Mets-Cardinals rained out; twin bill Tuesday

Single-admission doubleheader set for 4:10 p.m. ET; Syndergaard to start Game 1, followed by Colon

Mets-Cardinals rained out; twin bill Tuesday

NEW YORK -- Monday's series opener between the Mets and Cardinals was postponed due to rain. The teams will play a single-admission doubleheader Tuesday beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET, with the second game beginning approximately a half hour after the first.

Fans holding tickets for Monday's game cannot use them for Tuesday's doubleheader, unless they exchange them in person at the Citi Field ticket windows. Fans may also exchange them for tickets to any other regular-season home game, pending availability, and excepting July 30 against the Rockies and Aug. 1-2 against the Yankees.

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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 unlikely to repeat mega Deadline deal

Cespedes acquisition 'worked out really well' last year, but Alderson focused more on middle relief help

Mets unlikely to repeat mega Deadline deal

NEW YORK -- Nearly one year to the day after altering franchise history with a non-waiver Trade Deadline deal for Yoenis Cespedes, general manager Sandy Alderson said the Mets are unlikely to make a similar type of big-splash move.

The Mets, Alderson said, are trying to acquire a relief pitcher prior to the Aug. 1 Deadline. But they consider trading for a starter "unlikely" and a starting position player "unrealistic."

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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.

Wright welcomes first child, Olivia Shea

Mets say third baseman, wife Molly and new daughter 'are doing great'

Wright welcomes first child, Olivia Shea

NEW YORK -- David Wright and his wife, Molly, welcomed their first child into the world on Saturday. Fittingly, her middle name is Shea.

Olivia Shea Wright weighed in at 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and the Mets said in a statement that "Mom, Dad and Olivia are doing great."

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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 to face Cards in Game 1 of doubleheader

Thor to face Cards in Game 1 of doubleheader

The Mets and Cardinals will play a single-admission doubleheader on Tuesday, with the first game scheduled to start at 4:10 p.m. ET and the second commencing approximately a half hour after the first.

The teams were slated to open the series Monday night for their first meeting this season, but heavy rain and thunderstorms in the Queens area made Citi Field unfit for play.

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Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Family, fans at heart of Piazza's Hall moment

Family, fans at heart of Piazza's Hall moment

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- For 28 minutes, Mike Piazza kept a tissue wadded in the palm of his right hand, his fingers extended in a white-knuckle grip on the Clark Sports Center's wood-paneled podium. Behind him, roughly four dozen of baseball's greatest players sat rapt. In front of him, one of the three largest crowds in Hall of Fame history fanned themselves with cardboard cutouts of Piazza's face.

Thousands of them had made the four-hour trek across leafy back roads to Cooperstown, where on Sunday, Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. officially entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame. As Piazza delivered his emotional, nearly half-hour speech, winding through his early life to his time with the Dodgers and beyond, he paused at the section regarding his Mets years. Fans began chanting his name. Out came the tissue, again, and not for the last time.

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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.

Matz earns 1st win since May with stellar start

Lefty strikes out 6, allows just 4 hits to Marlins over 6 scoreless innings

Matz earns 1st win since May with stellar start

MIAMI -- Steven Matz put together just the start the Mets were hoping for in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Marlins. The command was on, and any suspicions that the bone spur in his left elbow had affected him recently were put to rest.

Matz twirled six dominant innings, limiting the National League's best hitting club to just four hits in his first win since May 25. He fanned six and ran his fastball into the mid-90s.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Conforto makes sweet diving grab in first CF start

Conforto makes sweet diving grab in first CF start

MIAMI -- Michael Conforto made an immediate impact in his first career start in center field during the Mets' 3-0 win over the Marlins on Sunday at Marlins Park. It was almost as if he'd been playing there for years.

In the first, Conforto tracked down Miami leadoff hitter Miguel Rojas' liner in the right-center-field gap, laying out and robbing him of a hit. It was the first time the 23-year-old had really been tested at his new position.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets take crucial series in Miami behind Matz

Mets take crucial series in Miami behind Matz

MIAMI -- The drought has finally come to an end for Steven Matz, and it came at an opportune time for the Mets. The lefty threw six dominant innings and struck out six on Sunday as New York blanked Miami, 3-0, at Marlins Park to take two of three in the series.

Matz, who ran his fastball up to 94 mph, won for the first time since May 25, and he snapped a string of nine consecutive starts without a victory. The left-hander was 0-5 with a 4.73 ERA during that dry spell. By taking the series, the Mets moved to within a half-game of the Marlins for second place in the National League East and the second Wild Card spot.

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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.

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Mets on Sunday.

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Hall-time greats: Piazza joins elite in Cooperstown

Inductees praise family, fans on emotional day in front of second-largest Cooperstown crowd

Hall-time greats: Piazza joins elite in Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- To punctuate close to an hour of combined speeches by this year's pair of inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Ken Griffey Jr. turned around his cap to end the Sunday proceedings.

Mike Piazza spoke to his Italian immigrant father, Vince, in his native language, thanking him and Italy for giving him his dad.

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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.

