Danny Abriano

Brooklyn, NY native. SJU alum, Writer, Editor. Beatlemaniac who plays drums, piano. 

Jan 28, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts by pounding on his chest after making a play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Jan 28, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts by pounding on his chest after making a play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Warriors star Kevin Durant can be a free agent after the season, and the idea that he could team up with fellow free agent Kyrie Irving on the Knicks this summer has picked up steam since the Kristaps Porzingis trade cleared two max slots for New York. Here are the latest rumors...

May 25, 10:06 AM

After three seasons and two NBA Finals titles with the Warriors, Durant still feels he is perceived as an outsider to the organization. The forward, who addressed reporters for the first time on Friday since his calf strain, took exception to the phrasing of a question about "their" play.

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Apr 16, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Aaron Altherr (23) hits a single during the first inning of the game the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)
Apr 16, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Aaron Altherr (23) hits a single during the first inning of the game the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)

The Mets claimed Aaron Altherr off waivers from the Giants on Thursday, and he's already joining the team in Flushing. 

The team announced on Friday that Altherr is being activated to the 25-man roster, while RHP Ryan O'Rourke has been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.

It was an expected move by the Mets, as Altherr is out of options, which means he needed to be added to the roster. Still, with their entire starting outfield on the IL and both Carlos Gomez and Rajai Davis up from Triple-A Syracuse, the Mets could use more reinforcements.

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May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with Dominic Smith (22) after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with Dominic Smith (22) after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With exactly one half of the Mets' regular starting lineup on the IL, it makes sense for them to get a bit creative when it comes to their lineup construction between now and when Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, and Brandon Nimmo return.

While Wilson Ramos (catcher), Pete Alonso (first base), Amed Rosario (shortstop), and Juan Lagares (center field) will start most days, the Mets need to shake things up elsewhere. 

Mets manager Mickey Callaway hinted over the last two days about what some of that creativity could look like. Here are four lineup ideas the Mets should consider as they wait for their injured players to return...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets won a wild one against the Nats on Thursday afternoon to complete a four-game sweep >> Box score

Five things to know about Thursday's game

1) Trailing 4-3 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, the Nats elected to walk Wilson Ramos intentionally to put runners on first and second for Carlos Gomez, who crushed a three-run homer to left-center field off reliever Wander Suarez to give the Mets a 6-4 lead. Dominic Smith had doubled to start the inning.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Apr 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Jason Vargas, who has been out since May 5 due to a hamstring issue, will return to the Mets' rotation on Saturday against the Tigers at Citi Field.

Vargas, who made a rehab start earlier this week for Double-A Binghamton, will be sandwiched between Noah Syndergaard (who pitches Friday) and Zack Wheeler (who pitches Sunday). 

The 36-year-old Vargas struggled badly at the beginning of the season, with his spot in the rotation becoming tenuous. But he had rebounded before his injury.

Tags: Anthony Kay, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Three days after calling a press conference where he offered tepid support of Mickey Callaway, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen congratulated his manager on a milestone.

"Congrats Mickey Callaway on your 100th win as @Mets manager last night," Callaway tweeted. "Looking forward to many more. #LGM"

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Gase addressed Maccagnan rift 00:01:00
Adam Gase addressed the allegations that he stabbed former Jets GM in the back saying 'That's just not true'.

During an at-times contentious press conference on Thursday morning, Jets head coach Adam Gase didn't dispute the notion that he didn't see eye-to-eye at times with fired GM Mike Maccagnan. But he insisted the issues they had weren't personal. 

"Me and Mike had disagreements on a few things, but there was no personal rift," Gase said. "That's wrong. ... "We can have disagreements -- it's part of the job. If we're not disagreeing, am I doing my job? If I agree with everything anybody else says in the building, am I doing my job?"

Earlier this week, Gase disagreed with the idea that the firing of Maccagnan -- with Gase serving as acting GM while the search for the new GM is ongoing -- was part of a power struggle orchestrated by Gase.

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Gase clears up Bell rumors 00:02:07
Adam Gase says the Jets didn't overpay for Le'Veon Bell and that he looks forward to working with the running back.

