Yo, Bruce homer to back Thor in WC hunt

Yo, Bruce homer to back Thor in WC hunt

MIAMI -- It will take weeks, months, even years for the Marlins to recover from the death of Jose Fernandez. In some ways, they never will. But they at least attempted to restore a sense of normalcy on Tuesday night at Marlins Park, where the Mets scored a 12-1 victory in a game bursting with National League Wild Card implications.

"Obviously, hearts are still heavy, and they're going to be for the rest of the year here -- probably for a long time after that, too," Mets outfielder Jay Bruce said. "But we needed to win this game today, and we were able to do that."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tebow homers on first instructional league pitch

Tebow homers on first instructional league pitch

How's this for making a great first impression? On the first pitch he saw in his first instructional league at-bat for the Mets on Wednesday afternoon, Tim Tebow hit a home run.

Tebow, batting second, was making his debut in Port St. Lucie, Fla., against the Cardinals' instructional league team. It was the former NFL quarterback's first official game in the Mets' organization since signing a Minor League contract on Sept. 8. He grounded out in his second at-bat.

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Matz to have bone spur surgery; season over

Following operation on elbow next week, lefty expected back for spring

Matz to have bone spur surgery; season over

MIAMI -- One by one, the members of the Mets' Opening Day rotation have succumbed to season-ending injuries. First it was Matt Harvey, who underwent surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome in July. Two months later, Jacob deGrom had an operation to move the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.

Tuesday, the Mets announced that Steven Matz will undergo surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow, ending his season. Matz had been sidelined since mid-August due to a left shoulder impingement that will not require surgery; with his return looking increasingly unlikely, the Mets decided to schedule an elbow operation imminently to give him as much time as possible to heal.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. 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.

Thor ready to strike hammer in big game after tune-up

Thor ready to strike hammer in big game after tune-up

MIAMI -- When Noah Syndergaard next climbs atop a Major League mound, there is a good chance he will be starting the Mets' most important game of the season. Either the Mets will need Syndergaard to pitch them into the postseason this Sunday in Philadelphia, or they will need him to win the National League Wild Card game.

In either case, Syndergaard relishes the challenge.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. 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.

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Anthony Castrovince

Tiebreaker scenarios for Wild Card berths

As the 2016 season winds down the six divisions are pretty much decided. However, the two Wild Card races are completely up in the air, and there is a good chance we end up seeing at least one tiebreaker game played on Monday, Oct. 3.

With that in mind, here is a breakdown of the likeliest tiebreaker scenarios for the American and National League Wild Cards.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duda playing way back into everyday role

Duda playing way back into everyday role

MIAMI -- When Lucas Duda returned to the Mets this September following a four-month absence, there was a chance he would not be of much use to them. There was a chance Duda's timing at the plate would never reemerge, considering his complete lack of rehab at-bats against even Minor League pitching.

The Mets, simply put, were not expecting much from their one-time cleanup hitter.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. 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.

Lugo starts as Mets try to maintain WC edge

Lugo starts as Mets try to maintain WC edge

The 19th and final meeting between the Mets and Marlins will also mark the final home game for Miami in 2016. For the first time since Marlins Park opened in 2012, meaningful games were played in Miami deep into September.

The Marlins have hung on by a thread in recent weeks in the National League Wild Card chase, while the Mets, with their win on Tuesday, are locked into a tight race with the Giants and Cardinals for one of two spots.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Flores unlikely to return this season

Setback on right wrist has kept infielder out since Sept. 10

Flores unlikely to return this season

MIAMI -- Continued pain in Wilmer Flores' right wrist should spell the end of the infielder's season. Flores attempted to swing a bat on Monday, but he was forced to stop due to wrist pain. The Mets subsequently shut him down from all baseball activity through Thursday's off-day, essentially ending his regular season.

"It was bothering him a lot," manager Terry Collins said.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. 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 sign Fernandez jersey to honor Marlins ace

Mets sign Fernandez jersey to honor Marlins ace

MIAMI -- As they entered their clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon, Mets players walked by the Jose Fernandez jersey that hung in their dugout the previous two games. One by one, they signed the 1986 throwback Mets jersey, which they planned to present to the Marlins as a gift.

