Your Sunday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.
Meet the Mets
Justin Maxwell's silver hammer came down upon the Mets' heads, as they fell to the Royals 4-3 in 12 innings. Maxwell crushed a ball off of David Aardsma that just stayed fair.
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Zack Wheeler heads to the mound today as he'll face off against Ervin Santana in the rubber game of the series with the Royals.
It's not a surprise after the way it looked on Friday night but David Wright will be out about 3-5 weeks with a grade 2 hamstring strain. Mike Baxter was promoted to replace him.
Carlos Torres is headed back to the bullpen and the Mets will go back to a five-man rotation temporarily until Jon Niese returns from his DL stint. Niese's final rehab start should be on Tuesday with Brooklyn.
Juan Lagares' bat has come alive of late but he's given the Mets plenty of defensive value in center field.
Paul DePodesta shared some info regarding Wilmer Flores, Travis d'Arnaud, and Cesar Puello among others.
Lucas Duda is working his way back to the majors with the St. Lucie Mets and hitting well there.
Savannah starting pitcher Matt Koch, the Mets' 3rd rounder in 2013, is hospitalized after getting hit in the head with a line drive.
Yesterday At AA
Daniel Convery has our Daily Farm Report from Saturday.
Brock Mahan looked back at August 3 in Mets history.
Around the NL East
The Braves won their 9th in a row, as they defeated the Phillies 5-4 in 12 innings. The Phillies have now lost 12 of 14 games after the All-Star break and the Good Phight wonders if they should just tank the rest of the season for a good draft pick. Ruben Amaro Jr says "NEVER"!
Dan Haren looked good as the Nationals shut out the Brewers 3-0. Ross Detwiler's season may be finished.
The Marlins fell to the Indians 4-3.
Around the Majors
MLB is done negotiating with Alex Rodriguez and they will reportedly ban him through the 2014 season on Monday.
Matt Garza, he of this stupid facial hair, called out Athletics' infielder Eric Sogard on Twitter after he had words for him during the game earlier in the day. Garza also called out Sogard's wife.
MLB has teamed up with the US Forest Service to try to curb its broken bat problem. I hope Smokey The Bear is working on the case.
The A's have acquired old friend Fernando Nieve from the Indians for cash considerations.
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