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Monday, May 20, 2013
Morning Briefing: Momentum, anyone?

By Matt Ehalt

After going nearly a month without a series win, the Mets beat the Cubs, 4-3 on Sunday to take two of three from Chicago. The last series the Mets had won dated back to April 19-21, when they took two of three from Washington.

The Mets look to build off that series win as they welcome Cincinnati to Flushing for a three-game set.

Monday's news reports
• Read game recaps in the Star-Ledger, Daily News, Post, The Record, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Newsday.
• After Daniel Murphy hit the game-winning homer on Sunday, manager Terry Collins said Murphy may stay in the leadoff spot. Murphy hit leadoff for just the fifth time in his career.
Scott Rice is on pace for 99 appearances this year, which would be a Mets record. Collins said it will be a concern if Rice keeps up with this amount of appearances. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Daily News, Post and The Record.
Juan Lagares' first career homer tied Sunday's game and helped the Mets record the victory. Lagares' two-run shot tied the game at 3-3 in the seventh. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.
Andrew Brown left Sunday's Triple-A Las Vegas game with an oblique strain. If the Mets look to demote Ike Davis to the minors, Brown could have been a top candidate for the Mets to promote.
• Pitching prospect Rafael Montero was promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas for a spot start. He's 4-3 with a 3.47 ERA this year for Double-A Binghamton.

From the bloggers ... < a href="http://metspolice.com/2013/05/20/video-slideshow-from-mets-fans-trip-to-wrigley/">Mets Police has a video of a trip to Wrigley Field this past weekend. ... Mets Report on why it would be wrong to fire Collins now.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Met infielder Wilson Valdez turns 35.

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