'Dead arm' a dead issue: Harvey's heater lively

'Dead arm' a dead issue: Harvey's heater lively

NEW YORK -- In an attempt to silence the alarms and call off the hounds before Friday's 4-3 loss to the Marlins, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson amended a description of the scary-sounding term that ace Matt Harvey has spent the last week semi-diagnosed and maybe unfairly labeled with -- "dead arm."

"It's another way of explaining a bad outing," Alderson said.

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Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rally falls short as Mets can't pick up Harvey

Rally falls short as Mets can't pick up Harvey

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey's arm certainly isn't dead, but the right-hander may be in a bit of a slump. Harvey was throwing in the upper 90s after dealing with a bout of "dead arm" following his last start, and he struck out 11 over eight innings Friday night. But one bad pitch to Justin Bour was enough to hand Harvey his second straight loss as the Marlins topped the Mets, 4-3, at Citi Field.

"He made a couple mistakes and we weren't able to give him much support," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Other than that, he threw the ball fine."

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Fridays with Harvey are required viewing

Fridays with Harvey are required viewing

NEW YORK -- Men of a certain age -- and comparably aged women as well -- readily recall Saturday nights with Mary Richards (and Ted, Murray, Lou, Rhoda, Phyllis, "Absent" Lars and wonderful Sue Ann). We also had Sunday nights with Ed Sullivan, Monday nights with Frank, Howard and Dandy Don, Tuesdays with Morrie, Wednesday nights with Disney and the three Cheers for Sam and Diane on Thursdays. Those were the days.

Some of that programming was required viewing. When the end of the Mary Tyler Moore series was announced, the Miami Herald wrote, "Now we can go out on Saturday nights again." Such was the powerful appeal of life at WJM.

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d'Arnaud suffers setback unrelated to finger

Mets catcher to remain at St. Lucie for now after sustaining bone bruise on wrist

d'Arnaud suffers setback unrelated to finger

NEW YORK -- The Mets hoped Travis d'Arnaud would need just two games at Class A Advanced St. Lucie before continuing his rehab for his fractured right pinky finger at Triple-A Las Vegas. But d'Arnaud is staying in St. Lucie for now after suffering a bone bruise in his right wrist Thursday during his second rehab game.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the injury is unrelated to the one d'Arnaud was initially rehabbing, but that it will delay the catcher's return to the Majors nonetheless.

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Niese tries to reverse trend, even set with Fish

Niese tries to reverse trend, even set with Fish

Saturday's Mets-Marlins matchup at Citi Field features two starting pitchers on opposite trajectories. New York left-hander Jon Niese has struggled recently, giving up 16 runs in his last three starts. He'll face Miami right-hander Tom Koehler, who's allowed just three runs in his last 13 innings.

Amid a rough month of May for the Marlins, Koehler has been a bright spot. In six appearances, five of them starts, the right-hander has posted a .273 ERA in the month, with 26 strikeouts in 33 innings. Opponents are batting .205 against him, compared to .262 in April.

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Mets put pieces in place, can't complete comeback

Mets put pieces in place, can't complete comeback

NEW YORK -- Even in the last days of a month that's seen his club's offense slow, then sputter, then stall, Terry Collins thought the Mets had a chance in Friday night's 4-3 loss to the Marlins.

With Daniel Murphy standing on second base, a one-run deficit and two outs to play with, the manager was confident.

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Conforto promoted to Double-A Binghamton

No. 5 among Mets prospects, outfielder hit .283 for St. Lucie this season

Conforto promoted to Double-A Binghamton

NEW YORK -- The Mets continued their aggressive handling of last year's first-round Draft pick, outfielder Michael Conforto, promoting him Friday to Double-A Binghamton.

Conforto, 22, skipped over Class A Savannah this spring, immediately vindicating that decision by hitting .283 with seven home runs in 46 games for high Class A St. Lucie. Conforto struck out just 26 times in 206 plate appearances there.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

deGrom gives toddler first haircut for charity

deGrom gives toddler first haircut for charity

NEW YORK -- Seventeen-month-old Zach Lax sat in his mother's arms, silently fiddling with his Mets cap. His father, Jeff, paced in the little room underneath Citi Field.

"This might not go so well," Jeff said. "It's his first haircut, after all."

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Inbox: Reynolds ready for chance with Mets?

Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers fans' questions

Inbox: Reynolds ready for chance with Mets?

A return to National League East play has done wonders for the Mets, following a tough 3-11 mid-May stretch that saw them fall out of first place. The Mets have three more games scheduled against an NL East foe, the Marlins, at Citi Field this weekend, before heading out West for a seven-game swing.