Ever since the Jets fired GM Mike Maccagnan, there have been whispers that Adam Gase was unhappy with the signing of Le'Veon Bell.

On Thursday, Gase answered those questions head-on.

"We signed him. I'm excited we have him," Gase said when asked whether he and Maccagnan failed to see eye-to-eye on the signing. "I've been in constant communication with him."

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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) doubles to score two runs against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) doubles to score two runs against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets are now without exactly one half of their regular starting lineup.

A day after Jeff McNeil expressed optimism he would be able to return to the lineup Thursday after sitting on Wednesday due to hamstring tightness, McNeil -- who has not yet had an MRI -- has been placed on the 10-day IL.

McNeil said Thursday that he feels the injury is minor and that he hopes to be back as soon as the minimum 10 days are up. 

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Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) celebrate after scoring on a double by New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (not pictured) during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) celebrate after scoring on a double by New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (not pictured) during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (23-25, 4.5 GB in the NL East) rallied late to beat the Nationals on Wednesday night at Citi Field as they won their third-straight game. They wrap up their series with the Nats on Thursday at 12:10 PM.

Here's what went down on Tuesday, in case you missed it:


In the Mets' win over the Nats, New York turned a 1-0 eighth-inning deficit into a 6-1 lead in the span of two batters >> Read more

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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

A day after GM Brodie Van Wagenen said the Mets were waiting to see what baseball activities he could participate in, Michael Conforto was seen on Citi Field looking like his normal self. 

Conforto was deemed symptom-free of his concussion over the weekend, and the Mets were awaiting his test results to see how to proceed. Well, the veteran outfielder was playing catch and "delivering throws with some zip," per MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. He even said Conforto came out of the clubhouse "smiley," which is always a good sign.

Conforto was placed on the 7-day concussion DL on Friday after leaving Thursday's game against the Nationals in the bottom of the fifth inning after getting hit in the face by Robinson Cano's shoulder while both of them were trying to field a fly ball...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Mickey talks Edwin Diaz's usage 00:00:48
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway explains the Mets are in a do or die situation and it may call for them to use Edwin Diaz for 4 outs.

Roughly five weeks after Mets manager Mickey Callaway suggested the team would wait until the playoffs to use Edwin Diaz for more than three outs, the Edwin Diaz rules are no longer in effect.

As part of that adjustment, Diaz -- with Callaway saying they're now treating these games like the "playoffs" -- will be available for more than three outs.

That's a big change from what Callaway said on April 16, shortly before GM Brodie Van Wagenen sang a similar tune regarding Diaz.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Danny Abriano
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Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Jeff McNeil is out of the Mets' lineup on Wednesday night due to a hamstring issue he first felt in the ninth inning of Tuesday's win.

"Felt it last night, got some treatment," McNeil said before the game. "It's tight."

In the ninth inning on Tuesday, McNeil reached on a fielder's choice before taking second base on defensive indifference, where he said he first felt the hamstring bothering him -- "kind of tigthened up on me there and I was feeling it."

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets outfielder Keon Broxton (23) walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)
May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets outfielder Keon Broxton (23) walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)

The Mets have gotten something back for Keon Broxton after designating him for assignment on May 17.

New York had seven days to either trade Broxton or place him on waivers, and swung a trade on Wednesday to send Broxton to the Orioles for $500,000 in international bonus pool money.

Getting that amount of international bonus pool money for a player they would've otherwise placed on waivers -- and couldn't force to accept a minor league assignment if he cleared waivers -- is a solid get for the Mets. But it doesn't erase the fact that the initial Broxton trade was a massive failure for GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

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May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates after hitting a RBI single in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates after hitting a RBI single in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (22-25, 5.5 GB in the NL East) rallied late to beat the Nationals on Tuesday night at Citi Field as they won their second straight game. They host the Nats again on Wednesday night at 7:10.

