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  1. Johan Santana fails to make it two innings in return from DL

    Aug 11, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

    johan santana getty

    Mets left-hander Johan Santana had a 3.24 ERA in 17 starts before the All-Star break, looking like a candidate for Comeback Player of the Year honors. But his second half has been much less impressive. Santana was hammered for eight earned runs on eight hits Saturday night against the Braves before being forced from the game…

  2. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 10, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher Dickey throws a knuckleball as he pitches to the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning of their MLB National League game in New York

    Mets 6, Marlins 1: R.A. Dickey continues his dominant year. He struck out ten and didn’t walk any while tossing a complete game. And we may see more of him soon. Royals 8, Orioles 2: Manny Machado made his major league debut. Two for four with a triple. Not bad! No one else did anything,…

  3. Terry Collins not ruling out using R.A. Dickey on short rest to help his Cy Young bid

    Aug 9, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    RA Dickey Getty

    The Mets have floated the possibility of using R.A. Dickey on short rest at various times this season, but that talk has died down in recent weeks as the team has faded in the standings. However, Mets manager Terry Collins raised the possibility again this afternoon after Dickey finished off a complete game 6-1 victory…

  4. Tim Byrdak chooses shoulder surgery, hopes to pitch again

    Aug 9, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Tim Byrdak Getty

    As expected Mets reliever Tim Byrdak has decided to undergo shoulder surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule, which potentially could end the 39-year-old’s career. Byrdak told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that his goal is to return late next season, but he understands how difficult that may be: It’s been a very emotional…

  5. GM: “Jason Bay is not going anywhere, nor is his contract”

    Aug 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jason Bay Getty

    Yesterday manager Terry Collins revealed that Jason Bay will no longer be an everyday player for the Mets, which led reporters to ask general manager Sandy Alderson if the team was considering simply eating the remainder of his contract while parting ways. Alderson shot that down, telling Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York: Certainly, there…

  6. Jason Bay is no longer the Mets everyday left fielder

    Aug 7, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Jason Bay Getty

    It’s been suspected that things are going this way, but Jason Bay is now officially a $16 million per year platoon player: Collins said he’s going to have a talk with Bay about his use going forward, meaning he is now a matchup player. No longer the everyday LF. — David Lennon (@DPLennon) August 7,…

  7. Tim Byrdak diagnosed with capsule tear in shoulder, likely headed for surgery

    Aug 6, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Tim Byrdak Getty

    Tim Byrdak leads the majors with 56 appearances this season and is second only to Jonny Venters with 128 appearances dating back to the start of last season. Unfortunately he has paid the price for his heavy workload. According to David Lennon of New York Newsday, the Mets announced this evening that Byrdak was diagnosed…

  8. Johan Santana scheduled to rejoin Mets rotation Saturday

    Aug 6, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Mets

    Johan Santana tossed three innings yesterday in a minor-league rehab start at Single-A and looked good enough that he’s scheduled to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Mets’ rotation Saturday. Santana threw only 38 pitches as part of his recovery from a sprained ankle, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that…

  9. Mike Baxter’s Saturday feat a first in nine years

    Aug 5, 2012, 12:57 AM EDT

    Mike Baxter

    Five-walk games typically happen once or twice per year, and Mike Baxter‘s Saturday against the Padres was even more unusual than most. Baxter, the Mets’ right fielder, became the first player since Florida’s Ivan Rodriguez on April 8, 2003 to go 0-for-0 with five unintentional walks in a game. The 27-year-old Baxter entered the night…

  10. Johan Santana to make minor league rehab start Sunday

    Aug 3, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    UPDATE: According to Rubin, Santana will throw three innings in a rehab start Sunday with Class A Brooklyn. He’s on track to return next Saturday. 7:44 PM: The Mets recently decided to give Johan Santana a bit of a break following an ankle injury which led to some arm fatigue, but he could be back…

  11. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 3, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Rangers 15, Angels 9: Ryan Dempster was shelled in his Rangers debut, but it didn’t matter because C.J. Wilson was shelled too. Josh Hamilton drove in four. You have to wonder if Wednesday night’s game was some kind of turning point in this race. Rockies 8, Cardinals 2: Homers in four straight games for Josh…

  12. Frank Francisco to come off DL, rejoin Mets on Friday

    Aug 2, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Frank Francisco Getty

    Out since late June with an oblique injury, Frank Francisco has completed his minor-league rehab assignment and will come off the disabled list tomorrow. Bobby Parnell hasn’t exactly been unhittable lately as the fill-in closer and Francisco threw shutout ball in each of his last four rehab outings, so he may reclaim ninth-inning duties pretty…

