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Mets Morning News: Too many baseballs hitting too many men

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

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Adam LaRoche continued to torment the Mets, Bartolo Colon got ejected along with Terry Collins, and the Amazins fell to Washington 6-2.

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After an Anthony Rendon home run in the fourth inning, Bartolo Colon hit the next batter, Jayson Werth, with a fastball. He was promptly ejected by home plate umpire John Tumpane. The Nationals don't seem to think the plunking was an accident.

Daniel Murphy swelled up after being hit on the wrist with a pitch during the game, but X-rays were negative. Travis d'Arnaud also left the game early, but he expects to play tonight.

The Mets weren't allowed to wear caps honoring first-responders during the actual game on September 11, but at least they could wear them during batting practice.

Larry Brooks of the Post writes that competing in the Wild Card hunt is making it tougher for Collins to protect the Mets' young pitchers.

Matt Harvey is very optimistic about his chances against the Nationals on Opening Day 2015.

Around the NL East

Marlins superstar Giancarlo Stanton was hit in the face by a Mike Fiers fastball last night. The slugger suffered multiple fractures, a laceration, and dental damage. It's likely his 2014 season is over.

After the game, Fiers offered a heartfelt apology on Twitter. Miami lost the game to Milwaukee 4-2. Get well soon, Giancarlo.

Elsewhere in the division, the Phillies were thumped by the Pirates, 4-1.

Ruben Amaro expects Cliff Lee to be ready for spring training next year.

Around the Majors

Craig Calcaterra is urging Bud Selig and Rob Manfred to take action against Jeff Wilpon in response to his alleged harassment of Leigh Castergine.

Major League Baseball announced its postseason schedule, which begins on September 30 with the American League Wild Card Game.

The Yankees trailed the Rays 4-0 entering the eighth innings, but they ended the night with a dramatic victory thanks to the heroics of one Chris Young.

Gabe Kapler says that ego resiliency could be at the center of a revolution in baseball management.

Steve Goldman reconsiders a Roger Hornsby story in light of the Ray Rice incident.

How much longer will the loyal Twins front office continue to employ manager Ron Gardenhire?

Yesterday at AA

Steve Schreiber introduced us to the LOLMets Index!

Nathan Gismot reminded us that being a fan is complicated sometimes.

On this date in 1964, the AFL's New York Jets played in Shea Stadium for the first time.