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Mets Morning News: Rene Rivera could start on Opening Day, Mets option Xorge Carillo to minor league camp

Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Terry Collins suggested that Rene Rivera could start on Opening Day after the combination of Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud allowed four stolen bases during Friday’s spring training game against the Astros. Seth Lugo is getting tired of people calling him Eminem. Jay Bruce can avoid another bad season by limiting his ground balls. The Mets optioned Xorge Carillo to the minors. Bob Klapisch defended MLB’s inability to suspend Jeurys Familia before the World Baseball Classic. “Steven Matz...

Newark Star-Ledger

Good, bad and ugly of Mets spring training (so far)

A lot of the Mets' top hitters are doing well this spring, some of their key pitchers aren't, they're still missing their star third baseman and there's been some controversy. Here's the good, bad and ugly of Mets' spring training ... so far.

Newark Star-Ledger

What Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera said to get ejected, why he decided to get even with ump

Mets shortstop explains what happened that led to a rare spring training ejection, and then the comedy that followed.

Newark Star-Ledger

Astros run all over Mets in 2-0 spring training win | Rapid Reaction

Noah Syndergaard allowed one earned run and four stolen bases in the Mets' 2-0 Grapefruit League loss to Houston.

Newark Star-Ledger

Important Mets things to know; Latest on lineup, rotation battle, Tim Tebow

The Mets hit like crazy, pitched terribly and played some bad defense in their 15-9 spring training loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. What's going on with this club that people think has the talent to win the World Series? Here are six Mets things to know for Thursday:

Newark Star-Ledger

Mets lineup vs. Nationals for Thursday (with relievers, reserves)

The Mets play the Washington Nationals in a 1:05 p.m. spring training game on Thursday at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Mets are 12-14 in Grapefruit League play, while the Nationals are 10-11.

Newark Star-Ledger

Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera shows up umpire, gets tossed ... gets even

Cabrera was ejected in the fourth inning of the Mets' spring training game on Thursday, then did his best to payback plate umpire Angel Hernandez.

Newsday

Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera takes his time leaving field after early ejection by Angel Hernandez

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Asdrubal Cabrera can't recall hearing of a player being ejected from a spring training game. Yet, there he was on a rainy Thursday afternoon, still bemused as he left the Mets clubhouse during a 1-0 loss to the Nationals.

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Mets Morning News: Team USA wins WBC, Zack Wheeler’s bid to join the rotation hits a snag

Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets It was a tough day at the ballpark for Mets pitchers, and they fell to the Marlins 15-9 in a spring training game. Steven Matz was hit hard by the Marlins, and he lamented the lack of command of his fastball as the reason for his poor start. Zack Wheeler also had a tough outing ,which might have pushed him down the depth chart as the battle for the fifth rotation spot continues. Even if Wheeler does not make the rotation, the bullpen is not an ideal fit for him. Seth Lugo got the start in the finals...

Newark Star-Ledger

Mets, Marlins lineups for Wednesday in Port St. Lucie; Jose Reyes in lineup

The Mets return from an off day Wednesday for a 1:05 p.m. spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Mets are 12-13 in Grapefruit League play, while the Marlins are 7-13.

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Open thread: Mets vs. Marlins, 3/22/17

The lefty from Long Island starts for the Mets in their spring training game today. Broadcast: SNY, WOR Lineup Jose Reyes - 3BAsdrubal Cabrera - SSYoenis Cespedes - LFCurtis Granderson - CFNeil Walker - 2BJay Bruce - RFLucas Duda - 1BTravis d’Arnaud - CSteven Matz - SP

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Mets announce exhibition game vs. Las Vegas 51s, move Army game to Queens

Fans can now get into Citi Field sooner than they thought. The Mets announced two changes to the end of their spring training schedule today. First, the club will play an exhibition against its Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s, on March 30 at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Tickets will be $10 for the 11 a.m. first pitch, and proceeds will go to the Mets Foundation. Also, New York’s scheduled exhibition match against Army on March 31 will now take place at Citi Field in Queens instead of West Point, New York. It turns out that Army’s baseball field is still snowed...

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Mets will assign Tim Tebow to Columba Fireflies

The outfielder will make his 2017 debut with the Low-A Columbia Fireflies Tim Tebow will be assigned to the Columbia Fireflies, the Mets’ Low-A South Atlantic League affiliate, to begin the 2017 season. The former Heisman Trophy winner has appeared in six spring training games, notching five hits in 17 at-bats with five strikeouts. Noting the advanced assignment, GM Sandy Alderson noted, “We were concerned that it might be a stretch at some point, or could be a stretch, but what he’s done in spring training has convinced us that this is where he should go. And he’s prepared for...

CBS NY

In Need Of Work, Reliever Salas Returns To Mets From WBC

While Mets reliever Rafael Montero keeps pushing hard to make the club's final roster out of spring training, one vital piece of the bullpen returned to the New York's clubhouse on Sunday.

Grand Rapids Press

Tigers vs. Mets: Live stats, scoring, chat

The Tigers have won three straight and will start Anibal Sanchez on the mound. The Detroit Tigers will look to extend their winning streak to a spring training-high four games when they host the New York Mets today at Joker Marchant Stadium. The Tigers will send right-hander Anibal Sanchez to the mound for his second start of the spring. Sanchez is 1-1 with a 10.24 ERA in 9 2/3 innings and opposing batters are hitting .349 against him. He's recorded nine strikeouts and allowed three walks and a team-high four home runs. Sanchez will be looking to build off his...

