Familia embracing ninth-inning opportunity

After setbacks to 'pen, new Mets closer is tied for tops in Majors in saves

Familia embracing ninth-inning opportunity

NEW YORK -- Jeurys Familia felt some nerves. He wasn't the only one. The 25-year-old righty had struggled mightily in Spring Training and had limited experienced saving games. Yet there Familia was, being called on in the ninth to preserve a one-run lead in Atlanta on April 12, with suddenly just the shredded remains of a safety net behind him.

"That first time, I got a little excited," said the soft-spoken Familia.

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Offense propels Mets to eighth straight win

Offense propels Mets to eighth straight win

NEW YORK -- Nothing going for them off Tom Koehler for three innings, no worries. The Mets continue to find a way, and they did it once again on Sunday -- breaking through for seven runs in the fourth inning that ultimately stood.

With a sizable lead, Matt Harvey struck out seven while giving up four runs. New York was able to hold off a late Miami rally, and preserve a 7-6 win, completing a four-game sweep at Citi Field and tallying their eighth straight victory.

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Mets to call up Plawecki after d'Arnaud fractures hand

Mets to call up Plawecki after d'Arnaud fractures hand

NEW YORK -- Long viewed as either a valuable trade chip or much-needed insurance, Kevin Plawecki will prove to be the latter as the Mets will call up their No. 2 prospect to replace the injured Travis d'Arnaud, GM Sandy Alderson announced on Sunday.

An exam on Monday confirmed that d'Arnaud has a metacarpal fracture in his right hand, the result of being hit by a fastball from Marlins reliever A.J. Ramos in the Mets' 7-6 win on Sunday. The Mets said that d'Arnaud will wear a split for three weeks, after which it will be determined if he can resume baseball activities.

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Niese looks to make it nine straight wins for Mets

Niese looks to make it nine straight wins for Mets

Trevor Cahill will start Tuesday on the mound opposite Jon Niese as the Braves visit the Mets for a three-game series in New York following an off-day for both teams on Monday. The Mets are looking to extend their league-best winning streak to nine games.

Cahill surrendered four earned runs and completed just 2 1/3 innings while making his season debut during Tuesday night's 8-2 loss to the Marlins.

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Blevins fractures forearm after being hit by liner

Robles to replace injured left-hander in Mets' bullpen

Blevins fractures forearm after being hit by liner

NEW YORK -- Jerry Blevins didn't think it was that bad. Now the Mets are hoping the bullpen isn't that bad without him.

No matter that Blevins has been a Met for barely three weeks, manager Terry Collins admitted replacing the lanky lefty will be a tall task.

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Feeling under the weather, Harvey grinds out start

Feeling under the weather, Harvey grinds out start

NEW YORK -- At about 7:30 on Sunday morning, hours before he was scheduled to make his third start of the season, Matt Harvey texted a Mets trainer to inform the team that he was sick.

He had not been sleeping well, could barely swallow and his body was feeling fatigued. Harvey had been battling this illness for a few days, but he woke up hours before he was set to make his third start of the year feeling even worse.

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Jonathan Mayo

Plawecki projects as capable fill-in for Mets

Prospect will see action in place of injured starting catcher d'Arnaud

Plawecki projects as capable fill-in for Mets

Injury is never a good way for a prospect to get his first call to the big leagues, but it's far from uncommon. And given Travis d'Arnaud's unfortunate track record, it shouldn't have been too big of a surprise that Kevin Plawecki would be asked to step in behind the plate at some point this season.

That time is now, with d'Arnaud shelved due to a fractured right hand. And as Mets manager Terry Collins put it, "If he's coming, he's going to play."

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Injury storm just an obstacle Mets have to weather

Injury storm just an obstacle Mets have to weather

Heavy rain and large pieces of bad stuff fell from the sky six years ago in Pittsburgh. A 5-0 lead the Mets had forged in their first three turns at bat morphed into a disturbing 8-5 loss to the Pirates. And in the aftermath of that unbecoming defeat, Carlos Delgado wanted to know, "Why, in baseball and soccer and basketball, why when it rains ... does it pour?"

As rhetorical as the question seemed, Delgado wanted an answer that would satisfy his wonder and ease his pain.

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After feeling soreness, Black to undergo MRI

After feeling soreness, Black to undergo MRI

NEW YORK -- Mets general manager Sandy Alderson announced after Sunday's 7-6 victory over the Marlins, that reliever Vic Black is scheduled to undergo an MRI after complaining of soreness in his neck and shoulder region.

The Mets have not been able to pinpoint the exact issue with Black, who is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. He tossed a scoreless inning and allowed one hit for Double-A Binghamton on Saturday, but his velocity was down, hovering around the upper 80s and low 90s.

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Collins sticking with Familia in closer's role

Mets skipper will let young right-hander close when Black, Parnell return

Collins sticking with Familia in closer's role

NEW YORK -- Jeurys Familia has impressed Mets manager Terry Collins enough to remain in the closer's role, at least initially, when Bobby Parnell and Vic Black return from rehab assignments.

"If Bobby Parnell and Vic Black show up tomorrow, Jeurys Familia will still close," Collins said. "Again, it's been a year since Bobby's been out there. If when he shows up, he shows the same stuff he showed us a year ago, we will try to get him back in the role that he's comfortable with."

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deGrom's scoreless streak, Mets' seven straight wins spark hope

2014 NL Rookie of the Year tosses seven shutout innings to contribute to New York's impressive run

deGrom's scoreless streak, Mets' seven straight wins spark hope

NEW YORK -- It's been 18 1/3 innings and 274 pitches since Jacob deGrom allowed a run, 203 days since the Mets last lost at Citi Field and nine years since a start so spectacular and surrounded by so much hope.

That's what's spilling over the seats at Citi Field now as the Mets sit in first place after hanging on Saturday night to beat the Marlins, 5-4, winners of seven in a row and their sights set on a Sunday-style Harvey Day. Hope, and it can be quantified.

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deGrom leads Mets to seventh straight win

deGrom leads Mets to seventh straight win

NEW YORK -- The only thing to slow Jacob deGrom down on Saturday night was a rising pitch count. After seven shutout innings, the Mets right-hander exited with eight strikeouts and 101 pitches, but not before being backed by homers from Wilmer Flores and Travis d'Arnaud.

deGrom's dominance set the tone early, and the Mets held off a ninth-inning rally to claim a 5-4 victory over the Marlins, extending New York's winning streak to seven straight. The 2014 National League Rookie of the Year now hasn't given up a run in 18 1/3 innings.

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d'Arnaud steps up to improve on field, at plate

Catcher homers vs. Marlins, producing for Mets from No. 2 spot

d'Arnaud steps up to improve on field, at plate

NEW YORK -- When the Mets inserted catcher Travis d'Arnaud into the No. 2 spot in the lineup to replace the injured David Wright, d'Arnaud considered the move a show of confidence. So far, New York has been rewarded for that confidence.

In his first three games at that spot in the order, d'Arnaud has hammered two home runs, including a solo blast in Saturday's 5-4 victory against the Marlins.

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Mets' Torres earns first save wearing new protective headgear

Mets' Torres earns first save wearing new protective headgear

NEW YORK -- Alex Torres earned his first career save Saturday and made Major League history doing it.

After becoming the first Major League pitcher to wear protective headgear of any type last season with the Padres, Torres, in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Marlins, became the first to sport a lighter, two-piece protective design.

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Colon produces unlikely tying run while tossing seven

Veteran righty increases offensive production, remains dominant from mound

Colon produces unlikely tying run while tossing seven

NEW YORK -- Nobody saw it coming. Not Anthony Recker, who stood on first not expecting to move. Not even Terry Collins, the man who sent Bartolo Colon up to the plate with the bases loaded in the first place.

"Yes, I was surprised," the Mets manager said. "I'm surprised when he swings."

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Lagares displays Gold Glove skills vs. Marlins

After receiving award, center fielder makes three stellar catches

Lagares displays Gold Glove skills vs. Marlins

NEW YORK -- Minutes before the start of Friday's 4-1 win over the Marlins, Mets center fielder Juan Lagares stepped onto the field to accept his 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove award, grinning as he hoisted it up with both hands. Then Lagares set about showcasing the skills that helped him earn it.

Three times, Lagares made fine catches in center field, each one more difficult than the last. In the second inning, the newly minted Gold Glover ranged to his right for a running grab of Adeiny Hechavarria's fly ball. An inning later, he sprinted further into the gap to rob Christian Yelich of extra bases. And in the seventh, Lagares dove to snare a J.T. Realmuto pop to shallow center, almost certainly preventing a run from scoring.

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Colon, Cuddyer help Mets to 6th straight win

Colon, Cuddyer help Mets to 6th straight win

NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon once again baffled and amazed both on the mound and at the plate, Michael Cuddyer drove in the go-ahead run and the Mets overcame an early Giancarlo Stanton homer to win their sixth straight game, 4-1, over the Marlins.

Colon scattered six hits over seven innings to become the first starter in the Majors to three wins, and for the second straight game he helped his own cause with the stick. Colon, at times comically inept at the plate, sent the Citi Field faithful into a frenzy when he smacked a sacrifice fly to center to tie the game in the fifth. After going nine years between RBIs, Colon drove in his second run in as many starts.

