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Mets Morning News: Alderson speaks to some fans, Mets lose a laugher to San Diego, NL East still up for grabs

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Your Father's Day dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

"It's Father's Day today at Shea, so to all you fathers out there, Happy Birthday." —Ralph Kiner

Meets the Mets

The Mets were beaten yesterday afternoon by the lowly San Diego Padres, whose starting pitcher Jesse Hahn—as you may have heard—was once high school teammates with Matt Harvey. Zack Wheeler gave up four runs in five innings, and the Mets got just two hits and wasted the opportunities they had with men on base. It all felt pretty familiar. But they'll go for the series victory against San Diego this afternoon, which would be their first series victory since completing their five-game visit to Philadelphia at the beginning of June. Somehow they're still just five-and-a-half games out of first place in the National League East.

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Chris Young struck out in all four of his plate appearances during the loss and was booed heavily. He says he's hoping to turn all of the negative energy into positive energy with better results.

Ignore the blogosphere and Twitter, says Sandy Alderson.

David Lennon says Mets fans are paying BMW prices for a Ford Fiesta.

About these Mets, Greg Prince says, well, "what can I tell ya?"

To make the big league loss feel a little bit worse, Rafael Montero left his start yesterday with an injury.

Around the NL East

You'll be hard pressed to find a better baseball read today: Mike Sielski writes about his son's love of the Phillies.

The Braves lost a wild thirteen-inning game to the Angels last night. Join the club, Atlanta!

The Nationals lost to the Cardinals thanks to a big Matt Adams home run. And the Marlins lost, too, to the Pirates. But the division avoided a clean sweep, as the Phillies won and Jimmy Rollins broke the franchise's all-time record for hits. JR2.235K.

Around MLB

Beloved knuckleballer R.A. Dickey left his start with groin tightness.

Adam Wainwright will miss his next start, which was set to come against the Mets, because of elbow tendinitis.

The Rockies won a game on a two-run inside-the-park-home-run walk-off yesterday. Hyphens for all!

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Alex Nelson continued his excellent series of scouting reports on the Mets' draftees.

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