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Meet the Mets
Daisuke Matsuzaka's debut went about as poorly as you could've imagine, as he allowed a run in the first and then four more in the second, digging the Mets into a hole they had no chance of getting out of.
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Hopefully this afternoon's pitching matchup can help us forget yesterday, as Matt Harvey faces off against Max Scherzer.
The Mets recalled Lucas Duda this morning and demoted Mike Baxter to Las Vegas. Promoting Duda today saves the team his final option.
So why did the Mets sign Daisuke Matsuzaka? Sandy Alderson says "why not?". At least he won't cost them much, making a prorated amount of the $490,000 big league minimum.
Travis d'Arnaud hasn't hit much yet in his small major league sample but he may already be really good at framing pitches.
David Wright took grounders yesterday at Citi Field and could be ready to head down to Florida to begin rehab work early next week.
Brandon Nimmo got some praise from an opposing manager in the Sally League.
Frank Francisco threw another inning in the GCL. Maybe he'll make it back for the last day of the season. Probably wouldn't bet on it, though.
Yesterday At AA
Aaron Yorke previewed the series with the Tigers and I spoke with Bless You Boys to find out more about them.
Chris McShane looked at what we should expect from Dice-K in his Mets debut. Welp.
Joe Sokolowski recapped the week in Mets quotes.
Greg Karam has our Daily Farm Report from Friday.
Around the NL East
The Phillies won in walk off fashion once again, beating the Diamondbacks 4-3.
Adam Wainwright shut down the Braves, as the Cardinals won 3-1. Atlanta acquired Freddy Garcia from the Orioles for some reason.
The Nationals were down 6-0 but they rallied to overcome the Royals with an 11-10 victory. The Nats dealt catcher Kurt Suzuki back to the A's and moved David DeJesus to the Rays just days after acquiring him.
The Rockies defeated the Marlins 3-2.
Around the Majors
Great news, everyone: Vin Scully is coming back in 2014 for his 65th season.
Derek Jeter could be back on Monday. Maybe he'll last 10 games this time!
David Ortiz disagreed with teammate Ryan Dempster hitting Alex Rodriguez on Sunday.
Things aren't going very well in Anaheim. One of Mike Scioscia or GM Jerry DiPoto is likely to be gone at the end of the year. Also, it's being reported that Torii Hunter and Albert Pujols nearly came to blows last season.
The Rays gave Mariano Rivera a creepy sculpture as a going away present.
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