Syndergaard seeks perfection, gets shutout

Mets rookie sensation sets down first 18 batters, strikes out nine

Syndergaard seeks perfection, gets shutout

NEW YORK -- Terry Collins started thinking about perfection after four innings. His anxiety grew as Noah Syndergaard worked through a perfect fifth inning, and became a full-blown worry of the best kind when he did it again in the sixth.

Here was Syndergaard, the type of precious arm the Mets have sworn all season to conserve, threatening to force a decision -- let him blow through his planned 110-pitch limit in search of perfection, or make the unpopular decision to pull him while still in sight of it?

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Aided by HRs, Syndergaard dominates Padres

Aided by HRs, Syndergaard dominates Padres

NEW YORK -- Noah Syndergaard took a perfect game into the seventh inning Tuesday at Citi Field, continuing his emergence as one of the game's brightest young pitchers in a 4-0 win over the Padres. Combined with a Nationals loss, the win moved the Mets within a game of first place for the first time since June 20.

Dominant from the start, Syndergaard struck out six of the first 13 batters he faced, keeping the basepaths clean until Will Venable and Yangervis Solarte led off the seventh with consecutive singles. The rookie improved to 5-1 with a 1.46 ERA in seven starts at Citi Field, beating a Padres team that handed him his worst loss of the season earlier this year in San Diego.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, 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.

Mejia suspended 162 games for positive test

Mets reliever missed 80 games earlier this season because of PEDs

Mejia suspended 162 games for positive test

NEW YORK -- In a "shock" that could spell the end of his Mets career, relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been suspended 162 games for a second positive performance-enhancing drug test, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday prior to New York's 4-0 victory over San Diego. His suspension is effective immediately.

Mejia, 25, had not allowed a run in 7 1/3 innings this season, almost exclusively in a setup role. He returned July 7 after missing 80 games for his first positive PED test.

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Barry M. Bloom

Wright won't rush return to Mets until he's ready

Wright won't rush return to Mets until he's ready

NEW YORK -- Third baseman David Wright took grounders on a Major League field before the Mets' 4-0 win over the Padres on Tuesday for the first since he was placed on the disabled list with spinal stenosis on April 15. The 32-year-old also took batting practice in the cage and ran.

The hope is Wright can begin a Minor League rehab shortly, but a timetable for that is still not in place.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

New acquisition Clippard: Nats are 'beatable'

Former Washington reliever debuts with scoreless ninth for New York

New acquisition Clippard: Nats are 'beatable'

NEW YORK -- Upon arriving at Citi Field on Tuesday before the Mets' 4-0 victory over the Padres, reliever Tyler Clippard sat down with manager Terry Collins to discuss his role with the team.

Even though Clippard had spent the first half of 2015 as a closer in Oakland, Collins told him he would handle the eighth inning as the Mets' primary setup men, a role with which Clippard is familiar and ready to take on. He made his Mets debut in the ninth inning on Tuesday, needing just 12 pitches to complete a scoreless frame and seal the victory for starter Noah Syndergaard.

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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.

Mets promote prospect Nimmo to Triple-A

2011 first-round Draft pick hit .279 over 68 games for Double-A Binghamton

Mets promote prospect Nimmo to Triple-A

NEW YORK -- The Mets on Tuesday promoted outfielder Brandon Nimmo to Triple-A Las Vegas, pushing one of general manager Sandy Alderson's flagship Draft picks to the cusp of the big leagues.

The organization's first-round pick in 2011, Nimmo is now 22 years old -- three weeks younger than last year's top pick Michael Conforto, who is already in the big leagues. When drafted, Nimmo was an 18-year-old with almost no experience against high-level competition.

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Wright takes grounders, hits at Citi Field

Tuesday marks third baseman's first time working out at ballpark since April

Wright takes grounders, hits at Citi Field

NEW YORK -- David Wright emerged from Citi Field's home clubhouse Tuesday before a 4-0 victory over the Padres and back-slapped a security guard, asking about all that's new. He inquired about radio broadcaster Howie Rose and glad-handed so many others -- happy, clearly, just to be present again.

This was the start of something fresh: Wright's first day working out at Citi Field since April. Though Tuesday was not his first foray into baseball activities -- Wright threw, took ground balls and hit -- since being diagnosed with spinal stenosis in May, it was his first time performing a full range of them on Major League turf.

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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.

Stars youth baseball club visits Citi Field

NEW YORK -- Former San Diego Stars have gone on to become Major Leaguers at an impressive rate. The nation's oldest travel baseball club has produced MLB superstars such as Bryce Harper and Adrian Gonzalez, as well as 33 other professionals who once played for the team.

On Tuesday night, current members of the Stars' 9-year-old team took to Citi Field to watch batting practice and mingle with Padres players. A handful of Padres met with the team to sign autographs, take pictures and wish them luck in this week's National Youth Baseball Championships.

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Granderson named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

Granderson named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.

The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A current MLB player, a Hall of Famer and a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer are recognized each Veterans Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Reunion with Reyes not part of Mets' agenda

Shortstop traded from Toronto to Colorado; New York won't be landing spot for flip

Reunion with Reyes not part of Mets' agenda

NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes still keeps his offseason home on Long Island, less than two dozen miles from Citi Field. But he won't be making that commute anytime soon.

CBS Sports was first to report that the Mets have no interest in reacquiring Reyes, despite his purported availability on the trade market. In a stunning deal early Tuesday morning, the Blue Jays sent Reyes and prospects to the Rockies for Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins. Since that time, rumors have abounded that Colorado will look to flip Reyes and the more than $55 million he is guaranteed through 2017.

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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.

Mets add A's Clippard to bolster back end of 'pen

Oakland closer gives Collins another option; New York still pursuing outfield help

Mets add A's Clippard to bolster back end of 'pen

NEW YORK -- Their search for an outfielder not yet fruitful, the Mets found a different way to upgrade their roster four days out from the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The Mets acquired A's closer Tyler Clippard and cash on Monday in exchange for pitching prospect Casey Meisner, giving manager Terry Collins another established arm to team with Jeurys Familia, Bobby Parnell and Jenrry Mejia at the back of his bullpen.

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Mets' pitchers dominating with elite heat

Staff leads baseball in percent of pitches topping 95 mph

Mets' pitchers dominating with elite heat

Of the 885 1/3 innings the Mets have thrown this year, 30.7 percent have been thrown by the soft-tossing trio of Jon Niese, Bartolo Colon and Dillon Gee. Those three pitchers have combined to throw 4,034 pitches, and only 4,027 of them -- which is to say, all but seven -- have failed to reach even a modest 93 mph.

The Mets have given nearly one-third of their pitching innings to three players who don't throw all that hard, which is notable because it makes what the rest of the staff has done even more impressive. Despite Niese, Colon and Gee, the Mets are still baseball's leaders in percent of pitches thrown at 95 mph -- and it's by a landslide:

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Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Alyson Footer

Infamous streak still follows former Met Young

Now coaching youngsters in Texas, retired righty is often reminded of tough stretch in career

Infamous streak still follows former Met Young

HOUSTON -- Even before the conversation starts, Anthony Young knows what the topic is.

Nineteen years have passed since Young last appeared in a Major League game, and he surely hadn't gained the kind of superstar status during his pitching career that might merit being approached for interviews this long after retirement. But considering he made history for something that might not be something he'd choose to be remembered for, Young's knowing grin is understandable.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wheeler throws for first time since elbow surgery

Wheeler throws for first time since elbow surgery

NEW YORK -- Right on schedule, Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler threw off flat ground Monday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. Wheeler has been working out at the team's rehab facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

In an email, Wheeler said that "everything felt great … strong and pain free."

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Plawecki catching heat from Mets' staff

Backstop gaining big league experience while working with top-notch batterymates

Plawecki catching heat from Mets' staff

NEW YORK -- The glove that takes the biggest beating in baseball belongs to Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki, and it's on its last legs. Plawecki's poor mitt is literally ripping at the seams -- the biggest victim of a historically vicious barrage that prompts umpires to tell him, "It's gonna burst on you."

The Mets' rookie catcher keeps a new understudy waiting in the wings of his equipment bag, but for now, Plawecki plans to stick with his battered mitt. He began using it in Spring Training, and he calls the mitt "my baby."

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Clippard joins notable list of bespectacled Mets

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Clippard joins notable list of bespectacled Mets

The Mets acquired reliever Tyler Clippard from the A's on Monday. Along with a 2.79 ERA and 17 saves, Clippard also brings along a feature New York fans have grown accustomed to over the years: Spectacles!

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deGrom outpitches Greinke during duel

Mets right-hander holds Dodgers to two hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings

deGrom outpitches Greinke during duel

NEW YORK -- Like many baseball fans, Jacob deGrom had Sunday circled on his calendar. The Mets' upstart ace has spent the last month rubbing shoulders with baseball's best, and he's spent this entire season skyrocketing up the leaderboards to join them. So when Zack Greinke, MLB's ERA leader, had his start switched from Friday to Sunday, deGrom saw another opportunity. He seized it, outdueling Greinke in the Mets' 3-2 win against the Dodgers.

"When I found out he would be pitching this game I was excited and thought it would probably be a pitchers' duel," deGrom said. "I was looking forward to that."

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New Met Uribe hits walk-off single in 10th

New Met Uribe hits walk-off single in 10th

NEW YORK -- Juan Uribe singled off the center-field wall against former teammate Kenley Jansen to score Curtis Granderson with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning on Sunday and give the Mets a 3-2, walk-off win over the Dodgers at Citi Field after they snapped Zack Greinke's scoreless-innings streak at 45 2/3 earlier in the game.

