Found July 14, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
SPIN DOWN AGAIN, THIS TIME MIGHT BE FOR GOOD… It’s been inevitable for more than a month, but the Mets finally pulled the plug on Jordany Valdespin after Saturday’s game and demoted him to Tripe-A Las Vegas to make room for reliever Scott Atchison will join the team today. Valdespin had not started a game since June 22 and has failed to produce in a reduced role as a pinch-hitter. I thought Spin was going to get demoted after his week long audition that saw him go 3-for-23, but perhaps the injury to Justin Turner bought him some extra time and spared him. Valdespin was reportedly teary-eyed and stunned when he was told the news after Saturday’s loss to the Pirates. “I was surprised, yes,” Valdespin said. “But that’s baseball. They say I will go down and play every day after the All-Star break. I’ll keep working hard.” “This happens in baseball. You don’t know what they’re thinking. You don’t know what they thought. The only thing you know is how you play baseball. They said sta

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Mejia Tosses Five Scoreless Innings

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Video: Bob Keppel makes crazy behind-the-back catch playing in Japan

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Matt Harvey to start All-Star Game for NL

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey will start the 2013 All-Star Game for the National League. Harvey, 24, will throw the All-Star Games first pitches in Citi Field – home of the Mets. In case you are wondering, Newsday reports Harvey will be the first pitcher to start the All-Star Game at his home stadium since 2003, when Esteban Loaiza — then with the Chicago White Sox — started...

Hawkins Was Unavailable Due To “Triceps Issue”

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The Mets Weekly 7/15: The All-Star Edition You’ve Gotta See!

Chris and Jenson bring you another edition of The Mets Weekly - The All Star Game Edition! In this episode they recap everything from the week that was in San Francisco and Pittsburgh plus a whole bunch of other Mets related news and oh yeah… random All Star musings for your viewing pleasure… Follow Chris and Jenson on Twitter at @TheMetsWeekly and you can subscribe to them...

Report: Matt Harvey Will Start All-Star Game for National League, Represent Mets at Citi Field

Matt Harvey has had an incredible sophomore season for the New York Mets, going 7-2 with a 0.91 WHIP and 147 strikeouts in 130 innings pitched. Now, it appears that his phenomenal campaign will be rewarded with a start in the All-Star Game. Harvey will be named the National League’s starting pitcher by San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, according to the New York Daily News...

On the Mets’ alleged pursuit of Andre Ethier

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Alderson Doesn’t Foresee Sweeping Changes Before Trade Deadline

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You Mad, Bro? On To The All-Star Break With A Win!

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Harvey, Scherzer will start ASG

Mets ace Matt Harvey will start Tuesday night's All-Star Game on his home mound at New York's Citi Field, and the Detroit Tigers' Max Scherzer will open for the American League. Harvey will be the first pitcher from the host team to start an All-Star Game since Houston's Roger Clemens in 2004 and just the 11th overall. NL manager Bruce Bochy's starting lineup...
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