreaking RBI single to cap a two-run eighth and Savannah beat Charleston, 2-1. Read the full minor-league recap here.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear examines the last time Mets were “this many” games over or under .500, from 54 over in 1986 to 80 under in 1962.

BIRTHDAYS: Triple-A first baseman Allan Dykstra turns 27. ... Former reliever Tom Martin is 44.

TWEETS OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should Matt Harvey pitch in the majors in 2014?

Ryno, Duda, Shake Shack make amends

May, 20, 2014
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NEW YORK -- A week after blaming Shake Shack at Citi Field for food poisoning that prompted him to lose six pounds in two days, Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has made amends with the burger joint.

In a photo distributed by Shake Shack via Twitter on Tuesday, Sandberg even wears the company's T-shirt, with the quote "Safe!" attributed to him.

It's unclear precisely what led to the change of heart, but you can use your imagination.

UPDATE: Lucas Duda -- who also faulted Shake Shack for food poisoning a week ago -- apparently has come up with the same idea to wear a Shake Shack T-shirt.

Morning Briefing: Hello deGrom, bye Jeter

May, 15, 2014
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Adam RubinJacob deGrom makes his major-league debut Thursday against the Yankees.
NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: The Subway Series finale originally was slated to pit Dillon Gee against CC Sabathia. Now, both are on the disabled list. And Mets-Yankees instead concludes with a pair of starting pitchers making their big-league debuts -- Jacob deGrom versus right-hander Chase Whitley.

DeGrom (4-0, 2.58 ERA at Las Vegas) steps into the starting role because Gee landed on the DL on Wednesday with a right lat-muscle strain. The Mets, who weighed keeping Gee active and having him miss one start, now expect he will miss two starts and return from the DL when eligible.

Coming on the heels of Rafael Montero’s start Wednesday, it will mark the first time in franchise history the Mets have used starting pitchers making their major-league debuts in consecutive games.

The last time an MLB team used debuting starting pitchers in consecutive games? The Milwaukee Brewers on Sept. 2-3, 2002, with Ben Diggins and Dave Pember, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The last time two debuting pitchers started opposite each other in an MLB game? Coincidentally, that involved Gee -- who pitched opposite Washington’s Yunesky Maya on Sept. 7, 2010.

In the past 100 years, there have only been seven non-September instances of both starting pitchers making their big-league debuts, according to Elias.

Bobby Parnell, who will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, was transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot for deGrom.

Meanwhile, Thursday marks the final regular-season game for retiring Derek Jeter against the Mets.

As the Mets did with Mariano Rivera last season and Chipper Jones in 2012, they will have an afternoon ceremony in a conference room to present Jeter with a gift -- not on-field recognition before the first pitch. A clip from that ceremony likely will be played for fans pregame on the scoreboard.

The Mets are expected to present Jeter with artwork, as they did with Chipper.

Thursday’s news reports:


Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsRafael Montero allowed three runs in six innings in his major-league debut.


• Montero did a solid job in his debut, but Masahiro Tanaka tossed a four-hit shutout and the Yankees snapped a six-game Subway Series losing streak with a 4-0 win Wednesday at Citi Field. The Mets (19-20) dropped a game under .500.

Terry Collins suggested three shots the Mets hit on Wednesday would have been homers had the game been played in the Bronx, including David Wright’s first-inning blast to the track with a runner on base.

The Mets had a pair of costly, ill-advised plays. With Tanaka on deck, a runner on first base and two outs, left fielder Eric Young Jr. decided to dive for a second-inning sinking liner off Brian Roberts’ bat rather than concede a single and keep it in front of him. E.Y. Jr. played the ball into a run-scoring triple. On the basepaths, Chris Young tried to steal second with Tanaka holding the ball, Lucas Duda at the plate and the Mets trailing, 2-0. He easily was retired.

Montero’s final line: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR. The second homer came after Montero was sent out for the sixth inning with his pitch count already at 97, on a solo shot by Mark Teixeira.