Here's what went down on Tuesday, in case you missed it:


In the Mets' win over the Nats, Pete Alonso hit a mammoth game-tying homer in the eighth inning before Amed Rosario walked it off in the ninth with an infield single >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Mets prospect Anthony Kay, whose dominance so far in 2019 has put him in the conversation to jump to the majors this season, is becoming impossible to ignore. And along with his on-field success comes a demeanor that seems built for the place he grew up.  

"He's one of my favorites, if not my favorite," UConn pitching coach Josh MacDonald told SNY Tuesday about where Kay falls among the many players he's coached during his career. 

MacDonald -- who said he has been texting with Kay "two-to-three times a night" as he has dominated in Double-A Binghamton -- coached Kay during his time at UConn, after which the Mets selected the Long Island native in the 2016 MLB Draft.

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May 20, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) rounds the bases after hitting an eighth inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)
May 20, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) rounds the bases after hitting an eighth inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)

Gleyber Torres is having a ridiculously good season. Against the Orioles, though, his numbers are almost impossible to believe. Almost as impossible to believe as the fact that Baltimore keeps pitching to him.

After clubbing two homers against the Orioles during Monday night's win, Torres is hitting .486/.538/.1.257 against the O's with three doubles, eight homers, and 10 RBI.

That means that of Torres' 10 homers this season, 80 percent (!) have come against Baltimore.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Danny Abriano
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Dec 2, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Deonte Thompson (10) makes a catch in front of Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Dec 2, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Deonte Thompson (10) makes a catch in front of Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Acting Jets GM Adam Gase continued to make moves on Tuesday, signing WR Deonte Thompson after reportedly firing scout Bill DeKraker

Gase waived TE Jordan Leggett on Monday, and also signed punter Matt Barr

Gase, who is the acting GM in the wake of the firing of Mike Maccagnan while the team searches for its full-time replacement, said Monday that the removal of Maccagnan was not part of a power struggle.

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Anthony Kay's outing yesterday 00:01:29
Highlight of Anthony Kay throwing seven hitless innings at Binghamton's game Monday night.

For a little while on Monday -- with the Mets and Double-A Binghamton both listing their starters as 'TBA' -- it seemed that LHP prospect Anthony Kay could be hours away from making his big league debut. That didn't happen, but it didn't stop Kay from making news anyway.

Kay, the 24-year-old who has been one of the best pitchers in all of minor league baseball this season, fired 7.0 no-hit innings for Binghamton on Monday night before being removed at just 88 pitches due to his pitch-count being managed.

During the outing, Kay walked one and struck out eight, lowering his ERA to 1.07 and WHIP to 0.77.

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Eaton calls Frazier 'childish' 00:00:44
Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier were separated by teammates between innings. Frazier said nothing happened while Eaton had some opinions.

As the Mets were beating the Nationals on Monday night at Citi Field, the MASN camera caught something -- Todd Frazier of the Mets and Adam Eaton of the Nationals having to be separated between innings.

During the incident, some of the Nationals started spilling out of the dugout in preparation for a potential brawl.

So what happened?

Tags: Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Cano responds to not playing 00:01:27
Cano says no one told him that part of the reason he was not playing Monday was because of his lack of hustle, but he does regret it.

The day after his second inexcusable transgression on the bases, Robinson Cano is not in the Mets' lineup Monday night as they open a series against the Nationals at Citi Field.

Instead, Jeff McNeil gets the start at second base while J.D. Davis starts in left field.

Asked why Cano is out of the lineup, manager Mickey Callaway -- the day after making excuses for Cano -- listed three reasons.

Tags: Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Van Wagenen endorses Callaway 00:02:35
Brodie Van Wagenen addressed the media stating Mickey Callaway was their guy for the forseeable future.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen met with the media on Monday at Citi Field and threw his support behind embattled manager Mickey Callaway. But that support came with an asterisk. 

"We called a meeting today with the coaching staff and with the players," Van Wagenen said after arriving late to the press conference due to the aforementioned meeting. "The puirpose of this meeting had many different aspects to it. First and foremost, to make clear to the coaches make clear to Mickey, and make sure that the players understood that I, the front office, and the entire ownership group has support of Mickey Callaway as our manager. Mickey is our manager now, Mickey is our manager going forward," Callaway said.

