Morning Briefing: Easy cookin'

August, 21, 2013
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FIRST PITCH: The Mets beat the Braves, 5-3, on Tuesday night at Citi Field as Zack Wheeler defeated his hometown team for the third time in as many tries. Wheeler said after the game it's an easy game plan against the Braves, who own baseball's best record.

Jon Niese will look to pitch the Mets to the sweep on Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday's news reports

• Read game recaps in the Star-Ledger, Daily News, Post, New York Times, The Record, Wall Street Journal and Newsday.

Travis d'Arnaud recorded his first career hit. D'Arnaud had been hitless in his first 10 career at-bats before doubling in the eighth inning. John Buck understands why the team is starting the youngster over him. Read more in the Daily News.

David Wright plans on returning this season. Wright is out after straining his right hamstring earlier this month. Read more in the Post, The Record and Newsday.

• Tommy John Surgery has been recommended for Jeremy Hefner, while Jenrry Mejia will likely have season-ending surgery in the next seven to 10 days. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Post.

Marlon Byrd set a new career-high in homers after hitting his 21st.

• Closer Bobby Parnell said surgery is still a possibility as he deals with a herniated disc in his neck.

Carlos Torres will stay in the rotation following his start Friday against Detroit.

From the bloggers....Faith and Fear in Flushing examines Byrd's 20-homer season.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets starter Bruce Berenyi turns 59 today. He pitched for the Mets from 1984-86, going 12-8 with a 4.28 ERA in 36 games (29 starts).

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU'RE UP: Why has Wheeler been so successful against Atlanta?

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187