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Mets Morning News: Mets lose battle of the bad bullpens to the Nationals

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Your 4th of July dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Steven Matz was brilliant, as was Stephen Strasburg, and after seven innings of shutout baseball they handed the ball off to their respective bullpens. As often happens with the Mets and Nationals, things did not go well. On a night when the Nationals’ bullpen faltered yet again, the Mets’ faltered worse. Despite some late-game heroics from a red-hot Curtis Granderson, the Mets bullpen simply couldn’t stop the Nats, giving up three runs in the last two innings, and the Mets fell 3-2.

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

Yoenis Cespedes suffered a leg cramp on the final play of the game and is expected to sit out today’s game.

Bartolo Colon is expected to clear waivers. Once that happens, the Mets will have to decide whether to make him an offer.

Mets prospect Logan Taylor was concussed after being attacked by a homeless man wielding a tire iron and bag full of rocks before the Las Vegas 51s game in Salt Lake City on Saturday.

Here are the highlights from Sandy Alderson’s 45 minute talk with members of the SABR community.

Around the NL East

The Braves released former NFL defensive back Sanders Commings from their minor-league system.

The Marlins got buried under a mountain of runs by the Cardinals.

The Phillies beat the Pirates 4-0 in an all-Pennsylvania game.

Around MLB

Umpire Angel Fernandez has filed a racial discrimination case against MLB.

Dan Shulman will leave Sunday Night Baseball after this season.

Mookie Betts will replace Mike Trout as a starter in the All-Star Game.

The roster for the Home Run Derby has been filled out.

Miguel Montero has been traded to the Blue Jays after talking his way out of Chicago by going on a rant against Jake Arrieta.

Craig Calcaterra thinks MLB’s full of it when it comes to juiced baseballs.

Yesterday at AA

Matt Varvaro was back with another Monday Morning Mets Mind Boggler.

Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets/Nationals series.

Chris McShane had player performance meters for pitchers and position players.

This Date in Mets History

Tom Seaver came within two outs of a no-hitter on this date in 1972.