After adding that there is confidence among the players, Van Wagenen explained why he thinks Callaway remains the right man for the job. 

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May 15, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets pitcher Wilmer Font (68) throws to the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 15, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets pitcher Wilmer Font (68) throws to the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

After considering Drew Gagnon as their spot-starter for Monday night's series opener against the Nationals at Citi Field, the Mets have instead chosen Wilmer Font

Font, who pitched relatively well in his first start with the Mets (allowing two runs in 4.0 innings), got shellacked by the Nationals in his second start, allowing five runs on six hits while walking two and striking out two in 2.1 innings.

While Gagnon has pitched very well out of the bullpen for the Mets lately, tossing 5.2 scoreless innings over his last five appearances, he hasn't thrown more than 26 pitches in any of them.

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 (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
(Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- is viewed by most minor league experts as one of the best 50 or so prospects in baseball.

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May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (20-25, 6.5 GB in the NL East) return home after a nightmare trip to face the Nationals at Citi Field on Monday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Here's what went down on Sunday, in case you missed it:


As the Mets were swept by the Marlins, they managed just two hits -- making Sunday the first time since 1967 that they were held to two hits or fewer in consecutive games >> Read more

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Tim Tebow, Danny Abriano
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Cano?s hustle questioned 00:01:50
For the second time this week, Cano didn?t run to first on a play. Callaway defended the second baseman and his choice not to bench him

If this story seems familiar, it's because it is. 

One day after Mets manager Mickey Callaway explained why he didn't bench Robinson Cano for failing to run out a ground ball double play (something Cano blamed on the scoreboard operator), Callaway had to explain why he didn't pull Cano from Sunday's game after failing to run at all on another double play ground ball. 

And Callaway seemed to be making excuses for his second baseman. 

 

Tags: Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) prior to a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) prior to a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

After the Mets were blanked by the Marlins for the second-straight day as Miami completed a three-game sweep, manager Mickey Callaway spoke as questions about his job security continued to swirl. 

And while GM Brodie Van Wagenen was in Miami on Friday and Saturday, he was not there after Sunday's game -- with Callaway saying Van Wagenen was "never scheduled" to be in Miami Sunday.

Callaway, who said he expected to talk with -- as he usually does -- Van Wagenen and ownership ("we always touch base") before the team opens a homestand on Monday, said he doesn't think the weekend sweep will cost him. 

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Mets swept by Marlins 00:01:12
For the first time since 1967 the Mets had two or fewer hits in back-to-back games. It's also the first series sweep for Miami since 2017

The Mets fell to a season-worst five games under .500 with their offense close to a total no-show as the Marlins completed a three-game sweep. After getting one hit on Saturday, the Mets managed just two hits -- making Sunday the first time since 1967 that they were held to two or fewer hits in back-to-back games. >> Box score

Five things to know about Sunday's game...

1) With manager Mickey Callaway's job potentially on the line, the Mets' offense reached a new low -- with Marlins RHP Sandy Alcantara reaching the eighth inning having thrown just 62 pitches. Yes, 62 pitches. Alcantara faltered a bit in the eighth, but came back out for the ninth with only 78 pitches under his belt and retired the side in order to complete the shutout. It took him 89 total pitches. The game took one hour and 59 minutes.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Cano caught not running again 00:00:21
Robinson Cano didn't run on what he thought was a foul ball. Instead, the Marlins played it into a double play.

Two days after not running hard on a 1-6-3 double play and using the excuse that he thought there were two outs instead of one, Mets second baseman Robinson Cano didn't move at all on another double play he hit into.

This time, Cano hit a ball right in front of the plate and stared directly at it while not running at all.

The play happened in the top of the fourth inning with J.D. Davis on first base and one out. Cano swung and tapped the ball, with it winding up right in front of the plate and rolling slightly down the first base line. While Cano was staring at the ball and not moving, the Marlins turned an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play.

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Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers a pitch to the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers a pitch to the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Jarred Kelenic, Mariners (minors)

The 19-year-old Kelenic, the prized prospect the Mets included in the Diaz/Cano deal, has cooled off over the last two weeks as his triple slash has dropped from a ridiculously good .340/.441/.630 to a still-impressive .314/.397/.529.

