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Jun 13, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 13, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (67-65, 12.5 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) try to stop their five-game losing streak and series sweep when they face the Cubs (71-61, 2.0 GB in NL Central, 2.0 GA for second Wild Card) Thursday night at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY. 

Mets Notes

The Mets have lost four straight games at home for the first time all year and the first time overall since their seven-game skid June 23-29. Despite the losing streak, the Mets have won 14 of their last 19 home games. The Mets are 5-5 in their last 10 games and 21-9 in their last 30 games. As of late, the bullpen is improved -- Mets relievers have combined for a 2.33 ERA with 10 earned runs over 38.2 innings, striking out 51 while walking 26 and allowing 26 hits -- most recently with Wednesday's 6.0 shutout frames against the Cubs. At the plate, Wilson Ramos continues to ride a career-best hitting streak of 21 games -- the longest active streak in baseball -- hitting three home runs and 15 RBI while slashing .425/.452/.575 during the stretch since Aug. 3's 7-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. On the season, the catcher has 13 home runs, 64 RBI and a slash line of .290/.354/.417.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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After the Atlanta Braves swept the Mets over the weekend, New York hits the reset button as the Chicago Cubs come to Citi Field.

What do the Mets need to do to get back on track against the NL Wild Card-leading Cubs? SNY's John Harper previews the pivotal three-game series, which could come down to strong starting pitching and a key lineup change.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jeff McNeil, John Harper
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway argues a call against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning at SunTrust Park. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway argues a call against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning at SunTrust Park. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway and LHP Jason Vargas were involved in a shouting incident with a reporter following Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Callaway called Newsday reporter Tim Healey "motherf---er" multiple times and told him to leave the clubhouse, while Vargas needed to be restrained by teammates as he defended Callaway, according to the New York Daily News' Deesha Thosar.

"The Mets sincerely regret the incident that took place with one of our beat writers following today's game in the clubhouse," the Mets said in a statement. "We do not condone this type of behavior from any employee."

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard
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Mets manager Mickey Callaway defended his decision to not bring in Edwin Diaz for a five-out save in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs.

"We're not going to use him for five outs," Callaway said of Diaz. "That's the bottom line."

Instead of bringing in Robert Gsellman or Diaz, who had made one pitching appearance since last Saturday (12 pitches), to face Javy Baez in a two-on, one-out jam in the bottom of the eighth with the Mets up 3-2, Callaway opted to stick with Seth Lugo.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jacob deGrom, Philadelphia Phillies, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Seth Lugo spoiled Jacob deGrom's strong outing by giving up three runs in the eighth inning as the Mets lost the series finale to the Cubs 5-3 on Sunday at Wrigley Field. >> Box score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) Lugo surrendered a go-ahead three-run home run to Javy Baez in the bottom of the eighth inning that turned a 3-2 lead into a two-run deficit as the Mets failed to win their third straight game. Lugo gave up a leadoff single to Kyle Schwarber and then allowed a one-out walk to Anthony Rizzo to bring up Baez, who launched an 0-2 slider over the right-field fence for a 374-foot home run.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a three run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a three run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (37-40, 8.0 GB in NL East) finish their four-game set with the Cubs (41-36, 0.5 GA in NL Central) at 2:20 p.m on Sunday at Wrigley Field.

Mets notes

The Mets would make it a three-game win streak if they can pull out a victory today. ...Pete Alonso hit his 26th homer of the season on Saturday, which tied him with Darryl Strawberry for most home runs by a rookie in franchise history. ...The Mets have hit a long ball 18 of the 20 games they've played this month. In total, they have 34. ...Jeff McNeil has five consecutive mult-hit games at the moment. It's the second time in his career he has accomplished this. ...Michael Conforto has reached base safely in 12 of his last 13 games. 

