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Mets Morning News: Mets fall to Marlins in game three

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets dropped the final game of the series in Miami by a score of 7-3. Bartolo Colon went six-and-two-thirds innings while allowing four earned runs. On the offensive side of things, Michael Cuddyer contributed a home run in the first inning.

Soon after his spot start, Rafael Montero was dispatched to New York for an MRI on his shoulder. Assistant general manager John Ricco referred to the visit as "precautionary."

The Mets have changed their plan regarding Bartolo Colon, according to Andy Martino. Upon signing, Colon was viewed as a placeholder for the Mets heralded pitching prospects. But the organization grew to appreciate his experience and leadership, and now does not intend to trade him.

Outfield prospect Brandon Nimmo was removed from the Double-A Binghamton game with a knee injury last night. However, a team official said there was no cause for concern.

Around the NL East

The Nationals and Braves finished a series with a 13-4 win by the Nats. Jordan Zimmermann started for the Nationals and went seven innings. While Alex wood started for the Braves and pitched poorly. You can read recaps at Federal Baseball and Talking Chop.

The Phillies fell to the Cardinals by a score of 5-2. Aaron Harang started and gave up five runs over six innings. In other news, former top prospect Domonic Brown has been demoted to the minor leagues.

Around MLB

Grant Brisbee wrote about the Orioles-White Sox game that was played in front of no fans. Brisbee notes the uncomfortable nature of why the game was played under these circumstances, but finds the number one lesson from this game to be that it is indeed strange to play without fans.

The game took just over two hours to finish. Perhaps pace-of-play problems can be solved by eliminating fans from the equation.

Major League Baseball concluded that there was no tampering involved in the hiring of Joe Maddon by the Cubs. Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays after last season before quickly joining the Cubs.

Brandon McCarthy will undergo Tommy John Surgery today. McCarthy had made four starts for the Dodgers this season after signing a four-year $48 million contract.

Yesterday at AA

Francisco Bernard praises the recent hitting of Juan Lagares. Simply put, he has been Juanderful.

Kate Feldman writes that Gary, Keith, and Ron are gods among men. As a trio, they are smart but still fun to listen to, and as a result, she feels she is missing out on them living in Florida.

This Date in Mets History

Al Leiter became the first Mets pitcher to record a win against all 30 major league teams. This one came against the Diamondbacks and was supported by a 16 hit effort by the Mets offense.