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Mets Morning News: Mets hang on to sweep the fish, Cuddyer could return tomorrow

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

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

The Mets finished off their second straight sweep last night. Matt Harvey started and was excellent, allowing no runs over seven innings. The offense put up eight runs, with Lucas Duda and Juan Uribe contributing three RBI apiece. Things got interesting when newly acquired Eric O'Flaherty entered the game. He and Hansel Robles combined for six runs allowed, before Jeurys Familia finally shut the door.

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Jonah Keri spent the last week covering the Mets. It happened to be one of the craziest weeks in team history.

Jayson Stark compared the Mets and Nationals starting rotations. Four-out-of-four scouts he polled agreed that they would choose the Mets rotation for the foreseeable future.

Michael Cuddyer could return to action tomorrow against the Rays. He is expected to play a rehab game for the GCL Mets today.

At Minor League Ball, John Calvagno profiled the Mets Low-A affiliate, the Savannah Sandgnats. Notable players included Wuilmer Becerra, the recently traded Casey Meisner, Eudor Garcia, and Luis Guillorme.

Around the NL East

You can read a Marlins recap of last night's game at Fish Stripes. Meanwhile, the club is still unsure when Giancarlo Stanton will return.

The Nationals fell two games behind the Mets after losing 11-4 to the Diamondbacks last night. Gio Gonzalez gave up two runs over five innings, but then the bullpen imploded over the final three frames, allowing another nine runs.

The Phillies lost a close one to the Dodgers by a score of 4-3. Aaron Harang allowed all four of the Dodgers runs over five innings, while Jeff Francoeur hit a two-run home run.

The Braves fell to the Giants 6-1. They were unable to solve Madison Bumgarner, who allowed just one run over seven-and-a-third innings.

Around MLB

Byron Buxton is set to begin rehab games tomorrow. The Twins young center fielder has been hurt with a sprained thumb since late June.

Marcus Stroman will also begin a rehab assignment, and could return to the Blue Jays this September. He tore his ACL during spring training, and was not expected to return until 2016.

Kevin Ruprecht attempted to statistically analyze the notion of a pitcher "getting into a rhythm" at Beyond the Box Score.

Jesse Wolfersberger of The Hardball Times wants a senior circuit for baseball. He proposed a winter league owned by MLB, largely as a means to promote baseball during the offseason.

This Date in Mets History

In 1975, the Mets ended the tenure of Yogi Berra as manager. Just two years earlier, he had led the Mets to a National League pennant.