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Mets Morning News: Harvey dominates, Wright rehabs, Reyes yearns, and Mets pick up a game

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

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After the shutout victory, the Mets optioned Kevin Plawecki down to Vegas and recalled Anthony Recker.

In his second rehab appearance, David Wright played 3rd base and went 1-3 at the plate. Most importantly, he felt good and his eventual return would be a huge boost to a first place team. In case you want to feel old, Wright's former teammate Jose Reyes is thinking about how he wants to play for a contender – and even in New York again – before his career ends.

Lucas Duda was scratched from last night's lineup with a sore back. Terry Collins doesn't think it's a concern, so we'll just patiently wait for the surgery announcement.

Mets aces Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard have been historically great, while Jon Niese has really turned his season around in his own right after a rough patch a few months back.

Hopefully you're not the type of person who believes in jinxes because the Mets have put playoff tickets on sale.

After the circus surrounding the Jets and Geno Smith yesterday, it's nice to see the Mets actually look like a feel-good story for the first time in ages. It's gotten so bad for the Jets that former Mets infielder Justin Turner, currently on the Dodgers' DL with a giant infected zit, even took a shot at them yesterday. Ouch.

Around the NL East

The Nationals fell to the Dodgers 5-0 in LA last night, giving the Mets a 2.5 game lead in the NL East. Adding injury to insult, Bryce Harper was scratched with knee soreness and Clint Robinson, his replacement in RF, botched an easy fly ball that led to 3 Dodger runs.

Justin Bour walked off against the Red Sox as the Marlins won 5-4.

Erasmo Ramirez and the Rays silenced the Braves by a score of 2-0.

Oh, good lord. David Buchanan allowed 11 runs in the second inning and the Phillies lost 13-1 to the Diamondbacks.

Around the Majors

Doug Melvin has stepped down as the Brewers' GM after 13 seasons and will step into an advisory role.

What if we ignored the first half of the season and reacted only to everything that's happened since the All-Star break?

Russell Martin nearly hurt himself last night by jumping into a dugout chasing a foul ball. He didn't get it, either.

The worst player in baseball this season, by WAR? Former Mets center fielder Angel Pagan.

The Royals acquired rental players this trade deadline due to future payroll constraints.

This Date In Mets History

Remember when Benny Agbayani lost track of how many outs there were?

Yesterday At AA

Are the Mets Omar's Team or Sandy's Mess? Does it even matter?

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