Harvey, bats fall short against Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- When the National League's hottest pitcher met the game's coldest offense on Saturday, the result was as advertised. Zack Greinke delivered seven shutout innings to extend his scoreless streak in a 4-3 Dodgers win over Matt Harvey and the Mets.

Though Greinke ran into trouble several times early, he turned dominant in the middle innings at Dodger Stadium, retiring the final seven batters he faced. His 27 2/3-inning scoreless streak is the league's second-longest active run, trailing only Rangers pitcher Yovani Gallardo's 29 1/3-inning stretch.

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Mets ready for Mejia's return from suspension

Collins hopes reliever addresses team in some capacity on Tuesday

Mets ready for Mejia's return from suspension

LOS ANGELES -- Whether Jenrry Mejia addresses the clubhouse as a whole or has conversations privately, locker to locker, Terry Collins doesn't care. The Mets manager does not even care if his suspended former closer apologizes. But he does feel that Mejia must say something upon returning Tuesday in San Francisco.

"I think he has to," Collins said of Mejia, who was suspended for 80 games in April after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol. "I think it's important for him to say, 'Hey look, we're moving forward here. I'm helping move forward.' He's a big part of this team. When you talk to him after he got suspended, he was heartbroken."

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Matz, eyeing encore, faces Dodgers

After memorable debut, southpaw gets first test on the road

Matz, eyeing encore, faces Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- This time around, Steven Matz will have no family in the crowd, no screaming throngs of friends behind the home dugout. When Matz takes the mound for his second career start Sunday at Dodger Stadium, it will be normal.

Sort of.

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Syndergaard tosses gem and Mets rally late

Syndergaard tosses gem and Mets rally late

LOS ANGELES -- The Mets still aren't scoring particularly often, but on Friday night, at least, they managed to score enough. Kevin Plawecki hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, lifting the Mets to a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers on a night that saw Noah Syndergaard hold one of the National League's best offenses to two hits in six innings.

The Mets never led until the ninth, when they parlayed a bloop double, an infield single and Plawecki's sacrifice fly into their second run. They still scored two or fewer runs for the 12th time in 14 games, but won for the fifth time during that stretch.

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A more upbeat Wright visits team in L.A.

Mets third baseman does not have timetable for return

A more upbeat Wright visits team in L.A.

LOS ANGELES -- Smiling, laughing, joking -- "that joyful sound" back in his voice, as Terry Collins put it -- the David Wright who appeared at Dodger Stadium on Friday hardly resembled the version who first visited his teammates a month ago in San Diego. But an underlying sense of uncertainty continues to surround Wright and his return from spinal stenosis.

"We're getting down to the second half of the season now," the Mets third baseman said. "I feel like I've got one shot to get this right."

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Barry M. Bloom

Mets must shop for offensive help

With the prospect of Wright's return dimming, team needs to add bat

Mets must shop for offensive help

LOS ANGELES -- No one has to read too much between the lines. Mets captain and third baseman David Wright isn't going to return from stenosis in his lower spine anytime soon. Consequently, if the Mets are going to find any help for their beleaguered offense, ranked 29th in the Major Leagues, it's going to have to be from elsewhere.

Wright caught up with teammates at Dodger Stadium before the Mets opened a key three-game series against the National League West-leading Dodgers on Friday night with a 2-1 win.

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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.

All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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Collins' job is safe, Alderson says

Despite Mets' recent skid, managerial change has not been considered

Collins' job is safe, Alderson says

LOS ANGELES -- Despite the Mets' disappointing play in recent weeks, dropping from 10 games over .500 in late April to exactly .500 at the start of play Friday, team leaders have given "absolutely no consideration" to making a managerial change, general manager Sandy Alderson said.

When asked directly if Terry Collins should be concerned, Alderson said flatly: "No."

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Cuddyer avoids DL, pinch-hits vs. Dodgers

Mets outfielder says injured knee improved after receiving shots

Cuddyer avoids DL, pinch-hits vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Once confident that he would avoid the disabled list, then not so confident, Michael Cuddyer took batting practice prior to Friday's game against the Dodgers and pronounced himself -- once and for all -- healthy enough to avoid an extended absence.

Though Cuddyer was out of the starting lineup Friday for a third straight night, he came off the bench to pinch-hit, striking out in the seventh inning of the 2-1 victory. It was his first action since injuring his knee Tuesday against the Cubs.

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Mets don't plan to rush Conforto to Majors

Outfield prospect was one of several options discussed

Mets don't plan to rush Conforto to Majors

LOS ANGELES -- Desperate for offense, the Mets have discussed calling up last year's top Draft pick, outfielder Michael Conforto, who has been thriving at Double-A Binghamton since an early-season promotion. But the team has no plans to debut Conforto anytime soon, general manager Sandy Alderson said.

