Matsuzaka going for MRI on elbow

July, 25, 2014
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MILWAUKEE -- Daisuke Matsuzaka appeared concerned about his right elbow after finishing the seventh inning of Thursday night’s 9-1 loss to the Brewers. Now he’s back in New York getting it checked out.

Matsuzaka came on in the sixth inning, taking over for starter Dillon Gee. His first pitch was crushed by Khris Davis for a home run. The next three batters were retired in order.

In the seventh he allowed a leadoff single, and then with one out Ryan Braun drove a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left field. Matsuzaka struck out Aramis Ramirez and got Rickie Weeks to ground out to second base to end the inning.

Matsuzaka walked off the mound and headed for help in the dugout.

“Dice-K’s elbow was bothering him a little,” manager Terry Collins said Friday. “He’s in New York getting it examined.”

When and if Matsuzaka will return to Milwaukee remains to be determined. “We have no plans at the moment until he’s seen by the doctor in New York,” Collins said.

It’s the first time Matsuzaka has had issues with his elbow, according to Collins.

“He said when he was loosening up, he’d feel it a little bit and thought it was nothing that he couldn’t pitch through,” Collins said.

The manager added that after Thursday's game it was bothering him pretty good.

“We had it looked at here,” Collins said. “We decided to send him to New York.”

Friday's Mets-Brewers lineups

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Here are the lineups for Friday's game between the New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers, with first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET at Miller Park.

Mets
Curtis Granderson, rf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Lucas Duda, 1b
Travis d'Arnaud, c
Bobby Abreu, lf
Juan Lagares, cf
Ruben Tejada, ss
Zack Wheeler, rhp

Brewers
Carlos Gomez, cf
Rickie Weeks, 2b
Ryan Braun, rf
Aramis Ramirez, 3b
Khris Davis, lf
Lyle Overbay, 1b
Jean Segura, ss
Martin Maldonado, c
Yovani Gallardo, rhp

Morning Briefing: Wheels up!

July, 25, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: Zack Wheeler has allowed one run and completed at least six innings in each of his last four outings.

He looks to keep that production going and get the Mets back on track Friday at Miller Park. Wheeler (5-8, 3.78 ERA) opposes right-hander Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.79) at 8:10 p.m. ET.

Friday’s news reports:

• The Mets have told the Colorado Rockies they would want in if the club is willing to trade Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez, Joel Sherman reports in the Post.

Tulowitzki is owed $20 million a season through 2019 and $14 million in 2020. CarGo is signed for $16 million in 2015, $17 million in 2016 and $20 million in 2017.

Of course, John Harper in the Daily News had just written Wednesday why Tulowitzki will NOT be coming to the Mets or Yankees.

Dillon Gee surrendered six runs over the opening three innings and the Mets ultimately lost to the Brewers, 9-1, in Thursday’s series opener. Gee now has a 9.00 ERA in two starts since a prolonged layoff during the All-Star break.

The Mets are averaging 2.1 runs and 5.3 hits per game and have a .168 team batting average in seven games since returning from the All-Star break. Matt Garza, who had been knocked out by the Washington Nationals after recording only one out Saturday, limited the Mets to one run on two hits in eight innings. The lone damage came on a solo homer by Lucas Duda in the seventh.

Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed a pair of home runs in two relief innings and appeared to be injured when he reached the dugout after the seventh, but Terry Collins said postgame that he was unaware of any issue.

Read game recaps in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday, Times and at MLB.com.

• Although Ruben Tejada felt fine a day after getting beaned with a 94 mph fastball from Taijuan Walker, the Mets promoted Wilmer Flores and started him at shortstop on Thursday. Kirk Nieuwenhuis was optioned to Las Vegas to clear the roster spot. Tejada should be back at shortstop Friday. Read more in the Journal, Times, Star-Ledger, Newsday and at MLB.com.

Curtis Granderson returned to the lineup Thursday after missing two games with a flu-like illness.

• Colon Plaia’s ninth-inning solo homer lifted Savannah to a 2-1 win against Augusta. Josh Prevost, Kelly Secrest and Paul Paez combined for four scoreless relief innings as Brooklyn beat Vermont, 7-2. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Tom Seaver tells the Daily News that Derek Jeter should be the first unanimous Hall of Fame selection.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets closer Billy Wagner turns 43.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you believe the Mets are serious contenders if the Rockies trade Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez?

Flores finishes 1-for-3 in return

July, 25, 2014
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MILWAUKEE -- Wilmer Flores is back for his third stint with the Mets this season. This time it’s due to the injury to Ruben Tejada, who was beaned in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Mariners in Seattle.

