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Mets break Greinke’s scoreless streak

Dodgers’ Zack Greinke’s incredible scoreless streak came to an end after 45 2/3 inning when Kirk Niewhenhuis scored on an slow ground ball to Adrian Gonzalez hit by Jacob deGrom.

Greinke’s scoreless fun puts him fourth all-time behind Orel Hershiser (59 innings), Don Drsydale (58 innings) and Bob Gibson (47 innings).


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Gammons, Duquette and Cotillo talk Mets, trade deadline and more…

This past week, former Mets GM Jim Duquette, Peter Gammons and SBN Nation’s Chris Cotillo all joined the following SNY Mets Podcast‘s to talk about next Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline…


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Kelly Johnson has nice debut for Mets, where it’s ‘weird’ to be playing

Recently-acquired infielder Kelly Johnson described playing for the Mets as “weird,” he told reporters before his first game with the Mets on Saturday.

“As a young player, being in Atlanta, coming in to Shea before Citi, this was intimidating,” said Johnson said, who spent his first four seasons in the big leagues with the Braves. “The place was rocking. The team was really good. It was just a big rivalry. Being there and seeing the way that guys like Chipper Jones and John Smoltz got up for this series, each way, home and away, and especially coming here to this city, it is a little bit weird. It’s very weird.”

Johnson hit .275 with nine HR and 34 RBI in 182 at-bats this season with the Braves. He and Juan Uribe were acquired by the Mets from Atlanta on Friday for two Double-A pitchers.

“We like the fact that it’s sort of a general upgrade of our overall position-player roster,” Sandy Alderson told reporters about the deal. “Johnson plays a lot of different positions. Uribe plays a spot where we can use some additional support. And, overall, it raised the quality of our roster. They’re veteran players, so we’re happy to have them.”

Johnson had two hits, including a home run, during Saturday’s debut.


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D’Arnaud started rehab with Bingo, expected back this week

Travis d’Arnaud went 1-for-3 and caught five innings during a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Saturday.

He will reportedly rejoin the Mets later this week.

D’Arnaud suffered a left elbow sprain on June 20 during a play at the plate against the Braves at Turner Field.

His rehab assignment was originally scheduled to begin Thursday with Single-A St. Lucie, but moved to Binghamton after two games were rained out in Florida.

D’Arnaud, who has played just 19 games this season, missed six weeks earlier in the season with a fractured finger.

He had been hitting .296 with eight extra base hits at the time of his most recent injury.


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Michael Conforto goes 4 for 4, doesn’t feel any pressure

Mets rookie OF Michael Conforto was 4-for-4 with four runs scored, a walk and one RBI in his second big-league game Saturday at Citi Field against the Dodgers.

“I couldn’t have pictured it any better tonight,” he told reporters after the game, noting his father and family were in the stands. “All the bats were going, and we were scoring a lot of runs.”

Cubs C Kyle Schwarber is the only other rookie with four hits in a game this season.

“He’s a good-looking hitter,” manager Terry Collins added. “He hits the ball all over the field. He has plate discipline. He laid off a couple of really tough pitches. Obviously, he’s got a very good eye.”

Sandy Alderson said Friday that Conforto’s stay this season will mostly be determined by how he hits, if other acquisitions are made and how quickly Michael Cuddyer returns from the disabled list.

“I don’t think I feel any pressure,” Conforto said. “I’m just going to go up there and bring the approach and do what I can. If I start worrying about getting hits, it’s going to turn out badly for me. I think I got away with worrying about getting that first one. From now on, it’s going to be, ‘Just stick to the approach and put good swings on the ball and have good at-bats.'”


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What’s on tap Sunday…

Jacob deGrom and will face Zack Greinke today as the Mets and Dodgers complete a four-game series at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Greinke has not allowed a run in his last 43 2/3 innings. He leads the majors with a 1.30 ERA, during which opponents are batting .189 against him.

Also on Saturday, Pedro Martinez will be Cooperstown getting inducted in to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In case you missed it Saturday…

Matt Harvey was stellar over seven innings and the Mets put up an inspired offensive effort winning, 15-2, against the Dodgers at Citi Field on Saturday night.

Travis d’Arnaud went 1-for-3 and caught five innings during a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Saturday. He will reportedly rejoin the Mets later this week…

The Mets spoke to the Rockies about SS Troy Tulowitzki, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.

Sandy Alderson balked at San Diego’s asking price for Padres OF Justin Upton, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman.

Jon Niese was placed on paternity leave on Saturday and RHP Logan Verrett has been called up to the Mets.

The Mets have discussed Zack Wheeler with teams in trade talks, multiple major league sources told Daily News reporters Kristie Ackert and Andy Martino.


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Saturday’s minor league recaps…

Mets 2015 2nd round draft pick Desmond Lindsay made his professional debut in the GCL Mets 5-2 loss to the GCL Marlins Saturday morning. The 18-year-old Florida native was 1-for-3 with a single and a walk playing all nine innings in CF >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors