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Baseball Tonight Spotlight: David Ortiz hits his 27th home run of the year while Blake Swihart hits an inside-the-park home run in the 10th inning of Boston's 6-4 win over New York.

ROUND ROCK 4, LAS VEGAS 1: Starter Seth Lugo allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings. Vic Black was charged with the other run. He walked three and surrendered a hit while recording only two outs. Kevin Plawecki had a solo homer in the seventh. Darrell Ceciliani went 2-for-3 with two doubles. Box

BINGHAMTON 1, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0 (11 innings): Jared King delivered a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 11th. Matt Koch, Adam Kolarek, Paul Sewald and Jeff Walters combined to blank the Fisher Cats. Koch matched a season high by going seven innings. He allowed three hits. John Anderson, working in his second inning of relief in the 11th, issued a one-out walk to Vince Belnome. Joe Benson then singled to place runners on the corners. Anderson intentionally walked Jonathan Galvez to load the bases. King lofted a fly ball to shallow center, where Roemen Fields made a diving catch. Gilbert Gomez scampered home to score the winning run. Walters (1-0) earned the win. He allowed one hit in a scoreless top of the 11th. Box

PALM BEACH 5, ST. LUCIE 2: Scarlyn Reyes walked the game's first three batters and Mason Katz hit into a run-scoring double play to quickly put the Cardinals up 1-0. Palm Beach led the rest of the way. Danny Diekroeger added an RBI single in the first to make it 2-0. With two on in the fifth, Luke Voit singled against Reyes. It look like the Cardinals would have the bases loaded, but left fielder Stefan Sabol misplayed the ball and it went to the wall, allowing two runs to score. Shortstop Amed Rosario's throw to try to retire Voit at third skipped away and went into the home dugout. Voit was awarded home to put the Cardinals up 5-0. The Mets finally got to Luis Perdomo in the seventh as Dominic Smith doubled and scored on Phillip Evans' one-out single. The final run came against Trey Nielsen in the ninth. Smith walked, went to second and third on wild pitches and scored on Evans' groundout. Reyes was charged with five runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Mets starters have walked 10 batters in 7 1/3 innings in the first two games of the series. Box

SAVANNAH 6, ASHEVILLE 4: Vicente Lupo's fourth-inning grand slam opened the scoring. Starter Josh Prevost (6-4) allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks in seven innings. Alberto Baldonado loaded the bases in the ninth and issued a run-scoring wild pitch. Baldonado rallied to strand a pair of runners in scoring position by coaxing a game-ending groundout from Shane Hoelscher. Box

KINGSPORT 9, ELIZABETHTON 6 (10 innings): The K-Mets (37-27) clinched an Appalachian League postseason berth with a three-run top of the 10th as Luis Carpio, Patrick Mazeika and Luis Ortega all walked with the bases loaded. Kingsport forced extra innings with a ninth-inning solo homer from Kevin Kaczmarski. Ortega had a two-run homer in the eighth to pull the K-Mets within 6-5. Milton Ramos went 4-for-6 with two RBIs. Kingsport won the West Division. Box

ABERDEEN 5, BROOKLYN 2: Edioglis Villasmil (0-2) allowed three runs in six innings. Box

GCL NATIONALS 5, GCL METS 2: Box

Compiled with team reports.

NEW YORK -- Officially, at least for now, it remains an inside-the-park homer. But center fielder Juan Lagares suggested it was clear Blake Swihart's shot off Carlos Torres hit above the home-run line, which is why Lagares did not feverishly pursue the baseball.

Swihart raced around the bases for the tiebreaking run in the top of the 10th in what became a 6-4 victory for the Boston Red Sox over the New York Mets on Friday night at Citi Field.

“One hundred percent,” Lagares said. “It hit over the line. That’s why the ball came back that hard.”

Manager Terry Collins cut off a questioner asking about the inside-the-park homer by saying: “It was a home run.”

Collins nonetheless agreed that one of the other outfielders needed to pursue the baseball. After all, it was ruled by the umps to be in play. Yoenis Cespedes was motionless in left field.

