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Fighting words from Travis d'Arnaud? Not so much

Travis d'Arnaud of the Mets looks on during

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It may be July, but at first glance, it certainly appeared that Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud had himself a moment straight out of “A Christmas Story.”

It happened moments after Saturday’s 5-4 victory over the Marlins. The video (courtesy of Twitter user @sp219) shows d’Arnaud greeting closer Jenrry Mejia on the pitcher’s mound -- shortly after Mejia celebrated (in his typical no-holds-barred...

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Mets minor league rankings

Oregon State's Michael Conforto rounds first base on

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Here's Newsday's newest minor league rankings for the Mets organization. All stats are through Friday.

1. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Las Vegas 51s (AAA): 5.31 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 82 K, 23 BBAGE: 21 | DRAFTED: 1st round (2010)After a string of bad starts, “Thor” was excellent on July 6, allowing one earned run in seven innings, walking none and striking out eight.

2. BRANDON NIMMO, CF, Binghamton...

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Mets deliver positive message at 'Latino Leaders' event

Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia reacts at the end

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Before Jenrry Mejia received his first paycheck from playing baseball his mother demanded one thing. 

“She always said, ‘If you’re going to get a lot of money or get to the big leagues, never change,’” the Mets closer, who grew up poor in the Dominican Republic, said early Tuesday afternoon.

Mejia, Bobby Abreu, Bartolo Colon, Gonzalez Germen and bullpen coach Ricky Bones shared...

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Yankees or Mets quiz answers explained

Derek Jeter of the Yankees runs past David

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These are the full answers for the Yankees or Mets quiz.

Note: Answers are based on stats as of July 8.

 

Which team's regular first baseman has the higher on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS)?

Lucas Duda (Mets)Mark Teixeira (Yankees)

A: Duda has a .819 OPS, Tex has a .791 OPS.

Which team's regular center fielder has the higher slugging percentage?

Juan...

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Mets minor league rankings

From left, Mets prospects Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero

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1. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Las Vegas 51s (AAA): 5.70 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 74 K, 23 BBAGE: 21 | DRAFTED: 1st round (2010)“Thor” has had a rough experience in AAA. His last five starts: 19 innings, 32 hits, 22 earned runs.

2. BRANDON NIMMO, CF, Binghamton Mets (AA): .302 BA, .430 OBP, .444 SLG, 6 HRAGE: 21 | DRAFTED: 1st round (2011)Has a hit in eight of his last 10 games as he adjusts to a recent...

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Several Yankees, Mets prospects to play in Futures Game

Mets prospect Noah Syndergaard of Team USA delivers

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Several top prospects from the Mets and Yankees will finally set foot on a major league field for game action on July 13.

So what if the game doesn’t count?

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard and catcher Kevin Plawecki and Yankees first baseman Peter O’Brien and pitcher Luis Severino were selected Tuesday to the rosters of the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played at Target...

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Mets prospects Steven Matz, Brandon Nimmo, Dilson Herrera promoted to Double-A

Mets pitcher Steven Matz looks on during spring

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Now all that separates three of the Mets top prospects from Citi Field is two levels and 185 miles.

Lefthanded starter Steven Matz, centerfielder Brandon Nimmo and second baseman Dilson Herrera have all been promoted to Double-A Binghamton, according to multiple reports. The news was first reported by Jon Santucci, an area journalist who said he spoke to Nimmo. T.J. Rivera and Randy Fontanez...

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Scouting the return for Ike Davis

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Ike Davis looks on

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If he's even the least bit successful in his professional career, you probably won't read the name "Blake Taylor" again for at least four years.

The "upside" return from the Ike Davis trade has finally trickled into the Mets system in the form of an 18-year-old lefthander with 21 minor league innings to his name. Taylor pitched for the Gulf Coast League affilliate of the Pirates in 2013 and...

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The case of Jonathan Lucroy and how it applies to Travis d'Arnaud

Travis d'Arnaud of the Mets looks on during

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Four years ago, before he matured into one of the best catchers in baseball, Jonathan Lucroy was languishing as a rookie with the Milwaukee Brewers.

At age 24, he had been promoted on his reputation as a hit­-first catching prospect. But he quickly fell into a familiar trap. He threw himself into learning the nuances of handling a pitching staff, a catcher’s most important job, even at the...

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Wheeler calls talk of hitting Pence on purpose 'just dumb'

Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch during a spring

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy told KNBR radio he thought that Zack Wheeler’s plunking of Hunter Pence on Sunday appeared to be a “cheap shot.” But the Mets righthander called the notion of any intent behind the pitch “just dumb.”“They were up 3-2 in the third and I obviously didn't have my stuff,” Wheeler told Newsday. “That's the last thing I would want to do is hit him right there and put him on...

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