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso
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Jun 17, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Jun 17, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets (36-40, 8.0 GB in NL East) are back at Wrigley Field on Saturday as they take on the Cubs (41-35, 1.5 GA in NL Central) at 2:20 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets evened their four-game series with the Cubs on Friday after Jeff McNeil drove in three runs en route to a 5-4 victory. McNeil blasted a tw-run home run in the third inning, giving the Mets home runs in 17 of their last 19 games. ... J.D. Davis is batting third as he enters the game with a .368 average and 1.060 OPS over his last 14 games. ... Michael Conforto's home run on Friday made it 11 of his last 12 games in which he has hit safely in. 

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (35-40, 9.0 GB in NL East) are back at Wrigley Field for a Friday matinee as they take on the Cubs (41-33, 1.5 GA in NL Central) at 2:20 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets dropped the opener of the four-game series and are now 5-14 in their last 19 road games and are 7-22 at Wrigley Field since 2010....While the Mets have struggled on the road, Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso have not. McNeil is hitting .361 with 18 runs scored, 12 doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI away from Citi Field while Alonso has a .297 average. Alonso also homered on Thursday night, his 25th of the season, which is second in the MLB. 

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso
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Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Walker Lockett (61) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Walker Lockett (61) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (35-39, 8.5 GB in NL East) begin a four-game set in Chicago with the Cubs (40-33, 0.5 GA in NL Central) on Thursday night at 8:05 PM on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets are just 5-13 in their last 18 road games. ... Against NL Central opponents this season, the Mets are just 5-12 overall and 1-5 on the road. ... Mets relievers have allowed a run in nine of the team's last 10 games, posting an 8.20 ERA during that span.

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Aug 29, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates with left fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)
Aug 29, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates with left fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)

The Mets had an offensive outburst on Wednesday against the Cubs, and Jose Reyes was a part of it. 

In four-run seventh inning, Reyes belted a 2-2 pitch to right-center field for a two-run triple.

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard allowed four runs, nine hits and three walks in a no-decision Monday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, settling down after running into trouble in the third inning.

The 12 batters that reached base safely against Syndergaard were the most he allowed in a game this season, as the 25-year-old hasn't been the dominant pitcher he's shown he's capable of being.

In the month of August, Syndergaard is 3-2 with a 4.74 ERA, allowing 20 runs, 41 hits and 10 walks in 38 innings. 

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Noah Syndergaard
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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Wrigley Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Wrigley Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto hit the franchise's longest home run in the Statcast era with a 472-foot homer in the second inning off Jon Lester in Tuesday's game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

The Mets visit Wrigley Field to begin a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Monday at 8:05 p.m.

Mets notes

With Sunday's loss, the Mets have not won three games in a row since July 24-26. ... The Mets have lost their last seven games against the Cubs dating back to last September. ... Over his last 13 games, Wilmer Flores is hitting .306 with one home run and nine RBIs.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Noah Syndergaard
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Keith Hernandez refers to good fundamentals as "good fundies." On Sunday, the Mets' fundies were not good as two lapses in the field led to two Cubs runs in the Mets' 2-0 loss at Citi Field.

Mets LHP Steven Matz's lack of attention to Javy Baez on third base led to his steal of home, while a lack of communication between right fielder Jay Bruce and second baseman Luis Guillorme led to a sacrifice fly as New York was swept at home.

"You're giving them the game instead of them winning the game from you," Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters after the game. "That's always hard to accept."

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jay Bruce, Steven Matz
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite his start being overshadowed by a steal of home plate, Mets LHP Steven Matz struck out seven batters in seven strong innings in Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Cubs, his first start since suffering a strained middle finger.

"He's been tremendous,'' manager Mickey Callaway told reporters. "He's attacking the hitters. Great changeup. Better breaking ball probably than I've ever seen.''

Matz (2-4) allowed two runs -- both in the seventh inning -- and five hits in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 3.42. Over his last three outings, including last Tuesday's start in which he left after three innings with a finger strain, Matz has a 1.13 ERA in his last three outings.

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The Yankees are among four teams that Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton would approve a trade to, according to Sirius XM's Craig Mish.

The other three teams include the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros, according to Mish, who also notes Stanton's "desire to win has been greatly understated."

