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Dillon Gee: 'I was trying to force coming back too early'

Dillon Gee watches an intrasquad game from the

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At first, Mets pitcher Dillon Gee insisted that he’d take his time, for fear that trying to rush back from his strained lat muscle would cause a setback. It’s why he wanted to pitch in at least one game-like situation before being activated from the disabled list.

He thought he’d miss just two starts.

But Gee’s DL stint will likely linger into June after the pitcher said on Tuesday night...

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Video: Yasiel Puig makes incredible diving catch vs. Mets

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig reacts after

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This just in -- Yasiel Puig is good at baseball.

The Dodgers rightfielder made a highlight-reel catch on a fly ball hit by Wilmer Flores of the Mets in the bottom of the second inning on Thursday night at Citi Field.

Flores put the ball between Puig and Matt Kemp in right-centerfield, and it appeared to be a sure double off the bat. But Puig seemingly came out of nowhere to make the...

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Mets' struggles at Citi Field continue -- is it in their heads?

Mets leftfielder Chris Young reacts after striking out

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Consider the pall that hovers above Citi Field, which has been a house of horrors for any Met who happens to be holding a baseball bat. By now, the problem is well documented. The Mets have a .700 OPS on the road and a dreadful .598 OPS at home.

They can't hit here, and some of the issue may be talent. You get what you pay for, after all, and there's a price to pay for slashing payroll $60...

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Juan Lagares returns to Mets after death in family

Mets' Juan Lagares stands in the on-deck circle

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Centerfielder Juan Lagares made it to Citi Field in time on Wednesday night to be in the starting lineup against the Dodgers. Lagares had been in the Dominican Republic since Monday because of a death in his family.

The Mets declined to put him on the bereavement list, which would have prevented him from playing on Wednesday.

The Mets also got some good news regarding catcher Travis...

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Video: Don Mattingly's mustache makes return on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talks with

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For Yankees fans, it's hard to imagine Don Mattingly without a mustache. But now, as the Dodgers manager, Donny Baseball sports a clean-shaven look.

With the Dodgers in town to take on the Mets in a three-game series beginning Tuesday at Citi Field, Jimmy Fallon took the opportunity to reunite Mattlingly and his legendary 'stache on The Tonight Show on Monday.

Watch the video below:

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Terry Collins fires back at critics, starts Juan Lagares again

New York Mets manager Terry Collins, left, shakes

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WASHINGTON -- After spending much of this weekend as a social media punching bag, Mets manager Terry Collins shot back at his critics on Sunday morning, when he started Juan Lagares in centerfield for the second straight day.

“It’s not like I sat him for seven days for cripes sake,” Collins said in his pregame briefing with reporters. “We’re getting a little carried away here.”

Lagares,...

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Ruben Tejada to get second chance at shortstop

Ruben Tejada (11) reacts after he singled to

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WASHINGTON -- Ruben Tejada’s modest improvement over the last week has been enough to buy the embattled shortstop a second chance.

Even though prospect Wilmer Flores started on Saturday against the Nationals, Tejada will likely see the majority of the playing time at short, even after his struggles to start the year put his job in jeopardy.

“He’s getting to be the guy we know,” Mets...

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Jacob deGrom, Chase Whitley a 'hit' during Subway Series

Jacob deGrom of the Mets is congratulated on

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Yankees starting pitcher Chase Whitley singled for the Yankees in the third, and Mets starter Jacob deGrom singled in the bottom of the inning, breaking an 0-for-64 streak to start the season by Mets pitchers.

But by Whitley and deGrom singling, they combined to achieve another feat, becoming just the third pair of opposing pitchers to get a hit during the same Subway Series game.

Jon...

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Fantasy baseball: The Mets' closer situation

Jenrry Mejia looks on before a game against

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The Mets' closer role has been a mess since Bobby Parnell went down with a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his elbow on Opening Day after first suffering the blown save.

Since then, veterans Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth have both had a go at the role, but Terry Collins told reporters Tuesday that the ninth-inning man will be "kind of a game by game" situation. Now that the...

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Derek Jeter's lagging slugging percentage

Derek Jeter strikes out in the first inning

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Ruben Tejada is in trouble.

Last season he spent time in the minors and lost his job to Omar Quintanilla. This season, Wilmer Flores, a defensive liability, was supposedly called up to take his starting spot...but then Flores got sick.

So how about this nugget: The much-maligned Tejada has a higher slugging percentage at cavernous Citi Field than Derek Jeter has at comfy Yankee Stadium...

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