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Mets Morning News: Baseball returns against Philadelphia as the trade deadline approaches

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New York Mets related news and links for July 19, 2013

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After several days without Mets baseball due to the All-Star break, the second half gets underway tonight as the club takes on the Phillies. The Mets will use Jeremy Hefner, Zack Wheeler, and finally Matt Harvey on Sunday as they look to continue their good play of late.

Following the All-Star Game being played at Citi Field, there has been all sorts of talk about the home of the Mets. Rob Neyer added his thoughts to the discussion yesterday.

Howard Megdal looked at the decision to leave Ruben Tejada in Triple-A, and pointed out how important a return to form would be for the Mets going forward.

The Star-Ledger offered up a brief review of the first half of the season, as well as some predictions for the second half.

Checking in at the Adam Rubin lobby saw some entire sensible talk about what we could be seeing at the TRAID deadline.

Faith and Fear had a reader share his experience meeting one of his all-time favorite Mets, and it's definitely worth checking out.

While big league clubs had the night off, our minor league affiliates were in action on Thursday. You can check in on the highlights here.

Yesterday at AA

Sandy Alderson spoke at length with WFAN, and Chris McShane took the time transcribe the entire interview for us here at AA.

This date in Mets history points out several huge events on July 17 that led to the birth of the Mets.

Around Baseball

Derek Lowe has been struggling for the past several seasons, and yesterday decided to retire. When I read that, the first thing I though of was Oliver Perez. What is wrong with me?

Another player that probably isn't all that far away from retiring found himself on the 15-day DL this morning. It's not clear who the Yankees will be replacing Derek Jeter with at this point.