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Mets 3, Marlins 0: Michael Conforto Looks Solid in Center Field in a Mets’ Shutout

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On his first play as a major league centerfielder, Michael Conforto made a diving catch in the first inning.

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MIAMI — The past month has been a whirlwind for Michael Conforto. On June 26, the Mets sent the young outfielder in a prolonged slump down to Class AAA Las Vegas to fix his offense. There, Conforto improved his hitting and learned a new position, right field.

Conforto returned to the Mets last week, and in Sunday’s 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins, he made his first career start in center field and in the spacious outfield of Marlins Park. The win moved the Mets within a half-game of the Marlins for second place in the National League East.

Conforto looked like a natural on a diving catch on the Marlins’ first ball in play, and he then collected two hits. Although Steven Matz did most of the heavy lifting in the win — with some help from Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes and James Loney — Conforto’s contributions were significant.

Matz, who has pitched with a bone spur in his throwing elbow, tossed six scoreless innings and…

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