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  1. Frank Francisco ready to begin rehab assignment

    Apr 16, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Frank Francisco Getty

    Mets right-hander Frank Francisco will begin a minor-league rehab assignment today at Single-A, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Francisco underwent minor elbow surgery in December and began the season on the disabled list after some setbacks in his recovery during spring training, opening the door for Bobby Parnell to serve as the…

  2. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Apr 15, 2013, 8:20 AM EDT

    Wrap

    God, wasn’t that family thing/working/cleaning/ thing a pain in the butt this weekend? Kept you from paying attention to baseball? Yeah, me too. Thankfully, then, here is everything you missed that mattered: Jose Reyes is gonna be gone a while. Josh Hamilton continued to distinguish himself. As the hour gets late in the bar, everyone…

  3. John Buck has driven in more runs than the Marlins have scored this season

    Apr 13, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

    New York Mets John Buck high-fives teammate Ike Davis in game against Twins in Minneapolis

    When the Marlins included John Buck in their blockbuster deal with the Blue Jays in December, they were mostly happy to get rid of his salary. He was later considered a throw-in as part of the deal that brought top prospects Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard to the Mets for R.A. Dickey. However, the 32-year-old…

  4. Some pitching feats in tonight’s action

    Apr 12, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    A.J. Burnett turned in his third consecutive solid effort, holding the Reds to three runs over six innings tonight, striking out eight. Since 2000, there are only ten occurrences of a pitcher tossing at least five innings and striking out eight or more in at least his first three starts of the season. Randy Johnson…

  5. Cliff Lee goes 8 2/3 innings against Mets for second win

    Apr 9, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    The Phillies crowd wasn’t happy to see Cliff Lee pulled one out away from his first complete game since 2011, but it was job well done for the left-hander, who moved to 2-0 after holding the Mets to three runs — two earned — in 8 2/3 innings. Lee last year didn’t get his first…

  6. Roy Halladay’s struggles continue in loss to Mets

    Apr 8, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay Getty

    Roy Halladay was chased from his season debut last Wednesday against the Braves after he gave up five runs over 3 1/3 innings. And things didn’t get any better tonight against the Mets, as he was charged with seven runs in four innings as part of a 7-2 loss. While Halladay mixed in a pair…

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

    Apr 8, 2013, 6:09 AM EDT

    Country Breakfast

    Royals 9, Phillies 8: Country. Breakfast. Billy Butler drives in seven via a grand slam and a three-run double. The loss is an especially disheartening one for Philly, as they were staked to a 4-0 lead early with their ace on the hill. Cole Hamels was rocked, though, and now stands at 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA…

  8. Jose Fernandez strikes out eight Mets in major league debut

    Apr 7, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT

    Jose Fernandez

    A week after the Marlins shocked everyone by announcing his callup, 20-year-old Jose Fernandez allowed one run in five innings and struck out eight Mets in his major league debut Sunday. Fernandez, regarded as one of the game’s top five pitching prospects, was expected to spend the bulk of the season in the minors. In…

  9. Orioles minor league right-hander Daniel McCutchen suspended 50 games for PEDs

    Apr 6, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Eddie A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that Orioles minor league right-hander Daniel McCutchen has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for two PEDs. Tests revealed Methenolone and a metabolite of Trenbolon. McCutchen made one appearance with the Pirates last season and owns a 4.77 ERA over 108 appearances in the majors. The…

  10. The Marlins get Mike Redmond his first win as manager

    Apr 6, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

    Rob Brantly Getty

    After scoring just one run in 27 innings during their opening series against the Nationals, the Marlins’ offense broke out with 11 hits last night in a 7-5 win over the Mets. Mike Redmond notched his victory win as an MLB skipper while the Marlins are no longer the majors’ only winless team. Alex Sanabia,…

  11. Dillon Gee fares well in first start since blood clot surgery

    Apr 5, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Dillon Gee

    Dillon Gee pitched well yesterday in his first start since July surgery to remove a blood clot from his shoulder, throwing 6.1 innings of one-run ball against the Padres. Gee took the loss because the Mets’ offense didn’t give him any support, but he allowed just three hits and averaged 88 miles per hour with…

  12. Shaun Marcum has a nerve inflammation in his neck

    Apr 4, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

    shaun marcum getty

    Shaun Marcum, who has been having a hell of a time, finally got a diagnosis of his neck problems today: MRI for Marcum reveals nerve inflammation in neck. Back to PSL. Rest for 48 hours. Day to day. — Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) April 4, 2013   He received a series of injections — called “trigger…

