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Mets Afternoon News: First place Mets expand their lead to 1.5 games, Jeurys welcomes a baby to his Familia

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Your Saturday dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Dillon Gee will start on Sunday, beginning the Mets' new "light" six-man rotation. It's a six-man rotation with most of the headaches and half the calories.

Erik Goeddel has hit the DL with an elbow injury. Goeddel has a history of elbow issues with 3 surgeries, including two Tommy John surgeries in his past. Danny Muno is up to replace him.

Jeurys Familia's wife had her baby last night, a boy named Jeurys Jr. Familia inspires confidence in the Mets, even if he's in a mess.

Travis d'Arnaud is amped up to play his former club, the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Mets passed on Aramis Ramirez for now but should they?

Kevin Plawecki received the "best-case scenario" on his dizziness issues.

Pedro Martinez called Bartolo Colon an "old goat", though he meant it in a good way.

Around the NL East

Jordan Zimmermann continues to struggle, as the Nationals fell a game and a half behind the Mets. Washington has talked to the Reds about Aroldis Chapman. Maybe they just wanted to tell the Reds how good he is?

Jose Urena pitched well as the Marlins beat the Rockies 5-1.

In a game from hell, the Pirates beat the Phillies 1-0 in 13 innings. It was POOP for 12 innings.

Around the Majors

A camera man came close to death thanks to this Miguel Cabrera home run to dead center field.

Angels GM Jerry DiPoto isn't going anywhere, as the club picked up his option.

The fan injured at Fenway Park last weekend has been released from the hospital. Great news!

Mat Latos and Steve Cishek are back with the Marlins.

Ken Giles had a heated exchange with Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg and pitching coach Bob McClure.

This Date In Mets History

In 2012, R.A Dickey came just one play short of throwing a no-hitter over the Rays.

Yesterday At AA

We have draft profiles of Mets picks Patrick Mazeika, Kevin Kaczmarski, and Witt Haggard.

Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets' series with the Braves.

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