In 39 games this season for Seattle's Low-A affiliate, Kelenic has six homers, 13 doubles, one triple, and seven stolen bases. 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jenrry Mejia, Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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May 18, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (19) reacts after the Marlins defeated the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 18, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (19) reacts after the Marlins defeated the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (20-24, 5.5 GB in the NL East) look to avoid what would be a pathetic sweep at the hands of the Marlins on Sunday afternoon in Miami at 1:10.

Here's what went down on Saturday, in case you missed it:


A listless Mets squad managed just one hit as they were shut out by the Marlins, losing their fourth-consecutive game to fall four games under .500 for the first time this season >> Read more

Tags: Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout before a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout before a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets lost their fourth-straight game on Saturday, and this loss was a special kind of awful: They were one-hit by the MLB-worst Marlins a day after being shellacked by the same Marlins.

With Mickey Callaway's job potentially at risk and those questions not going away even if the Mets win on Sunday to save face, the manager was asked by SNY's Steve Gelbs after Saturday's loss if the team was playing with the requisite amount of urgency.

"I don't think the results have been there," Callaway said. "I think they come to play every day, I truly do. I think that tonight we didn't score any runs. Heck, we could hardly get a hit. We led off the game with a hit and then they just kind of shut us down."

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Marlins blank Mets 00:00:44
The Mets managed just one hit against Pablo Lopez, whom they knocked out in New York last week, as the Marlins shut them out, 2-0

The Mets fell to a season-worst four games under .500 after failing to muster any offense or fight on Saturday in Miami. >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game...

1) With manager Mickey Callaway's job status potentially in a precarious spot, the Mets gave an absolutely listless performance as they managed just one hit while losing their second-straight game to the MLB-worst Marlins. It was their fourth-straight loss overall. After Jeff McNeil led the game off by doubling off Marlins starter Pablo Lopez, 14 consecutive Mets were set down as he settled into a groove. This was the same Pablo Lopez the Mets scored 10 runs against last week. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Tyler Bashlor, Danny Abriano
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Cano controversy 00:01:29
Mickey Callaway and Robinson Cano discuss Cano's failure to run out a ground ball in Friday night's loss to the Marlins

After not running hard to first base in the seventh inning Friday night during an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play, Robinson Cano was not benched Saturday for the transgression.

And before Saturday's game, Mets manger Mickey Callaway simply said that he doesn't bench players to send a message.

"We talked about it and he understands that can't happen again," Callaway explained. You don't just reprimand people to send a message to the rest of the team."

Tags: Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Nov 18, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts Colts former quarterback Peyton Manning walks the sidelines before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas J. Russo)
Nov 18, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts Colts former quarterback Peyton Manning walks the sidelines before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas J. Russo)

The Jets sent shockwaves through the NFL when they fired GM Mike Maccagnan earlier this week. Could their hire to replace him result in similar shockwaves?

"Rumors are flying" within league circles that the Jets could make a run at Peyton Manning to fill their vacant GM role, reports Mike Florio of PFT, who adds that Manning has "periodically" been connected to open front office positions throughout the NFL.

Hiring the 43-year-old Manning to be the Jets' new GM would certainly be an outside the box move. The legendary QB retired after the 2015 season, and does not have any official front office experience...

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Apr 1, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) warms up before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 1, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) warms up before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Yoenis Cespedes was with the Mets Friday in Miami as he met the team while he continues to work his way back from dual heel surgeries. And he just took a big step.

Cespedes has started running, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said, though he added that he's not yet doing any "explosive" running. Cespedes also took batting practice with the team Friday.

However, while Cespedes is making progress, Van Wagenen said "time will tell" whether Cespedes would play this season.

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Dec 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Dec 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Pelicans star Anthony Davis has requested a trade, informing the team he has no interest in re-signing. With news of Davis wanting out came reports that the Knicks have strong interest in trading for him. Here are the latest rumors...