The unbeaten Tanaka -- the first 6-0 Yankees rookie starter since Whitey Ford in 1950 -- even produced a ninth-inning hit. Mets pitchers are now 0-for-64 at the plate this season. That futility matches the 1946 Cleveland Indians for the second-worst hitless streak by pitchers in MLB history, according to Elias. The all-time record: 0-for-92 by Cleveland pitchers in 1914.

Given E.Y. Jr. and Ruben Tejada’s hot streaks ended -- they went a combined 1-for-7 Wednesday -- it appears likely they will find themselves on the bench for the Subway Series finale.

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

• The Mets dumped Kyle Farnsworth a couple of days ahead of a deadline after which his $1 million contract for the season would have become guaranteed. Farnsworth, who notched a save as recently as Monday, had signed an “advanced consent” waiver. That allowed the Mets to drop him within 45 day of him joining the club on April 2 and only be responsible for the portion of the contract during which he was active -- about $250,000.

Farnsworth, who plans to refuse a minor-league assignment and become a free agent, was angry with the decision, calling it “sad” and describing himself as “very bitter.”

One member of the organization described himself as “speechless” after learning of the move.

Josh Edgin, who had a 4.97 ERA and had allowed 17 hits and 11 walks in 12 2/3 innings with Vegas, will be promoted and join Scott Rice as a left-hander in the bullpen.

Who’s the closer? Terry Collins hasn’t named one yet, but Jeurys Familia, Jenrry Mejia and Daisuke Matsuzaka would be candidates.

Read more in the Record, Journal, Newsday and at MLB.com.

Travis d’Arnaud likely will land on the seven-day concussion DL before Thursday’s game. D’Arnaud had been struck on the top of the head by Alfonso Soriano’s backswing in the ninth inning Tuesday. D’Arnaud is continuing to undergo concussion tests. Juan Centeno, already on the 40-man roster, is expected to join the Mets on Thursday from Vegas. He was hitting .273 with one homer and 11 RBIs in 77 at-bats with the 51s. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Gee said there was no issue with his lat when he was pulled after 81 pitches from his last start. It only arose afterward and intensified during a bullpen session Tuesday in the Bronx. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Journal and Newsday.


Win McNamee/Getty ImagesEric Young Jr. visited Kravis Children's Hospital on Wednesday.


• E.Y. Jr. visited Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mt. Sinai before heading to Citi Field for the Subway Series on Wednesday. He appeared on the hospital’s closed-circuit TV show and answered questions for kids who were too sick to come down to a studio. E.Y. Jr. took pictures and signed autographs for patients who were well enough to attend the live show in the hospital’s lobby.

• Greg Peavey allowed three runs (two earned) in seven innings and Chasen Bradford notched his seventh save as Binghamton beat Altoona, 5-3. Peavey’s success coincides with his wife and recently born son getting into town, writes Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.

Before Savannah won two games from Greenville on Wednesday, outfield prospect Jared King -- who recently proposed to his girlfriend on the field -- landed on the DL with a fractured right fibula. King suffered the injury getting hit by a pitch on May 7. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer disputed allegations from Duda and Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg that bad burgers gave them food poisoning.

“It’s highly unlikely,” Meyer told the Post. “If you’re in a restaurant and one person says they got food poisoning from fish, you can say, ‘Well, that was probably one bad fish.’ But with hamburger meat, it’s an entire batch. And we haven’t heard of one other case of food poisoning. We don’t know for sure a Shake Shake burger made them sick.”

Daniel Barbarisi in the Journal reported fans at Citi Field on Wednesday did not seem dissuaded from buying Shake Shack food.

• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post suggests there is pressure on both New York GMs because they are playing in divisions up for grabs because of mediocrity. Writes Sherman:

[Sandy] Alderson already made a significant move during this Subway Series by shifting Rafael Montero into the rotation and Jenrry Mejia into the pen. The Mets’ long-shot chances this season could be about this: Can Alderson take some of that young pitching he has been diligently stockpiling the past four years and turn it into a July bat -- a Jose Bautista for mid-lineup heft or an Alexei Ramirez to solve shortstop, perhaps?

