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MLB: Seattle Mariners at New York Mets
Recap

Mariners pull out victory over Mets

May 14, 2022, 2:27 AM

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Ty France scored the Seattle Mariners' first run and delivered the tie-breaking RBI single in the eighth inning Friday night as the visiting Mariners edged the New York Mets, 2-1.

The Mariners, who played at Citi Field for the first time since the park opened in 2009, won for just the fourth time in 12 games this month. The Mets, who have yet to lose a series this season, have dropped two of three.

After a taut pitcher's duel between the Mets' Max Scherzer and the Mariners' Marco Gonzales, New York's Drew Smith (0-1) walked pinch-hitter Abraham Toro and Adam Frazier leading off the eighth. France followed with a single down the third base line to tag Smith with his first earned run of the season in 13 1/3 innings.

The rally made a winner out of former Mets pitcher Paul Sewald (2-1), who struck out Starling Marte to strand two in the seventh before retiring all three batters he faced in the eighth. Sewald went 1-14 for New York from 2017-2020 but is 12-4 for Seattle.

Drew Steckenrider earned his second save with a perfect ninth.

The Mets built their lone run against Gonzales in the first, when Brandon Nimmo legged out an infield single, went to third on Marte's double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Francisco Lindor.

Gonzales then walked Pete Alonso before striking out Eduardo Escobar and getting Mark Canha to hit into a fielder's choice. The left-hander allowed only two runners beyond first base the rest of the way. He gave up five hits and walked three while striking out five over 6 2/3 innings.

Scherzer allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out six over seven innings. He retired the first 10 batters he faced before plunking France, who advanced to third on a single by J.P. Crawford and scored on a single by Jesse Winker.

The Mariners loaded the bases with one out against Scherzer in the seventh, but he wriggled out of the jam by getting Steven Souza Jr. to hit into a 5-4-3 double play.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets
News

Mets C James McCann (hand) out about 6 weeks

May 13, 2022, 9:54 PM

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New York Mets catcher James McCann fractured his left hand and will require surgery, the club said Friday.

The Mets said McCann will be sidelined approximately six weeks.

McCann broke the hamate bone, located just above the wrist. The Mets said the injury was detected via X-ray on Friday morning.

McCann, 31, was placed on the 10-day injured list and the Mets recalled catcher Patrick Mazeika from Triple-A Syracuse.

McCann is batting .196 with one home run and six RBIs in 21 games this season. He is in the second season of a four-year, $40.6 million deal.

Overall, McCann is a .245 career hitter with 76 homers and 304 RBIs in 743 games over nine seasons with the Detroit Tigers (2014-18), Chicago White Sox (2019-20) and Mets. He was an All-Star with the White Sox in 2019 when he recorded career highs of 18 homers and 60 RBIs.

Mazeika, 28, saw action in 37 games for New York last season. He batted .190 with one homer and six RBIs.

Tomas Nido, who is batting .204 in 18 games, is the Mets' other catcher.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Seattle Mariners
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Mariners option OF Jarred Kelenic to Triple-A

May 13, 2022, 8:12 PM

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The Seattle Mariners optioned outfielder Jarred Kelenic to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday before starting a three-game road series against the New York Mets.

Considered one of the top prospects in the sport when he made his Major League Baseball debut last season, Kelenic has struggled at the plate for Seattle. In 30 games this season, he is batting .140 with 10 RBIs and six extra-base hits, including three home runs.

He has also drawn just nine walks while striking out 36 times.

The Mariners acquired Kelenic, 22, from the New York Mets as part of a large December 2018 trade that sent Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to New York. Kelenic has yet to face the Mets in his young career.

The Kelenic decision was part of a slew of roster moves the Mariners made Friday. Left-handed pitcher Danny Young was also optioned to Triple-A, and outfielder Stuart Fairchild was optioned to Tacoma and designated for assignment.

Seattle also selected outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from Tacoma. Souza will make his Mariners debut Friday playing right field and batting eighth in his 500th MLB game.

Souza is a career .230 hitter with 72 home runs and 206 RBIs to his credit. Seattle is his sixth major league club after stints with the Washington Nationals (2014), Tampa Bay Rays (2015-17), Arizona Diamondbacks (2018), Chicago Cubs (2020) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2021).

Mike Ford -- whom the Mariners acquired from the San Francisco Giants two weeks after trading him there -- reported to the club and will make his team debut Friday, batting seventh as the DH.

The Mariners also claimed right-handed pitcher Adrian Sampson off waivers from the Chicago Cubs. Sampson made his major league debut with Seattle in 2016, starting one game and allowing four earned runs in a loss. He had pitched just one inning of relief for the Cubs this season before being waived.

