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Queens Morning Roundup


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Today’s Forecast

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 6 to 11 mph. Friday night: Scattered showers, mainly after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. South wind 7 to 9 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

Event of the Day: A Tribute to Lena Horne and Nina Simone

Seven-time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Winner, Natalie Douglas in a tribute to singing legends Lena Horne and Nina Simone at York College Performing Arts Center. To reserve free tickets please call (212) 575 7660 or email CPAS@hainyc.org. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens Primary Election Coverage

Sanders defeats indicted incumbent Huntley in State Senate primary

Six-time incumbent Stavisky claims victory over Messer in primary

Kim takes 40th District race by less than 200 votes

Messer refuses to give up fight

Nily Rozic bests Jerry Iannece in 25th District race

Ulrich wins primary, set to face Addabbo in November

Incumbent Miller defeats newcomer in 38th District

Drifter nabbed in rape of 73-year-old woman in Central Park has disturbing criminal history

A deviant drifter with a terrifying rap sheet that includes two sex attacks on elderly women was charged Thursday with the rape of a 73-year-old bird watcher in Central Park. Three rookie cops caught Appalachian ex-con David Albert Mitchell, 42, strolling down an upper West Side street, and the victim later picked him out of a lineup. Read more: Daily News

Investigators look into whether mole helped Libyan terrorists

Investigators are probing whether a mole helped Libyan terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate — where no Marines were on guard. The raiders met with such little resistance that, after seizing control of the one-story villa in a mere 15 minutes, they unleashed a second assault on a nearby safe house, officials in the U.S. and Libya said Thursday. Read more: Daily News

Man who ran on field during Santana’s no-hitter fined $5K, gets 100 hours of community service

A die-hard New York Mets fan who ran onto Citi Field during Johan Santana’s no hitter celebration pleaded guilty to day and will have to pay up for his overzealous behavior.Rafael Diaz, 32, was ordered by a Queens judge to hand over $4,000 in civil penalties to the Mets, $1,000 to the city, perform 100 hours of community service and must not visit Citi Field for one year. Read more: NY Post

“The Pride of Whitestone”: Mike Baxter’s lifelong baseball dream realized in Queens


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It was late in the game on June 1 when Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina knocked a fly ball to left field. Johan Santana, the Mets starting ace who was still working his way back after missing the entire previous season, was facing a multi-base hit — what could have been the first of any hits that night.

Mike Baxter headed back to the wall, trying to keep the no-no intact. He caught the ball and bounced into the blue padding at a high speed. A few innings later, Santana would go on to record the team’s first no-hitter in a 50-year history.

Whitestone native Baxter, however, would end up throwing his shoulder out during the catch — giving up his own health for the sake of the team he grew up loving and watching.

“It was bitter sweet,” said dad Ray Baxter, who hasn’t missed a home game his son has played since joining the team. “It was great while it happened but all of a sudden, 10 seconds later, you start to worry: it’s your child out there that’s hurt. He’s not getting up, and you see him walk off the field and they’re holding his arm like he’s got a broken arm.”

A few hours after the game, as Santana went through a number of interviews, teammate Justin Turner got to Twitter and dubbed his friend “The Pride of Whitestone.” The nickname has since stuck.

Baxter, 27, has come full circle in his still-young baseball journey. He grew up playing baseball in the Bayside Little League, and then at Archbishop Molloy High School.

From there he went on to play college ball at Columbia University, but found himself unhappy with the program, his father said.

He found a home, to this day, in Tennessee where he transferred to play and study at Vanderbilt University, and still keeps a home today.

Baxter played under long-time Commodores coach Tim Corbin, who said he could always tell the Queens product would make it into the majors based on his all-around abilities and determination.

The young player, his former coach said, could do a number of things at the plate and was resilient in his time at Vanderbilt. It was these factors, among others, that brought Baxter to the majors, Corbin said.

After spending six years with the San Diego Padres organization, Baxter was released in 2011. Nearly instantly, however, the Mets picked him up — making it a bittersweet phone call home.

“It was a tough phone call,” Ray Baxter said, in reference to his son being released from the Padres. “You’ve got to take a breath.”

Baxter acknowledged the same sort of feeling, but went on to say that putting on the Met jersey for the first time was an unbelievable feeling.

“That was just a great day, it all happened so quickly,” he said. “You could say it was a dream come true.”

He finally returned to the team during a series in San Francisco on July 30. A few nights later, against his first big league team, Baxter would tie a team record by drawing five walks. When he returned for his first night back at Citi Field on August 7, Baxter said he was most proud to be back in front of the fans.

“I love playing in New York,” he said. “When you come back to New York and you get back in front of the fans, some of the greatest in the world in my opinion, it’s always exciting taking the field out here.”

The Whitestone native’s future is still to be written and it is unclear what will come in the next few years. His dad, on the other hand, is certain his son will stay in baseball for as long as humanly possible, even after he hangs up his glove.

“In my heart, I believe Michael is not leaving baseball.”

Mets to sell reprinted tickets from historic no-hitter


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More than 27,000 Mets ticketholders have proof they sat in the stands for the franchise’s historic first no-hitter on June 1. Soon 42,000 more fans will have the same evidence.

The Mets have announced plans to sell reprinted tickets from Johan Santana’s masterpiece.

Immediately following the game, tickets from the contest were placed on eBay for upwards of $200. Stubs from the game are going for about $100 a piece on the auction site.

The reprinted tickets go on sale Monday, June 11 at 10 a.m. for $50.

All 41,922 seats at Citi Field will have tickets reprinted.

Partial season ticket holders and those with tickets plans that did not include the last Friday night’s game can purchase tickets at a presale beginning June 8.

