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Marc Carig

Marc Carig has covered Major League Baseball since 2008, starting with the Baltimore Orioles ('08), the New York Yankees ('09-'12) and now the New York Mets for Newsday. In related news, he Tweets way too much.

Mets replace Jose Valverde with Kyle Farnsworth at closer

Mets pitcher Kyle Farnsworth delivers against the Washington

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Three weeks, three closers.

That’s how the 2014 season has started for the Mets, who officially replaced the struggling Jose Valverde with veteran Kyle Farnsworth. Farnsworth will be the latest to attempt filling in for the injured Bobby Parnell.

“I’m not going to approach it any different,” said Farnsworth, whose diminished velocity was one of the reasons he didn’t make the team out...

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Mets to watch free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 10: Joel Hanrahan #52

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The Mets are expected to be in attendance a few weeks from now when free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan holds a showcase for interested teams. According to a source, Hanrahan has remained on the Mets’ radar since they dispatched scouts in February to one of the reliever’s throwing sessions.General manager Sandy Alderson said last week that the Mets would most likely stick with their own internal bullpen...

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Hamilton's speed on shelf against Mets

BILLY HAMILTON, CF, REDS In many ways, Hamilton

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The Mets caught a bit of a break on Saturday morning, when the Reds scratched speedster Billy Hamilton, who jammed the middle finger on his left hand Friday night on his attempted steal of second base.Hamilton has stumbled out of the gate, starting the season 0-for-12. But he had been slated to play centerfield and lead off for the Reds, who hoped to put his speed to good use. Instead, he was scratched...

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Lucas Duda to start at first base Friday vs. Reds, source says

Lucas Duda looks on after striking out against

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After using three different first baseman in their first three games of the season, the Mets have committed to giving an extended look to Lucas Duda.

Duda will start at first base against the Reds on Friday, a team insider confirmed, which pushes Ike Davis out of the picture for now. The two competed for the job during spring training, though both suffered injuries that limited their at-bats.

Davis...

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Noah Syndergaard may see relief work in minors

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a warmup pitch

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Even Thor himself may be sent to the bullpen to make occasional relief appearances.

As a means of limiting their innings, the Mets’ Triple-A starters may occasionally work as relievers while. And that group includes top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard.

On Wednesday, general manager Sandy Alderson discussed the Mets’ young crop of pitchers and how they may ultimately help the team...

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Daniel Murphy returns, plus actual Mets baseball news

Daniel Murphy is congratulated by teammates in the

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Daniel Murphy will return to the Mets lineup on Thursday, presumably bringing a measure of comfort and relief to those who have have made it their business to criticize the second baseman for tending to a private matter such as the birth of a child.

Of course, it wasn’t the comfort or relief of those folks that Murphy was considering when he exercised his collectively bargained right to go...

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Welcome to Strikeout Citi

Curtis Granderson walks back to the dugout after

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Outs are outs. And strikeouts are just another kind of out.Yes, making contact leads to productive outs, moving runners over, sac flies, all that good stuff. But contact also creates the possibility of hitting into rally-killing double plays. Anyway, the point is, a whole bunch of strikeouts on their own aren’t necessarily something to freak out about.This is particularly true for teams such as...

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On Viola, Murphy, Niese and more

New York Mets Daniel Murphy infielder photographed during

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Frank Viola is resting comfortably with his family, the Mets announced on Wednesday, when the East Meadow native underwent heart surgery.

“From that standpoint, we’re all extremely pleased,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said of Viola, who had been promoted to Triple-A pitching coach after drawing raves for his work at Class-A Savannah.

-- Second baseman Daniel Murphy is expected...

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Sandy Alderson and his abysmal track record with the Mets bullpen

Mets GM Sandy Alderson talks to the media

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Relievers represent the most volatile investments in baseball. Even the shrewdest organizations will be prone to their share of misses. No team is exempt. Building a bullpen isn’t easy.But few make it look harder than the Mets.Not once during Sandy Alderson’s tenure as general manager with the Mets has he pieced together anything close to an adequate bullpen. And as the Mets begin their fourth season...

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Mets make lineup changes on Opening Day

New York Mets Eric Young photographed during photo

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Terry Collins worked much like a plate-spinner in spring training, frantically trying to piece together a lineup despite injuries and other unexpected things. So, it seemed only appropriate that on Opening Day, Collins was once again forced to juggle.

Outfielder Chris Young suffered a strained right quad late in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Blue Jays in Montreal. Second baseman Daniel...

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