The problem for Flores is that Tejada should be back in the lineup Friday night. That means he goes to the bench or spells Daniel Murphy at second or David Wright at third.

Flores said that he can make it work.

“I’ll just have to find a way,” said Flores, who went 1-for-3 in Thursday's 9-1 loss to Milwaukee. “I’ll have to find a way. If I’m playing everyday, OK. If I’m not, I mean, I’m just going to get used to it and try to find a way to be ready.”

But he added, something every ballplayer knows.

“Playing everyday, being out there everyday is so much easier,” he said.

He was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, while outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was optioned to Las Vegas.

Flores, 22, was with the Mets from May 8-June 25 and from April 2-6 earlier this season. He hit .225 (18-80) with three doubles, one home run and seven RBIin 25 games in the previous two stretches.

Gee's slump continues, vows to snap back

July, 25, 2014
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MILWAUKEE -- Two poor starts aren’t enough to rattle Dillon Gee. Even the 9-1 thrashing the Milwaukee Brewers put on the New York Mets on Thursday night isn’t enough to shake his confidence.

For the second consecutive start, Gee struggled through five innings before leaving the game. The home run ball hurt him again. He gave up two in a loss to San Diego on July 19 in his previous start, and then the Brewers pounded out three more, including one against the right-hander.

“There’s no excuses,” Gee said. “There’s no excuse for me. It’s not that perplexing either. The ball’s just not coming out right the last couple of starts. I’ve been in this situation before. I’ve had bad starts before. I’m probably going to have some more sometime else in my career. The key is just try to bounce back as fast as you can.”

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Jerry Lai/USA TODAY SportsDillon Gee lacked his best stuff for the second straight start.
Before taking on the Padres, Gee had allowed three or fewer runs in six straight starts. But all that changed, starting with the road loss at San Diego, where he surrendered four runs in the 6-0 loss. Against the Brewers, it was even worse when he was charged with six runs.

“You just have those nights sometimes where definitely it just isn’t your day to be out there, I guess,” he said. “I’m confident I’ll get it turned around and get back out there and keep us in the ballgame.”

Asked if he was hurt, Gee said that he wasn’t.

“I’m healthy,” he said. “It’s nothing new. I’ve been there before.”

Mets manager Terry Collins didn’t think Gee was hurt, either.

“If there’s something bothering him, he’d say something,” Collins said, noting that his 27-year-old right-hander wouldn't pitch in pain and risk ending a career that’s barely three seasons old. “He’s got a long way to go. So I don’t think it’s health.”

Jonathan Lucroy hit a home run off Gee and then the Brewers did the rest of their damage against him with run-producing singles, doubles and a triple by Jean Segura. The home run by Lucroy was Gee’s first to a right-handed hitter since allowing one to the Angels Mike Trout on April 11.

When it looked like Gee wouldn’t get out of the third, the Mets' bullpen went to work. But the righty retired the final two batters in the inning after a RBI double by Davis, and the pen was quiet.

“The only reason I left him in there was he needs the work,” Collins said. “He needs to be out there pitching. He needs the work. We know Dillon’s better than that. He knows he’s better than that.”

What does he need to turn things around besides a lot of confidence in himself?

“We just got to get him a really good side, get him some extra work,” Collins said.

This was Gee’s third start since coming off the disabled list with a strained right lat. He won his first start over Atlanta, 4-1, but has lost the past two.

“Just keep working hard, and go for it,” Gee said. “It was just a weird night.”

Reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka served home run balls to Khris Davis (solo shot) and Ryan Braun (two-run).

Report: Mets inquire about Tulo, CarGo

July, 24, 2014
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The Mets have told the Colorado Rockies they would like to be involved with trade discussions if and when Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez become available, the Post's Joel Sherman reports.

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But keep in mind Tulowitzki has indicated he has become frustrated playing his prime mainly in non-contention. And there is belief if he were to request a trade, ownership would strongly consider fulfilling his wishes. However, Tulowitzki has a no-trade provision, wears No. 2 in honor of Derek Jeter and is thought to be considerably more interested in being a Yankee than a Met. And Colorado already has expressed interest to the Yankees in their top pitching prospect, Luis Severino.

Plus, sources say the Cardinals -- owners of arguably the deepest farm system in the sport -- are enamored with Tulowitzki and would move significant pieces to land him. In fact, the market will be deep if Tulowitzki comes onto it, because he is viewed as one of the 10 best players in the majors.

