Fish strike late after duel, but Murphy, Mets deliver in ninth

Fish strike late after duel, but Murphy, Mets deliver in ninth

MIAMI -- On a night that starting pitching stood out, Daniel Murphy struck for the big blow off Marlins closer Steve Cishek. Murphy blasted a three-run homer with one out in the ninth inning to rally the Mets to a 3-1 victory in one hour and 58 minutes, snapping Miami's winning streak at five.

"We're tired," manager Terry Collins said of a Mets team that did not land in Miami until nearly 4 a.m. ET on Monday. "Make no mistake about it, we're stinkin' beat. So when you can have that surge of energy, that's a huge pick-me-up."

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Gee quick to prove himself in 1:58 Mets win

Righty continues to cement place in rotation, throws 70 pitches in 7 2/3 frames of one-run ball

Gee quick to prove himself in 1:58 Mets win

MIAMI -- It was less than two weeks ago that Dillon Gee grew frustrated enough with his own pitching performances and the Mets' apparent lack of faith in him -- trade rumors throughout the winter, Rafael Montero looming in the bullpen, those sorts of things -- to initiate a private meeting with manager Terry Collins. Gee vented. He felt better.

In the end, of course, only one thing could save Gee's job: pitching well. And just as he did two years ago, when his rotation spot was equally in jeopardy, Gee has pitched well. His ultra-efficient 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball in Monday's 3-1 Mets win over the Marlins left no doubt in Collins' mind as to his fifth starter's status.

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'Murphalicious': Mets hero looking like his old self

'Murphalicious': Mets hero looking like his old self

MIAMI -- Because Daniel Murphy is so prone to extreme hot and cold streaks, one scene in the Mets' clubhouse has become almost routine over the past few seasons. Every time Murphy falls into a prolonged slump, as he did early in April, Collins insists that Murphy's numbers will be there at the end of the year.

After all, they always are.

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With 'pen thriving, Parnell taking his time in rehab

With 'pen thriving, Parnell taking his time in rehab

MIAMI -- Most nights in Port St. Lucie, Fla., once he is finished with his daily rehab, Bobby Parnell fires up the Mets broadcast on his phone. In that manner, he has taken notice of a bullpen that entered Monday's play second in the National League in ERA, despite the absences of Parnell, Vic Black, Josh Edgin and Jenrry Mejia. Jeurys Familia in particular has thrived in the closer's role that used to belong to Parnell.

"Like I said from the beginning, we've got a good bullpen," Parnell said Monday, making the short drive down to Marlins Park to reunite with teammates. "We've got good arms down there. It really benefits me from a selfish standpoint, because I know these guys can do it. I can take my time and be 100 percent when I get here. If they were struggling and I had to come up here early, it would be detrimental to me. But they're pitching their butts off. Familia's throwing outstanding. It's fun to watch."

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Mets give Montero chance to start in Miami

Mets give Montero chance to start in Miami

For the Mets, Rafael Montero's return to the rotation Tuesday night against the Marlins is a chance to give Matt Harvey and others a breather, pushing back all their starts by a day. For Montero, it's a chance to prove that he belongs in the big leagues.

With Montero struggling out of the bullpen earlier this year, trying to overpower hitters with a mid-90s fastball and little else, the Mets sent him to Triple-A Las Vegas to stretch him out as a starter. Though Montero struggled there, too, the Mets were encouraged by his efforts to command the strike zone with all of his pitches. They'll watch the fruits of those labors Tuesday against a Marlins team looking to stay hot.

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Syndergaard enjoys best start of Vegas tenure

Syndergaard enjoys best start of Vegas tenure

MIAMI -- In the end, Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard responded to the criticism that he received last week, not with words, but with dominance on the field.

Making up the start he missed last Friday due to illness, Syndergaard delivered the best statistical outing of his Triple-A Las Vegas career on Monday, throwing a two-hitter with nine strikeouts in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Albuquerque. Because Minor League doubleheaders consist of two seven-inning games, Syndergaard's effort was a complete game.

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Collins hoping to have Wright back on Saturday

Collins hoping to have Wright back on Saturday

NEW YORK -- Rather than watch Sunday night's Subway Series finale from the dugout, where he had spent each of the previous two games, Mets third baseman David Wright caught a flight down to Florida. There, he plans to begin participating in baseball activities Monday for the first time since straining his right hamstring on April 14.

Though Wright is eligible to return from the disabled list on Thursday, manager Terry Collins called that not "realistic." If Wright can return by Saturday, Collins said, that would be "really good."

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Mets ready to forget mistake-filled 'bad night'

Mets ready to forget mistake-filled 'bad night'

NEW YORK -- Daniel Murphy wrestled his glove off and shook it around, like maybe with some jiggling and a little luck, it would work better on the other hand. He raised it to his face and may have uttered some unspeakables. It was only the fifth inning, but in that moment, Murphy already summed up the Mets' entire night.

The Mets have still won 12 of 14, even after Sunday night's 6-4 loss to the Yankees. But they head to Miami no longer the hottest team even in the National League East and hoping Sunday represents an uncharacteristic blip.

