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Robinson Cano has had a down year, but he hasn’t lost hope

Excerpt from Newsday:

“I’m human,” said Cano, whose walk-up music for his first at-bat was a chorus of boos raining down from the stands. “I’m going to go through these kinds of things, but I’m the kind of guy that is always positive. There’s a second half left.”

Rookie Darrell Ceciliani delivers for Mets

Excerpt from Newsday:

When Darrell Ceciliani walks to the plate, he holds the midsection of his bat with both hands. That’s where the pine tar is.

He bends down between each pitch and wipes his hands in the batter’s box dirt, adding friction to his bare palms.

Ceciliani does not wear batting gloves, and that’s one of the first details Mets manager Terry Collins notes when talking about his 24-year-old outfielder, the one with a detectable old-school flair.

Pete Rose says Mets are dangerous, Yankees must watch out for Jays

Excerpt from Newsday:

Pete Rose sat among a throng of photographers and fans, a white-on-white Cincinnati Reds cap pulled down over his brow.

He has been banned from baseball since Aug. 24, 1989, for betting on the sport, but the man with 4,256 hits has never really left the game. So there he was Saturday at a table outside Peter’s Clam Bar and Restaurant in Island Park, talking about America’s national pastime.

Wilmer Flores still feeling love from Mets fans

Excerpt from Newsday:

No matter where he has gone since The Cry, Wilmer Flores has felt the love of Mets fans.

The 24-year-old infielder, who teared up on the field July 29 after hearing he had been traded to Milwaukee, was showered with chants of his name before seemingly every at-bat throughout the homestand that ended with a sweep of the Nationals. On the road, against the Marlins and Rays, Flores received rousing ovations from transplanted Mets fans.

John Ryan Murphy productive at plate, learning a lot from Brian McCann

Excerpt from Newsday:

Long before the three-hit day against Baltimore on July 23 and before the go-ahead homer in Minnesota two days later, Joe Girardi noticed John Ryan Murphy’s composure.

That, Girardi said, was a key factor in the team’s decision to keep Murphy on its 25-man roster out of spring training instead of going with a veteran — your typical backup catcher — and why the 24-year-old has been successful filling in for Brian McCann.

Bobby Parnell, not Carlos Torres, closes the door for Mets

Excerpt from Newsday:

Bobby Parnell saved the day, just like old times.

Making his third appearance since returning from Tommy John surgery, Parnell struck out two and allowed one hit in 12/3 innings to save the Mets’ 3-2 win over Toronto Tuesday night at Citi Field.

“It felt good,” said Parnell, who had last recorded a save on July 30, 2013. “I definitely had some adrenaline going. It was definitely a fun time to pitch. That ninth inning’s always good.”

Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes snaps 0-for-11 slump at plate with a home run

Excerpt from Newsday:

Yoenis Cespedes joked that he wore a bright yellow sleeve on his left arm Wednesday night to match the parakeet that flew in and, briefly, stole the show at Citi Field. Doing so, he hoped, would bring him good luck.

“I knew there was a bird on the field,” he said, smiling, through a translator, “and I just wanted to look like the bird.”

It was easy for Cespedes to laugh after the Mets’ 3-0 win over Colorado. After all, he punctuated the victory with his first home run as a Met, an eighth-inning solo shot that snapped an 0-for-11 slump.

Jacoby Ellsbury, bottom of order excel as Yankees complete sweep

Excerpt from Newsday:

On a day when Alex Rodriguez’s most memorable moment was an awkward tumble into home, Jacoby Ellsbury and the bottom of the order stepped up Thursday to lead the Yankees to a 9-3 win over the Orioles.