Matt Wieters Applesauce: First Major League homer against the Mets, Carp is in the bigs, Wagner back in a month

 On the event of Matt Wieters' first major league home run, here is a little known fact about Wieters: his eyesight is so good that he CAN see Russia from his house.


Meet the Mets

Johan Santana had a good bullpen session yesterday and is all set to make his next scheduled start.

Ramon Castro trade bait Lance Broadway had his first good outing in the Met farm system, allowing only 3 hits over 6+ innings.

Wilmer Flores also hit his second home run of the season.

Marlon Anderson has found a home with the Newark Bears. That's quite a stable of former Mets they've got there: Alberto Castillo, Carl Everett, Tike Redman, and Armando Benitez (by my count).

Billy Wagner says that he will be able to return to the Mets in 30 days. Wagner would be a welcome help to Pedro Feliciano.

Around the NL East

Shockingly, Charlie Manuel did not select Jerry Manuel as a coach to join him at the All-Star Game. 

The Red Sox smacked the Marlins, 6-1, to help Brad Penny to his 100th win. Dustin Pedroia had 3 RBI.

Marlin infielder Wes Helms goes on the record as saying that the Hall of Fame should ban steroid users.

The Blue Jays help the Mets again, thumping the Phillies 7-1. Jamie Moyer was not good again, allowing 6 runs on 10 hits in 6 innings. Despite the Met loss, they remain 3 games behind Philadelphia.

The Nationals, behind New York native John Lannan, beat the Yankees 3-2

Javier Vazquez went the distance for the Braves, but still lost to the Reds 4-3 in Cincinnati. Jay Bruce hit his 16th and pitcher Micah Owings his 2nd for the Reds. 

Around MLB

Congratulations Mike Carp. With the injury to Erik Bedard, the Mariners have called up Carp from triple-A where he was hitting .299. He will get the start today at first base.

Also, congratulations to Ivan Rodriguez, who has now caught more games than anyone in baseball history.

The Blue Jays have put Roy Halladay and closer Scott Downs on the DL. Ouch.

Speaking of DL, Mike Hampton is hurt again.

The US House of Representatives will investigate whether Sammy Sosa lied under oath at infamous steroid hearing.

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