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Mets d'Arnaud Day News: h'Appy d'Arnaud d'Ay!

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

Denis Poroy

Meet the Mets

Jon Niese struck out 9 Padres, Anthony Recker had a career best 3 hits, and the Mets got home runs from Marlon Byrd, Ike Davis, and Daniel Murphy as they won 5-2 last night.

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Jenrry Mejia goes to the mound this evening against the Padres where he's set to face off against erratic righty Edinson Volquez. Carson Cistulli wrote about Mejia in advance of his start tonight at Fangraphs. Pretty excellent comparison in there.

Also important tonight: the long awaited debut of Travis d'Arnaud, who'll take over the reins behind the plate with John Buck on paternity leave.

Gonzalez Germen has been very effective in a limited sample out of the Mets' pen and Jorge Castillo looked a little further into his background. The Mets seem to be having a bit of success with older international free agent signings. The new market inefficiency, perhaps?

It sounds like Wilmer Flores is ready to return to the Mets' lineup this evening. There's some potentially bad news on Jeremy Hefner, though. The righthander will be going for a second opinion and the Mets are worried he may need Tommy John surgery.

Noah Syndergaard last night against the New Britain Rock Cats...WOW. He tossed five shutout innings (the Mets are limiting him to 5 per start down the stretch), allowing just 3 hits, and striking out a career high 10. Meanwhile, coming off 7 shutout innings of his own on Thursday night, Rafael Montero landed in the #1 spot on Baseball America's prospect hot sheet (d'Arnaud was listed "in the team photo".

Yesterday At AA

Chris looks back at Zack Wheeler's start on Thursday. GIFS!

Eric has the GIF of the game: Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler's bromance. Eric also updates us on World Series odds. It's not looking good for the Mets.

Rob looks at the potential September call-ups.

Greg has the Daily Farm Report from Friday.

Around the NL East

The first night of the post-Charlie Manuel era didn't go well as the Dodgers shut out the Phillies 4-0.

The Braves walked off on Justin Upton's home run as they defeated the Nationals 3-2.

The Giants outslugged the Marlins 14-10 in Miami.

Around the Majors

The Phillies officially fired Charlie Manuel yesterday, hiring Ryne Sandberg on an interim basis.

Joe Posnanski feels that MLB has missed the opportunity to meaningfully improve replay.

Paul Swydan runs down the options for Jacoby Ellsbury this offseason over at Fangraphs and lists the Mets, Cubs, Reds, Athletics, and Mariners as the teams that should be most interested.

The Pacific Coast League is realigning its four divisions with the Tucson Padres set to move to El Paso in 2014.

Former MLB player Chad Curtis was found guilty of sexually assaulting three teenage girls.

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