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Mets Morning News: Amazins shut down, but Tulo talk is cranked up

Your Friday Morning Dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets only managed two hits against Brewers starter Matt Garza. At least one of them was a Lucas Duda home run, but that didn't stop Milwaukee from stomping our boys 9-1.

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Before the game, the Mets recalled Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned Kirk Nieuwenhuis to make room. The move comes as a response to the head injury suffered by starting shortstop Ruben Tejada on Wednesday.

Tejada is expected to avoid the seven-day concussion disabled list and could be back in the lineup tonight.

In a Joel Sherman report, the Mets are described as the "perfect partner" for Colorado if the club decides to deal either Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez. The Rockies need young pitching, and New York has plenty of it.

This season has provided a lot of angst for fans of the Amazins, but at least the bullpen has been solid. Jeurys Familia in particular has been outstanding in his eighth-inning role.

Around the NL East

Cole Hamels pitched brilliantly, and the Phillies defeated the Giants 2-1. Jonathan Papelbon was booed before recording the save, but the closer didn't seem to mind too much.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia front office is hustling to shed the bloated contract of 2006 NL MVP Ryan Howard.

The Braves fell to the Marlins 3-2. Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel struck out Marcell Ozuna in the top of the ninth, but Ozuna reached first base when the ball got away and eventually scored the winning run on a Jarrod Saltalamacchia RBI single.

Stephen Strasburg found that Denver wasn't a great place to cure his road woes, and the Naitonals dropped the series finale to the Rockies 6-4.

Around the Majors

After adding Chase Headley and Chris Capuano in recent deals, the Yankees are reportedly now in pursuit of San Diego's Ian Kennedy, who was drafted by the Bombers in the first round of the 2006 draft. Rockies lefty starter Jorge De La Rosa is also reportedly a target.

The Mariners thankfully waited for the Mets to leave town before reacquiring Kendrys Morales from the Twins.

With Hall of Fame inductions coming up this weekend, Joe Posnanski wrote about Frank Thomas and his otherworldly pitch recognition skills.

Marc Normandin writes about the trio of expert managers that will be entering the Hall on Sunday.

The competitive balance lottery probably isn't balancing anything by giving the Cardinals extra draft picks.

The MLBPA has filed a grievance against the Astros in response to the team's failure to sign first-round pick Brady Aiken.

If you heckle Astros starter Dallas Keuchel, you might just get a free baseball.

Yesterday at AA

Here's a preview of the Mets vs. Brewers series.

On this date in 1990, the Mets beat the Phillies and Bob Murphy swore on the air.