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Mets Morning News: Droobs to the rescue

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

Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

In case emotional distress caused you to turn off the Mets game while they trailed by two in the bottom of the ninth or the bottom of the 11th: The team bested the Phillies 9-8 in 11 innings on a three-run, walk-off home run by Asdrubal Cabrera.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, Times, Post, Daily News, Newsday,,, ESPN.

Nearly as impressive as Cabrera’s home run: his joyous bat flip.

Mike Vorkunov wrote about how, like Hansel circa 2001, Cabrera is so hot right now.

Tired of sub-replacement level production at first base? Terry Collins said Lucas Duda could take over the position again shortly.

Speaking of Mets first basemen, Ike Davis is making his return to New York, representing Israel as the nation attempts to qualify for the World Baseball Classic in a tournament at MCU Park.

Collins broke the tough Stephen Matz news—that the lefty is likely out for the season—in a stirring speech to the team on Thursday.

Jarrett Seidler on “magic man” Dan Warthen and his ability to elevate seemingly every pitcher’s game.

Around the NL East

The Braves bested the Marlins 6-3 for their sixth consecutive victory. Check out recaps from Talking Chop and Fish Stripes.

The Good Phight on last night’s tilt with the Mets.

The Nationals and catcher Wilson Ramos are working on an extension.

Around the Majors

The Giants bested the Padres 2-1 behind seven shutout innings from Jeff Samardzija to keep pace with the Mets for the first Wild Card spot. The Cardinals were off last night.

The Orioles gave David Ortiz the best parting gift.

A very important game for the Tigers drew about 300 people at the Twins’ Target Field.

Yesterday at AA

The Mets are having discussions about playing a game in London.

Stephen Matz was set to make his return today. Then he wasn’t.

Aaron Yorke previewed the series with the Phillies.

This Date in Mets History

In 1969, on the one-year anniversary of manager Gil Hodges’ cardiac arrest, the miracle Mets cut their magic number down to one.