Flores out of starting lineup for 2nd straight game

Flores out of starting lineup for 2nd straight game

NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins insists he's just giving Wilmer Flores a breather. But it's turning into an extended one.

Flores wasn't in the starting lineup again Sunday against the Nationals, with Ruben Tejada starting at shortstop for the second consecutive day.

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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.

Niese saddled with tough-luck loss

Lefty allows one run, strands 9 over 7 innings

Niese saddled with tough-luck loss

NEW YORK -- The frustration showing on Jon Niese's face grew with each bouncer that found a hole, with each grounder that hit off a base or an outstretched glove and squirted onto the outfield grass. By the time the night was done, Niese had induced 20 ground balls and stranded nine runners, but it wasn't enough.

Niese versus Gio Gonzalez. The pitching matchup going into Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Nationals at Citi Field didn't appear to feature the sparkle of Friday's, when Matt Harvey and Max Scherzer battled pitch for pitch. But the final score represented the product of another duel between New York and Washington. Mets manager Terry Collins expects it won't be the last.

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Niese limits damage, but Mets drop duel

Niese limits damage, but Mets drop duel

NEW YORK -- Gio Gonzalez struck out nine over seven shutout innings and Michael Taylor drove in the game's lone run as the Nationals won their fourth game in five chances, blanking the Mets, 1-0, on Saturday night at Citi Field.

Taylor's RBI infield single in the second inning proved enough to down Mets starter Jon Niese, who limited the damage despite finding himself in trouble all night. Niese allowed nine hits -- all singles -- in seven innings, but just one run after stranding nine Nationals. He fell to 2-2 with the hard-luck loss, while Gonzalez improved to 2-2.

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Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harvey wins fifth straight start to begin season

In another big outing against Scherzer, New York's ace came out on top

Harvey wins fifth straight start to begin season

NEW YORK -- Max Scherzer has followed Matt Harvey around like a big-moment shadow. When Harvey started the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field, a hometown sensation torpedoing toward stardom, Scherzer opposed him.

When Harvey made his last start of that season, Tommy John surgery lurking in the near future, it was against Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers.

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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.

Familia gaining confidence with each outing

Right-hander leads the Major Leagues in saves with 10

Familia gaining confidence with each outing

NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins wanted to wait for one more out, but that was before he came inches away from not needing Jeurys Familia at all.

Nationals pinch-hitter Tyler Moore had just sent a 370-foot clout right up to the edge of the left-field fence. A few more inches and Moore rounds the bases with a two-run homer. The tiny lead Matt Harvey protected for seven innings all gone. The pregame plan was to get four outs from Familia, if necessary. Collins made the call with five left.

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Harvey stays unbeaten, puts end to Mets' losing streak

Harvey stays unbeaten, puts end to Mets' losing streak

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey became the first pitcher in the Major Leagues to five wins by outlasting Max Scherzer in a battle of aces as the Mets defeated the Nationals, 4-0, at Citi Field on Friday.

Harvey scattered five hits over seven innings, despite striking out just three. But the right-hander walked just one and induced 12 ground balls, which New York's newly revamped infield converted into 10 outs.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lagares and Harper put up ridiculous defensive gems

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Lagares and Harper put up ridiculous defensive gems

After a truly ridiculous number of highlight plays, Juan Lagares has planted himself firmly at the top of the web gem mountain, to the point where it's far more remarkable when you don't take time out of your night to marvel at whatever absurd magic trick he pulled off this time. 

The master was at it again Friday night against the rival Nats, making the kind of grab we've all come to just expect.

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Mets reshuffling their infield with Herrera called up

With Wright still out, Murphy moves to third base and newcomer will start at second base

Mets reshuffling their infield with Herrera called up

NEW YORK -- Daniel Murphy took pregame ground balls at third base Friday and will move there for the immediate future as the Mets insert Dilson Herrera at second at least until David Wright returns from the disabled list.

Murphy will go back to second base when Wright is back from the strained right hamstring that has kept him off the field since April 14, general manager Sandy Alderson said. But that could be longer than originally expected. Wright was eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday, but Alderson said expecting Wright back by next weekend would be "a little aggressive" after the third baseman took two consecutive days off from baseball activities.

