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Mets Morning News: Torres plays the star, as Mets offense falls in a black hole

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Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets meager offense barely made an appearance again yesterday, as our heroes fell to the Cubs 4-1 after managing only four hits, and giving up the late lead for the second straight day. Choose a recap here: Amazin' Avenue short, long, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Daily News, Post, New York Times

Andy Martino says that the Mets are need to give their fans something to grasp on to for 2015.

George Willis wonders just how much David Wright's shoulder is impacting him. Mike Vorkunov echoed those sentiments.

Jorge Arangure, Jr. thinks that David Wright's troubles are the result of one particular headfirst slide.

Howie Kussoy writes on Carlos Torres' resurgence, which has earned props from Terry Collins.

Cody Derespina writes that Kevin Plawecki is coming around in Triple-A.

Around the N.L. East

The Nationals walked off on an Adam LaRoche homer in the eleventh inning, to defeat the D-Backs.

Jason Heyward and Adrelton Simmons went yard in the first, and the Braves never looked back as they beat the Pirates 7-3.

Waiver wire pickup Jerome Williams cruised, as the Phillies knocked the Mariners down a peg in the A.L. Wild Card race.

Around the Majors

Cuban prospect Rusney Castillo is looking to sign with a team shortly.

Jeff Sullivan looks at how pitchers are approaching Javier Baez.

After a concussion, the Twins have opted to end top prospect Byron Buxton's season.

The Angels took sole possession of first in the A.L. West for the first time since May 2011.

Richard Sandomir writes that the Orioles and Nationals illustrate an interesting problem for regional sports networks.

Our old friend Jose Reyes has a very unique haircut!

Mike Francesa has agreed to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and I, for one, can't wait to see which hair bonnet he chooses.

Yesterday at AA

Chris McShane posted his player perfomance meters for the week. Pitchers can be found here, and position players here.

Lukas Vlahos takes a look at the bullpen's current state.

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