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Mets vs. Brewers series preview

Carlos Gomez, left, and Lucas Duda will face

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The Mets begin a three-game set with the Brewers on Tuesday at Citi Field. The Brewers lead the AL Central by five games over the Cardinals and have the second-best record in the National League. The Mets enter play five and a half games back of Atlanta and Washington, which are tied for the NL East lead.

Here’s what to watch for in this series:

OPPOSING PITCHER SCOUTING REPORT

GAME...

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Yankees have worst DH production in the American League

Alfonso Soriano of the Yankees reacts after striking

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Not much is expected from a designated hitter. No fielding prowess is necessary. Speed is not a requirement. The only thing the position demands that you do is produce at the plate.

DHs are hitting .248 with a .325 on-base percentage and .430 slugging percentage across MLB this season. The .756 on-base plus slugging percentage ranks DH as the second-most productive “defensive” position in...

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d'Arnaud: 'This is unacceptable'

Travis d'Arnaud of the Mets walks back to

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The whole of the contribution made Friday night by Travis d’Arnaud served as a perfect reflection of what has been a dismal season.In the Mets’ 4-2 loss to the Giants, d’Arnaud popped up and hit into a pair of double plays, an 0-for-3 performance that dropped his average to .180. Behind the plate, he failed to block a wild pitch that helped the Giants score the game-tying run.D’Arnaud,...

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A look at the Mets' picks on Day 2 of the MLB draft

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Mets highlighted their second day of the amateur draft on Friday by choosing Milton Ramos, a defensive wizard at shortstop, and Eudor Garcia-Pacheco, a power-hitting third baseman.

“We had a really productive day today,” said Mets scouting director Tommy Tanous, who addressed reporters on Friday along with Paul DePodesta, the Mets’ vice president of scouting and player...

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Mets shortstops performing better than Yankees shortstops

Mets shortstops are offensively outperforming the group fielded

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One club has a soon-to-be-retired, soon-to-be-Hall-of-Famer manning shortstop. He's a perennial All-Star and five-time World Series champion with a plethora of awards and distinctions. We can all quote Derek Jeter's resume at this point.

The other team? A collection of players who have spent time shuttling between the minors and majors or have been teetering on the periphery of release (or...

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Jacob Lindgren, Yankees' newest draft pick, could help big club

Jacob Lindgren was selected by the Yankees in

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Jacob Lindgren isn’t listed among the top lefthanded pitchers in Baseball America’s preview of Thursday’s amateur draft.

All the same, the junior southpaw out of Mississippi State could be a real find for the Yankees. The team selected Lindgren in the second round with the 55th overall pick. Lindgren was the Yankees’ first pick in the 2014 draft as the team forfeited its first round slots...

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Video: Mark Teixeira stars in hilarious mock talk show

Yankees' Mark Teixeira stretches on the field for

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If baseball doesn't work out for Mark Teixeira, perhaps he can pursue a career in comedy.

Teixeira took time during spring training to star in a fake talk show called "Foul Territory with Mark Teixeira."

The Yankees first baseman puts on a Will Ferrell-esque performance -- he asks Brian McCann who his favorite switch-hitting first baseman from the 2007-2008 Braves was and asks YES Network...

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Mets' Matt den Dekker robs Ryan Howard of home run, throws out Reid Brignac at plate

Mets centerfielder Matt den Dekker leaps to catch

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Before the Mets had Juan Lagares, they had another defensive stud in centerfield by the name of Matt den Dekker. And with Juan Lagares on the disabled list, den Dekker stepped right in to fill his shoes.

With the Mets leading 1-0 in the bottom of the second, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard drove a 3-2 pitch from Bartolo Colon to dead centerfield. Den Dekker tracked it down with ease, leaped...

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Phil Hughes scouting report: Twins edition

Phil Hughes of the Minnesota Twins looks on

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Who is this man and what has he done with Phil Hughes?

Or rather, why did it take him so long to become the Phil Hughes we were promised?

Hughes was a top prospect in the Yankees system, but his career with the major league club failed to live up to the high expectations. While he had some excellent seasons, Hughes was more often than not an inconsistent pitcher who gave up too many...

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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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