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Mets sweep spring training games from Yanks

Teammates congratulate New York Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares

Teammates congratulate New York Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares after he stole third and scored on a throwing error by New York Yankees catcher John Ryan Murphy in the first inning of an exhibition game in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Credit: AP / Kathy Willens

TAMPA, Fla. - The Mets are Kings of New York.

Or Florida, anyway.

With their 7-2 victory over the Yankees before a sellout crowd of 10,787 at Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday, the Mets swept the home-and-home spring training series against their city rivals by a score of 13-2.

John Mayberry Jr. homered off Masahiro Tanaka and Juan Lagares smacked a two-run shot off Dellin Betances for the Mets.

On Sunday at Tradition Field, Matt Harvey two-hit the Yankees in 52/3 innings and four Mets homered in a 6-0 win.

The teams meet for real on April 24-26 at Yankee Stadium and Sept. 18-20 at Citi Field.

Murphy gearing up

In Port St. Lucie, Daniel Murphy, sidelined by a hamstring strain, was cautiously optimistic about starting the season with the Mets after a second day of limited baseball activity at Tradition Field.

"I feel better than I did a couple of days ago when it happened, so each day it's getting better," Murphy said. "Hopefully I'll progress and we'll see how it feels tomorrow. I don't want to come out and say I'll be ready and then not be ready."

Murphy took throws around the infield from Wilmer Flores, who is recovering from a bruised foot. Afterward, Murphy did indoor cage work with hitting coach Kevin Long, the same routine he usually does before on-field batting practice.

"That's been really good," said Murphy, who said the hamstring feels fine. "It's always nice see a ball thrown at you before the season starts, so hopefully I'll be able to get that."

If the Mets want to keep the DL open as a fallback option, they can have Murphy accumulate at-bats on the minor-league side rather than play in the Grapefruit League.

"I still think there's enough at-bats out there to be ready," Murphy said.

Extra bases

Zack Wheeler underwent successful surgery to repair the flexor pronator tendon and reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the Mets announced . . . Terry Collins said he plans to bat Matt Harvey eighth and Juan Lagares ninth Friday. Collins batted the pitcher eighth 10 times last season . . . Lucas Duda left one-half inning early after getting hit in the back by an Andrew Miller fastball. He was not injured, Collins said. "It's Lucas Duda," Collins said. "It's like hitting a wall."

With David Lennon

in Port St. Lucie

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