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Mets Morning News: Mets blanked by Blue Jays, Morris sent to minors, Verrett called up

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

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Jon Niese pitched reasonably well, allowing three runs over seven innings, but Akeel Morris pitched poorly in his major league debut, allowing five runs in just two-thirds of an inning. The Mets offense failed to pick up the slack against the Blue Jays pitching staff, and as a result, the Mets were shut out 8-0.

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After the game, the Mets optioned Akeel Morris to Double-A Binghamton and called up Logan Verrett from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his place. Verrett made his major league debut with the Rangers earlier this season after being selected from the Mets in the Rule 5 draft.

Former owner of the team Nelson Doubleday Jr. died at the age of 81. Doubleday purchased the Mets in 1980 and helped revive the team until Fred Wilpon bought him out in 2002.

Daniel Murphy is on track to return from the disabled list next Tuesday. He has been sidelined with an injured quad.

Terry Collins stated that Jenrry Mejia would have a spot in the bullpen upon his return July 7. He received an 80 game suspension in April for use of the substance stanozolol.

Terry Collins became the third-winningest manager in Mets history after passing Gil Hodges with 340. Despite his win total, his win percentage over his tenure is just .476.

Tim Rohan previewed tonight's game, a matchup that features two pitchers over the age of 40. R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon will be the first pitchers over 40 to face each other in seven years.

Around the NL East

A night after scoring 16 runs, the Nationalis were shut out by the Rays 5-0. Despite the lack of offense, Jordan Zimmermann turned in a good start, allowing three runs over seven innings.

The Braves rallyed to beat the Red Sox 5-2. However, the win was costly, as Freddie Freeman exited the game with a right wrist sprain and is listed as day-to-day.

The Marlins fell to the Yankees 2-1. Jose Urena gave up both runs over the course of six innings, but Michael Pineda bested him by allowing just one run over six-and-two-thirds innings.

The Phillies lost to the Orioles by a score of 6-4. Kevin Correia allowed six runs over five innings, however, only two were earned.

Around MLB

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak offered a statement regarding the hacking of the Astros' internal communications. He denied having any involvement and said that this conduct "has no place in our game."

Joe Girardi stated that it would be difficult for Jacoby Ellsbury to return by the end of June. The 30th was originally the target date for him to return from a sprained knee.

Wil Myers will undergo wrist surgery and will likely be out for eight weeks. Myers has been limited all season by this injury, having only played 35 games.

Jonah Keri speculated as to whether the Blue Jays prolific offense could overcome their poor pitching and still make the playoffs.

Yesterday at AA

Alex Nelson continued profiling Mets draft picks. The series continued with 17th rounder Sixto Torres, and 18th rounder Jordan Humphreys.

Rich Resch did part two of his optimal draft picks series in which he looked at back at recent drafts, and used the benefit of hindsight to decide who would have been a better pick.

Nathan Gismot believes Sandy Alderson should make a move to improve the team in order to allow the Mets to go for it now.

Episode 123 of Amazin' Avenue Audio, in which Jeffrey Paternostro and Greg Karam discuss the latest news concerning the Mets, was released.

This Date in Mets History

On this date three years ago, R.A. Dickey pitched his second straight one-hitter as the Mets defeated the Orioles 5-0. Hopefully he will not honor the anniversary by repeating this performance against the Mets tonight.