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Ace shows up, Collins cuts up

Mets starter Matt Harvey, right, walks off with Jacob deGrom after working out at Citi Field a day after failing to show up on time.

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Mets starter Matt Harvey, right, walks off with Jacob deGrom after working out at Citi Field a day after failing to show up on time.

NEW YORK — With a gaggle of watchful reporters waiting outside the Mets dugout and a row of photographers kneeling in position, RHP Matt Harvey hopped up the steps and onto the field at exactly 10 a.m.

Right on time.

One day after missing a mandatory workout and apologizing for his late arrival, Harvey went through practice with his teammates Wednesday before the NL East champions traveled to Los Angeles for their playoff opener.

"We're going to make sure Matt gets to the plane and gets on board, so he'll be with us (today) to work out — I think," manager Terry Collins joked, defusing a dicey issue with his best one-liners.

"It's over. Done. New day. We took care of it."

Collins confirmed that Harvey was fined and remains scheduled to start Game 3 against the Dodgers in the best-of-five Division Series. RHP Jacob deGrom gets the ball tonight in Game 1 vs. last year's NL MVP, LHP Clayton Kershaw.

The manager said Harvey spoke to his teammates and was "extremely apologetic" again Wednesday morning. Publicly, the star pitcher offered no explanation for why he showed up so late Tuesday, saying he simply "screwed up."

Collins initially told reporters Harvey called and said he got stuck in traffic. Later, the manager mentioned that when Harvey finally arrived, he said he had lost track of time.

"It's not big to us. It's not major news to us. It's major news to you guys because it's a story and I certainly get that, but we handle that kind of stuff in-house," Collins said Wednesday. "Why he wasn't here? I don't care. The only thing I care about is he wasn't here and so that I have to worry about and that I have to take care of and I have.

"We had a little bit of a setback, a little bit of a problem, distraction, on an off day. Who really cares?"

PUIG READY: OF Yasiel Puig said he's on the playoff roster for the Dodgers, who haven't revealed their 25-man squad for the NL Division Series.

Manager Don Mattingly said players were informed of their status for the best-of-five series. However, the team will wait until the roster is due Friday morning to announce it.

Puig missed the final month of the regular season while sidelined with a hamstring injury. He returned last week and played in the last two games, starting and getting a hit in the first one.

The Cuban said he feels good and wants to give himself a chance to be productive off the bench.

"I'm very happy I've been given the opportunity to prepare with the team," Puig said through a translator.

KAZMIR ON DECK: The Astros picked former Rays LHP Scott Kazmir to pitch Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday against the Royals, following RHP Collin McHugh. LHP Dallas Keuchel, who pitched six shutout innings in Tuesday's wild-card win over the Yankees, is set to go in Game 3 on Sunday.

CARDS ROTATION: RHP John Lackey will get the start in Game 1 of the NL Division Series for the Cardinals today. Manager Mike Matheny said he was not ready to announce the rest of his playoff rotation or his roster, or even whether he would carry 11 or 12 pitchers.

RATINGS: With the Yankees playing, the AL wild-card game drew its largest television audience in its short history. The Astros' 3-0 win over New York Tuesday night on ESPN averaged more than 7.6 million viewers. The network said that's up 36 percent from the 5.6 million for last year's NL game between the Giants and Pirates on ESPN, which was the previous high.

Postseason

WILD CARD

AL, Tuesday: Astros 3, Yankees 0

NL, Wednesday: Cubs 4, Pirates 0

AL DIVISION SERIES

Astros vs. Royals

Tonight: at Kansas City, 7:30, FS1

Friday: at Kansas City, 3:30, FS1

Sunday: at Houston, 4, MLB

Monday: at Houston, TBD, FS1*

Oct. 14: at Kansas City, TBD, FS1*

Rangers vs. Blue Jays

Today: at Toronto, 3:30, FS1

Friday: at Toronto, 12:30, MLB

Sunday: at Texas, 8, FS1

Monday: at Texas, TBD, FS1*

Oct. 14: at Toronto, TBD, FS1*

NL DIVISION SERIES

Cubs vs. Cardinals

Friday: at St. Louis, 6:30, TBS

Saturday: at St. Louis, 5:30, TBS

Monday: at Chicago, TBD, TBS

Tuesday: at Chicago, TBD, TBS*

Oct. 15: at St. Louis, TBD, TBS*

Mets vs. Dodgers

Friday: at Los Angeles, 9:30, TBS

Saturday: at Los Angeles, 9, TBS

Monday: at New York, TBD, TBS

Tuesday: at New York, TBD, TBS*

Oct. 15: at Los Angeles, TBD, TBS*

* If necessary

Ace shows up, Collins cuts up 10/07/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 11:11pm]
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