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Video: Anthony Recker hits a game-tying grand slam in the ninth inning


The Mets weren’t able to accomplish a whole lot offensively against the Rangers in Saturday’s spring finale against the Rangers at Globe Life Park.  They had been held scoreless through eight innings and entered the top of the ninth down 4-0.

Rangers pitcher Andrew Faulkner got two quick, easy outs. But the Mets weren’t quite ready to face the regular season. Johnny Monell walked, John Mayberry singled, and Matt Reynolds walked to load the bases. Jesus Pirela came out of the bullpen to replace Faulkner. With a 1-1 count on back-up catcher Anthony Recker, Pirela threw a 96 MPH fastball about letters-high, which Recker promptly deposited over the fence in left-center for a game-tying grand slam.

The threat wasn’t over after the salami, as Pirela walked Danny Muno, uncorked a wild pitch, and walked Darrell Ceciliani before getting Alex Castellanos to fly out to left field to end the inning mercifully. Mets pitcher Zach Thornton worked around a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth for a scoreless inning and the two teams settled on a 4-4 tie.

Daniel Murphy likely to begin the season on the disabled list

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Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, dealing with a pulled right hamstring, will most likely begin the 2015 regular season on the disabled list, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports. GM Sandy Alderson admitted there was a possibility Murphy wouldn’t need a DL stint as the strain is classified as “mild”, but said that a hamstring injury is “typically a minimum of a couple of weeks.”

Murphy, who turns 30 on April 1, is entering what could be his final season with the Mets. He avoided arbitration in January, agreeing to an $8 million salary for the 2015 season. Last year, he made his first All-Star team, finishing with a .289/.332/.403 triple-slash line along with nine home runs, 57 RBI, and 13 stolen bases.

Matt Reynolds and Daniel Muno are the leading candidates to replace Murphy at second base. Ruben Tejada, who lost the starting shortstop job to Wilmer Flores, is a candidate as well.

Daniel Murphy shut down for a week with a hamstring injury

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Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is suddenly at risk for beginning the season on the disabled list, as Marc Carig of Newsday reports that he has been shut down for the next week due to a right hamstring injury.

Murphy left Thursday’s Grapefruit League game after singling and scoring on a sacrifice fly in the first inning. An MRI confirmed the injury. The start of the season is a little over two weeks away, so he could be cutting it close.

Dilson Herrera was already optioned to the minors earlier this week, so he’s not a consideration for fill in for Murphy at this time. Instead, the Mets are giving Matt Reynolds and Daniel Muno looks at second base.

Murphy, who turns 30 in April, batted .289/.332/.403 with nine home runs, 57 RBI, and 13 stolen bases across 143 games last season.

Previewing tonight’s Fall Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League

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Admit it, after a thrilling postseason, you are having trouble adjusting to life without baseball games. Me too. Fortunately, I have good news, as some of the game’s top prospects will gather tonight for the Fall Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League. The game, which will begin at 8 p.m. ET, will be shown on MLB Network and can be streamed live on

This is the ninth annual edition of this prospect showcase, which was previously known as the Rising Stars Game. We regularly see players from this game graduate to the majors in a hurry, so it’s a neat sneak preview. Jorge Soler of the Cubs and Mookie Betts of the Red Sox were among those who participated last year.

The Twins’ Byron Buxton was originally selected to participate in tonight’s game, but unfortunately he had to leave the Arizona Fall League due to a dislocated finger. Still, there’s plenty of talent to go around. The Indians’ Francisco Lindor is at the top of that list. The 20-year-old batted .276/.338/.389 with 11 home runs, 62 RBI, and 28 stolen bases over 126 games this season between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. While he’s known as an excellent defender, he’ll serve as the designated hitter tonight so that fellow top prospect and Dodgers farmhand Corey Seager can play shortstop.

The Diamondbacks’ Archie Bradley is slated to start for the East team while the West team will go with right-hander Nick Howard, who was selected 19th overall by the Reds in this year’s First-Year Player Draft.

Below are the lineups for tonight’s game:

Fall Stars East: CF – Dalton Pompey (Blue Jays), LF – Eddie Rosario (Twins), SS – Matt Reynolds (Mets), 1B – Greg Bird (Yankees), RF – Brandon Nimmo (Mets), C – Peter O’Brien (Diamondbacks), 2B – Tony Renda (Nationals), 3B- Kaleb Stewart (Angels), DH – Josh Bell (Pirates)

Fall Stars West: DH – Francisco Lindor (Indians), CF – Tyrone Taylor (Brewers), SS – Corey Seager (Dodgers), RF – Steven Moya (Tigers), 3B – Hunter Dozier (Royals), LF – Nick Williams (Rangers), C – Mike Ohlman (Orioles), 2B – Daniel Castro (Braves), 1B – Patrick Leonard (Rays)

Diamondbacks exercise options on Daniel Hudson, Matt Reynolds

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The Diamondbacks announced this evening that they have exercised club options on right-hander Daniel Hudson and left-hander Matt Reynolds for 2015.

According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Hudson will be guaranteed $800,000 in 2015 and could make another $300,000 based on days spent on the active roster. After going through two Tommy John surgeries, the 27-year-old pitched in the majors last month for the first time since June of 2012. He’s likely to be used in a relief role next year.

Reynolds had Tommy John surgery in September of 2013 and was in rehab mode this season. The 30-year-old owns a 3.58 ERA over 195 relief appearances in the majors. Piecoro notes that he’ll make $600,000 in 2015.