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Mets Morning News: Mets shut out by Kershaw, but the cavalry is on its way

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

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Bartolo Colon pitched a great game, but Clayton Kershaw was dominant. The left-hander had a perfect game going until Curtis Granderson roped a single into right field during the seventh inning. However, the reigning Cy Young Award winner ended up going to the distance anyway while limiting the Mets to just three hits. The Dodgers won 3-0.

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Once the Mets are through with Kershaw and the Dodgers, the schedule thankfully gets a lot easier.

Positive injury updates? Travis d'Arnaud was supposed to start playing in rehab games yesterday, but he got rained out in Port St. Lucie. Meanwhile, David Wright is expected to begin baseball activities next week. We'll believe it when we see it.

The Mets are doing everything they can to keep Michael Cuddyer on the active roster, but if he is forced to go on the disabled list, top prospect Michael Conforto is the likely replacement.

Despite the Steven Matz injury, the Mets are still open to trading Jon Niese, as long as they get another controllable asset in return.

Sandy Alderson has talked to Oakland general manager Billy Beane regarding Ben Zobrist and Josh Reddick, but a deal for either player isn't considered close.

Commissioner Manfred continues to show confidence in the Wilpons' commitment to winning.

An enterprising Mets fan has opened up a GoFundMe account in order to help the team improve its lineup.

Around the National League East

The Braves are getting calls about Nick Markakis, who still has three years and over $30 million left on his contract after 2015.

Fish Stripes breaks down the value of Martin Prado, who has been mentioned as a Mets trade target this year.

Injured Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez recently suffered a setback and he might not pitch again this season.

The Cubs' deep farm system and not-so-deep pitching rotation make them a good fit for Philadelphia's Cole Hamels.

Ian Desmond hit his 100th career home run, but it wasn't enough to defeat Pittsburgh.

Bryce Harper didn't take one of his biggest fans to prom, but he did give her a signed baseball. What a jerk.

Around Major League Baseball

With a week to go until the trade deadline, we're finally starting to see some movement, as the Athletics dealt former Mets prospect Scott Kazmir to Houston for a pair of prospects.

Hours after the big news broke, the Astros defeated the Red Sox on a walk-off home run by Jose Altuve.

The way Kazmir has pitched this season makes it easy to forget that his was considered to be washed up three years ago.

The Brewers traded Aramis Ramirez back to Pittsburgh, where he started his big league career way back in 1998.

Grant Brisbee says it would be a mistake to move the trade deadline into August.

Zack Greinke won't pitch against the Mets tonight due to the birth of his first child, but he could be back to New York in time to play on Saturday or Sunday.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Steven Jacobetz looked back at some of the longest games in Mets history.

Chris Gaine reminisced about the time Carlos Gomez spent in Queens before being traded for Johan Santana.

This date in Mets history

R.A. Dickey lost to another Cy Young contender, and Anthony Young dropped his 27th straight decision.