Minors 7.24.14: Plaia homer lifts Gnats

July, 24, 2014
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TACOMA 5, LAS VEGAS 4: Danny Muno produced a ninth-inning sacrifice fly to pull the 51s within a run against Todd Coffey, but the Mets left pinch runner Cesar Puello on first base when Juan Centeno lined out. Brandon Allen's two-run homer in the fourth had staked Vegas to a 3-1 lead. The Rainiers scored four sixth-inning runs against starter Logan Verrett. Zack Thornton contributed two scoreless relief innings. Box

TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 5: Jack Leathersich surrendered three seventh-inning runs as the Thunder overcame a two-run deficit. Starter Tyler Pill allowed three runs in six innings. Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-5 with two doubles in the loss. Jayce Boyd drove in two runs. T.J. Rivera finished 3-for-4. Rivera's RBI single in the top of the seventh had staked the B-Mets to a 5-3 lead. Box

ST. LUCIE at DAYTONA (ppd.): The teams will play a 5:05 p.m. doubleheader Friday.

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SAVANNAH 2, AUGUSTA 1: Colton Plaia produced a one-out solo homer in the top of the ninth to break a 1-all tie. Akeel Morris pitched a perfect bottom half for his 10th save. The Gnats had pulled even in the sixth on Victor Cruzado's run-scoring triple. Starter Logan Taylor surrendered only a solo homer Tyler Horan in six innings in a no-decision. Dario Alvarez improved to 7-0 with two perfect relief innings that included three strikeouts. Gnats pitching coach Marc Valdes was ejected in the seventh inning by plate umpire Jon Felczak. Box

KINGSPORT 1, GREENEVILLE 0: Martires Arias limited the Astros to two hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings. He combined with Persio Reyes and David Roseboom on the shutout. The lone run came in the sixth inning on Ivan Wilson's one-out homer. Box

BROOKLYN 7, VERMONT 2: The Cyclones took advantage of an error to take a first-inning lead against Vermont starter Jose Torres. Amed Rosario hit a routine groundball to first baseman John Nogowski, who misfired throwing to Torres covering first. Rosario wound up on second. He scored when Jhoan Urena singled. Urena extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Michael Bernal made it 2-0 with a solo homer in the second. In the third, Rosario tripled and Urena plated him with a sacrifice fly. Brooklyn starter Scarlyn Reyes did not allow a baserunner until the fourth inning. Vermont produced two runs against Reyes in his fifth and final inning, but the Cyclones took control with a four-run seventh. Tomas Nido walked and advanced to third on Bernal's single. Will Fulmer contributed a sacrifice fly. Adrian Abreu plated Bernal. After Vermont reliever Michael Fagan intentionally walked Urena, Tucker Tharp scored on a passed ball. Aggressive baserunning by the Cyclones allowed Abreu to score from third when the Lake Monsters attempted to pick off Urena at second. Josh Prevost, Kelly Secrest and Paul Paez combined for four scoreless relief innings. Box

GCL METS 5, GCL MARLINS 3: Enmanuel Zabala had a tiebreaking RBI triple in the seventh and Dash Winningham followed with an RBI single to cap the scoring. Box

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Rapid Reaction: Brewers 9, Mets 1

July, 24, 2014
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MILWAUKEE -- If there was any lingering euphoria over Bartolo Colon's flirtation with a perfect game Wednesday, Dillon Gee's second poor start vaporized it.

All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy, Khris Davis, Ryan Braun each hit home runs, helping the Milwaukee Brewers crush Gee and the New York Mets 9-1 on Thursday night.

Lucas Duda's career-high 16th home run, a solo shot to deep center field off Milwaukee starter Matt Garza (7-7) in the seventh, was the lone Mets highlight. Wilmer Flores, starting for Ruben Tejada, had the first hit, an infield single in the third.

Gee (4-3) looked to bounce back from his shortest start of the season but ended up matching it when the long ball bit him for the second straight game.

In his previous start at San Diego on July 19, Gee surrendered home runs to Will Venable and Yasmani Grandal. The Padres rocked him for four runs on five hits in five innings. He struck out eight and didn’t issue a walk, but it just wasn’t enough to prevent the loss.

The right-handed-batting Lucroy started the pummeling when he lined an 89 mph cutter over the left-field wall in the bottom half of the first inning.

Gee then gave up four runs in the second, highlighted by Jean Segura's two-run triple. Carlos Gomez and Lucroy each tacked on run-scoring singles. Duda ranged far to his right and made a diving lunge at Lucroy’s roller, but the ball just scooted under the first baseman’s glove.

