Nationals hold off Mets

September, 24, 2017
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Despite Noah Syndergaard's return to the mound for the Mets, Daniel Murphy hits a go-ahead homer in the 10th and Trea Turner shows off on the defensive end on the way to a 4-3 win.
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NEW YORK -- Mets ace Noah Syndergaard tossed one scoreless inning Saturday night against Washington, throwing just five pitches in his first major league game since partially tearing his right lat muscle on April 30.

"It was great. I put in a lot of time and work the past four months, five months to be back out there,'' Syndergaard said.

Syndergaard drew a loud cheer from the crowd at Citi Field when his name was announced in the New York lineup. Then he reached 99 mph with his fastball. The Mets had said he would start and work only one inning in his return.

Syndergaard retired Trea Turner on a fly ball, gave up a single to Jayson Werth and got Daniel Murphy to ground into a double play.

"I felt really good out there,'' Synderagaard said. "I felt like I was out there throwing pretty effortlessly and staying in control.''

An All-Star last season, Syndergaard started on Opening Day this season. He was 1-2 with a 3.29 ERA in five starts before getting hurt.

"I don't feel much different than when I first started a game, but it's just a great sign I was able to complete that inning healthy,'' Syndergaard said.

Matt Harvey, as planned, took over for the Mets to pitch in the second inning against the NL East champion Nationals.

Murphy homered in the 10th inning to lift Washington over New York 4-3.


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Juan Lagares shows off his defensive skills by making a great diving catch to take a hit away from Adrian Sanchez.
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The Mets regain the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning with a Norichika Aoki RBI ground-rule double.
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Travis d'Arnaud hits a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to put the Mets on the board, then again shows off his offensive skills by tying the Nationals with a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to even it up 6-6.

NEW YORK -- Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard finally will return to a major league mound, albeit briefly.

The right-hander will start Saturday's game against the Washington, pitching one inning. It will be his first appearance with the team since leaving a 23-5 loss to the Nationals after 1 1/3 innings on April 30 with what turned out to be a torn right lat.

"The doctors have said, based on Noah's feedback, that he feels good physically," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Friday. "We just want to get him back on the mound."

Syndergaard made two minor league rehab appearances, allowing three runs in three innings. In five big league starts in April, he pitched to a 3.29 ERA with 32 strikeouts and two walks.

"I'm going to be really happy to see him," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Especially when he comes out [of the game] and then he comes in on Sunday morning and says he feels good."

Struggling right-hander Matt Harvey was expected to make his 100th career start Saturday, but instead will make what technically will be his first career relief appearance. Harvey has a 13.19 ERA in four starts since his return from injury.


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Matt HarveyMike Stobe/Getty ImagesMatt Harvey has a 13.19 ERA in four starts for the Mets since coming off the disabled list.

Matt Harvey is in the midst of a very dramatic and public fall, but the New York Mets apparently have no plans to cut ties with the injury-plagued right-hander.

“It’s highly unlikely that we’re not going to bring him back next year,” general manager Sandy Alderson told Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Harvey has made four starts since returning from a right shoulder injury that sidelined him for 2 1/2 months, posting an ERA of 13.19 while allowing 32 hits in 14 1/3 innings. “There are no answers,” Harvey told reporters after Monday's rocky outing against the Marlins.

Given Harvey’s past success, the Mets appear willing to tender a contract to the 28-year-old and pay a deal in the $6 million range for the arbitration-eligible pitcher.

An All-Star in 2013, Harvey made two starts for the Mets in the 2015 World Series after missing the 2014 season following Tommy John surgery. His career hit another bump in the road last year when he was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome that required surgery and forced him to miss three months.

"A significant factor for the Mets, not to be underestimated, is avoiding the potential embarrassment that would come if Harvey were non-tendered by the team and then regained his form pitching elsewhere next season," writes Puma.

Harvey is 5-6 with a 6.59 ERA in 17 starts this season.

-- Doug Mittler

Bob GerenIsaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY SportsBob Geren was the Mets' bench coach for four seasons before taking the same job with the Dodgers.

Los Angeles Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren “may have a leg up” on a possible managerial vacancy with the New York Mets, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

The Mets have yet to make a public announcement on the future of current skipper Terry Collins, although Cafardo says it “seems inevitable” that the two sides will part ways after seven seasons.

Cafardo says New York general manager Sandy Alderson has a “fondness” for Geren, who was bench coach of the Mets from 2012-15 before taking the same job with the Dodgers. When Geren interviewed for the Dodgers managerial vacancy two years ago, Alderson praised Geren for being "tuned into analytics," which counts a lot in the Mets' front office.

The 55-year-old Geren posted a 334-376 record as manager of the Oakland Athletics from 2007 until he was fired in June 2011.

The Mets went to the World Series under Collins in 2015 and earned a wild-card berth last year, but have stumbled to a 65-84 record in an injury-plagued 2017 season.

- Doug Mittler

Noah Syndergaard (lat) might not return from DL until next week

September, 16, 2017
Sep 16
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New York Mets manager Terry Collins said right-hander Noah Syndergaard, sidelined since April 30 with a torn lat muscle, might not return until next week.

The team had hoped that Syndergaard would be able to pitch this weekend against the Atlanta Braves, but that was scrapped after he was examined Saturday by the team medical staff. Syndergaard threw a bullpen session with no restrictions on Thursday.

