NL Beast Applesauce - Pelfrey & Davis carry Mets, Castillo and Maine to start, Ollie's DL legit

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While the Mets didn't have Stephen Strasburg pitching and gaining all the headlines, they did have Mike Pelfrey going 9 strong innings and Ike Davis crushing an off-speed pitch for a walk-off 11th inning home run. Video here. Last night also marked the first chance for Jesus Feliciano to wear a MLB uniform; Manuel decided to bench him to allow the spotlight to stay on Strasburg.

Meanwhile, in roster news, looks like the Mets are going back to their old ways, saying Castillo will start at second and John Maine will take Takahashi's spot when they return from their injuries.

In minor league news, Fernando Martinez has returned, the Bisons struggle after their top hitter gets promoted, and Wally Backman is set to debut as a New York manager.

Tim Smith says it's past time for the Mets to get a no-hitter. Meanwhile, Dave Golebiewski says Johan Santana's peripherals are dropping big time.

MLB has not found anything fishy about Oliver Perez's DL trip. Howard Megdal can't wait to see what injury the Mets come up with next for Ollie.

Mack does a tremendous job compiling scouting reports on Matt Harvey, who one at least one scout projects as a bullpen arm.

Around MLB

Youth was served last night in baseball's up-and-coming division. Some guy named Elvis Strasburg pitched in DC, striking out a few, and commanding a few live blogs (Posnanski here and Silva here) and even a link dump. All in all, a historically good outing for the rookie.

Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, the Marlins brought up their own star prospect Mike Stanton who had 3 hits.

Philly.com compiles some of their fans' finer moments.

Pete Rose controversies just never die; this time it's a corked bat in Cooperstown.

And, finally, nepotism is alive and well in the Tiger and White Sox organizations.

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