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Mets Morning News: Mets no Giant-slayers after another drubbing in San Francisco

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Meet the Mets

Another night, another loss to the Giants. After Steven Matz was a scratch with shoulder soreness, Seth Lugo started the game and pitched admirably, but the Mets bullpen once again let them down as San Francisco scored five runs in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach. It was a woeful night in which the Mets collected eleven hits and somehow managed to score only one run thanks to some bad baserunning and continued inability to hit with runners in scoring position. They ended up losing 8-1.

The Mets’ lone run came on a home run from Curtis Granderson, who hit a ball into McCovey Cove in the second inning. The game also featured the returns of Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera, both of whom went 1-for-4. The Mets have now given up 46 runs in their last five games.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, NY Post, Daily News, ESPN,,, Bergen County Record, Newsday, New York Times, Faith and Fear in Flushing.

Struggling slugger Jay Bruce will be given a day off today.

Steven Matz is being sent back to New York to have his shoulder examined.

Bruce Bochy apparently warned Terry Collins last winter that the Mets pitchers would be affected by their world series run.

The Mets optioned Ty Kelly and T.J. Rivera to Las Vegas before reactivating Cespedes and Cabrera. The Mets also called up Josh Smoker and optioned Josh Edgin, on a busy day of roster moves.

Yoenis Cespedes is tired of answering questions about golf.

Darryl Strawberry says he’s worried for Doc Gooden’s life, after Gooden failed to show up for an interview with WFAN on Thursday.

Around the NL East

The Braves rallied late, but couldn’t come back to beat the Nationals.

The Phillies did the Mets no favors by losing to the Cardinals.

The Marlins beat the Pirates.

Around MLB

MLB has cleared Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman of all charges of using PEDs.

MLB is considering making radical changes to the game of baseball as we know it.

The Reds’ Michael Lorenzen hit an emotional 3-run homer just two days after his father’s death. It was his first major league home run.

The Indians beat the Blue Jays on a rare inside-the-park walk off home run.

Yesterday at AA

Joe Sokolowski brought you another edition of “This Week in Mets Quotes.”

Jeffrey Paternostro handled the Mets Daily Prospect Report.

This Date in Mets History

Both Doc Gooden and Howard Johnson reached major milestones on this date.