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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Bobby Parnell
Braves pitcher Kris Medlen left in the fourth inning with a strained forearm, and the New York Mets went on to beat Atlanta 8-2 on Sunday.
Three big pieces of the New York Mets' pitching staff are closer to appearing in spring training games.
New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell threw batting practice Saturday, facing batters for the first time since his 2013 season was cut short by a neck injury.
Ike Davis hit a long two-run homer, and prospects Rafael Montero and Jacob DeGrom combined to throw four perfect innings as the New York Mets lost to the Washington Nationals 5-4 Friday in the first spring training game for both teams.
Closer Bobby Parnell agreed Friday to a $3.7 million, one-year contract with the New York Mets, while second baseman Daniel Murphy settled for $5.7 million and left fielder Eric Young Jr. for $1.85 million.
Bobby Parnell is ready to resume his role as the closer for the New York Mets.
Collin McHugh pitched two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings for the Mets in his major league debut, but the Colorado Rockies completed their second straight four-game sweep of New York with a 1-0 victory Thursday as Jordany Valdespin misplayed Tyler Colvin's leadoff drive in the eighth into a game-changing triple.
The fact that Pedro Beato threw a breaking ball was not a surprise. In the two-plus innings the New York Mets relievers pitched Tuesday night, they'd fed the Washington Nationals a steady diet of those. Curveballs from Bobby Parnell, sliders from Tim Byrdak and more curveballs from Beato.
Previewing the National League.
Capsules of National League teams, listed in order of finish last year:
Sometimes, left-hander Aroldis Chapman can't help but peek.
"It was just, throw strikes and work on your mechanics. I really wanted to know what my mechanics were going to be like in a pressure situation, in an adrenaline situation. I wanted to go out there and face hitters and find that," Parnell said.
"Still way early in spring. Plenty of time to get it going," Parnell said of his velocity. "Obviously by the last week, my arm will be stronger, routine will be better. I think as that comes, the speed gets there. I've said it 100 times, I really don't worry about velocity. I felt strong. The ball was moving well. I got some early swings."