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Mets Morning News: Another loss at Turner Field, Mejia suspended eighty games

Your Sunday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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There were two pieces of Mets news yesterday: The team lost to the Braves again, and Jenrry Mejia was suspended eighty games for testing positive for stanozolol. We'll start with the Mejia news.

Newsday's David Lennon writes that Mejia's making the same, tired old excuse. Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal says there was tension in the Mets' locker room last night, as players felt disappointed and betrayed by Mejia. There's surely plenty more out there about how awful Mejia is, and it shouldn't be hard to find if you're looking for it.

As Mejia joins three other players to be hit with a suspension for the substance in recent weeks, Jay Jaffe looks at things a little differently than the standard columnist. That's probably the best read on the whole thing.

As for the loss, the Braves are talking up their new approach at the plate after stringing a few hits together and scoring four runs in the fifth inning last night. It's pretty easy to get away from hitting home runs when you get rid of your home run hitters, of course. And hitting home runs is still desirable, but some people seem to think they're bad.

Terry Collins will keep playing Wilmer Flores, generally speaking, which makes sense given the Mets' roster. Flores has been bad in just about every possible way so far, but it has been five games.

Steve Serby has another Q&A, this time with Jacob deGrom.

Anthony DiComo talked to Dillon Gee about what went wrong in his season debut.

Around the NL East

The Marlins lost. Hooray! And the Nationals lost, too!

Around MLB

The Angels are treating Josh Hamilton like garbage in a pretty transparent attempt to get out of paying him the money they guaranteed they would pay him. Tim Brown has a great column about it all over at Yahoo! Sports. Oh, and the Angels have pulled all Hamilton merchandise from their team stores.

Curt Schilling wrote a letter to his younger self about his choice as a teenager to try chewing tobacco and how it would eventually cause him to get cancer and risk missing out on the best days of his life.

The Rockies' lineup is somehow underrated, as Grant Brisbee writes.

Victor Martinez's knee injury might be back and might keep him out for a while if it is.

Yesterday at AA

Here's the final score of yesterday's game. Recap here. Mejia suspension news here.

We recorded the podcast live at Foley's in Manhattan yesterday afternoon and had a great time in the process. If you came out, thanks! If you didn't, be sure to check out the episode when it posts in the near future as Greg, Jeff, and I talk about music for a while and baseball for a longer while. Ted Berg made an entertaining guest appearance, too.

This date in Mets history

The Mets once traded for Pete Harnisch on April 12.