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Mets Morning News: Mets and fans spend 20 innings in hell, come out with a loss

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Meet the Mets

Yikes. 20 innings after the game began, the Marlins mercifully scored a run to take a lead and the Mets ended up losing 2-1 in pitiful fashion. Matt Harvey got the ball and was great over the first seven innings before leaving with some back tightness. Harvey expects to be fine and make his next start. Shaun Marcum, meanwhile, tossed 8 strong innings in relief, though he gave up the run in the 20th. It'd have been nice for the Mets to have plated a run for him.

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Jon Niese heads to the hill this afternoon and he'll face off against Tom Koehler. For Niese, it's his first start back from shoulder tendinitis.

After yesterday's abomination ended, the Mets announced that they'd designated Rick Ankiel for assignment and that they were preparing to promote Kirk Nieuwenhuis back to the majors in his place. No offense to Rick but if I'm going to watch a fringy center fielder strike out a bunch of times, I'd much rather see Kirk than Ankiel.

The Mets made history yesterday, as their 20 inning game was the longest in Citi Field history and the longest in the majors since 2010 when the Mets beat the Cardinals in 20 innings by a score of 2-1 (you probably remember that game – the Jerry Manuel sac bunting twice against position players debacle).

Former Met Howard Johnson, hitting coach for Triple-A Tacoma, reviewed Zack Wheeler's readiness after watching him on Friday night.

The MLB Draft wrapped up yesterday (before the Mets game ended, I might add) and the Mets came out of the 40 rounds with a bunch of new dudes you've probably never heard of. At CBS Sports, Mike Axisa reviewed a few of the best picks on Day 2 and switch-hitting outfielder Jared King, taken in the 5th round by the Mets, made the list. Watching the live feed on Friday, I know Jim Callis and Jon Mayo were both pretty shocked King was still on the board and loved the pick for the Mets.

Yesterday At AA

Alex Nelson has a scouting report for Mets' third round pick Casey Meisner, a gigantic, projectable right handed starting pitcher out of a Texas high school.

Brock Mahan looked back at June 8 in Mets history.

Around the NL East

The Nationals lost to the Twins by a score of 4-3 as Kevin Correia shut down Washington's offense.

Kris Medlen beat the Dodgers with his arm and his bat, as the Braves defeated LA 2-1.

The Phillies dropped their second straight to the Brewers, falling 4-3.

Around the Majors

Brandon McCarthy, already on the DL with shoulder inflammation, suffered a seizure related to his head injury from last year. Sad news and hopefully for him this doesn't become a recurring issue.

MLB has been accused of bullying a witness involved in the Biogenesis case.

The Rays are not close to calling up top prospect Wil Myers because they have nowhere to play him in their lineup at the moment. Meanwhile, the Pirates are going to promote top pitching prospect Gerrit Cole to make his big league debut on Tuesday.

Grant Brisbee runs down some new MLB draftees worth following and rooting for.