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3/26/2015 | Flores shakes off sore left foot against Nats

Wilmer Flores' return from a bruised left foot proved relatively uneventful in the Mets' 8-3 win over the Nationals on Thursday, But it just fine for Flores after missing three games with an injury that could have been much worse.

3/26/2015 | Mets prospect Bowman stellar in spot start

For Mets prospect Matt Bowman, receiving a last-minute callup for a spot start in Thursday's game was rewarding enough. Doing so against the Nationals, his favorite team since middle school, only added to the experience.

3/26/2015 | Mets' pitchers may hit 8th with Wright in mind

Mets manager Terry Collins said he is considering batting the starting pitcher eight more often because it would allow him to shift David Wright from third to second in the lineup, increasing his at-bats over the course of the season and, theoretically, his RBI opportunities as well.

3/26/2015 | Ne-Yo added to lineup for Mets concert series

Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer Ne-Yo has been added to the Mets' 2015 postgame concert series, the team announced on Thursday. He will perform after the Aug. 15 game against the Pirates at Citi Field.

3/26/2015 | Mets shield Colon, give Niese intrasquad duty

Bartolo Colon, who relies largely on the deception he generates by changing speeds, faced the Nationals five times last season and once already this spring. With his Opening Day start for the Mets only two weeks away, avoiding their hitters was a priority.

3/26/2015 | Mets find power stroke with 3 HRs vs. Nationals

Matt den Dekker hit one of three homers for the Mets, while Matt Bowman was stellar in a spot start in an 8-3 win over the Nationals on Thursday at Space Coast Stadium.

3/25/2015 | Gilmartin making case for role in Mets' bullpen

The Mets have been taking an extra long look at their left-handed bullpen candidates since losing Josh Edgin for the season to Tommy John surgery.

3/25/2015 | Is Montero pitching his way into starting rotation?

Mets manager Terry Collins continues to dangle the possibility that Rafael Montero could pitch his way into the starting rotation to open the season. The 24-year-old right-hander continues to do everything he can to keep that possibility alive.

3/25/2015 | Lagares, Mayberry power up to back sharp Montero

John Mayberry Jr. homered off Masahiro Tanaka and Juan Lagares cracked a two-run blast off Dellin Betances as the Mets defeated the Yankees, 7-2, on Wednesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

3/25/2015 | Parnell throws scoreless inning in Triple-A game

A gaggle of scouts, executives and Minor League players gathered around a back field of the Mets' complex Wednesday to watch former closer Bobby Parnell pitch. Several of them clutched radar guns, curious to see how fast Parnell -- nearing the one-year anniversary of his Tommy John surgery -- would throw.

3/25/2015 | Wheeler has successful Tommy John surgery

The first step toward getting right-hander Zack Wheeler back into the Mets' rotation has been completed. Wheeler on Wednesday underwent successful surgery on the flexor pronator tendon and the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

3/25/2015 | Cuddyer ready to lead youthful Mets to the postseason

Michael Cuddyer is ready to be a veteran leader for a Mets club that's full of young talent. The 35-year-old Cuddyer, who signed a two-year, $21-million deal in the offseason, is a 14-year veteran who's made it to the playoffs six times.

3/24/2015 | NFL's Jennings throws first pitch in visit to Mets

Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Mets camp was supposed to be a fun outing for New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings. But a fleeting moment of stress overtook him when he thought back on the Mets' most erratic first pitch of last summer, courtesy of rapper 50 Cent.

3/24/2015 | Mets not banking on Black's Opening Day availability

With less than two weeks left until camp breaks, right-handed reliever Vic Black stands in the most precarious position of several Mets players nursing injuries -- a "question mark," according to general manager Sandy Alderson, who added that he's "not sure where [Black] will be on Opening Day."

3/24/2015 | Lefty candidate Leathersich optioned by Mets

The Mets' left-handed bullpen competition lost a member on Tuesday, when the team optioned No. 21 prospect Jack Leathersich to Minor League camp.

3/24/2015 | Bell's final toll: Longtime closer elects to retire

Heath Bell, a three-time All-Star with the Padres in 2009-11, is bowing out after an 11-season career. The reason, Bell said, was pretty simple. "My kids wanted me home," said Bell, 37.

3/24/2015 | Wright's bat remains hot as Gee stretches out

David Wright continued his hot month at the plate with a two-run homer off former teammate Collin McHugh on Tuesday in the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Astros at Tradition Field. Wright's drive in the third inning was one of only two hits the Mets mustered all day, and both came off McHugh, who struck out seven in five innings. McHugh's Mets counterpart, fifth starter Dillon Gee, worked four scoreless innings.

3/24/2015 | Harvey has no issues not starting either opener

As far back as September, Matt Harvey had penciled Opening Day onto his calendar, going as far as to proclaim that he was chalking the Nationals up "as a 'W'" on April 6. But a more subdued Harvey tipped his cap on Tuesday to Bartolo Colon, who will receive the Opening Day start in his stead.

3/23/2015 | Harvey the ace, but Colon to start Mets' opener

In lieu of several younger options to start Opening Day, the Mets will turn to 41-year-old, 17-year veteran Bartolo Colon, who led the team with 15 wins last season. Colon will pitch April 6 in Washington, the club announced Monday, followed by Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey.

3/23/2015 | Cuddyer among many hitting heroes behind deGrom

Jacob deGrom got off to a slow start on Monday, allowing a two-run homer to Michael Morse in the first inning. But things turned quickly as the Mets responded with an eight-run second inning, punctuated by Michael Cuddyer's solo home run.

3/23/2015 | Flores ditches walking boot, says he'll be set for opener

Shedding his walking boot on Monday morning, Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores expressed confidence that he will be ready for Opening Day despite fouling a ball off his left foot Sunday. X-rays taken later that day revealed only a bruise; by Monday, Flores had graduated from a walking boot to a simple wrap around the foot.

3/22/2015 | Facing another tough lefty, Duda swats first spring dinger

Early Saturday morning, first baseman Lucas Duda climbed onto a bus for the two-and-a-half hour ride to Lakeland, where the Mets were playing the Tigers in a Grapefruit League game. When it ended, he made the same trip back. The payoff came Sunday afternoon.

3/22/2015 | Harvey appears primed to return to dominant form

The Mets had hoped that Matt Harvey, who doesn't turn 26 until later in the week, could bounce back to be the pitcher he was before Tommy John surgery cost him the 2014 season, the pitcher who started the All-Star Game as a rookie the year before. This spring, he's shown every sign of being as good as ever.

3/22/2015 | Backed by early homers, Harvey twirls scoreless outing

Three home runs against Yankees starter CC Sabathia and another encouraging performance from right-hander Matt Harvey lifted the Mets to a 6-0 Grapefruit League win over the rival Yankees on Sunday afternoon at sold-out Tradition Field.

3/22/2015 | Lagares hits inside-the-park HR

Yankees center fielder Jose Pirela was carted off after he crashed into the center-field wall during the first inning of Sunday's game against the Mets at Tradition Field. Pirela collided with the wall while chasing a ball hit by Juan Lagares from Yankees starter CC Sabathia that resulted in an inside-the-park home run.

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