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Nick Tropeano, Long Island native, pitches well for Astros, but loses

Nick Tropeano of the Houston Astros throws in

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Same numbers, different decision.

Long Island’s Nick Tropeano pitched well again during his second big league start with Houston, but this time he was the losing pitcher, as the Astros fell to the Indians, 4-2 on Tuesday.

Tropeano (1-1), a 24-year-old righthander who attended West Islip High School and Stony Brook University, again allowed four hits, two walks and two runs in five innings...

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Steven Matz, other top minor league Mets to be honored at Citi Field on Monday

Binghamton Mets starting pitcher and former Mets number

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Long Island's Steven Matz finally got called to Citi Field.

Though it's only to accept an award.

For now.

Matz, who was born in Stony Brook and attended Ward Melville High School, is scheduled to be honored prior to Monday's 7:10 p.m. game against the Marlins with the Sterling Pitcher of the Year award as the Mets' best minor league pitcher.

Matz, 23, is the top lefthanded...

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Steven Matz, Nick Tropeano, multiple Mets make top minors list

Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz, from Long Island,

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Long Islanders Steven Matz and Nick Tropeano, as well as multiple Mets prospects and one Yankees minor leaguer, were among Baseball America’s list of minor league All-Stars.

Tropeano, a righthanded starter who won his major league debut with the Houston Astros on Wednesday, was selected to the Triple-A team. The 24-year-old from West Islip, and who attended Stony Brook University, had a 3.03...

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Steven Matz, Long Island product, can clinch Binghamton Mets title Friday

Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz, from Long Island,

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The way things are going with the Mets and Yankees, Binghamton might be the only professional New York baseball team to hoist a championship trophy this season.

And who might deliver that Eastern League championship to Binghamton, the Mets' Double-A affiliate? None other than Ward Melville's Steven Matz, the top lefthanded pitching prospect in the Mets organization.

Matz is Friday's...

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Steven Matz, Binghamton Mets fall to Portland Sea Dogs in Game 3 of playoffs

Mets pitcher Steven Matz looks on during spring

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Binghamton had its best starter on the mound, and Steven Matz turned in a sturdy if unspectacular performance. The Mets’ offense, which was shut out on Thursday, fought back to tie the score in the sixth inning and, after falling behind again later, brought the tying run to the plate twice in the ninth.

But it wasn’t enough.

Binghamton fell, 6-3, to the Portland Sea Dogs in Game 3 of...

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Ex-Met Mike Jacobs blasts Matthew Bowman in PCL playoffs

Binghamton Mets starting pitcher Matt Bowman throws against

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Reno’s team nickname is the “Aces”. If any of their other pitchers perform like Andrew Chafin did Thursday night, the moniker is well deserved.

Chafin allowed just four hits, all singles, and didn’t walk a batter during nine shutout innings as Diamondbacks affiliate Reno downed Las Vegas, 6-0, in Game 2 of the Pacific Coast League semifinals. The best-of-five series is now tied at 1-1.

Mets...

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Binghamton Mets shut out by Portland Sea Dogs in Game 2 of playoffs

Wilfredo Tovar of the Mets advances to third

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If momentum really is only as good as the next day's starting pitcher, the Binghamton Mets never had a chance with Greg Peavey on the mound.

Any momentum the Mets’ had following Wednesday’s walk-off win was washed away as an ineffective Peavey lasted a mere six outs during Portland’s 7-0 thrashing of Binghamton in Game 2 of the Eastern League Eastern Division series.

The best-of-five...

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Mets engineer comebacks in minor league playoffs

Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50), who was

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Wednesday was the first day of the playoffs for the three Mets minor league affiliates who made the postseason. Here’s a look at how they fared in Game 1:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s vs. Reno Aces (Diamondbacks)

The skinny: L.J. Mazzilli singled with one out in the bottom of the eighth to score Cory Vaughn with the go-ahead run, and Gonzalez Germen pitched a perfect ninth to save the 5-4...

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Mets minor league playoff preview

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is photographed during photo

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Three Mets affiliates begin minor league playoff series on Wednesday. Here’s a breakdown of each series:

TRIPLE-A

THE MATCHUP: Las Vegas (81-63), Pacific Southern winner, vs. Reno (81-63), Pacific Northern winner

THE SERIES: Begins with two games at Cashman Field on Wednesday and Thursday before shifting to Reno on Friday. If needed, the final two games of the five-game series...

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Video: Noah Syndergaard feeds a lion

Noah Syndergaard #55 of the Mets looks toward

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Perhaps Instagram commenter stevenmurray10 said it best: "Use your left hand next time!"

Mets top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard recently took a trip to the Lion Habitat Ranch in Henderson, Nevada, a 20 minute drive down I-15 south from Cashman Field, where Syndergaard plays with the Mets' Triple-A squad, the Las Vegas 51s

The Lion Habitat Ranch offers, for $100, the chance to hand...

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