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How about the Mets and Matt Kemp?

Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers ounds

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Something for Mets fans to ponder as the clock ticks down to Thursday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline:

Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs on Tuesday night in the Dodgers' 8-4 win over the Braves.

It went mostly unnoticed because the Dodgers announced during the game that Vin Scully will be returning for a 66th season in 2015.

Scully is a Hall of Fame broadcaster....

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Mets daily prospect report: Herrera has a walk-off, den Dekker on fire

Matt den Dekker catches a ball hit by

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Tuesday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth but couldn’t complete a comeback during a 7-5 loss to El Paso.

The standouts:

Matt den Dekker, CF: 3-for-4 with two doubles

Matt Reynolds, SS: 2-for-5

Zack Thornton: Pitched a perfect inning of relief, striking out...

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Mets daily prospect report: Matz struggles, Conforto a hit

Mets pitcher Steven Matz looks on during spring

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Monday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas took a five-run edge by the end of the third inning and held on for a 5-3 win over Salt Lake.

The standouts:

Matt den Dekker, CF: 2-for-5 with a double

Matt Reynolds, SS: 3-for-5 with a triple

Kevin Plawecki, C: 2-for-4

John Lannan, LHP: Allowed six...

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Mets daily prospect report: Nimmo breaks out

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo catches a fly ball

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Tacoma scored four runs in the sixth and Las Vegas couldn’t complete the comeback in a 5-4 loss.

The standouts:

Matt den Dekker, CF: 2-for-4 with a double

Brandon Allen, 1B: 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks

Zack Thornton, RHP: Pitched two perfect innings of relief,...

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Report: Mets check with Rockies on Tulo, CarGo

The National League's Troy Tulowitzki, of the Colorado

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MILWAUKEE -- If Rockies stars Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez wind up on the trading block, the Mets intend to be suitors, according to a report in the New York Post.

The report cites an NL executive, who called the pitching-deep Mets a “perfect partner” in a trade with the Rockies, “who always need to address pitching.”

The Mets have targeted shortstop and leftfield as places they...

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Source: Mets fielding calls on All-Star Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy of the Mets celebrates after scoring

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MILWAUKEE -- Rival clubs have reached out to the Mets about trading for second baseman Daniel Murphy, who is coming off his first appearance in the All-Star Game.

But according to a source, the Mets appear more likely to keep Murphy rather than deal him away before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Murphy, 29, has scuffled coming out of the break, hitting just .167 (5-for-30) in...

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Mets daily prospect report: Flores, den Dekker stand out

The Mets' Matt den Dekker fist-bumps teammates as

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Tacoma took the lead for good with a four-run fourth inning and Las Vegas lost, 6-4.

The standouts:

Matt den Dekker, CF: 2-for-3 with two walks and a double

Wilmer Flores, SS: 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk

Allan Dykstra, DH: 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk

Juan...

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Mets daily prospect report

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a warmup pitch

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Tuesday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: The 51s split a double-header with Tacoma, winning Game 1, 4-0, before dropping Game 2, 4-3.

The standouts:

Noah Syndergaard, RHP: Six shutout innings, with four hits and three walks allowed and five strikeouts

Matt den Dekker, CF: 5-for-8 with two doubles and a home run

Daniel...

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Mets outfielder makes good after run-in with young fans

Eric Young Jr. of the Mets reacts after

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SEATTLE -- Eric Young Jr. worked quickly to win a few new fans, just moments after nearly wiping them out while in pursuit of a foul ball.

In the fifth inning of the Mets’ 3-1 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday night, Young took off at top speed after Endy Chavez’s foul ball. Young wound up diving into the first row, where he crashed into a pair of youngsters near the railing.

Not...

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Fighting words from Travis d'Arnaud? Not so much

Travis d'Arnaud of the Mets looks on during

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It may be July, but at first glance, it certainly appeared that Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud had himself a moment straight out of “A Christmas Story.”

It happened moments after Saturday’s 5-4 victory over the Marlins. The video (courtesy of Twitter user @sp219) shows d’Arnaud greeting closer Jenrry Mejia on the pitcher’s mound -- shortly after Mejia celebrated (in his typical no-holds-barred...

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