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Mets Morning News: Mets' playoff chances, Harper's critics both disappear

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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 battled the Nationals for 13 innings on Thursday afternoon, finally falling to Washington when Bryce Harper hit a two-run, walk-off home run off of Carlos Torres.

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After pitching a scoreless 12th inning, Jenrry Mejia was all set to go out for the 13th, but he was pulled by Terry Collins because of a sore calf.

The series loss to the division-leading Nats has prompted David Lennon to request that the Mets stop pretending to be contenders.

Jon Niese has tweaked his delivery in order to reduce stress on his arm.

More strikeouts this weekend in Philly will equal more savings for Mets fans during the upcoming homestand.

MiLB.com has a feature about two lesser known Mets pitching prospects, John Gant and Robert Gsellman.

Around the NL East

Harper's game-winning blast may help lay to rest some of the controversy surrounding the young star and manager Matt Williams.

During Miami's 7-2 loss to Pittsburgh last night, reliever Dan Jennings was struck in the head with a line drive. It was a scary moment, and Jennings has suffered a concussion, but it could have been worse.

Michael Jong at Fish Stripes is trying to wrap his head around his team's recent move to release Jacob Turner.

The Phillies took Throwback Thursday to a new level, coming from behind to defeat the Astros with a Ryan Howard grand slam.

Earlier on Thursday, Philly general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. finally pulled the trigger on a deal.

If Amaro really wants to make a splash, though, he'll snag some prospects from the Cubs in a Cole Hamels deal.

Atlanta fell again to Seattle, finishing up a brutal road trip for the Braves.

Around the Majors

Rumored Mets trade target and current Cubs second baseman Javier Baez has three home runs in three major league games after hitting a pair of dingers in Denver last night.

In the Dodgers' 7-0 win over the Angels, Yasiel Puig showed off all the range.

Also on the west coast, Jon Lester dominated the Twins in a 3-0 Oakland win.

This year's Mariners are doing a better job of preventing runs than the 2001 Seattle team that recorded 116 victories.

Kayla Roncin of Toms River and Mo'ne Davis of Philadelphia are each vying to become the 17th girl to ever play in the Little League World Series.

Yesterday at AA

Michael Avallone compared our Mets to the San Francisco Giants teams that have won two of the past four World Series.

Wesley Jia examined how Lucas Duda has changed his approach at the plate this season.

Episode 80 of Amazin' Avenue Audio is now available.

On this date in 1997, the Mets traded Lance Johnson, Mark Clark, and Manny Alexander to the Cubs for Brian McRae, Turk Wendell, and Mel Rojas.