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Daniel Murphy returns, plus actual Mets baseball news

Daniel Murphy is congratulated by teammates in the

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Daniel Murphy will return to the Mets lineup on Thursday, presumably bringing a measure of comfort and relief to those who have have made it their business to criticize the second baseman for tending to a private matter such as the birth of a child.

Of course, it wasn’t the comfort or relief of those folks that Murphy was considering when he exercised his collectively bargained right to go...

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Mets make lineup changes on Opening Day

New York Mets Eric Young photographed during photo

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Terry Collins worked much like a plate-spinner in spring training, frantically trying to piece together a lineup despite injuries and other unexpected things. So, it seemed only appropriate that on Opening Day, Collins was once again forced to juggle.

Outfielder Chris Young suffered a strained right quad late in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Blue Jays in Montreal. Second baseman Daniel...

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Terry Collins uneasy about Bobby Parnell's recovery

Bobby Parnell of the Mets walks off the

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CINCINNATI -- Terry Collins has read all the medical reports, the ones that say that Mets closer Bobby Parnell will be fully recovered from neck surgery by the start of spring training.

Yet, none of those reassuring words can replace Collins' lingering image of the pitcher, who has dropped 30 pounds after surgery because he has not been able to eat solid food.

"When a guy walks...

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