Zack Greinke is unbeaten against the NL West this year and has never lost to the San Diego Padres. His mound opponent, Ian Kennedy, hasn’t beaten the Los Angeles Dodgers over the last two seasons. The visiting Dodgers have to like their chances of evening this three-game set Saturday night behind Greinke, whose teams are 6-0 in his outings against the Padres. The right-hander took advantage of two extra days of rest to limit the New York Mets to four runs in seven innings last Saturday in a 7-4 win.

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Jacob deGrom pitched seven crisp innings and the Mets scored the tiebreaking runs when left fielder Grady Sizemore dropped an easy pop fly, handing New York a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. Eric Campbell stole home on a double steal, and Travis d’Arnaud hit an RBI single to help the Mets stay out of the NL East cellar with their 12th victory in 17 games against Philadelphia this year. Cody Asche had a run-scoring single for the Phillies, who had won four straight and six of seven. A victory in the series opener would have pushed last-place Philadelphia past New York, but Sizemore’s two-out error with the bases loaded in the seventh cost them.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Minor took a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning after hitting a double and single himself, leading the Atlanta Braves over the New York Mets 6-1 Thursday night.

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Ike Davis wasn’t able to play meaningful late-season games during his time with the New York Mets. He’s making the most of his chance with the Pittsburgh Pirates. ”It’s the first time he’s been involved in games that have this kind of significance this late in the season,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday after Davis’ long home run keyed a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. A day earlier, Davis had a pinch-hit, tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning of Pittsburgh’s 5-2 win.

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Madison Bumgarner mastered the game of baseball Tuesday night. Bumgarner lost a perfect game in the eighth inning when he unsuccessfully tried to bounce a pitch to Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, but the left-hander recovered from the leadoff double to complete a one-hit, 13-strikeout shutout in the San Francisco Giants’ 3-0 victory. Catcher Buster Posey belted two home runs, including a two-run shot that broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning, giving Bumgarner all the offensive support he would need to record his second shutout and 15th win of the season. Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (13-9) was the hard-luck loser, falling victim to Posey’s first home run and a thumb injury.

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Juan Lagares hit a two-run homer and ran down one ball after another in center field, sending Dillon Gee and the New York Mets to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. Gee stopped the longest losing streak of his career at five games, outpitching Alex Wood in the opener of a three-game series. Lagares, rated one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball, scurried from gap to gap and finished with seven putouts. Lagares also began the game by running a long way to track down consecutive fly balls, and he made all three putouts in the sixth.

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Billy Crystal’s touching tribute to his late friend Robin Williams was one of the most talked-about moments of Monday night’s Emmy Awards. It also began with a great baseball story as Crystal remembered the time that he and Williams were at Shea Stadium on July 9, 1989 ( a 6-3 Mets victory over the Reds ) to promote Comic Relief. Though Williams seemed out of his element (it was only the second baseball game he’d ever attended), he quickly got into character when Crystal suggested that Williams was actually a Russian baseball player visiting the United States.  Williams eagerly accepted the comedy challenge and then things got really crazy as the baseball gods proved they have their own sense of humor. Mets shortstop Kevin Elster fouled a pitch from Reds starter Rick Mahler into the brodcast booth and toward Crystal and Williams.  Here’s Crystal’s retelling of the event ( Check out the full transcript on Yahoo Celebrity ): “Robin, Whoopi, and I were in the broadcast booth on Comic Relief day at a New York Mets game with the great Tim McCarver. Robin knew nothing about baseball. I asked him who his favorite team was, and he said, ‘The San Franciscos.’” “He was a little lost in the conversation, so I got an idea, turned to him and said, ‘We have a Russian baseball player with us.’ His eyes got all bright; his ears perked up. It was like he was a little dog that was inside all day and the master came and said, ‘Hey, do you want to go for a walk?’ I said, ‘What’s baseball like in Russia?’ Without missing a beat, he said, ‘We only have one team: The Reds.’” “The ball came screaming at us; we ducked down, it went screaming into the wall. The ball bounced back into Robin’s hands. He yelled, ‘I love America! I’m going to defect.’” If you watch the video above (gotta love MLBAM for find the clip so quickly), you’ll find the scene is even funnier than you might’ve imagined, even if Whoopi Goldberg doesn’t seem to be there. (We can’t blame Crystal for the oversight. It was 25 years ago, after all.) Tim McCarver’s laughing in the immediate aftermath of the foul ball is a great detail.  Celebrity PR appearances during baseball games can often come off as contrived and they often get in the way of the action, especially if the famous person doesn’t know much about baseball. But as Crystal said of Williams: “He could be funny anywhere.” That clip is certainly proof. After watching that clip, is there anyone who wouldn’t want to see nine innings of Robin Williams doing color during a game?  – - – - – - – Kevin Kaduk is a writer for Yahoo Sports .. Have a tip? Email him at kevinkaduk@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KevinKaduk

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It’s one thing to act aggressively on the bases, trying to catch the other team napping, or sometimes forcing them to make an extra, hurried throw that leads to a mistake — and a run. And then there was whatever Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig attempted against the New York Mets in the bottom of the sixth inning Sunday. Puig either assumed the Mets weren’t paying attention, or that he was invisible, when he tried to score from second base on a 5-4-3 double play. Check that: Make it a 5-4-3 triple play, with Puig being out at the plate by a mile after first baseman Lucas Duda fired home. Worse for the Dodgers, the Mets and Bartolo Colon were leading by five runs at the time. Puig’s run doesn’t mean much unless the Dodgers score a bunch more. They didn’t, and  the Mets won 11-3 . Duda said (via the Associated Press) that Puig’s reputation precedes itself. ”He’s fast and aggressive, so you have to be aware of that,” Duda said. Fast, aggressive and, sometimes, reckless. Via MLB.com: “Very unexpected,” Mets manager Terry Collins said, grinning. “We were just happy to have the double play. The extra out was extra special for us.”

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