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Mets Morning News: Niese up, Buddy down, Matsuzaka to pen on Wright anniversary day

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets were not no-hit by Cuban rookie Odrisamer Despaigne on Sunday afternoon. Despite going the first seven innings of the game without a base knock, New York came back to tie San Diego at 1-1 in the eighth. However, a Seth Smith infield single off of Josh Edgin in the bottom of the ninth put the Padres back on top for good.

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The Padres were able to score the winning run with the help of some less-than-stellar defense by Mets pitchers Edgin and Vic Black.

After the game, the Mets announced that relief pitcher Buddy Carlyle was being designated for assignment to make room for Jon Niese to return from the disabled list on Monday.

Before the game, Terry Collins confirmed that Daisuke Matsuzaka would be shifted to the bullpen now that Niese is back in the rotation.

Just like Travis d'Arnaud before him, Wilmer Flores started crushing the ball after being demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. Collins, though, says that the youngster won't be called back up just to be a bat off the bench.

Mike Puma reports that the Mets have "not yet received even a nibble" on Bartolo Colon, and the right-hander's recent poor performance is a big part of the problem.

The first pitch of Sunday's game was thrown by 105-year-old woman Agnes McKee.

Around the NL East

Alex Wood led the Braves to an 8-2 win over the Phillies in the rubber game of the series.

Perhaps in search of last season's magic, the Pirates have been scouting Philly's A.J. Burnett.

Casey McGehee finally hit his second home run of the season, and that turned out to be a difference-maker in Miami's 3-2 win over the Giants.

An old friend is getting a shot at the Marlins' second base job.

Here's all the GIFs you need to recap Washington's rubber game win over Milwaukee.

Around the Majors

I've been waiting for someone to fire an "arrow" back at Mariners closer Fernando Rodney for a while now. After driving in Mike Trout with the game-tying run yesterday, Albert Pujols was all too happy to oblige.

Talk about no good deed going unpunished. After reminding Mets fans of Ike Davis with this amazing catch over the camera well railing, not only did Anthony Rizzo nearly injure himself, but a Diamondbacks run was allowed to score because the first baseman fell out of play.

More news from Phoenix: Diamondbacks broadcasters Steve Berthiaume and Bob Brenly took Star Wars Day to a new extreme. Arizona defeated the Cubs, 3-2.

It hasn't been easy for the Red Sox to replace Jacoby Ellsbury in the outfield. Jackie Bradley Jr. hasn't blown anyone away on offense, but his arm is pretty darn impressive.

The Mets don't have the greatest owners in sports, but at least the Wilpons aren't as outspoken as Rockies owner Dick Monfort.

Amercai's next great baseball family might just be the Seagers.

Yesterday at AA

On this date in 2004, our hero David Wright made his major league debut against the Montreal Expos.