Lagares, Mayberry power up to back sharp Montero

Outfielders go deep as pitching prospect holds Yanks to 1 run over 4 innings

Lagares, Mayberry power up to back sharp Montero

TAMPA, Fla. -- John Mayberry Jr. homered off Masahiro Tanaka and Juan Lagares cracked a two-run blast off Dellin Betances as the Mets defeated the Yankees, 7-2, on Wednesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Lined up to serve as the Yanks' Opening Day starter, Tanaka permitted three runs (two earned) and four hits over 4 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out seven. The right-hander threw 47 of 59 pitches for strikes and said that he has been working on throwing his two-seam fastball more often this season.

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Is Montero pitching his way into starting rotation?

Collins won't rule it out for righty after strong start against Yanks

Is Montero pitching his way into starting rotation?

TAMPA, Fla. -- Mets manager Terry Collins continues to dangle the possibility that Rafael Montero could pitch his way into the starting rotation to open the season. The 24-year-old right-hander continues to do everything he can to keep that possibility alive.

Facing a lineup that included most of the Yankees' projected starters, Montero allowed one run on three hits in four innings. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter in the Mets' 7-2 Grapefruit League win Wednesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

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Parnell throws scoreless inning in Triple-A game

Murphy hits off tee, still questionable for Opening Day with strained hamstring

Parnell throws scoreless inning in Triple-A game

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A gaggle of scouts, executives and Minor League players gathered around a back field of the Mets' complex Wednesday to watch former closer Bobby Parnell pitch. Several of them clutched radar guns, curious to see how fast Parnell -- nearing the one-year anniversary of his Tommy John surgery -- would throw.

The one person decidedly uninterested in velocity was Parnell. Focusing on quieting his mechanics while working in particular on his two-seam fastball, Parnell shrugged off radar-gun readings that rested around 90 mph, topping out at 92.

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Cuddyer ready to lead youthful Mets to the postseason

Cuddyer ready to lead youthful Mets to the postseason

Michael Cuddyer is ready to be a veteran leader for a Mets club that's full of young talent but hasn't advanced to the playoffs since 2006.

The 35-year-old Cuddyer, who signed a two-year, $21 million deal in the offseason, is a 14-year veteran who's made it to the playoffs six times.

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Wheeler has successful Tommy John surgery

In addition to having UCL replaced, righty also has flexor pronator tendon repaired

Wheeler has successful Tommy John surgery

TAMPA, Fla. -- The first step toward getting right-hander Zack Wheeler back into the Mets' rotation has been completed.

"Zack Wheeler this morning underwent successful surgery at HSS in New York to repair the flexor pronator tendon and reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He is expected to make a full recovery," the team said in a statement Wednesday.

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Gilmartin making case for role in Mets' bullpen

Gilmartin making case for role in Mets' bullpen

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Mets have been taking an extra long look at their left-handed bullpen candidates since losing Josh Edgin for the season to Tommy John surgery.

So the fact that Rule 5 Draft selection Sean Gilmartin came in to start the fifth inning of Wednesday's 7-2 Grapefruit League win over the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field and retired all four batters he faced was noteworthy.

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Wright's bat remains hot as Gee stretches out

Backed by infielder's third spring homer, righty works four scoreless

Wright's bat remains hot as Gee stretches out

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- David Wright continued his hot month at the plate with a two-run homer off former teammate Collin McHugh on Tuesday in the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Astros at Tradition Field.

Wright's drive in the third inning was one of only two hits the Mets mustered all day, and both came off McHugh, who struck out seven in five innings. McHugh's Mets counterpart, fifth starter Dillon Gee, worked four scoreless innings.

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Harvey has no issues not starting either opener

Ace trusts Colon to get season underway with a win against Nationals

Harvey has no issues not starting either opener

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- As far back as September, Matt Harvey had penciled Opening Day onto his calendar, going as far as to proclaim that he was chalking the game against the Nationals up "as a 'W'" on April 6.

