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 Ho-hum, another Mets victory last night at Citi Field. What happened to the bad old days when this team couldn't do anything right? You know, six weeks ago?

Seriously, fans, this team is on a roll. Even your beloved Seinfeld and some ugly news on Johan Santana didn't jinx things in the booth last night...

-- The R.A. Dickey story continues, with eight shutout innings last night in a 5-0 win. It was David Wright foam finger night, a sly reference to Lady GaGa's impolite salute from a couple weeks back, but Dickey and Jose Reyes (3-for-4, 3B, HR) were the stars, and Anthony Rieber has the details.

-- Jim Baumbach gives us a portrait of Dickey as a Thoreau-like character who is not your average ballplayer, what with nature retreats and learning the knuckleball after age 30.

-- Angel Pagan's injury history means his incredible hot streak from the No. 2 spot is just a tweak or a twinge away from ending. Last night, it was a spasm in his ribcage area, but Pagan felt he did the smart thing  by pulling himself from the game in the seventh. Some guy called Staple has the story.

-- John Maine's second opinion was the same as the first: Shoulder tendinitis, which means he'll be sitting tight for a while as the Mets roll on. Also from this Staple guy in the notes: Jon Niese feeling fine after the 92-minute delay and the Mets sign Ramon Ortiz to a minor-league deal.

-- Jerry Seinfeld joined Keith Hernandez in the SNY booth for four innings last night. Seinfeld was funny. This is not news, but still, he's a popular guy around here. Neil Best gives you all the highlights, and was probably sighing often as he watched.

-- Lastly, word came from that Santana was accused of sexual battery in Florida last October, but no charges were filed. Rieber has the story.

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