Flores' walk-off HR caps 6-run comeback

Flores' walk-off HR caps 6-run comeback

NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores had fastball on the brain as he strode to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

Facing Simon Castro, he had a feeling he'd see a healthy diet of fastballs during the at-bat. And he was right.

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Cabrera starts first career game at third base

Mets showcasing infielder's versatility for possible trade

Cabrera starts first career game at third base

NEW YORK -- Asdrubal Cabrera occupied a rare area of the Citi Field infield while taking pregame grounders Saturday before the Mets' 6-5, walk-off win over the A's, fielding balls at third base, where he later made his first career start at the position.

The instance marked the second time Cabrera had warmed up at third, but that did not concern Mets manager Terry Collins. Cabrera's good hands, combined with his defensive acumen, allow him to seamlessly translate to other infield spots from his natural position of shortstop.

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Bruce, Rosales team up for sandlot event

Bruce, Rosales team up for sandlot event

NEW YORK -- Adam Rosales made a promise to himself when he was younger, a pact the A's veteran continues to protect.

"[I said] that if I made it to the Major Leagues, I would continue to play like I was 12 years old," Rosales explained. "It's kind of a tribute to myself, my 12-year-old self, to keep playing the game the right way."

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Montero starts as Mets aim for sweep vs. A's

Montero starts as Mets aim for sweep vs. A's

The Mets and A's will close out a three-game Interleague set at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon, with New York's Rafael Montero taking the mound opposite Oakland rookie Daniel Gossett. First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. ET.

Montero hopes to continue proving his worth as a starter. The right-hander took the loss in his latest outing against the Cardinals despite allowing two earned runs (four total) across six innings. He yielded seven hits, struck out five and walked one.

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Conforto homers twice as Mets win opener

Conforto homers twice as Mets win opener

NEW YORK -- Michael Conforto may have limped into the All-Star Game earlier this month, slumping and recovering from a hand injury. Since returning from Miami, however, he has proven that his first career selection was no fluke.

Conforto homered twice in the Mets' 7-5 win over the A's on Friday at Citi Field, matching his career high with four RBIs in his fourth career multi-homer game.

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Blevins takes over for Reed, records 5-out save

Blevins takes over for Reed, records 5-out save

NEW YORK -- In the moments after Jerry Blevins watched Addison Reed enter the ballgame in pursuit of a five-out save, he began to assume that he could stop warming up, at least for a short time.

After all, the Mets' closer had seemed automatic lately, entering Friday's 7-5 win over the Athletics at Citi Field with an 0.89 ERA over his last 20 1/3 innings, converting all 10 save chances.

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Rivera's RBI single turned into a 3-run 'HR'

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Rivera's RBI single turned into a 3-run 'HR'

When T.J. Rivera lined a single back up the middle in the bottom of the sixth inning of Friday's Athletics-Mets game, it wasn't an ideal result, but the A's would have taken it. After all, with runners on first and second, that usually means that only one run will score. 

That ... didn't happen this time

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Cespedes reaffirms allegiance to Mets

Slugger commented on possible return to A's in pregame story

Cespedes reaffirms allegiance to Mets

NEW YORK -- Upon re-signing with the Mets last offseason, Yoenis Cespedes spent much of his press conference waxing poetic about New York. Cespedes fawned over the five boroughs, expressing his love for the Mets and their fans.

When a newspaper report brought those allegiances in question on Friday, Cespedes forcefully reaffirmed them, praising New York, the Mets and manager Terry Collins.

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Grandy continues charity work, deflects rumors

Grandy continues charity work, deflects rumors

NEW YORK -- With the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan serving as the backdrop, Curtis Granderson shrugged off trade rumors and expressed a willingness to remain in New York beyond the 2017 season.

Granderson arrived at the library by riding a Citi Bike from one block away to promote his Grand Kids Foundation charity dinner. The Foundation will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a dinner at the library on Aug. 7.

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Amid 'noise,' Duda climbs Mets' all-time HR list

1st baseman passes Hundley with home run No. 125 as Trade Deadline nears

Amid 'noise,' Duda climbs Mets' all-time HR list

NEW YORK -- Like the 124 instances that had come before it, Lucas Duda trotted around the bases after hitting a home run. This time, though, there existed the small possibility that it would be his last time doing so in a Mets uniform, the same one he has worn while hitting all of his Major League homers.

Duda, who passed Todd Hundley to stand alone in seventh place on the team's all-time home run list with No. 125 during the Mets' 3-2 win over the Cardinals at Citi Field on Thursday, has seen his name appear as a potential piece the Mets may move as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.

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Reyes' hustle gives Mets walk-off win vs. Cards

Reyes' hustle gives Mets walk-off win vs. Cards

NEW YORK -- As he waited for Trevor Rosenthal to toe the pitching rubber in the ninth inning Thursday at Citi Field, Jose Reyes darted his eyes toward the right side of the infield. He noticed first baseman Matt Carpenter, on Cardinals manager Mike Matheny's orders, backing toward the lip of the right-field grass. Reyes told himself if he hit a ball there, he was going to duck his head and sprint.

