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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Marty Noble

Mets starting to form 2015 identity

Mets starting to form 2015 identity

NEW YORK -- Forty-eight hours had passed, and whatever emotions existed Tuesday night when the Mets and Phillies stared at each other and wondered about the intent of pitches that found flesh no longer were evident at Citi Field. A "to be continued" probably was in the recesses of the minds of the two primary participants, Matt Harvey and Chase Utley. No way to know for sure. But in the Mets' clubhouse, even 48 hours later, a little probing uncovered a lingering sense of "don't mess with us."

With the Mets' victory against the Marlins secured, Jon Niese dressed and prepared to depart. He was stopped by an inquiry or two. His locker is adjacent to Harvey's, and from the proximity, Niese can get a gist of what's going on with Marvelous Harv.

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Mets gain confidence in first game without Wright

Duda, d'Arnaud help fill void with captain on the DL

Mets gain confidence in first game without Wright

NEW YORK -- In a way, Wednesday marked the beginning of the rest of the year for the Mets. Gone was the pomp and circumstance of the season's first road trip, the home opener at Citi Field and the first Matt Harvey Day in a year and a half. Gone also was captain David Wright, lost to a strained right hamstring for at least the next two weeks.

In place of all that was a club looking to win plain, old regular-season games amidst plain, old regular-season circumstances. The type of games that, over a six-month season, separate great teams from good ones.

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Mild right hamstring strain sends Wright to DL

Mets recall Campbell from Triple-A Las Vegas with third baseman out

Mild right hamstring strain sends Wright to DL

NEW YORK -- David Wright danced off second base and felt another tug in his right hamstring. That's when his inner monologue began. Wright had just hurt his leg stealing second base in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Phillies, but wasn't yet sure of the injury's severity. He wanted to play. He also remembered what happened two years ago, when he played through what he considered a mild hamstring strain, only to tear it worse and miss seven weeks.

"Ultimately," Wright said, "I think I made the correct decision."

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Duda, d'Arnaud power Mets to sweep of Phillies

Duda, d'Arnaud power Mets to sweep of Phillies

NEW YORK -- Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud's first home runs of the year supported Jon Niese's first win as the Mets earned their first series sweep by topping the Phillies 6-1 on Jackie Robinson Day at Citi Field in their first game without David Wright.

Niese scattered nine hits, holding the Phillies to one run over 6 1/3 innings despite the best efforts of Odubel Herrera and Cody Asche. The pair combined for six hits and four doubles off Niese, but the lefty worked out of multiple jams and stranded eight runners. The Phillies left 11 men on base in all.

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Granderson, Mayberry Jr. honor Robinson

Granderson, Mayberry Jr. honor Robinson

NEW YORK -- On a day when every Major League player remembered Jackie Robinson by wearing his number on their backs, Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson decided to honor the baseball legend from head to toe.

Never mind matching orange and black cleats. Wednesday Granderson tied on custom sky blue spikes designed with Robinson in mind. Made by Chicago-based graffiti artist The Sole Revival, the New Balance shoes combine a contemporary urban spray paint theme with history. The letters "JRD" branded near the toe and number "42" by the heel provide a nice touch.

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Campbell ready to try to fill Wright's shoes

Campbell ready to try to fill Wright's shoes

NEW YORK -- The man tasked with replacing some fraction of David Wright's production received his call late Tuesday night in Sacramento, Calif., heading immediately to the airport for a flight to Las Vegas. He slept for a few hours, woke up and grabbed another flight to New York City, arriving in the Mets' clubhouse late Wednesday afternoon.

"It's good to be back," Eric Campbell said, hours before starting at third base in the Mets' series finale against the Phillies. "That week gave me a good chance to get a lot of at-bats in at Triple-A, and I started to feel really good. So I hope to continue that here."

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Mets fans pack Citi Field to see Harvey

Mets fans pack Citi Field to see Harvey

NEW YORK -- Shortly after his club announced its rotation order last month, general manager Sandy Alderson was asked if the Mets held Matt Harvey back from their home opener at least partially to boost attendance to home game No. 2.

"Could be," Alderson said, donning his best Cheshire Cat grin.

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In quirky win, Harvey owns the night

In quirky win, Harvey owns the night

NEW YORK -- As if the catcher playing third base were not spectacle enough, or the blustery manager ejection, or the four hit batsmen (or was it only three?), or the replay review that wasn't really a replay review, or the chanting masses crowding into Citi Field, or anything else that went into the Mets' 6-5 win over the Phillies, this was Harvey Day -- a holiday. The first in New York since 2013.

Even Matt Harvey had never seen anything like it.

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Harvey, Duda help Mets pick up third straight victory

Harvey, Duda help Mets pick up third straight victory

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey delivered another six quality innings Tuesday in his first home start since 2013, leading the Mets to a chaotic, 6-5 win over the Phillies at Citi Field.

Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected and Harvey received a warning for plunking Chase Utley, who paced the Phillies with two home runs and three RBIs. But the Mets outslugged the Phillies on the night, knocking starter David Buchanan out of the game in the fifth.

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