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May 16, 2015 2:05 AM Mets 2B Dilson Herrera DL-bound after fracturing finger tip in fielding drills

Kieran Darcy is an staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball. Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork 19

May 10, 2015 9:57 PM Phillies fan makes one-handed catch with son strapped to chest

PHILADELPHIA -- The best catch at Citizens Bank Park on Mother's Day came from a daring dad -- with a baby strapped to his chest. Phillies fan Mike Capko snagged a hard foul ball off the bat of the Mets' Daniel Murphy with his left hand Sunday while sitting in the second deck behind home plate. The 30-year-old Capko made the play with 7½-month-old son Kolton 27

May 3, 2015 8:16 PM Mets’ bats silent again in second straight 1-0 loss to Nationals

Daniel Murphy and the Mets' lineup can't find a way to score a run for the second straight game.  The Mets were shutout for the second straight game as the Nationals beat them 1-0 at Citi Field Sunday. The Mets (16-10) have now lost seven of their last 10 games and their last three series. The Nationals (12-14) have now won four of seven games against 9

April 30, 2015 2:14 AM Marlins top Mets 7-3, take series from NL East leaders

Giancarlo Stanton homered and drove in three runs, Ichiro Suzuki added a three-run homer in the eighth to blow the game open and the Miami Marlins topped the New York Mets 7-3 on Wednesday night. Dee Gordon had two hits and his sacrifice fly in the seventh put the Marlins ahead for good, adding to a night where he raised his average to .409. Ichiro's 13

April 29, 2015 11:01 PM Jose Valverde signs minor league deal with Nationals

ATLANTA -- The Washington Nationals have signed Jose Valverde to a minor league contract as an insurance policy for their inconsistent bullpen. Valverde, with 288 career saves, last worked as a full-time closer with Detroit in 2012. The right-hander earned two saves last year for the New York Mets but had a 5.66 ERA in 21 games. Washington signed him to a minor 13

April 29, 2015 12:58 PM Ex-Mets ace Pedro Martinez on Masahiro Tanaka's injury: 'I saw it coming'

On April 1, the ex-Red Sox pitcher and Hall of Famer said he believed Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka was holding back and wouldn't stay healthy all year as he tried to return from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. However, an MRI also showed no further damage to Tanaka's UCL. Still, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn't 14

April 29, 2015 5:53 AM Mets can’t pull off second straight comeback on Marlins, fall 4-3 in Miami

MIAMI — During their hot start, the Mets have capitalized on opponents’ mistakes. Tuesday, they could not get over their own miscues, but the costliest mistakes of the night may have been the most unexpected. Righty reliever Carlos Torres struggled to find the strike zone in the eighth and issued his first two walks of the season, which led to the go-ahead 16

April 27, 2015 4:04 PM Mets will turn to six-man rotation to keep Matt Harvey fresh

Hamilton, who starred with Texas from 2008 to 2012, has struggled on and off the field since signing a free agent contract with the Angels. He was particularly ineffective in 2014, compiling a slash line of .261/.331/.414 and hitting just 10 home runs in 338 at-bats. The 33-year-old Hamilton suffered a relapse in his battle with drug addiction during 8

April 27, 2015 6:25 AM NL Teams Experimenting With Pitchers Hitting 8th

Amid a testy start to the season — looking at you, Bryan Price; also you, Royals, White Sox and Athletics — comes a bit of managerial creativity sure to put a smile on the face of any innovative Strat-O-Matic player. More National League teams are at least toying with the idea of batting the pitcher in the No. 8 spot. Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon 12

April 27, 2015 5:55 AM A-Rod's taste of what might've been

Alex Rodriguez could feel it building in the Yankee Stadium crowd in his final three at-bats -- the energy, the anticipation of something grand. When he ends up fighting his bosses over the $6 million they owe him for matching Willie Mays' career home run total, Rodriguez can talk about the sights and sounds of this Sunday night in the Bronx, where the people 20