Grandy start, but Mets falter vs. Dodgers

Grandy start, but Mets falter vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Rich Hill's season-high eight strikeouts and home runs from Yasiel Puig and two from Yasmani Grandal powered the Dodgers to an 8-2 win against the Mets on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, as Los Angeles moved back into first place in the National League West.

Hill (4-3) worked through five innings, tossing 98 pitches and holding the Mets to four hits. The southpaw also provided his own run support with a sacrifice fly in the third. Curtis Granderson was able to capitalize off a fastball Hill left over the plate to start the game, taking him deep for homer, but the Mets' bats were mostly silent for the rest of the game. Grandson added an RBI double in the ninth.

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Mets take issue with Puig's slow HR trot

Mets take issue with Puig's slow HR trot

LOS ANGELES -- As Yasiel Puig began his jog around the bases after belting a three-run home run in the fourth inning of the Dodgers' 8-2 victory on Wednesday, Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores had words for Puig.

Puig decided to take a little extra time to watch his 13th home run of the season -- taking 32 seconds to round the bases, his second slowest home run trot of the year. Afterward, Puig said he didn't remember what he said to Flores.

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Mets place Wheeler (biceps) on 10-day DL

Righty only expected to miss one start with injury

Mets place Wheeler (biceps) on 10-day DL

LOS ANGELES -- Somewhat remarkably in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, it was Zack Wheeler who ranked among the sturdiest Mets starters over the season's first three months. That changed Tuesday when Wheeler landed on the 10-day disabled list with right biceps tendinitis.

The Mets expect Wheeler to miss just one outing, next week in Miami. To replace him on the active roster, the team recalled Wednesday's starter, Tyler Pill, from Triple-A Las Vegas, also summoning reliver Erik Goeddel. Infielder Matt Reynolds was sent back to Las Vegas.

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Alderson: Warthen part of pitching solution

Alderson: Warthen part of pitching solution

LOS ANGELES -- Entering Spring Training, the Mets' pitching staff was the envy of baseball, with multiple potential Cy Young Award winners in Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, a presumably healthy supporting cast in Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler, and talented youngsters in Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo.

Four months later, the Mets entered Wednesday's game against the Dodgers, ranked 28th in MLB with a 5.01 ERA, including a 5.11 mark from their starting pitchers. Despite that, general manager Sandy Alderson said that pitching coach Dan Warthen is in no danger of dismissal.

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Mets mourn loss of longtime groundskeeper

Mets mourn loss of longtime groundskeeper

LOS ANGELES -- Over six decades in professional baseball, groundskeeper Pete Flynn worked at the Polo Grounds, rubbed elbows with the Beatles and befriended Hall of Famers.

The Mets offered their condolences Wednesday for Flynn, a team employee for more than 50 years, who passed away at age 79.

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Matz out to slow Dodgers in finale

Matz out to slow Dodgers in finale

His spot in the rotation pushed up a day, Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu will look to establish some consistency when he starts the finale of a four-game series Thursday against the Mets.

Rather than have Ryu face the Rockies at Coors Field on Friday, the Dodgers swapped him with Alex Wood in their rotation, lining Ryu up to oppose fellow left-hander Steven Matz on regular rest. In seven starts since coming off the disabled list last month, Ryu has produced a 4.58 ERA, pitching fewer than six innings in five of them.

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Mets routed by homer-happy Dodgers

Mets routed by homer-happy Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Given a front-row seat for Cody Bellinger's historic home run binge, Corey Seager did his best on Tuesday to remind Angelenos that his teammate isn't the only bright young supernova on these new-look Dodgers, who have 11 wins in their last 12 games.

Seager homered three times and Bellinger added one of his own as the Dodgers pounded out five total long balls Tuesday in a 12-0 win over the Mets, establishing a franchise record with 27 home runs over a 10-game stretch. Bellinger has 10 of those, making him the first rookie to hit 10 in 10 games in baseball's modern era. His 22 homers lead the National League, and he's reached that number faster than any player in history (52 games).

