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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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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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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Mets go for sweep of Phils behind Syndergaard

Mets go for sweep of Phils behind Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard will make his fourth Major League start Wednesday, closing a three-game home series against Sean O'Sullivan and the Phillies, who will be trying to salvage the finale at Citi Field.

After being called up last month, Syndergaard has pitched well, but to mixed results. He carries a 1-2 record and a 3.63 ERA. He struggled with control in his first start -- walking four batters in 5 1/3 innings -- but allowed just one free pass in his last two starts.

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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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Harvey good to go for next start vs. Marlins

Harvey good to go for next start vs. Marlins

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey threw his routine between-starts bullpen session as scheduled on Tuesday, quieting any remaining speculation about his right arm.

Harvey, who will start Friday against the Marlins, gave up a career-high seven earned runs in a career-low four innings last time out in Pittsburgh on Saturday. Manager Terry Collins speculated afterward that Harvey could be going through a bit of dead arm, or fatigue.

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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

Three members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr., Reggie Jackson 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 Jackson (Yankees table), Schmidt (Phillies), Tommy Lasorda (Dodgers), and Andre Dawson and Tony Perez (both Marlins).

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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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Mets launch three homers in victory

Mets launch three homers in victory

NEW YORK -- Three home runs helped the Mets burst out of a long weekend offensive drought, with Wilmer Flores' three-run shot in the sixth propelling New York to a 6-3 win over the Phillies at Citi Field.

"The home runs were a big difference today," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "That's something we have not been doing."

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Duda hits HR to military member

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Duda hits HR to military member

It's important to take time on Memorial Day to honor all members of our Armed Services. Perhaps you did it by making a small donation to a charity supporting our veterans. Perhaps you know a military member, and you personally thanked them for their service. There is no wrong way to recognize the troops -- any gesture is appreciated.

And so, when Mets first baseman Lucas Duda came to the plate in the bottom of the third inning of Monday's matchup with the Phillies, he decided to perform a small gesture of thanks by giving a member of the military a home run ball.

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Mets honor 'America's away team' for Memorial Day

Secretary of the Navy Mabus tosses out first pitch as New York celebrates military members

Mets honor 'America's away team' for Memorial Day

NEW YORK -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus threw out the first pitch Monday at Citi Field as part of a Memorial Day pregame that included a re-enlistment ceremony for 53 military personnel.

For Mabus, Memorial Day celebrations like the one the Mets hosted represent a valuable and warranted return home for military members.

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6-man rotation to prime Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard

Mets want to ensure those three starters are ready for possible playoff run

6-man rotation to prime Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard

NEW YORK -- When a six-man starting rotation went from whisper to possibility to reality for the Mets, manager Terry Collins had to convince even the pitchers in it.

A six-man rotation means more pitchers, but fewer starts for those involved. And big picture, that's the point. The Mets want to limit the innings of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard in an effort to prime them for a possible playoff run.

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Wright heading to California to continue rehab

d'Arnaud to begin rehab assignment this week; Lagares, Duda back in lineup

Wright heading to California to continue rehab

NEW YORK -- The next step in David Wright's rehab process is a week of rest and therapy, which he will complete with back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins at his facility in California.

Wright had been adhering to Watkins' protocol while rehabbing his spinal stenosis in Florida, but with improvement hard to come by, Wright is hoping a change in proximity can lead to better results, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said.

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Collins meets with struggling Mets after loss

Manager tells players they can play better, not to feel sorry for themselves

Collins meets with struggling Mets after loss

PITTSBURGH -- Moments after his team trudged off the field for the third straight day, recording fewer hits (20) than the Pirates scored runs (21) during a three-game sweep, Mets manager Terry Collins walked into PNC Park's visiting clubhouse ready to preach. He told the Mets they are "the best of the best." He told them they are capable of playing better than they showed in Sunday's 9-1 undressing, their second consecutive blowout loss and their seventh straight road defeat. He told them not to feel sorry for themselves, nor for the injured multitude unable to help.

In short, Collins told the Mets not to whine but to win.

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Niese stumbles in middle innings in loss to Bucs

Lefty's struggles continue while allowing four runs over 4th and 5th frames

Niese stumbles in middle innings in loss to Bucs

PITTSBURGH -- As recently as 15 days ago, Jon Niese led all Mets starting pitchers in ERA. He gave up eight earned runs over his first 37 innings, establishing his place as a trusted veteran in a rotation full of younger, more high-powered arms.

Niese has since given up 16 runs in 16 innings, more than doubling his ERA from 1.95 to 4.08 over his last three starts. He allowed four runs over 4 2/3 innings in Sunday's 9-1 loss to the Pirates, walking a season-high four batters and allowing seven hits.

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Mets drop seventh consecutive road game

Mets drop seventh consecutive road game

PITTSBURGH -- Left-hander Francisco Liriano bounced back from his worst start of the season, completing a trio of dominant starting-pitching performances as the Pirates swept the Mets with a 9-1 win at PNC Park on Sunday.

Picking up where Gerrit Cole and A.J. Burnett left off, Liriano racked up 12 strikeouts, the most for any Pirates pitcher this season, and held the Mets to one run over six innings. It was a return to form for the Bucs' Opening Day starter, who allowed seven runs in two innings on Tuesday against the Twins.

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Gee back to Minors to accommodate Harvey

Righty feels he can pitch in Majors right now, but will do what Mets want

Gee back to Minors to accommodate Harvey

PITTSBURGH -- In a continuation of what he called "the weirdest year in baseball I've ever had," Dillon Gee returned to the Mets on Sunday, only to be told that he's about to leave again. The Mets are having Gee make a third rehab start in part to accommodate Matt Harvey, whom they do not want to give too much extra rest between starts -- despite what manager Terry Collins called a possible case of "dead arm."

Gee flew to Pittsburgh from Port St. Lucie, Fla., where he delivered 6 1/3 shutout innings on Thursday in what he thought would be his final rehab outing. Instead the Mets told him he will turn around and throw on Wednesday for Double-A Binghamton before joining the Mets' much-publicized six-man rotation the following week.

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Mets recall Muno, option Monell to Triple-A

Mets recall Muno, option Monell to Triple-A

PITTSBURGH -- With their offense flagging and multiple members of their starting lineup battling injuries, the Mets made a roster move after Sunday's 9-1 loss to the Pirates to increase their versatility. The team recalled infielder Danny Muno from Triple-A Las Vegas, optioning catcher Johnny Monell.

Muno, 26, went 1-for-6 over a brief stretch in New York earlier this season. He will come off the bench for the Mets, giving the team another option at third base beyond Eric Campbell, Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada. Muno is also capable of playing second base and shortstop.

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Wright diagnosed with spinal stenosis

Mets third baseman has been experiencing lower back pain for a few weeks

Wright diagnosed with spinal stenosis

PITTSBURGH -- Mets third baseman David Wright's rehab has been dealt another blow after he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column.

Wright will cease baseball activities and take medication for the next week, while continuing a program of core strengthening and back stabilization exercises. The Mets believe it will be enough to eliminate the flare-ups of lower back tightness that Wright has recently been experiencing. They do not consider Wright's condition degenerative, according to assistant general manager John Ricco.

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Constructing the perfect Cubs-Mets trade

Constructing the perfect Cubs-Mets trade

Many evaluators -- myself included -- can see a good trade fit between two rising organizations, the Cubs and Mets.

In fact, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer recently acknowledged that the two sides have had ongoing dialogue to see if there is a good fit. The Cubs have stocked their system primarily with high-end position players -- including a number of shortstops -- but lack high-end pitching prospects. Meanwhile, the Mets have a plethora of elite young power arms but a hole at short.

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Harvey pays the price on tough day for Mets

Righty allows career-high seven runs in career-low four innings vs. Bucs

Harvey pays the price on tough day for Mets

PITTSBURGH -- The final indignity of the Mets' rotten Saturday occurred in the seventh inning of their 8-2 loss to the Pirates, some time after the worst outing of Matt Harvey's career had come to an end. Eric Campbell, the replacement for injured third baseman David Wright, fielded a routine grounder and fired it into the stands, resulting in an error and an eighth Pirates run.

So it went for the Mets, on a day in which they learned that Wright's lower back injury may be more serious than they thought. A day in which Harvey threw the fewest innings of his career and allowed the most runs. A day in which the Mets lost for the fourth time in five games. A day that marked the one-month anniversary of their 11th consecutive win, which now seems so incredibly far in the past.

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Harvey endures worst start of career as Mets fall

Harvey endures worst start of career as Mets fall

PITTSBURGH -- Saturday's game at PNC Park was billed as a pitchers' duel, a showdown between Mets ace Matt Harvey and veteran A.J. Burnett. But the Pirates quickly turned it into the worst start of Harvey's young career, running away with an 8-2 win over the Mets.

Burnett, meanwhile, continued to show no signs of slowing down in what he's said will be the final season of his career. The 38-year-old right-hander struck out 10 and improved to 4-1 with a Major League-best 1.37 ERA with his ninth straight start allowing two runs or fewer.

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Collins does some convincing on 6-man rotation

Collins does some convincing on 6-man rotation

PITTSBURGH -- Mets manager Terry Collins gathered five-sixths of his starting rotation together on Saturday to discuss specifics of the team's new six-man rotation, which should take effect next week. Dillon Gee is set to arrive in Pittsburgh late Saturday, at which point Collins will relay the plan to him as well.

It was essentially "a sell job," in Collins' words, an effort to convince his starting pitchers that the strategy is in all of their best interests.

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