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The Mets lost two of three to the Yankees over the weekend in the Bronx, including a 6-4 loss on Sunday night where Jon Niese was roughed up and the Mets committed four errors.

David Wright, out since April 15 due to a strained right hamstring, is set to take grounders and run in Port St. Lucie on Monday. Wright is eligible to come off the disabled list on April 30, but May 2 may be the day he returns, Terry Collins said.

Matt Harvey convinced Terry Collins to let him start the ninth inning while attempting a complete game on Saturday, but was pulled at 107 pitches with two outs after allowing two runners to reach.

Hansel Robles made his major league debut on Friday night, striking out two in a scoreless inning.

Noah Syndergaard was cautioned by the Mets about his use of Twitter after firing back at a fan on Thursday night, Adam Rubin reported.

Logan Verrett, who the Mets lost in the Rule 5 draft, has been designated for assignment. If Verrett clears waivers and isn’t traded, the Mets will have the option to re-acquire him.

What’s on tap for Monday, April 13

The Mets open a three-game series on Monday in Miami against the Marlins at 7:05 p.m.

Dillon Gee gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Jarred Cosart for Miami.

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Collins discusses errors in loss to Yankees

Terry Collins discusses the Mets’ defensive issues Sunday against the Yankees, as the team made four errors in a 6-4 loss at Yankee Stadium.

Rafael Montero pitches 4

Montero headed to Miami for Tuesday start

Rafael Montero will start Tuesday against the Marlins, despite two uneven starts at Triple-A Las Vegas, Sandy Alderson said Saturday.

Thursday, he allowed four runs on six hits in five innings (74 pitches).

Montero, 24, was sent to Las Vegas on April 17 after starting the season in the Mets bullpen. He allowed two earned runs on four hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings (4.15 ERA) before being demoted.

The move will give the other Mets starters an extra day’s rest.

Dillon Gee starts the series opener against the Marlins on Monday night.


Sloppy Mets lose series finale to Yankees

The Yankees took the rubber game of the Subway Series Sunday, defeating the mistake-plagued Mets 6-4 at Yankee Stadium.

The Mets made four errors, the Yankees two. Errors by Michael Cuddyer (throwing) and Daniel Murphy (fielding) led to two Yankee runs. Wilmer Flores‘ overthrow was negated by a double play and Eric Campbell’s poor throw in the first was followed by a Carlos Beltran strikeout.

Campbell also had a base-running gaffe. He was doubled off first base in the sixth when he thought there were two outs when Flores flied out to short right. That was one of four double plays, two by each team.

Jon Niese went five innings and gave up six runs (four earned) and eight hits. They included Alex Rodriguez’s 659th career home run in the first and four doubles, three in Yanks’ four-run second. Chris Young scored the last run in the second when Cuddyer dribbled the ball back into the infield after A-Rod’s double.

Niese (three strikeouts) allowed more than three earned runs for the first time in eight games and fourth time in 37 starts. . . The Yankees were hitless after Eric Goeddel gave up a leadoff double to Chase Headley in the sixth. Goeddel went two innings, Alex Torres one.

Curtis Granderson led off the game with his first home run of the season . .Murphy followed with the first of his two RBI doubles. The second came in the third inning, after Cuddyer’s RBI double. Cuddyer advanced to third on second baseman Stephen Drew’s error.

Five Yankees relievers held the Mets hitless after starter Nathan Eovaldi left with one out in the fifth. He gave up four runs and seven hits with six strikeouts. . . .Andrew Miller got the save and Chasen Shreve the win. Dellin Betances had three strikeouts in the eighth, but a wild pitch extended the inning.

The Mets begin a three-game series Monday in Miami (7:10 p.m., SNY). Dillon Gee (0-1, 5.60 ERA) faces Jarred Cosart (1-1, 3.63).

Sunday’s minor league recaps…

22-year-old Michael Conforto had another impressive day at the plate Sunday for the St. Lucie Mets, going 2-for-4, including a two-run home run in the 6th inning. The Woodlinville, Washington native has homered in back-to-back ballgames, four times in his last nine games and six times in 18 games this season.

Conforto’s batting average is up to .348 >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors

Wright to begin fielding, running Monday

NY_Mets_Training_33A.JPGDavid Wright will add fielding grounders and some running to his rehab regimen Monday, Terry Collins said Sunday.

Wright, who went on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring April 15, began hitting off a tee and throwing Saturday.

Collins said he hopes Wright can return from the disabled list on Saturday. Sandy Alderson said he wants to see him play. “I wouldn’t make any predictions,” Alderson told reporters Sunday.

Wright is eligible to come off the DL Thursday.

Tonight’s Game: Mets at Yankees, 8:05 p.m.

metlineup0426The Mets (14-4) meet the Yankees (10-8) Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

The game is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. on ESPN.

Jon Niese (2-0, 1.50) will start for the Mets, while Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 3.12) pitches for the Yankees.

Niese has allowed no more than two earned runs in his last seven starts, the longest such streak of his career.

Niese has allowed three earned runs or less in 33 of his last 36 starts dating to Sept. 13, 2013.

In four games against the Yankees, Niese is 1-1 with a 2.05 ERA (six earned runs/26.1 innings) with 22 strikeouts and five walks.

The Mets’ 14-4 start is the team’s best since 1986. The 1986 World Championship team started 15-4.

The teams split the first two games of the series. . The Mets have won three of the previous four series against the Yankees.

Eric Campbell has reached base safely in all 10 games since being called up to replace the injured David Wright (.400 OBP).

Kevin Plawecki’s first three career RBI Saturday gave Mets catchers 13 RBI this season. That’s second in the majors to Oakland’s catchers (15).

Danny Muno gets his first major league start tonight at DH.

The Yankees visit the Mets for three games Sept. 18-20.

Follow the game online at SNY Gameday.


ICYMI: Significant injuries open spots for Alderson’s draft picks to make impact

This post originally published April 22, 2015

Andrew Vazzano, @AVSNYAndrew Vazzano, SNY

Sandy Alderson is thankful for the depth of his farm system, especially given recent injuries to David Wright, Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud, Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin and Vic Black.

“The primary basis for sustained success is a solid farm system,” Alderson said this past weekend, during a Q&A with author Steve Kettman. “You can have all the money in the world, but if you don’t have a solid farm system, you’re not going to be able to sustain success.”

Danny Muno was promoted last week and Kevin Plawecki who made his debut Tuesday. They represent Alderson’s first draft picks to make an impact on the Mets’ big-league roster. However, as Joel Sherman recently wrote in the New York Post, most of the current roster is a reflection of Omar Minaya, not Alderson (April 18).

Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ruben Tejada, Jeurys Familia, Bobby Parnell, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Dillon Gee and Jon Niese were all brought in by Minaya, while Wright was drafted when Minaya was the assistant GM.

“I give Omar, and the people who were involved at the time, a lot of credit,” Alderson said during the Q&A. To read more of this story, click here