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Nieuwenhuis a late scratch due to stiff neck

Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was a late scratch from Wednesday’s game against the A’s with a stiff neck.

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Eveland gets cortisone injection in left elbow

The Mets’ recent reliance on lefty specialist Josh Edgin has not been coincidence. Dana Eveland, the only other left-hander in New York’s bullpen, is nursing a bout of elbow inflammation — “tennis elbow,” as he called it.

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Mets ride Duda’s bat, Wheeler’s arm to win vs. A’s

Considering all the things that have gone wrong for the Mets this season, those that have gone right have stood out in stark relief. Two in particular were on display in Wednesday’s 8-5 win over the A’s: first baseman Lucas Duda’s continued emergence and Zack Wheeler’s obvious growth.

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Niese aims to take a step forward vs. Dodgers

Left-hander Jon Niese will take the mound for the Mets in the series opener against the Dodgers on Friday at Dodger Stadium.

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Mejia unavailable in series finale vs. A’s

Minor injuries continue to affect Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, who was unavailable to close out Wednesday’s win over the A’s due to a sore back.

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Changeup turning Wheeler into a complete pitcher

A year after Mets righty Zack Wheeler leaned heavily on his fastball during an impressive rookie campaign, the right-hander has earned regular praise during an inconsistent-turned-breakout 2014. The development of his changeup, an option he first toyed with during his Giants days but hardly used in 2013, has helped Wheeler take steps forward in producing consistently at the Major League level and underscores his growth as a pitcher overall.

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Highlights of Wednesday’s Major League Baseball games (Reuters)

(Adds Padres-Dodgers game) Aug 21 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday’s Major League Baseball games. - - - Angels 8, Red Sox 3 The Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox, but lost 13-game winner Garrett Richards to what appeared to be a serious knee injury. In winning their third straight game, the Angels wiped out a 3-0 deficit and scored five runs in the fifth inning while their bullpen shut down the Red Sox. The win, their fifth in six games on a road trip, moved Los Angeles (75-50) a game and a half ahead of the Oakland Athletics in the American League West.

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