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Monday, June 20, 2011
Mets morning briefing 6.20.11

By Adam Rubin

Jon Niese wasn't sharp and the Mets dropped the rubber game to the Angels, 7-3, on Sunday. After a team off-day, Bob Melvin and Oakland visits Citi Field.

Monday's news reports:

David Wright, who has an exam on Friday, has started modest baseball activities. He tossed a baseball at took limited grounders from his knees Sunday at Citi Field. Read more in Newsday, the PostStar-Ledger and Record.

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

• Newsday's David Lennon notes it's a big week off the field for the Mets as Ike Davis gets his ankle examined Wednesday and Wright sees the doctor Friday.

Chris Capuano continues to get tips from Sandy Koufax.

Tom Seaver offered some advice to Lucas Duda, whose confidence has a tendency to dip, during a weekend visit to Citi Field.  "He told me to take it easy, have fun and exhale and remember you're playing a game," Duda said, according to the Daily News. "He said there's a process in baseball. Before you get to step 5, you have to go through 1, 2, 3, and so on."

Jason Bay's modest four-game hitting streak came to an end. Read more in the Post.

BIRTHDAYS: With no notable Mets birthdays today, we note it’s the 40th anniversary of a nifty Mets win -- a three-run comeback in the ninth inning that led to a 7-6 win over the Phillies on this date in 1971. Duffy Dyer won it with a two-run single, making a winner of Tug McGraw. -Mark Simon