Mets minor league catcher suspended for PED use

Mets minor league catcher Adrian Abreu has been suspended for 80 games following after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs in violation of baseball’s minor league drug program.

The suspension was announced by the MLB commissioner’s office. Abreu tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.

Abreu, 24, was hitting .273 with three RBI in 33 at-bats this year at Class A Savannah after batting .097 in 31 at-bats with Class A St. Lucie.

Mets struggle in all aspects as they’re swept by Cubs

The Mets made mental and physical errors and struggled again offensively as they lost to the Cubs, 6-1, on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. It was their third consecutive loss.

Jacob deGrom didn’t have his best stuff and wound up allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits while walking two and striking out two in 5 1/3 innings pitched.

After Jonathan Herrera’s sacrifice fly gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the second, the Mets broke their 22-inning scoreless drought when Curtis Granderson‘s RBI double in the third inning tied things, 1-1.

Daniel Murphy‘s throwing error in the fifth paved the way for the Cubs to score the go-ahead run on Anthony Rizzo’s bloop single.

In the bottom of the sixth, Herrera hit a two-run homer off deGrom as the Cubs extended their lead to 4-1. Miguel Montero’s’ two-run homer off Alex Torres in the eighth made it 6-1 Chicago.

With the win, the Cubs swept the seven-game season series from the Mets. It’s the first time since 1885 that the Cubs have swept a season series of that length.

The Mets open a three-game series against the Dodgers on Friday in Los Angeles at 10:00 p.m. Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 3.59 ERA) gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Clayton Kershaw (5-6, 3.20 ERA) for the Dodgers. 


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The return of Mike Baxter to Queens

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Former Mets outfielder and Queens native Mike Baxter, now with with the Cubs, keeps tabs on the Mets, but not by choice. Instead, because family and friends still live in the area, who are mostly Mets fans and they tell him what’s going on with his former club, even if he doesn’t need to know…

“It’s great to be back, I’ve been looking forward to this road trip,” Baxter told me Wednesday.

And, though he’ll always cherish his time with the Mets, the team he grew up rooting for, he says he is thankful and fortunate to be playing an important role on a young Cubs team.

“This is great organization with a lot of young, talented players,” he said. “It’s great to be getting at bats with a team in thick of a things [in the NL Central].”

ct-mike-baxter-returns-20150629Baxter, who hit .232  during his time with the Mets, is batting .265 with a .357 OBP in 49 at bats with the Cubs this season. He’s batting .306 in his last 15 games. He spent last season with the Dodgers.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon let Baxter deliver the lineup card to umpires at home plate before Tuesday’s series opener, knowing the outfielder’s family and friends would be in the stands.

Baxter will also forever hold a special place among Mets fans for his diving grab against the outfield wall during the seventh inning of Johan Santana’s no-hitter in 2011.

“It’ll always be a great memory for me because it was a such a special moment in their history,” he said, smiling.


Game 80: Cubs at Mets on SNY at 1 p.m. ET

The Mets (40-39) and the Cubs (41-35) wrap up their three-game series Thursday afternoon at Citi Field.

Jacob deGrom (8-5, 2.15 ERA) gets the start for the Mets against RHP Jake Arrietta (7-5, 2.94 ERA) at 1:10 p.m ET.

Mets Cubs
1. Curtis Granderson RF 1. Starlin Castro SS
2. Darrell Ceciliani CF 2. Anthony Rizzo 1B
3. Daniel Murphy 3B 3. Miguel Montero C
4. Lucas Duda 1B 4. Chris Coghlan LF
5. Wilmer Flores 2B 5. Mike Baxter RF
6. Eric Campbell LF 6. Chris Denorfia CF
7. Johnny Monell C 7. Jonathan Herrera 3B
8. Jacob deGrom RHP 8. Jake Arrieta RHP
9. Ruben Tejada SS 9. Addison Russell 2B

DeGrom Notes: His 0.74 ERA during day games this year is best in the majors. For his career, he is 8-0 in day games. He has a 5-1 record with a 1.33 ERA at home this season. Since May 21, deGrom has thrown seven consecutive games of seven or more innings. DeGrom went eight innings during his last start, a win in Milwaukee. He is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in two career starts against the Cubs.

Arrieta Notes: Allowed one run on three hits against the Cardinals in his last start. In road games this season, Arrieta has a 2.58 ERA. He struck out 10 batters in eight innings against the Mets on May 12 at Wrigley Field. His 2.45 ERA in June was the best of any Cubs pitcher. Thursday marks his 50th career start with the Cubs.

MLB: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

Mets Notes: The Mets have not scored a run in their last 20 innings. The Mets have been held to one run or fewer 20 times this season, tied for the most times in the majors. The Mets are 11-3 in day games at Citi Field in 2015. Daniel Murphy is hitting .400 over his last 60 at-bats. Mets pitching has a 1.02 ERA over its last 62 innings.

Cubs Notes: Chicago has eight straight wins against the Mets. The Cubs have not hit a home run in eight consecutive games, their longest homerless streak since 2012. Chicago is 30-7 when its pitchers record a quality start. Anthony Rizzo‘s 41 extra-base hits are fourth-best in the National League. The Cubs are 19-13 in one-run games this season.


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