DENVER (AP) — Ryan McMahon ran hard to first because he wasn't sure his line drive would get over the fence. When it bounced just over the scoreboard he settled into a home run trot and into a mob...
ATLANTA (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are hitting home runs at a record pace, and manager Dave Roberts loves every minute of it.
"It makes me look really good, and it makes the Dodgers look...
Philadelphia Phillies (38-31, second in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (41-29, first in the NL East)
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ATLANTA (AP) — Jonny Venters, the left-hander whose comeback from his third Tommy John surgery helped him win the NL Comeback Player of the Year Award last year, has been released by the Atlanta...
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves acquired left-hander Jerry Blevins from the Oakland Athletics on Sunday for $1.
The 35-year-old Blevins made his Braves debut in Sunday's 8-7 win over the...
2018: 97-65, second place, lost to Yankees in AL wild-card game.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Jerry Blevins didn't know many of his new Oakland Athletics teammates yet the left-handed reliever said he has felt right at home returning to the team with which he broke into the big leagues back in 2007.
The 35-year-old Blevins rejoined Oakland when he signed a minor league contract earlier this month. The A's have a talented bullpen but right now Ryan Buchter is the only left-handed option currently on the 40-man roster.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins has agreed to a minor league contract to rejoin the Oakland Athletics, a deal that includes an invite to big league camp at spring training.
If added to the 40-man roster, Blevins would earn a $1.5 million salary when in the big leagues.
The 35-year-old went 3-2 with a 4.85 ERA in 64 appearances with one start for the Mets last year. He pitched for the A's when he broke into the majors in 2007 through 2013.
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Brodie Van Wagenen made his first public moves as New York Mets general manager, firing hitting coach Pat Roessler along with bullpen coach Ricky Bones on Monday and announcing manager Mickey Callaway will have a new bench coach.
After meeting for two days with Callaway last week, Van Wagenen said bench coach Gary DiSarcina will replace third-base coach Glenn Sherlock, who will shift to first-base coach.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Steven Matz has developed a sense for when his pitching mechanics are in order.
"When I'm going good, I can get in a good rhythm and just kind of keep going," he said.
The 27-year-old left-hander was feeling it on Saturday.
Matz struck out a career-high 11 batters and the New York Mets went on to beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in 11 innings.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers' lineup offered no relief to the New York Mets' battered bullpen.
Domingo Santana's two-run double off Paul Sewald highlighted a four-run seventh inning for the Brewers, who shelled Mets relievers again before holding on for an 8-7 win on Sunday.
The NL Central leaders won their fifth straight series by taking three of four games from the struggling Mets.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A.J. Ramos lost his control at the wrong time.
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway brought in the right-hander with two outs in the 10th inning, hoping Ramos could strand the potential game-ending run at third.
Instead, Ramos walked consecutive batters to force in the winning run, handing the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 victory over the Mets on Friday night.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets are bringing back Matt den Dekker, adding depth in the outfield as they wait for All-Star slugger Michael Conforto to get healthy.
New York announced Thursday that den Dekker was signed to a minor league contract and invited to big league spring training camp. He was traded by the Mets to the Washington Nationals for lefty reliever Jerry Blevins in March 2015.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets exercised an $8.25 million option on infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and a $7 million option of left-hander Jerry Blevins, preventing them from becoming free agents.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amed Rosario's first career homer was clutch.
Rosario hit a tiebreaking, solo shot leading off the ninth inning, Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto also went deep and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 on Friday night.
NEW YORK (AP) — The out-of-contention Mets started their veteran dispersal by trading first baseman Lucas Duda to the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league pitcher Drew Smith.
Expected to contend for an NL East title, the Mets started Thursday night 47-52, 13 1/2 games behind first-place Washington and nine games out of a wild-card berth.
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Conforto was the Mets' only All-Star earlier this month. He's certainly playing like one.