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Marty Noble

Real Mets to reveal themselves soon

Real Mets to reveal themselves soon

NEW YORK -- A week ago, the Yankees had scored six runs against the Mets, and the Mets had scored one. And six is greater than one. It changed everything -- for the Mets. Well, almost everything. That loss in their first venture outside the National League East was the Mets' first in 12 games. And beginning with that shellacking, they lost five of seven games. They even lost at Citi Field on Thursday. A seven-game 180 it was, unwanted and unsavory, though hardly unexpected.

That about face had to happen, of course. The big leagues seldom allow for winning streaks of double-digit length. Five games, sure. Eight or nine, yeah, every once in a while. But 11? The lords of the game rarely tolerate such unfettered success. And when they do, the team that has prospered usually incurs debt. The Yankees won 18 consecutive from late May to mid-June in 1953. Five days after the streak ended, they began a losing streak that reached nine games. Casey Stengel and the boys had to pay up.

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deGrom endures frustrating outing vs. Nats

deGrom endures frustrating outing vs. Nats

NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins could notice the frustration on right-hander Jacob deGrom's face as he sat on the bench moments after being taken out of the game during the sixth inning of the Mets' 8-2 loss to the Nationals on Thursday night at Citi Field.

It prompted Collins to take a few minutes during the inning to talk to deGrom, who is normally not one to display emotion on the field. Yet, there were a few instances during his outing where he was yelling into his glove for relief.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Steve Guttenberg waxes poetic about Mets' season

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Steve Guttenberg waxes poetic about Mets' season

Steve Guttenberg went to a Mets game on Thursday, and because he's Steve Guttenberg, he was just adorably excited about everything that has to do with his favorite team.

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Mets handed first home defeat by Nationals

Mets handed first home defeat by Nationals

NEW YORK -- Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos drove in two runs apiece as the Nationals defeated the Mets, 8-2, at Citi Field on Thursday night. Washington has won three straight games to improve its record to 10-13.

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg won his second game of the season, allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings while striking out seven.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets call up second-base prospect Herrera

Mets call up second-base prospect Herrera

NEW YORK -- Late on a night when the Mets committed their ninth error in seven games, New York made a move to improve its middle-infield situation, recalling second baseman Dilson Herrera from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Left-hander Jack Leathersich was optioned to Las Vegas to make roster room for Herrera, who played in 18 games with the Mets during a late-season stint last year as a 20-year-old.

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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.

Duda's hot start worthy of All-Star Game consideration

Duda's hot start worthy of All-Star Game consideration

MIAMI -- Mets first baseman Lucas Duda has accomplished so much over the past calendar year that it's sometimes easy to forget where his career stood a year ago. Last April, the notion of playing in a Major League All-Star Game would have been as foreign to him as thoughts of a 30-homer season.

Duda has since established himself as one of the National League's foremost sluggers, making him a name to watch on the NL All-Star ballot that Major League Baseball released Wednesday.

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

Flores' error on double-play ball proves costly

Flores' error on double-play ball proves costly

NEW YORK -- The boos have started to come for Wilmer Flores, even when he has a bat in his hands. They trickled in throughout the Citi Field crowd Thursday when he struck out in the fourth, and again as he slammed his helmet in frustration after lining out with runners on in the sixth.

But they have little to do with his hitting.

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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.

Matz K's 12 for Vegas in dominant performance

Mets No. 3 prospect shuts down Reno following his no-hit bid start

Matz K's 12 for Vegas in dominant performance

It is safe to say that all eyes will be fixed on Mets No. 3 prospect Steven Matz during his next start, and for good reason. He followed up his April 24 gem -- two hits and no runs in seven innings, including 6 2/3 innings of no-hit ball -- with a dominant, 12-strikeout performance on Thursday night in Triple-A Las Vegas' 7-2 win over Reno.

Matz is currently 3-1 with a 1.84 ERA, and he's only given up two earned runs in his past 19 innings.

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Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets' fast start a hot topic at Fans for the Cure dinner

Mets' fast start a hot topic at Fans for the Cure dinner

NEW YORK -- Art Shamsky, a member of the 1969 World Series champion Mets, wrote in his book, "The Magnificent Seasons," that "Life is about ups and downs, hoping your dreams come true."

Right now, he says it is OK for Mets fans to dare to dream.

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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.

Montero to DL with rotator cuff inflammation

Mets relievers Parnell, Black resume rehab

Montero to DL with rotator cuff inflammation

NEW YORK -- The Mets decided weeks in advance that Rafael Montero would start this past Tuesday against the Marlins in an effort to keep their pitching staff rested and healthy. Two days after his start, the 24-year-old righty was placed on the 15-day disabled list with rotator cuff inflammation, retroactive to Wednesday.

