Tonight’s Tuesday Night Baseball Lineups presented by Verizon

The Mets (56-50) take on the Marlins (43-63) in the second game of a three-game series on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

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1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF 1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B
2. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF 2. Cole Gillespie (R) RF
3. Juan Uribe (R) 3B 3. Christian Yelich (L) CF
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B 4. Casey McGehee(R) 1B
5. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C 5. Martin Prado (R) 3B
6. Wilmer Flores (R) 2B 6. Derek Dietrich (L) LF
7. Ruben Tejada (R) SS 7. J.T. Realmuto (R) C
8. Jon Niese (L) LHP 8. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS
9. Juan Lagares (R) CF 9. Brad Hand (L) RHP

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Game 107: Mets vs Marlins on SNY at 7:10 p.m. ET

Jon Niese (5-9, 3.63 ERA) will pitch for the Mets against LHP Brad Hand (1-2, 5.12 ERA) at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.


Niese Notes: In June and July, Niese put together a 2.94 ERA. Niese has a 5-5 record with a 4.38 ERA in his career against Miami. Nine of his last 10 starts have been quality starts. Allowed one run in six innings during his last outing. Lefties hit .154 against Niese during his last six starts.


Hand Notes: He is 0-4 with a 3.94 ERA during his career against the Mets. This will be his first start since June 8. In three starts this year, he’s allowed eight runs in 11 2/3 innings pitched. He was 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA in 24 relief appearances this year.


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Mets Notes: The Mets are back in first place for the first time since June 19. Over the last 14 road games, the Mets are 8-6. New York has hit a home run in seven consecutive games. With three doubles last night, Yoenis Cespedes is tied for the major league lead in doubles. Curtis Granderson has reached base safely in 18 straight games, hitting .320 in that span. Mets starters have a 2.23 ERA in the last nine games.


Marlins Notes: With a loss last night, the Marlins are 4-7 against the Mets this year. Christian Yelich has a .417 batting average in 12 at-bats against Niese. So far this year, Miami is 2-2 against the Mets at Marlins Park. Dee Gordon has a career .357 average in 22 games against the Mets.


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Wright took batting practice in Miami

David Wright took a full batting practice on Tuesday afternoon at Marlins Park as he continues his rehab from lumbar spinal stenosis (Aug. 4).

This is the first of five straight days of hitting for Wright. After those five days, he is expected to begin playing in games for Single-A St. Lucie.

This comes a week after Wright fielded ground balls during a workout at Citi Field (July 28). Manager Terry Collins had previously said Wright was hitting balls off a tee.

Wright said that he expects to play all his rehab with St. Lucie, before rejoining the Mets.

“Yeah, I don’t think there’s much of a question about that,” Wright said last week, on if he will play again this season.

Wright is looking to return to the field for the first time since mid-April.


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Mostly Mets: David Lennon calls in

After a whirlwind week for the Mets, Toby Hyde and Rob Brender are joined by David Lennon of Newsday to talk about all of it.

They discuss the trade deadline, Yoenis Cespedes, the weekend sweep of the Nationals, and what might happen next.


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Cuddyer is running, could be activated from DL this weekend

Mets OF Michael Cuddyer ran in Port St. Lucie on Monday.

He’s been on the disabled list since July 22 with a a bone bruise in his left knee.

Cuddyer should be in rehab games within days and could be activated this weekend, according to ESPN NY’s Adan Rubin.

The Mets were reportedly working to acquire multiple outfielders before last Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline, due to concerns about the health of Cuddyer and Juan Lagares, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal (July 31, 12:53 pm).


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It’s unlikely Yoenis Cespedes is on the Mets next season

If the Mets do not sign Yoenis Cespedes to a contract within five days after the end of the World Series, he must be made a free agent.

According to ESPN New York, a clause in his contract stipulates he must be released before the official start of free-agency, which begins five days after the World Series.

Multiple reports also indicate he cannot be made a qualifying offer, which means the Mets would not receive draft pick compensation if he eventually signs a contract with a new team.

What’s more, according to the most recent CBA, any player released after Aug. 31 and before the start of free agency cannot sign a major league deal with that same team until May 15 of the following season.


CerroneCircleAvatarMatthew Cerrone: In other words, if the Mets don’t sign him before free agency starts, they will not be re-signing him. To be honest, I’m not sure any of this matters. I hope he’s awesome and I hope he helps win this team a World Series. But, even if he does, I can’t see the Mets signing him to the long-term, $15-20 million a year deal he’ll be seeking. This, plus not getting draft pick compensation, is why he was able to be acquired for just two minor-league pitchers. It’s still an awesome deal, because Sandy Alderson used a strength, and with money to spend, to capitalize on a unique situation. I suppose anything is possible, but I wouldn’t imagine Cespedes being here next season… even if he gets this team a ring.


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Soccer champion Abby Wambach inspires kids in visit to Citi Field

Fresh off the U.S. Women’s World Cup victory, soccer champion and New York native Abby Wambach paid a special visit to Flushing last week to give a motivational speech to 140 lucky students at the Citi Kids event prior to the Mets/Padres game. Wambach shared her recent World Cup experience and inspirational story of determination and dedication with students from the non-profit group United Neighborhood Houses.

The kids were thrilled to meet a soccer legend, and she left the students with a powerful message.  “The one big thing I always want kids to walk away with is, don’t ever let somebody tell you you’re not good enough. Never, not for one second,” Wambach said. “If you have a dream if you believe you can do something, go after it.”

Now in its seventh season, Citi Kids is an educational and motivational community-based initiative for New York City middle and high school students developed by Citi in collaboration with the Mets and the Jackie Robinson Foundation.  Previous Citi Kids speakers have included Olympic Gold Medalist gymnast Gabby Douglas, former New York Mets star Darryl Strawberry, New York Jets All-Pro defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, former New York Giants running back David Wilson and acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson.


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Columbia Fireflies to become Mets’ new SAL affiliate

Starting in 2016, the Columbia Fireflies will become the Mets’ new Single-A South Atlantic League affiliate, the team’s ownership group announced on Tuesday (Aug. 4).

In May, it was announced that the Mets’ current SAL affiliate, the Savannah Sand Gnats, would relocate from Georgia to Columbia, South Carolina.

Introducing your Columbia Fireflies!

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The team, which is run by Hardball Capital CEO and chairman Jason Freier, will retain the same ownership and Mets affiliation, and will play their home games at the brand new Spirit Communications Park.

“Plenty of other names could have made fine team names, but we liked where this would go with the colors — we think they’re cool colors,” Freier said in a statement. “In addition to the name being unique in Minor League Baseball and regionally, the colors we have chosen are not like any of the teams in the area around Columbia — none of the college or pro teams use colors like this. In lots of ways, every box we’re trying to check, this did it.”


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