7/24/2016 | Rumor roundup: Mets reportedly pursuing Lucroy
The rumor mill was focused on Aroldis Chapman on Sunday night, with the Yankees reportedly nearing an agreement to trade their closer to the Cubs. But with the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline now a week away, many other potential deals are in the works as well. Here is a look at the rest of the developing news from around the league.
7/24/2016 | Lopez among top prospect performers Sunday
Nationals No. 5 prospect Reynaldo Lopez is among the top prospect performers in the Minors on Sunday.
7/24/2016 | Matz earns 1st win since May with stellar start
Steven Matz put together just the start the Mets were hoping for in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Marlins. The command was on, and any suspicions that the bone spur in his left elbow had affected him recently were put to rest.
7/24/2016 | Piazza's proud pop watches son's call to Hall
Mike Piazza was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, along with Ken Griffey Jr., and his devoted father, Vince, was in the forefront of the sun-drenched crowd as Mike gave his speech on the stage at the Clark Sports Center.
7/24/2016 | Conforto makes sweet diving grab in first CF start
Michael Conforto made an immediate impact in his first career start in center field during the Mets' 3-0 win over the Marlins on Sunday at Marlins Park. It was almost as if he'd been playing there for years. In the first, Conforto tracked down Miami leadoff hitter Miguel Rojas' liner in the right-center-field gap, laying out and robbing him of a hit. It was the first time the 23-year-old had really been tested at his new position.
7/24/2016 | Family, fans at heart of Piazza's Hall moment
For 28 minutes, Mike Piazza kept a tissue wadded in the palm of his right hand, his fingers extended in a white-knuckle grip on the Clark Sports Center's wood-paneled podium. Behind him, roughly four dozen of baseball's greatest players sat rapt. In front of him, one of the three largest crowds in Hall of Fame history fanned themselves with cardboard cutouts of Piazza's face.
7/24/2016 | Hall-time greats: Piazza, Griffey enshrined
The National Baseball Hall of Fame inducted two legends of its grand game Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown, N.Y., as Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza become the newest members of one of the most iconic groups in the world.
7/24/2016 | Thor faces Martinez as Wild Card race heats up
Noah Syndergaard touched triple digits on the radar gun and wiped away any arm fatigue concerns in his last start, and he'll look to build on that against Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals to open a three-game set at Citi Field on Monday night. Both New York and St. Louis are in the thick of the National League Wild Card race.
7/24/2016 | Mets take crucial series in Miami behind Matz
The drought has finally come to an end for Steven Matz, and it came at an opportune time for the Mets. The lefty threw six dominant innings and struck out six on Sunday as New York blanked Miami, 3-0, at Marlins Park to take two of three in the series.
7/24/2016 | Conforto gets taste of center field for first time
An unfamiliar face roamed center field for the Mets for the final three innings of a 7-2 loss to the Marlins on Saturday night at Marlins Park. With his team down by five runs in the sixth, Mets manager Terry Collins figured what better time to give Michael Conforto his first action in center as a big leaguer.
7/23/2016 | Duda takes swings for first time since injury
Lucas Duda may still be a couple of weeks away from playing in any games, but the Mets' first baseman joined the team in Miami and took swings for the first time during his rehab process Saturday.
7/23/2016 | Piazza embracing Cooperstown experience
Set off from Cooperstown's main drag by a cluster of picturesque streets on one side, from Otsego Lake by a rich green lawn on the other, Otesaga Hotel is this weekend's social center for Baseball Hall of Famers. That includes Hall of Fame-elect Mike Piazza, who has just hours to go before his induction into Cooperstown at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, with coverage beginning on MLB Network and MLB.com at 11 a.m.
7/23/2016 | Stanton, Fernandez too much for Mets to handle
Jose Fernandez on Saturday continued to dominate at Marlins Park, and Giancarlo Stanton nearly damaged the stadium's accessories in Miami's 7-2 victory over the Mets. Fernandez struck out seven and allowed two runs over seven innings, while Stanton smacked a two-run homer off the auxiliary scoreboard in left field among his four hits and three RBIs on a night the Marlins evened the three-game set.
