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Mets Morning News: Sell, sell, sell!

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Your Sunday morning dose of Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Steven Matz is having a hard time lately. Last night he was actually pretty good, but he was rewarded with three total hits from his offense and a hard-luck loss. Yoenis Cespedes provided the only scoring with a solo home run, and the Mets fell to the Phillies 3-1. The rubber match is this afternoon.

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

The Mets lukewarm fire sale also continued yesterday, as the team sent Neil Walker to the Brewers for cash and a player to be named later.

The biggest piece the Mets have gotten back soon hopes to be just what the doctor ordered for the team’s ailing bullpen.

The selloff could mean many unforeseen opportunities for Mets youngsters, and Brandon Nimmo is looking to take advantage.

Matt Harvey is back to pitching in competitive games. He toed the rubber for the Brooklyn Cyclones in a rehab assignment.

That could mean Chris Flexen’s time in the rotation is numbered, but he’s still hoping to improve his standing with the club heading into next season.

Many fans are starting to fall in love with Amed Rosario. Here’s the story of how the Mets found him in the first place.

Tim Tebow got hit in the head with a baseball, and stayed in the game.

It’s almost that time of year, folks. The Subway Series starts tomorrow, a perfect excuse to relive its best memories.

Around the NL East

The Mets had to tip their caps to Aaron Nola last night, and Phillies fans know it. They also might be happy to know Ryan Howard is getting another shot.

The Nationals took care of the Giants, but the bigger story is a seemingly ugly Bryce Harper injury.

A comeback attempt by the Braves fell short against the red hot Redbirds (more on them in a moment).

Giancarlo Stanton’s 41st home run of the season helped propel the Marlins over the Rockies.

You probably heard a group led by Derek Jeter was buying the team. You probably didn’t know it could be a bad omen for the (iconic?) home run sculpture.

Around the Majors

Sometimes all it takes is one hot streak. The middling Cardinals have suddenly played themselves into a first place tie in the NL Central.

Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez got his Rangers number seven retired last night in Arlington.

Another AL West team retired the number of its own legendary player, as the Mariners sent Edgar Martinez’s number 11 up to the rafters.

A West Point grad soldiered his way to a pretty impressive debut for the Blue Jays.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

This season has no doubt been demoralizing, but there are still reasons for Mets fans to keep watching. Linda Surovich laid out five of them.

Steve Sypa kept us up to date with all the Mets minor league action.

This Date in Mets History

It was a dose of R.A. Dickey domination on this date seven years ago. The knuckleballer allowed just one hit (to the opposing starter, no less) in a gem against the Phillies.