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8/3/2015 | Colon quells skeptics with vintage performance

They'll talk about his career-high-tying sixth hit of the season, a single up the middle in the seventh inning of a blowout, because Bartolo Colon's tricks with the bat are always fun around the water cooler. But this was a serious start for Colon. And it was his pitching that made the most significant impact.

8/3/2015 | Hand steps in for Marlins to face first-place Mets

A couple of lefties square off in the second game of the three-game set at Marlins Park. The Mets' Jon Niese faces Miami for the second time this season, while the Marlins send Brad Hand to the hill in place of the recently-traded Dan Haren.

8/3/2015 | Mets rout Marlins to take over 1st in NL East

Michael Conforto blasted a three-run homer, his first career shot, and Yoenis Cespedes added three doubles and four RBIs in a 12-1 rout over Miami at Marlins Park.

8/3/2015 | Conforto's 1st HR sets tone for Mets' big night

Michael Conforto isn't even supposed to be here with the Mets. He watched Saturday's game from a Queens hotel room, ready to board a flight back to Las Vegas the next day. But Conforto is still here, still in the Majors, and is making the most of every last kernel of sand in his big league hourglass.

8/3/2015 | Matz has 'very positive' throwing session

Mets rookie Steven Matz took his first tangible step toward a return from the disabled list on Monday, playing catch at the team's rehab facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

8/3/2015 | Wheeler excited to still be with Mets

Like so many fans throughout the New York area and beyond, Zack Wheeler sat in front of a television on the afternoon of July 31, scrolling through his Twitter feed.

8/3/2015 | No shutdowns planned for Mets pitchers

The Mets have not written in ink how they will lengthen their rotation over the final two months of the season, whether it's using regular spot starters, reverting to a six-man rotation or some combination of the two.

8/3/2015 | Duda, Syndergaard share NL Player of Week nod

Fresh off one of the most memorable homestands in recent franchise history, a pair of Mets split National League Player of the Week honors. First baseman Lucas Duda and starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard shared the nod for pacing the Mets on both sides of the field.

8/3/2015 | NL East set up for thrilling two-team race

And the race is on. By completing a sweep of the Nationals on Sunday night at Citi Field, the Mets moved into a virtual tie for first place in the National League East.

8/3/2015 | Syndergaard delivers superhero-like outing

To portray Noah Syndergaard's ever-more-popular "Thor" moniker, the Mets have a graphic they like to flash on the center-field video board after important strikeouts.

8/3/2015 | Mets trying to be creative to preserve young arms

Even though studies have been done that debunk the strategy, Mets manger Terry Collins said on Sunday night that the club hierarchy intends to restrict the innings of New York's top three young starting pitchers even if the Mets make the playoffs.

8/3/2015 | After sweep, Mets have touch of swagger

The Mets completed a three-game sweep of the Nationals on Sunday with a 5-2 victory at Citi Field. And in doing so they got within a whisker of the Nats in a National League East that few thought would play out this way.

8/2/2015 | Red-hot Duda caps Mets' three-HR inning

Replenished, rejuvenated and apparently revived, the Mets' once stagnant offense once again set Citi Field aflame by clobbering three third-inning home runs en route to a 5-2 win over the National League East-rival Nationals in Sunday's series finale.

8/2/2015 | Mets hope Matz can lengthen rotation in September

Though he refuses to look into his "crystal ball" to come to conclusions about his young pitchers, Mets manager Terry Collins did admit he hopes for an early September return for Steven Matz. When the Mets are confident in the health of Matz's left lat muscle, they plan to once again elongate their rotation.

8/2/2015 | Cespedes plays center with Grandy back in right

The Mets' trades for outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Kelly Johnson have led manager Terry Collins to consider fiddling with his outfield combinations to create better day-to-day matchups.

8/2/2015 | Mets recall Conforto with Nieuwenhuis hurt

On Sunday, just one day after optioning him to Triple-A Las Vegas, the Mets recalled Michael Conforto and placed Kirk Nieuwenhuis on the 15-day disabled list.

8/2/2015 | Surging Mets send Bartolo to the hill in Miami

Bartolo Colon will take on the Marlins for the fourth time this season as the upstart Mets -- coming off a series sweep of the Nationals that forged a tie atop the National League East between New York and Washington -- begin a three-game set in Miami on Monday night. They'll try to continue their good fortune against Marlins righty Tom Koehler, who is 0-1 with a 16.20 ERA in two starts against New York this season.

8/2/2015 | Duda carrying Mets with red-hot power stretch

Lucas Duda was not the only player Terry Collins put "on notice" last week, when the Mets' acquisitions of Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe finally gave their manager depth. He was just one of many struggling Mets who stood to lose playing time, considering his .166 batting average and .549 OPS in his most recent 45 games.

8/1/2015 | Mets cut gap to just 1 game: Duda, Duda

A billboard greeted fans coming off the Grand Central Parkway on Saturday, trumpeting Yoenis Cespedes' arrival in Queens. But it was an old face, Lucas Duda, who almost single-handedly lifted the Mets to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Nationals, moving New York within a game of first place in the National League East.

8/1/2015 | Syndergaard, Mets look to join Nats atop NL East

Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard and Nationals righty Jordan Zimmermann face off Sunday at 8:08 p.m. ET at Citi Field, where the new-look Mets look to earn a share of the National League East lead in the finale of a pivotal three-game series.

8/1/2015 | Flores' memorable HR caps whirlwind 3 days

In the few private moments provided during Wilmer Flores' very public week, the infielder and trending topic tried to disappear. Tough to do with your face -- swelled with tears, pinched in pain and now already memed to death -- penciled into every sports show A block from Corona, N.Y., to California, just for falling beneath the weight of the world.

8/1/2015 | Cespedes arrives in NY for first game with Mets

Halfway through his second round of batting practice with the Mets, Yoenis Cespedes launched a home run several rows deep into the left-center-field seats -- a place where Major League Baseball players don't typically hit baseballs. Instantly, he validated the hopes of manager Terry Collins, who was sitting in the dugout at the time, laughing and joking in a grand old mood. And that was before Cespedes drew an intentional walk in the game itself, adding fuel to the Mets' go-ahead rally in a 3-2 win over the Nationals on Saturday.

8/1/2015 | Mets option No. 2 prospect Conforto to Triple-A

With little free space on their revamped roster, the Mets optioned No. 2 prospect Michael Conforto back to the Minor Leagues on Saturday to make room for trade acquisition Yoenis Cespedes. Conforto will report to Triple-A Las Vegas, a level ahead of his prior assignment at Double-A Binghamton.

8/1/2015 | Wright could see game action in Minors soon

Mets third baseman David Wright continues to make tangible progress rehabbing from the spinal condition that has sidelined him since April. Wright will travel to Miami with the Mets on Sunday night, then drive to Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Thursday with an eye toward beginning a Minor League rehab assignment shortly thereafter.

8/1/2015 | Cespedes to make Mets debut behind deGrom

When Yoenis Cespedes arrives at Citi Field on Saturday as the newest member of the New York Mets, he will represent the club's most significant non-waiver Trade Deadline acquisition in more than a decade and find himself in the middle of a pennant race. Jacob deGrom squares off with Nationals righty Joe Ross.

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