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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Morning Briefing: Five straight

By Matt Ehalt

FIRST PITCH: Houston, you have company.

The Mets secured their fifth straight losing season Saturday by splitting a doubleheader with the Marlins. They lost the first game, 3-0, and won the nightcap, 3-1.

The Mets and Astros will likely head into the 2014 season as the co-owners of the longest losing-seasons streak in baseball, as both have not had a non-losing season since 2008.

Sunday's news reports:

• Read game recaps in the Daily News, Post, Star-Ledger (Game 1) and Record, Times and Newsday.

David Wright is hoping to return Tuesday against the Giants. Wright and manager Terry Collins defended the plan to have Wright return this season. Wright hasn't played since Aug. 2, and there is no incentive to have him play again this year with the team eliminated from postseason contention. Wright said he's against shutting it down when he feels capable of playing. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Frank Francisco bruised his thumb in the first game on Saturday. He underwent X-rays, and the Mets announced the injury as a bruise. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• The Mets activated Jeurys Familia on Saturday. He had surgery on June 5 on his right elbow. Familia will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• In the Post, Mike Vaccaro writes that after so many years of alienating Mets fans, the team's owners are asking fans to believe that next year will be different.

BIRTHDAYS: A handful of former Mets have birthdays Sunday, including infielder Jason Hardtke, who turns 42; reliever Doug Simons, who is 47; reliever Satoru Komiyama, who is 48; and outfielder John Christensen, who turns 53.

TWEET OF THE DAY:

David Wright hitting against Ricky Bones in a simulated game early afternoon. pic.twitter.com/IGNSaX2XpU

— Jay Horwitz (@Jay_HorwitzPR) September 14, 2013
YOU'RE UP: Is it jarring that the Mets are tied for the longest losing-season streak in baseball?