Cardinals-Mets Preview (The Associated Press)

Lance Lynn is making a habit out of getting off to impressive starts for the St. Louis Cardinals. With a little help from his teammates, Bartolo Colon could be doing the same for the New York Mets. Lynn looks to become the first in the majors to register five wins Thursday as the Cardinals attempt to beat Colon for the first time and salvage a split of this four-game set at Citi Field.

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Mets edge Cardinals 3-2 in ‘mental grind’ (The SportsXchange)

NEW YORK -- Had it taken place in late October instead of late April, the New York Mets' 3-2 victory Wednesday night over the St. Louis Cardinals may have gone down as one of the most memorable baseball games ever played. "My heart's still racing," said Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who completed a perfect relay sequence by tagging Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter for the second out of the ninth. "Just the whole game was a mental grind," said Mets center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who fielded pinch hitter Daniel Descalso's double and began the relay by firing to shortstop Ruben Tejada. The Mets were ground up in the first three innings by Cardinals starter Michael Wacha, who recorded his first nine outs via strikeout and allowed only one ball to be hit into play (a first-inning single by slumping right fielder Curtis Granderson).

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on April 23, 2014 at 11:21 pm



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Mets cut down tying run, hold off Cardinals 3-2 (The Associated Press)

With a 360-foot relay in the ninth inning, the New York Mets prevented a hard-fought victory from vanishing in the wind. Lucas Duda hit a long home run and New York threw out the potential tying run at the plate to hold off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Wednesday on a blustery night at Citi Field. Jonathon Niese earned his first win of the season, and shortstop Ruben Tejada cut down Matt Carpenter for the second out of the ninth on a strong relay from center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis. ''My heart's still racing,'' Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud said.

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Mets 3, Cardinals 2 (The SportsXchange)

NEW YORK -- Left-hander Jonathon Niese allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday night and first baseman Lucas Duda hit a solo homer as the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-2, in a wild and windy game at Citi Field. The Mets (11-10) started out in remarkably slow fashion against Cardinals starter Michael Wacha, who allowed just one ball to be put into play in the first three innings and recorded his first nine outs via strikeout. But the Mets capitalized on a sudden bout of wildness by Wacha in the fourth, when they took the lead via bases-loaded walks drawn by shortstop Ruben Tejada and center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

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Diamondbacks-Cubs Preview (The Associated Press)

The Chicago Cubs appeared poised to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field with a victory until their bullpen imploded against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Chicago (7-13) failed to claim its fourth win in five games despite taking a 5-2 lead into the ninth inning Wednesday. Neither bullpen appears to be very sturdy after the Cubs separated themselves Tuesday with a four-run eighth in a 9-2 victory. Chicago has blown four saves in six opportunities while Arizona has squandered three of its nine chances.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on April 23, 2014 at 7:29 pm



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Team Report – ATLANTA BRAVES (The SportsXchange)

Santana has made himself at home in NL

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Travis Ishikawa rejects minor league assignment (The Associated Press)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Travis Ishikawa, the Pittsburgh Pirates' opening-day first baseman, refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis and elected to become a free agent.

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Happy 100th, Wrigley Field! A few memories (The Associated Press)

Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs, marks the 100th anniversary of its first game on Wednesday with a matchup against Arizona. Some stars who graced its friendly confines offer their memories: --- Mike Ditka has a question. Well, an iconic Chicago franchise won its share at Wrigley Field, and it's the one that Ditka played for and coached. The last time a team won a major title at Wrigley Field, Ditka was a star tight end and the 1963 Bears knocked off Y.A. Tittle and the New York Giants 14-10 in the NFL championship game.

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Selig says clarification coming on ball transfers (The Associated Press)

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport's playing rules committee is working to clarify the rule on transfers by fielders on forceouts, which has caused some controversy in the first season of expanded instant replay for umpires. Attending a game at Wrigley Field on Wednesday marking the 100th anniversary of the ballpark, Selig said he has not spoken with committee chairman Sandy Alderson, the New York Mets general manager. With instant replay, there has been increased scrutiny on when fielders have control of throws as they step on bases for forceouts and then transfer the ball to their hands for throws in attempts to turn double plays.

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Gattis’ double helps Braves top Marlins 3-1 (The Associated Press)

Fredi Gonzalez appreciates Evan Gattis' easy approach at the plate. ''He's got a short, simple swing,'' the Atlanta Braves manager said. ''If you talk to him about hitting, he feels like he's the one who gets himself out most of the time, but it sure is nice to give him a day off and still bring him in for a pinch-hit situation to impact the game.'' Gattis pinch hit and broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run double off A.J. Ramos, helping the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 3-1 Wednesday for their ninth win in 12 games. Dan Uggla reached on a two-out infield single, Ramos relieved and Gattis, hitting for Jordan Schafer, doubled to left.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on April 23, 2014 at 3:46 pm



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