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It's to to figure out which is more amazing — the New York Mets 16-5 thumping of the Minnesota Twins or that the game was even played at all.
Shortly before the teams took the field for batting practice Friday, an exhausted head groundskeeper, Larry DiVito, looked around at an empty and snow-free Target Field and gave himself a pat on his back. A little more than 24 hours after a spring storm had dumped 5.1 inches of snow in the Twin Cities, DiVito told how dozens of workers had readied the field for the Mets and the Twins to play.
He described the five-zone underground heating system that melted almost all of the snow, and praised workers who had cleared the seating areas Thursday by blasting hot water through high-powered hoses. Keeping the field between 64 and 70 degrees, DiVito said, would prevent any further snow from sticking.
Later, DiVito might have wished he let the Twins get a snow day.
Or just maybe, it was the hot-hitting Mets who melted the snow.
A blazing John Buck hit a grand slam en route to homering in his fourth straight game, while David Wright had three hits with four RBI and two runs scored as the New York Mets snowballed the home team in the opener of the three-game interleague series.
Buck, who also scored twice, now shares the major league lead with six home runs and 19 RBI. He also became the first catcher in MLB history with six home runs through 10 games.
Daniel Murphy went 4-for-5 with two doubles to go along with four RBI for the Mets, who saw starter Jon Niese (2-0) toss five innings and allow five runs -- four earned -- on five hits.
Marlon Byrd had two hits and two RBI in the win.
Ryan Doumit plated two runs and Justin Morneau had two hits with one RBI and a run scored for the freezing-cold Twins, who have lost four straight. Vance Worley (0-2) lasted just one-plus inning and gave up nine runs -- seven earned -- on seven hits and walked two in defeat.
BEST OF MAXIM
Matt Harvey’s been dominant, Lucas Duda has been selective and powerful but beyond a shadow of a doubt the best story so far for the 2013 Mets is that of John Buck. So, I asked friends in the blogosphere the following question:
What do you make of John Buck’s start? Is this a brief hot stretch like Rod Barajas in 2010 or is it something else?
These people all do great...
What a masterful performance by Mets right hander Matt Harvey today as the Mets won their second straight game against the Minnesota Twins by the score of 4-2 at frigid Target Field.
Harvey thrilled Mets fans as he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning until Twins first baseman Justin Morneau ruined it when he cranked a towering shot off Harvey that just barely hit the foul...
St. Lucie Mets 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 7
Pitching has been the story for St. Lucie in 2013 thus far. Everyone has praised the pitching staff as being one of the best in the minor leagues, and we’ve told tales of their dominating performances to start the season. That all came to a screeching halt last night.
Domingo Tapia, a consensus top fifteen Mets prospect, took the hill...
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins have optioned right-hander Liam Hendriks to Triple-A Rochester to make room for left-hander Scott Diamond on the 25-man roster. Diamond is making his 2013 debut Saturday against the New York Mets.
Hendriks made two starts this year for the Twins and was 0-1 with a 4.66 ERA. He is 1-11 with a 5.63 ERA in 22 career starts in the majors.
New Hampshire 6, Binghamton 1
The B-Met pitching staff issued nine walks on the way to a 6-1 loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Saturday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium.
Starting pitcher Erik Goeddel walked four hitters in 4.1 innings before being removed from the game. Manager Pedro Lopez then looked to the bullpen, but they fared no better.
After allowing the inherited runner to...
It is fun to speculate Andre Ethier and Carlos Gonzalez in the Mets’ outfield. I would also take Josh Willingham, but pass on Carl Crawford and Alfonso Soriano. It would take a lot in terms of prospects and cash down the line to make a run at Giancarlo Stanton.
These names have been suggested as outfield possibilities for the Mets, but of all of them, only Willingham in terms...
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The Minnesota Twins are “kicking the tires” on outfielder
Julio Borbon – who was recently designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers –
according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN.
#MNTwins are kicking the tires on OF Julio Borbon, per a team official. My sense: won't trade for, but could possibly claim if in that spot.
— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) April...
Last Night’s Quick Scores:
Savannah vs Rome was postponed due to inclement weather.
St. Lucie (5-2) dropped a game to Palm Beach, 7-4.
Binghamton (4-3) dropped a game to New Hampshire, 3-1.
Las Vegas (5-3) defeated Fresno in a blowout, 14-3.
Stat Line of the Night:
Zach Lutz: 2...
St. Lucie 6, Bradenton 5
Jacob DeGrom started the game strong for St. Lucie by retiring the first eight batters that he faced, but he ran into trouble in the fourth inning. DeGrom gave up three runs off four hits in the frame. He then gave up a home run to Willy Garcia in the sixth that put St. Lucie behind 4-3.
However, the Mets were able to retake the lead due to some sloppy...
The Minnesota Twins have postponed their game against the New York Mets because of wintry weather.
The Twins announced the decision about four hours before Sunday's scheduled game. The Mets won the first two games of the series at Target Field, with temperatures in the low 30s. On a windy Sunday morning, light snow was falling. The afternoon forecast was calling for rain and...