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Mets Morning News: Mets shuffle roster to prepare for September push, option Verrett to make room for Reed

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

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Meet the Mets

Michael Cuddyer reached base four times and drove in the winning run with two outs in the seventh inning to lead New York to a 5-4 win over Boston.

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Jeurys Familia closed out the victory in the ninth inning with much help from his new splitter.

Boston slugger David Ortiz walked away very impressed with New York's pitching staff.

Before the game, the Mets moved Triple-A shortstop Wilfredo Tovar to the 60-day disabled list in order to make room for new relief pitcher Addison Reed. That only opened up a spot on the 40-man roster, though. To get Reed onto the big league club, New York optioned Logan Verrett to the minors.

We already know some of the players who will join the Mets on September 1.

Terry Collins says that Noah Syndergaard is not heading to the bullpen anytime soon.

The Daily News spoke to Bobby Valentine, who says he roots for the Mets and is excited about the team's chances in 2015.

Around the National League East

The Nationals came from behind to win their rubber game with the Marlins, but Stephen Strasburg had to be removed early due to back tightness.

The Braves were blown out by the Yankees in a 20-6 rout that completed a series sweep.

Odubel Herrera picked up four hits, but James Shields pitched a gem and the Phillies lost to San Diego 9-4.

Around Major League Baseball and Little League Baseball

Jake Arrieta pitched a no-hitter against the Dodgers with 12 strikeouts and one walk in a 2-0 Cubs victory. Afterwards, the right-hander wore stylish pajamas to his press conference.

Indians team president Mark Shapiro is reportedly leaving Cleveland to take the same role with the Blue Jays.

Japan gave up 10 runs in the first inning but rallied to defeat Pennsylvania 18-11 in the final game of the Little League World Series.

Ortiz's two-run blast against the Mets on Sunday moved him past Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff on the all-time home run list.

I wonder if Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie started a new trend when he intercepted the Tampa Bay ballboy on Sunday.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Jeff Paternostro and Steve Sypa answer all of your e-mail questions on the latest episode of Amazin' Avenue Audio.

Nathan Gismot wrote about moving away from New York City and following the Mets from afar.

This date in Mets history

In 1999, Edgardo Alfonzo had one of the most incredible offensive performances in major league history.