Trio of blasts aid sharp Harvey in near-complete effort

Trio of blasts aid sharp Harvey in near-complete effort

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey finished one out shy of a complete game and the Mets swatted three homers off CC Sabathia, evening the Subway Series with an 8-2 victory over the Yankees on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Lucas Duda hit a first-inning solo shot, Kevin Plawecki notched his first Major League homer with a two-run blast in the fourth and Eric Campbell cleared the right-field wall in the sixth off Sabathia, who was battered for seven runs and nine hits in five-plus innings. Juan Lagares had four hits, tying a career high.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Plawecki takes Sabathia deep for first big league blast

No. 2 prospect delivers in fourth game for Mets in place of injured d'Arnaud

Plawecki takes Sabathia deep for first big league blast

NEW YORK -- Kevin Plawecki isn't sure if the baseball sitting on his locker's top shelf is actually the first one he ever hit over the fence in a Major League game. He isn't sure it's not just a baseball fished out of the batting practice bucket by a lazy clubhouse attendant.

But that's possible. Because the ball he hit off CC Sabathia during the fourth inning of the Mets' 8-2 win over the Yankees on Saturday -- that baseball might not have a cover on it anymore.

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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.

Harvey given opportunity to finish what he started

Efficient outing convinces Collins to give ace shot at complete game

Harvey given opportunity to finish what he started

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey insists the thought of a complete game did not enter his mind in the fifth, the sixth or even the seventh inning Saturday, despite his low pitch count on a brilliant Yankee Stadium afternoon. It was not until Harvey completed the eighth inning in 10 pitches that he marched off the field, into the dugout and directly to Terry Collins, telling his manager that he planned to go out for the ninth.

With a six-run lead, Harvey quickly recorded his 25th and 26th outs of the day, before allowing a hit and a walk. Sighing, Collins trotted out to the mound, knowing what the conversation would be.

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Plate patience leads to 4-for-4 day for Lagares

Looking to cut down on K's, potential leadoff man matches career high in hits

Plate patience leads to 4-for-4 day for Lagares

NEW YORK -- Before the start of Saturday's Subway Series game against the Yankees, Mets hitting coach Kevin Long reiterated to Juan Lagares the importance of swinging at strikes. Chasing balls outside the zone was a significant reason why Lagares had racked up seven strikeouts in his previous four games, those struggles masked in large part by the tail end of a 10-game hitting streak.

With that lesson in mind, Lagares said, he focused on plate discipline during Saturday's 8-2 win over the Yankees. So he did not consider it much of a coincidence when he came away with four hits in four at-bats, scoring three times and driving in a run.

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Niese gets call to take on Yanks in Subway Series finale

Niese gets call to take on Yanks in Subway Series finale

The Empire State Building is a frontrunner. On Friday night, it was illuminated in white and blue after the Yankees took Game 1 of the Subway Series. Saturday, it sparkled in blue and orange as the Mets took Game 2. The rubber match on Sunday night pits Jon Niese against Nathan Eovaldi with the landmark's ultimate affection on the line.

Niese improved to 2-0 in his last start by limiting the Braves to one run over 6 2/3 innings. But he was upset with himself after issuing four walks, and he will look to improve his command. Eovaldi posted his best start as a Yankee his last time out, when he held Detroit to one run over seven innings on April 21.

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deGrom roughed up as Mets' win streak ends at 11

deGrom roughed up as Mets' win streak ends at 11

NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira homered twice off Jacob deGrom and Michael Pineda pitched effectively into the eighth inning in Friday night's Subway Series opener, helping the Yankees snap the Mets' 11-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory at Yankee Stadium.

"Home runs are always good," said Teixeira, who leads the Yankees with seven homers. "They're not easy to come by, especially against a good pitcher. It was a good night."

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Harvey vs. CC matchup a symbolic one for Mets, Yanks

Righty personifies young, dynamic club; lefty a reflection of veteran-laden group

Harvey vs. CC matchup a symbolic one for Mets, Yanks

If you're inclined to see one game as something larger, something symbolic of where two franchises find themselves at the beginning of a new season, you're going to love what the Mets and Yankees are giving us Saturday afternoon in the Bronx.

Matt Harvey vs. CC Sabathia.

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Statcast delves into Lagares' amazing catch

Statcast delves into Lagares' amazing catch

Baseball fans have seen Mets center fielder Juan Lagares pull off some amazing defensive feats during his young career, and he was at it again on Wednesday night.

The 2014 National League Glove Glove Award winner had to battle windy conditions at Citi Field, but as Statcast shows, that didn't stop him from making a fine play to rob the Braves' Jace Peterson of an extra-base hit.

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Parnell shut down for week due to forearm soreness

Parnell shut down for week due to forearm soreness

NEW YORK -- Once considered an option to return in early May or even late April, former Mets closer Bobby Parnell has experienced enough of a setback to make such a timetable unrealistic.

