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John Lannan will report to Triple-A Las Vegas

John Lannan accepted his demotion and will report to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Lannan, who was outrighted Wednesday, had the option to be released so that he could become a free agent.

He signed a minor-league deal with the Mets prior to Spring Training.

He made the Opening Day bullpen, but gave up seven earned runs in four innings and was outrighted a few weeks later.

What’s on Tap: Mets try to avoid sweep, 1:10 pm on WPIX

The Mets (8-9) lost to the Braves (12-5) at Citi Field on Saturday night >> Read more from MetsBlog.comMLB.comESPNNewsdayNew York Post and Daily News.

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The Mets and Braves close out their three-game series Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.67 ERA) starts for the Mets, while rookie RHP David Hale (0-0, 2.89) starts for the Braves.

Curtis Granderson is expected to be moved out of the clean-up spot in the lineup, while Jose Valverde is expected to no longer be used as the team’s closer, Terry Collins said Saturday night.

The game will air live on WPIX TV and on radio at WOR 710 AM.

Game Recap: Braves 7 – Mets 5

Despite loading the bases and getting the winning run to the plate in the ninth inning, the Mets fell to the Braves by a score of 7-5 on Saturday night.

Need to Know: Travis d’Arnaud came to the plate with the bases loaded and two out, but grounded out to Andrelton Simmons to end the game. The Mets were able to score two against Craig Kimbrel before he got pulled from the game. David Wright and Chris Young drove in a run each in the inning.

Jose Valverde came on in the top ninth inning with the score 4-3 in favor of the Braves and surrendered a three-run home run to Justin Upton, which ended up dooming the Mets.

Bartolo Colon started for the Mets, and allowed three earned runs over seven innings. He hurt his own cause with a two-run throwing error in the third inning. He struck out six and walked one.

Chris Young picked up his first hit as a Met, a double in the fourth inning. He added an RBI single in each of the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.

Curtis Granderson’s struggled continued, as he went 0-5 with a strikeout.

What’s Next: The Mets look to stave off the sweep on Sunday, a 1 p.m. game.

Tonight’s Game: Braves at Mets, 7 p.m. on PIX

The Mets and Braves play their second game of the series at Citi Field.

The game will air on PIX. You can follow along with SNY GameDay.

Bartolo Colon will pitch for the Mets, while Ervin Santana pitches for the Braves.

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1. Eric Young Jr. – LF 1. Jason Heyward – RF
2. Daniel Murphy – 2B 2. B.J. Upton – CF
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Freddie Freeman – 1B
4. Curtis Granderson – RF 4. Justin Upton – LF
5. Chris Young – CF 5. Evan Gattis – C
6. Lucas Duda – 1B 6. Dan Uggla – 2B
7. Travis d’Arnaud – C 7. Chris Johnson – 3B
8. Ruben Tejada – SS 8. Andrelton Simmons – SS
9. Bartolo Cplon – RHP 9. Ervin Santana – RHP

MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: AJ Mass talks mascots, Mr. Met

In this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, Matthew Cerrone talks with’s A.J. Mass. In his new book, “Yes, It’s Hot in Here,” Mass details the crazy history of the sports mascot, including Mr. Met, who he played at Shea Stadium from 1994 to 1997.

Mass talks with Cerrone about his time as Mr. Met, after the mascot had not been in the public eye for  more than a decade; A.J. also gives his thoughts on other sports mascots, including the controversial behavior of the Phillie Phanatic; and the guys discuss whether whether Mr. Met should have a Twitter account…

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Who is Zack Thornton?

Toby Hyde, Contributor

Friday night, the Mets acquired minor-league relief pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named later for 1B Ike Davis.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the second player is “fairly significant,” which means that a full analysis of the trade will have to wait until that player is known.

Thornton is sinker/slider reliever with a funky motion who generated more ground balls in 2013 than he ever had in his professional career. He’s a big right-hander, listed at 6’3″, 220 pounds, who will turn 26 on May 19. The Mets will be his third organization. He originally signed with the A’s as a 23rd round pick out of Oregon in 2010 and was traded to the Pirates for RHP Chris Resop on November 30, 2012.

