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Saturday, July 20, 2013
Morning Briefing: Getting back on track

By Matt Ehalt

FIRST PITCH: Let's try that again.

The Mets opened the second half with a 13-8 loss to the Phillies on Friday. Starter Jeremy Hefner lasted only two innings, giving up eight runs on 10 hits.

On Saturday afternoon, the Mets turn to Zack Wheeler to get them back on track. Wheeler is 3-1 with a 3.54 ERA.

Saturday's news reports

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

• Catcher John Buck suffered a cramp and likely won't play Saturday. Read more in the Post.

• Infielder Justin Turner will likely be activated off the DL for next week's series against the Braves. Turner has a left intercostal strain. Read more in the Wall Street Journal.

• After Friday's loss, the Mets are now 41-51. They are shooting for .500. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Wall Street Journal.

• Mets minority owner Steven A. Cohen was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with failing to supervise employees and prevent them from insider trading. Cohen owns a 4 percent share of the team, which he paid $20 million for. Read more in Newsday.

• The Mets are going to keep a close eye on David Wright in the second half to make sure he isn't fatigued. Read more in the Record.

Ike Davis went 2-for-4 on Friday. He is 7-for-30 since returning from Triple-A.

• In the Daily News, John Harper writes that Hefner's struggles Friday are concerning.

• In the Post, Mike Vaccaro writes that Friday's game was an all-too-familiar reminder of how the Mets have faded during the second half in recent years.

BIRTHDAYS: Hall-of-Famer Heinie Manush was born on July 20. Manush was a left fielder and played 17 seasons, for six different teams. He died in 1971.

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YOU'RE UP: What are your expectations for Wheeler in the second half?