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Mets Morning News: Mets drop series finale in San Diego, Tejada is still hitting

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

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

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Dillon Gee struggled in his return from the disabled list allowing seven runs in four innings while striking out just one. Makeshift third baseman Ruben Tejada stayed hot at the plate going 3-for-5 with a double, but the Mets' offense was quiet otherwise against Padres starter James Shields. The Mets begin a series against the Diamondbacks tonight with Matt Harvey on the mound.

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Dillon Gee's return started the Mets' six-man rotation, but the team could look to tinker with it already. Because of an upcoming off day, they could move up some pitchers at the expense of Gee—notably Matt Harvey—to avoid them pitching on six days of rest.

Michael Cuddyer sat out last night's game with a stiff neck. However, he declared it to be "nothing major."

Unsurprisingly, Bartolo Colon does not appreciate being mocked for his hitting abilities. As a result, he resolved to get better at it, and he has already surpassed his hit total from last season.

Jay Jaffe defended the six-man rotation for SI.com. Ultimately, it comes down to the fact that every pitcher in the Mets rotation has a reason to have his innings limited.

Playing out of position finally caught up to Ruben Tejada last night. He made two errors filling in at third base.

Vic Black's rehab has been shifted to Triple-A Las Vegas. Bobby Parnell will remain with Double-A Binghamton.

Danny Muno was demoted to make room for Dillon Gee.

Around the NL East

The Nationals were on the opposite end of a Mark Buerhle complete game shutout. Taylor Jordan started for the Nats and gave up seven runs. The final score was 8-0.

The Marlins beat the Cubs 7-3. Giancarlo Stanton contributed a solo home run as the Marlins pounded out 14 hits on their way to the victory.

The Phillies walked off against the Reds by a score of 5-4. Going in to the ninth inning, they were down four runs until they scratched across a run and Maikel Franco followed with a three-run home run to tie the game. Ryan Mattheus later scored the winning run.

The Braves fell to the Diamondbacks 9-8. The bullpen blew a six-run lead for Atlanta, and the offense was unable to make up the deficit.

Around MLB

The Mariners and Diamondbacks pulled off a trade yesterday. Mark Trumbo was sent to Seattle along with Vidal Nuno in exchange for Wellington Castillo, Dominic Leone, Jack Reinheimer, and Gabby Guerrero.

Brian McCann will undergo an MRI on his foot. He had to be removed from yesterday's game, but has apparently been dealing with pain for several weeks.

Yasiel Puig is set to begin a rehab assignment. He has been out with an injured hamstring since late April.

After a fast start with his old team, Josh Hamilton is expected to be out for four weeks. He injured his hamstring while legging out his walkoff double.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1976, Dave Kingman hit three home runs against the Dodgers. In addition, Tom Seaver pitched a gem, and the Mets won 11-0.