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Welcome back to the fold John Maine!

Meet the Mets

As I'm sure most of you know, Omir Santos hit his first career home run last night. And, oh yeah, it was a grand slam. And, another thing, he's better than Brian Schneider.  

The Mets are only 2 games out of first place in the NL East and there's still a long way to go in this season.

Some injury woes to report, however. Carlos Delgado is getting his hip checked outLuis Castillo is having back spasms. I second Eric's desire to see Castillo back soon.

It seems that injury is the only way that Manuel will keep Oliver Perez from making his next start against the Phillies. Perez gave up only one earned run in 26 innings last year against Philadelphia. 

Still only topping out at 85 mph on his fastball, Freddy Garcia is considering retirement.

Met shortstop prospect Wilmer Flores is battling some minor leg soreness.

Citi Field attendance is down 23.4 percent, but they're still operating at 90 percent capacity.

And, finally, you've gotta do two things: believe and have heart. Tom Seaver looks like he's 13.

Around the NL East

John Maine hit Florida shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the hand with a pitch, forcing Ramirez out of the rest of the game. He is now listed as day-to-day.

Despite what Bob Carpenter may think, the Nationals are not a good team going through a bad stretch. Despite getting 5 home runs, the Nationals lost to the Phillies on Raul Ibanez's grand slam, 13-11. National closer Joel Hanrahan blew his third save of the season. Philly closer Brad Lidge will likely rest for a few days with a bum knee.

Off the field, Philadelphia relief pitcher JC Romero is not taking his suspension sitting down. He is going to stand up, walk to a courtroom, and sit down again, filing suit against the makers of the supplement he was taking.

Oh yeah, Jimmy Rollins is going to pull himself off the interstate with a .400 month.

The Mets were just a chaser for Rick Ankiel, as the Cardinal outfielder has begun taking shots against the Braves. Joel Pineiro won his 4th.

Around MLB

Barry Bonds made a public appearance at a Giant game last night, looking very thin.

What managers are on the hot seat? Probably too many.

This is not MLB, but still cool. 5 straight no-hitters.

Could Phil Hughes be the Yankee savior?


Grab a half pound burger tonight and chow down in solidarity with Livan. He'll need all the support he can get. Maybe we should leave that up to the Met hitters...