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

NLCS Game 7: St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The Mets lost to the Braves 11-7, as the ineffectiveness of Jason Vargas was on full display, perhaps more than anyone could have envisioned. “He’s just not getting outs at this point,” Mickey Callaway said of Vargas last night. “That’s really all I can say.” The offense continued to score runs, but Vargas and Corey Oswalt simply dug a hole too deep for the Mets to pull themselves out of. At this point, Vargas’ rotation spot could be in jeopardy, but Oswalt did not exactly distinguish himself as Vargas’ potential replacement.

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Ron Darling is taking a medical leave of absence from his broadcasting duties due to a large mass found in his chest, which will require surgery to remove. Provided there are no complications, he should be back announcing Mets games sometime next month. “Our thoughts and prayers continuously remain with Ron for a full recovery and we look forward to seeing him back in the broadcast booth,” read a statement from Fred and Jeff Wilpon.

“I was just missing in the middle,” Jacob deGrom said about his last start against the Twins, as he takes the mound today, prepared to redeem himself.

Greg Prince of Faith and Fear in Flushing takes a look back and his first Citi Field experience ten years ago.

Around the National League East

Former Braves manager Bobby Cox recently suffered a massive stroke, but he has made progress in his recovery and there is more optimism about his prognosis of late.

Adam Eaton and Howie Kendrick delivered back-to-back homers for the Nationals, as they bested the Pirates 3-2.

The Nationals called up spring training standout Austen Williams to replace the injured Justin Miller.

The Marlins unloaded against Zach Eflin in the third inning to lift them to a 10-3 victory over the Phillies.

Around Major League Baseball

It finally happened. Chris Davis got his first hit of the year, snapping his historic dry spell. And it was an RBI hit, to boot.

Richard Justice claims the three teams for whom Dallas Keuchel makes the most sense are the Phillies, Yankees, and Angels.

“They don’t treat me like I’m different,” said Jenrry Mejia about the Red Sox in an interview for WEEI. It’s a shot at redemption for Mejia, who “learned a lot about friends,” during the time he was suspended.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Steve Sypa brought us the daily farm report.

This Date in Mets Histrory

Just one day after Tom Terrific made his major league debut, Jerry Koosman followed suit on this date in 1967.