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Mets Morning News: A big day for Chicago, but Queens is the new windy city

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


Meet the Mets

It was a blustery night at Citi Field when the Mets played the Cardinals on Wednesday. After three innings, St. Louis starter Michael Wacha was on pace to strike out 27 Mets, but he ran out of steam and ended up walking in a pair of runs. That appeared to be all the Mets would need, but Kyle Farnsworth was shaky in a ninth. Only a sweet relay to the plate by Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Ruben Tejada stopped the Cardinals from tying the game on a Daniel Descalso double. A solo home run by Lucas Duda in the sixth turned out to be the deciding tally in the 3-2 win.

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Before the game, Daniel Murphy commented on how Ruben Tejada is a nifty defender who keeps the mood on the field from getting too hectic. Tejada's defense was key during the Mets' win over the Cardinals on Monday night.

Ted Berg writes that by getting upset at Matt Harvey and his controversial tweet, critics are helping to take the fun out of baseball.

Terry Collins didn't deny that Daisuke Matsuzaka could be an option at closer down the road.

Around the NL East

Cole Hamels returned from the disabled list to make his first start of the year on Wednesday night. He allowed two runs in six innings against the Dodgers.

Aaron Harang was dominant yet again, but so was Nate Eovaldi. In the end, the Braves defeated the Marlins when Evan Gattis doubled home a pair of runs in the eighth.

The Nationals scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to come from behind and stun the Angels, 5-4.

Around the Majors

The last time Michael Pineda pitched against the Red Sox, he caused a ruckus by getting caught on camera with a foreign substance on his hand. This time around, the gunk was on his neck, and viewers at home weren't the only people who noticed.

The Cubs celebrated the 100-year anniversary of beloved Wrigley Field by wearing extreme throwback uniforms, blowing a three-run lead in the ninth inning, and forgetting to invite Chicago legend Sammy Sosa. At least there was a really awesome cake.

I try to be a good son to my mother, but I'll probably never be able to hit a home run on her birthday like Chris Colabello did with his mom. The video is made all the more fun thanks to a timely interview by the local sports network.

Talented but oft-injured starter Josh Johnson is going to have a second Tommy John surgery.

Yesterday at AA

On this date in 1962, Casey Stengel was fined $500 by MLB for appearing in a beer commercial. In 1977, Carlos Beltran was born.