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Mets vs. Brewers series preview

Carlos Gomez, left, and Lucas Duda will face

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The Mets begin a three-game set with the Brewers on Tuesday at Citi Field. The Brewers lead the AL Central by five games over the Cardinals and have the second-best record in the National League. The Mets enter play five and a half games back of Atlanta and Washington, which are tied for the NL East lead.

Here’s what to watch for in this series:

OPPOSING PITCHER SCOUTING REPORT

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Bobby Abreu returns to an MLB lineup

Bobby Abreu #53 of the New York Mets

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Just a few notes from another windy day here at Citi Field.

1. Welcome Bobby Ball

It’s Throwback Thursday on Twitter, and apparently, the same goes at Citi Field. Bobby Abreu, 40, will start his first big league game since July 25, 2012. Despite a swirling wind similar to Wednesday night, manager Terry Collins is going with Abreu.

“He’s 40 years old,” Collins said. “He probably...

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Paul Olden and Alex Anthony announce new Yankees, Mets players

Yankees announcer Paul Olden is shown in the

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Why wait until Opening Day to finally here the Yankees and Mets new additions announced as part of the team's lineup?

MLB Network has you covered.

The network taped a series of promo spots featuring Yankees PA announcer Paul Olden and Mets PA announcer Alex Anthony.

Olden announces new additions Masahiro Tanaka, Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran. Anthony announced...

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Curtis Granderson talks heating up with Mets?

Curtis Granderson sits in the dugout watching a

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The Mets have reportedly moved on from the salmon course.

Multiple reports have the Mets' talks with Yankees free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson heating up. The Mets are said to be offering a three-year deal, while Granderson is pushing for four or five years.

The news comes a day after Granderson acknowledged a Sunday meeting with Mets GM Sandy Alderson.

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He shoots, he scores - the Curtis Granderson edition

Curtis Granderson smiles during an autograph sessions for

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Monday delivered Curtis Granderson an opportunity to earn $14.1 million dollars as a member of the Yankees' outfield.

But, on Sunday, Granderson cashed in on a different offer -- winning a free round-trip ticket on United Airlines.

We'll save the spoiler alert to how many shots the free-agent outfielder scored on, or didn't.

(Newsday's app users can watch the video at http://bit.ly/172K0OX)...

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Curtis Granderson will be targeted by Chicago White Sox, report says

Curtis Granderson sits in the dugout watching a

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The White Sox are planning a “hard push” for soon-to-be Yankees free agent Curtis Granderson this winter, according to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times, citing a source.

Granderson, a native of the near-south suburbs of Chicago who attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, could view the White Sox as a homecoming. The article notes that Granderson recently donated a new baseball facility...

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