Davis’ RBI double in the third made it 6-0 and prompted activity in the Mets bullpen, but Gee retired the next two batters to escape further harm. He pitched two clean innings in the fourth and fifth, but his 11th start this season was over when Eric Young Jr. pinch-hit for him in the top of the sixth. Gee threw 91 pitches, 60 for strikes, gave up six hits, walked two and struck out six in five innings.

Davis made it 7-0 in the sixth when he launched the first pitch from Daisuke Matsuzaka into the Brewers bullpen in left. Braun teed off in the seventh with Gomez aboard to ensure the Brewers’ fourth straight win.

In the seventh, manager Terry Collins asked for a review of a close play at first on a grounder to second by David Wright. After scrutinizing the video for 2 minutes, 26 seconds, the out call was confirmed.

A rarity for Gee: Gee hadn’t allowed a home run to a right-handed batter since Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels took him deep on April 11.

Ouch: Daisuke Matsuzaka appeared to be injured after completing the seventh inning. He met with staff in the dugout.

What’s next: Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.78 ERA) faces fellow right-hander Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.79) on Friday at 8:10 p.m. in the second of the four-game series. Wheeler won his only career start against the Brewers on July 5 last season at Miller Park. Gallardo was perfect in two starts against the Mets last season but has not faced them in 2014.

Tejada expected to return Friday

July, 24, 2014
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MILWAUKEE -- Ruben Tejada has to wait another game before he can try out his new batting helmet. The old one was cracked when Taijuan Walker beaned him with a 94 mph fastball in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Mariners in Seattle.

Manager Terry Collins is taking the cautious route with his 24-year-old shortstop.

“Talked to the trainers last night,” Collins said. “We thought we’d give him one more day just as a precaution. He feels great. Said he could play, but we’ll just give him today and get him back in there tomorrow.”

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Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY SportsRuben Tejada will have one more day to recover.
Tejada, who was cleared to fly with the team to Milwaukee, said that he didn’t have any headaches, dizziness or blurred vision.

“I feel good,” he said, adding that he had watched the video replay of that painful moment. “It looked bad. It scared me. I heard the sound.”

Tejada said that he had never been hit in the head before at any level of baseball.

Infielder Wilmer Flores, 22, was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas, and outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was optioned to make room for him. It’s Flores’ third stint with the big club this season. He was up from May 8-June 25 and from April 2-6. He’s batting .225 (18-80) with three doubles, one home run and seven RBIs in 25 games during those stretches.

Flores was swinging the bat real well before the call-up. He was batting .323 with 43 runs scored, 11 doubles, 13 home runs and 57 RBIs in 55 games with Las Vegas.

Collins would like to keep the youngster’s bat in the lineup but knows that Tejada gets his old spot back for Friday night’s game against the Brewers.

So, will Flores take the plane back to Las Vegas right away?

Collins didn’t think so. In fact, he thought that Flores might even play a few more infield positions before a decision has to be made.

“We’re going to try to work him into the lineup as best we can,” Collins said. “Make sure he gets at-bats, maybe split some time with Ruben, give Dan [Murphy] a day off here or there, maybe have him play third base once in a while.”

Right now, Collins doesn’t want the distraction of having to decide between Tejada and Flores.

“We’re playing pretty good,” Collins said. “I’m trying to keep things from being disruptive as much as I can. I like the way things are going right now.”

Granderson back in lineup

July, 24, 2014
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MILWAUKEE -- Curtis Granderson will bat leadoff and play right field Thursday night against the Brewers after missing the last two games with flu-like symptoms.

“[He] says he feels a lot better today,” Terry Collins said. “[He] hot some nourishment last night, had dinner, ate on the plane. Hopefully, he’s got some strength to give us nine tonight.”

Collins confident in Familia

July, 24, 2014
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MILWAUKEE -- Jeurys Familia is 2-3 with a 1.92 ERA and a save in 49 games, including 12 that he finished. The right-hander has allowed 40 hits, but only one is a home run. He’s allowed one earned run in his last 19 games dating to June 12 and has tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits since July 6.

“One thing that you feel confident about, they might hit him, but because of the movement [on the ball], I don’t think they’re going to hit a homer,” Collins said. “Therefore, I feel pretty good about the fact that if they get a hit, they might get a single, but most likely it hit on the ground.”