[Brian] Cashman faces a potentially more daunting issue because the Yanks have more age -- and thus more potential leaks -- and less farm system. At this moment, the Yankees look as if they need a sidekick for Masahiro Tanaka. So they might have to find out just how much a trade fronted by Gary Sanchez or John Ryan Murphy would bring. Does that get them into, for example, a Jeff Samardzija sweepstakes or do they have to lower their sights to the Bronson Arroyo/Jason Hammel level?

• Columnist David Lennon in Newsday suggests payroll still matters, as the Yankees demonstrated with their capacity to land Tanaka.

• Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post calls the rash of Tommy John surgeries to high-profile young pitchers “the dark cloud hovering in baseball’s sky now.”

• In a where-are-they-now look, Ken Belson in the Times notes Dae-Sung Koo -- of double-off-Randy Johnson-and-scoring-with-a-weighted-ball-in-his-pocket fame -- has been pitching in Australia.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal suggests the Subway Series still has juice. Writes Diamond:

According to the YES Network, Monday night's game at Yankee Stadium generated the highest ratings for a Subway Series telecast on a New York regional sports station since 2011, averaging 494,000 total viewers. On Tuesday, the Rangers' hockey game and the NBA playoffs siphoned off some viewers, but the Subway Series has re-established itself as a solid draw.

Even with the Brooklyn Nets' playoff game competing with baseball on Wednesday, the stations anticipated another potential bump with rookie pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on the mound for the Yankees.

• Mike Ozanian at Forbes opines about the value of the Mets if they were sold.

BIRTHDAYS: Tyler Walker, whose eight-year big-league career as a reliever began with the Mets in 2002, turns 38.

TWEETS OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: What gift should the Mets present to Derek Jeter?

Series preview: Mets at Phillies

April, 28, 2014
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Getty ImagesThe Mets face Kyle Kendrick in Game 2 of the series, after Cole Hamels in the opener.
METS (14-11, second place/NL East) at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (13-12, fourth place/NL East)

Tuesday: LHP Jonathon Niese (1-2, 2.45) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (0-1, 3.00), 7:05 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-3, 4.50) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.52), 7:05 p.m. ET

Phillies short hops

Cole Hamels made his season debut Wednesday. He allowed two runs on six hits in six innings while tossing 86 pitches at Dodger Stadium. He had opened the season on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis. Hamels averaged 91.4 mph with his fastball, consistent with last year’s velocity. He is 7-13 with a 4.44 ERA in 26 career starts against the Mets.

• Ex-Met Marlon Byrd signed a two-year, $16 million deal on Nov. 12 to play right field. He is hitting .269 with two homers and 16 RBIs through 93 at-bats.

Chase Utley ranks second in the NL in batting average at .360, trailing only Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon (.402). Utley became the first Phillie since Von Hayes in 1989 to produce 20 hits in his first 40 at-bats of a season.


Charlie Neibergall/Associated PressThe Phillies are no longer the team to beat, but Jimmy Rollins remains the shortstop.


Jimmy Rollins and Utley have started 1,090 games together as a double-play combination, the most among active shortstop/second-base pairings. Similarly, Utley and Ryan Howard are the active leaders in games started alongside each other at second and first base, at 965.

Rollins, historically a leadoff man, has been a fixture in the No. 2 hole this season, with center fielder Ben Revere leading off. Howard largely remains the cleanup hitter, although he was placed No. 5 a couple of times during the opening week against left-handed pitching.

Rollins briefly clashed with manager Ryne Sandberg during spring training, when Rollins was held out of games for three days over apparent manager concerns about his “dedication,” to use the Philadelphia Inquirer’s term.

• After batting .204 with no RBIs in his first 14 games, catcher Carlos Ruiz has been on a tear. Ruiz enters the Mets series hitting .500 (11-for-22) with six extra-base hits, seven RBIs and eight runs scored in six games. Ruiz signed a three-year, $26 million deal on Nov. 18 to remain a Phillie after receiving strong interest from the Boston Red Sox.

