Noah Syndergaard was solid Friday in Pittsburgh, allowing three earned runs and striking out five over six innings. But Gerrit Cole was even better, holding the Mets to just one run in 8 1/3 innings of work. Juan Lagares scored the Mets' only run on a wild pitch in a 4-1 loss to the Pirates.
A seventh-run third inning ruined Michael Pineda's outing as the Yankees dropped their series opener against the Rangers, 10-9. Mark Teixeira hit a solo homer in the ninth to bring New York within one run, but the Yanks' comeback fell short. Prince Fielder hit two home runs for Texas.
This baseball season, SNY teamed up with Coldwell Banker and the Mets to award grants, donate equipment, conduct a clinic at Citi Field and invite youth to a Mets game. All week, SNY will feature the activities on GEICO SportsNite, Mets game broadcasts and Kids Clubhouse.
David Wright has experienced numerous setbacks since hitting the disabled list in mid-April, but he finally has a return date in his sights. Wright took batting practice before Friday's game and could begin a rehab assignment soon, with an eye on being activated in early June.
Travis d'Arnaud joined David Wright in taking batting practice Friday and, like the veteran third baseman, could begin a rehab assignment soon. General manager Sandy Alderson wouldn't give a timetable for d'Arnaud's return to the big club. The catcher is recovering from a fractured finger.
Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson has been the target of criticism from fans who are unhappy with his absence from voluntary team activities. "I have a life outside of football," Richardson tweeted Friday, saying that he's choosing to spend more time with family before the season.
When asked if Henrik Lundqvist would start Friday's Game 4, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault laughed, questioning whether the inquiry was real. "Hank is the guy," said Vigneault, despite Lundqvist allowing six goals in consecutive games as the Rangers have fallen behind the Lightning, 2-1.