Fans with full-season plans will receive complimentary reprints, though there will still be shipping fees.

Afternoon Roundup


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Passenger plane crashes in Nigeria’s largest city

A passenger plane crashed into a two-story building in Nigeria’s largest city of Lagos on Sunday, officials said. Read more: USA Today

Man Wanted For Attempted Child Kidnapping In Queens

Police are searching for a man they say tried to kidnap a young boy last week in St. Albans. Authorities say Mark Synclair, 33, tried to grab the seven-year-old child outside P.S. 192 on Tuesday morning. Read more: NY1

Cuomo’s $4 Billion Plan for Project in Queens Falls Apart

A $4 billion plan announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to create the country’s largest convention center and a casino in Queens has fallen apart, the governor acknowledged on Friday. Read more: NY Times

Die-hard Mets fan arrested after running onto field following Santana’s no-hitter

A front-row seat at Citi Field: $315. Getting arrested for storming the pitcher’s mound: a possible $1,000 fine and a year in jail. Being a part of Mets history: priceless. Rafael Diaz, 32, lived the dream of every fanatic Friday night when he bolted past security to join the joyous huddle of Amazin’s congratulating pitcher Johan Santana moments after he succeeded in putting in the books the team’s first-ever no-hitter. Read more: NY Post

Three-Car LIE Crash Kills Two In Queens

Two people are dead and a child is injured after a three-car crash on the Long Island Expressway in Queens. Investigators say a yellow taxi cab was traveling westbound on the LIE near 66th Street in Maspeth when it slammed into the rear of a Porsche at around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Read more: NY1

Queens jury clears former NYPD narcotics detective charged with planting drugs on bar patrons

A Queens jury has cleared a former NYPD narcotics detective charged with planting drugs on innocent victims. Adolph Osback was acquitted of multiple charges of falsifying police reports, perjury and official misconduct after jurors deliberated for only 90 minutes Wednesday, his attorney Damien Brown said. Read more: Daily News

Roundup of Johan Santana no-hitter links


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Santana Throws Mets’ First No-Hitter

The Mets’ historic streak without a no-hitter is over. Ace left-hander Johan Santana needed 134 pitches to complete the first no-hitter in the team’s 51-year history Friday as the Mets topped the St. Louis Cardinals 8-0. Read more: NY1

On Johan Santana’s magical night at Citi Field, NY Mets fans finally see a no-hitter

This was for all the times the Mets came close over the half-century they have been in business, the most famous of all when Tom Seaver had a perfect game against the Cubs one time and then a guy named Jimmy Qualls broke it up in the ninth inning. Read more: Daily News

Photo gallery from Santana’s no-hiter. View here: Daily News

Terry Collins sticks with Johan Santana and the rest is NY Mets history

The Friday started with thoughts of how Carlos Beltran would be received by the Mets faithful. But as the game wore on, as Mets ace Johan Santana, kept blanking the Cardinals on a magical Friday night at Citi Field, those thoughts quickly faded into the background. Read more: Daily News

Santana steals show in Carlos Beltran’s return to New York, ends 8,019-game drought

An intense cocktail of emotions coursed through Citi Field with two outs in the ninth inning Friday night. The 27,069 souls in the stands teetered on a precipice between joy and disappointment, desperate to see Mets history, while Johan Santana coped with surges of determination. Read more: Daily News

Baxter hurts shoulder preserving Mets’ no-hitter

Mike Baxter, after making the catch of his life last night, struggled to pull his T-shirt over his head after the game. Shaken, and in serious pain, he said he felt great on a night he gave up his body to keep Johan Santana’s no-hitter intact. Read more: NY Post

WATCH: Santana thanks Mets teammates in clubhouse. Watch here: NY Post

Beltran’s hit that wasn’t had some crying foul over Mets’ no-no

The umpire blew it, but the call and the no-hitter will stand. Maybe because of last night’s call by third base umpire Adrian Johnson, there will be new calls for expanded replay. Read more: NY Post

In Mets’ 51st Year, Finally, Their First No-Hitter

For 8,019 games, across 51 seasons, it had never happened for the Mets. Not at the Polo Grounds, not at Shea Stadium, not at Citi Field, not on the road. Not for Ryan or Seaver, not for Koosman or Matlack, not for Gooden or Cone, not for Leiter or Glavine. No Mets pitcher had ever thrown a no-hitter. Not until Friday. Read more: NY Times

Santana secures place in Mets lore

Johan Santana was the right man to do it, the right pitcher to deliver a magical moment that escaped more than a half-century’s worth of New York Mets. Truth is, he had this no-hitter coming to him since the day he tried to lift the Mets into the playoffs with a torn meniscus in his left knee. Read more: ESPN New York

 

Johan Santana throws New York Mets first ever franchise no-hitter


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Queens and every New York Mets fan is celebrating as Johan Santana has completed the first no-hitter in franchise history. In more than 8,000 games 36 Mets pitchers threw one-hitters.

Santana completed a magnificent performance on Friday, June 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals winning by a score of 8-0.

This game will live in infamy for all Mets fans who are still riding high on the recent announcement of the 2013 All Star Game taking place at Citi Field.

Santana threw 134 pitches and walked 5 in nine innings.

Queens native right fielder Mike Baxter made a diving catch against the left field wall suffering an injury to his shoulder and apparent concussion to save the n0-no in the seventh inning.

Making the victory even more sweet for Mets fans was that this was Carlos Beltran’s first return to Flushing.

“It was a crazy night,” said Santana at the post game press conference.

It certainly will be for Mets fans in Queens and beyond.