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  • 25 Jul
    NEW YORK -- Curtis Grandersons upbeat personality aided the Mets in navigating a difficult day at the ballpark.A couple of big swings in extra innings helped, too.Granderson hit a solo home run with two outs in the 12th inning after also connecting for a tying shot in the 11th, lifting New York over the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Saturday night, hours after it announced star right-hander Jacob deGrom is likely done for the season.The Mets moved into a tie with San Francisco atop the NL wild-card standings, with St. Louis two games behind them.Granderson is the first Met ever to homer twice in extra innings in the same game, according to ESPN Stats and Info. He was in a 1-for-26 slump before his first shot.He never gets down, manager Terry Collins said. Hes never down. Hes the same guy every day. Hes dangerous.Granderson pulled a 3-2 pitch from left-hander Ryan ORourke (0-1) down the right-field line to win it, getting mobbed at home plate by teammates.After Minnesotas Byron Buxton hit a soaring homer for a 2-1 lead in the 11th, Granderson tied it 2-all leading off the bottom half against closer Brandon Kintzler.Grandersons second homer was the 201st by the Mets this season, breaking the team record set in 2006. It was his 28th home run this year and third career game-ender, including one on May 27 against the Dodgers.DeGrom was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday and will probably miss the rest of the year because of an injury to the ulnar nerve in his right elbow.Obviously to miss a guy like that in the rotation is going to be tough for us, Granderson said. But weve had some great guys step in even in the time hes been gone.Collins said the Mets will turn to a plethora of relievers to get through Sundays game against the Twins.I dont know what the lineup is going to look like tomorrow, Collins said. We have a lot of guys that are tired and a lot of guys that are banged up.The Mets moved a season-high 10 games over .500 and have won 10 of their last 13. Nine of New Yorks last 14 wins have come after trailing, and it has won six straight against the Twins dating to 2010.Josh Edgin (1-0) pitched a scoreless 12th and got his first victory since June 1, 2014.Twins starter Ervin Santana struck out nine, walked two and allowed four hits over seven scoreless innings.Rookie Seth Lugo labored through five innings of four-hit ball to again support the Mets decimated rotation. He walked four but stranded them all, allowing his only run on a homer by Eddie Rosario in the fourth.HAIRY SITUATIONMets general manager Sandy Alderson announced deGroms prognosis hours before New York began giving away Jacob deGrom Hair Hats at the gate.DeGrom has been out since Sept. 1 because of elbow pain. The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year felt fine while throwing a bullpen Friday but sensed a twinge after tossing a baseball in from the outfield during batting practice about 15 minutes later.DeGrom will need surgery but has not decided whether he will wait until the end of the season. Regardless, the 28-year-old will be ready for spring training.BUXTONS BREAKOUTBuxtons homer was the latest sign that the former hyped prospect may be finding his way in the majors. Since being recalled Sept. 1, Buxton is batting .333 with six homers and 15 RBI, a huge spike from his .193 average and 16 RBI in 63 games earlier in the year.I think hes had to deal with a lot in terms of the up and down and expectations, manager Paul Molitor said. And hes just kind of learning to trust his ability a bit more.TC ON NYCCollins began his postgame media conference by sending his prayers and best wishes to victims of an explosion in Manhattans Chelsea neighborhood Saturday night. The blast left 29 injured.Theyre in our hearts and prayers tonight, Collins said. It kind of brings things back to reality.TRAINERS ROOMTWINS: Rosario injured his left hand diving into first base trying to beat out a grounder in the 10th inning. He was replaced in left field by Logan Schafer. Molitor said it didnt look too good.Mets: LHP Steven Matz threw a 30-pitch bullpen and could return soon after already missing a month with left shoulder tightness. ... 1B Lucas Duda was activated off the disabled list prior to the game. He missed nearly four months recovering from a stress fracture in his lower back. To make space, the Mets transferred LHP Jonathon Niese to the 60-day disabled list.UP NEXTGabriel Ynoa gets the start in what should be a bullpen game for New York. Kyle Gibson (6-9, 5.08) will throw for the Twins. Ron Hextall Flyers Jersey . Barcelonas entertaining victory ensured the defending Spanish champions retained their share of the league lead with Atletico Madrid two rounds ahead of their meeting in the capital. Real Madrid needed a late goal by substitute Jese Rodriguez to earn a 3-2 victory at Valencia to stay in third place and three points behind its title rivals. Nolan Patrick Flyers Jersey . Paul Pierce couldnt believe he missed at the end. Young scored a season-high 26 points to spark a huge effort from the leagues most productive bench, and Los Angeles beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-94 on Wednesday night after blowing a 27-point lead. . PETERSBURG, Fla. Philadelphia