“Somebody’s got to back him up,” Collins said about giving Lagares assistance.

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey tossed six scoreless innings Friday. But the ace lacked sharpness in his first game in 11 days, Harvey and manager Terry Collins agreed after the New York Mets' 6-4, 10-inning loss to the Boston Red Sox.

The Mets had skipped Harvey on Sunday to conserve innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.

Harvey was pulled after six against the Red Sox because his pitch count had reached 103. He allowed two hits and one walk while striking out eight.

Matt HarveyAP Photo/Frank Franklin IIMatt Harvey threw six scoreless innings but had a high pitch count in his first outing in 11 days.



"He was rusty. You could see that in the beginning," Collins said. "That's why his pitch count got up to what it was. He wanted to throw another inning. And I just said, 'We can't do it. That's why we gave you the time off. We aren't here to tax you. We're here to make sure you can get through the month and play into the postseason.' He said, 'Yeah, I know.' That's his mentality and I certainly understand it. We just couldn't run him back out there."

Logan Verrett, who replaced Harvey for the seventh inning, surrendered three runs that frame as Boston took a 3-2 lead.

"Although I wanted to stay out there, it was ultimately his call," Harvey said about his manager. "Hopefully those innings saved can keep us playing into October."

Said Collins: "In postseason it's a different story."

Collins added that it's likely the Mets will not need to skip Harvey another start down the stretch. The Mets do plan to skip Noah Syndergaard once.

"We do not plan on having to skip him again," Collins said of Harvey. "We don't want to. But you can't say we're not going to."

On his lack of sharpness because of the layoff, Harvey added: "I definitely felt refreshed. It's one of those things where you have some time off and you feel really good, and just finding a rhythm was a little tough. I wasn't as fine as I'd like to be. But it felt like when I needed to make a pitch, I was able to do that."

Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 6, Mets 4 (10)

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NEW YORK -- What a way to lose!

Blake Swihart produced an inside-the-park homer against Carlos Torres on the first pitch of a three-run top of the 10th inning, and the Boston Red Sox held on to beat the New York Mets, 6-4, before an announced crowd of 39,401 on Friday at Citi Field.

The Mets loaded the bases in the bottom half, then scored a run when Junichi Tazawa walked Curtis Granderson. However, Craig Breslow entered and retired Yoenis Cespedes on a flyout to center to strand three as the Red Sox escaped.

On a night Matt Harvey contributed six scoreless innings, the Mets (71-57) had their winning streak snapped at seven games.

With the Washington Nationals’ loss to the Miami Marlins in D.C., the Amazin’s nonetheless maintained a 6-game lead atop the National League East. The Mets’ magic number is down to 29.

Torres, who scored the deciding run and earned the win in extra innings in Philadelphia on Thursday while logging 2 1/3 innings, this time surrendered a first-pitch rocket to center field off the bat of Swihart that struck the top of the wall. The ball rebounded past Juan Lagares and toward the infield as Swihart motored around the bases. Cespedes in left field did not react to recover the ball.

Replays suggested Swihart’s shot landed above the home run line anyway. So upon review, Swihart likely would have been awarded a homer.

Torres, who was pitching for the third straight day, surrendered three runs in the inning.

The last inside-the-park homer against the Mets was produced by Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce against Dillon Gee on June 15, 2012, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Tripped up: Logan Verrett excelled as a spot starter for a resting Harvey on Sunday in Denver. Five days later, Verrett followed six scoreless innings from Harvey and stumbled. Verrett surrendered homers to David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. in a three-run seventh inning as the Red Sox took a 3-2 lead.

Verrett entered the relief appearance with a 0.81 ERA in 22 1/3 innings as a Met during his rookie season. Along with Hansel Robles, Verrett had begun to earn the trust of manager Terry Collins for a seventh-inning role leading into Tyler Clippard and then Jeurys Familia.

The Mets bailed out Verrett and pulled even at 3 in the bottom half when Alexi Ogando walked Travis d’Arnaud with two outs and the bases loaded. However, Ruben Tejada subsequently flied out to left field against Jean Machi to strand three.