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According to Brooks Baseball, he owns a three-pitch arsenal, with a sinker that averages 91 mph, a slider at 84 and a changeup at 84.

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The Week in MetsBlog: Hunting strikes, Flores, Matz and Shea

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen compared LHP prospect Steven Matz to Clayton Kershaw. Toby Hyde later profiled Matz, and said he’s pitching well enough to justify a promotion to Double-A sooner than later >> Read more

Shea Stadium would have been 50 years old this week. MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone posted photos from his time shooting behind the scenes pictures of Shea during the ballpark’s final days >> See here.

The Mets call it ‘hunting strikes.’ Cerrone explained what that means >> Read more.

Chris Young was activated from the disabled list Friday. Earlier in the week, MetsBlog’s Maggie Wiggin and Michael Baron looked at how Terry Collins should adjust his batting order >> Read more.

Lastly, with Ruben Tejada struggling, Cerrone took a closer look at how Wilmer Flores is doing in Triple-A >> Read more.

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Mets trade Ike Davis to Pirates

The Mets traded Ike Davis to the Pirates for minor-league RHP Zack Thornton and a player to be named later.

The player to be named later will be “pretty significant,” according to Jon Heyman (CBS Sports, Apr. 18). The Mets will save around $3.14 million by trading Davis (Rubin, April 18).

Thornton, 25, was pitching in Triple-A with a 1.23 ERA and 1.091 WHIP in 7.1 innings this season. He will report to Triple-A Las Vegas for the Mets.

Davis was hitting .208 (5-for-24) with a double, home run, five RBI and four runs scored in 12 games this year.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I’m not judging this deal until it’s complete.  The buzz from Citi Field is that the player coming from the Pirates is likely a player they drafted with a top pick last June. So, they’ll need to wait a full year after the draft (June 2014) to send him to the Mets. I’m holding out hope it’s OF Austin Meadows, who everyone says has a great, balanced, advanced approach at the plate for a 19-year-old. I’m not holding my breath, though.

Thornton is said to be a nice pitcher, nothing special, not really a ‘prospect.’ He was exposed in the Rule 5 Draft last December and no team took him, so that should give an indication of his potential. To make this deal worthwhile, I expect the Mets to either use the money saved to help improve shortstop or the player being acquired later must be of real value… or both.

That said, I wish Ike the best of luck. I’ve heard too may people connected to the Mets say Davis needed a change of scenery, which is why most people assumed he would get traded before the start of the year. It didn’t happen. He lacked confidence, insiders said. Well, if that’s the case, if it all got to him, if it threw him off his game, in this market, with us on his case, media in his ear, he wasn’t going to get it back. So, I hope he finds success again, because no one ever hit 30 home runs by accident.

Lastly, good luck, Lucas Duda. It’s your gig now. There’s no looking back. Duda (against right-handed pitchers) and Josh Satin (against left-handed pitching) should combine for a slightly better-than-average first baseman. It’s time to see what they can do, full time, every day, without Ike in the mix… Good luck, gentlemen.

Listen to audio of Sandy Alderson talking about trading Ike Davis

“We’re very happy with the trade,” Mets GM Sandy Alderson said late Friday. “We’re happy for Ike, in that he’ll get an opportunity elsewhere, and it’s a situation we needed to resolve here. We’re happy with the return. This has gone on for a period of time, as everyone knows.”

Here is audio of Alderson talking about the trade, courtesy of reporter Rich Coutinho:

Listen to audio of Ike Davis talking about being traded to Pirates

“I really had a blast in New York,” Ike Davis told reporters at Citi Field after learning he had been traded to the Pirates. “I made my dreams come true, childhood dreams come true, playing in the big leagues here. But it’s just a stepping-stone. It happens to a lot of people.”

Here is audio of Davis talking to reporters at Citi Field, courtesy of reporter Rich Coutinho: