Balanced attack, solid bullpen work propel Mets past Jays

Balanced attack, solid bullpen work propel Mets past Jays

TORONTO — Seth Lugo’s role with the Mets can best be described as “tourniquet.” The right-hander admitted disappointment after he was shifted back to the bullpen from the rotation last week, but his two appearances since the switch have been instrumental in…

Wilmer Flores shows love for Mets as trade possibility hovers

Wilmer Flores shows love for Mets as trade possibility hovers

TORONTO — Wilmer Flores cried when he thought the Mets had traded him to the Brewers. Nearly three years later, his sentiment about possibly leaving the only organization for which he has played hasn’t changed. “I don’t want to go anywhere,” Flores…

Brett Gardner fined for playing too slowly

Brett Gardner fined for playing too slowly

Brett Gardner won’t be able to continue taking his time getting into the batter’s box, or he will continue to feel it in his wallet. The veteran outfielder has been fined roughly $3,500 for six violations of baseball’s pace-of-play policy, a person…

Yankees pull Gleyber Torres early and injury concern returns

Yankees pull Gleyber Torres early and injury concern returns

For the first time in his major league career, Gleyber Torres is giving the Yankees reason to be worried. The rookie sensation, who returned to the starting lineup after sitting most of Tuesday’s game with a tight right hip flexor, was removed…

Yankees clip Braves thanks to bullpen and three more homers

Yankees clip Braves thanks to bullpen and three more homers

Add A.J. Cole to the list of contributors in the Yankees’ nuclear bullpen. He can’t be found in the elite bin where Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, David Robertson, Chad Green and Jonathan Holder reside, but the right-hander pitched like those relievers Tuesday…

The Matt Harvey trade that would turn Mets stomachs

The Matt Harvey trade that would turn Mets stomachs

The Mets don’t want to see Jacob deGrom pitching for the Yankees. How about Matt Harvey for the Nationals? Washington and Cincinnati have had trade talks, with the Nats showing interest in Harvey and reliever Raisel Iglesias, Fancred reported Tuesday morning. The Reds’…

Kyle Higashioka ended his misery in best way possible

Kyle Higashioka ended his misery in best way possible

No Yankee position player has ever taken longer to get his first major league hit than Kyle Higashioka, but the catcher broke through in style. Higashioka snapped an 0-for-22 streak to start his career with a home run off David Price in…

Yankees lose another catcher and now have a problem

Yankees lose another catcher and now have a problem

Austin Romine left Saturday’s 11-0 loss to the Red Sox in the seventh inning with tightness in his left hamstring. An MRI exam after the game was negative and Romine is listed as day-to-day, but the Yankees hardly can afford to be…

Mets’ one-time vital cog is now just a forgotten man

Mets’ one-time vital cog is now just a forgotten man

MIAMI — This is crystal clear. These Mets are no longer Yo’s team. The Mets came to Marlins Park on Friday and Yoenis Cespedes, who is rehabbing two hours north up Interstate 95 in Port St. Lucie, was not a visitor. “He…

Brandon Drury’s shot could come after Yankees injury

Brandon Drury’s shot could come after Yankees injury

Brandon Drury lost his starting third-base job with the Yankees to injury and watched Miguel Andujar keep the spot with outstanding play. Now, Drury’s path back to the big leagues hinges on Tyler Austin’s balky back. When Thursday night’s Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Lehigh…

Tim Tebow suddenly looking like a pro baseball player

Tim Tebow suddenly looking like a pro baseball player

The jokes have slowed considerably. The playful jabs have begun to subside. Tim Tebow is proving he belongs, and lately he’s doing more than that. He has been performing at a high level this month. Just ask opposing Double-A managers who raved…

Grass or dirt? The first step to fixing the shift and baseball

Grass or dirt? The first step to fixing the shift and baseball

Concerned about the lack of in-game action and scoring, the NFL adopted rule changes beginning in the mid-1970s and tinkered with them the next few years to give more open passage to receivers without being accosted by defensive backs while allowing more…

How Mets are trying to fix Amed Rosario, beyond this break

How Mets are trying to fix Amed Rosario, beyond this break

Suffice it to say, Amed Rosario’s season has not gone as planned. A top prospect in the Mets system, heralded as the future at shortstop before being called up midway through 2017, the 22-year-old has posted a slash line of just .245/.271/.361…

Which stud pitching prospects will Yankees trade at deadline?

Which stud pitching prospects will Yankees trade at deadline?

It’s not the top-of-the-line prospects where the Yankees’ system separates itself from the other 29 systems in baseball. It’s the fact that the line of prospects never ends. A prospect base that’s led by Justus Sheffield, Estevan Florial and Clint Frazier is…

Giancarlo Stanton can now call the Yankees his home

Giancarlo Stanton can now call the Yankees his home

Is there a more arrogant phrase in the entire sports universe than “true Yankees moment?” To be fair, though? You sure as heck know it when you witness one. Welcome to the club, Giancarlo Stanton. With his booming, walk-off, two-run, ninth-inning homer…

Why Yankees think Greg Bird is about to explode

Why Yankees think Greg Bird is about to explode

The results don’t match the optimism. The numbers haven’t followed the quality at-bats. But the Yankees and Greg Bird believe he’s inching closer to a scalding stretch, that this four-game hitting streak is a sign of what is to come for the…