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Mets Morning News: Tigers are good, Mets are not good

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

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Meet the Mets

Matt Harvey allowed a baker's dozen of hits and the Mets had very few themselves, as the Tigers won game two yesterday afternoon.

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Dillon Gee looks to salvage the series finale with the Tigers this afternoon and he'll go up against New Jersey native Rick Porcello.

Harvey says that he's pretty tired after having such a heavy workload this season and his pitches aren't as sharp as they were earlier in the year. If you've watched him pitch the last three or so starts, that's probably not a surprise.

The Mets didn't win yesterday but the young players are giving the fans an inkling of exciting days to come.

Lucas Duda is back and he'll spend time mostly as a backup first baseman and designated hitter when they head out to Cleveland in September.

The Mets signed 16-year old Dominican outfielder Ricardo Cespedes. He'll get a $725,000 signing bonus.

Pitching prospect Akeel Morris has pitched very well in Brooklyn and has likely seen his prospect stock improve after a dreadful 2012 in Kingsport.

Yesterday At AA

Daniel Convery had Saturday's Daily Farm Report.

Around the NL East

The Diamondbacks scored 5 runs off of position players Casper Wells and John McDonald in the 18th inning, as the Phillies fell 12-7. Because Sunday's starter Tyler Cloyd pitched in relief last night, the Phillies were forced to activate Roy Halladay from the DL early for today's start.

The Braves dropped their third straight to the Cardinals, falling 6-2. Apparently, the Braves claimed Kyle Lohse off waivers earlier this month but the Brewers pulled him back.

Jose Fernandez shut down the Rockies as the Marlins won 3-0.

Wearing throwback Negro League uniforms from 1942, the Nationals and Jordan Zimmermann defeated the Royals 7-2.

Around the Majors

Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers discussed a record seven year deal earlier in the season, though the two sides are not working on anything right now.

The Padres cut Edinson Volquez after a horrible outing. It's been a horrible season for Volquez, who has fallen a long way from his strong 2008 in Cincinnati.

Prospects slowed down the trade deadline as teams didn't want to get hosed by Sandy Alderson part with good young prospects for veterans.

Could David Robertson be Mariano Rivera-lite?

What if the Dodgers and Red Sox didn't make their big trade last year? Grant Brisbee tries to figure how the baseball world would be different.

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