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Mets Morning News: Offense comes to life in crucial win

Your Sunday morning dose of Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

New York Mets v San Francisco Giants Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The bats came alive Saturday afternoon. Two Yoenis Cespedes home runs and several other timely hits propelled the Mets to a 9-run afternoon, which was plenty to take down the Giants. They’ll have a chance to split the series with San Francisco tonight.

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Yoenis Cespedes had a great game, and Terry Collins says that version of him will carry the Mets to the playoffs.

New acquisition Jay Bruce was out of the lineup Saturday, because he’s “pressing.”

Neil Walker is back in the lineup, but that will be short lived.

After an off-the-cuff comment from Darryl Strawberry, the collective concern for Doc Gooden is starting to grow.

Around the NL East

The Nationals won thanks to a great show from Ryan Zimmerman, fresh off the disabled list.

Washington beat the Braves, who were done in by one disastrous inning.

With today’s win, the Marlins leapfrogged the Pirates in the Wild Card standings.

The Phillies took care of business in a victory over the Cardinals.

Around the Majors

Yulieski Gurriel nearly became a Met, but he’s about to make his major league debut for the Astros.

Albert Pujols has cracked the top-ten on the all-time home run list.

The Rangers are taking a shot with former Met Carlos Gomez.

The Little League World Series gets brushed to the side during Olympic years, but this is a truly inspiring story.

Check out how Brett Gardner robbed a home run from C.J. Cron.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Kevin Palermo kept us posted on a transaction that Terry Collins hopes keeps the bullpen fresh.

This Date in Mets History

It’s a pretty ignominious anniversary for the Mets. On this date 39 years ago, Tom Seaver pitched a brilliant game at Shea Stadium, and he just happened to be a member of the Cincinnati Reds. It’s also Usain Bolt’s 30th birthday, yet we still wonder if he’d be the greatest pinch runner of all-time.