But first, an off-day provides a chance for some questions and answers:

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Watch Matt Harvey on 'The Daily Show'

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Watch Matt Harvey on 'The Daily Show'

Jon Stewart's guest on Thursday night's episode of "The Daily Show" was someone that he, a noted Mets fan, was clearly thrilled to speak with: Matt Harvey. Or, as Stewart described him, "the most exciting pitcher in the game today."

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Thor powers Mets with mighty arm -- and bat

Syndergaard hurls 7 1/3 scoreless innings, belts massive first MLB homer

Thor powers Mets with mighty arm -- and bat

NEW YORK -- Well before Terry Collins turned 66 on Wednesday, Noah Syndergaard gave him the gift of promise. For many, that would have been enough. But then Collins' birthday came, and Syndergaard delivered on that promise in the form of a dominant two-way performance in the Mets' 7-0 win over the Phillies at Citi Field.

By that point, it was Collins who felt he owed his young pitcher something. So he sent Syndergaard out to start the eighth inning. After one out, Syndergaard was removed to the second standing ovation in as many home starts, an applause almost as mammoth as the home run he launched earlier in the game.

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Mets blast 4 HRs, 1 by Thor, to sweep Phils

Mets blast 4 HRs, 1 by Thor, to sweep Phils

NEW YORK -- The Mets' bats may be starting to warm up. New York blasted four home runs Wednesday, including two from Lucas Duda and one from rookie starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard to complete a three-game sweep of the Phillies with a 7-0 win at Citi Field.

Syndergaard showed all of the potential that made him the Mets' No.1 prospect. On the mound, Syndergaard tossed 7 1/3 shutout innings and struck out six. At the plate, he tied a franchise record for pitchers with three hits, including the first homer by a Mets pitcher in almost three years. The Mets banged 11 hits and seven runs off Phillies starter Sean O'Sullivan, who fell to 1-4. Syndergaard improved to 2-2, lowering his ERA to 2.55 through four starts.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cuddyer, Duda lead 'contagious' hitting for Mets

Duo combines for three homers in series finale against Phillies

Cuddyer, Duda lead 'contagious' hitting for Mets

NEW YORK -- Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer each said the same thing after finishing a sweep of the Phillies: "Hitting is contagious."

They proved that in Wednesday's series finale, a 7-0 Mets win.

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Wright 4th among NL third basemen on All-Star ballot

Captain out of action with spinal stenosis; other Mets players need votes

Wright 4th among NL third basemen on All-Star ballot

NEW YORK -- David Wright hasn't played since April 14, but that hasn't stopped Mets fans from supporting him on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Wright currently places fourth among National League third basemen with 327,319 votes, MLB announced Wednesday. A seven-time All-Star, Wright trails St. Louis' Matt Carpenter, the Cubs' Kris Bryant and Cincinnati's Todd Frazier at the hot corner. Wright sits more than 17,000 votes ahead of Colorado's Nolan Arenado.

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MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

Along with the new Web-based media player (version 5.0) that was introduced this week by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, there is another new reason to sign up now to watch live out-of-market games. The cost of a yearly subscription was lowered on Friday to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for MLB.TV.

This is the final weekend of May, and the price drop for MLB.TV reflects the fact that nearly a third of the regular season is in the books. The new HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download, and the new game scoreboard will make it easier to track games.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets plan to use 6-man rotation into August

Mets plan to use 6-man rotation into August

NEW YORK -- Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said Wednesday that the club plans to stick with a six-man rotation through mid-August after it is implemented next week.

Warthen said Dillon Gee will enter the rotation either Tuesday or Wednesday in San Diego, with the goal to shred about three starts from each starter's workload as the summer progresses.

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Mets trade Nieuwenhuis to Angels for cash

Mets trade Nieuwenhuis to Angels for cash

NEW YORK -- The Mets traded outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to the Angels in exchange for cash on Wednesday.

Nieuwenhuis, 27, was hitting .079 (3-for-38) in 27 games for the Mets. He was designated for assignment on May 19 to make room for Darrell Ceciliani.

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Looking slider, Flores delivers heroics for Mets

Shortstop laces pitch for walk-off single in 10th after tying game with sac fly in 8th

Looking slider, Flores delivers heroics for Mets

NEW YORK -- A brief history against Elvis Araujo had taught Wilmer Flores one thing: look for the slider. Araujo throws it often and in various counts, so when Flores came to the plate in a tie game in the 10th inning Tuesday, he was searching for it.