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Mets have few answers to rotation's struggles

Mets have few answers to rotation's struggles

LOS ANGELES -- The Mets' rotation ERA has risen to 5.11, second-worst in the National League. There is no ignoring the fact that injuries to Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey, two cornerstones of what was supposed to be one of baseball's best starting fives, have played a role.

But the struggles of other, healthy Mets starters have been more difficult to explain. In serving up four homers in a 12-0 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday, Robert Gsellman became the second Mets pitcher in as many days to allow four runs before recording an out. In what was supposed to be his breakout season, Gsellman fell to 5-5 with a 6.04 ERA.

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Asdrubal tuning up for Friday return

Mets' shortstop goes 2-for-4 with RBI in rehab debut

Asdrubal tuning up for Friday return

LOS ANGELES -- Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, sidelined since June 13 due to a sprained left thumb, began a rehab assignment Tuesday with Class A Advanced St. Lucie. The Mets expect Cabrera to return in time for Friday's series opener in San Francisco.

Cabrera rapped out two hits in four at-bats, including an RBI single, and scored a run. He played seven innings at shortstop.

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Mets reach deal with second-rounder Vientos

Mets reach deal with second-rounder Vientos

The Mets reached an agreement with second-round Draft pick Mark Vientos on Tuesday for an above-slot deal, according to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. The club has not yet confirmed the report.

The 59th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft will sign for $1.5 million, above the slot's suggested value of $1,094,700. The Mets have yet to sign first-rounder David Peterson from Oregon or third-rounder Quinn Brodey out of Stanford.

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Cecchini's first homer comes vs. Kershaw

Cecchini's first homer comes vs. Kershaw

LOS ANGELES -- First came the thrill, of course. When Mets bench coach Dick Scott told Gavin Cecchini late Sunday that he would make his first big league start at second base the following day, Cecchini was elated. Then came the reality check: Cecchini logged onto the internet and learned he would be facing three-time National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, widely considered the best pitcher on earth.

If he felt overwhelmed in that moment, Cecchini did not allow the sensation to linger. He hunkered down and watched video on Kershaw. He asked veterans Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce for advice. Then the rookie went out Monday and hit his first career home run, one of four Mets long balls vs. Kershaw in a 10-6 loss to the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.

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Mets' 4 HRs vs. Kershaw aren't enough in LA

Mets' 4 HRs vs. Kershaw aren't enough in LA

LOS ANGELES -- Even with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw having an off night, home runs from Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and Chris Taylor sent the Dodgers to their 10th win in 11 games, a 10-6 victory over the Mets on Monday at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers racked up a season-high 17 hits and handed Kershaw a 7-0 lead after two innings. Mets starter Zack Wheeler gave up four runs in the first, including a three-run homer to Bellinger, and three in the second, when Turner and Bellinger went back to back.

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Lagares has thumb surgery

Lagares has thumb surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Mets outfielder Juan Lagares underwent surgery Monday in New York to repair a fractured IP joint in his left thumb. The team did not release a timetable for his return.

Lagares injured the thumb attempting to make a diving catch in the fifth inning Thursday against the Nationals. The broken bone became the latest in a long string of injuries for Lagares, who has missed time over the past four seasons due to a sprained left thumb, a torn thumb ligament, a hyperextended right elbow and various soft tissue injuries. He has taken just 262 plate appearances since the start of 2016.

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Cast Yo vote! Cespedes needs ASG support

Cast Yo vote! Cespedes needs ASG support

LOS ANGELES -- Confined to the disabled list for much of All-Star ballot season, Yoenis Cespedes ranks just ninth among National League outfielders with 576,463 votes, according to the latest totals released Monday by Major League Baseball. But now that he is healthy and ready to begin playing on a near-everyday basis, Cespedes still has time to make a late charge up the ballot.

Cespedes isn't likely to catch Bryce Harper, who leads NL outfielders with 2.8 million votes, or Charlie Blackmon, who ranks second with 2.2 million. But if Cespedes catches fire over the next 10 days, third-place outfielder Jason Heyward is within reach at 973,333 votes.