Conforto hit a pair of two-run homers and Jerry Blevins rescued the bullpen with a five-out save as New York held off the Oakland Athletics 7-5 on Friday night for its third straight victory.
"It's not completely foreign to me to stay down in between innings," Blevins said. "We set up a game plan and I just tried to rest, get ready."
NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis Granderson opened a five-run eighth inning with his 300th homer, a tiebreaking shot that helped the New York Mets rally past the Chicago Cubs for a 9-4 victory Wednesday night.
Injury replacement Lucas Duda added a three-run homer off Hector Rondon, and T.J. Rivera capped the outburst with an RBI single for his third hit.
NEW YORK (AP) — Asdrubal Cabrera drifted under Jett Bandy's bases-loaded popup with two outs in the seventh inning. Mets reliever Jerry Blevins appeared to have preserved a two-run lead over the Brewers.
On a night with a Bogie-on-the-tarmac fog, the shortstop then backpedaled a half-dozen short steps, and the ball shockingly ticked off the webbing of his glove as two runs scored .
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — When the Mets and Yoenis Cespedes agreed just after Thanksgiving to a $110 million, four-year contract, Mets fans rejoiced that the Cuban slugger was returning to Citi Field.
NEW YORK (AP) — Left-hander Jerry Blevins has finalized a $6.5 million, one-year contract to remain with the New York Mets, who have been rebuilding their bullpen as spring training nears.
Blevins gets a $5.5 million salary this year, and the Mets have a $7 million option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout. He can earn $100,000 annually in performance bonuses.
The 33-year-old reliever agreed to the deal last week but needed to pass a physical for the agreement to be finalized.
NEW YORK (AP) — Aiming to fill out their bullpen, the New York Mets are set to bring back a pair of important pieces from last year's playoff team.
Free-agent relievers Jerry Blevins and Fernando Salas have agreed to contract terms with the Mets, according to a person with knowledge of the deals. The person spoke Friday night on condition of anonymity because the agreements were pending physicals and had not been announced.
NEW YORK (AP) — San Francisco infielder Eduardo Nunez was left off the roster for Tuesday night's NL wild-card game against the New York Mets, and the Giants opted to go with 11 pitchers.
Madison Bumgarner starts for the Giants, and manager Bruce Bochy has 10 bullpen options: right-handers Santiago Casilla, Johnny Cueto, George Kontos, Derek Law, Sergio Romo, Jeff Samardzija and Hunter Strickland, and left-handers Javier Lopez, Steven Okert and Will Smith.
NEW YORK (AP) — Their rotation ravaged, the Mets handed the ball to a rookie for his first major league start.
Their late-inning relievers run down, they allowed a 33-year-old left-handed specialist to face the big leagues' No. 2 home-run hitter with two outs in the ninth.
With veterans tired after an extra-inning win, backups filled many of the starting spots.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Daniel Murphy has gotten the best of his former teammates a lot this season. On Tuesday night, though, the New York Mets retired the Nationals' second baseman when they need to most.
Left-hander Jerry Blevins struck out Murphy with a 3-2 curveball in the 10th inning for his first save since 2012 to seal the Mets' 4-3 victory. Washington's lead in the NL East was cut to nine games.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets won't get far in the wild-card race losing games they're supposed to win.
Oscar Hernandez hit his first major league homer in the 12th inning, leading the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-2 victory over the Mets on Wednesday night for their second consecutive win over the contending team.
The Mets have lost 14 of their past 19 games but remain only 2 1/2 back of the Miami Marlins for the second NL wild card.
NEW YORK (AP) — It took more than 1 1/2 seasons for the Arizona Diamondbacks to get much of a reward for selecting Oscar Hernandez in the Rule 5 draft.
Hernandez hit his first major league homer in the 12th inning, leading the Diamondbacks over the New York Mets 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Hernandez was recalled from Double-A Mobile after Arizona placed catcher Welington Castillo on the paternity list Tuesday. Playing his first game this season,...