Team Report – CLEVELAND INDIANS (The SportsXchange)

Indians trying to sign Masterson to extension

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on February 28, 2014

Davis hits long home run as Mets lose to Nats 5-4 (The Associated Press)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Ike Davis hit a long two-run homer, and prospects Rafael Montero and Jacob DeGrom combined to throw four perfect innings as the New York Mets lost to the Washington Nationals 5-4 Friday in the first spring training game for both teams. Davis, competing with Lucas Duda for New York's first-base job, hit a two-out homer off Christian Garcia in a four-run fifth. ''It was great, Ike and Duda both,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said. I told them both, 'I know it's spring training and we have a long way to go, but each time they're out there, get yourself ready to play.' They showed that today.'' STARTING TIME Trying to become the Mets' fifth starter, Montero struck out two in two innings - he retired Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche with back-to-back three-pitch strikeouts.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on February 28, 2014

Mets’ Niese blames ‘imbalance’ for shoulder pain (The Associated Press)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- New York Mets left-hander Jon Niese says the discomfort he feels in his throwing shoulder probably stems from focusing too much on strengthening his rotator cuff. He was on the disabled list from June 21 to Aug. 11 last season with a partial tear in his rotator cuff. ''This offseason that's pretty much all I was working on,'' Niese said Friday. Niese expects to be ready to make his second straight opening day start.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on February 28, 2014

Mets say Niese MRI shows no major problems (The Associated Press)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- The New York Mets say an MRI on pitcher Jon Niese's ailing left shoulder did not show any major problems. Projected to be the Mets' opening-day starter, Niese had been scratched from his opening exhibition start, against Houston next Tuesday, and replaced by Zack Wheeler. Mets manager Terry Collins says the club will have Niese back on the mound, ''as soon as we can.'' ''There's no shoulder problems at all,'' Collins said Thursday. It was very, very good news.'' Niese was sent back to New York for the MRI on Wednesday after he complained of shoulder pain.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on February 27, 2014

Mets LHP Niese heads back to NY for shoulder MRI (The Associated Press)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Mets left-hander Jon Niese is being sent back to New York for an MRI on his ailing pitching shoulder. Manager Terry Collins said Wednesday that Niese felt pain in the triceps area after throwing live batting practice earlier this week. Niese has been expected to be the Mets' starter on opening day. Like, it's dead.''' Collins said Niese previously felt some pain in camp and was switched from throwing off the mound to playing long toss.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on February 26, 2014

Pirates hope Gaby Sanchez is answer at 1B (The Associated Press)

The longer the Pittsburgh Pirates go without finding a new first baseman, the closer Gaby Sanchez gets to claiming the job. Sanchez, though, does not want to get the spot by default. General manager Neal Huntington tried in December to lure free agent James Loney, but he wound up re-signing with the Tampa Bay Rays. Kendrys Morales is still available, but the Pirates will sign him only at a bargain rate.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on February 25, 2014

Ike Davis admits concealing injury from Mets (The Associated Press)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis admits he concealed a nagging oblique strain from the team last year but claims the injury wasn't a factor in his poor performance. Speaking Monday, Davis confirmed a story that first appeared Sunday on the New York Post's website. I didn't want the article to come out, and it did.'' Mets manager Terry Collins said he was ''as surprised as anybody'' when he heard that Davis had been playing with an injury.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on February 24, 2014

Mets 1B Davis hid injury from team (The SportsXchange)

New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis told the New York Post on Sunday that he hid an oblique injury from the team last year and then downplayed the story on Monday. Davis said he did not tell the Mets about the injury because he did not want them to think it was an excuse for being sent to Class AAA Las Vegas. Davis was hitting .161 when the Mets demoted him in early June.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on February 24, 2014

Do PED users really pay a penalty in long run? (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)

Now that Nelson Cruz has agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract with the Orioles and exited free agency, the question again arises about lasting punishment or lack thereof for those caught cheating under Major League Baseballs policies on performance-enhancing drugs. Cruz, then with the Texas Rangers, was suspended 50 games last year in connection with the Biogenesis investigation. He actually could have gotten a raise from his $10.5 million salary of 2013, but he rejected the Rangers one-year, $14.1 million offer in order to test what has turned out to be a soft free-agent market for many players this offseason. In November, free-agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who also was hit with a 50-game ban for PED use while with the Detroit Tigers last year, signed a four-year, $53 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on February 23, 2014

Capuano works out for 1st time with Red Sox (The Associated Press)

Chris Capuano took the field in the uniform of the team he rooted for while growing up in Massachusetts. The left-hander worked out for the first time with the Boston Red Sox on Saturday after signing a $2.25 million, one-year contract. Having grown up in West Springfield, Mass., ''definitely played a part'' in his decision to sign with the Red Sox after spending the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Capuano recalled his disappointment when the Red Sox lost the World Series to the New York Mets in seven games in 1986.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on February 22, 2014