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Mets Morning News: Who needs football, when you have Flores?

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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 beat the Rockies in walk-off fashion at Citi Field last night, as old friend LaTroy Hawkins gave up two extra-base hits en route to a Wilmer Flores sacrifice fly, which won it for the Mets. If you would like to relive the glowing excitement that was a Mets walk-off, choose your recap here: Amazin' Avenue shortDaily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Times, MLB.com

Daniel Murphy will return from the disabled list today, and he will play second base.

Marc Carig writes that much of the front office's decision on Terry Collins' future may have to do with how he handles young pitching.

Sandy Alderson suggested in a press conference that the Mets may not spend much money in the offseason, and may move the fences in.

The Subway Series will be changing formats in 2015, as the Mets will play the Yankees in April and then again in October.

Mike Vorkunov writes that Noah Syndergaard had a better season than you'd think.

One of the Mets' major concerns going forward is keepin Zack Wheeler and Jenrry Mejia healthy.

Sandy Alderson suggested that Wilmer Flores could be the starting shortstop in 2015.

Around the N.L. East

Doug Fister and the Nationals held off the Braves by a score of 2-1.

The Pirates exploded for four runs in the seventh inning, as they put the Phillies away 6-4.

Giancarlo Stanton continued to put baseballs into orbit, as the Marlins hit three home runs en route to a 6-4 victory over the Brewers.

Around the Majors

Craig Calcaterra writes that MLB must use the Ray Rice situation as an opportunity to define its domestic abuse policy.

Friend of the program Eno Sarris takes a look at the idea of switching corner outfielders for defensive reasons.

Bryan Curtis gave us a particularly poignant piece on Ron Washington, the person.

Jeff Sullivan writes that the MLB strike zone continues to drop.

With the release of the MLB schedule, it is being noted we may have a World Series in November.

Yesterday at AA

Nicholas Iorio said that the Mets should look at Melky Cabrera this offseason.

Matt Vavaro looked at the Mets defense under the Alderson regime.

Jeffrey Paternostro introduced us to the K-Mets.

Jeffrey also gave us a report on Blake Taylor.

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