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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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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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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Looking to stay hot, Syndergaard faces Kershaw

Looking to stay hot, Syndergaard faces Kershaw

Friday night's Dodgers homestand opener against the Mets at Dodger Stadium will be historic in at least one way. It will mark the first time in his career that Clayton Kershaw will attempt to snap a three-game losing streak.

Kershaw will be facing Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard, who allowed the Reds one run over eight innings in his last start.

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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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Steven Matz has a sandwich named after him

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Steven Matz has a sandwich named after him

Deli sandwiches are some of the finest food money can buy. They can serve as late-night snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, dessert, appetizers, finger foods, birthday cakes and clothing. There is probably no greater resource on Earth. 

And according to Newsday, a Long Island deli has named one after Mets pitching prospect Steve Matz.

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Aggressive Granderson earning his contract

Veteran outfielder's average exit velocity up nearly 3 mph since May 10

Aggressive Granderson earning his contract

Mets fans can be forgiven for constantly asking when their team is going to go out and get a hitter, because the offense -- currently 26th in run scoring at 3.58 per game -- has clearly not done its part to support the consistently excellent pitching, which is sixth at 3.73 runs allowed per game. Thanks to injuries to David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Travis d'Arnaud, and disappointing performances from most of the rest of the lineup, the only two consistently above-average hitters in Queens have been Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson.

It might be surprising to see Granderson referred to as "above average," considering that he's hit only 33 homers in his first year-and-a-half with the Mets after topping 41 in each of his final two fully healthy years with the Yankees, or that he's tied for just 111th in runs batted in with 27. (Nevermind that he's led off in 70 of 77 Mets games.) For the $60 million he's receiving over four years, many fans seem to have expected more.

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Matz's historic game helps Mets sweep Reds

Matz's historic game helps Mets sweep Reds

NEW YORK -- When he stepped into Citi Field around 8:40 a.m. on Sunday, Steven Matz had no way of knowing it would be almost eight hours before he would finally step to the mound in his debut. When he did, it was worth the wait.

After three months at Triple-A Las Vegas, then a rain delay and half of a 13-inning suspended game on Sunday afternoon, Matz drove home four runs, the first pitcher to do so in his Major League debut, and pitched 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball in a 7-2 win over the Reds at Citi Field.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Marty Noble

D adjustments help, but Mets need more bats

1-0 loss to the Cubs on Tuesday was latest example of lack of offense

D adjustments help, but Mets need more bats

NEW YORK -- It was the first night of the rest of the Mets' season, and Daniel Murphy was stationed at third base, also known as his best position. Ruben Tejada was to Murphy's immediate left, finally deployed at shortstop on what we've been told is supposed to be a permanent basis. As permanent as anything is with the Mets of the six-man, five-man, six-man rotation.

Not only is shortstop Tejada's best position, it is the position he plays better than anyone else on the Mets' 25-man roster.

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Meet the Matz: Historic debut for Mets lefty

Four RBIs is most by pitcher, Mets rookie in MLB debut

Meet the Matz: Historic debut for Mets lefty

NEW YORK -- For hours, Steven Matz made Citi Field's clubhouse his home, arriving early Sunday morning with plenty of time to marvel at the "comfortable couches." Welcome to the big leagues; the idle hours are not so bad. It was not until he stepped to the mound in the late afternoon that jitters truly enveloped Matz, who fired his first 96-mph fastball to the brick behind home plate.

Then, just like that, Matz transformed into a force as dominant at the plate as he was on the mound. The rookie from Long Island cracked a two-run double in his first big league plate appearance Sunday, en route to a three-hit, four-RBI day in the Mets' 7-2 win over the Reds.

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Murphy's return means new infield alignment for Mets

Murphy's return means new infield alignment for Mets

NEW YORK -- A successful rehab stint has infielder Daniel Murphy set to rejoin the Mets after a three-and-a-half week absence, making Wilmer Flores' move to second base a reality.

Following a team off day Monday, the Mets are prepared to activate Murphy before Tuesday's series opener against the Cubs.

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Lagares takes back homer with great catch

Lagares takes back homer with great catch

NEW YORK -- Maybe Juan Lagares wanted to play 13 innings.

Because of his home run-robbing catch in the eighth inning, eventually the Mets and Reds did. Lagares' leaping play took a homer away from Cininnati outfielder Jay Bruce and preserved a 1-1 tie before the Mets completed Saturday's suspended game with a 2-1 win on Sunday.

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Mets clinch series win with walk-off in 13 innings

Mets clinch series win with walk-off in 13 innings

NEW YORK -- For one team, completing a suspended game nearly 24 hours after it began was worth the wait. That proved to be the Mets, who took a 2-1 win over the Reds in 13 innings on a Lucas Duda chopper that could not be handled by first baseman Joey Votto. New York won the first two games of the series with a chance to sweep in the regularly scheduled Sunday game.

"The pitching -- from the start yesterday to today -- was an outstanding job by every guy on the mound," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We won the game. That's the only good thing that happened besides our pitching today."

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