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Niese, Mets fall short in bid to take series from Yanks

Niese, Mets fall short in bid to take series from Yanks

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez homered and drove in a pair of runs to pace the Yankees' attack against Jon Niese, helping to secure the first leg of the Subway Series with a 6-4 victory over the Mets on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

The Bombers took two of three games in the weekend set as Niese was thumped for six runs (four earned) and eight hits over five innings, including a four-run second inning in which the Yankees stroked four doubles. The Mets didn't help their cause defensively, committing four errors in the field.

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Niese wishes he 'could have a couple pitches back'

Niese wishes he 'could have a couple pitches back'

NEW YORK -- Over their first 18 games of the season, Mets starting pitchers ranked fourth in the Majors with a 3.12 ERA. Even during the team's 11-game winning streak, outfielder Michael Cuddyer noted that the offense could be better. It was starting pitching that was carrying the Mets.

A hiccup in that trend surfaced Sunday, courtesy of Jon Niese. Though his defense did not do much to help him, committing four errors that resulted in a pair of unearned runs, Niese bemoaned his own pitch selection and location in giving up four earned runs as well, resulting in a 6-4 loss to the Yankees.

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Trio of blasts aid sharp Harvey in near-complete effort

Trio of blasts aid sharp Harvey in near-complete effort

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey finished one out shy of a complete game and the Mets swatted three homers off CC Sabathia, evening the Subway Series with an 8-2 victory over the Yankees on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Lucas Duda hit a first-inning solo shot, Kevin Plawecki notched his first Major League homer with a two-run blast in the fourth and Eric Campbell cleared the right-field wall in the sixth off Sabathia, who was battered for seven runs and nine hits in five-plus innings. Juan Lagares had four hits, tying a career high.

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Plawecki takes Sabathia deep for first big league blast

No. 2 prospect delivers in fourth game for Mets in place of injured d'Arnaud

Plawecki takes Sabathia deep for first big league blast

NEW YORK -- Kevin Plawecki isn't sure if the baseball sitting on his locker's top shelf is actually the first one he ever hit over the fence in a Major League game. He isn't sure it's not just a baseball fished out of the batting practice bucket by a lazy clubhouse attendant.

But that's possible. Because the ball he hit off CC Sabathia during the fourth inning of the Mets' 8-2 win over the Yankees on Saturday -- that baseball might not have a cover on it anymore.

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Harvey given opportunity to finish what he started

Efficient outing convinces Collins to give ace shot at complete game

Harvey given opportunity to finish what he started

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey insists the thought of a complete game did not enter his mind in the fifth, the sixth or even the seventh inning Saturday, despite his low pitch count on a brilliant Yankee Stadium afternoon. It was not until Harvey completed the eighth inning in 10 pitches that he marched off the field, into the dugout and directly to Terry Collins, telling his manager that he planned to go out for the ninth.

With a six-run lead, Harvey quickly recorded his 25th and 26th outs of the day, before allowing a hit and a walk. Sighing, Collins trotted out to the mound, knowing what the conversation would be.

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Plate patience leads to 4-for-4 day for Lagares

Looking to cut down on K's, potential leadoff man matches career high in hits

Plate patience leads to 4-for-4 day for Lagares

NEW YORK -- Before the start of Saturday's Subway Series game against the Yankees, Mets hitting coach Kevin Long reiterated to Juan Lagares the importance of swinging at strikes. Chasing balls outside the zone was a significant reason why Lagares had racked up seven strikeouts in his previous four games, those struggles masked in large part by the tail end of a 10-game hitting streak.

With that lesson in mind, Lagares said, he focused on plate discipline during Saturday's 8-2 win over the Yankees. So he did not consider it much of a coincidence when he came away with four hits in four at-bats, scoring three times and driving in a run.

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deGrom roughed up as Mets' win streak ends at 11

deGrom roughed up as Mets' win streak ends at 11

NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira homered twice off Jacob deGrom and Michael Pineda pitched effectively into the eighth inning in Friday night's Subway Series opener, helping the Yankees snap the Mets' 11-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory at Yankee Stadium.

"Home runs are always good," said Teixeira, who leads the Yankees with seven homers. "They're not easy to come by, especially against a good pitcher. It was a good night."

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Harvey vs. CC matchup a symbolic one for Mets, Yanks

Righty personifies young, dynamic club; lefty a reflection of veteran-laden group

Harvey vs. CC matchup a symbolic one for Mets, Yanks

If you're inclined to see one game as something larger, something symbolic of where two franchises find themselves at the beginning of a new season, you're going to love what the Mets and Yankees are giving us Saturday afternoon in the Bronx.

Matt Harvey vs. CC Sabathia.

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Statcast delves into Lagares' amazing catch

Statcast delves into Lagares' amazing catch

Baseball fans have seen Mets center fielder Juan Lagares pull off some amazing defensive feats during his young career, and he was at it again on Wednesday night.

The 2014 National League Glove Glove Award winner had to battle windy conditions at Citi Field, but as Statcast shows, that didn't stop him from making a fine play to rob the Braves' Jace Peterson of an extra-base hit.

