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The Mets led the Padres 7-1 after six innings thanks to a quality start by Jon Niese and home runs from Curtis Granderson and Juan Uribe. Then things got bad, though. Hansel Robles gave up a grand slam to Daniel Norris, and after a rain delay, Justin Upton hit a three-run shot off of Jeurys Familia to give San Diego a shocking 8-7 victory.
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Travis d'Arnaud will return to the Mets today. To make room on the roster, Anthony Recker is being optioned to Las Vegas, while Kevin Plawecki stays in the majors as the backup catcher.
On Wednesday night we heard that the Carlos Gomez trade was nixed because of medical information, but there's someone out there who thinks the Mets' finances are to blame.
Although Gomez may not be coming to New York, Sandy Alderson is not done looking for outfield help. Jay Bruce of Cincinnati could be a possibility if the Mets are willing to pay his contract.
25-year-old lefty Jack Leathersich underwent Tommy John surgery on Thursday. Fellow lefty Blake Taylor needs the procedure as well. Leathersich was pitching at Triple-A Las Vegas, while Taylor was with Low-A Brooklyn.
In other injury news, Rafael Montero suffered a setback in his rehab because of shoulder stiffness. Jerry Blevins, who fractured his arm back in April, has finally been cleared to begin throwing.
A week after being designated for assignment in the wake of the trade for Kelly Johnson and Uribe, John Mayberry has been officially released from the Mets.
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Max Scherzer led the Nationals to a 1-0 win over the Marlins. Washington is now three games ahead of the Mets for the division lead.
The three-team deal between Miami, Atlanta, and the Dodgers was made official yesterday. The Marlins are getting a trio of pitching prospects in exchange for Mat Latos, Michael Morse, and a competitive balance draft pick.
Talking Chop has a breakdown of the two high-upside players that came to Atlanta in the trade. The Braves gave up Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Jose Peraza, Luis Avilan, and the contract of Bronson Arroyo.
The Phillies defeated Atlanta 4-1 in a game that featured Carlos Ruiz, Ken Giles, and a lot of singles.
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About 24 hours after he was reportedly heading to Queens, Gomez has been shipped to Houston along with right-handed pitcher Mike Fiers for four prospects. The Astros did not seem concerned with Gomez's medical records.
Already having acquired Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado, the Blue Jays became kings of the deadline on Thursday when they traded for Detroit ace David Price.
Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos might be making these big deals because he has nothing to lose.
Jason Castro broke a scoreless tie with a walk-off home run to complete Houston's sweep over the Angels.
In the aftermath of the big Price trade, the Tigers also moved their closer Joakim Soria to Pittsburgh.
The Yankees sent a pair of minor league players to Seattle in exchange for Dustin Ackley.
San Francisco added Cincinnati's Mike Leake to its starting rotation.
Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue
Chris Gaine took a look back at notable Mets deadline deals.
Chris also defended the idea of trading Zack Wheeler.
Matt Varvaro discussed what the Mets could get in exchange for Bartolo Colon or Jon Niese.
This date in Mets history
In 2006, Duaner Sanchez was injured in a fateful cab ride, causing Omar Minaya to trade Xavier Nady for Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez.