• Tejada hits inside-the-park homer vs. Philly
  • Ruben Tejada's home run stayed inside the park. It was Domonic Brown who didn't.

  • Duda swings bat for 1st time since back injury
  • First baseman Lucas Duda took a tangible step forward in his rehab from a back injury on Wednesday, swinging a bat for the first time since landing on the disabled list Aug. 22.

  • Mets plan to skip Harvey before season ends
  • The Mets have written their rotation plans for this weekend in ink. It's the rest of September that remains uncertain. Manager Terry Collins said Wednesday that the team will almost certainly skip Matt Harvey once more before the end of the season, something that should prove less painful if they can maintain their 6 1/2-game National League East lead throughout the month.

  • Flores goes to Ven. to see ailing grandfather
  • Wilmer Flores flew home to Venezuela on Wednesday to be with his ailing grandfather, with plans to return to the Mets on Friday in Miami. With Flores gone, Ruben Tejada started at shortstop against the Phillies.

  • Mets' 10-game win streak vs. Phillies snapped
  • Still their most conspicuous weakness despite several trades to address it, the Mets' bullpen unraveled Tuesday in a 14-8 loss to the Phillies at Citi Field.

  • Mets looking for more from Niese and Parnell
  • Several weeks ago, Bobby Parnell was lounging in the Citi Field clubhouse, reflecting back on what has become a long career. He, Jon Niese, Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans all came through the Mets' farm system together, a quartet of well-regarded prospects who debuted within months of each other in 2008. None of them have appeared in a postseason game.

  • Mets sending three players to Arizona Fall League
  • The Mets will send three prospects to the Arizona Fall League once the Minor League seasons end: infielder Jeff McNeil, right-hander Beck Wheeler and right-hander Ricky Jannis.

  • Young Jr. is excited to help Mets' playoff chase
  • For the first time in over a year, Eric Young Jr. stepped into Citi Field's home clubhouse Tuesday afternoon. A security guard greeted him with a hug. A team cook beamed at his arrival. The Mets were thrilled to have what Young called his own "brand of energy" back in the clubhouse.

  • Matz to start for Syndergaard this weekend
  • Steven Matz's electric but brief introduction to the big leagues is finally ready for a sequel. The Mets activated Matz from the disabled list on Tuesday, a day after he delivered 5 1/3 shutout innings for Double-A Binghamton in his final rehab start, with plans to insert him into their rotation this weekend in Miami.

  • Mets, Colon continue to dominate Phillies
  • Suddenly the Mets' hottest pitcher, Bartolo Colon delivered eight shutout innings Monday in a 3-1 Mets win over the Phillies at Citi Field, running his streak of scoreless innings to 16 and -- for good measure -- rapping out his career-high seventh hit.

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