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Parnell shut down for week due to forearm soreness

Parnell shut down for week due to forearm soreness

NEW YORK -- Once considered an option to return in early May or even late April, former Mets closer Bobby Parnell has experienced enough of a setback to make such a timetable unrealistic.

The Mets have shut Parnell down for a week due to a bout of forearm soreness, general manager Sandy Alderson said Friday. He will not throw a ball for five days, halting his official Minor League rehab assignment.

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As win streak comes to an end, Mets focus on big picture

deGrom unable to find comfort zone on chilly night in the Bronx

As win streak comes to an end, Mets focus on big picture

NEW YORK -- It's early. The Mets stressed that throughout their franchise record-tying 11-game winning streak, reminding themselves and others not to grow too brash. If they needed any additional reminder, Jacob deGrom's ERA provided it on Friday, bloating from 0.93 to 2.96 in a single game.

Again: It's early.

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Robles displays no fear in pressure-filled MLB debut

Mets reliever first faces A-Rod, escapes jam by retiring Texieira, McCann and Beltran

Robles displays no fear in pressure-filled MLB debut

NEW YORK -- Picture debuting in the big leagues at age 24, following six-plus years in the Minors and stops at seven different affiliates. Then picture doing it in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium, in front of 45,310 fans. Now picture climbing atop the mound to find Alex Rodriguez, one of the foremost power hitters of this generation, awaiting with two men on base.

"It was really interesting," Hansel Robles said through an interpreter after the Mets' 6-1 loss.

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Not pitching in game, Niese ejected from bench

Not pitching in game, Niese ejected from bench

NEW YORK -- From his vantage point in the Mets dugout in the sixth inning Friday, pitcher Jon Niese did not believe home-plate umpire Doug Eddings was calling a fair strike zone for both the Mets and Yankees. So he told -- not asked -- Eddings to "make an adjustment."

According to Niese, Eddings turned to face him and replied, "Hey, I don't want to hear any more from you."

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Syndergaard's scratch spurs Twitter exchange

Mets prospect responds to fans about missing Triple-A Las Vegas start

Syndergaard's scratch spurs Twitter exchange

NEW YORK -- Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard was scratched from Friday's start for Triple-A Las Vegas due to illness, prompting a give-and-take exchange with fans on Twitter that turned personal.

Syndergaard replied to several tweets criticizing him for missing the start, which he should make up this weekend against Albuquerque. When he received a second wave of criticism for responding, Syndergaard wrote: "I'm allowed to stick up for myself aren't I?"

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Mets run to 11th straight win with 10-0 homestand

Mets run to 11th straight win with 10-0 homestand

NEW YORK -- Looking back on his club's first homestand, Mets manager Terry Collins admitted that he returned to Citi Field hoping for six, maybe seven victories. The Mets wound up with 10, completing their perfect run with a 6-3 win over the Braves on Thursday afternoon to tie a franchise-record 11-game winning streak.

Behind Bartolo Colon's fourth consecutive victory and Daniel Murphy's four RBIs, they matched their 1986 predecessors for the best 16-game start in Mets history, while improving their league-leading record to 13-3.

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Perfect homestand one for the record books

Mets roll to franchise-record-tying 11-game winning streak with 10-0 run at Citi Field

Perfect homestand one for the record books

NEW YORK -- From his vantage point in the dugout, often on the top step, injured third baseman David Wright sees a Mets team bearing similarities to the 2006 club.

"Truly, we come to the ballpark every day expecting to win," Wright said after the Mets cruised to another victory without him on Thursday, this one 6-3 over the Braves to extend their winning streak to a franchise-record-tying 11. "We don't come to the ballpark hoping to win. We expect to win."

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Baseball set to take over NY as Mets, Yanks collide

First edition of 2015 Subway Series features streaking Amazin's, surging Bombers

Baseball set to take over NY as Mets, Yanks collide

NEW YORK -- Not long after the Mets put the finishing touches on a perfect 10-game homestand at Citi Field, the NHL's Islanders began a critical Game 5 of their playoff series in Washington. Matt Harvey's beloved New York Rangers are set to play Friday. Gotham's sports scene has rarely held such sheen in this century.

And still there is a sense around the city that on the final weekend of April, with spring's chill lingering, baseball should supersede it all. The Mets are playing at least as well as at any point over the last decade, if not the last quarter-century. The Yankees, almost quietly, are nearly as hot.

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Colon chases down Pierzynski on steal attempt

At age 41, veteran starting pitcher continues to perform at high level for Mets

Colon chases down Pierzynski on steal attempt

NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon seemed almost casual about it at first, stepping off the pitching rubber and pirouetting on the mound. But as soon as Colon saw A.J. Pierzynski caught between first and second base in the sixth inning Thursday, all 5-foot-11, 285 pounds and 41 years of him came charging at the Braves catcher, trapping him on the basepaths and slapping him with a tag.

The result was a rare unassisted caught stealing, helping Colon win a 6-3 game over the Braves to join Phil Niekro, Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens as the only pitchers in 80 years to open a season 4-0 at age 40 or older.

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