"We've discussed it," Alderson said. "At this point, he's still in Binghamton and I would expect him to be over the near-term."

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Despite struggles, deGrom battles vs. Cubs

Righty frustrated with outing, but fights back to escape jams

Despite struggles, deGrom battles vs. Cubs

NEW YORK -- After his 115th pitch cleared the fence and his manager called to the bullpen, Jacob deGrom walked calmly off the mound and into the Mets' dugout, where the familiar orange of a Gatorade cooler awaited.

He paused, took a few steps, and -- with his pitching hand -- punched it just beside the lightning logo. The cooler spilled to the ground as deGrom sat on the bench.

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Mets snap scoreless streak, but fall to Cubs

Mets snap scoreless streak, but fall to Cubs

NEW YORK -- The Cubs continued to dominate the Mets by finishing off a season sweep -- and their ninth consecutive win against the Queens club -- with a 6-1 win Thursday at Citi Field. The seven total runs were more than in the series' first two games combined.

Jake Arrieta was excellent in yet another day game, holding the Mets to a single run in eight innings. He picked up his eighth win of the season and lowered his season ERA in day games to 2.65. Jacob deGrom allowed four runs in a game for the first time since May 11, and just the third time this season. His second-inning run snapped a scoreless streak that had stretched to over two full games for the Mets.

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Rose better after Mets' charter lands for him

LA-bound team plane stopped in Detroit after radio play-by-play man fell ill

LOS ANGELES -- The Mets' team charter made an emergency landing Thursday night in Detroit to allow WOR Mets radio play-by-play voice Howie Rose to see a doctor after feeling ill on board.

WOR made a statement on Friday that Rose was feeling better after the incident, but due to lengthy travel, doctors advised him to rejoin the Mets next week, when they return to New York.

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Mets looking to lighten things up

After snapping scoreless streak, club wants to 'enjoy the game'

Mets looking to lighten things up

NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins is out of ideas. He's tried shuffling the lineup, leaving his pitchers in to hit and playing a spattering of new faces. Nothing's worked -- the Mets' offense is still struggling.

It's getting to a point Collins said he's never seen before, and he's willing to try anything.

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Cuddyer still out; lineup changes minimal

Cuddyer still out; lineup changes minimal

NEW YORK -- Wednesday night, after watching his team's scoreless streak stretch to 20 innings, Terry Collins said change was coming. The Mets' manager vowed to "flip-flop some guys" in the batting order, hoping it would spark something.

When Collins filled out his lineup card Thursday morning, those changes were minimal: Darrell Ceciliani had been moved up to the No. 2 slot, Lucas Duda had been dropped to cleanup and starting pitcher Jacob deGrom was in the No. 8 position.

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Ynoa tosses one-hitter for Binghamton

Mets No. 11 prospect strikes out 6, walks none in shutout victory

Ynoa tosses one-hitter for Binghamton

Entering Thursday, Double-A Binghamton pitcher Gabriel Ynoa had only tossed one nine-inning complete game in 93 starts.

But the Mets No. 11 prospect had one of the best starts of his career in a 5-0 win over Erie, giving up just one hit while striking out six and walking none in nine shutout innings. The near-perfect game required 103 pitches -- 76 of them strikes -- from the 22-year-old as he picked up his fifth win of the season.

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Mets land pair of top international free agents

Venezuelan SS Gimenez ($1.2M), Dominican SS Guerrero ($1.5M) agree to deals

Mets land pair of top international free agents

The Mets are adding two premier prospects, including one familiar baseball name, to their Minor League ranks.

According to industry sources, the Mets agreed to a $1.2 million signing bonus with Venezuelan shortstop Andres Gimenez, ranked No. 15 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, and a $1.5 million signing bonus with Dominican Republic shortstop Gregory Guerrero, who is ranked No. 17.

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Mets' squeeze try vs. Cubs turns bizarre

Mets' squeeze try vs. Cubs turns bizarre

NEW YORK -- Desperate to score runs, the Mets' struggle to do so turned ugly in the eighth inning of their 2-0, 11-inning loss to the Cubs on Wednesday, despite a controversial call working in their favor.

With one out and two men in scoring position in a scoreless game, Darrell Ceciliani attempted a suicide squeeze, but missed the bunt. Ruben Tejada, who was on third base at the start of the play, was caught halfway between there and home, prompting the Cubs to chase him back to third base.

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Offense running on empty as Mets fall in 11

Offense running on empty as Mets fall in 11

NEW YORK -- It took 11 innings, multiple scoring chances (and nearly as many mistakes) before someone finally crossed home plate. That someone wound up being the Cubs, who waited until the 11th inning of their 2-0 win over the Mets on Wednesday before eking across the game's first runs.