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Cuddyer helping fill gap with captain Wright out

Left fielder extends hitting streak to six games

Cuddyer helping fill gap with captain Wright out

NEW YORK -- The Mets have won six in a row for the first time in four years, and the play of Michael Cuddyer recently is a large reason.

His run-scoring single in the sixth inning of Friday's 4-1 victory against the Marlins at Citi Field extended his hitting streak to six games, and he is batting 9-for-21 with six RBIs during that stretch.

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Mets plan to call Montero back up soon

Although righty optioned on Friday, club aims to have him start on April 28

Mets plan to call Montero back up soon

NEW YORK -- When the Mets optioned Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday, it was not exactly a demotion. Although Montero will spend the next 10 days as a Minor League pitcher, the Mets plan to call him back up for a big league start on April 28.

After that, any number of things might happen. If Dillon Gee is still struggling at that point, Montero may assume Gee's rotation spot for the rest of the summer. If an injury or something else unexpected occurs, Montero could become a permanent rotation member that way. Or, if Montero does not demonstrate the growth the Mets expect, he could find himself back at Triple-A.

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Mets call up Muno, option Montero to Triple-A

Muno's mother travels cross-country to see son debut

Mets call up Muno, option Montero to Triple-A

NEW YORK -- Playing their first 10 games with a short bench and an eight-man bullpen, the Mets made a move Friday to even out their roster. The club recalled infielder Danny Muno from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to their game against the Marlins, optioning Rafael Montero to Vegas to stretch out as a starter.

Muno's mother, Anne, flew cross-country to make it to Citi Field, despite suffering a stroke earlier this month.

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Granderson gets Mets out of jam with impressive catch

Right fielder's bases-loaded, two-out grab helps keep New York in game

Granderson gets Mets out of jam with impressive catch

NEW YORK -- The Mets took the first of a four-game series with the Marlins, 7-5, on Thursday by a margin of two runs and just a few inches.

Just a few inches closer down the barrel, and maybe J.T. Realmuto's bases-loaded fly ball off Rafael Montero in the sixth carries a few inches farther over Citi Field's right-field wall.

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Duda's three-hit night helps Mets win without Wright

First baseman proving he can be effective against lefties

Duda's three-hit night helps Mets win without Wright

NEW YORK -- The only question now is the height of Lucas Duda's ceiling.

As Mets manager Terry Collins sees it, Duda realized at some point last year that he "belongs" in the big leagues. The back of Duda's baseball card suggests not only that he belongs, but that he has quietly developed into one of the National League's foremost sluggers. And that's just based on last year, when Duda hit .180 with a .516 OPS against left-handed pitchers.

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Duda, Flores deliver as Mets win fifth straight

Duda, Flores deliver as Mets win fifth straight

NEW YORK -- Another wacky game at Citi Field produced another wild win for the Mets, who parlayed Lucas Duda's three-hit night into a 7-5 win over the Marlins. The victory was the fifth straight for the Mets, marking their longest winning streak since 2013.

Twice, the Marlins built early leads, most notably on Giancarlo Stanton's record-setting two-run homer in the first. But the Mets twice tied the game, taking the lead for good on Duda's opposite-field RBI single off left-hander Mike Dunn in the seventh.

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Flores shatters slump with three-run shot vs. Marlins

Manager hopes homer will boost confidence of shortstop

Flores shatters slump with three-run shot vs. Marlins

NEW YORK -- This is what Wilmer Flores is in the lineup for after all -- his bat.

And after an offseason full of questions, trade rumors and doubt -- and after a rough start over which fears were realized and the alarm sounded -- Flores finally showed a glimpse of it.

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Ichiro called safe in wild replay review

Marlins pinch-hitter tied game after call overturned following lengthy look

Ichiro called safe in wild replay review

NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki pleaded. The Marlins challenged. Then, everyone waited … and waited.

After a review that lasted five minutes, 44 seconds on Thursday night, one of the wildest replay reviews you'll see resulted in an overturn that produced the tying run in the seventh inning for the Marlins against the Mets at Citi Field.

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Wright: 'I'm bored out of my mind'

Third baseman tries to keep busy while sidelined with strained right hamstring

Wright: 'I'm bored out of my mind'

NEW YORK -- Ever a creature of habit, Mets third baseman David Wright did everything possible to keep some semblance of his regular routine intact on Thursday, his first full day at Citi Field since straining his right hamstring earlier this week. Wright studied video of Marlins starter Jarred Cosart, just as if he were playing. He attended a pre-series hitters' meeting. He hung out behind the cage while his teammates took batting practice.

And still, Wright said: "I'm bored out of my mind."

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