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Mets Morning News: Mets use a home run barrage to snag Bartolo a pre-birthday win

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Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets used home runs from David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes, and Neil Walker to take down the Nationals 7-1, on Monday night. After a disappointing first inning where they got the first two men on, but couldn't plate a run, the Mets exploded for seven runs. On the eve of his forty-third birthday, Bartolo Colon pitched well, despite having a stiff back.

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Lucas Duda is headed to the disabled list with a stress fracture in his lower back. David Lennon suggested that losing Duda would test the Mets fortitude.

There was some good news on the injury front, however, as Travis d'Arnaud has resumed throwing. d'Arnaud will leave his California home for Port St. Lucie sometime this week.

Dave Cameron thinks that Yoenis Cespedes has made some fundamental changes in his game that have elevated him to superstar status. Cameron mentioned that since joining the Mets, Cespedes has been in the top tier of MLB players.

Happy forty-third birthday to Bartolo Colon! Unfortunately it might be hard to bend over to pick up his gifts, because Bartolo has had a stiff back since his home run in San Diego. Colon told reporters that he wasn't sure if it was from the home run, or pitching.

Mike Vaccaro told us that the reason David Wright endures the pain to play baseball, is because of nights like Monday. Wright said that the feeling of hitting home runs motivates him.

Terry Collins was noncommittal when discussing what his goals for Matt Harvey were. Collins said he just wanted Harvey to go "throw some innings." Harvey said he didn't want to skip his turn in the rotation, because he felt like it would be quitting on his team.

As the 1986 World Series celebration draws near, former Mets manager Davey Johnson suggested that he was unhappy about the way his tenure in New York ended. Johnson went on to express disappointment that some of the players from that era were traded away.

Did you know that the Mets are one of only six teams that help Dominican prospects get high school diplomas?

Around the NL East

The Phillies and Tigers were involved in a slugfest that saw Detroit emerge as a 6-5 winner. There were six total home runs hit, including two by Miguel Cabrera.

The Braves acquired Brian Matusz from the Orioles for two minor league pitchers.

Around the Majors

It was not a good Monday around baseball for injuries. The Rangers are putting Shin-Soo Choo back on the DL with a strained hamstring. Josh Hamilton also announced that he'd be having surgery and would be done for the year. Further, Kevin Kiermaier will miss time with hand surgery, and Alex Gordon broke a bone in his wrist.

Clayton Kershaw and Brandon Finnegan both threw complete games, as the Dodgers went on to win 1-0. It was the third complete game shutout Kershaw has thrown this season, and he allowed just two hits in the process.

There was a scary scene in Pittsburgh, where Ryan Vogelsong was hit in the head with a pitch. Vogelsong had to be carted off and taken to the hospital.

The late Tony Gwynn's family is suing several smokeless tobacco companies, on the grounds that they intended to get Gwynn addicted to smokeless tobacco. The Gwynn family is suggesting that the companies used Gwynn in a marketing ploy for their product.

Josh Donaldson went on a rant about the place of the beanball in the modern game. Donaldson suggested that MLB doesn't do a good enough job at discouraging pitchers from throwing at players.

Nathaniel Grow explained how the US Department of Labor's new overtime rules are going to affect MLB players.

Yesterday at AA

Aaron Yorke previewed this week's Mets-Nationals series.

Timothy Finnegan looked at just how great Matt Harvey has been in his tenure with the Mets.

Noel Purcell broke out the Player Performance Meters for this past week. You can find pitchers here, and position players here.

Matt Varvaro posted his Mind Boggler for the week, and it's on players who were out of position.

This Date in Mets History

On May 24, 1973, Tom Seaver started a game at Dodger Stadium that would ultimately end in the nineteenth inning.

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