The 36-year-old right-hander signed a one-day contract Monday to retire as a member of the Blue Jays, where he spent the first 12 years of his career. He made the announcement at a news conference at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.
Former Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd has agreed to a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to WFAN/CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman.
Tovar knocked in two runs with a single in the seventh to put the Mets ahead by one with his first major-league hit.
David Wright homered in his return to the Mets lineup, Daniel Murphy had three hits and Daisuke Matsuzaka earned his second straight victory in New York’s 6-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 Friday night.
The team also announced that infielder Wilfredo Tovar was recalled from Double-A Binghamton.
Scott Rice begins the week having appeared in 72 games, the most in the major leagues. Rice is the 7th left-handed pitcher in Mets’ history to appear in 70 or more games in a season.
Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings and handed himself some much-needed run support, sending the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-2 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
Jonathon Niese pitched a three-hitter and lined a game-breaking three-run double Tuesday night as the New York Mets ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0.
Cliff Lee outpitched Zack Wheeler after the Mets learned All-Star starter Matt Harvey has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, Cody Asche had a two-run triple, and Philadelphia beat New York 2-1 Monday.
The Mets complete the homestand with a four-game series against the Phillies before heading to Washington this weekend. The Mets have gone 5 and 7 against both of these division rivals so far in 2013.
Charlie Manuel has been fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, with his team out of the pennant race and in a tailspin since the All-Star break.
Harvey did something that the two previous Mets All-Star Game starting pitchers, Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden, were not able to do; win their first outing after starting a mid-summer classic.
Harvey struck out 10 in seven overpowering innings, and David Wright and Juan Lagares each hit a home run.
Gonzalez Germen came out of the bullpen to bail out fellow rookie Zack Wheeler and help the Mets hold off the Phillies 5-4.
Chase Utley, Domonic Brown and the Philadelphia Phillies came flying out of the All-Star break, scoring 11 runs in the first three innings Friday night on the way to a 13-8 rout of the New York Mets.