Starlin Castro plated the go-ahead run at Citi Field with an infield single off Carlos Torres, who initially gave the Cubs life by walking leadoff man Dexter Fowler. Eight Cubs batted in the 11th, marking one of the few extended rallies for either side all night.

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Wright may start baseball activities next week

Wright may start baseball activities next week

NEW YORK -- Mets third baseman David Wright, the soul of a team that has lost its way at the plate in consecutive shutout losses, including Wednesday's 2-0 setback in 11 innings, is about to take the first steps toward a return.

Manager Terry Collins spoke Tuesday with Wright, who said he is "extremely optimistic" that he can begin baseball activities next week. Wright has been limited to physical therapy since doctors diagnosed him with spinal stenosis in mid-May. The third baseman has been camped out in Southern California, where spinal specialist Dr. Robert Watkins has been directing his treatment and progress.

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Duda, like Mets, fighting through 'tough period'

Duda, like Mets, fighting through 'tough period'

NEW YORK -- Lucas Duda couldn't name anything he's doing well right now. All he could muster was "not much" and a grim chuckle.

"Good question," he told the reporter who asked as he walked away. "Good question."

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Good news for Mets: Cuddyer avoids DL

Outfielder gets two injections in left knee after MRI comes back clean

Good news for Mets: Cuddyer avoids DL

NEW YORK -- Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer realized his "best-case scenario" on Wednesday, when an MRI showed no structural damage in the left knee that forced him out of Tuesday's game. Cuddyer received two injections in the joint -- "an oil change," as he put it -- and hopes to return to the lineup as soon as Thursday.

"I was real concerned when it happened because this guy never says boo," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He never says a word about anything at all. When I went down to look at him … and he had trouble bending his knee, I was nervous. So the news is finally some good news, a bright spot, instead of another guy on the 15-day DL."

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Mets unable to back strong Niese vs. Cubs

Mets unable to back strong Niese vs. Cubs

NEW YORK -- The Cubs evidently didn't need to increase their offensive output very much to end their losing streak, as one run was enough in their 1-0 win over the Mets on Tuesday at Citi Field. The Mets remained punchless themselves despite the return of infielder Daniel Murphy .

Kyle Hendricks allowed just three hits and a walk over six shutout innings, and Chicago's bullpen did the rest. That allowed the Cubs to snap their five-game losing streak while simultaneously bringing New York's four-game winning streak to a halt. The Cubs have won seven in a row against the Mets, and 10 of their last 12 dating back to last season.

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Mets buoyed by Murphy's return despite loss

Mets buoyed by Murphy's return despite loss

NEW YORK -- If Daniel Murphy's return was not going to be a cure-all for the Mets, it was at least supposed to help. And certainly it still can. Coming off the disabled list Tuesday, Murphy hit two balls on the screws in a 1-for-4 day as the Mets' cleanup hitter, even making a fine play at third base.

But his teammates remained punchless in a 1-0 loss to the Cubs, their total holding steady at 22 runs in their last 12 games. The Mets put merely one man -- Murphy -- in scoring position all night, falling to 9-for-67 (.134) in such situations over that dozen-game stretch.

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Wins proving hard to come by for Niese

Wins proving hard to come by for Niese

NEW YORK -- When Jon Niese turned his season around in June, it should have turned his record around as well. Not so much. In taking a 1-0 loss Tuesday against the Cubs, Niese dropped to 0-6 over his last nine outings, despite delivering quality starts in each of the last five. He owns a 3.00 ERA over that most recent stretch, with zero wins to show for it.

"It's tough to swallow," Niese said. "But you've got to be professional about it. You've got to forget about it."

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Matz back to business after surreal debut

Matz back to business after surreal debut

NEW YORK -- Like everyone else, Mets rookie Steven Matz saw the video of his grandfather, who became an Internet sensation for his fanaticism -- going as far as to smack himself repeatedly on his own head -- during Matz's big league debut Sunday at Citi Field.

"I was cracking up," Matz said of his grandfather, 82-year-old Bert Moller. "He's a character. He's a funny guy."

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Mets gear up for crucial stretch of schedule

New York set to take on string of tough opponents in July

Mets gear up for crucial stretch of schedule

NEW YORK -- The Mets will hit the midway point of what could be a pivotal year in the franchise's trajectory this week, and manager Terry Collins isn't taking anything for granted. He knows his team cannot rest on what's been an up-and-down (but overall successful) first half.

"We're at a critical point," Collins said of his team, which sports a 40-37 record and now faces its season's roughest stretch.

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Richard Justice

Mets shouldn't give up future to compete now

Matz joins Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard as part of untouchable core

Mets shouldn't give up future to compete now

There you go, Mets fans. There's your future. Few teams have a brighter one. This is how championship teams are built.

Yes, the Mets need offense. Yes, this rebuilding thing has gone on long enough. But here's the good news.

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