Consider it closure for a team looking to move past the emotions of Monday's game, Miami's first since Fernandez's death.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. 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.

On night to reflect, Mets out of sync from start

On night to reflect, Mets out of sync from start

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez's presence was everywhere on Monday night, and collectively, the Marlins fed off the energy. Dee Gordon set the tone, honoring his friend and teammate by taking a pitch in the right-handed batter's box before turning around to his natural left-handed side and hitting a tearful leadoff homer that tugged at the heartstrings of everyone at Marlins Park.

Gordon had four hits and Justin Bour collected three, helping the Marlins break open a big lead and hold off the Mets, 7-3, on a night they paid tribute to Fernandez, whose death on Sunday morning in a boating accident rocked the sports world.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Mets can't help but feel ripples of jarring loss

Miami community not alone in mourning Fernandez a day after tragedy

Mets can't help but feel ripples of jarring loss

MIAMI -- Bartolo Colon stood immobile on the pitcher's mound, a foot or two from the rubber, gazing into the Marlins' dugout. He looked stoic as the Marlins celebrated something bigger and grander and more impactful than a pennant chase, the blistering first note of a 7-3 win over the Mets.

Inside, a man who has seen so much over a quarter-century in baseball was melting.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. 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.

Two hits, diving catch highlight Tebow's return to camp

After a weekend in broadcast booth, former football star shines on diamond

Two hits, diving catch highlight Tebow's return to camp

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Clad in a mixture of New York Mets and Florida Gators gear, Tim Tebow's fans pushed up on every boundary to see every move he made on Tuesday. As Tebow paced the outfield grade on Field 7 before drills started, a trio of fans passed around a pair of binoculars, looking for his No. 15 jersey until excitedly spotting it.

When Tebow did agility drills on Field 4 -- a simple quick run -- fans seemed awed at just the sight of him putting one leg in front of another. "THANK YOU TIM TEBOW" read an orange and blue sign that two fans held against the caged backstop, fruitless in their attempt to catch Tebow's attention.

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Sam Blum is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

In Miami, Mets' solidarity 'deeper than just baseball'

Marlins moved to tears as rival embraces unity in light of tragic loss

In Miami, Mets' solidarity 'deeper than just baseball'

MIAMI -- The significance of the night outweighed the importance of one regular-season game, and that sentiment came to light at Marlins Park before the first pitch of Monday's 7-3 Marlins win over the Mets was thrown.

After a touching pregame ceremony, the entire Mets team approached the Marlins and the two rivals embraced on a day Miami, South Florida and the baseball community paid tribute to Jose Fernandez.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets broadcasters get choked up during Jose Fernandez tribute

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Mets broadcasters get choked up during Jose Fernandez tribute

After the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez on Sunday, the Marlins put on a beautiful pregame tribute before their matchup against the Mets on Monday. The players, adorned in No. 16s with "Fernandez" scrawled across the back, then bowed their heads beside the mound before starter Adam Conley took the hill.

SNY broadcasters Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez also offered their thoughts on the passing of one of MLB's brightest young stars. Fighting back tears, they discussed the 24-year-old's trendsetting personality, his otherworldly talent and how the loss would be such a crushing blow to the baseball world. It's definitely worth a listen in the main clip above.

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Mets, Marlins unite in remembering Jose

Mets, Marlins unite in remembering Jose

MIAMI -- In his absence, all of Jose Fernandez's teammates had his back during Monday night's 7-3 Marlins win over the Mets at Marlins Park, literally. Each player on the Marlins, and all of the coaches, wore No. 16 Fernandez jerseys in honor of the passing of the 24-year-old Miami ace.

During a touching pregame ceremony, a lone trumpeter played "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," as a video tribute was displayed on the scoreboard. And during the national anthem, all of Miami's starting position players gathered around the pitcher's mound, while the rest of the players on both teams stood at the lines.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Amy Schumer takes in Mets game, ends up on Kiss Cam

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Amy Schumer takes in Mets game, ends up on Kiss Cam

In a contest of celebrity fans, it's hard to top the Mets -- they've got everyone from Jerry Seinfeld to Kevin James to Jimmy Kimmel to Jon Stewart. (Plus, Apu and Professor Frink are on their side, so they can't possibly lose.)

