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Mets Morning News: Logan Verrett mauled by Tigers as Mets drop another

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Meet the Mets

The Mets continued their struggles at the plate, going 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position in losing 6-5 to the Tigers. They weren’t helped by Logan Verrett, who gave up six runs before being pulled in the fourth inning.

Jon Niese and Hansel Robles pitched well, giving the Mets the relief they needed to pull within one run after going down 6-1 to start the game. The comeback ended in heartbreaking fashion though, as Jay Bruce was thrown out at home trying to tie the game in the ninth.

The game represented Verrett’s worst start since he got shelled by Milwaukee back on June 11.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short, NY Post, Daily News, ESPN, MLB.com, NJ.com, Bergen County Record, Newsday, New York Times.

There was some lineup controversy after Terry Collins chose to start Ty Kelly and Rene Rivera over Michael Conforto. Collins explained the reasoning behind his decision to reporters.

Zack Wheeler finally took the mound at Class A St. Lucie and threw one inning before being pulled due to a rain delay.

Jose Reyes could return as early as next week after a short rehab assignment.

Around the NL East

The Braves picked up a nice win over the Cardinals.

Bryce Harper had to leave the Nationals game with a stiff neck. Earlier in the day, the Nats had to send Ryan Zimmerman to the DL.

Jake Thompson had a poor debut for the Phillies against the Padres.

The Marlins acquired Hunter Cervenka from the Braves.

Around MLB

The Mariners honored Ken Griffey Jr. by retiring his number before Saturday’s game.

Speculation is building that Alex Rodriguez’s career may be coming to a close as the Yankees have called for a press conference before today’s game.

Tim Lincecum has been designated for assignment by the Angels.

The Mariners made two trades to acquire more relief pitching.

Yesterday at AA

Steve Sypa had the Mets Daily Prospect Report.

This Date in Mets History

Back in 1963, Jim Hickman became the first Met to hit for the cycle.