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Barry M. Bloom

Piazza's proud pop watches son's call to Hall

Lifelong friends with Lasorda, Vince helped jumpstart catcher's career

Piazza's proud pop watches son's call to Hall

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Vince Piazza said on Sunday morning that he was very tough on his son, Mike, as a kid and budding baseball player growing up in Norristown, Pa.

"It made him tough mentally. I really believe that," Vince told MLB.com at the famous Otesaga Hotel. "As I look back, maybe that wasn't the best way of going about it, but here we are today."

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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.

Szapucki among top prospect performers Sunday

Nationals' No. 5 prospect hurls his first shutout following big league debt

Szapucki among top prospect performers Sunday

Reynaldo Lopez is eager to get back to the big leagues.

In his first start since debuting with the Nationals on July 19, Lopez recorded his first shutout on Sunday as Triple-A Syracuse defeated Rochester, 6-0. The Nationals' No. 5 prospect scattered four hits and struck out seven in nine dominant innings, throwing 69 of his 99 pitches for strikes.

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

Check out sights and sounds of Hall of Fame induction ceremony

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Check out sights and sounds of Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon, taking their rightful places among baseball's best. And while surely every baseball fan in the world wishes he or she could be in attendance to watch the ceremony in person, some will be watching from home. But if you think you're missing out, we've got you covered.

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Piazza embracing Cooperstown experience

Electee grateful to spend time with Hall of Famers before Sunday's induction

Piazza embracing Cooperstown experience

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Set off from Cooperstown's main drag by a cluster of picturesque streets on one side, from Otsego Lake by a rich green lawn on the other, Otesaga Hotel is this weekend's social center for Baseball Hall of Famers. That includes Hall of Fame-elect Mike Piazza, who has just hours to go before his induction into Cooperstown at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, live on MLB Network and MLB.com.

Piazza was whiling away some hours at the hotel lounge on Thursday night when a group of Hall of Famers in attendance told him he had to perform. Piazza picked up a pair of drumsticks and started playing with the band. No, the Hall of Famers told him. Sing. So Piazza attempted to channel his inner Jon Bon Jovi.

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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.

deGrom can't match Fernandez as Mets fall

deGrom can't match Fernandez as Mets fall

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez on Saturday continued to dominate at Marlins Park, and Giancarlo Stanton nearly damaged the stadium's accessories in Miami's 7-2 victory over the Mets.

Fernandez struck out seven and allowed two runs over seven innings, while Stanton smacked a two-run homer off the auxiliary scoreboard in left field among his four hits and three RBIs on a night the Marlins rebounded from Friday's 5-3 loss to even their three-game series. With the win, Miami moved 1 1/2 games ahead of New York for second place in the National League East.

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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.

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Mets on Saturday.

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Conforto gets taste of center field for first time

Mets outfielder plays position for final three innings at Marlins Park

Conforto gets taste of center field for first time

MIAMI -- An unfamiliar face roamed center field for the Mets for the final three innings of a 7-2 loss to the Marlins on Saturday night at Marlins Park.

With his team down by five runs in the sixth, Mets manager Terry Collins figured what better time to give Michael Conforto his first action in center as a big leaguer. Conforto's only play came on Marcell Ozuna's towering fly ball with one out in the eighth. He rushed in and handled it with ease.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duda takes swings for first time since injury

Mets first baseman hopes to begin rehab assignment in a couple of weeks

Duda takes swings for first time since injury

MIAMI -- Lucas Duda may still be a couple of weeks away from playing in any games, but the Mets' first baseman joined the team in Miami and took swings for the first time during his rehab process Saturday.

Duda, who has been sidelined since May 20 with a lower back stress fracture, said he hopes to go on a rehab assignment in a couple of weeks. He resumed baseball activities Monday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., which included running and playing catch.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reyes shows ability to wreak havoc at top of lineup

Mets infielder collects three hits, two runs scored, stolen base, RBI in win

Reyes shows ability to wreak havoc at top of lineup

MIAMI -- A Mets offense that has struggled for much of the season caught a glimpse Friday night of the many ways it can score when Jose Reyes is wreaking havoc atop the lineup.

Reyes scored two of New York's five runs and drove in another to help the Mets defeat the Marlins, 5-3, at Marlins Park. The third baseman finished 3-for-5, marking his first three-hit performance of 2016.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Awe in the Familia: Met streak elite at 50

Closer becomes just 4th player in history to notch 50 straight regular-season saves

Awe in the Familia: Met streak elite at 50

MIAMI -- It might not have been as easy as most, but Jeurys Familia locked down his 50th consecutive regular-season save in the Mets' 5-3 win over the Marlins on Friday night at Marlins Park.

Familia's streak, which dates to Aug. 1 of last year, is now the fourth-longest streak in Major League history after breaking a tie with John Axford's 49 straight saves from 2011-12.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reyes the spark as Mets gain on Marlins

Reyes the spark as Mets gain on Marlins

MIAMI -- The jockeying for position in the National League East got a little tighter on Friday night as the Mets moved to within a half-game of the second-place Marlins with a 5-3 win at Marlins Park. The intensity was evident all night, and the Mets responded behind Jose Reyes' three hits, two runs scored and an RBI, a pair of Yoenis Cespedes sacrifice flies and James Loney's two-run homer in the ninth.

