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Mets Morning News: Mets beat Reds thanks to Cespedes, remain one game out of Wild Card chase

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

MLB: New York Mets at Cincinnati Reds David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Yoenis Cespedes led the way at the plate and in the field in the Mets’ 5-3 victory over Cincinnati. After hitting a go-ahead home run off Michael Lorenzen in the seventh inning, Cespedes uncorked a brilliant throw to retire Brandon Phillips on the basepaths. Curtis Granderson, Jose Reyes, and Alejandro De Aza all went deep, and Josh Smoker picked up his second major league win as the Mets have now defeated the Reds in 13 straight encounters.

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Gavin Cecchini is ecstatic after receiving his first major league call-up.

David Wright traveled to California on Tuesday for a check-up on his surgically repaired neck.

Ageless wonder Bartolo Colon wants to return to the Mets’ rotation in 2017.

Eric Garcia McKinley of BP Mets took a look at the Giants and Cardinals’ opponents down the stretch.

Curtis Granderson was nominated for the Roberto Clemente award.

Ken Davidoff of the Post addressed the unlikely possibility of the Mets pursuing a September trade. Any player acquired after the August 31 waiver deadline is unable to participate in postseason baseball.

Around the NL East

Anthony Rendon hit a grand slam in Washington’s 9-7 win over Atlanta.

The Phillies edged the Marlins by a score of 4-3; the loss is Miami’s fifth in a row.

Giancarlo Stanton was activated from the disabled list sooner than expected. Miami manager Don Mattingly expects Stanton to make regular starts by the end of the season.

Around Major League Baseball

The Pirates were one strike away from a come-from-behind win over the Cardinals, before St. Louis hit three home runs to claim a 9-7 victory at PNC Park.

The Rockies were also unable to help the Mets in their quest for a Wild Card spot; losing to the Giants after a go-ahead RBI single from Kelby Tomlinson.

22-year-old Edwin Diaz has produced an elite strikeout rate as Seattle’s closer.

Corrine Landrey of Fangraphs stated the case for Jose Altuve to win the American League MVP.

Trea Turner has displayed an impressive blend of speed and power in Washington’s outfield.

Dansby Swanson’s first major league home run was an inside-the-parker.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

The Mets have better odds at a playoff berth than the Cardinals.

Chris McShane was on the meters for Mets pitchers and hitters from the last week.

Steve Schreiber compiled highlights from the SNY booth in early August!

Matt Varvaro examined the Mets’ decision to not shut down Matt Harvey last September.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1973, Jerry Koosman surrendered a third inning run against the Montreal Expos, snapping a 31 13 scoreless innings streak. Koosman’s impressive streak lasted as a franchise record until R.A. Dickey surpassed the mark in 2012.

Happy birthday to Darren Bragg, Jason Isringhausen, Brian Stokes, David Newhan, and Rick Sweet!