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Mets Morning News: A Niese game for Jon Nice!

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

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Meet the Mets

Jon Niese pitched well over seven innings and Daniel Murphy clocked a three-run home run, as the Mets defeated the Reds 4-2.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka heads to the mound this afternoon as the Mets and Reds close out their three-game set. Greg Reynolds goes for the Reds.

Sandy Alderson is firmly behind Terry Collins' return as Mets manager, though announcements won't be made until after the season is finished.

Are the Mets and Shin-Soo Choo an ideal match? Mark Simon looks into the Reds' outfielder.

Niese may or may not start Sunday's season finale.

Baseball America's Ben Badler ranked Mets' 2013 first rounder Dominic Smith as the 4th best prospect in the Gulf Coast League this year and he had a pretty glowing report of the 18-year old first baseman.

After missing the majority of the year with an injury, Jeurys Familia is headed to the AFL to pitch this offseason. Here's a little preview of the Mets' AFL contingent, which may possibly feature Matt Harvey.

Yesterday At AA

Jeff Paternostro wrote up a scouting report on Kingsport pitcher Persio Reyes.

Around the NL East

Andrelton Simmons' walk-off home run helped the Braves defeat the Brewers 3-2.

Michael Wacha came one out shy of no-hitting the Nationals, as the Cardinals won 2-0. Ryan Zimmerman's infield single broke up the no-no with two out in the ninth.

Zach Miner started for the Phillies and they still beat the Marlins 2-1. Roy Halladay's season is over after he left yesterday's game facing just three batters and Halladay may be dealing with more than just arm injuries. Marlins' GM Larry Beinfest spoke about what it's like to work for Jeffrey Loria. Sounds like hell.

Around the Majors

Somehow, Manny Machado has no ACL or MCL damage to his left knee and could begin running in 6-8 weeks. That's great news for the Orioles and for all of baseball, really.

Seattle Mariners' GM Jack Zduriencik will be back in 2014.

Speaking of #6org, excellent stuff from Dave Cameron who wrote about the Pirates built themselves a playoff team.

Grant Brisbee wonders whether fielders are getting better and better.

Grant also wrote about the unnamed Dodgers player who bragged about peeing in the Chase Field pool.

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