7/23/2016 | Matz aims to get back in win column vs. Marlins
Steven Matz said after his last start that the bone spur in his left elbow is not to blame for his recent woes. Rather, he needs to execute pitches better, which he'll attempt to do Sunday as the Mets and Marlins conclude a three-game set with the rubber match at Marlins Park. Jose Urena starts for the Marlins. New York trails Miami by 1 1/2 games for the second National League Wild Card spot.
7/23/2016 | Reyes shows ability to wreak havoc at top of lineup
A Mets offense that has struggled for much of the season caught a glimpse Friday night of the many ways it can score when Jose Reyes is wreaking havoc atop the lineup. Reyes scored two of New York's five runs and drove in another to help the Mets defeat the Marlins, 5-3, at Marlins Park. The third baseman finished 3-for-5, marking his first three-hit performance of 2016.
7/23/2016 | Awe in the Familia: Met streak elite at 50
It might not have been as easy as most, but Jeurys Familia locked down his 50th consecutive regular-season save in the Mets' 5-3 win over the Marlins on Friday night at Marlins Park. Familia's streak, which dates back to back to Aug. 1 of last year, is now the fourth-longest streak in Major League history.
7/22/2016 | Wheeler's next step is facing live batters
Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler hopes to face live batters in the near future after he threw a 30-pitch bullpen session in front of Mets coaches at Marlins Park on Friday.
7/22/2016 | Reyes the spark as Mets gain on Marlins
The jockeying for position in the National League East got a little tighter on Friday night as the Mets moved to within a half-game of the second-place Marlins with a 5-3 win at Marlins Park. The intensity was evident all night, and the Mets responded behind Jose Reyes' three hits, two runs scored and an RBI, a pair of Yoenis Cespedes sacrifice flies and James Loney's two-run homer in the ninth.
7/22/2016 | Piazza's induction to hold special place with Mets fans
It has been 24 years since Tom Seaver entered the Hall of Fame, the first player in franchise history to have his Mets cap bronzed. Other prominent Mets have entered the Hall with different caps, including Gary Carter, Nolan Ryan and Willie Mays. But in the years since Seaver, the Mets have never come particularly close to adding another Hall of Famer they could truly call their own.
7/22/2016 | Aces up: Fernandez, deGrom set for premier duel
With their respective teams neck and neck for second place in the National League East and a Wild Card spot, Jose Fernandez and Jacob deGrom will toe the rubber in the second game of a three-game series between the Marlins and Mets on Saturday night at Marlins Park.
7/21/2016 | De Leon, Alvarez among top prospect performers Wednesday
Ten was the magic number for a pair of Dodgers pitchers on Wednesday night as both Jose De Leon and Yadier Alvarez struck out 10 hitters in their respective starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City and Class A Great Lakes.
7/19/2016 | Seeking 5th straight W, Hendricks faces Mets
Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks has yet to allow an earned run in July. He'll look to keep that trend intact when he takes on Bartolo Colon on Wednesday for the series finale between the Mets and Cubs at Wrigley Field.
7/19/2016 | Bases loaded, no outs: Mets snub Cubs
The Cubs' missed opportunities cost them Tuesday night against the Mets. Rene Rivera smacked an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Mets to a 2-1 victory at Wrigley Field and even the series at one win apiece. Closer Jeurys Familia picked up his Major League-leading 33rd save by escaping a no-out, bases-loaded jam.
7/19/2016 | Conforto nails runner at home in 1st RF start
The Cubs were aggressive Tuesday sending Jake Arrieta home on a single from second base, resulting in some quick action for Michael Conforto in right field.
7/19/2016 | Any potential Mets trades likely for pitching
Considering the flurry of moves the Mets made prior to last year's non-waiver Trade Deadline, it is easy to forget the team did not spring the first of them -- Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson from the Braves for prospects -- until July 24.
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