Thursday's Mets-Brewers lineups

July, 24, 2014
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Here are the lineups for the New York Mets' 8:10 p.m. ET game Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Curtis Granderson returns to the lineup after battling flu-like symptoms and missing two games. Wilmer Flores starts at shortstop over resting but active Ruben Tejada.

Mets
Granderson, rf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Lucas Duda, 1b
Travis d'Arnaud, c
Chris Young, lf
Flores, ss
Juan Lagares, cf
Dillon Gee, rf

Brewers
Carlos Gomez, cf
Jonathan Lucroy, c
Ryan Braun, rf
Aramis Ramirez. 3b
Rickie Weeks, 2b
Khris Davis, lf
Mark Reynolds, 1b
Jean Segura, ss
Matt Garza, rhp

Mets add Wimer, demote Kirk

July, 24, 2014
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A day after Ruben Tejada was beaned with a fastball and departed Wednesday's game in Seattle, the Mets have decided to promote Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas. Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been demoted.

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Flores is starting at shortstop and batting seventh in Thursday's series opener at Milwaukee.

The Mets did not have a bona fide backup shortstop on the major league roster, and otherwise would have needed to use Eric Campbell at the position. Although Tejada continues to suffer no ill effects from the beaning by Taijuan Walker, Terry Collins had indicated Wednesday that Tejada was likely to get at least one day off.

Collins has been leery of having Flores on the major league roster and not playing. The manager indicated Wednesday that there were no immediate plans to promote Flores. In fact, the Mets flew to Milwaukee from Seattle without Flores, even though Flores was playing nearby in Tacoma, Wash., at the time of Tejada's beaning.

Flores just lost a 22-game Triple-A hitting streak on Monday. He hit .340 with eight homers and 32 RBIs in 26 games during his latest stint with Las Vegas.

Nieuwenhuis is hitting .246 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 57 at-bats the major league level this season.

Morning Briefing: Say cheese?

July, 24, 2014
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SEATTLE

FIRST PITCH: After stops in San Diego and Seattle, the Mets now move further east as they begin a four-game series against the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night at Miller Park.

Milwaukee is coming off a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds.

Dillon Gee (4-2, 2.92 ERA) opposes right-hander Matt Garza (6-7, 4.04) in the 8:10 p.m. ET series opener.

Read the Mets-Brewers series preview here.

Thursday’s news reports:

Bartolo Colon retired the first 20 batters he faced before surrendering a seventh-inning single to Robinson Cano and the Mets held on to beat the Mariners, 3-2, in Wednesday’s rubber game. The Mets are very open to dealing Colon before next Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline, although they will need to locate a partner willing to accept the $11 million he is owed next season. Because of the size of Colon’s contract, he likely will remain eligible to be traded in August.

Read game recaps in the Seattle Times, Post, Daily News, Times, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday, Journal and at MLB.com.

Ruben Tejada was beaned by a fastball from Mariners rookie Taijuan Walker in the fifth inning. Terry Collins said Tejada displayed no concussion symptoms and indicated no roster move was forthcoming. Tejada accompanied the team on its flight to Milwaukee. Still, Eric Campbell may start the series opener in Milwaukee at shortstop to give Tejada one day off. It would mark Campbell’s first major league start at shortstop, and his fifth professional game overall -- majors or minors -- at the position. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger and at MLB.com.

• Under-the-weather Curtis Granderson missed a second straight game Wednesday. It is not yet clear if he will be available for the series opener against the Brewers because of continued flu-like symptoms.

• Columnist John Harper in the Daily News suggests Troy Tulowitzki is not a fit for the Yankees or the Mets. "[Sandy] Alderson’s priority has been building depth into the farm system," a GM told Harper. "So he wouldn’t give up multiple prospects, especially for that type of risk, regardless of whether ownership would take on the contract -- which seems unlikely."

• Right-handed reliever Buddy Carlyle, who lost his major league roster spot when Jonathon Niese was activated from the disabled list on Monday, cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Las Vegas.

• Steven Matz allowed two runs in seven innings and Binghamton beat Portland, 4-2. Rob Whalen earned the win in his first Savannah start since May 1 as the Gnats beat Augusta, 7-2. Dale Burdick’s sacrifice fly broke an eighth-inning tie and the GCL Mets won, 9-6, against the GCL Nats. Read the full minor-league recap here.

BIRTHDAYS: Las Vegas reliever Miguel Socolovich turns 28.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Is 3-3 acceptable through two legs of the road trip?

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OPSL. Duda .855
WB. Colon 9
ERAJ. Niese 3.13
SOZ. Wheeler 121