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Mets to broadcast 14 spring games

Mets spring training begins

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets will broadcast 14 of their spring training home games this season, SNY announced on Tuesday, starting with the club’s Grapefruit League opener on Feb. 28 against the Nationals.

All games will start at 1:10 p.m. except for the Mets’ final game this spring at Tradition Field, which is listed as a 12:10 p.m. start against the Nationals. The broadcast schedule:


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Scouting report: Mets prospect and LI native Steven Matz

Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz plays long toss

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In Sunday’s editions of Newsday, we wrote about Steven Matz, the 22-year-old Ward Melville product who got his career back on track with an impressive season at Class-A Savannah. After rehab from Tommy John Surgery essentially wiped out his first three pro seasons, Matz logged 106 1/3 innings over 21 starts last season and finished with a 2.62 ERA.

Matz will likely begin this season at Class-A...

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Mets watch Joel Hanrahan throw 'light bullpen'

Closer Joel Hanrahan of the Boston Red Sox

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So, the Mets have dispatched scouts to Texas to watch Joel Hanrahan during a workout on Friday. Surely, the Mets have the inside track toward signing the former closer, right?

Well, not necessarily.

General manager Sandy Alderson reportedly told season ticket holders on Thursday that scouts would attend a “showcase” for Hanrahan, who is nearing the end of rehab from Tommy John Surgery....

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Bloomberg aide joins Mets

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A top aide to former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg will join the Mets.

Haeda Mihaltses was named as the Mets’ executive director, external affairs, the club announced Wednesday. In her newly created role, Mihaltses will be the “main liaison with city, state and federal officials and oversee relations with community stakeholders,” the team said.

Mihaltses’ appointment comes nearly...

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Mets sign Kyle Farnsworth to minor-league deal

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth throws against

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The Mets have signed veteran pitcher Kyle Farnsworth to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major league spring training, the team announced Monday.

Farnsworth, a 37-year-old righthander, is 43-64 with a career 4.26 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 960 innings.

In his 15-year MLB tenure, Farnsworth has played for seven different teams, including the Yankees. In 38.1 innings over 48 games last...

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Darryl Strawberry pitching new recovery center

Former Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry addresses the media

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Darryl Strawberry made the rounds at Super Bowl Radio Row on Tuesday to talk about the the Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center, which is scheduled to open outside Orlando, Fla., in March.

The 51-year-old former Met and Yankee, now a pastor in St. Louis, came to the Super Bowl to spread the word about his center and ministry. He said he'd like to open another center "in New York or Long Island,"...

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Masahiro Tanaka makes Yankees 'a third-place team', Steve Phillips says

Japan's Masahiro Tanaka throws against the Netherlands in

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It's Super Bowl week here in New York, which means media members (myself included) are hanging around at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. On one of my several trips down to Radio Row, I happened to run into Steve Phillips, co-host of SiriusXM's "Evan and Phillips in the Morning" show, and we had a nice chat about the upcoming game. (You can read his prediction for the game here.)

At the end...

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Bobby Parnell, Mets avoid arbitration

New York Mets' Bobby Parnell #39 walks back

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The Mets and Bobby Parnell have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal, the team announced on Friday. Parnell will earn $3.7 million in 2014 and can earn an additional $50,000 if he appears in 60 games, Joel Sherman reported.

Parnell, 29, isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season.

The Mets closer has a 3.55 ERA and 36 saves in six seasons. He's struck out 279...

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Matt Harvey, Yankees fan battle on Twitter

Matt Harvey delivers a pitch during a game

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Whether he's rehabbing from Tommy John surgery or not, you're still going to strike out against Matt Harvey.

A seemingly harmless tweet from the Mets phenom at 6:14 a.m. Monday morning drew the ire of a Yankees fan on Twitter. That comment prompted a rebuke from Harvey and eventually the righthander fired a few well placed metaphorical fastballs to end the interaction.

Here's how the...

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Stephen Drew: Worth the fuss for Mets?

Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew can't make

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The Mets’ “will they-won’t they” pursuit of free agent shortstop Stephen Drew has all the drama of a series of text messages between high school crushes.

Drew: “Hey. I might go to the mall later with the Boston Red Sox, but if you’d rather hang out… But whatevs. Up 2 U.”

Mets: “Whatever u wanna do. FYI - not really looking for anything long-term.”

Drew: “OIC.”

Red Sox: “Chillin’...

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