The odds-on favorite to capture the fifth spot in the rotation with Chris Capuano hurt, Adam Warren delivered a solid start in Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Rays. Warren lasted 3 2/3 innings, allowing one run while striking out five. Didi Gregorius, Slade Heathcott and Ramon Flores had RBI doubles.
Sidelined for the last week with a sore right hamstring, Daniel Murphy has progressed quickly enough to run without issue at Tradition Field on Thursday. After hitting off a tee and doing infield drills without pain Wednesday, Murphy hopes to return to action this weekend.
In the midst of a five-game losing streak at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders will send Jaroslav Halak between the pipes against the red-hot Kings on Thursday night. Lubomir Visnovsky will sit out for the second consecutive game as he recovers from a lower-body injury.
Michael Cuddyer has played in left field only nine times over 1,426 career games, but that won't deter manager Terry Collins from using him there in 2015. Cuddyer will be the Mets' starting left fielder next season, with Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares rounding out rest of the outfield.
With the Rangers looking to claim their first Presidents' Trophy since 1994, head coach Alain Vigneault should receive a boost to his lineup for the final push. Martin St. Louis, who has 20 goals this season, is scheduled to skate Thursday and expected to return after the weekend.
The Nets picked up a big win Wednesday night in Charlotte, topping the Hornets, 91-88, to move within a half-game of the Celtics for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot. Brook Lopez starred again for Brooklyn, leading all scorers with 34 points and hauling in 10 rebounds.
The Knicks never stood a chance Wednesday night against the Clippers. Falling behind by 30 points at halftime, the Knicks slumped to a 111-80 loss at home, their fifth consecutive defeat. New York also likely lost guard Alexey Shved for the rest of the season with a fractured rib.