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Mets Morning News: Saturday in the park, I think it was another Mets loss

Your Sunday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

David Banks

Meet the Mets

Jeremy Hefner struggled in the fourth inning, as Cubs' pitcher Scott Feldman got the Mets' righty for a two-run double, as Chicago beat our heroes by a score of 8-2. The Mets' offense, meanwhile, had a few early chances but was mostly quiet until Rick Ankiel hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning. Despite the poor start, the Mets don't plan on skipping Hefner's spot in the rotation or even dumping him from it completely.

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The Mets look to take the rubber game of their series at Wrigley Field, as they'll send Dillon Gee to the hill against lefty Travis Wood. Game time is at 2:20 PM and you can catch the action on WPIX.

Ike Davis' struggles continued, as the first baseman went 0-4, dropping his season line to a woeful .156/.238/.259. Sandy Alderson says that a demotion of Davis to Triple-A isn't imminent. If they were to demote him, however, they could take a look at recently DFA'd A's first baseman Daric Barton.

Matt Harvey's already sterling ERA may drop even further without him throwing a pitch – the Mets are appealing the second run charged against Harvey in Friday's game.

Ben Berkon writes that the Mets need to sign current Reds' outfielder Shin-Soo Choo when he becomes a free agent this offseason. I agree and am fully aboard the Choo Choo train.

Yesterday At AA

This Date In Mets History celebrates Nelson Figueroa's birthday.

Around the NL East

The Phillies were torched by the Reds 10-0, as Kyle Kendrick was not very good.

Miami was shut out by the Grissionbacks 1-0.

San Diego defeated the Nationals 2-1, as Jordan Zimmermann pitched well but the Padres' 2nd run scored thanks to a botched pickoff attempt.

The Braves beat the Dodgers 3-1, thanks to back to back home runs from Evan Gattis and Andrelton Simmons. Unfortunately, their bullpen took another major hit as lefty Eric O'Flaherty looks to be done for the year with a torn UCL.

Around the Majors

J.A. Happ, out since getting hit in the head with a line drive a few weeks back, is having his rehab held up by a knee injury that he suffered falling to the ground on that same play.

This world just isn't right: Endy Chavez may lose his job, while Jason Bay will keep his. Also keeping his job on the Mariners is Oliver Perez. So much hate.

Infielder Chris Nelson was claimed off waivers from the Yankees by the Angels, while the Yankees acquired 27-year old former top prospect Reid Brignac from the Rockies. In regards to why Ben Francisco is still on the roster, Brian Cashman seems like he's a bigger troll than Justin Turner.

Grant Brisbee looks at organizational positional droughts at first base.