Padres hit 3 homers off DeSclafani, beat Reds 6-3 (The Associated Press)

Matt Kemp hit the first of San Diego's three homers off Anthony DeSclafani - a new addition to Cincinnati's rotation - and the Padres pulled away to a 6-3 victory over the Reds on Monday. ''We saw some good swings from the middle of our order,'' Padres manager Bud Black said. The Reds got DeSclafani from Miami in an offseason trade for Mat Latos and are counting on him to fill one of three openings in the rotation. They also traded Alfredo Simon to the Tigers, and Homer Bailey is expected to start the season on the disabled list while recovering from forearm surgery.

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Mets acquire lefty relievers, Torres and Blevins (The Associated Press)

The New York Mets made two trades Monday to bolster a bullpen lacking in left-handers, acquiring Alex Torres from the San Diego Padres and Jerry Blevins from the Washington Nationals. The Mets sent minor league right-hander Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named to the Padres and outfielder Matt den Dekker to the Nationals in deals made just hours apart.

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Mets swing two trades to strengthen their bullpen (Big League Stew)

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Cuddyer hits 6th HR, Duda drives in 5 as Mets beat Marlins (The Associated Press)

Michael Cuddyer hit his sixth home run this spring and Lucas Duda homered, doubled and drove in five runs as the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 7-1 on Monday. He added a three-run double in the sixth and Cuddyer, who signed with the Mets in the offseason, followed with his home run. Duda missed the Mets' first 11 exhibition games because of a strained intercostal muscle. Marlins starter Dan Haren gave up seven runs in 5 1-3 innings.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 30, 2015 at 2:54 pm



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A week before opener, owner Fred Wilpon addresses Mets (The Associated Press)

New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon addressed the team in a closed-door meeting Monday morning. The meeting delayed the opening of the Mets clubhouse 15 minutes and players could be heard clapping when the meeting was over. ''Any time that you have those types of meetings you can take a lot out of it, and I think everybody in here took a lot of out of it,'' Mets captain David Wright said.

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Gee pitches 7 innings as Mets defeat Cardinals 3-2 (The Associated Press)

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Dillon Gee allowed singles to four of his first five batters, then settled in to pitch seven innings Sunday in the New York Mets' 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 29, 2015 at 4:17 pm



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Mets hit 4 home runs in rout of Nationals (The Associated Press)

Curtis Granderson and David Wright hit consecutive home runs off Stephen Strasburg in the bottom of the third inning, leading the Mets to a 10-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday. Strasburg, making his first start since March 17 and only his third Grapefruit League start because of toe and ankle injuries, allowed four runs on four hits in four innings. ''It was good to get the pitch count up there,'' said Strasburg, who threw 70 pitches. I'm sure I'll feel a lot better next time.'' Strasburg, who is slotted as the Nationals' third starter in the rotation this season, struck out two and walked two.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 28, 2015 at 3:15 pm



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A-Rod challenges Jeff Francoeur’s arm, loses by notable margin (Big League Stew)

If you had March 28 as the first day we'd truly question something Alex Rodriguez did on or off the field this spring, you'd be rolling in a lot of money. Things have been going very smoothly for A-Rod on basically every level, and they've gone especially well for him on the field. Well enough, in fact, that he may have the inside track to become the Yankees full-time designated hitter . That's a decision that will ultimately come down to manager Joe Girardi, with perhaps some influence from general manager Brian Cashman and others in the Yankees front office. Unfortunately, none of the above had any say over A-Rod's decision to challenge the cannon that long-time major league outfielder Jeff Francoeur possesses for a right arm during Friday's game in Clearwater. If only A-Rod was ten years younger and ten years healthier, that would have been far less embarrassing. He still would have been out, possibliy with a cringe-worthy and potentially injury-inducing slide, so it's probably a good thing he's actually not ten years younger.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] A quick glance on the scouting report wouldn't have hurt either. This wasn't Francoeur's first major league assist, and he's working hard to make sure it's not his last for the Phillies. At 31, Francoeur's looking to make Philadelphia's rebuilding roster as a reserve outfielder after spending two seasons in limbo, bouncing back and forth between the majors and minors with the Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres. He even made a few relief appearances for San Diego's Triple-A affiliate last season looking to carve out a niche in that role. No doubt, Francoeur brings an interesting skill set if he could put everything together at once. He hit 29 home runs for the Atlanta Braves in 2006. He posted a .311 batting average in 75 games for the New York Mets in 2010. He stole 22 bases for the Royals in 2011. He has perhaps the strongest outfield arm in the game. And he seems like a good guy to have around the clubhouse . Hopefully we'll be seeing more of all those skills in the coming months. It could make for a fun story More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Nationals' Strasburg to start vs Mets' Harvey on April 9 (The Associated Press)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Stephen Strasburg will start for the Washington Nationals in the third game of the season on April 9 in a likely showdown with New York Mets ace Matt Harvey.

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Lackey, Harvey both pitch well, Cardinals beat Mets (The Associated Press)

Starters John Lackey and Matt Harvey both pitched well Friday as the split-squad St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 5-4 Friday. He needed only 84 pitches in the longest outing by a St. Louis pitcher this spring. The Mets pressured Lackey in the seventh when Michael Cuddyer's double put runners on second and third with one out.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 27, 2015 at 3:41 pm



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