All four homers Verrett has surrendered in 2015, including one to begin the season with the Texas Rangers while a Rule 5 selection, have come while facing lefty batters.

Harvey’s day: In his first outing in 11 days, Harvey limited the Red Sox to two hits in six scoreless innings. He departed with the Mets leading 2-0 and with his pitch count at 103. Harvey struck out eight and walked one. He trimmed his ERA to 2.48.

The no-decision marked the third time this season Harvey has tossed six or more scoreless innings and failed to earn a win. That matches the Los Angeles Angels’ Matt Shoemaker for the most non-wins in the majors in scoreless efforts of at least six innings.

The Mets had skipped Harvey on Sunday in Colorado to curtail his rapidly rising innings count in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. Verrett stepped in and limited the Rockies to one run in eight innings in a 5-1 win in his first career major league start.

Harvey is now at 160 innings for the season.

Wright stuff: In his first game in Queens since April 14, David Wright finished 2-for-5 with a run scored. He received a loud ovation from the crowd before his first at-bat. Wright returned from the disabled list on Monday in Philadelphia after dealing with spinal stenosis

Wright had a two-out single in the fourth against left-hander Henry Owens. Michael Cuddyer followed with a single, which scooted under right fielder Rusney Castillo’s glove. The error allowed Wright to score all the way from first base for a 2-0 lead.

Wright grounded into a double play in the ninth.

Welcome back: The Red Sox are making their first visit to Queens since 2001, when the Mets called Shea Stadium home. The significance of the matchup apparently was not lost on Mets marketers, who had ’86 World Series hero Mookie Wilson on hand. Meanwhile, Saturday is Jesse Orosco bobblehead day. Orosco is due to attend.

What’s next: Jacob deGrom looks to rebound from the worst outing of his career, when he allowed seven runs (six earned) in 2 2/3 innings on Monday in Philly. DeGrom (12-6, 2.26 ERA) opposes right-hander Joe Kelly (7-6, 5.18) on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Wright is likely to get the game off after playing all 13 innings on Thursday against the Phillies, then playing another full extra-inning game in the series opener against the Red Sox.

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Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart hits a deep ball to center field and speeds around the bases for an inside-the-park home run in the top of the 10th inning against the Mets.

Friday's Mets-Red Sox lineups

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NEW YORK -- Here are the lineups for Friday's 7:10 p.m. ET game between the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox at Citi Field.

Mets

Juan Lagares, CF

Curtis Granderson, RF

Yoenis Cespedes, LF

David Wright, 3B

Michael Cuddyer, 1B

Wilmer Flores, 2B

Travis d'Arnaud, C

Ruben Tejada, SS

Matt Harvey, RHP

Red Sox

Mookie Betts, CF

Pablo Sandoval, 3B

Xander Bogaerts, SS

David Ortiz, 1B

Hanley Ramirez, LF

Brock Holt, 2B

Rusney Castillo, RF

Blake Swihart, C

Jackie Bradley Jr., LF

Henry Owens, LHP

UPDATE: Ramirez was scratched and Bradley was inserted in left field.

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Yoenis Cespedes has been great, but be wary of one thing

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Yoenis CespedesAP Photo/Kathy KmonicekYoenis Cespedes was 0-for-3 with a strikeout and an intentional walk in his Mets debut on Saturday.

Yoenis Cespedes has been great, super, wonderful and terrific since his first game with the New York Mets. He has shown the skills of a five-tool player, hitting for average, hitting for power, running, fielding and throwing, and there has been at least one "wow" moment highlighting each of those tools.

Cespedes has earned the admiration of everyone from Terry Collins to Jerry Seinfeld with his play in 2015 and he’s a huge part of why the Mets are in such prime position in the National League East heading into this weekend’s series with the Boston Red Sox.

But there’s one thing looming as a potential bugaboo, and you might get a look at it Friday night with left-hander Henry Owens pitching for the Red Sox.