The realities of rehabilitation and the politics of Mets camp have slowed the ace only slightly. A more subdued Harvey tipped his cap on Tuesday to Bartolo Colon, who will receive the Opening Day start in his stead, and to Jacob deGrom, who will start the home opener on April 13 against the Phillies. Harvey will pitch the third game of the season on April 9, as well as the Mets' second home game on April 14.

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Mets not banking on Black's Opening Day availability

Right shoulder tendinitis continues to keep reliever out of game action

Mets not banking on Black's Opening Day availability

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- With less than two weeks left until camp breaks, right-handed reliever Vic Black stands in the most precarious position of several Mets players nursing injuries -- a "question mark," according to general manager Sandy Alderson, who added that he's "not sure where [Black] will be on Opening Day."

Black, who has not pitched since March 9 due to right shoulder tendinitis, completed his regimen of anti-inflammatory medication and played catch off flat ground on Tuesday, but he's still not ready to return to game action. If he is not at full strength by April 6, Black will join Bobby Parnell and Josh Edgin as unavailable core bullpen members.

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NFL's Jennings throws first pitch in visit to Mets

Running back shares admiration for those able to excel on the diamond

NFL's Jennings throws first pitch in visit to Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Mets camp on Tuesday was supposed to be a fun, relaxing outing for New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings. But a fleeting moment of stress overtook him when he thought back on the Mets' most erratic first pitch of last summer, courtesy of rapper 50 Cent.

"That was the only thing I said: 'I cannot emulate 50 Cent,'" Jennings recalled, laughing. "If I just get it from Point A to Point B without it stopping at Point F, I'll be OK."

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Lefty candidate Leathersich optioned by Mets

Move reduces competition for bullpen role to Gilmartin, Rice, Alvarez

Lefty candidate Leathersich optioned by Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets' left-handed bullpen competition lost a member on Tuesday, when the team optioned No. 21 prospect Jack Leathersich to Minor League camp.

Though Leathersich boasts tremendous upside, having struck out 15.4 batters per nine innings last year at Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas, he also walked 4.6 batters per nine. Those control issues leaked into his first big league camp, when he walked five over 4 2/3 innings and posted a 9.64 ERA.

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Cuddyer among many hitting heroes behind deGrom

Veteran singles, homers in 8-run second; righty sharp after allowing dinger in first

Cuddyer among many hitting heroes behind deGrom

JUPITER, Fla. -- Jacob deGrom got off to a slow start on Monday, allowing a two-run homer to Michael Morse in the first inning. But things turned quickly as the Mets responded with an eight-run second inning, punctuated by Michael Cuddyer's solo home run.

The big outburst off Mat Latos enabled deGrom to settle and the Mets to coast to a 12-3 victory over the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium.

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Harvey the ace, but Colon to start Mets' opener

Veteran, 41, oldest Opening Day starter in team history, and oldest in Majors since 2006

Harvey the ace, but Colon to start Mets' opener

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Mets could have looked in any number of directions to find their Opening Day starter. They could have nodded toward youth, rewarding Jacob deGrom for his National League Rookie of the Year campaign. They could have defaulted to Matt Harvey, who expects this summer to be his rebirth as staff ace. They could have honored Jon Niese, the rotation's longest-tenured member. Before Zack Wheeler injured his elbow, the Mets could have cued up him as well.

In lieu of all of them, the team will turn to 41-year-old, 17-year veteran Bartolo Colon, who led the Mets with 15 wins last season. Colon will pitch April 6 in Washington, the club announced Monday, followed by deGrom and Harvey. That lines deGrom up for the April 13 home opener at Citi Field.

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Bell's final toll: Longtime closer elects to retire

All-Star from 2009-11 with Padres, fiery reliever bows out after 11-season career

Bell's final toll: Longtime closer elects to retire

Heath Bell turned down the stereo long enough in his 31-foot Fleetwood RV on Tuesday afternoon to take a few questions about the next chapter in his life, although he didn't take the foot off the gas pedal, as he bombed his way across the Florida Panhandle.

