Video highlights from Saturday’s win over the Nationals

Mets first baseman Lucas Duda gets his third hit of the game, an RBI double to give the team a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. >> Watch here

Mets first baseman Lucas Duda blasts his second home run of the game, tying the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, 2-2. >> Watch here

Mets first baseman Lucas Duda hits a solo home run to get the Mets on the board with their first hit of the game. >> Watch here


To read post-game reports from the team’s beat writers, check out MLB.com, Daily NewsNew York PostNew York Times, Bergen Record, ESPN, Newsday and NJ.com.


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Saturday’s minor league recap…

Mets RHP prospect Kevin McGowan tossed seven scoreless innings Saturday night in the St. Lucie Mets 6-0 win over Clearwater. The 23-year-old gave up four hits, struck out six and walked only one. He’s allowed one earned run in his last two starts (14 innings) on the heels of his worst start as a professional July 21 when he surrendered 12 earned runs to Charlotte.

Dom Smith drove in his 60th and 61st runs with a single, which was his lone hit in the game >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors

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Cespedes welcomed in New York

Yoenis Cespedes arrived in New York on Saturday ready to play, as he is batting third and playing left field in Saturday’s game against the Nationals.

Cespedes, who’s hitting .293 with 18 home runs and 61 RBIs, will provide a spark for the Mets’ offense, which currently ranks at the bottom in the National League in scoring. No everyday Met has more than 45 RBIs or hitting better than .270.

“You add a big bat and all of the sudden that lengthens up your lineup a little bit,” manager Terry Collins said. “We are anxious to see him play.”

The timing on adding a big bat couldn’t have come better for the Mets, who trail the Nationals by two games in the NL East after Friday’s walk-off win. The Mets acquired the 29-year-old outfielder from the Tigers for minor league pitchers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa.

“I’m pretty amped up tonight,” Collins said. “All these years I was in pennant races, we never got a piece at the deadline like this. … When you make moves like this. It’s time to pick it up.”

Cespedes has spent the majority of his four-year career as a corner outfielder and has played all of this season as a left fielder. By acquiring Cespedes, the Mets will shift Curtis Granderson to center and have Kelly Johnson play right in Saturday’s game.

On a regular basis, though, Collins said Cespedes will see time in center vs. right-handed pitchers and Juan Lagares in center vs. lefties.

The Mets are Cespedes’ fourth team since the beginning of last season, and he wore No. 52 with each team. To allow him to continue to wear that number, Carlos Torres switched his jersey from No. 52 to No. 72.

“I’m very flattered that the Mets wanted to give me this opportunity,” Cespedes said. “I’m excited to come back to this ballpark. I hear a lot about New York and the crowds. I’m just hoping to do my job and it will all work out well.”


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Jul 25, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis (9) singles to center allowing left fielder Michael Conforto (not pictured) to score during the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Nieuwenhuis has pinched nerve in upper back

Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis has a pinched nerve in his upper back, but has not been placed on the disabled list, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports (Aug. 1, 5:24 p.m.).

Nieuwenhuis is not in the Mets’ Saturday night lineup and has missed the previous two games as well.

Since returning to the Mets after the Angels designated him for assignment, Nieuwenhuis has rejuvenated his season. He is hitting .317 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 17 games in July.

Overall, he is batting .188 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 2015.


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Jul 28, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) bats against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets option Conforto to make room for Cespedes

The Mets optioned OF Michael Conforto to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for newly-acquired OF Yoenis Cespedes on the 25-man roster.

Conforto, 22, went 4 for 19 in six games with the Mets, recording two doubles and three RBIs.

Considered the top Mets’ hitting prospect, Conforto was promoted straight from Double-A Binghamton, where he hit .312 with five home runs and 26 RBIs in 45 games.

His demotion paves way for Cespedes, whom the Mets traded for on Friday.

Cespedes hit .293 with 18 home runs and 61 RBIs with the Tigers this season.


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Game 104: Mets vs. Nationals

Jacob deGrom (10-6, 2.05 ERA) and the New York Mets (53-50) look to draw within one game of the NL East lead when they face Joe Ross (2-3, 3.03 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (54-47) Saturday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

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1. Anthony Rendon (R) 2B 1. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
2. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B 2. Daniel Murphy (L) 3B
3. Bryce Harper (L) RF 3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B 4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Jayson Werth (R) LF 5. Wilmer Flores (R) 2B
6. Ian Desmond (R) SS 6. Kelly Johnson (L) RF
7. Wilson Ramos (R) C 7. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
8. Michael Taylor (R) CF 8. Jacob deGrom (R) P
9. Joe Ross (R) P 9. Ruben Tejada (R) SS

DeGrom Notes: DeGrom is coming off a no-decision on July 26 when he threw 7 2/3 shutout innings vs. the Dodgers. … He currently ranks second in the majors with a 2.05 ERA. … DeGrom is 2-0 with a 0.83 ERA in his last three starts, including a six-inning, two-run outing vs. the Nationals on July 21. … He is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA in four-career starts vs. Washington. … He has a 1.48 ERA in 10 starts at Citi Field this season.


Ross Notes: Ross has 34 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings in his rookie season. … He gave up three runs (two earned) in six innings when he faced the Mets on July 21. … Ross has lost his last two decisions, totaling a 3.65 ERA in two July starts.



Mets Notes: The Mets have the fourth-best home record (36-18) in baseball this season. … They are 20-30 when facing teams above .500. … Yoenis Cespedes, who hit .293 with 18 home runs and 61 RBIs with the Tigers, will make his Mets debut. … Kelly Johnson is a career .342 hitter vs. the Nationals.


Nationals Notes: The Nationals are 27-18 vs. NL East teams. … The Nationals and Mets both rank 13th in the National League with 39 stolen bases as a team. … Bryce Harper leads the National League with 29 home runs and ranks third with 68 RBIs. … Jayson Werth is 3 for 14 since returning from the disabled list.


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Report: Rehab games near for David Wright

For the first time in awhile, injured David Wright is about to participate in baseball activities for three straight days with rehab games on the horizon.

“Everything’s good. Now it’s a matter of getting the reps without overdoing it,” Wright said. “Incremental steps every day where not only are you doing the baseball thing a number of days in a row but you’re also kind of upping your reps each day. It’s a little bit more on my plate every day and just making sure my body can respond to the baseball things on a daily basis.”

 


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