For the past two seasons, Cespedes has had a major hole in his swing against left-handed pitching. It’s at the top of the strike zone on the outside part of the plate.

In 2012 and 2013, Cespedes hit .288 with 18 home runs and 65 strikeouts in 312 at-bats.

In 2014 and 2015, he’s hit .200 with 13 home runs and 70 strikeouts in 255 at-bats.

Here's the heat map that illustrates those numbers.

Yoenis Cespedes
ESPN Stats & InformationYoenis Cespedes has struggled versus left-handed pitching.

Basically, his batting average and strikeout rate are a lot worse. His power is a little worse.

So far, this hasn’t been a huge factor in Cespedes’ performance with the Mets. He’s 8-for-32 against left-handed pitching with three home runs.

But there have been traces of some issues. Watch some of the wild hacks Cespedes takes when a lefty is in the game.

All eight of the hits have come against pitches in the lower half of the strike zone. He has seen 67 pitches in the upper half of the strike zone from lefties, swung at 27, missed 15 and fouled off 12.

But as the games get more important, it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see a team leave a lefty in (especially one who can attack the top of the zone) to try to get Cespedes out.

And should the Mets make the postseason, it will certainly be a factor in any matchups he might have with the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Jon Lester or some of the other tough lefties on playoff teams.

Wilmer FloresMike Stobe/Getty ImagesWilmer Flores wanted to stay a Met. He wanted it so bad he cried on the field when he thought he'd been traded. One month later, he's thrilled to still be a part of the team -- and fans adore him for it.

PHILADELPHIA -- In the 48 hours before the non-waiver trade deadline, the New York Mets' postseason aspirations seemed to crater.

Wilmer Flores was crying at shortstop during a July 29 game after hearing from fans monitoring social media that he was headed to the Milwaukee Brewers. Then the deal fizzled when Mets doctors expressed concern over Carlos Gomez's hip, leaving general manager Sandy Alderson little time to scramble and locate a desperately needed offensive upgrade in the outfield.

A day later, closer Jeurys Familia served up a three-run homer to Justin Upton with two outs in the ninth as the San Diego Padres rallied from a six-run deficit. The dispiriting loss dropped the Mets three games behind the first-place Washington Nationals entering a showdown between the National League East clubs.

One month later, the 24-year-old Flores is a cult hero. Fans chant his name on a daily basis, at home or on the road, as he steps to the plate, to express their gratitude that he so visibly wanted to remain a Met.

And the Amazin’s have made an amazing turnaround. After the Gomez debacle, Alderson landed rental Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers 13 minutes before the trade deadline, giving up highly regarded pitching prospect Michael Fulmer. The Mets went on to sweep the Nationals that weekend at Citi Field. What had been a three-game deficit entering that weekend now has turned into a 6½-game division bulge over the underachieving Nats.

“If you’re saying it has something to do with it, I don’t know. I can’t tell you,” Flores said about his tear-filled episode. “But since that day, it’s been really fun. On the road and playing at home, it’s been really fun. I can’t tell you it was because of that.”

Asked if the past 30 days have been the craziest month he has experienced in baseball, Flores said, “Well, what happened to me, I think, is the craziest thing I’ve ever experienced. It’s in the past now. We’re fighting for a spot.”

Wilmer FloresDavid Zalubowski/AP"What happened to me, I think, is the craziest thing I've ever experienced," Flores said. "It's in the past now. We're fighting for a spot."

New York has not always been an enticing place to play, thanks to blaring tabloid headlines and, shall we say, spirited fans. But fifth-year manager Terry Collins has made it a mission to change the desirability of being a Met, particularly in terms of insulating the clubhouse from negativity.

Flores’ on-field bawling because he thought he was leaving certainly suggests Collins has accomplished making Queens a desirable place to play. Heck, Flores was not the only player emotional that day about potentially leaving the Mets. Zack Wheeler, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery at the Mets' complex in Florida, called Alderson before the trade deadline to passionately indicate his desire to remain with the organization. Wheeler would have joined Flores in Milwaukee had the deal for Gomez gone through.

