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Mets Morning News: Break up the Mets!

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

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Meet the Mets

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Mark Simon took a look at what has led to Bartolo Colon's turnaround.

Travis d'Arnaud's triumphant return from Vegas came with a long three-run home run, while Chris Young delivered two dingers under pressure. d'Arnaud wouldn't be the first player to benefit from a demotion, writes Mike Vaccaro.

We wrote yesterday about trade interest in Daniel Murphy but could the Mets sign the second baseman to an extension? Andy Martino says it's possible.

The Mets have had some issues running the bases this year or more than they had last year, anyway.

Sandy Alderson gave Billy Beane a front office job in Oakland and then taught him about statistical analysis.

With d'Arnaud in the big leagues, the Mets promoted their other young catcher Kevin Plawecki up to Triple-A Las Vegas. That was the second bit of news on Plawecki yesterday, as the catcher was named to the Futures Game roster along with Las Vegas teammate Noah Syndergaard.

Toby Hyde wrote about the adjustments that Kingsport Mets outfielder Ivan Wilson has made in his first year of pro ball.

Yesterday At AA

Aaron Yorke covered the Mets fashion choices over the past week.

Aaron also previewed the Mets series with the A's and I spoke with Alex Hall of Athletics Nation.

Around the NL East

The Braves got home runs from both Upton brothers as they beat the Astros 3-2. Meanwhile, the Nationals beat the Brewers on Ryan Zimmerman's home run in the 16th inning. Finally, the Phillies beat the Marlins 7-4. The Phils, meanwhile, have signed Grady Sizemore to a minor league deal because of course.

Around the Majors

MLB made a rule change on obstruction plays with regards to force outs at the plate. Makes too much sense, really.

Steve Goldman wants to bring back Tony Gwynn and the lost great players of the 1980's.

Here are the full rosters for the Futures Game.

Tony Gwynn Jr received a standing ovation in Philly before his first at bat since the passing of his father.

This might be the greatest fan cam moment in the history of everything.

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