Now, though, the time has come to add another famous face to that exclusive family. In attendance at Sunday's 17-0 romp over the Phillies was none other than Amy Schumer, New York native and official Noah Syndergaard roaster. And she brought along a few friends.

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Mets rout Phils, take NL Wild Card lead

Mets rout Phils, take NL Wild Card lead

NEW YORK -- Considering the jagged state of their starting rotation, the Mets were set up for trouble heading into a four-game series against the Phillies this weekend. It would not have taken much for their burgeoning playoff hopes to dim before their eyes.

For this Mets club, however, little seems insurmountable. The latest example unfolded when Robert Gsellman saved a worn-out bullpen in a 17-0 blowout of the Phillies on Sunday, the Mets consistently took advantage of Philadelphia mistakes and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a late grand slam to secure a series victory at Citi Field.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Gsellman ascending ranks of Mets' rotation

Rookie fanned eight, kept Phillies scoreless over seven innings in best start of career

Gsellman ascending ranks of Mets' rotation

NEW YORK -- Should the Mets accomplish what they intend to over the season's final week, then win a National League Wild Card game over the Giants or Cardinals, they will proceed into the NL Division Series with a broken rotation. Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz, three of their top four starters heading into the season, will all be unavailable due to injury.

That ensures rookies Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman will both have rotation spots -- a thought that is no longer particularly sobering to the Mets. Gsellman on Sunday struck out a season-high eight in the best outing of his young career, blanking the Phillies for seven innings of a 17-0 win at Citi Field. He also notched his first big league hit.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. 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 fondly recall Fernandez's 'love for the game'

Mets fondly recall Fernandez's 'love for the game'

NEW YORK -- It was a makeshift memorial, constructed with strips of white tape and posted in anguish. Shortly before the Mets took the field Sunday for their final home game of the 2016 season, Yoenis Cespedes taped a No. 16 Jose Fernandez jersey on their dugout wall. He and others stopped before it to remember, to think, to grieve, to pray.

In the hours following Fernandez's death in a boating accident early Sunday morning, the Mets focused their energies not on remembering the pitcher they battled and respected so many times over the past four seasons. They instead recalled the young man who treated their clubhouse staff so sweetly during the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field. They thought of the man who would walk over to their side of the field during pregame warmups, saying hello to everyone whether he knew them or not. They thought of the man who walked into Terry Collins' office at this year's All-Star Game just to thank him for the opportunity to pitch.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. 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.

Young Mets keep battling with spirited rally

Down 10-0, New York brings potential winning run to plate in 9th

Young Mets keep battling with spirited rally

NEW YORK -- For months now, the Mets have patched their rotation with spare parts and bubble gum. And it's worked. New York has played large swaths of the season's second half without Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz, vaulting back into the postseason race because young pitchers Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman have been better than expected.

When the Mets learned that Noah Syndergaard would not be able to pitch on Saturday due to a case of strep throat, they simply sighed, nodded and prepared to cobble together another nine innings -- fresh off using a franchise-record 16 pitchers in their previous two games. It finally caught up to them; the Phillies blasted spot starter Sean Gilmartin for five runs and Rafael Montero for another five in a 10-8 loss at Citi Field, thrusting the Mets into a hole so deep that even one of their most spirited rallies of the season could not save them.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. 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.

Conforto regains late-season swagger with clutch HR

Conforto regains late-season swagger with clutch HR

NEW YORK -- Michael Conforto's bat helped push the Mets into the postseason and on to their unlikely World Series run in 2015. One year later, his team is hoping he can push them there again.