  13. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 2, 2012, 6:19 AM EDT

    Elvis Andrus,Robbie Ross,Adrian Beltre,Michael Young,Joe Nathan

    Rangers 11, Angels 10: Holy schnikes! The Angels jumped out to a 6-0 lead and the fans were booing Yu Darvish and the local nine. Then the comeback. Make that the comebacks. Four runs in the fifth and then single runs in the eighth and ninth to force extras. Then, down by three in the…

  14. Padres lose hot-hitting rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal to oblique injury

    Aug 1, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Yasmani Grandal AP

    Rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal has provided a huge spark for the Padres since being called up on June 2, hitting .312 with five homers and a .947 OPS in 24 games, but now he’ll miss at least two weeks with a strained oblique muscle. He’ll be eligible to return from the disabled list in the…

  15. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 1, 2012, 6:22 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Pirates 5, Cubs 0: A rejuvenated A.J. Burnett came into a Wrigley Field with the wind blowing in from center against a Cubs team hours off of a significant selloff and tossed a one-hitter. Oh, and Neil Walker drove in all five Pirates runs. Rays 8, Athletics 0: James Shields pitched a very relieved “oh…

  16. Scott Hairston isn’t going anywhere

    Jul 31, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    In a world where Reed Johnson is part of a fairly major deal, you figure a guy like the Mets Scott Hairston could go someplace too, but it seems not: The signs still point toward #Mets keeping Scott Hairston. No change from what they’ve been saying all along. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 31, 2012…

  17. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 31, 2012, 6:21 AM EDT

    Kendrys Morales, Albert Pujols

    Angels 15, Rangers 8: Kendrys Morales hit homers from each side of the plate in the sixth inning — one of which was a grand slam — and drove in six runs overall as the Angels make mincemeat out of the Rangers. Roy Oswalt got tattooed. Between that, Cliff Lee trade rumors and Roy Halladay‘s…

  18. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 30, 2012, 6:06 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Braves 6, Phillies 2: Pretty good day for me yesterday. I took Mookie and Carlo to an amusement park and the Braves swept the Phillies. All I needed as a nice steak or something to cap the day and it would have been perfection.  Only the Astros, Rockies and Cubs have a bigger division deficit than the…

  19. Mets, Cubs talked Geovany Soto

    Jul 29, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

    Geovany Soto

    It’s no secret that the Mets have been looking for a right-handed complement to Josh Thole behind the plate. That search led to talks with the Cubs regarding Geovany Soto this past week. Andy Martino broke the news today, but he said a deal was unlikely. Following up on it, the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers…

  20. Frank Francisco on track to return from disabled list Monday

    Jul 28, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Frank Francisco Getty

    Frank Francisco‘s rehab assignment was delayed earlier this week due to a right knee injury, but he’s now on track to rejoin the Mets when they begin a three-game series Monday in San Francisco. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Francisco allowed one hit while throwing 21 pitches in a scoreless inning yesterday in his…

  21. The Braves sign Miguel Batista for some reason

    Jul 27, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Miguel Batista

    Aaron Gleeman said this yesterday after Miguel Batista got released by the Mets: It’s hard to imagine Batista getting another big-league job at this point, but then again I’ve been saying that since about 2008. He’ll get a chance to say it again, because the Braves just signed Batista. Atlanta had Livan Hernandez for a…

  22. Mets release 41-year-old Miguel Batista

    Jul 26, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Miguel Batista

    After designating Miguel Batista for assignment over the weekend the Mets officially released the 41-year-old right-hander today. It’s remarkable that Batista lasted as long as he did with the Mets, but it’s even more amazing that he somehow managed to not be much, much worse than a 3.96 ERA in nine starts and 30 relief…

  23. The Mets are back to normal

    Jul 26, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    New York Mets players surround manager Collins after Washington Nationals LaRoche two run home run in MLB game in New York

    For much of the season the Mets played decent baseball. More significantly, though, they played fundamentally sound, team-oriented baseball and there weren’t any typical-for-the-Mets stories of discord and strife. In a decade or so when Mets fans routinely found their palm to their face for some damn reason or another, it has been a remarkably…

  24. Slumping Mets have little to sell

    Jul 25, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    Stephen Strasburg made easy work of the Mets lineup on Wednesday, racking up 11 strikeouts while throwing just 94 pitches in seven innings, and the Nationals won 5-2 to complete a three-game sweep in New York. It was the second straight series in which the Mets have been swept. They’re 1-11 since the All-Star break…

  25. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 25, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Actor Sherman Hemsley dies at age 74 portrayed George Jefferson

    Holy moley, an awful lot of big news happened overnight. Ramirez a Dodger? Cole Hamels almost remaining with Philly? There were even some games! Athletics 7, Blue Jays 2: The A’s are streaking. That’s six in a row. Derek Norris hit a two-run homer and Yoenis Cespedes drove in three with a single. The A’s success at…

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