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Morning Briefing: And now Seth Lugo gets a shot

NEW YORK -- For the third straight day, the New York Mets send a young pitcher to the mound in a big game on Tuesday.

Following starts by Robert Gsellman and Rafael Montero, Seth Lugo now pitches for the Mets at 7:10 p.m. ET. Lugo (1-2, 2.51 ERA) opposes Miami Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.85) at Citi Field.

Lugo tossed five scoreless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals in his last start before departing with right calf cramping. He is expected to remain in the rotation after this start, with Gsellman likely ticketed for the bullpen once he recovers from Sunday’s 94-pitch effort, according to Terry Collins.

The upcoming pitching probables for the Mets: Bartolo Colon on Wednesday and Steven Matz returning from the DL on Thursday against the Marlins, followed by Jacob deGrom in Friday's opener against the Washington Nationals, then Noah Syndergaard and Lugo to complete the homestand.

TUESDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:

  • Yoenis Cespedes delivered a walk-off homer in the 10th as the Mets beat the Marlins, 2-1, in Monday's series opener. The Mets (67-64) pulled even with the Marlins and remained 2½ games behind the Cardinals for the second wild-card spot. Jose Reyes doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the eighth to pull the Mets even. Reyes banged up his left shoulder with a dive into the plate and collision with A.J. Ramos, but insisted he was fine afterward. With deGrom skipped, spot starter Montero walked six batters but tossed five scoreless innings in his first major league start in 16 months. Cespedes had missed Sunday’s game with a right quadriceps flare-up. Asdrubal Cabrera, who departed the series finale against the Phillies with a recurrence of left knee difficulty, pinch hit and struck out against the Marlins in the seventh. He is unable to run and would have required a pinch runner. Neil Walker remained sidelined with a back injury. The Mets ran out of healthy position players and had only Walker available when the game ended. DeGrom was used as a pinch hitter. The Mets were playing with a severely short bench in part because T.J. Rivera was demoted to clear the roster spot for Montero. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • The Mets and Yankees reportedly will watch Tim Tebow's baseball workout on Tuesday in California. Sandy Alderson has minimized the Mets' interest. Read more in the Post.

  • Cabrera was named NL Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday. Read more at MLB.com.

  • Brandon Nimmo had a solo homer in Las Vegas' 6-3 win at El Paso. Rainy Lara allowed seven runs over the opening two innings and Altoona routed Binghamton, 13-1. Andrew Barbosa tossed seven no-hit innings in the nightcap before departing with his pitch count at 85 and St. Lucie swept a pair of games to move into a first-place tie in its division. Jordan Humphreys tossed seven scoreless innings in Kingsport’s 4-0 win against Danville. Blake Tiberi's eighth-inning solo homer pulled Brooklyn with a run in a 4-3 loss to Auburn. Read the full minor-league recap here.

  • Writes columnist David Lennon in Newsday about Monday's game: "Calling up Montero, however, was a flat-out act of desperation. There's only so far a team expects to go on the depth chart, and Montero was barely in the Mets' constellation of pitching candidates when this season began."

  • Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post looks at position players who are due to be free agents this offseason, including Walker, Justin Turner, Martin Prado, Edwin Encarnacion and Wilson Ramos.

  • Keith Hernandez and newsman Pete Hamill had a reunion Sunday, Joe Kemp writes in the Post.

  • Read more on Reyes' contribution on Monday in Newsday.

  • Critic Phil Mushnick in the Post isn't enthralled with SNY's praise of Cespedes.

  • From the bloggers ... Mets Report talks Cespedes.

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