The Mets have shut Parnell down for a week due to a bout of forearm soreness, general manager Sandy Alderson said Friday. He will not throw a ball for five days, halting his official Minor League rehab assignment.

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As win streak comes to an end, Mets focus on big picture

deGrom unable to find comfort zone on chilly night in the Bronx

As win streak comes to an end, Mets focus on big picture

NEW YORK -- It's early. The Mets stressed that throughout their franchise record-tying 11-game winning streak, reminding themselves and others not to grow too brash. If they needed any additional reminder, Jacob deGrom's ERA provided it on Friday, bloating from 0.93 to 2.96 in a single game.

Again: It's early.

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Robles displays no fear in pressure-filled MLB debut

Mets reliever first faces A-Rod, escapes jam by retiring Texieira, McCann and Beltran

Robles displays no fear in pressure-filled MLB debut

NEW YORK -- Picture debuting in the big leagues at age 24, following six-plus years in the Minors and stops at seven different affiliates. Then picture doing it in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium, in front of 45,310 fans. Now picture climbing atop the mound to find Alex Rodriguez, one of the foremost power hitters of this generation, awaiting with two men on base.

"It was really interesting," Hansel Robles said through an interpreter after the Mets' 6-1 loss.

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Not pitching in game, Niese ejected from bench

Not pitching in game, Niese ejected from bench

NEW YORK -- From his vantage point in the Mets dugout in the sixth inning Friday, pitcher Jon Niese did not believe home-plate umpire Doug Eddings was calling a fair strike zone for both the Mets and Yankees. So he told -- not asked -- Eddings to "make an adjustment."

According to Niese, Eddings turned to face him and replied, "Hey, I don't want to hear any more from you."

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Syndergaard's scratch spurs Twitter exchange

Mets prospect responds to fans about missing Triple-A Las Vegas start

Syndergaard's scratch spurs Twitter exchange

NEW YORK -- Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard was scratched from Friday's start for Triple-A Las Vegas due to illness, prompting a give-and-take exchange with fans on Twitter that turned personal.

Syndergaard replied to several tweets criticizing him for missing the start, which he should make up this weekend against Albuquerque. When he received a second wave of criticism for responding, Syndergaard wrote: "I'm allowed to stick up for myself aren't I?"

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Mets run to 11th straight win with 10-0 homestand

Mets run to 11th straight win with 10-0 homestand

NEW YORK -- Looking back on his club's first homestand, Mets manager Terry Collins admitted that he returned to Citi Field hoping for six, maybe seven victories. The Mets wound up with 10, completing their perfect run with a 6-3 win over the Braves on Thursday afternoon to tie a franchise-record 11-game winning streak.

Behind Bartolo Colon's fourth consecutive victory and Daniel Murphy's four RBIs, they matched their 1986 predecessors for the best 16-game start in Mets history, while improving their league-leading record to 13-3.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Perfect homestand one for the record books

Mets roll to franchise-record-tying 11-game winning streak with 10-0 run at Citi Field

Perfect homestand one for the record books

NEW YORK -- From his vantage point in the dugout, often on the top step, injured third baseman David Wright sees a Mets team bearing similarities to the 2006 club.

"Truly, we come to the ballpark every day expecting to win," Wright said after the Mets cruised to another victory without him on Thursday, this one 6-3 over the Braves to extend their winning streak to a franchise-record-tying 11. "We don't come to the ballpark hoping to win. We expect to win."

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Baseball set to take over NY as Mets, Yanks collide

First edition of 2015 Subway Series features streaking Amazin's, surging Bombers

Baseball set to take over NY as Mets, Yanks collide

NEW YORK -- Not long after the Mets put the finishing touches on a perfect 10-game homestand at Citi Field, the NHL's Islanders began a critical Game 5 of their playoff series in Washington. Matt Harvey's beloved New York Rangers are set to play Friday. Gotham's sports scene has rarely held such sheen in this century.

And still there is a sense around the city that on the final weekend of April, with spring's chill lingering, baseball should supersede it all. The Mets are playing at least as well as at any point over the last decade, if not the last quarter-century. The Yankees, almost quietly, are nearly as hot.

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Colon chases down Pierzynski on steal attempt

At age 41, veteran starting pitcher continues to perform at high level for Mets

Colon chases down Pierzynski on steal attempt

NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon seemed almost casual about it at first, stepping off the pitching rubber and pirouetting on the mound. But as soon as Colon saw A.J. Pierzynski caught between first and second base in the sixth inning Thursday, all 5-foot-11, 285 pounds and 41 years of him came charging at the Braves catcher, trapping him on the basepaths and slapping him with a tag.