A day after being released by the Nationals, Bell was only a few hours into what he was expecting to be a three-day solo drive back to San Diego, where he will join his wife, Nicole, and their four children for good.

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Flores ditches walking boot, says he'll be set for opener

Flores ditches walking boot, says he'll be set for opener

JUPITER, Fla. -- Shedding his walking boot on Monday morning, Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores expressed confidence that he will be ready for Opening Day despite fouling a ball off his left foot Sunday. X-rays taken later that day revealed only a bruise; by Monday, Flores had graduated from a walking boot to a simple wrap around the foot.

"It was bad yesterday -- I couldn't even walk on it," Flores said. "It's a little bit swollen. I'm having a problem walking right now. I'm just going to go day by day and we'll see how it goes."

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Harvey appears primed to return to dominant form

Coming back from Tommy John surgery, Mets righty enjoying outstanding spring

Harvey appears primed to return to dominant form

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira led off the second inning against Matt Harvey with a single and immediately stole second base. The Mets ace-in-waiting, coming off Tommy John surgery, never blinked. Three outs later, Teixeira was still on second.

The Mets had hoped that Harvey, who doesn't turn 26 until later in the week, could bounce back to be the pitcher he was before Tommy John surgery cost him the 2014 season, the pitcher who started the All-Star Game at Citi Field the year before.

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Backed by early homers, Harvey twirls scoreless outing

Lagares, Duda and Wright take CC deep; Mets ace allows two hits over 5 2/3 to beat Yanks

Backed by early homers, Harvey twirls scoreless outing

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Three home runs against Yankees starter CC Sabathia and another encouraging performance from right-hander Matt Harvey lifted the Mets to a 6-0 Grapefruit League win over the rival Yankees on Sunday afternoon at sold-out Tradition Field.

The Yankees also lost Jose Pirela, who suffered a concussion in the first. He was injured when he slammed into the center-field wall chasing a drive off the fence by Mets leadoff hitter Juan Lagares, who circled the bases for an inside-the-park homer.

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Collins doesn't want Mets to fixate on hitting homers

Offense displaying plenty of power this spring, but skipper says line drives are key

Collins doesn't want Mets to fixate on hitting homers

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Even before the Mets get back to Citi Field, where the fences have been moved in, there have been signs that the lineup could be more powerful this season. Four more homers in Sunday's 6-0 Grapefruit League win over the Yankees at Tradition Field gave them 23 in the first 20 Grapefruit League games. Free-agent acquisition Michael Cuddyer has four, an encouraging sign for a team that hit just 125 all last season.

Terry Collins digs the long ball as much as anybody. But the Mets manager doesn't want his hitters to become fixated on home runs, either.

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Facing another tough lefty, Duda swats first spring dinger

Day after taking on Tigers' Price, Mets slugger goes deep off Yanks' Sabathia

Facing another tough lefty, Duda swats first spring dinger

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Early Saturday morning, first baseman Lucas Duda climbed onto a bus for the two-and-a-half hour ride to Lakeland, where the Mets were playing the Tigers in a Grapefruit League game. When it ended, he made the same trip back.

That's a lot of travel time, especially since it meant the left-handed hitter would be facing David Price, one of the toughest lefties in baseball. Against Price, Duda went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts.

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Lagares hits inside-the-park HR

Yankees' Pirela injured on play, carted off

Lagares hits inside-the-park HR

PORT ST.LUCIE, Fla -- Yankees center fielder Jose Pirela was carted off after he crashed into the center-field wall during the first inning of Sunday's game against the Mets at Tradition Field.

Pirela was diagnosed with a concussion and was taken to Tradition Medical Center in an ambulance for a CT scan.

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Matz gets optioned to Minors after solid start vs. Tigers

Coaches like lefty prospect's chances to return this year

Matz gets optioned to Minors after solid start vs. Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Mets left-hander Steven Matz was optioned to Minor League camp following his start on Saturday, marking the second straight day that one of the club's top prospects has been optioned out of big league camp.

