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Curtis Granderson said he was unsure why he's struggled of late, which is kind of scary. Hopefully last night's big game will get him going again.

Vic Black is set to return to the Mets bullpen on Monday when he's eligible. Bobby Parnell gave Black some advice based on his experience with a herniated disk last season.

Also on his way back from injury is second baseman Daniel Murphy, who would get his job back from Dilson Herrera when he returns.

Wilmer Flores' bat is finally starting to come around of late after some initial struggles at the plate.

The free agent market might not be right for filling the holes at shortstop and left field, says Sandy Alderson. Even if the options aren't that great, it would sure be nice if the Mets had money to spend in the free agent market. Unfortunately, Bud Selig just continues to wink at the Mets financial situation.

Matt Harvey will wrap up his bullpen sessions very soon and then will engage in a normal offseason regimen.

Around the NL East

The Phillies beat the Nationals 9-8 as Ben Revere hit his 2nd home run to tie the game. The Marlins beat up on the Braves 11-3.

Around the Majors

The Diamondbacks fired General Manager Kevin Towers.

Rangers manager Ron Washington resigned due to some off-the-field issues. He'll be replaced by Tim Bogar.

Paul Konerko's career might be over due to a fractured bone in his hand.

There's a young Orioles fan named Camden Yards. For real.

Yesterday At AA

Should the Mets avoid trading Kevin Plawecki?

Matthew Callan continues his series on the 1999 Mets looking at their final west coast road trip of the year.

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