Hours before the Mets landed Cespedes, Wheeler was due to be shipped to Cincinnati for Jay Bruce. That deal ultimately unraveled too.

“I understand it’s a business. Sandy has got a job to do to make this team as good as he can,” Wheeler said. “But I’ve been with this organization through some of the growing pains. I like what Sandy has done here. I want to be a part of it because we’re about to be good this year and next year and the years after that. It’s definitely going to be fun to play here.”

“We’ve brought great personalities in the clubhouse that have lightened it up,” Collins said. “And that’s helped. Guys like to come here. Guys like to be at the park. You’ve got to have that.”

After coming within a game of the World Series in 2006, the Mets squandered a seven-game lead with 17 to play the following season and missed the playoffs. In 2008, the Mets were eliminated on the final day of the regular season for the second straight year. That led to a solemn postgame ceremony featuring Tom Seaver and Mike Piazza to recognize the closing of Shea Stadium. Since then, the Mets have endured six straight losing seasons, matching the Houston Astros for the longest active streak in the majors. Both of those streaks appear sure to end this season.

“You watch it on TV and you can just see the look in these guys’ faces. They never believe that they’re going to lose,” said captain David Wright, who rejoined the Mets this week after a four-month absence while dealing with a hamstring strain and then spinal stenosis.

Mets fans repeatedly cheered Wright on Monday in Philly during his first major league game since April 14. The captain joked after the game that he nearly became too emotional and “pulled a Wilmer Flores.”

That same game, Flores had a two-homer, five-RBI performance as the Mets overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 16-7. A once-moribund offense has rebounded through the trade-deadline additions of Cespedes, Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson, the promotion of 2014 first-round pick Michael Conforto from Double-A Binghamton and now Wright’s return.

Fans particularly respond to Flores no matter the city, more so than any other member of the Mets.

“It’s really fun,” Flores said. “Even though we’re in Philadelphia, it felt like we were in New York. It’s really fun. I really appreciate the fans doing that.”

PHILADELPHIA --

FIRST PITCH: Matt Harvey is back.

After having a start skipped in Denver to conserve innings, Harvey will make his first appearance in 11 days on Friday as the New York Mets open a weekend series against the Boston Red Sox.

Manager Terry Collins says he expects Harvey will be sharp, even if Harvey generally dislikes pitching on a couple of extra days of rest, much less this much extra time. Collins added that Harvey felt fatigued as he returns from Tommy John surgery this season and needed the rest.

Harvey (11-7, 2.57 ERA) opposes rookie left-hander Henry Owens (2-1, 4.50) in the 7:10 p.m. ET series opener.

Friday’s game also will mark the official homecoming for David Wright, who has not played in Queens since April 14. Wright played all 13 innings on Thursday, despite Collins trying to get him to depart the game to avoid overtaxing himself as he returns from spinal stenosis.

The Red Sox are visiting Queens for the first time since 2001, when the Mets called Shea Stadium home. The teams played at Fenway Park in 2006 and ’09.

The Mets will enter the series with their magic number at 30 to clinch the National League East.

Read the Mets-Red Sox series preview here.

FRIDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:

  • Carlos Torres singled and scored the decisive run in the 13th inning and the Mets completed a four-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies with a 9-5 win on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets return home on a seven-game winning streak. They went 8-1 on their road trip to Baltimore, Denver and Philly. It’s the third time this season the Mets have produced a winning streak of at least seven games. The only other editions in franchise history with three winning streaks of at least that length: 1969, 1986 and 2006.The Amazin’s had a .382 road winning percentage this season before this successful trip. “For a team that’s played so poorly on the road, we need a trip like this to really get us back and going, because we haven’t played well,” Collins said. The Mets maintained a 6-game lead on the Washington Nationals for first place in the NL East.

    Torres combined with Logan Verrett, Hansel Robles, Sean Gilmartin and Jeurys Familia for seven scoreless relief innings as the Mets overcame an early 5-0 deficit. The Amazin’s have now scored 73 runs in their past seven games. That’s the most in franchise history for a seven-game stretch, and the most in the majors over seven games since the Yankees scored 74 in 2007. “The pitchers have carried us so much this year,” Wright said. “It’s nice for the offense to return the favor every now and then. These games have been big for us win-wise, but also knowing that we can overcome a five-run deficit.”

    Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record and at MLB.com.

  • Torres had a highlight-reel play to end the 11th, when he kicked the ball to Murphy, then alertly got to first base in time to collect a shovel pass to retire Jeff Francoeur. Watch the video here and here. Read more in the Post and at MLB.com.
  • Steven Matz will be make a fourth and final rehab start on Monday, for Double-A Binghamton at Reading. He then will be activated Tuesday when rosters expand. Read more in Newsday.
  • The Mets are unlikely to add a reliever from outside the organization by the end of the month, a source tells MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo (via Twitter). Players must be in the organization by Aug. 31 in order to be eligible for the postseason roster.
  • DiComo at MLB.com projects September call-ups.
  • The Mets have the most active fans on social media, Mark Fidelman writes at Forbes. Of course, the study is based on the period from July 14 through Aug. 13. Let’s just say the Mets had a lot going on during that stretch, including Michael Conforto’s promotion, Wilmer Flores’ tears, a failed Carlos Gomez trade and Yoenis Cespedes’ acquisition.
  • Michael Salfino in the Journal compares how Flores, Cespedes and Gomez have performed since the late-July craziness.
  • Read more on Harvey returning after a skipped start in the Daily News and Record.
  • Columnist David Lennon in Newsday looks at the rookie Conforto’s success.
  • The Mets are looking like a credible World Series threat, Neil Paine writes at FiveThirtyEight.
  • Bill O’Reilly at Fox News weighs in on the Mets. “My patience may finally be paying off as the Mets are surging,” O’Reilly says. Watch the video here.
  • Tim Stauffer tossed 8 1/3 scoreless innings and Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a two-run homer as Las Vegas beat Round Rock, 2-0. Josh Rodriguez had a go-ahead two-run single in Binghamton’s 9-5 win against New Hampshire. Jonathan Johnson had four RBIs as Savannah beat Asheville, 11-5. Ivan Wilson doubled and scored the tiebreaking run in the ninth in Kingsport’s 6-3 win against Elizabethton. Read the full minor league recap here.
  • Columnist John Harper in the Daily News looks at MLB’s best and worst trade-deadline moves.
  • Read about Ron Darling’s criticism of Robles’ quick pitch against Darin Ruf on Tuesday from Bob Raissman in the Daily News.
  • From the bloggers … Faith and Fear is working on adapting its instincts. … Mets Report would like to see Matz working in relief rather than in a six-man rotation.

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Series preview: Mets vs. Red Sox

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Robert Mayer/USA TODAY SportsDavid Ortiz will likely see a lot of time at first base in this upcoming series against the Mets.

NEW YORK METS (71-56, first place/NL East) vs. BOSTON RED SOX (58-69, fifth place/AL East)

Friday: RHP Matt Harvey (11-7, 2.57) vs. LHP Henry Owens (2-1, 4.50), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (12-6, 2.26) vs. RHP Joe Kelly (7-6, 5.18), 4:05 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Noah Syndergaard (8-6, 3.19) vs. LHP Wade Miley (10-10, 4.51), 1:10 p.m. ET