When he did, Reyes saw out of the corner of his eye that Rosenthal was hesitating atop the mound, slow to cover first. Reyes ran even faster -- "There's still something there for 34 years old," he grinned afterward -- to beat Rosenthal to the bag, earning a walk-off single in the Mets' 3-2 win over the Cardinals.

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Prospect Szapucki has Tommy John surgery

Prospect Szapucki has Tommy John surgery

NEW YORK -- One of the brightest young arms in the Mets' next wave of prospects will not pitch for at least another year. The team announced that left-hander Thomas Szapucki, its fourth-ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline, underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday in New York City. The operation typically requires a 12-18-month recovery.

Szapucki, 21, was the Mets' fifth-round Draft pick in 2015. He rocketed up prospect rankings upon posting a 1.38 ERA over two Minor League levels last summer, striking out 86 batters in 52 innings. Missing the first two months of this season due to a left shoulder impingement, Szapucki went 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA, 27 strikeouts and 10 walks in six starts upon his return. He last appeared July 6 for Class A Columbia, departing after two-thirds of an inning.

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Mets activate Smoker, DFA righty Ramirez

Mets activate Smoker, DFA righty Ramirez

NEW YORK -- His shoulder healthy following a five-week stint on the disabled list, left-handed reliever Josh Smoker returned to the Mets on Thursday. The team activated Smoker prior to its series finale against the Cardinals, designating right-hander Neil Ramirez for assignment.

Smoker, 28, allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings of a Minor League rehab assignment split between Class A Advanced St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton. Prior to landing on the DL with a left shoulder strain, he held a 7.45 ERA in 22 games. Much of that damage came over his final three outings, in which he allowed eight runs over seven innings.

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Alonso continues power surge for St. Lucie

Alonso continues power surge for St. Lucie

No organization currently features more high-end talent in its farm system than the White Sox. That was evident on Thursday, as a host of the South Siders' top prospects turned in big performances across three different levels.

Most notably, No. 8 overall prospect Eloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 2) went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a pair of doubles for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. It was the 20-year-old outfielder's ninth home run this season and his first as a member of the White Sox after he was acquired from the Cubs last week in the Jose Quintana trade. No. 68 overall prospect Zack Collins (White Sox No. 7) also went deep for Winston-Salem, giving him 13 homers through 82 games in his first full season.

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Mets score early and often, then fend off Cards

Mets score early and often, then fend off Cards

NEW YORK -- Offensively dormant for most of the second half, Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes woke up on Wednesday -- and displayed every side of who he is -- in a 7-3 win over the Cardinals.

Featuring freshly dyed blue hair, Cespedes drove home runs in each of his first two at-bats, helping the Mets jump all over Cardinals starter Mike Leake for seven runs in two innings. But fans at Citi Field held their collective breath when trainer Ray Ramirez trotted out to check on Cespedes following his second-inning double, fearing another leg injury for the slugger.

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With solid start vs. STL, deGrom boosts value

With solid start vs. STL, deGrom boosts value

NEW YORK -- There is a chance, however slim, that when Jacob deGrom walked off the Citi Field mound to a standing ovation in the seventh inning on Wednesday, he did so for the last time as a Met. There is a chance that some club will bowl the Mets over with a franchise-changing offer for their best starting pitcher.

For contenders, it's easy to see the allure. When the Mets finished off their 7-3 win over the Cardinals, deGrom improved to 7-0 with a 1.51 ERA over his last seven starts. He has 50 strikeouts, 10 walks and a 0.82 ERA over that stretch. Even on Wednesday, when he knew early that he was lacking his best swing-and-miss stuff, he gave the Mets 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

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Walker joins Triple-A in 1st step toward return

Walker joins Triple-A in 1st step toward return

NEW YORK -- Mets second baseman Neil Walker, who suffered a partial tear in his left hamstring running to first base during the fourth inning of the Mets' 9-4 win over the Cubs on June 14, will join Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday in Memphis to begin a rehab assignment that could see him return to the Majors as early as next week.

The tricky aspect of the rehab process, general manager Sandy Alderson said a few weeks ago, is the stabilization of Walker's knee, since the injury was to the lower part of the hamstring.

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Smith comes up clutch for Las Vegas

Smith comes up clutch for Las Vegas

Astros prospects Daz Cameron and Ronnie Dawson put up monster numbers to help lead Class A Quad Cities to a 20-3 win over Lansing on Wednesday night.

The duo combined to go 6-for-9 with two triples, three home runs, four runs scored and eight RBIs on a night where everything went right for the River Bandits' offense.

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Blanked on 3 hits, Mets can't offset shaky start

Blanked on 3 hits, Mets can't offset shaky start

NEW YORK -- Still trailing multiple teams in both the National League Central and NL Wild Card races, the Cardinals must play exemplary baseball throughout the season's second half to claw back into the postseason picture. Michael Wacha did more than his share Tuesday night, and the Mets gave him plenty of help, committing three errors in a 5-0 St. Louis win at Citi Field.

