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Mets morning briefing 7.8.11

7/8/2011

Jose Reyes landed on the disabled list and the Mets had a four-game winning streak snapped with a 6-0 loss to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

Friday's news reports:

Sandy Alderson said there's virtually no way he's trading Jose. Meanwhile, Terry Collins is targeting July 22 at Florida for Reyes' return from the disabled list. Read more in Newsday, the Journal, Times, Star-Ledger, Post and Record.

• The Post stood by its report of secret talks looming between the Mets and Reyes' camp, despite both sides staunchly denying the article. Writes Mike Puma:

Yesterday, Alderson and Reyes both reiterated to reporters that they have no plans to negotiate in-season -- which is exactly what you would expect to hear from two sides trying to keep contract talks secret.

• Read game stories in the Star-Ledger, Post, Record, Newsday, Daily News and Times.

• Alderson tells Post columnist Kevin Kernan how Reyes prepares for games and the season will be reviewed. (Frankly, google that topic sometime; it's been tried before.) Writes Kernan:

Reyes is a Ferrari. He races around bases. His legs are so explosive that sometimes he can’t control the thrust and injuries happen. Having said that, there has to be a better way to prepare Reyes and keep these injuries from happening so frequently. Alderson told the Post the Mets will look into the process and perhaps alter the way Reyes gets ready to play. “It’s something that needs to be reviewed and discussed,” he said. “I know he works out with top quality people, ours as well as others in the offseason. There may be some warm-up techniques that we ought to consider but as far as I know we’re doing everything we can to keep him on the field.”

• The closing on David Einhorn's purchase of a 33-percent stake in the Mets is not expected to be completed until August, a source tells ESPNNewYork.com. The source said that even though Einhorn's exclusive negotiating period has expired, no snags are expected. A second source agreed only smaller details remain to be hashed out. Read more in the Times.

• Newsday's David Lennon reports the Mets are a close bunch that hopes not to get broken up before the July 31 trade deadline. Writes Lennon:

Maybe it's impossible to quantify what role the video games RBI Baseball, Joust and Battleship (the updated iPad version) have played in the Mets' start to this West Coast trip. But the connection between the players this season is undeniable, and one manifestation of that has been their jumping around the cramped visitors' clubhouse at Dodger Stadium , chirping at each other about sinking a PT boat or hitting a pixilated home run. "I think they enjoy being around each other," manager Terry Collins said. "When the first bus comes, there's 17 or 18 guys on it. They come to the ballpark to be around each other, and for some reason, it's meshed on the road."

BIRTHDAYS: Reliever Ken Sanders, who made 60 relief appearances with the Mets between 1975 and '76, was born on this day in 1941. ... Right-hander Gary Kroll, who pitched for the Mets in 1964 and '65, was born that same day.