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The Mets fell to the Diamondbacks 5-3 last night after a long rain delay pushed the game back by two hours. Matt Harvey was good until he allowed a three-run home run to the hated Cody Ross in the sixth inning. The Diamondbacks scratched out two more runs to break it open. Damn you, Cody Ross.
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Dillon Gee faces Ian Kennedy as the Mets look to win the series against the Diamondbacks this afternoon.
Matt Harvey should start the All-Star game opposite Max Scherzer, says Dave Schoenfield. There are more pictures of Harvey's ESPN bodies photo shoot. The first photo that came out continues to melt hearts.
Jon Niese's MRI was pushed back to Monday. Meanwhile, Shaun Marcum is hurting but expects to make his next start. Terry Collins held back from using Carlos Torres in case they needed a starter in place of Marcum or Dillon Gee.
There's no timetable for Ike Davis' return to the big leagues. Meanwhile, Pedro Feliciano will stay in Binghamton until he can maintain his velocity in back to back outings.
Anthony Recker starts again this afternoon but Terry Collins says he's not bailing on John Buck. I don't know, maybe he shoudl.
The Mets continue to make adjustments with Zack Wheeler, who was angry with his most recent bullpen session. HE CARES!
Will the Mets trade Marlon Byrd? Byrd says he wouldn't be surprised.
IMPORTANT: Exclusive interview with Mr. Met, who names David Wright as his favorite Met. I knew I always liked that guy.
Yesterday At AA
I also wrote about Marlon Byrd's trade prospects. Chris McShane wrote about Brandon Lyon.
Chris also says that MLB instant replay should be a lot better than it is.
AA took on the Matt Harvey ESPN bodies picture.
Juan Lagares took a ball to the face in this GIF.
Joe Sokolowski has another edition of This Week In Mets Quotes.
Steve Sypa has yesterday's Daily Farm Report.
Around the NL East
The Marlins beat the Braves 6-3. Atlanta called up unfortunately named prospect Joey Terdoslavich.
The Nationals fell to the Brewers 4-1. They also activated Wilson Ramos from the DL.
The Pirates beat the Phillies 6-5.
Around the Majors
The Rangers signed Manny Ramirez to a minor league contract. Yes!
Yasiel Puig bruised his hip running into an outfield wall. All of the sads.
The Brewers and Diamondbacks may be talking about a Yovani Gallardo trade.
The Yankees placed Jayson Nix on the DL and signed former Dodgers infielder Luis Cruz, who they released after he hit .127/.175/.169 in over 100 at bats this year. These are the Yankees now.
Carson Cistulli has his Fringe Five prospects, this week featuring two Mets: pitcher Matt Bowman and hitter Wilmer Flores.
Jay-Z took a shot at Scott Boras in his new song.
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