Despite the postgame news, which Matz said did not come as a surprise, the southpaw came away from his final Grapefruit League start feeling encouraged by both his outing against the Tigers, as well as his spring performance as a whole.

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Castellanos leaves Tigers' game with foot contusion

Utility man is latest to join Mets' growing injury list

Castellanos leaves Tigers' game with foot contusion

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The injuries just keep coming for the Mets, as outfielder/first baseman Alex Castellanos left Saturday's game against the Tigers with what the club is calling a right foot contusion.

Castellanos suffered the injury in the sixth inning after colliding with a baserunner as he tried to corral a wild throw from catcher Johnny Monel. Castellanos, who also suffered a right hand injury earlier this spring, limped off the field and into the clubhouse following the play.

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Matz matches Price, but Mets can't hold lead against Tigers

Top prospect limits Detroit to one run over 2 2/3 innings

Matz matches Price, but Mets can't hold lead against Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Highly-touted Mets prospect Steven Matz more than held his own against Tigers ace David Price on Saturday, but it wasn't enough as the Tigers rallied to a 6-4 victory at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Matz, the Mets' No. 3 overall prospect, fell into an early hole when he served up a two-out solo homer to J.D. Martinez in the first inning, but that would prove to be his lone blemish on the day. The left-hander went on to limit the Tigers to just the one run off three hits and a walk, while also notching one strikeout over 2 2/3 innings.

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Mets reassign Allen to Minor League camp

First baseman has just three hits this spring

Mets reassign Allen to Minor League camp

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Mets made one roster move on Saturday morning, reassigning first baseman Brandon Allen to Minor League camp.

Allen, 29, hit just .107 (3-for-28) in 14 Grapefruit League games this spring. He spent the majority of last season with Triple-A Las Vegas where he hit .266/.368/.434 with 13 home runs and 52 RBIs. He last appeared in the Majors in 2012 as a member of the Rays.

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Syndergaard scratched from start, optioned to Triple-A

Right-hander was hit on left ankle playing catch Thursday; GM says move procedural

Syndergaard scratched from start, optioned to Triple-A

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Promising young right-hander Noah Syndergaard has been scratched from his scheduled Saturday start against the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium after being struck on the left ankle by a ball while playing catch on Thursday.

The news broke shortly after manager Terry Collins spoke at length about how much he was looking forward to seeing Syndergaard and left-hander Steven Matz, two of the organization's best prospects, face the veteran Detroit lineup. Matz will now get the start.

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Cuddyer, Granderson lead way for Mets

Colon allows two runs, six hits, walk with five K's over 4 2/3 innings

Cuddyer, Granderson lead way for Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson and Cardinals designated hitter Scott Moore each had three hits Friday, but it was Michael Cuddyer's fourth home run of the spring that lifted the Mets to a 5-4 Grapefruit League win over the Cardinals in a back-and-forth game at Tradition Field.

After the Cardinals came back for the second time to take a lead with two runs in the top of the sixth, Cuddyer's blast to dead center against reliever Sam Tuivailala put New York back on top in the bottom of the sixth.

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Murphy to rest 'at least a week' with pulled hamstring

Mets GM Alderson leaves open possibility that second baseman may not be ready by opener

Murphy to rest 'at least a week' with pulled hamstring

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. --Second baseman Daniel Murphy was not in the lineup Friday when the Mets played the Cardinals at Tradition Field, one day after being taken out of a game in Jupiter, Fla., with what was described as a tight right hamstring.

An MRI taken Friday, however, told a different story.

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Collins sees Colon on track for 'big year'

41-year-old right-hander likely to make next two spring starts in Minor League games

Collins sees Colon on track for 'big year'

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- When Mets manager Terry Collins looks at Bartolo Colon, he doesn't see a birth certificate that shows a pitcher who will turn 42 in May. And he doesn't see the 10.29 Grapefruit League earned run average Colon brought into his start against the Cardinals at Tradition Field on Friday.

Instead, he sees a savvy veteran who just might end up being his Opening Day starter this season.

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