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Mets Morning News: Mets split series with Orioles, might skip Matt Harvey this weekend

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets dropped game two of a two-game series against the Orioles when Carlos Torres allowed a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth. Noah Syndergaard started but was unable to get out of the sixth inning, while Daniel Murphy and Wilmer Flores both hit home runs.

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David Wright will not be an everyday player until his back is 100%. With Wright's return, Terry Collins will have a crowded infield. Daniel Murphy is expected to man second, Flores and Ruben Tejada will vie for time at shortstop, and Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson will also be in the mix.

It has not been officially decided yet, but the Mets may skip Matt Harvey's upcoming start on Sunday in order to conserve innings. Logan Verrett would make a spot start in his place.

Daniel Murphy has always made the most of his opportunities with the Mets, wrote David Lennon.

The Mets released outfielder Cesar Puello, who had been on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury since the start of the season.

Around the NL East

The Nationals defeated the Rockies 4-1, and picked up a game on the Mets. Stephen Strasburg threw seven scoreless innings, while Jayson Werth hit a double and a triple.

The Marlins lost to the Brewers 8-7. Tom Koehler allowed seven earned runs over just four-and-one-third innings.

The Phillies traded longtime second baseman Chase Utley to the Dodgers for two prospects. They also beat the Blue Jays 7-4.

The Braves lost to the Padres 3-2, and were swept in the process. Julio Teheran pitched well, allowing just one run over six innings.

Around MLB

The Yankees pulled out a win over the Twins by a score of 4-3. The win pushed their lead in the AL East over the Blue Jays to two games.

Billy Hamilton is headed to the disabled list with an injured shoulder. He is expected to be out until early September.

Byron Buxton will be rejoining the Twins. After recovering from a thumb injury, he was dispatched to the minor leagues, where he recorded a hit in all 13 games.

Ike Davis has landed on the disabled list with a strained hip.

Adam Sobsey told the Sisyphean story of minor league pitcher Matt Buschmann for Grantland.

Yesterday at AA

Harris Yudin wrote that the Mets finally have some measure of roster flexibility on the heels of the trade deadline.

This Date in Mets History

In 1985, Dwight Gooden became the first National League pitcher to strike out more than 200 batters in his first two seasons. In 1989, Howard Johnson completed his second 30/30 season after hitting a home run against the Dodgers.