Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.
Meet the Mets
Zack Wheeler pitched well enough over 5 innings and the Mets' bats excellence combined with the Brewers' awfulness to defeat Milwaukee 12-5 last night. At Faith and Fear in Flushing, Jason Fry doesn't believe what he saw.
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The Mets and Brewers meet up this evening on Fox at 7:15 PM. Shaun Marcum faces off against Yovani Gallardo and his former team.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a career day, going 4-4 and reaching base in all six plate appearances. The last player to do that was Mike Piazza back in 2000.
With Ike Davis back at first base, the Mets plan to move Josh Satin to the outfield at some point to get his bat in the lineup.
Lucas Duda and Justin Turner are slowly progressing from their intercostal strains.
The Times has a great piece on a number of released players from the Mets' 2008 draft, focusing on 20th rounder Michael Moras who's become a coach.
Double-A infielder Danny Muno is getting his career back on track after his PED suspension last year.
Yesterday At AA
Chris McShane has the Mets' midseason review. He also tracked Matt Harvey's 17th and 18th starts.
We have trade profiles for John Buck, Daniel Murphy, and Jeremy Hefner.
I previewed the Mets' series with the Brewers.
Eric has the GIF of the game from Thursday.
Matthew Callan has a Q&A with Steve Reynolds of Zisk Magazine.
Brock Mahan looks back at July 5 in Mets history.
Steve Sypa has yesterday's Daily Farm Report.
Around the NL East
The Nationals beat the Padres 8-5. Prior to the Nats' game, Bryce Harper spent an hour talking with a young boy who has an inoperable brain tumor.
The Phillies beat the Braves 5-4 yesterday. Ruben Amaro Jr. called out Ryan Howard, saying he needs to get better. Amaro is going to use the next 10 days to evaluate whether his team should be a buyer or seller. Well, this seems like sound process.
The Cardinals defeated Jacob Turner and the Marlins 4-1.
Around the Majors
John Sickels has a really interesting piece on plate discipline over at Minor League Ball.
A pair of ex-Mets pitchers face off today as Mike Pelfrey takes on R.A. Dickey.
Matt Kemp's awful year continues as the center fielder left the Dodgers' game with shoulder irritation.
Francisco Liriano made a really nice between the legs play.
Manny Ramirez is set to make his Triple-A debut on Sunday.
Derek Jeter has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment, which could put him back in the big leagues after the All-Star break.
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