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Anthony Rieber

Anthony Rieber has been at Newsday since Aug. 31, 1998 and in his current position since July 4, 2004. Before that he worked for eight years at the NY Daily News, where he was best known for the headline "Clueless Joe" when the Yankees hired Joe Torre. He is also responsible for the lesser-known headline "Yanks Top Tribe in 10."

Wally Backman to join Mets coaching staff for nine games

Former Mets second baseman Wally Backman speaks to

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Wally Backman will join the Mets' coaching staff on Sept. 19 and remain with the team for the rest of the season, the Mets announced Friday afternoon.

The "remainder of the season" for Backman is nine games.

Backman, who has managed in the Mets' farm system for five seasons, led the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s to an 81-63 record and a playoff berth in 2014. Backman was named Pacific Coast...

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Chris Davis, Orioles slugger, suspended after testing positive for amphetamine

Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis rounds third base after

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Baltimore slugger Chris Davis was suspended 25 games without pay after he tested positive for an amphetamine, MLB announced Friday morning. Davis, in a statement, identified the substance as Adderall.

The ban includes the final 17 games of the regular season and would extend eight games into the postseason, if the Orioles make it that far. That means Davis wouldn't be eligible to return until...

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Steven Matz, Long Island product, can clinch Binghamton Mets title Friday

Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz, from Long Island,

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The way things are going with the Mets and Yankees, Binghamton might be the only professional New York baseball team to hoist a championship trophy this season.

And who might deliver that Eastern League championship to Binghamton, the Mets' Double-A affiliate? None other than Ward Melville's Steven Matz, the top lefthanded pitching prospect in the Mets organization.

Matz is Friday's...

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Yankees, Mets to both host 9/11 anniversary games for first time

The Mets and the Washington Nationals line the

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The Yankees and Mets will both host home games on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks for the first time Thursday night.

Previously, only one team or the other had played in New York on Sept. 11 since 2002. The Yankees haven’t hosted a game on Sept. 11 since 2009, the only time a 9/11 game has been played at the new Yankee Stadium (they played at old Yankee Stadium on Sept. 11 three...

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Nick Tropeano, Long Island native, wins first MLB start

Houston Astros starter Nick Tropeano winds up during

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Long Island's Nick Tropeano, making his MLB debut, drew speedy Mariners leadoff hitter Austin Jackson for his inaugural assignment. Jackson, a .276 hitter with a .339 on-base percentage in five MLB seasons, is no cakewalk to pitch to, and, if he gets on base, Jackson's tendency to steal second can disrupt even the most seasoned big league arm.

So it was particularly helpful when Tropeano struck...

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Mets looking at bridging the gap in Citi Field's vast rightcenter field

The San Diego Padres take on the Mets

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The Mets once again are considering whether to make pitcher-friendly Citi Field a kinder, happier, and cozier place for hitters.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters on Monday that the club is discussing moving in the fences at the six-year-old ballpark, just as they did following the 2011 season.

Talks have been ongoing for some time, according to a team insider. The changes...

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Mets likely done with call-ups; Noah Syndergaard must wait

Noah Syndergaard #55 of the Mets looks toward

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CINCINNATI -- Barring an injury, the Mets likely have finished their September call-ups, team officials said on Sunday. That means top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard will have to wait until next year to make his big league debut.

The Mets announced the promotions of veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu and reliever Gonzalez Germen, moves that brought the Mets’ 40-man roster to its capacity....

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Steven Matz, Binghamton Mets fall to Portland Sea Dogs in Game 3 of playoffs

Mets pitcher Steven Matz looks on during spring

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Binghamton had its best starter on the mound, and Steven Matz turned in a sturdy if unspectacular performance. The Mets’ offense, which was shut out on Thursday, fought back to tie the score in the sixth inning and, after falling behind again later, brought the tying run to the plate twice in the ninth.

But it wasn’t enough.

Binghamton fell, 6-3, to the Portland Sea Dogs in Game 3 of...

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What's next for rehabbing Mets ace Matt Harvey

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey works out at the

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CINCINNATI -- We’ll have a few more details in a bit, but here’s a quick rundown of what’s coming next for Matt Harvey, who is about to wrap up his rehab from Tommy John surgery.

-- According to pitching coach Dan Warthen, Mets officials are expected to meet early next week with Harvey in New York about when he will end his rehab schedule and begin his transition into a typical offseason routine....

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Pedro Martinez tweets Hall of Fame support to Barry Bonds -- or trolls him

San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds sports a

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First things first -- Barry Bonds is on Twitter, folks.

The all-time leader with 762 home runs tweeted under his verified account, @barrybonds, for the first time on Sept. 3. Since then he's tweeted six more times and favorited two tweets. Accounts he follows include: David Ortiz, Usher, Bobby Bonilla, Kobe Bryant, Shaq, Tiger Woods, Barack Obama, Chris Rock, Bill Gates, Queen Latifah, Dexter...

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