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Mets Morning News: Mets beat Nationals, lose Cespedes

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New York Mets v Washington Nationals Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The Mets somehow mustered up the strength to overcome the Nationals, but in true Mets fashion, they lost Yoenis Cespedes in the process. Cespedes didn’t even last a full inning before pulling up lame on the basepaths with a likely hamstring strain. Luckily for the Mets, Jacob deGrom was lights out and carried them to a 4-2 victory in Washington.

Choose your recap: Amazin Avenue short and long, Times, Daily News, Post, Newsday,,, Bergen County Record.

David Wright collected a hit and played five innings for the St. Lucie Mets in his quest to make his major league return.

Jeurys Familia is back following a three month stint on the DL.

The Mets have made some wacky choices as part of the “Players Weekend” in MLB.

Jose Reyes will be the Mets’ emergency outfielder with Conforto and Cespedes both out.

Lenny Dykstra has been accused of trashing a Hamptons hotel room, and stealing items from the suite.

Around the NL East

The Braves took down the Rockies behind a great performance from Julio Teheran.

Giancarlo Stanton homered twice as the Marlins beat the Padres.

The Cubs struck out 14 times in a bad loss to the Phillies.

The Nationals lost Ryan Zimmerman to injury.

Around MLB

MLB announced lengthy suspensions for several players involved in the Yankees/Tigers brawl.

The Astros are supposed to play the Rangers in Houston on Tuesday night, but are worried that Hurricane Harvey may make that impossible.

Hank Aaron has spoken out on the Colin Kaepernick issue.

The Cardinals’ rally cat may be getting a fur-ever home soon.

The Reds have called up top pitching prospect Tyler Mahle.

Aroldis Chapman was mercilessly booed by Yankees fans after giving up a game-winning home run to the Mariners.

The San Francisco Chronicle ran a piece on the tough personal year that Brandon Crawford and his family have gone through. It’s worth a read.

Buster Olney believes baseball needs to move on from its violent past.

Yesterday at AA

I brought you an update on the Michael Conforto shoulder injury.

Steve Sypa delivered the Daily Prospect Report.

Matt Varvaro checked in on the Mets at the 34 mark of the season.

Joe Sokolowski was back with another edition of “This Week in Mets Quotes.

Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets/Nationals series.

A new episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio dropped.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1996, Bobby Valentine took over as the manager of the Mets.