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FIRST PITCH: Matt Harvey is back.
After having a start skipped in Denver to conserve innings, Harvey will make his first appearance in 11 days on Friday as the New York Mets open a weekend series against the Boston Red Sox.
Manager Terry Collins says he expects Harvey will be sharp, even if Harvey generally dislikes pitching on a couple of extra days of rest, much less this much extra time. Collins added that Harvey felt fatigued as he returns from Tommy John surgery this season and needed the rest.
Harvey (11-7, 2.57 ERA) opposes rookie left-hander Henry Owens (2-1, 4.50) in the 7:10 p.m. ET series opener.
Friday’s game also will mark the official homecoming for David Wright, who has not played in Queens since April 14. Wright played all 13 innings on Thursday, despite Collins trying to get him to depart the game to avoid overtaxing himself as he returns from spinal stenosis.
The Red Sox are visiting Queens for the first time since 2001, when the Mets called Shea Stadium home. The teams played at Fenway Park in 2006 and ’09.
The Mets will enter the series with their magic number at 30 to clinch the National League East.
Read the Mets-Red Sox series preview here.
FRIDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:
Carlos Torres singled and scored the decisive run in the 13th inning and the Mets completed a four-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies with a 9-5 win on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets return home on a seven-game winning streak. They went 8-1 on their road trip to Baltimore, Denver and Philly. It’s the third time this season the Mets have produced a winning streak of at least seven games. The only other editions in franchise history with three winning streaks of at least that length: 1969, 1986 and 2006.The Amazin’s had a .382 road winning percentage this season before this successful trip. “For a team that’s played so poorly on the road, we need a trip like this to really get us back and going, because we haven’t played well,” Collins said. The Mets maintained a 6½-game lead on the Washington Nationals for first place in the NL East.
Torres combined with Logan Verrett, Hansel Robles, Sean Gilmartin and Jeurys Familia for seven scoreless relief innings as the Mets overcame an early 5-0 deficit. The Amazin’s have now scored 73 runs in their past seven games. That’s the most in franchise history for a seven-game stretch, and the most in the majors over seven games since the Yankees scored 74 in 2007. “The pitchers have carried us so much this year,” Wright said. “It’s nice for the offense to return the favor every now and then. These games have been big for us win-wise, but also knowing that we can overcome a five-run deficit.”
Torres had a highlight-reel play to end the 11th, when he kicked the ball to Murphy, then alertly got to first base in time to collect a shovel pass to retire Jeff Francoeur. Watch the video here and here. Read more in the Post and at MLB.com.
The Mets are unlikely to add a reliever from outside the organization by the end of the month, a source tells MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo (via Twitter). Players must be in the organization by Aug. 31 in order to be eligible for the postseason roster.
DiComo at MLB.com projects September call-ups.
The Mets have the most active fans on social media, Mark Fidelman writes at Forbes. Of course, the study is based on the period from July 14 through Aug. 13. Let’s just say the Mets had a lot going on during that stretch, including Michael Conforto’s promotion, Wilmer Flores’ tears, a failed Carlos Gomez trade and Yoenis Cespedes’ acquisition.
Michael Salfino in the Journal compares how Flores, Cespedes and Gomez have performed since the late-July craziness.
Columnist David Lennon in Newsday looks at the rookie Conforto’s success.
The Mets are looking like a credible World Series threat, Neil Paine writes at FiveThirtyEight.
Bill O’Reilly at Fox News weighs in on the Mets. “My patience may finally be paying off as the Mets are surging,” O’Reilly says. Watch the video here.
Tim Stauffer tossed 8 1/3 scoreless innings and Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a two-run homer as Las Vegas beat Round Rock, 2-0. Josh Rodriguez had a go-ahead two-run single in Binghamton’s 9-5 win against New Hampshire. Jonathan Johnson had four RBIs as Savannah beat Asheville, 11-5. Ivan Wilson doubled and scored the tiebreaking run in the ninth in Kingsport’s 6-3 win against Elizabethton. Read the full minor league recap here.
Columnist John Harper in the Daily News looks at MLB’s best and worst trade-deadline moves.
BIRTHDAYS: Joel Youngblood turns 64. ... Mike Torrez is 69.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
@Nationals that registered 6.5 games back on the richter scale! Lets Go Mets!!
— scott goldberg (@goldberg_scott1) August 28, 2015
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