In case you missed it on Tuesday, presented by Citi

The Mets scored four runs in the eighth inning as they beat the Marlins, 5-1, on Tuesday night in Miami…

Video Highlights

Juan Lagares tripled to the right-center field gap, scoring Travis d’Arnaud and Eric Campbell >> Watch here

Campbell later singled on a blooper to left field, scoring Lucas Duda >> Watch here

Ruben Tejada singled on a line drive to right field, scoring Wilmer Flores >> Watch here

News, Rumors & Info.

The Mets announced designated LHP Alex Torres for assignment and acquired LHP Eric O’Flaherty and cash from the A’s in exchange for a player to be named later.

Yoenis Cespedes said he would love to remain with the Mets beyond 2015. Due to a unique clause in his contract, the Mets will have to release Cespedes five days after the World Series ends if they haven’t agreed to a contract extension.

David Wright took batting practice in Miami on Tuesday and will head to Port St. Lucie on Wednesday to continue his rehab. Wright, who has been out since mid-April, plans to enter rehab games soon, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported.

Michael Cuddyer (knee) is running and could be activated from the disabled list this weekend, Rubin reported.

Terry Collins said he hopes Steven Matz will be able to return to the starting rotation in early-September. Matz hasn’t pitched since July 5 due to a strained lat muscle in his left side.

Mets Low-A minor league affiliate Savannah Sand Gnats will relocate to Columbia, South Carolina and become the Columbia Fireflies in 2016.

What’s on tap for Wednesday, August 5

The Mets wrap up their three-game series against the Marlins on Wednesday in Miami at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.

Matt Harvey (9-7, 2.91 ERA) gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by David Phelps (4-7, 3.93 ERA) for Miami.

For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to an NYC community partner with a $2,000 donation. Visit mets.com/citi to see this season’s grand total to date.


Tuesday’s minor league recaps…

The Savannah Sand Gnats scored 20 runs on 24 hits Tuesday in their 20-3 win in Rome. Savannah scored in all but three innings, including an eight-run 2nd. Seven of their batters had multiple-hit games, including Patrick Biondi who was 5-for-7 with his second home run of the year and six rbi.

Mets OF prospect Wuilmer Becerra was 3-for-7 with two doubles and four rbi >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors



Mets DFA Alex Torres, acquire LHP Eric O’Flaherty from A’s

The Mets have designated LHP Alex Torres for assignment and acquired LHP Eric O’Flaherty and cash from the Athletics in exchange for a player to be named later, the team announced.

Torres, 27, was acquired from the Padres for Cory Mazzoni before the season. He posted a 3.15 ERA and 1.51 WHIP while walking 6.82 per 9 in 34 1/3 innings pitched (38 appearances) for the Mets.

O’Flaherty, 30, had posted a 5.91 ERA and 1.97 WHIP in 21 1/3 innings (25 appearances) for Oakland. He had been designated for assignment by the A’s on August 1.

O’Flaherty has held left-handed hitters to a .182 average, .286 OBP, and .209 SLG while allowing just one extra-base hit so far this season.

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Niese sharp, Mets erupt in eighth to top Marlins

The Mets got a strong start from Jon Niese and used a four-run eighth inning as they beat the Marlins, 5-1, in Miami on Tuesday night.

In a 1-1 game in the eighth, Eric Campbell pinch hit and blooped a two-out run scoring single to left to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Juan Lagares followed with a two-run triple and Curtis Granderson lined a run-scoring double to left as the Mets increased their advantage to 5-1.

Ruben Tejada‘s two-out RBI single in the sixth tied things, 1-1.

Dee Gordon gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead with a seeing-eye RBI single in the third.

Niese was sharp, limiting the Marlins to one run on four hits while walking one and striking out six in seven innings pitched. His ERA for the season is now 3.51.

Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia combined to toss two scoreless innings in relief of Niese while sealing the win.

The Mets wrap up their three-game series against the Marlins on Wednesday in Miami at 7:10 p.m. Matt Harvey (9-7, 2.91 ERA) gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by David Phelps (4-7, 3.93 ERA) for Miami.


Cespedes would love to remain a Met beyond 2015

Yoenis Cespedes would love to remain on the Mets beyond 2015, he said on Tuesday (Aug.4).

“This is something I can’t control,” Cespedes said through an interpreter about his future with the Mets. “I don’t know what the front office is thinking about. But with what I see so far, I would love for everything to work out and stay as a Met for a long, long time, because I like the atmosphere.”

Due to a unique clause in Cespedes’ contract, the Mets have to release him if they can’t work out a contract extension between now and five days after the World Series, at which point he would become a free agent. Per MLB rules, any player who is released after August 31 cannot re-sign with that team until May 15 the following year.

Aside from the atmosphere Cespedes experienced over the weekend at Citi Field, he cited the Mets’ pitching as a reason he would want to stay.

“The first thing you can see is the pitching,” Cespedes said. “Every team needs pitching, and I think we have enough pitching to go all the way to the finals. Other teams that I’ve been around, they scored four and they give up four. This team, if we score four with the pitching that we have, we’ll be able to compete and go to the finals.”

Cespedes, 29, is hitting .294 with a .325 OBP and .508 SLG to go along with 18 homers and 65 RBI in 105 games so far this season with the Tigers and Mets.

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Wright took batting practice in Miami; rehab games next

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

Tuesday is the first of five straight days of hitting for Wright, who will head to Port St. Lucie on Wednesday to continue rehabbing. After those five days, he is expected to begin playing in rehab games for High-A St. Lucie.

Wright, who said he expects to play all his rehab with St. Lucie before rejoining the Mets, weighed in on his progress (Aug. 4).

“There’s not much more preparation I can do other than games,” Wright said. “… If it was on a schedule that I made up, I’d like to do that. Ultimately it’s going to be a combined effort with doctors, trainers, physical therapists. I’m sure it’s going to be a group discussion. It’s not just going to be me saying, ‘I think I’m ready,’ because I think there are going to be some things that they want to see out of me these next five days.”

Wright has been out since mid-April, first with a hamstring injury and then due to spinal stenosis.


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.