Little League coaches emphasize it at a young age and it holds true regardless of what level of baseball a player reaches: Every defender on the diamond has a place to be on every play, even if the ball is on the other side of the field. There might be a throw to back up, a base to cover, and even a rundown to participate in. The three main rules to follow are stay alert, never assume anything, and be ready to move into action.
We got a good example of how that can even carry over into the big leagues on Wednesday afternoon, and the alertness of New York Mets right-hander Dillon Gee paid big dividends as he was able to squash a potential two-out rally in the sixth inning by following those rules, helping to preserve a 5-2 victory . 
After dumping a base hit into the Bermuda Triangle in short center field  — just in front of a charging Kirk Nieuwenhuis and beyond the reach of middle infielders Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada — Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra decided to get aggressive and attempt stretching it into a double with nobody initially covering the bag. An alert Gee saw the same thing, so he busted it to the base and beat Parra there. He then applied the tag after a good throw from Tejada to end the inning.
It’s a reminder of how important the little details of the game can be, as obviously the complexion of the game could have quickly changed if the inning continues with a running in scoring position.
It’s also a painful reminder for the D-Backs of just how unfortunate their start to the season has been, With the loss, they fall to a league worst 4-14. It‘s certainly not for lack of effort, but sometimes even good effort has to be managed.
On a side note, Gee was removed from the game after seven scoreless with just 72 pitches under his belt. That raised some concern on the Mets broadcast that Gee may have been banged up on the play at second base, but it just turned out that manager Terry Collins didn’t like a couple good swings the Diamondbacks took during his final inning.
Gee’s fine, and he wanted to continue.

”Terry did what he had to do, and I respect it,” Gee said, ”but I definitely want to keep going.”

Over his seven innings, Gee allowed only three hits to go along with three strikeouts and no walks. An efficient outing in every sense of the term. The win was his first decision in four starts this season and he lowered his ERA to 3.71.
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A few older closers are still making it work, but the promise of youth is too much to ignore, in your pens, and in your lineups.

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PHOENIX — New York Mets center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis landed at Sky Harbor Airport late in the morning Tuesday and he took off seven hours later. Summoned from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace the injured Juan Lagares, Nieuwenhuis had three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs to make his return to the major leagues in New York’s 9-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Tuesday. “It felt good,” Nieuwenhuis said. Nieuwenhuis singled in the final run in the Mets’ three-run first inning, and he hit a two-run homer two batters into a six-run third for a quick 9-0 lead off Arizona right-hander Bronson Arroyo (1-1).

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The Braves extended their win streak to four games on Monday night with a wild win in Philadelphia, a game that saw them blow a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning, then win it on a Dan Uggla grand slam in the ninth. Ervin Santana was excellent in his second start with the team. The Braves also, however, revealed Craig Kimbrel is dealing with a sore shoulder. Still, it is something to watch as Kimbrel is one of the Braves’ best players and a guy who has killed the Nationals over the years.

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PHOENIX — For the Mets, the good news was that first baseman Lucas Duda tied a career high with four hits and drove in two runs. Duda singled in runs during a two-run third inning and a two-run fifth as the Mets jumped out to an early lead in their 7-3 victory over Arizona at Chase Field on Monday, and he played the final three innings in left field after right fielder Curtis Granderson and center fielder Juan Lagares were forced out in the later innings. “Got lucky I guess,” Duda said of his hits, all singles, as he raised his batting average to .306 with seven RBIs. The Mets (6-7) were not so lucky otherwise.

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The Phillies wrapped up a three-game series against the Marlins with a 4-3 victory, completing the sweep (see story). It was also the Phils’ 26th victory vs. the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park in the last 35 games. Since 2010, the Phillies are 50-26 against Miami. Chase Utleys game-winning homer in the eighth inning was his first go-ahead homer in the eighth inning or later since he belted one against St. Louis on Aug. 10, 2012.

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MLB is vigorously defending its antiquated blackout policy to protect the big TV deals it receives from regional sports networks.

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- Adrian Gonzalez must love it when he sees the word ”Arizona” on the opposing uniform. Gonzalez did it again Saturday night, hitting a two-run homer to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 8-5. Zack Greinke (3-0) scattered eight hits but allowed one run in 5 1-3 innings for Los Angeles. Gonzalez, who had a two-run homer and five RBIs in the series opener Friday, followed that up with a shot to the left-field seats off Wade Miley (2-2) with two outs in the third inning.

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PHOENIX — Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said he got into some bad habits staring down the Green Monster in his 18 months in Boston, but he is comfortable with his approach now. Gonzalez homered for the third time in as many games and helped Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke to an 8-5 victory on Saturday night at Chase Field. “I’ve got a (swing) finish that I like, that I can stay consistent with,” Gonzalez said. Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to eight games with a two-run homer for a 4-0 lead in the third inning, a line drive into the left field seats.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers made a big splash in their return to Chase Field. They beat Arizona 6-0 on Friday night in their first visit to the ballpark since clinching the NL West title there last September and angering the Diamondbacks by celebrating in the ballpark’s swimming pool. One of the ringleaders of the pool assault, Adrian Gonzalez, drove in five runs Friday night to snap out of a slow start that had him batting .189 with four RBIs coming in. Hyun-Jin Ryu, pitching on an extra day’s rest, threw seven dominant innings, allowing two hits, striking out eight and walking one.

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