Morning Briefing: Have a Niese Day!



FIRST PITCH: The Miami Marlins moved out of the NL East basement thanks to Friday’s victory against the New York Mets.

The Amazin’s now try to rebound Saturday, when the teams face off at 4:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.

Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.08 ERA) opposes Stony Brook University product Tom Koehler (3-3, 3.44).


    • After three perfect innings, Matt Harvey allowed a three-run homer to Justin Bour in the fourth and the Marlins ultimately held on for a 4-3 win against the Mets on Friday. Harvey struck out 11 in eight innings. The Mets left the tying run at second base in the bottom of the ninth when Michael Cuddyer struck out and Wilmer Flores grounded out against Miami closer A.J. Ramos. Ramos was pitching at Citi Field for the first time since fracturing Travis d'Arnaud's right pinkie with a pitch on April 19.

      According to ESPN Stats & Information, Harvey has gone five straight starts without a win, matching his career high (also May 22 to June 13, 2013). The 11 strikeouts were the most in a loss in his career. Only one other pitcher in the majors has recorded that many strikeouts and lost this season -- Jimmy Nelson with the Milwaukee Brewers on May 8 (also 11 Ks, in 7-6 loss). Bour's shot marked the first homer Harvey has allowed with a slider since July 3, 2013.

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

  • D'Arnaud has a new injury -- a bone bruise in his right wrist. Although general manager Sandy Alderson said the injury is unrelated to the pinkie fracture that originally sent d'Arnaud to the DL, it will at least slightly delay the catcher’s return, which had been eyed for next week in San Diego. Meanwhile, David Wright will remain in California into next week. Alderson revealed that Wright received epidural injections in his troublesome back on Monday. The GM suggested he would have a better handle on the rehab plan for Wright after the weekend. Read more in the Daily News, Newsday and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • The Mets’ contract-extension offer to Lucas Duda during spring training was for three years at “a bit under” $30 million, Jon Heyman at CBSSports.com reports. Duda, who is eligible for free agency after the 2017 season, passed. He belted his sixth homer in his past seven games Friday. Duda is earning $4.2 million this season and is eligible for arbitration the next two winters.

  • The owners of the Binghamton Mets settled a lawsuit with a group that claimed it had an agreement to buy the Double-A club for $8.5 million and move it to Wilmington, Delaware. The B-Mets would not disclose whether the settlement paves the way for the move. Read more in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.

  • 2014 first-round pick Michael Conforto was promoted to Binghamton, although he did not arrive in Altoona in time to participate in Friday’s game because of travel delays.

  • Matt Reynolds had two hits and scored Las Vegas’ lone run in a 2-1 loss at Nashville. Rehabbing Bobby Parnell allowed one run in one inning and was tagged with the loss as Binghamton lost at Altoona, 2-1. Matt Oberste had a three-run double in a six-run third as St. Lucie beat Lakeland, 6-3. Wuilmer Becerra went 4-for-4 with three RBIs as Savannah beat Charleston, 10-6. Read the full minor league recap here.

  • Jared Diamond in the Journal contrasts the roads to major league managing for Terry Collins and Dan Jennings. Jennings had not been the manager of a team except for a high school squad before becoming Marlins skipper earlier this month. He moved from the front office to the role after the firing of Mike Redmond.

  • From the bloggers ... Mets Report does not believe extra rest factored into Harvey losing Friday.

BIRTHDAYS: Zack Wheeler, who will miss the entire season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, turns 25. He is not expected back in the majors until at least June 2016.


YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets have offered Duda more money and/or years this spring training?