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Mets Morning News: Seven straight wins thanks to some more Wilmer Flores Friday night magic!

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

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Meet the Mets

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The Eric O'Flaherty trade has been completed, as the Mets shipped minor league pitcher Dawrin Frias to the A's. The 23-year old has struggled this year in A-ball.

Billy Beane is in awe of the Mets' stable of high velocity starting pitchers.

There's good injury news on a number of fronts for the Mets. Steven Matz is making great progress in his recovery and should start throwing from a mound soon.

Terry Collins expects David Wright to make his first rehab appearance on Monday!

Michael Cuddyer will play for the St. Lucie Mets today, join the Mets in Tampa tomorrow, and be activated on Monday.

In less good injury news, Rafael Montero is "not ready" to the help the big league club just yet. Well, it can't all be sunshine and lollipops.

Art Shamsky's girlfriend is suing a manufacturer for stealing her idea to make MLB-themed canes.

Around the NL East

Carlos Gonzalez's 8th inning grand slam off of Drew Storen propelled the Rockies to a 5-4 victory over the reeling Nationals, who fell to 2.5 games behind the Mets. The Nats have moved struggling righty Doug Fister to the bullpen. Ouch.

The Braves beat the Marlins 6-3 last night behind Nick Markakis and AJ Pierzynski.

Could the Marlins consider bringing back Dave Dombrowski, the architect of the 1997 World Series winning club?

Chase Utley is back with the Phillies, who played the Padres in San Diego late into the night.

Around the Majors

Mike Napoli is headed back to the Rangers, as the Red Sox are sending the first baseman/DH back to Texas.

Oliver Perez is back in a pennant race, as the hated ex-Mets lefty was dealt to the Astros.

Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher are headed to the Braves in a deal that sent Chris Johnson to the Indians.

What can Yordano Ventura do to achieve his ace potential?

Adam Loewen, who made his MLB debut as a pitcher and was in Mets camp as an outfielder a few years back, is back in the majors with the Phillies as a pitcher. Incredible story for the 31-year old.

The Cape Cod League is in full swing and is a hot spot for up-and-coming big league stars.

This Date In Mets History

On this date in 2008, Oliver Perez combined with Aaron Heilman to toss a two-hit shutout.

Yesterday At AA

Great writing by Nate Gismot, who loves the Mets and loves being a Mets dork.

We previewed the Mets weekend series with the Rays and looked back at previous series with them.

We've got all of the best Mets quotes from the past week (and boy, there were a lot of them!)

Episode 132 of the AA Audio Podcast is another happyish episode!

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