Stanton, the subject of trade rumors over the past few weeks as the Marlins reportedly look to cut $65 million from their payroll next season, has a no-trade clause in his 13-year, $325 million contract, and has not approved a trade to the San Francisco Giants or St. Louis Cardinals, two teams who have heavily pursued acquiring the 28-year-old MVP.

The Marlins have already reportedly agreed on the "general framework" in a deal with the Cardinals and Giants, and Stanton had met with both clubs, according to Mish, however it is unclear where they stand.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals
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Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo was charged with eight runs (seven earned) during three-plus innings Thursday night during a 14-6 loss to the Cubs.

"It's been a rough season for me," said Lugo, who is 3-4 with a 5.90 ERA over his last 12 games (11 starts) since starting the season 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA. "It's been a rough season for a lot of guys."

Since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 5, Lugo has a 6.59 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 28 2/3 innings, during which opponents are hitting .308 against him.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Seth Lugo
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Things you should know about tonight's game...

With the game tied at 4-4 in the eighth, Curtis Granderson belted a solo home run to put the Mets in front. It was the 300th of his career. Lucas Duda put the icing on the cake with a three-run homer. With his third hit of the night, T.J. Rivera recorded an RBI single.

Harvey has issues from the outset, giving up back-to-back homers to Anthony Rizzo and Ian Happ. Before getting pulled for a pinch-hitter in the fourth, he allowed four runs and walked three with five strikeouts. It marked the second start this season where he did not pitch at least five innings. 

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Asdrubal Cabrera hit two home runs and Jay Bruce went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run during Monday's 6-1 win against the Cubs at Citi Field.

Both of Cabrera's home runs came against Cubs pitcher John Lackey, the first of which gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the second inning, while his second extended their lead to 4-0 in the fourth.

Earlier in the game, Cabrera was charged with a fielding error after he bumped into 3B Jose Reyes when trying to make a play on a popup. The ball deflected off his glove, allowing Cubs OF Jason Heyward to reach base.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Chicago Cubs, Jay Bruce
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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Monday's game against the Chicago Cubs due to a sore left heel following his at-bat in the fifth inning.

"I'm just trying to be a little cautious," he said, according to the Associated Press, through a translator.

Cespedes went 1-for-3 off John Lackey before he departed the game and was replaced by Juan Lagares.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Juan Lagares, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury celebrates after hitting a two run home run during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury celebrates after hitting a two run home run during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)

Starlin Castro drove in Aaron Hicks with a go-ahead RBI fielder's choice in the top of the 18th inning as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-4, on Sunday at Wrigley Field after Aroldis Chapman blew a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. >> Box score


Hicks reached base on a bunt single off Pedro Strop (0-2) and advanced to second when catcher Willson Contreras' throw went into right field. Hicks advanced to third on a Ronald Torreyes sac bunt and scored on Castro's grounder to short with a drawn-in infield.

Chasen Shreve pitched three scoreless innings of relief after Chapman allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth that sent the game into extra innings.

Chapman allowed six runners to reach base in 2/3 of an inning, including a game-tying HBP to Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Chicago Cubs, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino delivers a pitch during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino delivers a pitch during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees aim for their fifth straight win and a sweep when they take on the Chicago Cubs in the rubber game of a three-game series on Sunday at 8:08 p.m. ET at Wrigley Field.

Yankees Cubs
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Kyle Schwarber, LF
Aaron Hicks, LF Kris Bryant, 3B
Matt Holliday, 1B Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Starlin Castro, 2B Ben Zobrist, RF
Aaron Judge, RF Addison Russell, SS
Didi Gregorius, SS Jon Jay, CF
Chase Headley, 3B Willson Contreras, C
Austin Romine, C Jon Lester, P
Luis Severino, P Javier Baez, 2B
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Chicago Cubs LHP Aroldis Chapman pitches in Game 7 of the World Series. (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports Images)
Chicago Cubs LHP Aroldis Chapman pitches in Game 7 of the World Series. (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the team will focus on improving its pitching staff when free agency begins Tuesday, and the Yankees are expected to pursue LHP Aroldis Chapman, whom they traded to the Cubs at the trade deadline.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chicago Cubs, Dellin Betances
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Oct 21, 2015; A Mets fan shows support outside of Wrigley Field prior to game four of the NLCS (Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports).
Oct 21, 2015; A Mets fan shows support outside of Wrigley Field prior to game four of the NLCS (Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports).

The Mets and Cubs were rivals back when both teams were in the NL East. Then in 1994, the Central division was added, the Cubs left, the two teams played fewer times each season and the passion between them fizzled... until last year.

In built behind the scenes during the previous few seasons, as both teams rebuilt their franchises in diametrically opposed, though bot circling the same goal of winning the World Series.

The Mets chose to create their foundation out of forceful pitching, while the Cubs leaned on power-hitting position players. In fact, there were several occasions during their rebuilds when fans and media insisted the two sides should meet in the middle, swap fastballs for home runs, a shortstop for a pitcher, and balance out their rosters, but no such deal was ever made.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Yankees pitcher Conor Mullee pitches during the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitcher Conor Mullee pitches during the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)

The Chicago Cubs claimed former New York Yankees RHP Conor Mullee off waivers Wednesday afternoon, prior to winning their first World Series title in 108 years.

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The Yankees have traded LH reliever Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in exchange for SS Gleyber Torres, OF/DH Billy McKinney, RHP Adam Warren, and OF Rashad Crawford, the team announced.

The Yankees discussed a potential contract extension with Chapman before trading him, but were rebuffed, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today

Torres, a 19-year-old shortstop, is ranked the 15th-best prospect in baseball, according to ESPN's Keith Law. He was scratched from High-A Myrtle Beach's lineup on Sunday and would be considered the central figure the Yankees would receive in a potential deal for Chapman.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chicago Cubs
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As the Yankees organization debates whether to become buyers or sellers, trade rumors surround the team. Here is a rundown of the most recent reports surrounding the New York Yankees:

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Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York says the Yankees could target Cubs' first base prospect Dan Vogelbach in a deal for Aroldis Chapman or Andrew Miller. The Cubs have been openly seeking bullpen help throughout the season, especially wanting a lefty, causing months of rumors linking the two teams.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard struck out eight batters and allowed one run and seven hits over seven innings in a 14-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday at Citi Field.

It was revealed after his previous start that Syndergaard has a small bone spur in throwing elbow. However, he and the Mets repeatedly said his recent struggles were attributed to over throwing and not any pain associated with his arm.

"I felt really calm out there," said Syndergaard, who improved to 9-3 with a 2.41 ERA. "I wasn't trying to do too much. In that start against the Nationals, I was feeling really strong and really good, and I was just trying to throw the ball harder as opposed to going out there and pitching."

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Noah Syndergaard, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 28, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) slides past New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) to score during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 28, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) slides past New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) to score during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals RHP Lucas Giolito, MLB's top pitching prospect, threw four scoreless innings and gave up one hit in four innings before leaving the game after a 1 hour, 23 minute rain delay in the New York Mets' 5-0 loss to the Nationals.

"He pounded the strike zone very well," Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper said of his teammate. "His fastball was good, his curveball was good. I think he kept them off-balance pretty well."

The Mets mustered just five hits all game and went 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Logan Verrett, Washington Nationals
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Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays. (AP)
Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays. (AP)

The Aroldis Chapman sweepstakes continue to heat up, according to multiple reports.

Buster Olney of ESPN recently reported that the Miami Marlins (41-35) have held internal discussions on Chapman as a trade target.

The Marlins bullpen has the second most saves in the MLB and rank in the Top 11 in batting average against, strikeouts and ERA. Their current closer, A.J. Ramos, has a career-best 1.74 ERA and has 38 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched.

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Steven Matz didn't allow a run over five hitless innings and Yoenis Cespedes hit his first spring homer to lead the New York Mets past the Chicago Cubs 8-1 Friday and end a 14-game winless streak in their last exhibition game.

The Mets open the regular season at Kansas City on Sunday night.

Matz struck out six and allowed two walks while lowering his spring ERA to 4.94.

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