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Swept Applesauce - Met All-Star selections, electrical outlets, Perez returning, Cuban defection

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Meet the Mets

For what it's worth, 4 Mets were selected to play in next week's All-Star Game: David Wright, Johan Santana, Francisco Rodriguez, and Carlos Beltran. Full rosters here.

Some words of wisdom from Charles Schulz.

Jonathan Niese's latest outing was a complete game shutout. Time to bring him back up?

NY Sports Dog argues that Beltran is the team's MVP.

The Mets lost to this guy yesterday.

John Franco has apologized to David Wright for saying he lacked leadership.

Tim Redding out. Oliver Perez in.

Fernando Martinez is aching.

Yahoo Sports' Gordon Edes doesn't see a lot of trade bait in the Met organization.

Bill Price lists some of the biggest Met free agent busts.

FanGraphs praises Jenrry Mejia as a bargain.

Mets Geek takes a look at Jeurys Familia.

Around the NL East

Are the Phillies good? Or are the Mets just really bad?

Ricky Nolasco has a 1.54 ERA since his stint in the minors.

I think Hanley Ramirez actually writes his own blog.

The Marlins have signed Luis Ayala.

Adam Dunn hit his 300th career home run over the weekend. But the Nationals have no plans to dump talent.

National reliever Joe Beimel wants to go back to the Dodgers.

Around MLB

FanGraphs compiles this year's defensive All-Star team.

One of the world's top left handed pitching prospects, Cuban Aroldis Chapman, has defected.

Minnesota will get outdoor baseball again.

David Eckstein has strained his hamstring.

Steve Serby talks with Derek Jeter. Jeter plugs his crap shoe and doesn't want to even think about playing another position.