Granderson led off the 10th with a hustle double to right-center off Juan Nicasio. Ruben Tejada was unable to move Granderson to third on a bunt. Daniel Murphy was walked intentionally and Jansen came on to face Uribe, whose deep shot went as a single. The Mets acquired Uribe from the Braves on Friday.

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

LA-Mets series has October feel for Uribe

Veteran infielder delivers walk-off single in 10th to secure split for New York

LA-Mets series has October feel for Uribe

NEW YORK -- Juan Uribe gave his new team something to celebrate Sunday, when one swing catapulted the Mets to a 3-2, walk-off victory over the Dodgers at Citi Field. And the two-time World Series champion spiced up the postgame conversation by saying this July series split with first-place Los Angeles had an October feel.

"This moment is like playing in the playoffs or World Series and you are winning," said Uribe, who won titles with the White Sox in 2005 and the Giants in 2010.

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Pedro among quartet inducted into Hall

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio take their places in Cooperstown

Pedro among quartet inducted into Hall

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- For anyone who has been there to make the comparison, Sunday's induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame was much like a World Baseball Classic contest with the defending-champion Dominican Republic participating.

Dominican flags were waving in clusters as the rhythmic sound of cymbals clanging and congas beating resounded throughout the grounds behind the Clark Sports Center.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Familia hasn't been as automatic in 2nd half

Mets closer blows second save since break, although New York wins in 10th

Familia hasn't been as automatic in 2nd half

NEW YORK -- The Mets had been 43-1 when leading after eight innings this year, a testament to how dominant and valuable Jeurys Familia proved himself over the season's first four months. They are 44-1 in such situations after salvaging Sunday's 3-2 win over the Dodgers. That in spite of Familia, who blew his second save of the second half after converting 27 of 29 chances in the first.

"He knows he's not making pitches he made earlier," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Look, he's been out there three times in 10, 12 days. It's kind of understandable. We have to keep him going out there and in the groove as best we can. Even if they aren't saves we have to get him some innings."

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Mets bullpen coach finds raccoon in weight room

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Mets bullpen coach finds raccoon in weight room

It's been a big weekend for the Mets. All the club did was:

- Trade for Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson

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Mets' 21-hit attack driven by Conforto and Co.

Rookie goes 4-for-4 as New York tallies season-high 15 runs vs. Dodgers

Mets' 21-hit attack driven by Conforto and Co.

NEW YORK -- The ball from Michael Conforto's first big league hit rested on the top shelf of his locker late Saturday night following the Mets' 15-2 win against the Dodgers, a present-in-waiting to the rookie's grandfather. The Mets were thrilled for Conforto on his 4-for-4 night, with an RBI and four runs scored. But they were happier still that Conforto had a ridiculous amount of company.

The rookie outfielder's first-inning infield single was just one of his four hits, and just one of 21 the Mets collected. Kirk Nieuwenhuis added four. Lucas Duda had two, both homers. One of the two newest Mets, Kelly Johnson, added a single and a home run.

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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.

Mets erupt on offense in rout of Dodgers

Mets erupt on offense in rout of Dodgers

NEW YORK -- The new-look Mets unloaded weeks of offensive frustration Saturday night at Citi Field, pummeling rookie Zach Lee and the Dodgers in a 15-2 victory that featured a pair of their newcomers.

Michael Conforto finished 4-for-4 with four runs scored in his second career game, Kelly Johnson homered and collected two hits in his Mets debut, Kirk Nieuwenhuis added a career-high four hits and Lucas Duda hit two home runs. Every member of the Mets' starting lineup -- even starting pitcher Matt Harvey, who was 2-for-4 with two RBIs -- reached base at least twice.

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Harvey confident in slider for first time all year

Mets righty holds Dodgers to two runs, supports cause with two RBIs

Harvey confident in slider for first time all year

NEW YORK -- The Mets have promoted prospect Michael Conforto, acquired Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson and made it known that they will explore trades for additional offense during a hectic weekend at Citi Field. But something happened during Saturday's 15-2 win against the Dodgers that may prove more important than anything else to the rest of their season.

Matt Harvey's slider came back.

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Collins puts lineup on notice following trade

With Uribe and Johnson on board, Mets manager to start players swinging hot bats

Collins puts lineup on notice following trade

NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins walked into Citi Field before Saturday's 15-2 win against the Dodgers, sought out the underperforming members of his offense and told them they are all officially "on notice."

With trade acquisitions Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe officially active for duty, Collins said, the Mets' lineup is now a meritocracy. Play well and continue playing. Play poorly and hit the bench.

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Mets exploring trades for additional offense

GM Alderson says he is looking into 'what I would consider big moves'

Mets exploring trades for additional offense

NEW YORK -- A day after importing two new bats into his lineup, general manager Sandy Alderson said the Mets are still actively seeking offensive pieces to improve the National League's bottom-ranked offense before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"We continue to look at all the possibilities, and how those different possibilities fit with where we are right now," Alderson said Saturday, adding that he is exploring "what I would consider big moves."

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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.