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Mets make lineup changes on Opening Day

New York Mets Eric Young photographed during photo

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Terry Collins worked much like a plate-spinner in spring training, frantically trying to piece together a lineup despite injuries and other unexpected things. So, it seemed only appropriate that on Opening Day, Collins was once again forced to juggle.

Outfielder Chris Young suffered a strained right quad late in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Blue Jays in Montreal. Second baseman Daniel...

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Welcome to the 2014 MLB season

The cover for Newsday's 2014 baseball preview section,

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The arrival of the baseball season is a time for firsts, even in a year that will be defined by one distinguished “last.’’

Derek Jeter established the template for 2014 when he announced that he will retire at the end of it. So our annual Baseball Preview section is here to reflect on a career that is destined for Cooperstown — and we reflect on the destination, too.

But first things...

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Derek Jeter's notable 'firsts'

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter waits for the ball

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In what will be a season of "lasts" for Derek Jeter, these are some of his notable "firsts":

Game: At Seattle, May 29, 1995, batted ninth, was 0-for-5 with a strikeout. Yankees lost, 8-7.

At-bat: Flied to short rightfield in third inning on an 0-and-2 pitch from Rafael Carmona.

Hit: The next night, May 30, 1995, fifth inning-single to leftfield off Tim Belcher.

Run: In that...

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Mets will carry Young Jr., Lagares, but change could come quickly

Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr., left, prepares

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets manager Terry Collins offered some clarity about his plans for the outfield yesterday, hinting strongly that both Eric Young Jr. and Juan Lagares would make the Opening Day roster.Later on a team official took things a step further, saying explicitly that the Mets intend to carry both players to begin the season, leaving Collins to juggle their playing time.But those...

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Yankees' Willie Randolph photobombs Joe Girardi

Former Major League player and manager Willie Randolph

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Willie Randolph turned in the performance of Yankees spring training on Tuesday night.

The Yankees' bench coach photobombed manager Joe Girardi's in-game TV interview on Tuesday night aganst the Blue Jays.

Everything about it was flawless -- the way Randolph sneaks up behind Girardi without anybody noticing, the face he makes and the way he slinks back as if he didn't just photobomb...

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Jose Valverde could see some save chances with Mets

Jose Valverde poses for a portrait during spring

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets still envision Bobby Parnell in their bullpen by Opening Day. But after a long rehab from neck surgery that prematurely ended his 2013 season, Parnell may see limits on his usage when the new season begins.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen told Newsday he and manager Terry Collins have discussed curbing Parnell’s workload, at least temporarily, holding him to nothing...

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Dodgers' Dee Gordon increases fantasy value in Opening Series in Australia

The Los Angeles Dodgers' Dee Gordon runs to

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The Dodgers' Dee Gordon scraped by to make the Opening Day roster, and after a solid start in the Opening Series in Australia, not only could he be the starting second baseman for the Dodgers, he could also be a viable fantasy option.

Before this season, Gordon, a natural shortstop, had only played three games at second base, compared to 160 at short in parts of three seasons in the big leagues....

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Wilmer Flores among Mets' latest cuts

Wilmer Flores catches a ground ball during spring

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Wilmer Flores found himself among the latest round of cuts on Monday. Flores was optioned along with infielder Zach Lutz, and outfielders Matt den Dekker, Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

At Triple-A Las Vegas, Flores will see more playing time at second base and shortstop, where he will serve as the Mets’ Plan B in case Ruben Tejada suffers an injury or struggles at the start of...

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Mets closer Bobby Parnell sees bump in velocity

Bobby Parnell of the Mets walks off the

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets closer Bobby Parnell believes he could pitch in a big league game right now.“I feel like I’m there,” Parnell said on Friday, when he threw two shutout innings in a minor league game against the High-A Cardinals. “My stuff’s there. I let a few go today a little more and just worked on getting the arm strength up. But my stuff’s there. And I feel like if I need to, I can...

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Daniel Murphy sits out with leg injury

Mets runner Daniel Murphy rounds third base to

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Daniel Murphy will miss Thursday’s Grapefruit League game against the Braves with a sore right leg.The second baseman said that after injuring his calif during a recent game, he may sit out a few games as a precaution. He last played on Sunday and may not be back in action until Saturday.“Play it safe, try and get healthy right now,” Murphy said.Manager Terry Collins limited...

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