Reyes started the decisive rally with a single to lead off the seventh, and he scored the go-ahead run on Cespedes' fly ball to center off David Phelps. The Marlins' bullpen had a streak of 16 1/3 scoreless innings going before Cespedes' sac fly. The Mets are now 51-44, while the Marlins are 52-44.

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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.

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Mets on Friday.

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Wheeler's next step is facing live batters

Mets righty throws fastballs, curveballs, changeups in bullpen session Friday

Wheeler's next step is facing live batters

MIAMI -- Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler hopes to face live batters in the near future after he threw a 30-pitch bullpen session in front of Mets coaches at Marlins Park on Friday.

Wheeler mixed in fastballs, curveballs and a few changeups in the session. He admitted his elbow is a bit off right now, but it felt fine during the session.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

10 GIFs that show off the majesty of Piazza's HOF career

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10 GIFs that show off the majesty of Piazza's HOF career

Mike Piazza, along with Ken Griffey Jr., will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday. Coverage begins at 11 a.m. ET on MLB Network and MLB.com, and you'll be able to see the ceremony there. But what was it truly like to watch Piazza play? From milestones to mustaches, here's Piazza in essential 10 GIFs.

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Piazza leaves strong impression on d'Arnaud

Childhood hero of Mets catcher has become his friend, mentor

Piazza leaves strong impression on d'Arnaud

NEW YORK -- It would have been nearly impossible to grow up a baseball fan in Southern California in the early 1990s and not revere Mike Piazza. He was an instant celebrity, shining even brighter than the other National League Rookie of the Year Award winners the Dodgers were pumping out on a yearly basis at that time. Piazza was both a pure hitter and a slugger, playing a position in which hitting for power was a foreign concept. And he was, most famously, a 62nd-round Draft pick.

"He was the ultimate underdog story," said Travis d'Arnaud -- not merely one of those Southern California kids, but a successor to Piazza behind the plate for the Mets. "To come up and just make an immediate impact with the team that my dad had us grew up watching was huge. I pretty much just tried to do everything like him, and imitate him in every way possible."

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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.

At critical juncture, Mets focused on winning

Club's next six games are vs. teams in thick of Wild Card race in Marlins, Cards

At critical juncture, Mets focused on winning

CHICAGO -- Six games into the most important juncture of their season to date, a nine-game road trip coming out of the All-Star break, the Mets are 3-3. After losing, 6-2, to the Cubs on Wednesday, they jetted off to Miami, where they will play the role of challenger. It will be the defending National League champions chasing the second-place Marlins, not the other way around.

Welcome to must-win baseball. Welcome to the rest of the season.

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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.

Colon, Mets can't keep up with Cubs in Chicago

Colon, Mets can't keep up with Cubs in Chicago

CHICAGO -- The constant for the Cubs since the All-Star break has been the starting pitching, and Kyle Hendricks continued that trend on Wednesday against the Mets. It didn't hurt to have Anthony Rizzo launch a pair of home runs into the right-field bleachers at Wrigley Field either.

Rizzo belted two homers, driving in three, and Addison Russell smacked a two-run double to back Hendricks and lift the Cubs to a 6-2 victory over the Mets to take the series. The Cubs couldn't match the Mets' sweep in New York, but Chicago manager Joe Maddon was happy with what he calls a "meatloaf" -- two out of three ain't bad.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her 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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Vote: What was Mike Piazza's best play?

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Vote: What was Mike Piazza's best play?

Mike Piazza was drafted in the 62nd round of the 1988 Draft, mostly thanks to a favor from Tommy Lasorda, and his early scouting reports didn't predict particular greatness in his future. But, after 16 years in MLB, Piazza will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, with a career slash line of .308/.377/.545, 10 Silver Slugger Awards and the record for most home runs hit as a catcher (396 out of his total 427), among many other accomplishments.

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Answers for Mets might come from within

Unlike 2015, acquiring a difference maker at Trade Deadline won't be easy

Answers for Mets might come from within

CHICAGO -- Bartolo Colon rarely falls behind hitters when he's on his game. Yet he threw 17 balls among 33 pitches in the first inning on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

Colon, who is 43, wound up giving up six runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Mets lost to the Cubs, 6-2. It marked his third consecutive non-quality start, and he's given up 15 runs in 14 2/3 innings during this stretch.

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Phil Rogers is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bases loaded, no outs: Mets snub Cubs

Bases loaded, no outs: Mets snub Cubs

CHICAGO -- The Cubs' missed opportunities cost them Tuesday night against the Mets. Rene Rivera smacked an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift New York to a 2-1 victory at Wrigley Field and even the series at one win apiece. Closer Jeurys Familia picked up his Major League-leading 33rd save by escaping a no-out, bases-loaded jam.

"He's a special guy," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Familia, who is tied for fourth in Major League history with 49 consecutive regular-season save conversions. "That's why I think he's as good as there is in baseball."

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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.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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