Newark Star-Ledger

If Mets' Paul Sewald grabs a bullpen spot, you shouldn't be surprised. Here's why

Right-handed reliever Paul Sewald is quietly making a name for himself in spring training.

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Mets Morning News: Thor learning to drop the hammer

Your Sunday morning dose of Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets For the second straight day, the Mets picked up a spring training win against the Cardinals, this time on the road. Robert Gsellman is making the choice for the Mets fifth starter a very difficult one. For Mets fans it would almost be too good to be true: Noah Syndergaard developing a pitch that literally drops like a hammer. Tim Tebow’s run with the Mets isn’t over just yet. Wilmer Flores says he hopes to get some more at-bats this season, but they may be hard to come by. Brandon Nimmo suffered a setback,...

New York Post

Gsellman doesn’t give an inch as Mets’ starter battle gets tight

JUPITER, Fla. — Robert Gsellman still isn’t swinging a bat, but the rest of his game is right where the Mets want it heading to the home stretch of spring training. In the battle for the fifth spot in the Mets rotation, it’s Gsellman, Zack Wheeler and Seth Lugo, all of whom are showing enough...

New York Post

Why is this ex-NBA star taking tickets at Mets games?

PORT ST. LUCIE — You never know who you will find at a Mets spring training game. A football player like Tim Tebow could be in the outfield, or a basketball player may be working behind home plate. It is a regular “Whatever happened to …’’ experience at First Data Field. There, directly behind home...

New York Post

Jay Bruce on A-Rod, Cespedes, and being ‘the next big thing’

Mets outfielder Jay Bruce takes a swing at some spring training Q&A with Post columnist Steve Serby. Q: When you were 9 years old, you called the Kingdome to try to speak with Ken Griffey Jr. A: Remember the 1990s phones that you could see all the guts of? And I dialed information, I think...

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2017 Mets King of Spring Training update #2

With a little over two weeks to go until Opening Day, we check in on the ever-important King of Spring Training race. As you scroll down from here, you’ll notice that our list has undergone some changes from last week. Gone is Matt Reynolds, dropped down are a couple of other names, and they’ve been replaced by new faces. Will we have a repeat KOST? Or will one of the bats who struggled mightily in 2016 claim our fake award? Read to find out and then tell us who you think will win this mostly meaningless prize. Favorites Michael Conforto – .359/.375/.615 (Stock: RISING) KOSTforto’s...

New York Post

Mets have ‘a lot of concerns’ over key reliever in exile

PORT ST. LUCIE — Fernando Salas’ exile from the Grapefruit League could be nearing a conclusion. The Mets reliever is close to having a visa issue in his native Mexico resolved, according to a club official, that could return him to spring training within the next two days. Salas reported to camp last month, but...

SportsNet New York

Salas expected to report to Mets camp on Sunday

Mets RHP Fernando Salas is expected to report to spring training on Sunday after having dealt with visa issues following the World Baseball Classic.

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Crafting a plan for Zack Wheeler’s 2017 season

If Wheeler remains healthy, let’s look at how the Mets might be able to manage his workload. In his most recent spring training outing, Zack Wheeler opened some eyes by sitting in the mid-90s with his fastball and touching 97. Having missed all of the past two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery shortly before the 2015 season began, Wheeler probably has to do more than reach that velocity to reestablish himself. But the fact that he was able to throw that hard at this point in spring training is encouraging. Assuming he doesn’t experience any setbacks and remains generally...

Boston Herald

Cardinals outfielder Pham leaves after headfirst slide

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Tommy Pham has left a spring training game after jarring himself on a headfirst slide.Pham was thrown out trying to steal second base Friday against the New York Mets. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera tagged Pham on the helmet.Pham was on his back while the training staff assisted him. He appeared to have discomfort in the area near his upper lip as the staff checked for blood, and left the game.The 29-year-old Pham hit .226 with nine home runs and 17 RBIs in 78 games for St. Louis last season and is competing for a roster spot.Red...

Newsday

Mets' Zack Wheeler wows onlookers in latest spring training outing

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Zack Wheeler delivered his loudest statement of the spring on Thursday, when he touched 97 mph on the radar gun and raised eyebrows among those who will soon decide how the Mets righthander will be used to start the season.

Newsday

Terry Collins: David Wright likely won't appear in another spring training game

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- David Wright's focus remains squarely on remedying the weakness in his right shoulder, which is still what is keeping the Mets captain from playing third base.

Yoenis Cespedes is gunning for MVP in 2017

SNY's Mets Talk Live crew discusses a hot start to spring training for New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes, and his goal to win MVP in 2017.

Evaluating Matt Harvey's first spring training start: Good or Bad?

On SNY's Loud Mouths, Jon Hein and Marc Malusis discussNew York Mets starter Matt Harvey's first spring training start as he works his way back from injury.

Tim Tebow arrives at New York Mets camp, talks baseball goals

Tim Tebow arrives at New York Mets spring training in Port St. Lucie, and talks about his goals this season as a baseball player.