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The Mets came back twice to beat the Marlins yesterday afternoon and pull within one win of moving into third place in the division at the All-Star break. Terry Collins called the victory the biggest of this Mets season. They'll attempt to do so with Jacob deGrom on the mound at 1:10 pm today.
Marc Carig writes that Daniel Murphy is the antithesis of a star but is having a banner year.
The Mets should get Jon Niese back shortly after the break, though Terry Collins says the team won't rush him. Still, the Mets are planning on a reshuffling of the rotation in anticipation of Niese's return. And the team might put Jacob deGrom in the bullpen temporarily to limit his innings. The 26-year-old threw 147.2 innings last year and has thrown 105 so far this year.
While he had clearly hoped to pitch this season for the Mets, Matt Harvey has come to terms with not being able to do it.
27-year-old Allan Dykstra has a .944 OPS in Triple-A Las Vegas and hopes to get his first shot at playing in the big leagues. He doesn't figure to get that shot as long as Lucas Duda is healthy, but it'd be nice to see him get a September call-up this year.
On this date in Mets history, Mike Piazza hit his 300th career home run, among other things.
Around the National League East
Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez has been named to the All-Star team in place of injured Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann.
Newsday writes up Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler, a Stony Brook alumnus.
Around Major League Baseball
In incredibly sad news, Brewers shortstop Jean Segura lost his nine-month-old son.
It sounds like Joey Votto's stint on the disabled list will last at least a month.
A Twins fan shaved Brian Dozier's name and number into his back hair. That's not a recommended look.
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