Mets Morning News: Seven run seventh allows Mets to roll past gritty Diamondbacks

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Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Meet the Mets

Jeremy Hefner threw seven strong innings and the Mets exploded for seven runs during a rain-soaked seventh inning, as they defeated the first place Diamondbacks for the second day in a row by a score of 9-1.

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The Mets go for the series win in game three of their four game set with the Diamondbacks, as Matt Harvey faces off against Randall Delgado tonight.

Prior to game time, the Mets demoted Zach Lutz down to Las Vegas and promoted 25-year old righty Gonzalez Germen. Cool fact: Germen's middle name is German, making his full name Gonzalez German Germen.

Shaun Marcum seems to be hurting and the pitcher underwent an MRI on Tuesday. After the game, the veteran righty got a little testy with the media.

David Wright has jumped far ahead of Pablo Sandoval in All Star voting! There's only another day to keep voting for the Mets' third baseman.

Yesterday started the International Free Agent signing period and the Mets inked a trio of 16-year olds: C Ali Sanchez, RHP Luis Silva, and SS Yeffry de Aza. They're also rumored to have agreements with SS Luis Carpio and OF Ricardo Cespedes, both of whom can't officially sign until they turn 16 in the coming weeks.

Ike Davis is supposedly making "big progress" with his swing down in Triple-A.

Howard Megdal poses the question – would you choose Dillon Gee or Jeremy Hefner as a pitcher who could be a part of a future Mets rotation? It's nice that both guys have turned their seasons around.

Former Mets' closer John Franco is being sued for allegedly throwing a ball as an intimidation tactic.

Pat LaFrieda's steak sandwich at Citi Field is delectable and now you can make it at home!

Yesterday At AA

Chris McShane kicked off our Mets trade profile series by looking at both Bobby Parnell and Shaun Marcum.

Daniel Convery has Tuesday's rain-filled Daily Farm Report.

David Moseder looked back at July 2nd in Mets history.

Around the NL East

The Braves beat up on the Marlins 11-3.

The Phillies beat the Pirates 3-1 behind Jonathan Pettibone and Chase Utley.

Stephen Strasburg shut out the Brewers over seven innings but they got to Drew Storen and defeated the Nationals 4-0.

Around the Majors

Reds' pitcher Homer Bailey tossed a no-hitter last night against the Giants, becoming the 28th pitcher in major league history to throw multiple no-no's.

TRAIDS! The Cubs made two moves, first sending pitcher Scott Feldman and C Steve Clevenger to the Orioles in exchange for pitchers Pedro Strop, Jake Arrieta, and about $400,000 in IFA bonus pool money. The Cubs then sent erstwhile reliever Carlos Marmol and about $200,000 in IFA bonus money to the Dodgers in exchange for reliever Matt Guerrier.

MLB umpire Brian Runge was let go by the league due to a drug violation. Rob Neyer looked at the early end of Runge's career, while Deadspin profiled Runge in their "Better Know An Umpire" series last year.

The story of Yasiel Puig's attempt to defect from Cuba is pretty incredible.

IMPORTANT: The rosters for this year's Legends & Celebrity softball game are out. Go ahead and admit it, you watch some of it every year. All Star ticket prices are very high but you also get free stuff. Yay, free stuff!

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