Finally, the Mariners DFA'd right-hander Yohan Ramirez and reinstated righty reliever Sergio Romo from the 10-day injured list. Romo, in his first season with Seattle and 15th in the majors, had both COVID-19 and right shoulder inflammation.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners
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Mets, Mariners ready to renew acquaintances

May 13, 2022, 6:02 AM

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The blockbuster December 2018 trade made by the New York Mets and Seattle Mariners means the teams will be linked together for the foreseeable future.

However, there may not be much of a referendum on the swap this weekend when the Mets host the Mariners in a three-game series beginning Friday night.

New York right-hander Max Scherzer (4-1, 2.92 ERA) is slated to start Friday against left-hander Marco Gonzales (1-4, 3.91).

The Mets remained unbeaten in series play Thursday afternoon, when Taijuan Walker tossed seven scoreless innings and Mark Canha homered and finished with three RBIs in a 4-1 win over the Washington Nationals.

The Mariners last played Wednesday, when they fell to the visiting Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 in the rubber game of a three-game set.

The Mets and Mariners haven't played one another since July 28-30, 2017, when host Seattle won two of three. A little more than 16 months later -- on Dec. 3, 2018 -- the teams made one of the biggest trades of the 2018-19 offseason when New York sent five players, including 2018 first-round draft pick Jarred Kelenic, to rebuilding Seattle in exchange for second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz.

Three-plus years later, the trade has yet to work out as either club hoped.

Kelenic, a consensus top-five prospect entering the 2021 season, is the lone player remaining from the deal still with the Mariners. However, he is hitting just .173 in 423 big league at-bats -- including .140 in 86 at-bats this year as Seattle, which missed the playoffs by two games last year, has stumbled to a 14-18 start.

Kelenic started eight of the Mariners' first 10 games this month before coming off the bench as a ninth-inning pinch hitter Wednesday, when he struck out on four pitches and didn't swing the bat.

"I think he was a little frustrated with his at-bat (Wednesday), no question," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "He'll continue to get the opportunity to play here."

Cano batted just .269 with the Mets -- and was suspended for the entire 2021 season after he failed a PED test for the second time -- before he was released Sunday with almost two years and more than $40 million remaining on his contract.

Diaz has blown 18 save opportunities since 2019, third most in the majors, but has a 2.81 ERA since the start of 2020 and is 7-for-8 in save opportunities with 24 strikeouts in 14 innings this season.

Cano's struggles and Diaz's volatility have been easier to absorb for the Mets, who were bought by billionaire Steve Cohen following the 2020 season and have surged into first place this year following a $250 million-plus free agent spending spree and the hiring of manager Buck Showalter.

New York is 9-0-1 in series, with the only blemish a four-game split with the Atlanta Braves last week.

"As long as we keep winning series throughout the year, we'll be in a good spot," Walker said.

Scherzer's unbeaten streak ended at 24 starts on Sunday, when he took the loss after giving up three runs over six innings as the Mets fell 3-2 to the Phillies.

Gonzales took a defeat on Saturday, when he surrendered three runs (two earned) over 5 1/3 innings in the Mariners' 8-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Scherzer is 4-2 with a 3.09 ERA in seven career starts against the Mariners. Gonzales has never opposed the Mets.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants
News

Mariners get INF Mike Ford back in trade with Giants

May 12, 2022, 7:07 PM

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The Seattle Mariners acquired first baseman Mike Ford from San Francisco on Thursday, two weeks after trading him to the Giants.

In both transactions, he was traded for cash considerations.

Ford, 29, was sent to the Giants after the Mariners designated him for assignment. Ford appeared in one game for San Francisco, going 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

Ford spent parts of the past three seasons with the New York Yankees. He appeared in 101 games and hit .199 with 17 home runs and 41 RBIs.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets
News

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom begins light throwing

May 11, 2022, 2:50 PM

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New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom is throwing from 60 feet as he continues to rehab from a stress reaction in his right scapula.

deGrom was transferred to the 60-day injured list Tuesday to make room on the 40-man roster. He's eligible to come off the IL June 6 but it's not likely he'll be ready to return by then..

Mets' right-hander Sean Reid-Foley is having Tommy John surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament. He's likely to be shelved through the middle of the 2023 season.

The Mets on Tuesday claimed Locke St. John off waivers from Chicago. The Cubs designated St. John for assignment on May 3. St. John appeared in just one game for the Cubs this season. He appeared in seven games for the Texas Rangers in 2019.

Mets general manager Billy Eppler said deGrom is scheduled for another MRI next week.

