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Blind Squirrel Applesauce - Murphy flashes leather, Delgado returning to Mets, Bankrupt Dykstra

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Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then. Last night was just one game and the Mets needed every break to come out with a 5-4 victory over the NL's best. How much different could last night have been if Gary Sheffield were tagged out without sliding? Or if the umpire had called Mark Loretta safe on Daniel Murphy's amazing play? Don't get me wrong, I'll take a win and be happy, but to an extent. Greg Prince puts it well, as usual.

Meet the Mets

"Chuck Norris and Oliver Perez got into a fight. Guess who won? Ollie did. He was all over the place and Chuck couldn't hit him."

Confucius Elias say man who walks 7 in 5 inning shouldn't win.

Maybe my suggested route of trading Met veterans won't be so easy

Brad Holt is still winless in double-A, but he did strike out 10 in 5 innings. Ike Davis homered for the 3rd time in 4 days

Carlos Delgado is ahead of schedule and may return to the lineup August 1.

Daniel Murphy means business.

Lance Broadway threw a complete game yesterday, allowing only 7 hits.

The Philadelphia Inquirer prints a plea for peace in the Met-Phillie rivalry.

Beyond the Box Score ranks the Mets 22nd in their latest power rankings.

Around the NL East

Philadelphia is very interested in Pedro Martinez. Good luck with that. In worse news, MLBtraderumors lists the Phillies as the favorites to land Halladay. FanGraphs explains why any team would be happy to get the ace.

On the field, Shane Victorino helped his all-star case with a walk-off single against the Reds. All was not well, however, as Met killer Rodrigo Lopez left the game after five innings with shoulder inflammation.

Chris Volstad threw his first career shutout in yesterday's Marlin victory over the Giants.

Marlin utility player Alfred Amezaga is out for the season.

The Rockies continued their winning ways in beating the Nationals, sweeping the series. Adam Dunn committed two errors.

The Braves took 2 of 3 from the Cubs at Wrigley.

Around MLB

Lenny Dykstra filed for bankruptcy yesterday. The AP has identified Dykstra as a former Met star.

Twin prospect Deolis Guerra has been promoted to the double-A New Britain Rockcats.

Ken Griffey Jr. gave his own tribute to the King of Pop.

The Blue Jays have released former closer BJ Ryan with $15 million remaining on his enormous contract.

Royals Review finds there's not that much of a difference between the maligned David Dejesus and the glorified Jason Bay.

The Red Sox and Rockies are talking trade.

Brewer bench coach Willie Randolph got ejected and suspended for arguing with an umpire. Happy now Met fans?

Beyond the Boxscore argues for human umpires.

Andruw Jones, yes that Andruw, hit 3 homers last night. The Rangers are now in first place.