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

    Apr 4, 2013, 5:33 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Today was supposed to be the first day that I posted ATH later than I used to. Really: I was going to restore life balance with this one. I watched the Braves game last night but rather than stay up another hour and a half or two hours getting most of the recaps done, I…

  14. Matt Harvey overwhelms Padres in season debut

    Apr 3, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Matt Harvey

    The Mets didn’t want to put extra pressure on Matt Harvey by making him their Opening Day starter this year, but let’s face facts: he’s the club’s best hope for having an ace this year. He showed why on Wednesday night when he limited the Padres to one hit and struck out 10 over seven…

  15. Shaun Marcum scratched from simulated game, won’t make scheduled debut on Sunday

    Apr 2, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

    marcum getty wide

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Mets right-hander Shaun Marcum was unable to throw a scheduled simulated game on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie, Florida because of lingering pain in his neck. Which means that he won’t be able to make his scheduled regular-season debut on Sunday vs. the Marlins. Aaron Laffey is expected…

  16. Handicapping the NL Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 2, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Jedd Gyorko

    The AL had an historic Rookie of the Year class last year, but this year, the NL appears to have the stronger group of the two leagues. The one issue: a lot of these talents are likely to have to wait until June or July for their opportunities, if they come this year at all.…

  17. Johan Santana undergoes shoulder surgery

    Apr 2, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    Johan Santana Getty

    Second time around for major shoulder surgery for one of the best pitchers I’ve ever seen: Johan Santana underwent successful surgery this morning at HSS to repair a tear in the capsule in the front of his left shoulder. — New York Mets (@Mets) April 2, 2013   “Successful” is good, of course. But I…

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

    Apr 2, 2013, 6:16 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers Kershaw watches solo home run in eighth inning against San Francisco Giants during MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles

    Dodgers 4, Giants, 0: I watched part of this game with my kids after they got home from school. When they were showing the lineups, they showed Clayton Kershaw‘s career .146 average and my son asked me why it was so low compared to the other players’. I explained to him that pitchers can’t really…

  19. Astros kick off the 2013 season with a victory

    Mar 31, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Houston Astros

    The Houston Astros, playing their inaugural game as a member of the American League, defeated the Texas Rangers 8-2 on Opening Day in Major League Baseball. The Astros got on the board first in the fourth inning when Justin Maxwell tripled to left field on a fly ball that bounced high off of the wall…

  20. Is Johan Santana a Hall of Famer?

    Mar 30, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    National League New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana during first inning action in Washington

    Though Johan Santana has expressed a desire to continue his playing career after recently finding out he had re-torn the anterior capsule muscle in his left shoulder, one can’t help but reflect on his great 12-year career with the Twins and Mets. Jay Jaffe did just that at Sports Illustrated, concluding that the Hall of…

  21. Mets name Collin Cowgill their starting center fielder

    Mar 30, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

    Collin Cowgill AP

    After being acquired from the Athletics during the offseason, Collin Cowgill will open 2013 as the Mets’ full-time center fielder. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets manager Terry Collins made the announcement following this afternoon’s Grapefruit League finale against the Orioles. He’s planning to go with Cowgill in center field, flanked by…

  22. Johan Santana to undergo shoulder surgery Tuesday

    Mar 30, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    The Mets just announced that Johan Santana will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair the new tear in the anterior capsule of his left shoulder. This will effectively end his season and his tenure with the Mets. The new tear in the shoulder was found following an MRI earlier this week. Santana took a couple of…

  23. Johan Santana is leaning toward surgery, hopes to continue career

    Mar 30, 2013, 10:03 AM EDT

    Johan Santana

    We learned on Thursday that Johan Santana is dealing with a “probable re-tear” of the anterior capsule muscle in his left shoulder and is likely facing another surgery. Santana needed 19 months to make it back to the majors following the first surgery, so there has been some speculation about whether he wants to go…

  24. Extensions are the new on-base percentage

    Mar 29, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Dave Dombrowski, Justin Verlander

    Years after Michael Lewis wrote Moneyball and teams started taking a smarter approach to building baseball teams, writers would often proclaim something as “the new on-base percentage”. Billy Beane’s Oakland Athletics rose to prominence in one small part due to their ability to find cheap players with good on-base skills. A quick Google search of the…

  25. Scott Rice makes the Mets after 14 years in the minors

    Mar 29, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Scott Rice

    Scott Rice was a first-round pick way back in 1999, going 44th overall to the Orioles out of high school. He spent the next 14 years playing in the minors, including multiple stints in independent leagues. And now he’s headed to the big leagues for the first time. Rice has secured an Opening Day spot…

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