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Mets Morning News: The outfield becomes a bit more crowded with Juan Lagares's return

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Lucas Duda smashes a pinch-hit three-run home run in the Mets' 8–5 Wednesday loss.
Lucas Duda smashes a pinch-hit three-run home run in the Mets' 8–5 Wednesday loss.
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A late surge brought the Amazins within three, but it was not enough as they fell to the Athletics 8-5 last night. Zack Wheeler was roughed up for six runs in a mere two innings, but on the plus side, Lucas Duda and Chris Young each went yard in the losing effort.

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The Mets are back on the road already as they take on Pittsburgh tonight at 7:05 and send Daisuke Matsuzaka (3–1, 2.68) to square off against Vance Worley (1–0, 1.98).

Mike Vorkunov wonders whether Travis d'Arnaud's trajectory will be similar to that of other young catchers.

Wally Backman discussed d'Arnaud on the Michael Kay Show.

Terry Collins revealed that the team will be cautious with Zack Wheeler's workload going forward.

The Mets' outfield just got more crowded and talented with the activation of Juan Lagares and the demotion of Wilmer Flores.

David Wright extended his hitting streak on Wednesday night.

On this date in Mets' history, a number of Amazin' left-handed hitters had memorable games.

Yesterday At AA

Steve Sypa reported on Tuesday's Mets' Farm Action.

Daniel Stein-Sayles explored what's behind the 2014 success of Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Joe Sokolowski gave us the week in Mets quotes.

Around the NL East

Alex Wood and the Braves shut out the Astros 4–0. The Fish squeaked past the Phillies 3–2. And the Nationals were felled by the Brewers 9–2.

Around the Majors

Tim Lincecum no-hit the Padres on Wednesday. Ted Berg marveled at The Freak's mustache as much as he did his no-no. Meanwhile, Mark Purdy explains why Lincecum is our Elvis.

Vanderbilt topped Virginia to win the College World Series.

The Athletics agreed to a 10-year lease with the Coliseum Authority.

Cespedes Family Barbecue breaks down an assortment of bat flip techniques.

Curt Schilling's cancer is in remission.

John Sickels takes a closer look at the 2014 MLB Futures Game rosters.

Rob Neyer explains that the path to a safer game may not always be pretty, but makes the case that it will end up being more beautiful.

A Native American group plans to file a $9 billion lawsuit against the Cleveland Indians because of their use of the Chief Wahoo logo.

MLB has adjusted the language on the rule regarding force plays at the plate.

My nightmares will take on a more lurid quality in the days to come. This cannot be unseen.

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