May 17, 4:09 PM:

Pelicans owner Gayle Benson told Fletcher Mackel of WDSU News that the reported "To the Lakers, over my dead body" statement is "totally absurd" and "completely untrue."

Mackel also added that the Pelicans front office believes this latest allegation is "coming from the same people who said Zion may not want to come to New Orleans."

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Danny Abriano
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Sep 17, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an RBI double during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Sep 17, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an RBI double during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Michael Conforto left Thursday's game against the Nationals in the bottom of the fifth inning after getting hit in the face by Robinson Cano's shoulder while both of them were trying to field a fly ball.

After the game, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Conforto had been diagnosed with a concussion and will be traveling back to New York via train to be evaluated further. 

During the play where Conforto was injured, Cano called for the ball and then had it nick off his glove and land in fair territory. Conforto was also calling for the ball late.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) deliver a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)
May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) deliver a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)

As far as the Mets' injured starters go, one seems ready to return and the other is very close.

Steven Matz spoke Thursday after throwing a 45-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday and said he feels great. During the bullpen session, Matz said he's ready to return and that he's "really happy."

"I threw a bullpen yesterday and I feel good today," Matz said, according to SNY's Steve Gelbs.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Dec 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ; General overall view of MetLife Stadium during an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the New YorK Jets. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Dec 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ; General overall view of MetLife Stadium during an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the New YorK Jets. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

With the Jets firing GM Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday and inserting Adam Gase as the acting GM, the team will begin their search for its GM "immediately," Christopher Johnson said in a statement.

And with that search underway, Eagles VP of Player Personnel Joe Douglas has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Maccagnan, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Here are five things to know about Douglas...

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Jets fire GM Mike Maccagnan 00:02:08
New York Jets fire GM Mike Maccagnan and name head coach Adam Gase as the interim GM. The Athletic's Connor Hughes breaks down the move.

The Jets have fired GM Mike Maccagnan as GM, effective immediately, the team announced Wednesday, with Adam Gase taking over as acting GM. 

The announcement was made by chariman and CEO Christopher Johnson.

"This morning, I informed Mike that he was being relieved of his duties as General Manager of the team, effective immediately," Johnson said in a statement. "Mike helped to execute the strategic vision of the organization during the last four seasons and especially the past few months. However, I came to the decision to make a change after much thought and a careful assessment of what would be in the best long-term interests of the New York Jets. I will start a search for our new General Manager immediately. In the interim, Coach Gase will be the acting General Manager. I would like to thank Mike for his time and efforts during his tenure, and I wish only the best for him and his wife Betty."

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May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a two run home run during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a two run home run during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Mets rookie Pete Alonso has taken the league by storm, won the Rookie of the Month award for April, and is on pace to hit 49 homers. And with the Home Run Derby about two months away, Alonso is all-in.

"I would love to do it," Alonso said Tuesday, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. "I think that would be fun, a real amazing thing to do, but I haven't heard anything yet. I would be honored to do it for sure."

Alonso added that "you only live once," and that he hopes somebody picks him to participate.

Tags: David Wright, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Mets win 3rd straight 00:01:25
Noah Syndergaard pitched 8 strong innings and Wilson Ramos provided the offensive support with a grand slam as the Mets beat the Nats, 6-2

Noah Syndergaard dominated after the Mets jumped out to an early lead as they beat the Nationals, 6-2, on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. >> Box score

Five things to know about Tuesday's game...

1) Syndergaard was brilliant, not allowing his first hit until the sixth inning. Overall, he allowed two runs (on a Victor Robles two-run homer) on four hits while walking one and striking out six in 8.0 innings. He threw 102 pitches, with 64 going for strikes. Tuesday night's start was Syndergaard's second terrific start out of his last three, having thrown a shutout on May 2 against the Reds. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are still without Steven Matz and Jason Vargas, and while both continue to throw, manager Mickey Callaway said Tuesday that there wasn't a set return date for either. But that doesn't mean a return for one or both isn't imminent. 

Matz, who is dealing with a nerve issue, played catch on Tuesday and has been having regular bullpen sessions.

