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Reynolds could get Opening Day start as Murphy rehabs

A solid training camp plus the injury to Daniel Murphy has given Matt Reynolds a good chance at starting at second base on Opening Day in Washington next Monday, MLB’s Anthony DiComo reported (March 29).

Reynolds went 1-for-4 in the Mets’ 3-2 win over the Cardinals Sunday. He’s hitting .381 in 42 spring at-bats with two homers and has two errors in 59 chances (.966 fielding percentage).

Murphy, who has a right hamstring strain, took at-bats without running in a minor-league game for the second day in a row Sunday. It appears likely he will start the season on the disabled list for a brief time.

Danny Muno, whose spring numbers are almost identical to Reynolds’, and Ruben Tejada are also candidates to fill in for Murphy. But DiComo reported Reynolds’ strong 2014 season at Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas (combined .343 average with 161 hits, six homers, 61 RBI) could give him the edge when Terry Collins makes his decision later this week.

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Gee, Granderson solid in Mets’ win

The Mets defeated the Cardinals 3-2 in Jupiter Sunday.

Need To Know

Mets starter Dillon Gee went seven innings, allowing seven hits and two runs while striking out three with three walks. Gee (2.49 spring ERA) picked up his second Grapefruit League win.

Curtis Granderson continued his hot spring, going 2-for-2 with two doubles and two runs to raise his Grapefruit average to .475. . .Lucas Duda went 3-for-4 (all singles off lefties) with two RBI. Duda has raised his spring average (.231) by 102 points in two days.

Gee settled down after a shaky first, when he allowed three consecutive singles to start the game. Gee got out of it thanks to left fielder Michael Cuddyer, who threw out Matt Carpenter going from first to third. With runners at second and third, Matt Adams hit a liner to shortstop Ruben Tejada, who doubled up Matt Holliday at second.

Mets relievers Dario Alvarez, Zach Thornton, Sean Gilmartin and Erik Goeddel combined to finish the game with two perfect innings. Gilmartin struck out both batters he faced. Gilmartin and Thornton picked up their fifth holds of the spring; Alvarez got his fourth. Goeddel earned his second spring save.

What’s Next

The Mets host the Marlins Monday (1:05 p.m., SNY). Rafael Montero is scheduled to start.

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Today’s Game: Mets at Cardinals, 1:05 p.m.

The Mets visit the Cardinals Sunday in Jupiter (1:05 p.m.).

The game will not air on SNY, is available through MLB Network and can be heard live on WOR 710 am radio, according to the team’s website.

Dillon Gee  is scheduled to start for the Mets. He is making his fourth start and seventh appearance of the spring. Gee has a 2.45 ERA in 14 2/3 innings.

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What’s on tap for Sunday, March 29

The Mets travel to Jupiter, FL, on Sunday to play the Cardinals at 1:05 pm ET.

The game will not air on SNY, is available through MLB Network and can be heard live on WOR 710 am radio, according to the team’s website.

Dillon Gee, who is expected to replace Zack Wheeler in the rotation, will start against Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia.

In case you missed it on Saturday, March 28

The Mets are discussing a contract extension with first baseman Lucas Duda , according to reporter Joel Sherman.

Daniel Murphy had five at-bats during a minor-league intrasquad game Saturday in Port St. Lucie, reports ESPN’s Adam Rubin.

The Mets re-assigned LH reliever Scott Rice to minor league camp.

Vic Black threw a bullpen session Saturday and could could pitch in a game Wednesday, Dan Warthen told reporter Matt Ehalt.

Jacob deGrom pitched seven innings and Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda and Johnny Monell hit home runs as the Mets won, 10-2, against the Nationals on Saturday in Port St. Lucie.

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Mets talking long-term extension with Duda

The Mets are discussing a contract extension with first baseman Lucas Duda , according to reporter Joel Sherman (March 28).


Duda, 29, will become a free agent after the 2017 season.

He told Sherman that the negotiations were preliminary and still in the works.

Duda’s agent, Dan Horwits, told Sherman if a deal cannot be reached by Opening Day negotiations will be put on hold until after the season.


Duda hit 30 homers with 92 RBI last year as he took over first base from Ike Davis.

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Murphy hit during intrasquad game, didn’t run bases

Daniel Murphy had five at-bats during a minor-league intrasquad game Saturday in Port St. Lucie, reports ESPN’s Adam Rubin (March 28).

Murphy, recovering from a strained right hamstring, had two opposite-field hits and jogged to first, though he did not stay in to run the bases, according to Rubin.

Terry Collins said Friday he is skeptical Murphy will be ready for Opening Day, though he would not rule it out.

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Rice re-assigned; 2 lefty relievers remain in camp

The Mets re-assigned LH reliever Scott Rice to minor league camp Saturday (Vorkunov, March 28).

The move leaves Sean Gilmartin and Dario Alvarez as the only remaining lefties in major league camp.


Gilmartin (5.63 ERA) and Alvarez (5.14 ERA) have both made nine appearances this spring.

Gilmartin walked Bryce Harper, the only batter he faced, in the team’s 10-2 win over the Nationals on Saturday.

Video Highlights from Saturday’s Win

Curtis Granderson’s third-inning, three-run home run off Stephen Strasburg puts the Mets on the board >> Watch here

Lucas Duda’s two-run homer in the seventh inning gives the Mets a 9-1 advantage >> Watch here

Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer robs Washington first baseman Clint Robinson of a hit in the second inning >> Watch here