The result was a rare unassisted caught stealing, helping Colon win a 6-3 game over the Braves to join Phil Niekro, Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens as the only pitchers in 80 years to open a season 4-0 at age 40 or older.

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Marty Noble

Ranking the best Mets defenders at each position

Ranking the best Mets defenders at each position

NEW YORK -- The breathtaking catch made in center field by Gold Glove Award winner Juan Lagares on Wednesday night was, as some Mets players said, inspirational.

Well, it inspired this -- a position-by-position "best of" for Mets defenders, covering 53-plus seasons. Offense has no place in this evaluation. Lagares stands as the second-best defensive player, regardless of position, behind only 11-time Gold Glove first baseman Keith Hernandez.

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Braves' run on review of collision ruling perplexes Mets

Call overturned on Recker's tag of Pierzynski in 2nd inning due to clear-path violation

Braves' run on review of collision ruling perplexes Mets

NEW YORK -- The Braves were credited with a run in the second inning Thursday when umpires ruled that Mets catcher Anthony Recker did not provide a clear lane for A.J. Pierzynski to score.

That's the explanation the Mets received from umpires after a review, but many were still confused by it after New York's 6-3 win.

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Murphy hoping breakout game sparks his bat

Second baseman racks up 4 RBIs on 2 hits in Mets' 11th straight victory

Murphy hoping breakout game sparks his bat

NEW YORK -- One reason the Mets believe they can continue their terrific start to the season is actually the lackluster start for second baseman Daniel Murphy.

Despite Murphy's struggles to start the season -- he is hitting .170 (9-for-53) on the year -- the Mets have not skipped a beat. Manager Terry Collins has said repeatedly that Murphy, a career .287 hitter, will break out of his slump and the Mets' offense will reap the benefits.

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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.

Tickets promo tied to Mets' runs in Subway Series

NEW YORK -- The Mets have announced a new promotion linking discounted tickets to their Subway Series performances.

For every run they score Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Bronx, the Mets will shave $1 off select tickets during their April 30 through May 6 homestand. For example, if the Mets score 14 runs in three games, select tickets at Citi Field will be $14 cheaper.

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Lagares twists, turns to make amazing catch

Mets' center fielder battles windy conditions to haul in deep fly from Braves' Peterson

Lagares twists, turns to make amazing catch

NEW YORK -- His smile said it all. Boyish and blissfully bewildered, it swept over Juan Lagares' face as he looked back toward the infield after robbing the Braves' Jace Peterson of extra bases with a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch Wednesday night at Citi Field.

And there it was again after the game, as Lagares watched the replay for the first time and mimicked the reaction he once again induced from the masses -- an eye roll and a shake of the head.

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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.

Harvey has ankle sprain, won't miss start vs. Yankees

Harvey has ankle sprain, won't miss start vs. Yankees

NEW YORK -- About five minutes after the Mets completed Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Braves, manager Terry Collins approached Matt Harvey to ask about the status of his sprained left ankle. Collins told Harvey that the Mets would be more than willing to skip his Saturday start against the Yankees if need be.

"He gave me -- I don't even know what you'd call the look," Collins said, laughing. "He'll be out there Saturday."

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Bartolo Colon shows off speed to foil steal attempt

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Bartolo Colon shows off speed to foil steal attempt

With plenty of attention being paid to new Cubs ace Jon Lester's difficulties throwing over to first base, Bartolo Colon showed off a new way to keep runners close: Sprint toward them and tag them out. 

Just as the Mets starter makes up for his lack of hitting prowess with an overabundance of puppy-like enthusiasm, so, too, did he pick off Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynksi at first base on Thursday. Though Colon may not be the most fleet of foot, his hustle, knowledge of baseball trigonometry and rarely-discussed telepathic powers froze Pierzynski in place. 

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Hang 10: Mets relentless to extend win streak

Hang 10: Mets relentless to extend win streak

NEW YORK -- As injured players continue to populate their training room, the Mets extended their impressive winning streak to 10 straight games on Wednesday night, twice coming from behind to take a 3-2 victory from the Braves at Citi Field.

Lucas Duda put the Mets ahead for good with an opposite-field RBI single off Jim Johnson in the eighth inning, after Wilmer Flores twice came through with game-tying hits. That gave the Mets their first 10-game winning streak since July 5-17, 2008.

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Richard Justice

Amazin' run by Mets is just that -- amazing

Amazin' run by Mets is just that -- amazing

When a team is playing baseball the way the Mets are playing it right now, the whole thing begins to feel magical. Guess what? That's exactly what it is. There's just no other explanation.

Sports is like that sometimes. It won't last forever. Who cares? Enjoy the ride as long as it lasts, fellas. Think no deep thoughts. Simply accept your good fortune and continue to make plenty of your own. These things can transform a clubhouse, if not a franchise.

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