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Shaun Marcum's absence may linger

Mets' Shaun Marcum delivers a pitch during a

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Righthander Shaun Marcum is officially listed as day-to-day. However, manager Terry Collins acknowledged on Friday that the righthander's absence may linger on.

"With the discomfort he was in last week, I'm sure he will start out slow, so it could be another week to two weeks before we know where he stands," Collins said. "It's all about being able to get his arm up in a consistent...

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Ike Davis 'not satisfied' with early start

Ike Davis #29 of the New York Mets

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Ike Davis has just one hit in his first three games. Though it's early, the first baseman has already taken steps toward a turnaround, Mets manager Terry Collins said on Friday.

"It was addressed yesterday a little bit," Collins said of Davis, who is 1-for-12 to start the year. "We were going to take some extra BP today. We did it in the cage for quite awhile and Ike was the...

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Less Cowgill, more Valdespin?

Jordany Valdespin hits an RBI-single during the eighth

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Jordany Valdespin will start ahead of Collin Cowgill when the Mets open a three-game series Friday against the Marlins. The move was expected. As manager Terry Collin said on Thursday, he planned to start Valdespin at some point though he was undecided on what position he would play defensively.

"We're going to see three righthanded starters and pretty much a dominant righthanded bullpen,"...

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Zack Wheeler struggles with command in Triple-A opener

Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch during

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Zack Wheeler showed why he's considered one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball.

In his season debut with Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday night, Wheeler needed just three pitches to strike out Sacramento second baseman Jemile Weeks, the first batter he faced in the game. His fastball topped out at 98 mph and he showed the touch with his curveball that has left some scouts raving.


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Marcum day-to-day with neck inflammation

Mets' Shaun Marcum delivers a pitch during a

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Mets pitcher Shaun Marcum is day-to-day following an MRI exam on Thursday that revealed nerve inflammation in his neck. Marcum had come to New York to be examined by team doctors though the club announced that the pitcher was sent back to the team's complex in Port St. Lucie.

According to the club, Marcum will be shut down for 48 hours after he underwent trigger-point injections, which are...

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Source: Mets had little interest in Chris Young

Chris Young delivers a pitch in the first

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The Mets may be faced with calling up Aaron Laffey to plug another hole in the starting rotation.

But a source said that the Mets had little interest in a reunion with righthander Chris Young, who had been available until Thursday afternoon, when he signed a minor league deal with the Nationals. While the Mets discussed the idea, the source said club stopped short of making an offer.


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Daniel Murphy out of lineup for Justin Turner

New York Mets Daniel Murphy scores in the

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It's Dinosaur Education Day here on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. Naturally, there's a 15-foot T-Rex along with a 17-foot animatronic hadrosaurus roaming the field right now. I suspect there's a joke to be made about the Yankees roster. But I'll pass. Anyway, back to the Mets...

-- Second baseman Daniel Murphy is out of the starting lineup as the Mets go for the three-game sweep of the...

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Teixeira, Girardi can't knock the hustle of Cano and Jay-Z

Robinson Cano of the Yankees looks on against

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Baseball super-agent Scott Boras has been dumped by Yankee headliners before. But one of those former clients, Alex Rodriguez, didn’t stop to talk to reporters after visiting fellow players during batting practice Wednesday. And another, Mark Teixeira, made a point of saying how different the landscape is for potential free agents since Boras negotiated his deal with the Yankees in 2009.


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How Matt Harvey dominated the Padres

Matt Harvey delivers a pitch in the first

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Matt Harvey won his first decision at Citi Field in dominant fashion. On a windswept evening against the Padres, Harvey struck out 10 batters in his 2013 debut, leading the Mets to an 8-4 victory. A look back at the pitcher's tremendous start on Wednesday night, courtesy of the invaluable BrooksBaseball.net:

-- Harvey had his fastball working against the Padres. Despite the frigid temperatures,...

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Vernon Wells and his first homer as a Yankee

Vernon Wells hits an eighth-inning, three-run homer, his

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Still 160 games to go, so the Yankee faithful likely have not lost their religion just yet. But there couldn’t have been the announced 40,216 fans (that’s a ticket-sold figure) in the seats at the start of Tuesday night’s 7-4 loss to Boston, any more than it was 92 degrees for the first pitch.

The 92 degrees was a little joke, announced to the bundled crowd of reporters in the open press box,...

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