Montero was optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas after allowing three earned runs over 5 2/3 innings in Tuesday's no-decision at Miami. But that option has been rescinded due to the injury. He will remain on the Major League roster and disabled list.

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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.

Colon's unbeaten stretch turns on weak grounder

Veteran right-hander saddled with first loss of 2015 in bid for 5-0 start to season

Colon's unbeaten stretch turns on weak grounder

MIAMI -- Kevin Plawecki watched Bartolo Colon's 92-mph fastball zoom just beyond the strike zone's outside corner, within millimeters of where the Mets catcher set up his glove. It was near-perfect execution of the pitch that Plawecki wanted. And still Giancarlo Stanton muscled it past a defensive shift, shattering his bat on an opposite-field single that helped to snap Colon's improbable winning streak at four.

"If you told me before that at-bat that he was going to hit a broken-bat, weak ground ball to that side, I'd have told you I'll do it 100 times," Plawecki said. "It's one of those deals where it's part of the game. You've just got to move on and make the next pitch."

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

Mets outslugged as Colon's spotless streak ends

Mets outslugged as Colon's spotless streak ends

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton homered and drove in three runs, Dee Gordon hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh, and the Marlins dropped Bartolo Colon to his first loss of the season Wednesday night, winning a 7-3 game to take two of three from the Mets.

Stanton homered off Colon in the first inning, then -- with first base open in a one-run game -- beat a defensive shift to single home Miami's third run in the fifth. He was the only Marlins player to drive in a run against Colon until the seventh, when Gordon launched his sac fly to center to plate Adeiny Hechavarria. Ichiro Suzuki later added a three-run shot off Alex Torres to put the game out of reach in the eighth.

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

25 years ago, Cone argued while two runners scored

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25 years ago, Cone argued while two runners scored

25 years ago, he believed he had stepped on first base to get the force out during a game against the Braves. The first-base umpire disagreed, calling the runner safe. Cone continued to argue, pointing at the base and pacing back and forth in frustration. So much so that he forgot about those other guys on second and third ...

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Strikeout-artist Leathersich makes big league debut

Lefty joins Mets bullpen after posting 15.3 K's per 9 innings in Minors

Strikeout-artist Leathersich makes big league debut

MIAMI -- The number that jumps off the page is 15.3 per nine. That is the rate at which Jack Leathersich has struck out batters in the Minor Leagues, establishing himself as one of the game's swing-and-miss kings at any level.

That it took Leathersich until almost his 25th birthday to reach the Majors was an acknowledgement that his blade has two edges. The left-hander has also walked 4.8 batters per nine across his five-season career, bedeviling the Mets with his lack of command.

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

Mets unable to complete comeback in Miami

Mets unable to complete comeback in Miami

MIAMI -- Michael Morse, who had gone seven straight games without an RBI, ended the drought with a go-ahead hit in the eighth inning on Tuesday night, pushing the Marlins to a 4-3 victory over the Mets at Marlins Park.

After the Marlins watched a three-run lead slip away in the seventh inning, they responded in the eighth off reliever Carlos Torres, who walked Martin Prado to open the inning. Prado scored on Morse's hit. Miami evened the three-game series, and beat the Mets for the first time in six meetings.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bunt mishap turns Mets' hopes in 8th inning

Tejada unable to advance Murphy to third base after leadoff double

Bunt mishap turns Mets' hopes in 8th inning

MIAMI -- In a close game, few things can be as polarizing as an unsuccessful bunt attempt. Few things can so quickly change the tenor of an inning.

So it was in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 4-3 Mets loss to the Marlins, after Daniel Murphy led off with a double. Going through his signs, third-base coach Tim Teufel gave Ruben Tejada the choice of bunting or trying to advance the runner with an opposite-field swing.

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Syndergaard enjoys best start of Vegas tenure

Syndergaard enjoys best start of Vegas tenure

MIAMI -- In the end, Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard responded to the criticism that he received last week, not with words, but with dominance on the field.

Making up the start he missed last Friday due to illness, Syndergaard delivered the best statistical outing of his Triple-A Las Vegas career on Monday, throwing a two-hitter with nine strikeouts in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Albuquerque. Because Minor League doubleheaders consist of two seven-inning games, Syndergaard's effort was a complete game.

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