Vargas, who has a hamstring issue, threw a bullpen session on Tuesday.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Apr 5, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) watches the Indiana Pacers shoot a free throw during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Apr 5, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) watches the Indiana Pacers shoot a free throw during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Celtics star Kyrie Irving can be a free agent after the season, and the idea that he could team up with fellow free agent Kevin Durant on the Knicks this summer has picked up steam since the Kristaps Porzingis trade cleared two max slots for New York. Here are the latest rumors...


May 14, 4:05 PM:

After Marc Stein said (with the caveat that it was "third-hand stuff") that he heard that Durant and Irving would look just as hard at the Nets as the Knicks, Stephen A. Smith (during his show) interjected and said the following:

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Would Knicks trade #1 pick? 00:01:33
New York Knicks could possibly get the #1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. SNY's Ian Begley reports there is 'no consensus' they would trade it.

If the Knicks win the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night -- and a chance to draft Zion Williamson -- they will shift their focus toward a potential trade for Pelicans star Anthony Davis, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic

However, SNY's Ian Begley doesn't believe there is a consensus that the Knicks would include the No. 1 pick in a Davis deal. 

Any trade for Davis could potentially involve the Knicks' top pick and more, and the Pelicans recently gathered intel on Kevin Knox, according to Begley

Davis, 26, is under contract through the 2020-21 season, earning $27.1 million next season and $28.7 million in 2020-21. 

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David Wright at PGA Championship 00:03:40
New York Mets special advisor David Wright was on hand at Bethpage talking about Tiger Woods' comeback and Jed Lowrie's anticipated return.

Mets special advisor David Wright, speaking at the PGA Championship on Monday, talked about the recent meeting involving COO Jeff Wilpon, GM Brodie Van Wagenen, and manager Mickey Callaway, and more. 

On whether the meeting was called for, Wright believed it was. 

"What Brodie has done, he's got his finger on the pulse in there," Wright said. "So if he saw it fit for a meeting I'm sure that that was the right call. I think generally speaking -- this is more from a player's perspective -- you try, you tend to stay away from those but sometimes it's nice to light a fire under your butt a little bit -- give you a nice little kick on the rear to hopefully get you going a little bit. And hopefully that's the case."

Tags: David Wright, Danny Abriano
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Apr 4, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (27) bats against the Pawtucket Red Sox during the first inning at NBT Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Apr 4, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (27) bats against the Pawtucket Red Sox during the first inning at NBT Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Carlos Gomez has been playing well with Triple-A Syracuse, hitting .274/.336/.479 with five homers and nine doubles in 32 games (117 at-bats). But it doesn't seem like the Mets are close to calling him up.

And with Gomez having a June 1 opt-out, SNY's Andy Martino reports that the Mets "would have to have a specific need to call him up in that timeframe." If the Mets don't have that specific need, Martino notes it's "easy to see him going elsewhere."

The Mets have some roster decisions on the horizon, including having to clear someone off the 25-man roster when Jed Lowrie returns from the IL, which could be as early as Tuesday against the Nationals in Washington, D.C.

Tags: Juan Lagares, Danny Abriano
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Latvian police have provided an update regarding the altercation involving former Knick Kristaps Porzingis over the weekend.

According to the police, two people were sent to the hospital after the altercation. The police used pepper spray to "resolve the conflict." And police have reportedly launched criminal proceedings to investigate to determine what caused the conflict and the circumstances surrounding it; though, they reportedly aren't focused on one individual person.

In a video in the aftermath of the altercation, Porzingis is seen with a ripped shirt and what appears to be blood on his forehead, and -- as can be seen in the video -- he shoved a woman who was apparently trying to keep him calm.

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Mar 31, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Jay Bruce (32) is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)
Mar 31, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Jay Bruce (32) is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Jarred Kelenic, Mariners (minors)

The 19-year-old Kelenic, the prized prospect the Mets included in the Diaz/Cano deal, has cooled off a bit over the last week as his triple slash has dropped from a ridiculously good .340/.441/.630 to .326/.416/.581.

In 33 games this season for Seattle's Low-A affiliate, Kelenic has six homers, 13 doubles, one triple, and six stolen bases. 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jenrry Mejia, Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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