The 33-year-old ace landed on the injured list April 7 with the stress reaction. The injury was discovered April 1 and Mets general manager Billy Eppler said at the time that deGrom could miss two months.

The setback was another blow for deGrom, who didn't pitch after July 7 of last season due to elbow issues. In 15 starts last season, deGrom went 7-2 with a 1.08 ERA, and he struck out 146 batters in 92 innings.

The four-time All-Star won the National League Cy Young Award in both 2018 and 2019. He is 77-53 with a 2.50 ERA in 198 career starts over eight seasons with the Mets.

--Field Level Media

MLB: 2022 Seattle Media Day
News

Mariners promote top pitching prospect George Kirby from Double-A

May 8, 2022, 8:56 PM

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The Seattle Mariners promoted their top pitching prospect, right-hander George Kirby, from Double-A Arkansas on Sunday.

Losers of 10 of their past 11 games entering the day, the Mariners hope Kirby can give them a boost.

Kirby, 24, started Sunday's series finale against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.

Baseball America ranks Kirby as the No. 11 overall prospect, making him the highest-rated pitching prospect to debut with the Mariners since Felix Hernandez in 2005.

Hernandez, who won a Cy Young Award with the Mariners, was the No. 2 overall prospect, according to Baseball America.

Kirby, a native of Rye, N.Y., was scratched from his planned start in Arkansas on Saturday. He was the No. 20 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft from Elon.

In five starts in the Texas League this season, Kirby is 2-0 with a 1.82 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings.

In a corresponding move, the Mariners optioned right-hander Riley O'Brien to Triple-A Tacoma. O'Brien, 27, made his Seattle debut in Saturday night's 8-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, throwing one scoreless inning with one hit, a walk and a strikeout.

The Mariners recalled him from Tacoma on Thursday.

In another transaction, Seattle transferred right-hander Ken Giles to the 60-day injured list with a right middle finger sprain. The 31-year-old hasn't pitched in a game since September 2020 with the Toronto Blue Jays.

He missed the 2021 season because of Tommy John surgery.

The Mariners close their series against Tampa Bay on Sunday and host the Philadelphia Phillies for three games beginning Monday.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Washington Nationals at New York Mets
News

Mets release Robinson Cano with $40M left on contract

May 8, 2022, 6:05 PM

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The New York Mets officially released veteran second baseman Robinson Cano on Sunday.

The eight-time All-Star was designated for assignment on May 2 with about $40 million remaining on his contract.

Cano, 39, passed through waivers unclaimed and now becomes a free agent.

He posted a video of himself in the batting cage and taking groundballs Sunday on Twitter with the caption: "Never stop. Never settle."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Never stop. Never settle. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/training?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#training</a> <a href="https://t.co/70aiwoRUNH">pic.twitter.com/70aiwoRUNH</a></p>&mdash; Robinson Cano (@RobinsonCano) <a href="https://twitter.com/RobinsonCano/status/1523312150923472896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 8, 2022</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Cano, who missed the 2021 season following a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, batted .195 with one homer and three RBIs in eight games this season.

Cano has 2,632 career hits, third among active players behind Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera, both members of the 3,000-hit club. A five-time winner of the Silver Slugger award, he has 335 career home runs and 1,305 RBIs in 2,246 games with the New York Yankees (2005-13), Seattle Mariners (2014-18) and Mets.

He signed a 10-year, $240 million deal with Seattle in December 2013, and the Mariners traded him to the Mets in December 2018 as part of a six-player swap.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays
News

Mets claim INF Gosuke Katoh from Jays

May 7, 2022, 8:22 PM

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The New York Mets added infield depth to the organization, claiming infielder Gosuke Katoh off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays and assigning him to Triple-A Syracuse.

After eight minor league seasons, Katoh finally made his major league debut for the Blue Jays on April 9 and collected his first big league hit April 27, a double against the Boston Red Sox. He had one hit in seven at-bats.

Katoh, 27, was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Toronto signed him to a minor league deal before the start of the season.

A California native who went to high school in San Diego, Katoh was the second-round draft pick of the New York Yankees in 2013.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Diego Padres at Philadelphia Phillies
News

Mets-Phillies rained out again; DH set for Sunday

May 7, 2022, 6:38 PM

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Saturday's game in Philadelphia between the Phillies and New York Mets was postponed because of rain.

The two National League East rivals now will play a single-admission doubleheader on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park beginning at 12:35 p.m. ET.

This is the second game of a four-game series washed out by weather. Friday night's game also was rained out and rescheduled as part of a split-admission doubleheader on Aug. 20.