Flyers Jerseys . -- Derrick Rose shook off poor shooting early to hit clutch shots late and Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 104-95 preseason victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. Sean Couturier Jersey . Reassurance came from Paul Tesori, his caddie and close friend whose newborn son is in intensive care in a Florida hospital. "Paul sent me a text this morning, just told me he loved me and wanted to go out and fight as hard as I would any other day," Simpson said Sunday after doing just that.OAKLAND, Calif. -- Forgive the San Antonio Spurs if they arent that excited about holding a 3-2 series lead over the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals. After all, theyve been ahead twice before. If the Spurs want to close out the Warriors in Game 6 on Thursday night at rowdy Oracle Arena, theyll have to do what neither team has in this series: win consecutive games. Golden State also is 4-0 after a loss in the playoffs. "Nobody talks about getting this over with like youve got a rash," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Like you can take a pill or put some cream on it, its going to be gone. This is a war. Theyre a class team. They bust their (butts) at both ends of the floor. Its not about getting rid of anything. Its about going and playing and thats about it." San Antonio has increasingly shown its veteran savvy the last three games, and Golden State has looked like its finally wearing down from all its injuries. Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and the rest of the Spurs overwhelmed the Warriors in Tuesday nights 109-91 win in San Antonio. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson -- described by Coach Mark Jackson as the "greatest shooting backcourt in NBA history" -- combined to score just 13 points on 6-of-22 shooting. Curry has refused to use the left ankle he sprained late in Game 3 as an excuse, but anybody who has watched can clearly see he has been slowed by the injury. Thompson, who failed to even attempt a 3-pointer for the first time all season Tuesday, has been shut down by San Antonio since scoring 34 points in Game 2. Neither Curry nor Thompson was made available to speak to reporters during the teams light shootaround Wednesday in Oakland. The rest of the Warriors insist theyre not worried about the "Splash Brothers" or the teams ability to respond. "Were never going to quit. Were never going to die. Weve got a lot of fight left. This isnt the end," Warriors forward Carl Landry said. "Actually, were excited about having the opportunity to play in a Game 6. Everybody in that locker room is excited and ready." The odds are not in Golden States favour. Teams that have won Game 5 of a best-of-seven series that was tied have gone on to win the series 88 out of 99 times. However, those teams are 50-49 in Game 6. The Spurs have won 11 of 12 best-of-seven series when leading 3-2. The last time the Warriors came back from a 3-2 deficit was against the Chicago Bulls in the 1975 Western Conference finals, when the franchise went on to win its only NBA title.dddddddddddd Despite all the doubt, Golden State has overcome every obstacle it has faced this season -- from forward Brandon Rushs season-ending left knee injury in the home opener to centre Andrew Boguts sore left ankle throughout the year to All-Star forward David Lees hip injury in the first round against Denver. "We are our habits and we have a tight-knit group that is able to make adjustments, own it when they dont play well and bounce back," Jackson said. "I have no doubt that will take place again." The Spurs are getting production from others besides Parker and Duncan, and that might be the biggest turnaround in a series that has been full of them. The length of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green has bothered Curry and Thompson. Duncan and Tiago Splitter have put Bogut in foul trouble in two straight games, and San Antonios team defence has displayed the "maniacal" effort that Popovich has preached in leading the franchise to four NBA titles. "Thats how its supposed to be," said Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who is starting to find success as a facilitator with his shot not falling. "We are not a team thats going to have somebody scoring 40 every game that we can rely on. We need everybody to contribute because we are not the most talented team in the league, so we need a contribution from everybody." Standing in the way of a second straight Western Conference finals appearance for San Antonio is a gritty Golden State team that has nothing to lose. Jackson is relying on a phrase he has repeated since the playoffs started: few people expected the Warriors to be a serious contender in the preseason, so theres no pressure on his players, who echoed those sentiments. For a franchise that has made the playoffs just twice since 1994, the Warriors are relishing the opportunity to push the conference semifinals to a decisive Game 7, which would be in San Antonio on Sunday. "Its almost like an NCAA tournament game," Landry said. "We just have to go out there and never take any possessions off. After the game, we shouldnt have anything left. We shouldnt even be able to walk to our cars. Everything should be left out on the floor." ' ' '