• Closer Jonathan Papelbon has made 10 straight scoreless relief appearances and is 8-for-8 in saves during that span.

Overall, though, the Phillies have an NL-worst 5.14 bullpen ERA. Already, three members of the Opening Day bullpen have been demoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley: Justin De Fratus (7.20 ERA), Brad Lincoln (11.57) and B.J. Rosenberg (7.11).

Now active with the big-league club: Mike Adams, Shawn Camp and Jeff Manship. Adams opened the season on the disabled list still recovering from shoulder surgery last July to repair his right labrum and rotator cuff. Camp and Manship (who has a career 6.44 ERA) were signed as minor-league free agents during the offseason.

• Left fielder Domonic Brown is hitting .435 (10-for-23) with a homer, five RBIs and two walks against left-handed pitching this season.

• Lefty hitters are 3-for-their-last-30 against left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo since last June 27.

A.J. Burnett, who will not pitch in the Mets series, has a 0.83 ERA in three starts since learning he has a hernia, which he will wait until after the season to have surgically repaired.

• Third baseman Cody Asche, 23, went 3-for-4 with a homer on Opening Day. He since is hitting .173 (9-for-52) with no homers and four RBIs in 20 games (14 starts). Now, Asche has only started two of the Phillies’ past six games. Freddy Galvis has started three games and Jayson Nix once at third base during that span.

• Galvis dealt with a MRSA infection late in spring training. He required hospitalization to treat the staph infection in his leg.

Series preview: Mets vs. Phillies

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USA TODAY SportsRyne Sandberg has replaced Charlie Manuel as Phillies manager.
METS (58-70, third place/NL East) vs. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (59-71, third place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Zack Wheeler (6-2, 3.49) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (10-6, 3.16), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: LHP Jonathon Niese (5-6, 4.03) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.51), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 9.00) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.62), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Matt Harvey (9-5, 2.27) vs. RHP Ethan Martin (2-2, 6.33), 1:10 p.m. ET

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• The Phillies fired manager Charlie Manuel on Aug. 16 and named former Chicago Cubs star Ryne Sandberg the interim manager. Sandberg most recently served as Philadelphia’s third-base coach. He previously managed the organization’s Triple-A Lehigh Valley affiliate for two seasons.

Manuel, 69, began managing the club in 2005 and compiled a 780-636 record. He has the most wins in franchise history, and managed the Phillies’ 2008 World Series title team. Manuel’s firing came four days after he earned his 1,000th career win, combined with a 2-season stint managing the Cleveland Indians.


Laurence Kesterson/Associated PressEx-Nat Roger Bernadina signed with the Phillies last week.


Ryan Howard appears done for the season after undergoing left knee surgery on July 10. Although Howard has resumed baseball activities, Sandberg indicated it would not be productive to try to get the first baseman in major league shape by the season’s conclusion. Michael Young primarily has played first base minus Howard.

• Rookie Ethan Martin, the 15th overall pick in the 2008 draft, was acquired at last year’s trade deadline in the deal that sent Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Martin has a 6.33 ERA in five major league starts. He is coming off an outing Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks in which he was knocked out after recording only two outs. Martin surrendered three hits, including a homer to Martin Prado, and walked three.

That game ended up lasting 18 innings. Its length prompted scheduled Sunday starter Tyler Cloyd to pitch five innings in relief Saturday, which then prompted the Phillies to bring back Roy Halladay early from the disabled list to start Sunday. Halladay had planned to pitch in another minor league rehab game after recovering from right shoulder surgery. The Phillies also used outfielder Casper Wells and infielder John McDonald as relief pitchers in the 18-inning game.

• Wells was claimed off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 8.

• The Phillies signed outfielder Roger Bernadina on Wednesday and optioned Michael Martinez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Bernadina had batted .178 with two homers and six RBIs in 85 games with the Washington Nationals this season.

• The Phillies have won two straight series, after winning only one other series since the All-Star break.

