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The Amazins pounded out 13 hits against Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon, but they failed to score any runs until the ninth inning, when Chris Young grounded out to score a run and Ruben Tejada hit an RBI single to avoid a shutout at the hands of the Pirates. Bartolo Colon gave up five runs in six innings of work in the 5-2 Mets loss. Pedro Alvarez drove in three Pittsburgh runs, with two coming on a home run in the fourth inning. Ike Davis hit a two-RBI single in the first.
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Besides having a disappointing day on the mound, Colon lost his helmet on another awkward swing.
Dillon Gee didn't look bad in his rehab start for Brooklyn on Sunday. The right-handed starter has been out with a lat strain since the middle of May, and he'll reportedly need just one more rehab start before he returns to the 25-man roster.
David Wright isn't expected to have to be forced to the disabled list by his bruised rotator cuff, but we'll have a better idea on how long he'll be out when doctors examine the star third baseman's shoulder on Monday.
It's too bad that Colon's trade value took a dip yesterday, because Rising Apple believes the Mets should trade him, even if the team views itself as a contender at the deadline.
The Mets Police has evidence that suggests that Mr. Met has access to a time travel device.
Around the NL East
Aaron Harang has cooled off a bit since his magical start to the season, but he still pitched well enough on Sunday to help the Braves finish off a sweep of the Phillies.
Help me out here. Did swapping Ronny Cedeno for Arizona minor league catcher Raywilly Gomez make the Phillies buyers or sellers?
The Good Phight is convinced that the team should be a seller, and that's tough to argue when its playoff odds stand at 0.2 percent.
Miami played another close game with Oakland yesterday, but it only resulted in a fourth straight loss.
Federal Baseball has a feature on Nationals center fielder of the future Michael Taylor. The 23-year-old has a .967 OPS at Double-A Harrisburg, and he'll be playing at the All-Star Futures Game next month.
Around the Majors
Jose Altuve is no longer Houston's most exciting player, but he's been tearing up the basepaths lately, stealing multiple bags in four straight games. That hasn't been done since 1917!
Also on fire: Clayton Kershaw, who has now thrown 28 scoreless innings after shutting out the Cardinals for seven frames on Sunday. In 79.1 innings this season, the ace of aces has a 0.92 WHIP.
Things have been anything but rosy for the Rockies lately, but yesterday they had a laugh when Wilin Rosario rounded the bases on what looked to be a simple ground ball to third.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy removed Sergio Romo from the closer role after his latest blown save on Saturday night. Romo has somehow maintained a 1.02 WHIP despite a 5.17 that has hurt his team this season.
Seattle's top prospect Taijuan Walker will make his major league debut tonight in Houston.
Jack Moore from Sports on Earth takes a look at MLB's most surprising performers of the first half.
Yesterday at AA
On this date in 1962, Sandy Koufax threw his first career no-hitter against the Mets.