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Mets Morning News: Rain dampens Walker's return to Pittsburgh

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

Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

The opener Mets' series with the Pirates was postponed due to inclement weather. Neil Walker will have to wait until today at 4:05pm to face his old team, when the Mets will start a traditional doubleheader. Walker said that it will be "interesting" playing in his hometown.

Juan Lagares has a torn ligament in his left thumb. Lagares said that he will try to play through it for a few days, and if it isn't getting better, he'll have surgery. If it isn't bothering him, he'll wait until the offseason for surgery.

Travis d'Arnaud will be catching minor league games by next week, assistant general manager John Ricco told reporters. d'Arnaud began hitting in rehab games yesterday for the St. Lucie Mets.

Did you ever wonder how the Mets keep busy on long flights? Maria Guardado asked a few of them.

The Mets have faced a lot of their former pitchers over the years. Here's how they've performed against some of them.

Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Gazette said that Neil Walker should be celebrated, not booed in his return to Pittsburgh.

Around the NL East

The Phillies rallied in the ninth, but couldn't come back against the Cubs, who beat them 6-4. Jon Lester was fantastic once again for the Cubs.

The Braves dropped a 7-2 game to the Padres in San Diego. Williams Perez gave up six runs without completing the fifth inning.

Around the Majors

Danny Salazar will be skipped after experiencing shoulder fatigue. Salazar is in the midst of a fantastic season, having posted a 2.24 ERA thus far.

CJ Nitkowski said that the White Sox making a move for James Shields is a sign that they're committed to winning at all costs.

Do you want to see Big Papi crush piñatas? If the answer is yes or anything else, you can watch here.

Fangraphs released the first round of their radio broadcast rankings. There is a New York team in the bottom third, luckily it's the other one.

CBS Sports got together with Baseball Prospectus to do a pre-draft Q&A session.

Yesterday at AA

Aaron Yorke previewed the series with the Pirates.

It's time for TWISNY! In Week 8, there were delicious hot dogs consumed.

Matt Varvaro wondered if Terry Collins manages his players efficiently.

Amazin' Avenue Audio previews the draft with Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com.

Steve Sypa profiled the multi-dimensional Alex Kirilloff for his series on potential first-round picks for the Mets.

Matt Varvaro posted his Mind Boggler for the week, and it's on Mets first-round draft picks.

This Date in Mets History

On June 7, 2010, the Mets chose Matt Harvey with their first selection in the amateur draft.

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