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MLB debuts a rarity in Subway Series history...until now

Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is photographed during photo

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When Rafael Montero steps on the mound at Citi Field to start Wednesday's Subway Series game for the Mets, he'll be just the sixth player on either team to make his MLB debut during the intra-city contest.

When Chase Whitley debuts as the Yankees starter on Thursday, he'll also join the club.

When Jacob deGrom debuts as the Mets' starter on Thursday, he will, too.

A Mets or Yankees...

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Rafael Montero: What to expect from the Mets prospect

Mets pitcher Rafael Montero looks on during spring

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Rafael Montero, one of the top pitching prospects in the Mets organization, makes his major league debut in a start against the Yankees on Wednesday night.

Here's what you can expect to see from the 6-foot righthander:

IN CONTROL

Montero's calling card is his excellent command. In 390 minor league innings, he's struck out 367 hitters and walked 85 -- a 4.32 strikeout to walk ratio.He's...

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Brett Gardner's rare Subway Series feat

Yankees batter Brett Gardner, center, is welcomed at

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Brett Gardner's two-out grand slam against Bartolo Colon on Monday turned out to be inconsequential in an eventual Mets victory.

But, in the 100th game the teams have played against each other, Gardner's home run was just the seventh grand slam either team has hit. The Yankees have hit five of them, the Mets two.

Here are the others (click on the date for a full game recap and box score):

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Mets' Ruben Tejada at a crossroads

Ruben Tejada reacts after his sixth-inning single against

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Ruben Tejada figured a turnaround might require just a bit more time.

Like many of the Mets, the hits had not been falling for Tejada, who believed he deserved better than a .183 average. After all, he had actually been making solid contact. His assertion had been backed up by publicly available metrics.

According to FanGraphs.com, Tejada boasts an abnormally high line-drive rate of...

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Mets, Yankees games rained out

A tarp covers the infield as rain delays

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Faced with an awful weather forecast, the Yankees postponed Wednesday night’s game against the Mariners. 

The game has been rescheduled for Monday, June 2 at 7:05 p.m.

There was no immediate word on how the postponement would impact the club’s rotations.

David Phelps, filling in for the suspended Michael Pineda, was scheduled to face Seattle’s Roenis Elias (1-2, 3.54) Wednesday...

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Bobby Abreu returns to an MLB lineup

Bobby Abreu #53 of the New York Mets

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Just a few notes from another windy day here at Citi Field.

1. Welcome Bobby Ball

It’s Throwback Thursday on Twitter, and apparently, the same goes at Citi Field. Bobby Abreu, 40, will start his first big league game since July 25, 2012. Despite a swirling wind similar to Wednesday night, manager Terry Collins is going with Abreu.

“He’s 40 years old,” Collins said. “He probably...

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Mets prospects update

Mets pitcher Steven Matz looks on during spring

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Here’s an alphabetical look at how some of the Mets’ more notable and interesting prospects are faring in the minors (all stats as of the afternoon of April 21):

Vic Black, 25, RHP

One of the last cuts in Mets’ camp this year, his lack of control kicked him off the major league roster. He hasn’t rediscovered it in Triple-A. Has walked seven (also struck out six) in 6.1 IP. Don’t be fooled...

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Mets replace Jose Valverde with Kyle Farnsworth at closer

Mets pitcher Kyle Farnsworth delivers against the Washington

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Three weeks, three closers.

That’s how the 2014 season has started for the Mets, who officially replaced the struggling Jose Valverde with veteran Kyle Farnsworth. Farnsworth will be the latest to attempt filling in for the injured Bobby Parnell.

“I’m not going to approach it any different,” said Farnsworth, whose diminished velocity was one of the reasons he didn’t make the team out...

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Get to know Mets reliever Zack Thornton

Scottsdale Scorpions pitcher Zack Thornton throws during an

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Zack Thornton is one of the pieces coming back to the Mets in Friday's Ike Davis deal (along with a player to be named later). But who exactly is Thornton, and what does he bring to the Mets bullpen?

Thornton, 25, was drafted in the 43rd round by the San Francisco Giants out of high school in 2008, but instead went to the University of Oregon. He was taken by the Oakland A's in the 23rd round...

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Secret Service threatened Mr. Met during Bill Clinton visit, ex-mascot says

Mr. Met during an exhibition game between the

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How close was Mrs. Met to being a widow?

A few careless Mr. Met steps away from President Bill Clinton, according to a new book by former Mr. Met A.J. Mass, "Yes, It's Hot In Here". Mass donned the mascot suit from 1994-1997.

Clinton visited Shea Stadium on April 15, 1997 to mark the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier and, in an excerpt from the book...

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