On-Base Perception

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Newsday's Mets prospect rankings

Catcher Travis D'Arnaud does catching drills during a

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1. TRAVIS D'ARNAUD, C, Las Vegas 51s (AAA)

.250 BA, .429 OBP, .472 SLG, 1 HR, 8 RBIs

Recovering from a fracture in left foot.

2. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, St. Lucie Mets (Class A)

3-3 (12 starts), 3.11 ERA, 64 K, 16 BB

Has only walked one batter and struck out 10 in last two starts.

3. RAFAEL MONTERO, RHP, Las Vegas 51s

7-4, 2.58 ERA, 91 K, 13 BB (AA &...

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Sandy Alderson zings Bob Costas

Mets General Manger Sandy Alderson poses for a

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After the Mets' enthusiastic celebration of a walkoff win against the Cubs on Sunday, commentator Bob Costas quipped that the display was "another sign of the ongoing decline of Western Civilization."

Wednesday afternoon, Mets GM Sandy Alderson got his revenge. In tweet form:

.@MattHarvey33 & @Wheelerpro45 both won Tuesday. All of Western civilization was uplifted, including...

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Yankees-Dodgers postponed for rain

NYPD officer Angel Maysonet stands on the field

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The Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers will have to wait another night to renew their storied rivalry as Tuesday's game at Yankee Stadium was postponed because of rain.

The game will be made up as part of a day-night split doubleheader Wednesday with the first game slated for 1:05 p.m. and the second at 7:05 p.m., the Yankees announced on their official Twitter.

Phil Hughes was originally...

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Justin Turner to DL, Scott Atchison activated

Justin Turner looks to second but cannot complete

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ATLANTA -- A few notes before the tag team of Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler take on the Braves during this Tuesday afternoon doubleheader. Weather permitting, of course:

-- The Mets placed utilityman Justin Turner on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left intercostal muscle. They also activated righthanded reliever Scott Atchison from the DL after he had been shelved with elbow inflammation....

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Mets-Braves delayed by rain

Fans wait out a delayed start to the

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UPDATE: The Mets and Braves finally got underway at 10:53 p.m. after a nearly four-hour rain delay Monday at Turner Field.

After announcing that the Mets-Braves game would get underway at 10:05 p.m. in Atlanta following a lenghty rain delay, the tarp remained on the field.

At 7:39 p.m., the Braves official Twitter handle tweeted that the grounds crew had just come out to work on the...

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Magic numbers: 4,170, 1,297, 500, 110, 17

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost at Kauffman

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4,170: Mike Mussina's salary as the new head coach of the varsity basketball team at his alma mater, Montoursville Area High. Mussina wrapped his H.S. hoops career with 1,382 points and then went on to earn $140 million in the majors.

1,297: Number of home runs Japan’s NPB teams are on pace to hit this season, well above last year's total of 881. The shocking frequency has commissioner Ryozo...

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Hiroki Kuroda improves with age, competition

Hiroki Kuroda pitches against the Baltimore Orioles. (April

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Hiroki Kuroda is a statistical anomaly.

The 38-year-old is pitching to the lowest ERA of his career in a hitter-friendly home park in a hitter-friendly league.

Before coming to the United States, Kuroda pitched 10 seasons for the Hiroshima Carp, posting a 3.77 ERA with 6.62 strikeouts per nine innings and 2.38 walks per nine innings from 1997-2007 in Japan's Central League.


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Jack Leathersich promoted to Triple-A, report says

Mets reliever Jack Leathersich has posted eye-popping strikeout

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Jack Leathersich, a 22-year-old lefthanded reliever, has been promoted to the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Rubin. Leathersich seemed to confirm the report, tweeting, “Flight to Vegas #GoMets.”

Leathersich has gained attention for his astronomical strikeout totals – he has 55 in 29.1 innings this season and 194 in 114 career minor league innings....

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson: 2014 team will have $90-$100 million payroll

Sandy Alderson speaks about pitcher Johan Santana during

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson rarely talks in the definitive. Even during a radio appearance on WFAN Monday afternoon he would only coyly give a wink and nod to the most open of secrets, that top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler is likely to make his debut next Tuesday against the Braves.

Which is why it’s so important that the New York Post’s Joel Sherman got him to pin down the team’s payroll for...

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A look at minor leaguers from Long Island

3. SEAN NOLIN, LHP ? Buffalo Bisons (Blue

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MARCUS STROMAN, 22, Patchogue-Medford High School

RHP | New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Jays, AA)

1-1, 6.00 ERA, 16 K, 4 BB in four starts

Blue Jays are trying Stroman -- pegged as a future closer -- in the rotation.

STEVEN MATZ, 22, Ward Melville High School

LHP | Savannah Sand Gnats (Mets, Class A)

2-2, 3.10 ERA, 45 K, 13 BB in nine starts

Struck out 45 in...

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