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Mets Morning News: Barry Zito Turns Back The Clock, Sends NLCS Back To San Francisco

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Your Saturday helping of Mets and MLB news, notes and links.

Barry Zito threw a shutout? What?
Barry Zito threw a shutout? What?
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Meet the Mets

Toby Hyde answers the question of whether the Yankees could be players for David Wright this offseason. No.

Bill James answered a mailbag question about Matt Harvey's future.

Around the Playoffs

The Giants shut out the Cardinals 5-0 in St. Louis on the strength of Barry Zito's improbable pitching performance over 7.2 innings and a four-run fourth inning. With the victory, the series shifts back to San Francisco for game six on Sunday with the Cardinals still leading 3-2.

Unfortunately, there is no baseball tonight. NOOOO!

To help stay sharp for the World Series, the Tigers are flying up their instructional league players to play scrimmages against the big league club.

Around the Majors

Buster Posey and Fernando Rodney won this year's Comeback Player of the Year awards.

Here is all of your Yankee drama for the day: In a phone interview, Hal Steinbrenner said it's not fair to blame Alex Rodriguez for all of the Yankees' struggles. Rationality! Some players are saying that the booing at Yankee Stadium may have "spooked" the team. Aww, how scary! Scott Boras says that there's a strong chance his client Rafael Soriano will opt out of his contract following the World Series. Jon Heyman says that the Yankees have no interest in retaining Nick Swisher but they will make him a qualifying offer, a one year deal worth about $13.5 million, in order to collect draft pick compensation when he leaves.

The Rangers have hired Dave Magadan as their hitting coach. The former Met Magadan had been the Red Sox hitting coach since 2006 but decided to move on.

Injured Giants' closer Brian Wilson played catch for the first time since his Tommy John surgery.

The Red Sox have started contract negotiations with David Ortiz, while they're also making progress on compensation for a deal with the Blue Jays for manager John Farrell.

Lefty reliever Hideki Okajima is looking to return to MLB after spending 2012 pitching in Japan.

Yesterday At AA

James gives us the final edition of This Week In SNY for the season. This brings a tear to my eye. Until next year, TWISNY!

SB Nation Designated Columnist Mike Bates wonders whether it's a good idea for the Mets to re-sign David Wright at all costs. A pretty well-written piece from an outsider's perspective.

Yours truly takes a look at some of the potential offseason outfield trade targets on the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Thomas Wachtel uncovers an awful baseball card, which calls David Wright "D-MONEY". No, please just stop, card company.

Steve Sypa continues his look at International Free Agent possibilities by previewing reliever Kyuji Fujikawa.

Matthew Callan goes back to the videotape, as Tom Seaver teaches us some baseball terms.

On This Date In Mets History for October 19th, the word is "Endy Chavez". That is all.