Biceps and shoulder discomfort led Syndergaard to be scratched from an April 27 start against Atlanta. He pitched again April 30 against Washington but made it through only 1 1/3 innings before leaving injured. The Mets placed him on the disabled list the next day.

Syndergaard, 24, is 1-2 with a 3.29 ERA in five starts this season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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Todd FrazierWendell Cruz/USA TODAY SportsTodd Frazier said he is thinking about inviting Gary Dunaier to Yankee Stadium, a place the Mets fan hasn't visited since he was yelled at by a security guard in 2012. Dunaier said that given the circumstances, he would consider a return.

NEW YORK -- Mets fan Gary Dunaier never imagined that his thumbs-down response to a Todd Frazier home run would become a salute for the crosstown rival Yankees.

Yet here they are, using Dunaier's inverted digit as a rallying cry during their postseason push.

"When I read -- and reread -- the accounts of how the Yankees have taken my expression of disapproval and turned it around to something positive for them, I get a big kick out of it," Dunaier told The Associated Press on Friday night.

A YES Network camera caught the bearded, suspender-wearing Dunaier making the disapproving gesture Monday night at Citi Field, where the Yankees' three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays was played because of Hurricane Irma in Florida. Frazier hit a three-run homer during a five-run fourth inning, and the low first-base cameraman caught Dunaier -- in the second row behind the visitors' dugout -- making a thumbs-down. Baseball fans on the internet took notice, and so did the Yankees.

"I was surrounded by a sea of Yankees fans," Dunaier said. "I knew if I booed, it wouldn't get heard. It would get drowned out by all the cheers. So I realized the players when they head back to the dugout would be heading in my direction. I just came up with the spur-of-the-moment idea to just stand there with the thumbs down."

Frazier embraced the expression Wednesday and gave his dugout a thumbs-down after hitting a go-ahead single in the second inning of a 3-2 victory over the Rays.

A day later, Frazier was greeted by the thumbs-down from New York's entire dugout after hitting a three-run homer into Monument Park during a 13-5 rout of the Baltimore Orioles


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Tim TebowAP Photo/Wilfredo LeeThe attention Tim Tebow brings can be a positive or a negative, depending on the team.

Tim Tebow contributed to the greatest rise in minor league baseball attendance in 23 years.

That number is quite appropriate because only one man, Michael Jordan, has done more for minor league baseball crowds than Tebow did this year. And Jordan -- who wore No. 23 for the NBA's Chicago Bulls -- had the benefit of playing Double-A with bigger ballparks to fill.

Thanks to Jordan, the Birmingham Barons' 1994 season attendance of 467,868 fans, with an average of 6,884 fans per game, still stands as a franchise and league record. Although Tebow's popularity didn't fill that many seats, the impact of the former NFL quarterback is undeniable.

The Columbia Fireflies, the Class A team Tebow played for through June 28, saw their attendance increase by nearly 54,000 fans, a 21 percent rise from 2016. The second team Tebow played for, the St. Lucie Mets of advanced Class A, saw attendance rise by 35,803 fans, up 37 percent from last year.

And that's just the beginning.

On the road, Tebow's Fireflies drew a crowd, too: to be exact, 2,591 more fans than the home teams averaged against other opponents. Baseball America calculated that Tebow was worth nearly $1.6 million in additional tickets, parking, concessions and other revenue for the rest of the South Atlantic League.

For the owners of the Fireflies, Tebow was the greatest value in all of sports. The New York Mets


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Tomas Nido rejoins Mets

September, 12, 2017
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CHICAGO -- The New York Mets have recalled catcher Tomas Nido from Double-A Binghamton.

The 23-year-old Nido hit .232 with eight homers and 60 RBI in 102 games with Binghamton. He was selected by New York in the eighth round of the 2012 draft.

The Mets also announced Tuesday that they had acquired minor league right-hander Eric Hanhold from Milwaukee as the player to be named in the Neil Walker deal. Walker was traded to the Brewers on Aug. 12.

The 23-year-old Hanhold went 8-3 with two saves and a 3.94 ERA in 30 games for Class-A Carolina this year. He was selected by Milwaukee in the sixth round of the 2015 draft out of the University of Florida.


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NEW YORK -- The center-field video scoreboard featured the same "Citi Field" in big, bold letters and the words "Let's Go Mets." But neither of the two logos flashing below it belonged to the usual home team.

The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays played in Flushing after Hurricane Irma displaced the two teams from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Other than the 2013 All-Star Game, it was the first time in the National League park that the DH was implemented in a game that meant anything. And it meant so much more Monday than just baseball.


Since the game was switched just three days ago, seats to the upper two decks weren't sold, and hence blocked off to the fans. The lower levels were filled as much as they would be if the game were in the Bronx. Even without any bleachers, there was a roll call for the Yankees' fielders and "Let's go Yankees" chants. Manager Joe Girardi even admitted it felt like a home game.


The stands were filled with Yankees hats and jerseys while the home team -- technically, at least -- was, unsurprisingly underrepresented. With hotel availability issues for other neutral sites, the Rays were forced to choose the Yankees' backyard as the location for the three-game series.


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Tebow visits Irma victims

September, 11, 2017
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Tim Tebow takes a moment to visit a World War II veteran at a special-needs shelter who was affected by Hurricane Irma.

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