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deGrom named POW for 2-way dominance

deGrom named POW for 2-way dominance

Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom was named National League Player of the Week on Monday.

deGrom made an impact on the mound and at the plate for the Mets in two starts last week. He hit his first career homer on Sunday and fired eight innings of one-run ball to beat the Nationals. The right-hander also pitched a complete game in a win against the Cubs on June 12.

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deGrominant ace's bat, arm lead Mets to W

deGrominant ace's bat, arm lead Mets to W

NEW YORK -- The Mets fell into a familiar pattern over the first two months of this season, playing well at times only to lose difficult games on Sunday afternoons. Some of their most memorable losses came with the sun up on Sundays, including a blowout in Washington on the final day of April.

Behind Jacob deGrom's dominant outing and first career homer, the Mets reversed that script on a sunny Father's Day Sunday at Citi Field, winning a 5-1 game over the Nationals to avoid a series sweep.

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deGrom helps himself, smacks 1st career HR

Solo shot boosts outstanding one-run, eight-inning outing vs. Nationals

deGrom helps himself, smacks 1st career HR

NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom toted his son, one-year-old Jaxon, to the Citi Field family room, then made the short walk back to his locker. On the top shelf rested the ball from his first career home run -- deGrom plans to give that to his father, Tony, who was in attendance Sunday for the Mets' 5-1 Father's Day win over the Nationals. The bat, a David Wright model, will stay in deGrom's possession.

These were the trappings of one of deGrom's finest starts of the season: an eight-inning, one-run performance that he punctuated with his first career home run. During a season that has seen the Mets lose Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey due to injury, deGrom is finally beginning to reclaim his berth as the Mets' ace.

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Thompson, Flexen lead Binghamton to win

Thompson, Flexen lead Binghamton to win

Double-A Binghamton received big contributions from a pair of Mets' prospects as the Rumble Ponies topped Reading 6-2 on Sunday.

David Thompson, the Mets' No. 23 prospect, hit a pair of homers, while Chris Flexen (Mets' No. 24) gave up one run over seven innings and matched his season high with eight strikeouts.

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Siblings take home 1st in Pitch, Hit & Run

Winners have a chance to go to Marlins Park to compete at All-Star Week

Siblings take home 1st in Pitch, Hit & Run

NEW YORK -- Caden and Cal Albright, brothers from upstate Cortland, N.Y., gave their dad quite the pair of gifts this Father's Day. The duo took home first-place plaques for their age groups Sunday at the Pitch, Hit & Run event held at Citi Field on an early, foggy morning.

Caden claimed first in the 7- and 8-year-old division, while older brother Cal claimed the 9- and 10-year-old division crown.

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Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based out of New York and covered the Nationals on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cespedes' big day not enough vs. Nats

Cespedes' big day not enough vs. Nats

NEW YORK -- The Nationals tightened their hammerlock on the National League East with a 7-4 triumph over the Mets on Saturday, remaining unbeaten at Citi Field this season and clinching another series victory there.

Trea Turner hit a leadoff home run off Mets righty Seth Lugo, Jose Lobaton added a solo shot, and Stephen Strasburg delivered 5 1/3 effective innings, holding the Mets to two runs. Initially viewing this series as a chance to climb back into contention, New York has not led at any point over its first three games.

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Baseball one of many ties that bind Walker, Dad

Baseball one of many ties that bind Walker, Dad

NEW YORK -- A few years back, when Neil Walker was visiting New York City for a series with the Pirates, MLB Network invited him to its New Jersey studios to appear on a show. While there, Walker quizzed employees where he might find footage of his father, Tom, playing in the Major Leagues.

Tom Walker was an accomplished big leaguer in his day, a veteran of six seasons with four different teams. But because his career unfolded mostly in Montreal in the mid-1970s, little video existed. A family scavenger hunt led the elder Walker to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which was able to retrieve 15 to 20 seconds' worth of video of Walker facing Phillies hitters Mike Schmidt and Greg Luzinski.

