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Mets Morning News: Hamels dominates the Mets and the headlines

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

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Jim McIsaac

Meet the Mets

Cole Hamels finally got the best of the Mets, shutting our heroes out for eight innings in a 6-0 Philadelphia victory. Chase Utley hit a grand slam off of Josh Edgin in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach.

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Before the game, Terry Collins was grilled by reporters about why Wilmer Flores doesn't receive more playing time at shortstop.

Anthony Rieber of Newsday says that the offseason will be a busy one for the Mets, even if they do little to improve the team at the trade deadline.

Juan Lagares is trying to cut down on swinging at pitches outside of the strike zone.

Jenrry Mejia and Anthony Recker are on pace to earn Super 2 status and should be eligible for arbitration this winter.

Jon Heyman thinks there is a good chance that the Mets won't find a buyer for Bartolo Colon by Thursday.

The Mets will donate a portion of ticket sales from Friday's game to the restoration of the New York State Pavilion in Flushing. Click here if you'd like to buy a ticket.

Citi Field makes a cameo appearance in Sharknado 2: The Next One, which premiers on Syfy tonight.

Around the NL East

Matt Kemp hit two home runs and Yasiel Puig racked up four hits in the Dodgers8-4 win over Atlanta.

Henderson Alvarez pitched seven shutout innings and Miami defeated Washington 3-0 to even the Marlins' record at 53-53.

The turf war between the Nationals and Orioles could be getting very ugly in the near future.

Hamels is available, but the Dodgers reportedly said "no thanks" when asked to give up three of their top prospects, including Joc Pederson.

The Cardinals are also said to be interested in trading for Hamels.

A foot injury suffered by Marlon Byrd could complicate efforts by Philadelphia to trade the outfielder.

Around the Majors

Even though the Rays are sneaking back into the American League pennant race, the club's front office isn't afraid to deal David Price in exchange for the right package of young players.

The Buccos are reportedly emerging as a player in the Jon Lester trade talks. The veteran Red Sox starter is expected to traded by Boston before the trade deadline on Thursday.

FanGraphs takes a look at how the worst projected position groups are performing this season. Thanks to the solid play of Mejia and Jeurys Familia, the Mets' bullpen isn't as bad as it could have been.

Grant Brisbee explains why four AL teams should be eager to make a big deal by Thursday.

The NFL is catching heat for not suspending Ray Rice for enough games after he allegedly assaulted his wife, but Mike Bates says that MLB also has a history of taking domestic violence too lightly.

Cleveland's controversial Chief Wahoo logo is being mocked in Canada.

The Dodgers announced last night that legendary broadcaster Vin Scully will return to the booth in 2015.

Yesterday at AA

Lukas Vlahos wondered if Troy Tulowitzki is worth more than the prospects it would take to acquire him.

I wrote up a trade profile on Daniel Murphy.

Matthew James Kayser compared Jacob deGrom's rookie season to that of Dwight Gooden.

Chris McShane asked if the Mets should cut Bobby Abreu.

Jeffrey Paternostro finally published his highly anticipated Mets fan's guide to choosing a European soccer club.

On this date 10 years ago, the Mets traded away both Scott Kazmir and Jose Bautista (and Ty Wigginton). 124 years ago, Casey Stengal was born.