Injuries, inconsistency and a couple trips to Triple-A Las Vegas this summer have dimmed the bright hopes for the future that Conforto laid out a year ago. But with two powerful swings Friday night, resulting in a double and a critical three-run home run in the Mets' 10-5 win over the Phillies, the young slugger could be finding his stride once again.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Collins' bullpen shuffle paying off for Mets

Robles highlights win over Phils with eight outs, first career save

Collins' bullpen shuffle paying off for Mets

NEW YORK -- No sooner had Terry Collins opted to take his starting pitcher, Gabriel Ynoa, out of the Mets' 10-5 win over the Phillies on Friday than he began weaving a bullpen thread through his mind. Perhaps Logan Verrett could give the Mets two innings. Perhaps Josh Smoker and Erik Goeddel could provide another two. Then it would be the later third of the game -- the Mets could play that part by ear.

"You try to plan it out," Collins said, after using six pitchers and 20 total players in the victory. "It doesn't always work. But tonight, fortunately, it paid off."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. 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 win thriller on Cabrera's walk-off homer

Mets win thriller on Cabrera's walk-off homer

NEW YORK -- Ender Inciarte was safely in Miami with the Braves. No one was going to take this win away from the Mets, who needed it so badly.

They had to work all night and they had to come back three times, but when it was all over Asdrubal Cabrera's three-run home run off Edubray Ramos in the 11th inning gave them a dramatic 9-8 win over the Phillies Thursday night at Citi Field.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Thriller night: Mets turn page with emotional win

Cabrera, Reyes hit dramatic homers in walk-off following shocking loss

Thriller night: Mets turn page with emotional win

NEW YORK -- The Mets said they had put the disappointment of Wednesday behind them.

"Everything that happened yesterday and the day before is in the past," Asdrubal Cabrera said Thursday night.

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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast of the Day: Mets barrel up, walk off

Reyes' tying homer, Cabrera's game-ending shot exemplify new Statcast metric

Statcast of the Day: Mets barrel up, walk off

On Thursday, the Statcast™ lab introduced barrels, a new metric that combines exit velocity and launch angle to identify the best contact.

The Mets then went out and provided two good examples.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Davis, Satin return to their roots in Brooklyn

Ex-Mets broke in with Cyclones, together again with Team Israel

Davis, Satin return to their roots in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN -- Coney Island is familiar territory for Ike Davis and Josh Satin, as is all that makes up the kaleidoscopic nature of baseball there. The color-coated hot dogs racing down the left-field line, the red-yellow roller coasters rumbling beyond the outfield wall, the ocean breeze streaming from the stands in right, that, if turned stiff, can bat down home run balls like bricks.

Coney Island is baseball home for them, in some ways, the place where Davis and Satin began professional careers that would culminate in careers with the New York Mets.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

After lost lead, walk-off dazzler denies Mets

After lost lead, walk-off dazzler denies Mets

NEW YORK -- Off the bat, the Mets were convinced it was a home run -- convinced that finally, for one night, they had managed to vanquish a Braves team bent on disrupting their Wild Card chase.

Ender Inciarte had other ideas. Racing over from his perch in center field, Inciarte leaped, thrust his glove over the fence and brought Yoenis Cespedes' drive back into play. Rather than a walk-off homer, it became a game-ending out, allowing the Braves to cap a three-game sweep of the Mets with a 4-3 victory on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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In disbelief, Mets can only tip cap to Inciarte

Cespedes' would-be walk-off homer instead game's final out

In disbelief, Mets can only tip cap to Inciarte

NEW YORK -- Even afterward, having seen the replay and the crowd reaction and the Braves piling out of their dugout to embrace Ender Inciarte, the whole lot of them hugging on the field, Brandon Nimmo called it a home run.

"It was a home run," Nimmo said of Yoenis Cespedes' near-walk-off in a 4-3 Mets loss to the Braves on Wednesday. Nimmo shook his head. "He crushed that ball, and it was a home run. Then he brought it back."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. 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.

Inciarte broke many Mets fans' hearts with crazy grab

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Inciarte broke many Mets fans' hearts with crazy grab

In the heat of a Wild Card race, every game is huge for the Mets. So when Yoenis Cespdedes stepped to the plate with two on, two out and the team trailing the Braves by one in the bottom of the ninth, it was a crucial at-bat. Swinging on an 0-1 fastball, the Mets' star drove a ball to deep right-center field. Every fan in Queens thought they'd be going home happy, their team a game better in the Wild Card standings. 

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