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Matsuzaka gets save as Mets beat Cards

Matsuzaka gets save as Mets beat Cards NEW YORK -- Catcher Anthony Recker wasn't surprised Thursday afternoon when right-handed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka walked to home plate to retrieve his mask after Recker caught the final out of the New York Mets' 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. "'Oh, he's over there, picking up my mask,'" Recker recalled thinking to himself. "He's a nice guy. So I get it."

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MLB Team Report - New York Mets - INSIDE PITCH NEW YORK -- The season-ending injury suffered by closer Bobby Parnell on Opening Day created a domino effect for the Mets and forced manager Terry Collins to use several relievers in roles they weren't expected to fill.

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RHP Bartolo Colon was dealing with a back issue in his last start Sunday, according to media reports, when he gave up nine runs in five innings against the Los Angeles Angels, who hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the first inning. Colon is expected to make his next start Saturday in Atlanta, manager Terry Collins said Wednesday.

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RHP Bartolo Colon was dealing with a back issue in his last start Sunday, according to media reports, when he gave up nine runs in five innings against the Los Angeles Angels, who hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the first inning. Colon is expected to make his next start Saturday in Atlanta, manager Terry Collins said Wednesday.

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RHP Matt Harvey (Tommy John surgery in October 2013) went on the 60-day disabled list March 30. He was throwing off flat ground in Port St. Lucie, Fla., during spring training, and he will rehab in New York during the season. He hopes to return to the majors by September, but he is more likely to remain sidelined until Opening Day 2015.

Baseball: Mets send Dice-K to minors

The New York Mets apparently needed to see more from Japanese hurler Daisuke Matsuzaka before making him part of their regular rotation. The Mets reassigned Matsuzaka to their Triple-A minor legue affiliate in Las Vegas on Saturday. The National League club announced the move after a 2-0 loss to Toronto in their spring training finale in which Matsuzaka struck out eight batters in five shutout innings against the Blue Jays. The 33-year-old Matsuzaka spent much of spring training fighting for the fifth spot in the Mets' pitching rotation.

Baseball: Mets keep Dice-K after impressive pre-season

Daisuke Matsuzaka appears to have earned a place in the rotation for the New York Mets after the Major League Baseball team paid him $100,000 on Tuesday to retain his rights. The Mets had until Tuesday to release the 33-year-old Japanese right-handed pitcher or pay him the money. The move came a day after Matsuzaka scattered three hits and walked three in six innings of work in a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, leaving him a pre-season earned-run average of 3.86 with 17 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings, walking four and allowing 21 hits.

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RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka agreed to re-sign with the New York Mets on Jan. 24, accepting a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training. LHP John Lannan signed a minor league deal with the Mets on Jan. 21 and was invited to spring training. Lannan, 29, went 3-6 with a 5.33 ERA in 14 starts for the Phillies last year.

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RF Mike Baxter started Tuesday night's game in right field, largely because he was hitting .300 against Reds starter Mike Leake. "We looked at Leake and Baxter's hit him," manager Terry Collins said. "We don't want anybody saying we're not trying. They're (the Reds) in the hunt." Baxter was batting .190, but he's now 4-for-11 against Leake, including his second-inning double on Tuesday.

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INF Justin Turner (strained right hamstring) took grounders Thursday morning. Turner hasn't played since Sept. 10, when he was injured while scoring a run in the Mets' 6-3 loss to the Nationals. He was on deck when Anthony Recker made the final out Thursday afternoon but manager Terry Collins admitted afterward that Turner was a decoy and that he wasn't able to bat or play the field yet. Turner was one of the Mets' hottest hitters at the time of the injury, with a .393 (9-for-23) average in his last six games.
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