The Mets won the opener of the series on Thursday, 8-7, after scoring seven runs in the top of the ninth inning to wipe out a 7-1 deficit.

--Field Level Media

MLB: 2022 Seattle Media Day
News

Report: Mariners to call up top pitching prospect George Kirby

May 7, 2022, 6:33 PM

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The slumping Seattle Mariners plan to call up right-hander George Kirby, their top pitching prospect, ESPN reported Saturday.

Kirby, 24, was scratched from his planned start for Double-A Arkansas on Saturday.

In five starts in the Texas League this season, Kirby is 2-0 with a 1.82 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings.

He was the No. 20 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft from Elon. MLB.com ranks the Rye, N.Y., native as the No. 30 prospect in baseball.

The Mariners have lost nine of their past 10 games after an 11-6 start to the season. Their pitching staff has a 3.68 ERA, ranking 17th in the majors.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners
News

Mariners C Tom Murphy on IL with dislocated shoulder

May 7, 2022, 5:55 PM

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The Seattle Mariners placed Tom Murphy on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a dislocated left shoulder and recalled fellow catcher Cal Raleigh from Triple-A Tacoma.

Murphy departed with two outs in the fifth inning of Friday night's 8-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays after attempting to tag out Randy Arozarena on a play at the plate. He was replaced by Luis Torrens.

Murphy, 31, is batting .303 with a .439 on-base percentage in 14 games this season.

He is a career .235 hitter with 40 homers and 109 RBIs in 267 games with the Colorado Rockies (2015-18) and Seattle.

Raleigh, 25, was optioned to Tacoma on April 28 after batting .083 (2 for 24) with a homer and an RBI in nine games with the Mariners.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies
News

Mets-Phillies rained out, postponed to Aug. 20

May 6, 2022, 5:08 PM

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Friday night's game between the New York Mets and host Philadelphia Phillies was rained out and rescheduled for a split doubleheader on Aug. 20.

The first game of that twinbill will start at 1:05 p.m. ET and the originally scheduled Aug. 20 contest will remain at 7:15 p.m.

Mets right-hander Max Scherzer (4-0, 2.61 ERA) and Phillies right-hander Kyle Gibson (2-1, 2.93) were scheduled to start Friday.

New York won the series opener 8-7 on Thursday night after rallying for seven runs in the ninth inning. The last time the Mets trailed by six or more runs in the ninth and won was on Sept. 13, 1997 against the Montreal Expos.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals
News

Mets shut down RHP Trevor May for four weeks

May 4, 2022, 5:22 PM

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New York Mets reliever Trevor May has a stress reaction on the lower portion of his right humerus and will be shut down for at least four weeks, the team announced Wednesday.

The right-hander landed on the injured list Tuesday after an MRI exam revealed a triceps strain caused by the stress reaction. He will be reevaluated in a month.

May, 32, aggravated the injury during a relief appearance on Monday in which he gave up two runs in one inning against the Atlanta Braves.

He is 1-0 with an 8.64 ERA in eight relief appearances this season. He has allowed 13 hits in just 8 1/3 innings.

May went 7-3 with a 3.59 ERA in 68 relief appearances last season in his first campaign with the Mets following six seasons with the Minnesota Twins.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals
News

Mets place RHP Trevor May (triceps) on IL

May 3, 2022, 8:00 PM

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The New York Mets placed right-hander Trevor May on the 10-day injured list Tuesday after an MRI exam detected a triceps strain in his pitching arm.

May aggravated the injury during a relief appearance on Monday in which he gave up two runs in one inning against the Atlanta Braves.

It marked the third time in four appearances that May gave up two runs, and he expressed frustration after the contest.

"It's hard to compete when you're just worried about whether or not something's going to hurt to throw," May said. "It's to the point where I'm not very comfortable throwing my best pitches and taking too much time between pitches to reset and try to get a little bit of energy to throw another one.

"By the end of (Monday's outing), I was just hoping that the ball was hit at somebody. That's no way to throw in a major league game. I don't deserve it, but my teammates definitely don't deserve that."

May, 32, is 1-0 with an 8.64 ERA in eight relief appearances this season. He has allowed 13 hits in just 8 1/3 innings.

May went 7-3 with a 3.59 ERA in 68 relief appearances last season in his first campaign with the Mets.

He spent his first six seasons with the Minnesota Twins. Overall, he is 31-24 with a 4.40 ERA in 291 appearances (26 starts).

New York recalled right-hander Adonis Medina from Triple-A Syracuse to fill the roster opening. Medina, 25, had a 3.00 ERA in three appearances (one start) at Syracuse and also tossed a scoreless inning of relief against the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 23.

--Field Level Media