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Lucas Duda missed his fourth consecutive game with a sore back, officially termed a "lumbar strain". A DL trip is still considered off the table, for what it's worth.

A trio of Mets rehabbers played in St. Lucie yesterday with David Wright getting two hits, Kirk Nieuwenhuis hitting a home run, and Erik Goeddel allowing a pair of runs but sitting 92-94. The word on Wright is that he's eyeing the Mets series in Colorado next weekend for his return.

Speaking of rehab, Steven Matz will join that trio in St. Lucie tonight. He'll throw 25 pitches along with another 15 in the bullpen.

Despite breaking his arm again, lefty Jerry Blevins plans to rehab as if he's returning for the playoffs.

The Mets are just guessing with Matt Harvey's innings limit, says Will Carroll in an interview with Forbes.

Juan Uribe is quite a character and his swagger has been a huge help in the clubhouse.

Noah Syndergaard is learning very quickly in his first exposure to the big leagues.

Around the NL East

While the Mets lost, they didn't surrender any ground in the standings as the Nationals fell to the Giants.

Julio Teheran and the Braves defeated the Diamondbacks 3-2. Atlanta added righty Edwin Jackson on a Major League deal.

Another day, another Phillies defeat as they lost to the Brewers 3-1. Chase Utley, suddenly hot in his return from the DL, may have a few suitors chasing after him.

The Cardinals defeated the Marlins 3-1 last night. Miami may use more analytics next year, given they're still stuck in the caveman baseball days.

Around the Majors

Red Sox manager John Farrell announced he was diagnosed with Stage 1 lymphoma and will begin chemotherapy next week. This is terrible news and we send our best wishes to the Sox manager.

Matt Kemp became the first Padres hitter to hit for the cycle in franchise history. Now they need that no-hitter.

Former Mets reliever Jose Valverde was banned for 80 games due to a positive PED test, though he is currently a free agent.

The Giants released a Full House parody video, which is outstanding in both its creepiness and its attention to detail.

Why is pitching dominating baseball? Oakland GM Billy Beane says it's capitalism.

This Date In Mets History

50 years ago today, The Beatles took over Shea Stadium to a chorus of screaming teenagers.

Yesterday At AA

We asked for your help in coming up with ideas for t-shirt designs.

Chris McShane says the bullpen's high-leverage innings should be better optimized.

Joe Sokolowski recapped the best Mets quotes from the past week.

Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets series with the Pirates.

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