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CINCINNATI -- Yoenis Cespedes expects mixed results when he bats in pressure situations.The outfielder hit the most damaging of New Yorks four homers, a two-run shot in the seventh inning, as the Mets rallied for their 13th straight victory over the Cincinnati Reds, 5-3 on Tuesday night.Sometimes its good, sometimes its bad, Cespedes said, through a translator. When things work out, its great.Whenever the Mets play the Reds, they get the result they want. The winning streak is their longest against Cincinnati. The club record against any opponent is 15 straight wins against Pittsburgh in 1986-87. New York has won 18 of its last 20 against Cincinnati, including its division-clinching win at Great American Ball Park last Sept. 26.Overall, New York has won 13 of 17 to tighten the NL wild card race.Curtis Granderson and Jose Reyes had solo shots off Brandon Finnegan. Cespedes connected off Michael Lorenzen (2-1) for his 28th homer, putting the Mets ahead to stay.Every time you see Ces go to the plate, you think hes going to do something special for this ballclub, Reyes said. You think hes going to hit it out.Reyes isnt the only one thinking it.When youre a star, thats what you do, manager Terry Collins said. Thats why theyre in the middle of the lineup. They come through when you need them.The Reds thought they were in good shape until Asdrubal Cabrera singled with one out in the seventh.Then Cespedes does what he can do, manager Bryan Price said.Alejandro De Aza had a pinch-hit homer in the ninth.Rafael Montero made his second start of the season and gave up Adam Duvalls two-run homer in 4 1/3 innings. Josh Smoker (2-0) allowed one hit in one inning. Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth for his 46th save in 49 chances. The closer has allowed one earned run in 15 2/3 innings since Aug. 1.The Reds have dropped 11 of 15 overall, including the first two games of the series that concludes Wednesday.Grandersons fourth homer in his last seven games gave him 24 for the season. The Mets have hit six homers in the first two games of the series, five of them solo shots.BRUCE GETS A HITMets RF Jay Bruce singled in four at-bats. In his first series against his former team, hes gone 1 for 8 with three strikeouts.NICE PLAYReds 1B Joey Votto made a diving catch of Wilmer Flores liner to end the fifth inning, stranding two runners.NEW ADDITIONSThe Mets called up OF Brandon Nimmo, INF T.J. Rivera, INF Eric Campbell, LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Erik Goeddel and INF Gavin Cecchini from Triple-A Las Vegas. The Reds called up INF/OF Tony Renda, OF Steve Selsky and RHP Josh Smith from Triple-A Louisville.TRAINERS ROOMMets: LHP Steven Matz is playing catch but hasnt thrown off a mound. 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On Saturday night, the normally free throw-challenged centre did just that. Howard scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including 13 of 19 free throws in a 2 1/2-minute stretch, and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 122-111. The NHL and the NHLPA got creative when they devised teams for the World Cup of Hockey, which kicks off in Toronto on Sept. 17. Sure, star-studded rosters representing Canada, the United States, Sweden, Finland, Russia and the Czech Republic were no-brainers.But organizers then added a European team made up of players from countries not competing in the tournament as well as a North American team made up of that continents best players aged 23 and under. But even with all those creative ways of adding teams, some prominent and talented players will be missing from the tournament.Which raises a question: How would a team made up entirely of snubs contend at the World Cup?Its not an outlandish concept, especially considering Canada could probably ice a second World Cup team with enough talent to at least compete.The first step in finding out for sure was to compile a full 23-man roster made up entirely of players not named to any of the tournaments eight teams. Which is exactly what we did:ForwardsTaylor Hall - Tyler Johnson - Corey PerryMilan Lucic - Nick Bjugstad - Wayne SimmondsJames Neal - Ryan Johansen - Phil KesselRick Nash -?Ryan OReilly?- Justin WilliamsKyle OkposoThis group was diluted recently by late roster additions. Kyle Palmieri was added to the American roster to replace the injured Ryan Callahan while Logan Couture was recently named to a Canadian team that lost Jamie Benn, who is recovering from abdominal surgery. Even with those two players removed from the talent pool, the all-snubs team features an awfully impressive group up front.It starts with a top line made up of three All-Stars in Canadians Hall and Perry, and American Johnson. All three could have -- some might say should have -- earned greater consideration for a roster spot on their respective national teams. Especially Perry, who is a Hart Trophy winner, Stanley Cup champion, three-time All-Star and all-world agitator.After them comes a bruising second line centered by American Bjugstad that would have been arguably the tournaments most terrifying trio. The group, featuring Bjugstad flanked by Canadas Lucic and Simmonds, boasts an average height of 6-foot-4 and average weight of 211 pounds. The third line should have instant chemistry with Johansen skating alongside his Nashville Predators linemate and fellow Canadian Neal.Johansen is a little young but they sure work well together. James Neal is a great player who works hard. The two of then would be very good together, said longtime Predators assistant coach and current broadcaster Brent Peterson, who loved the idea of the speedy Kessel playing the other wing on their line. That would be an awesome line. Youve got speed, youve got tenacity, two guys who can score with a guy who likes to set them up. Johansen can score, but hes looking for Neal all the time.Add a fourth unit centered by All-Star Ryan OReilly and this is a formidable grroup.ddddddddddddDefensemenMark Giordano - P.K. SubbanCam Fowler - John KlingbergT.J. Brodie - Kevin ShattenkirkJustin FaulkOn practically any other team in this tournament, either Canadians Giordano or Subban would have been considered a shoe-in for the top pair. That Team Canada called on Jay Bouwmeester to replace the ailing Duncan Keith over either of them was something of a controversial move.Subban and Giordano would be amazing, and T.J. Brodie would be another guy that I would throw in there, said longtime NHL goaltender and current broadcaster Jamie McLennan. T.J. Brodies really good. Hes one of those guys who distributes the puck really well and makes everyone around him better.Hampus Lindholm would have earned consideration for this group had he not been called on to sub in for Niklas Kronwall on the Swedish team. Instead, his Anaheim Ducks teammate Cam Fowler of Canada skates alongside one of the worlds top young defensemen in John Klingberg. That Klingberg wont be skating for Sweden speaks to that teams all-world depth along the blue line. American All-Stars Kevin Shattenkirk and Justin Faulk shore up a defensive group that any nation would be happy to have.GoaltendersMartin JonesDevan DubnykBrian ElliottThe truly elite goalkeepers will be stacking their pads at the World Cup, and theyll mostly be suiting up for Canada, Finland and the United States. Some of the games top goaltenders will likely be relegated to tournament third-string duty, including two-time Stanley Cup champion Corey Crawford of Canada. Just three months after leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Stanley Cup win, Matt Murray finds himself battling John Gibson to be the No. 1 for Team North America.Taking all that into consideration, this team of also-rans would likely turn to some of the NHLs more experienced backstops, with one notable exception.Considering his consistent play and unflappable demeanor through the 2016 playoffs, Jones might have shown enough to shine in this international tournament. A backup before emerging with the San Jose Sharks last season, Jones already has some international experience, having won silver at the 2010 World Junior Championships and gold at the 2015 World Championships for Canada.People just waited for Martin Jones to show he could be a starter, and he did last year. He proved any doubters wrong, said McLennan, who wouldnt mind seeing one other big-name goaltender added to this group. What about Roberto Luongo? I know hes coming off hip surgery. If he wasnt injured, maybe thats a guy Id have on this list.Overall, this would likely be the thinnest position on an otherwise stacked roster. But the unit still includes a pair of All-Stars in Canadians Dubnyk and Elliott and wouldnt be considered a team flaw by any measure. ' ' ' 

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