• Student of the game: Yo shows ability to adjust
  • The visitor's batting cage at Nationals Park is a spacious area, colorless walls contrasting with fake green turf, a bank of white plastic folding chairs off to one side. Throughout the Mets' recent three-game series with the Nationals, the chairs generally sat empty, unused, save for one consistent occupant.

  • deGrom out to quench wins drought as Dodgers visit
  • For a May game, the stage doesn't get much bigger than a Friday night series opener in New York -- and that's exactly what will await Dodgers uber prospect Julio Urias in his Major League debut. Jacob deGrom will start for the Mets.

  • Former kings of city set for reunion in Queens
  • Jesse Orosco, like many of his contemporaries, is anxious for what promises to be the most comprehensive reunion of 1986 Mets ever. The Mets expect all but a handful of players and coaches to return to Citi Field for a 30th anniversary celebration running Friday through Sunday at Citi Field..

  • Even-steven: Mets, Nats expect long battle
  • The Mets rode a dominant outing from left-hander Steven Matz to a 2-0 victory Wednesday afternoon to take two out of three games from the Nationals at Nationals Park. They leave Washington a half-game behind the Nats for first place in the National League East and with a measure of revenge after Washington came to New York last week and won two out of three games at Citi Field.

  • Making it look easy: Matz wins 7th straight
  • Here was the devil's bargain Mets manager Terry Collins faced with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park. Reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper was at the plate, representing the tying run. Closer Jeurys Familia was ready to go in the bullpen. Collins, instead, stuck with rookie right-hander Steven Matz. This was a big game for the Mets, as games in May go. But some things matter more than one victory.

  • Familia sets Mets' mark with nailbiting save
  • Jeurys Familia has spent his past year building a resume as one of the best closers in Mets history. When he escaped a two-on, no-outs jam Wednesday to seal a 2-0 win over the Nationals, Familia set a franchise record with his 32nd consecutive regular-season save conversion dating back to last season, passing Billy Wagner's 31 straight from 2006-07.

  • Masterful Matz leads Mets' shutout of Nats
  • Steven Matz and Tanner Roark found themselves in a pitchers' duel on Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park, but it was Matz who came out on top, helping the Mets blank the Nationals, 2-0. New York, which took two out of three games in the series, is a half-game behind Washington in the National League East.

  • Reynolds records first career hit as late sub
  • The baseball rested on a shelf in Matt Reynolds' locker, ticketed for a spot in his father's collection back home in Oklahoma. Reynolds collected his first career hit in the fifth inning of the Mets' 2-0 win over the Nationals on Wednesday, lining a single to right field.

  • Asdrubal expected to be OK after back spasms
  • Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera did not take an at-bat or even step foot onto the field in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Nationals, but he nonetheless left the game in the first inning due to back spasms.

  • Cliff Lee's fall and rise a blueprint for Harvey
  • As was the case late last week, the Mets are extending the leash on struggling starter Matt Harvey, letting him make his next scheduled start on time, following another eye-catching, ERA-raising night against the Nationals. But given their competitive state, the Mets can't reasonably let this situation linger much longer.

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