With two men on base and two outs, Araujo threw a fastball first, before looping his signature slider across home plate. Flores recognized it, dropped his shoulder and swung, driving it into left-center field for the second walk-off RBI of his career in a 5-4 win over the Phillies.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ebb and Flo: Wilmer wins it for Mets in 10th

Ebb and Flo: Wilmer wins it for Mets in 10th

NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off single Tuesday at Citi Field, leading the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Phillies in 10 innings.

Juan Lagares sparked the winning rally with a leadoff single against Jeanmar Gomez in the 10th, moving into scoring position when Lucas Duda drew a walk off Elvis Araujo. After Daniel Murphy hit into a double play and Michael Cuddyer walked, Flores then served a single into left-center field to plate Lagares.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets reportedly have insurance on Wright

Mets reportedly have insurance on Wright

NEW YORK -- If David Wright winds up missing significant time due to his back injury, the Mets reportedly are in position to recoup a portion of his $138 million contract.

Wright's eight-year contract is insured, FOX Sports reported, should the third baseman miss more than 60 days due to injury. If Wright is still out on June 14, the Mets will begin collecting 75 percent of his salary for every day that he misses.

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deGrom settles for no-decision after strong start

deGrom settles for no-decision after strong start

NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom punched his hand into his glove, face full of frustration. He had spotted Mets manager Terry Collins making his way to the mound. After holding his first 25 batters to just four hits, how had two more come so quickly? And who thought three more Phillies hits would come so soon after he left the game?

"I felt like I was still making pitches," said deGrom, who didn't factor in the decision of the Mets' 5-4 win over the Phillies. "It's out of my control whether I stay in or not."

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d'Arnaud plays in extended spring training game

Mets hope injured catcher can begin Minors rehab assignment soon

d'Arnaud plays in extended spring training game

NEW YORK -- On the same day that Kevin Plawecki returned to the Mets' lineup following a two-game absence, Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud began playing in games in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

d'Arnaud caught five innings in an extended spring training game, going 1-for-3 with a run scored. The Mets hope that he can begin a Minor League rehab assignment in the coming days, putting him in line to return to the team next week either in San Diego or Phoenix. d'Arnaud has been on the disabled list since April 20 with a fractured right pinkie.

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Forde inducted into Irish-American Baseball HOF

Forde inducted into Irish-American Baseball HOF

NEW YORK -- Mets senior director of media relations Shannon Forde was among six inductees into the Irish-American Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday at Foley's NY Pub & Restaurant in Manhattan.

Forde went into the Hall alongside former Marlins manager Jack McKeon, former Royals first baseman Mike Sweeney, current Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu, actor (and Minor League Baseball team owner) Bill Murray and broadcaster Dave O'Brien.

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Mookie, Lebow to represent Mets at Draft

Mookie, Lebow to represent Mets at Draft

Two members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Schmidt -- and 20 other former All-Stars will headline the list of team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2015 MLB Draft gets underway on June 8.

MLB announced the annual list of club reps on Tuesday and it is clear that the 50th anniversary of the event will be celebrated in style on that first night of selections in Secaucus, N.J. Griffey, a likely first-ballot inductee next summer, will sit at the Mariners table in a room that includes current Hall of Famers including, Schmidt (Phillies table), Tommy Lasorda (Dodgers), and Andre Dawson and Tony Perez (both Marlins).

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bartolo impresses with bat, on mound

42-year-old righty notches second hit, seventh win as he continues entertaining

Bartolo impresses with bat, on mound

NEW YORK -- Before Bartolo Colon's right arm rediscovered its command and kept a Memorial Day crowd of 30, 946 standing, it was Colon's bat and legs that got them on their feet.

With Colon standing on second base after collecting his second hit of the season in the fifth inning of the Mets' 6-3 win, Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure visited Severino Gonzalez on the mound. Curtis Granderson, who had singled to advance Colon to second, took it as a chance to visit Colon.

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Flores surges to lead shortstops in home runs

23-year-old's three-run dinger puts focus on his hot bat

Flores surges to lead shortstops in home runs

NEW YORK -- The presence of a small flock of pigeons led to a stadium-crowd-sized chorus of boos. Bartolo Colon thought about stealing a base, and then Anthony Recker actually did. The Mets launched three home runs -- it was an unusual Memorial Day at Citi Field as the Mets topped the Phillies, 6-3.

Or maybe it wasn't. New York did strike out another nine times -- including six consecutive times at one point -- to give their offense 44 whiffs in four games. Near double-digit strikeout totals are becoming relatively routine in Queens. As is the ever-shifting focus on shortstop Wilmer Flores, who combined another clutch home run with his 10th straight errorless game to reach a height not many expected him to sit at after 46 games.

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