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Previously hot Mets humbled by rival Nats

After winning five of six games, New York has lost three straight

Previously hot Mets humbled by rival Nats

NEW YORK -- Though the Mets had little reason to watch the standings heading into this weekend against the Nationals, they knew what the four-game series represented. After two and a half months of near-irrelevance in the postseason picture, the Mets had a chance to announce their presence. They were playing well. They seemed primed to spark to life.

Instead, the Nationals have smothered them and their hopes. The Mets' 7-4 loss on Saturday was their sixth in as many games against the Nats at Citi Field this season. New York has yet to lead at any point this series, trailing for 25 of the 27 innings.

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Mets don special unis for Father's Day weekend

Mets don special unis for Father's Day weekend

NEW YORK -- A baby blue cap hung from each locker in the Mets' clubhouse, the topper of a Mets uniform with blue accents throughout. Like all 30 Major League Baseball teams, the Mets wore specially designed caps and uniforms on Saturday, the eve of Father's Day, to raise awareness and funds for the fight against prostate cancer.

All on-field personnel at Citi Field also wore symbolic blue ribbons on their uniforms, with some also donning blue wristbands, cleats, catching gear and socks. In addition, the game featured a blue-stitched Rawlings baseball.

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Matz goes 7 innings, but Scherzer stifles Mets

Matz goes 7 innings, but Scherzer stifles Mets

NEW YORK -- The Mets entered this weekend's four-game series against the Nationals hoping to pull closer to contention in the as-yet uncompetitive National League East. Instead, it's the Nats who have taken advantage of the opportunity, widening their division lead back to double digits with a 7-2 win Friday night at Citi Field.

Allowing just four hits and leaning on a career-high-tying three double plays, Max Scherzer delivered eight dominant innings to win his eighth game. He threw a season-high 118 pitches, striking out at least 10 batters for the fifth straight game.

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Reyes, Mets hope HR jump-starts hot streak

Reyes, Mets hope HR jump-starts hot streak

NEW YORK -- When Mets general manager Sandy Alderson insisted Thursday that the Mets have plenty of "good players" in Flushing, defending his decision to leave top prospect Amed Rosario in the Minors, it was not terribly difficult to parse his meaning. The Mets still believe Jose Reyes has something to offer.

The statement stood in stark contrast to Reyes' numbers: a .184 batting average and a .547 OPS in 62 games entering Friday's play. But Reyes at least began trending in the right direction during a 7-2 loss to the Nationals at Citi Field, hitting a second-deck home run off Max Scherzer to finish 2-for-3.

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Nimmo, Reynolds up; Harvey, Lagares to DL

Nimmo, Reynolds up; Harvey, Lagares to DL

NEW YORK -- The last time the Mets saw Brandon Nimmo, he was nursing a hamstring strain that knocked him off their Opening Day roster. A nerve injury to his hand followed, and a rough stretch at Triple-A Las Vegas prevented Nimmo from returning to the big leagues until now.

Admittedly, Nimmo, the Mets' No. 7 prospect, is still not swinging the bat as well as he would like, batting just .223 at Las Vegas. But the Mets found themselves with an outfield need when Juan Lagares fractured the IP joint in his left thumb on Thursday, so they recalled Nimmo and infielder Matt Reynolds before Friday's game against the Nationals. As expected, Matt Harvey joined Lagares on the DL with a stress injury to the scapula bone in his right shoulder.

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Gsellman can't pick up injury-plagued Mets

Gsellman can't pick up injury-plagued Mets

NEW YORK -- Few themes around baseball have been as consistent the past two seasons as Daniel Murphy's superhero act and the Mets' injury woes. So it came as little surprise that on a day in which the Mets absorbed troubling news on four of their players, Murphy took no mercy with another standout performance against his former team.

Murphy collected hits in each of his first three at-bats on Thursday, including a two-run triple, to pace the Nationals' 8-3 thumping of the Mets at Citi Field. In 26 career games against his old team, Murphy has 28 RBIs.

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