Nieve Applesauce - Sheffield gets cortisone, Daniel Murphy is the new Olerud, and thank you Pat Burrell

At what point can we say that Fernando Nieve is more than just lightning in a bottle? 5 starts? Also, welcome back Nick Evans. Glad to see that horrid start in triple-A has ended. You're only 3 home runs behind David Wright... Now, let's see if I can keep my perfect record of watching Met games at work. I'm pretty sure they are 0-523 when I have the game on in the background here. 

Meet the Mets

Gary Sheffield sat for the 3rd straight game last night after getting a cortisone shot in his knee. Sheffield emphasized that he will not be going on the DL.

Daniel Murphy = John Olerud? That would be nice.

Mets Merized links the Met DL woes to the World Baseball Classic.

Jenrry Mejia had his first bad outing in 4 Double-A starts, giving up 5 earned runs in 5 and 2/3 innings. He still struck out 7 batters. Binghamton looks like a team to watch because, in addition to Mejia, you've got Ike Davis putting it together.

Where is Joe McEwing now? Managing for the White Sox system in Winston-Salem. And pranking his players.

NY Sports Dog shows some awesome foresight in criticizing last night's lineup.

CC Sabathia had a good bullpen session, keeping him in line for the start tomorrow night.

Around the NL East

Pat Burrell can help the Mets sometimes too. The Tampa DH homered and drove in 3 in last night's Ray win over Philadelphia.

The Phillies apparently had a deal in place with the Rockies that involved JA Happ, Ryan Spillborghs, and Jason Marquis.

The Red Sox continued their domination over the Nationals last night, beating Washington 6-4. David Ortiz continued his impeccable Carlos Delgado impersonation with a home run and 3 RBI.

The Yankees knocked Kenshin Kawakami out of the game with a line drive and continued their assault, beating the Braves 8-4. Alex Rodriguez woke up and knocked in 2.

Bobby Cox is old and popular.

Ricky Nolasco is making it look like it's 2008 lately by continuing his strong June. Nolasco pitched 7 innings, striking out 7 Orioles and allowing 0 ERs in the Marlins' 5-2 victory.

Around MLB

I wish the Mets had the Rays' problems.

The offensively challenged White Sox humbled the Dodgers with six homers.

Lookout Landing lets the air out of the YES online streaming news.

John Smoltz will make his Red Sox debut today against the Nationals.

An off-duty cop was allegedly assaulted after an Angel-Rockie game causing the officer to open fire and hit 2 of his assailants. 

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