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Mets Morning News: deGrom labors through five innings, Mets fall short after late rally

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Meet the Mets

The Mets rallied late but left 12 runners on base in Thursday’s 6-4 loss to the Marlins. Jay Bruce homered in his second straight multi-hit night, and the pinch-hitting Asdrubal Cabrera took Fernando Rodney deep in the ninth inning. After laboring through five innings, Jacob deGrom appeared to leave with an injury, though the right-hander downplayed concerns following the game.

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Neil Walker’s decision to opt for surgery was a very difficult one.

Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera each made pinch-hitting appearances in scheduled days off.

Michael Conforto, who had been red-hot in Triple-A Las Vegas, was recalled before the beginning of Thursday’s game.

Jarrett Seidler of BP Mets predicted which Mets would be among the second wave of September call-ups. Meanwhile, Mike Vorkunov suggested the Mets use September to gauge Michael Conforto’s and Kevin Plawecki’s progress from the minor league level.

What can we expect from Jay Bruce down the stretch?

Around the NL East

Before Miami’s victory on Thursday, Connor Newcomb of Fish Stripes took a look at the Marlins’ September match-ups.

The Braves earned a 9-6 victory over San Diego in Thursday’s day game.

Ryan Howard and the Phillies are at odds over playing time. Rookie first baseman Tommy Joseph has performed nicely this season, swatting 17 home runs with a .785 OPS.

First-year reliever Koda Glover was the subject of a character profile from the Washington Post.

Around Major League Baseball

Chris Mitchell of FanGraphs compared Tim Tebow’s skill set to that of Quad-A sluggers Jabari Blash and Steven Moya. Mitchell acknowledged the 29-year-old Tebow has little of the “baseball athleticism” required of hitting at a professional level.

Mike Trout was uninjured in a multi-car crash following Wednesday’s game.’s Jim Callis delivered a primer on the recently promoted Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada.

Eric Nusbaum of VICE Sports wrote an article on the preparation of Vin Scully’s on-air stories.

The Blue Jays are still awesome, Michael Baumann of The Ringer declared.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Catch episode 200 of Amazin’ Avenue Audio!

Joe Sokolowski compiled This Week in Mets Quotes.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1965, the Mets retired Casey Stengel’s number. “The Old Professor” was the only man to wear jersey number 37 with the team.

Happy birthday to Marv Throneberry!