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Higher plan: Werth responds to No. 2 spot
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Before Wednesday’s game, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth found himself in a 26-for-124 (.210) slump. Manager Dusty Baker thought Werth would be better off moving up in the order, going from the sixth spot in the lineup to the second, where he could see more fastballs. The plan worked in Wednesday’s 7-1 victory over the Mets.

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Wright returns to action after one-game rest
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David Wright will never know if resting Tuesday when he wanted to play ultimately saved him from further damage to his back. All Wright and the Mets know is that he felt well enough Wednesday to return to the starting lineup after only a one-day absence.

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Mets-Nationals gets MLB Plus treatment tonight
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A plus-sized division rivalry and a matchup of two pitchers with plus stuff deserves a plus broadcast, and MLB Plus will have every angle covered, free on MLB.TV, when Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey oppose each other in the finale of a three-game set between the Nationals and Mets tonight at Citi Field at 7 […]

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Three-run third spoils Koehler's quality start
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Jeremy Hellickson, changing speeds and overcoming a rough first inning, kept the Phillies in position to rally like they’ve done so often this season. Cameron Rupp’s two-run single was enough cushion for Philadelphia to claim a 4-2 win over the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

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Juan great catch: Lagares channels Mays
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For eternity, the box score of the Mets’ 7-1 loss to the Nationals will show simply that Daniel Murphy drove home Washington’s fourth run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. And that’s the problem with box scores.

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Pendleton, Perez discuss new roles, Snitker
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Terry Pendleton and Eddie Perez would both like the opportunity to become the Braves’ next long-term manager. But neither objected to the club’s decision to name Brian Snitker the interim manager after Fredi Gonzalez was dismissed on Tuesday.

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Fantasy: Miami outfield better than expected
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The Marlins outfield trio of Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna has helped many

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Blair sent down by Braves; Gant recalled
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After enduring the worst start of his young career on Tuesday night, Braves right-hander Aaron Blair was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday.

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Alderson: Surgery 'fantastically successful'
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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson was in good spirits about his own health on Tuesday, six days after undergoing surgery in his fight with cancer.

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Matz expected to rejoin rotation this weekend
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Left-hander Steven Matz, who missed his last start because of discomfort and soreness in his left forearm and elbow, should return to the Mets’ rotation during this weekend’s series against the Brewers.

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Deal with Beimel reportedly falls through
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The Marlins won’t be adding veteran lefty reliever Joe Beimel to their organization after all. The pending Minor League deal with the 39-year-old has fallen through, according to the Miami Herald.

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Early candidates to be Braves' next manager
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As Brian Snitker spends the remainder of this season as their interim manager, the Braves will continue to evaluate Eddie Perez, Terry Pendleton plus some external candidates who might be deemed fit to serve as the club’s next long-term manager.

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