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Mets Morning News: deGrom sets a record, despite same ol' song and dance from the Mets

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

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Meet the Mets

Jacob deGrom had as good of a start as there's ever been in Major League Baseball. The Mets' king of lucious locks struck out the first eight batters he faced - en route to thirteen K's, but the bullpen couldn't hold the lead, as the Mets perished, 6-5. If you want to relive deGrom's start, choose your recap here: Amazin' Avenue, ESPN NY, Newsday, NY Post, Daily News, NY Times, MLB.com

There was bad news for the Mets bullpen today, as Vic Black has a rotator cuff strain and appears to be done for what's left of the season.

There was also some good news on the pitching front, however, as Matt Harvey took a bullpen session at Citi Field, and was reportedly throwing 95 miles-per-hour.

Sandy Alderson suggested that he'd like to return to the Mets in 2015, and there's reports saying that he and Terry Collins will be back.

Mike Vorkunov asks if Jacob deGrom should be National League Rookie of the Year?

Long Island's own Steven Matz was honored by the Mets as a Sterling Award recipient.

Sandy Alderson had some very good things to say about Brandon Nimmo's appearance at Citi Field this week.

Matt Reynolds was understanding as to why the Mets didn't call him up.

Greg Prince says that the Mets aren't all that close to the Nationals, but they're on the right track.

Around the N.L. East

The Nationals took care of the Braves 4-2, as the Braves descent seems to be moving more quickly by the day.

The Padres squeaked one out against the Phillies, as the boys from SoCal took home a 1-0 victory.

August Fagerstrom writes about Bryce Harper, Craig Kimbrel and the space between the two.

Jonathan Papelbon was suspended seven games by MLB officials on Monday, in an announcement that had Mets fans schadenfreude senses tingling.

Around the Majors

The Royals kept pace in the Central with a walk-off win.

The Baltimore Orioles saw their magic number tick down to one tonight, as they beat the Blue Jays.

Tyler Kepner writes that the playoff picture is becoming more clear.

Bud Selig is meeting with top MLB officials this week to discuss the league's domestic abuse policy.

Drew Fairservice says that there's more going on in 3-0 counts than meets the eye.

Masahiro Tanaka pitched another simulated game, and appears poised to try and return without Tommy John surgery.

Yesterday at AA

Chris McShane broke out the Player Performance Meters. Pitchers can be found here, and position players here.

Aaron Yorke previewed the series against the Marlins.

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