Darin Ruf has a National League-high nine homers in August. His long ball total is the most by a Phillies rookie in a calendar month since Howard had 10 in September 2005.

John Lannan will undergo left-knee surgery. Fellow starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone also is expected to miss the remainder of the season, with rotator-cuff inflammation.

Domonic Brown departed Saturday’s game with right heel soreness. He then pinch hit on Sunday. Brown recently missed 11 games with a concussion.

Jimmy Rollins needs two homers for 200 in his career.

Series preview: Mets at Phillies

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The Mets face (l to r) Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Kyle Kendrick this week in Philly.
METS (4-2, second place/NL East) at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (2-4, fourth place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Matt Harvey (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Roy Halladay (0-1, 13.50), 7:05 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Dillon Gee (0-1, 1.42) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (1-0, 0.00), 7:05 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-1, 1.50) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 7.94), 7:05 p.m. ET

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• Roy Halladay’s fastball averaged 89.6 mph and he used it far less often than is customary while surrendering five runs in 3 1/3 innings in his season opener at Atlanta. The fastball velocity is down from an average of 90.6 mph last season, 92.0 mph in 2011 and 92.6 mph in 2010. Halladay dealt with shoulder issues last season. He is seeking his 200th career win Monday. He is 7-0 with a 1.78 ERA against the Mets since 2010.

• Phillies pitchers have surrendered an NL-leading 32 runs. The relief corps has allowed 10 of 11 inherited runners to score.


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Former Cubs great Ryne Sandberg is Philadelphia's new third-base coach.


Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley have started 962 games as a middle-infield combo, second to the Yankees’ Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano (1,036 games) among active double-play partners. Rollins passed Richie Ashburn on Thursday for the second-most games played in Phillies history, with No. 1,795. Mike Schmidt is the franchise leader with 2,404 games played as a Phillie.

• Third baseman Michael Young was acquired from the Texas Rangers in December for right-handers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla.

• Center fielder Ben Revere was acquired from the Minnesota Twins in December for right-handers Vance Worley and Trevor May. Revere has played 166 straight error-free games. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Revere has 1,092 career plate appearances without a homer -- the most among active players. The next 35 on that list are pitchers.

• Opening Day starter Cole Hamels, whom the Mets do not face, is 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA.

• First baseman Ryan Howard is hitting .167 with no homers and eight strikeouts in 24 at-bats. He has yet to produce an extra-base hit through six games.

• Backup outfielder Ezequiel Carrera, who was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Indians last Tuesday, originally was signed by the Mets out of Venezuela. He was part of the three-team trade on Dec. 11, 2008 that landed J.J. Putz and Sean Green in Flushing.

Cliff Lee -- who was winless until a July 4 victory at Citi Field last season, and who went 6-9 overall in 2012 despite a 3.16 ERA -- is off to a more favorable start this season. Lee tossed eight scoreless innings at Atlanta on Thursday, limiting the Braves to two hits and no walks while striking out eight. Lee’s victory snapped Atlanta’s streak of winning 23 straight games started by Kris Medlen. Lee has made 18 straight starts of six-plus innings with one or fewer walks. That is a modern-era record, topping the 14 straight by Christy Mathewson (1908) and Greg Maddux (1997).

• Catcher Carlos Ruiz is serving a 25-game MLB suspension to open the season after testing positive for the stimulant Adderall. Fill-in Erik Kratz caught 40 percent of would-be base stealers last season.

• The Phillies overhauled Charlie Manuel’s coaching staff. The newcomers: third base coach Ryne Sandberg, hitting coach Steve Henderson, assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner and bullpen coach Rod Nichols.

Delmon Young, who signed with the Phillies in January, is playing in extended spring training games. He underwent ankle surgery in November.

• The Phillies’ primary batting order is:

Revere, cf
Rollins, ss
Utley, 2b
Howard, 1b
Young, 3b
Domonic Brown, lf
John Mayberry Jr. (RH)/Laynce Nix (LH), rf
Kratz, c

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187