A half-dozen defensive misplays, including both of T.J. Rivera's errors, allowed the Cardinals to storm out to a four-run lead in the game's first two innings. Behind Wacha's first career complete game, St. Louis never looked back, cruising to its fourth straight win over New York. In total, the Mets finished with as many errors -- three -- as they had hits against Wacha.

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3 E's just part of tough night for Mets' defense

New York continues to struggle in field; are trade rumors becoming distraction?

3 E's just part of tough night for Mets' defense

NEW YORK -- If the Mets are to storm back into the postseason picture, the way they did against admittedly shorter odds in 2015 and '16, they need to be something close to perfect down the stretch.

Lately, they have been anything but, undermining themselves with mistake after mistake after defensive mistake. Officially, the Mets committed three errors in their 5-0 loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday night. Unofficially, they made a handful of other miscues, their sum total keeping victory well out of reach.

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Chris Christie catches foul ball at Mets game

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Chris Christie catches foul ball at Mets game

One thing we know about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is that he likes to take in a good live sporting event every once in a while. He's been spotted at numerous Dallas Cowboys games, has a potential future in sports talk radio and even showed up Tuesday night as the Mets took on the Cardinals.

As Christie's reward for showing up to cheer for his team, Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong sent a foul ball his way. Christie was happy to get the gift and accepted congratulations from his immediate neighbors.

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Bruce Mets' Heart and Hustle Award winner

Bruce Mets' Heart and Hustle Award winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Past winners of the Heart and Hustle Award include David Eckstein (2005), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).

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Conlon spins shutout for Binghamton

Conlon spins shutout for Binghamton

Tyler O'Neill has plenty of power and he showed it off with home runs in each game of Triple-A Tacoma's doubleheader split against Albuquerque.

O'Neill, the No. 29 overall prospect (Mariners No. 2) is heating up lately, having homered in three straight games and boasting a .327 average through 14 games this month.

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Thor, Harvey throw for first time since injuries

Collins: Star right-handers 'looked free and easy' in Day 1 of rehab process

Thor, Harvey throw for first time since injuries

NEW YORK -- The viewing party was a few dozen in number, pitching coach Dan Warthen among them, with others craning their necks to catch a glimpse. Noah Syndergaard rocked his weight back, shifted forward and threw. About 70 feet away, Matt Harvey caught his tosses and returned them.

In a season fraught with injuries for the Mets, Monday was a banner day at Citi Field. Syndergaard and Harvey both threw for the first time since suffering significant injuries, removing some of the ambiguity from their rehabilitation timeframes. Second baseman Neil Walker also ran for the first time on his injured left hamstring, performing baseball activities without a bulky knee brace.

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Syndergaard as Thor bobblehead Q&A

With Joe Quesada, chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment

Syndergaard as Thor bobblehead Q&A

What are some qualities or characteristics you think Noah and Thor share outside of their physical appearance?

Joe Quesada: Confidence, strength and a commanding presence! Thor is one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe, I mean the dude can go toe to toe with the Hulk, so his presence commands respect. Similarly, at 6-foot-6 and throwing fastballs at 100 mph, Noah brings the thunder and lightning and does his namesake proud!

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Mets rally, but can't catch up to Cardinals

Mets rally, but can't catch up to Cardinals

NEW YORK -- The Cardinals may be struggling to claw their way back into the National League playoff picture, but it hasn't prevented them from keeping the Mets out of it. St. Louis broke out for six runs in the sixth inning Monday, scoring a 6-3 win at Citi Field to further dim New York's postseason hopes.

Tommy Pham broke the game open with a three-run homer off Hansel Robles, Paul DeJong homered for a franchise-record fourth consecutive game against the Mets, and starting pitcher Adam Wainwright added a run-scoring double to tally double-digit RBIs for the second straight year. He is the only active Major League pitcher with multiple 10-plus RBI seasons.

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Mets hope Robles can harness Vegas success

Reliever allows 3-run homer to first batter after returning from Triple-A stint

Mets hope Robles can harness Vegas success

NEW YORK -- Entering the season, the Mets knew Jeurys Familia would miss the majority of April due to suspension. But they felt comfortable that Addison Reed, a former closer for the White Sox and D-backs, could fill Familia's role for two-plus weeks. They likewise felt confident that Hansel Robles, now 26 years old and coming off consecutive strong seasons, would fill in successfully behind Reed.

"We thought that was going to work because of what he's accomplished the last couple years here," manager Terry Collins said of Robles. "It just didn't work. I don't know why. He just didn't make pitches."

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Matz's mantra: 'Learn from my mistakes'

Starter struggles over one-plus innings, allowing seven runs

Matz's mantra: 'Learn from my mistakes'

NEW YORK -- After being removed from his start in St. Louis last Sunday, following just 4 1/3 innings, Steven Matz slammed his mitt into the Busch Stadium dugout.

There were no such prevalent emotions on this Sunday, but the results were worse for the left-hander. He allowed seven runs in one-plus innings in the Mets' 13-4 loss to the Rockies in Queens.

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Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York who covered the Mets on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.