RED SOX SHORT HOPS

  • The Red Sox hired Dave Dombrowski for the newly created position of president of baseball operations on Aug. 18, two weeks after he was dumped by the Detroit Tigers. Boston general manager Ben Cherington subsequently resigned. Former Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren reportedly is the frontrunner to succeed Cherington. Dombrowski’s addition was preceded by Larry Lucchino’s ouster as CEO.
  • Manager John Farrell, 53, has taken a leave of absence for the remainder of the season to battle non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Bench coach Torey Lovullo is serving as interim manager.
  • Hanley Ramirez has started working out at first base, although he is unlikely to see action there against the Mets this weekend. The move is fueled by the Red Sox having outfielders Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rusney Castillo. Defensive metrics suggest Ramirez has been the worst defensive left fielder in the majors this season.
  • With the Red Sox unable to use a designated hitter at Citi Field, David Ortiz likely will see the bulk of the action at first base this weekend, as he did during an Aug. 11-12 series at Miami and back in April for a season-opening series at Philadelphia. Rookie Travis Shaw (.312, 7 HR, 16 RBIs in 93 ABs) otherwise has been getting an extended audition at first base.
  • The Red Sox traded Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Angels for Josh Rutledge and Mike Napoli to the Texas Rangers for cash in recent weeks. Rutledge and Brock Holt have shared second base with Dustin Pedroia on the DL since July 25 with a right hamstring strain.
  • Closer Koji Uehara took a line drive off his right wrist and suffered a season-ending non-displaced fracture on Aug. 7. He had 25 saves and a 2.23 ERA in 43 appearances in the first season of a two-year, $18 million deal. Junichi Tazawa, Boston’s most dependable reliever this season, has stepped into the closer’s role, although he has struggled of late.
  • Miley allowed a career-high 13 hits along with five runs in 6 2/3 innings on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox.
  • Former first-round pick Henry Owens made his major league debut on Aug. 4 at Yankee Stadium. In his most recent outing, he limited the Kansas City Royals to two runs (one earned) on four hits in eight innings. It was the second-longest outing by a Red Sox starter in the first four games of his career in the past 20 years. The only longer appearance: Clay Buchholz’s no-hitter on Sept. 1, 2007 against the Baltimore Orioles.
  • Third baseman Pablo Sandoval is in the first season of a five-year, $95 million deal.

David Wright: 'Physically, I feel good'

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Curtis Granderson, David Wright AP Photo/Michael PerezManager Terry Collins tried to get David Wright to depart Thursday's game rather than play all 13 innings, but Wright would have none of it.

PHILADELPHIA -- With one series in the books after a four-month absence, New York Mets captain David Wright suggested he is headed to Citi Field with his back in good shape.

“Physically, I feel good,” Wright said after the Mets won their seventh straight game with a 9-5 extra-inning victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. “Each at-bat and each play in the field, you just get more and more comfortable. Now it’s just all about baseball. I feel like I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things. I feel like I’m having some good at-bats, some productive at-bats, and hopefully that continues.”

Wright went 2-for-6 with a walk and two runs scored in the 13-inning win. He also looked a lot less rusty in the field. He committed two errors in Monday’s return and had an issue transferring the baseball to his throwing hand the following day before getting Wednesday's game off.

“I’d like to think I’m a good defender over there, so I expect to make the plays,” Wright said. “I’ve worked the last couple of days with Teuf [infield coach Tim Teufel] -- reactionary stuff, just trying to get comfortable over there. I think, slowly but surely, I’m feeling more confident, more sure-handed. The more innings I get, the more reps I get, I feel I’m able to exhale a little bit and relax and play my game.”

Because the Mets want to ease Wright back into action, manager Terry Collins tried to get Wright to depart Thursday’s game rather than play all 13 innings. Wright declined.

“I said, ‘If it’s strategy, then yeah. But if you’re worried about me, don’t bother,’” Wright said. “He allowed me to make the decision. And I’m glad he did.”

Said Collins: “I went to him five times tonight to try to talk to him about coming out. He said, ‘Absolutely not. Not tonight.’”

Collins said Wright will proceed as previously planned with starting on Friday -- the captain’s first game at Citi Field since April 14. Wright originally was scripted to start Saturday too. He now may have that day off and start Sunday instead, when the Red Sox are throwing left-hander Wade Miley.

“With playing the long game today, I’m not sure what Terry is going to decide to do,” Wright said.

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BA HR RBI R
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OTHER LEADERS
HRC. Granderson 22
RBIC. Granderson 56
RC. Granderson 75
OPSL. Duda .818
WJ. deGrom 12
ERAJ. deGrom 2.29
SOJ. deGrom 161