Familia up for NL All-Star spot in Final Vote

Fans can send Mets closer to Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati

Familia up for NL All-Star spot in Final Vote

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeurys Familia and his 1.13 ERA may not have made the All-Star team, but the Mets' breakout closer still has a chance. Familia has been named to the National League's Final Vote, along with Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, Johnny Cueto of the Reds, Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies and Carlos Martinez of the Cardinals.

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deGrom selected for first All-Star Game

NL Final Vote candidate Familia could join Mets starter in Cincinnati

deGrom selected for first All-Star Game

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pitching has defined the Mets throughout the first half of this season, at times almost singlehandedly keeping them afloat. So it is only natural that a pitcher will represent them at the 2015 All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

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Monell delivers after Niese's stellar start

Monell delivers after Niese's stellar start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Johnny Monell hit a two-run double in the ninth inning and Jon Niese outdueled Chris Heston as the New York Mets beat the San Francisco Giants, 3-0, Monday night at AT&T Park.

Monell, a former Giants catcher who appeared in eight games for San Francisco in 2013, ripped a 3-2 slider to right field off Santiago Casilla to break a scoreless tie. Niese, who had allowed four earned runs in 21 career innings at AT&T Park coming into the game, fired eight scoreless frames, giving up three hits and two walks while striking out four.

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Mets summon Nieuwenhuis to bolster bench

Mets summon Nieuwenhuis to bolster bench

SAN FRANCISCO -- One week, Kirk Nieuwenhuis was in the Mets' clubhouse, sitting alongside old teammates in the only organization he has ever known. The next, he looked up to see Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and the Angels strolling around unfamiliar environs. Now he's back with the Mets, summoned from Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday to improve a struggling bench.

"It was kind of like a weird dream," Nieuwenhuis said upon arriving at AT&T Park, four weeks removed from his last game with the Angels. The Mets optioned fellow outfielder Darrell Ceciliani to Las Vegas to make room for him on the roster.

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Future is bright for Mets with Matz on mound

Young lefty keeps Dodgers scoreless in 2nd career start

Future is bright for Mets with Matz on mound

LOS ANGELES -- No one can really say this enough: The Mets have so much good, young, frontline pitching. There's a bright future in store for an organization that hasn't made the playoffs since 2006 or won a World Series since 1986.

"I don't think it's the future, I think it's right now," said Mets captain David Wright on Sunday.

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Matz blanks Dodgers for six as Mets roll

Matz blanks Dodgers for six as Mets roll

LOS ANGELES -- For once, the Mets had little trouble scoring Sunday at Dodger Stadium. And they didn't even need Steven Matz to contribute that much with the bat.

Matz did drive home his fifth run in two games in the Mets' 8-0 win over the Dodgers, also delivering six shutout innings in his second career start. Wilmer Flores added four hits to pace the eight-run attack, which featured two more runs than they scored in their previous five games combined.

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Flores enjoys breakout series in LA

Mets second baseman goes 10-for-13 with five RBIs

Flores enjoys breakout series in LA

LOS ANGELES -- Coming into this weekend, the dirty little secret about Wilmer Flores' season had nothing to do with his struggles at shortstop, and everything to do with his performance at the plate. For months, the Mets have insisted they could deal with Flores' defensive deficiencies due to his offensive potential. But Flores simply was not vindicating his bosses, posting a .152 batting average and .361 OPS from June 17 through July 1.

Whether his recent move to second base had anything to do with his sudden turnaround is nothing more than conjecture. But Flores has broken out since shifting defensive positions, rapping out four hits in the Mets' 8-0 win over the Dodgers on Sunday. He finished 10-for-13 in the three-game series with two doubles and five RBIs.

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Harvey not a fan of six-man rotation

Collins says he understands righty's concerns, adds he must 'get over it'

Harvey not a fan of six-man rotation

LOS ANGELES -- Unprompted, when asked about his struggles after Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Dodgers, Matt Harvey at least partially blamed his discomfort in the Mets' six-man rotation.

A day later, manager Terry Collins recommended that Harvey and his other starting pitchers "get over it."

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Mets seek revenge vs. no-hitter foe Heston

Mets seek revenge vs. no-hitter foe Heston

If the Mets can trace their current offensive funk back to any one day in particular, it may as well be June 9 -- the day that Giants rookie Chris Heston no-hit them at Citi Field. Since that night, the Mets have struggled to score with any consistency, while Heston has blossomed into a key member of San Francisco's rotation.

Now comes the rematch, a chance for revenge. Heston will face Jon Niese and the Mets in Monday's series opener at AT&T Park, with both teams struggling to keep pace in the National League's developing Wild Card race.

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Harvey shows Tommy John return is a process

Righty has shown signs of both brilliance and struggle in comeback campaign

Harvey shows Tommy John return is a process

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Harvey has struggled at times through his first year pitching after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. There is such a thing as Tommy John surgery fatigue and Harvey showed the vestiges of it on Saturday in a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers.

"It's definitely hard," Harvey told MLB.com after the game. "It's like one batter to the next batter, the arm slot, staying back, just trusting that my arm will stay healthy. It's been a lot different than I thought it was going to be."

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Mets' offense still trying to work through lull

New York shows signs of life late in Los Angeles, but they're not enough

Mets' offense still trying to work through lull

LOS ANGELES -- Like the faintest blips on a heart rate monitor, the Mets' offense showed rare signs of life in the eighth and ninth innings on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. The three runs they scored may not have mattered much in a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers, who took advantage of Matt Harvey's wildness while leaning on their own superb starter, Zack Greinke, for seven shutout innings.

But it was something. And that's more than the Mets have had in a while.

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Harvey, bats fall short against Dodgers

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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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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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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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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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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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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