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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 back in same spot with Wilmer Flores

Mets' Wilmer Flores tosses his bat as he

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MILWAUKEE -- Wilmer Flores will hit seventh and start at shortstop tonight when the Mets open a four-game set against the Brewers.

Manager Terry Collins said Ruben Tejada was held out “just as a precaution,” since he hasn’t reported symptoms in the aftermath of taking a 94 mph fastball to the helmet. Tejada is expected to start on Friday.

“I’m ready to play,” said Tejada, who has no...

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Yankees daily prospect report: O'Brien dislodges home plate

Yankees prospect Peter O'Brien warms up in Trenton

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Trenton power prospect Peter O'Brien dislodged home plate with a slide on Wednesday in one of the more interesting stories from the Yankees minor league affiliates on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders were leading 8-0 when the game against Gwinnett was suspended in the third inning due to weather.

The standouts:

Rob Refsnyder,...

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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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Yankees daily prospect report

Arizona's Robert Refsnyder (2) celebrates with Konner Wade

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Tuesday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders shut out Gwinnet, 7-0.

The standouts:

Rob Refsnyder, 2B: 3-for-5 with a double

Kyle Roller, DH: 0-for-2 with three walks

John Ryan Murphy, C: 1-for-2 with three walks

Rob Segedin, 3B: 2-for-4 with a grand slam and a walk

Tyler...

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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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Why the Yankees haven't called up Rob Refsnyder -- yet

Trenton Thunder infielder Rob Refsnyder poses during Media

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The underperforming, veteran second baseman was finally too great a drag on the club’s roster. So the team cut him in the middle of the season in favor of a prospect with a live bat.

Nope, not the Yankees and Brian Roberts.

Not yet.

The Cubs designated Darwin Barney for assignment Tuesday. Barney, 28, was in his fourth season as the club’s mainstay at the keystone, but he had begun...

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MLB All-Star Game quiz

A kiosk of MLB All-Star ballots sits inside

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Remember the American League's 13-year stretch without a loss in the All-Star Game?

Can you name the year there wasn't an MVP named in the ASG?

Then you'll probably knock this test out of the park. Click the link in the "related" box to take our All-Star Game quiz.

Mobile users can take the quiz by clicking the "More on Newsday" link....

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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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