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Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Morning Briefing: deGrom needs support

By Kieran Darcy

NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: Jacob deGrom will make his 11th start of the season for the Mets on Tuesday, and will be looking for his second major league win.

DeGrom (1-5, 3.77 ERA) has pitched better than his record indicates. That being said, the Mets are just 2-8 in the games he has started. The 26-year-old has received an average run support of 2.56, lowest on the team among pitchers with at least five starts.

Julio Teheran (8-5, 2.29), just named to the National League All-Star team on Sunday, will start for the Braves. The 23-year-old is 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA in four career starts against the Mets.

Let's see if the Amazin's (40-49) can build off Monday night's 4-3 extra-inning win in the series opener, which brought them to within nine games of the first-place Braves (49-40).

Tuesday's news reports:

Ruben Tejada's two-out single in the bottom of the 11th inning drove home Juan Lagares with the winning run late Monday night. Read game recaps in the Daily News, Post, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record and MLB.com.

• The Mets benefited from a controversial instant replay ruling in the ninth inning Monday. Read more in the Daily News, Post, Star-Ledger and MLB.com.

• An MRI on Jonathon Niese's left shoulder Monday revealed inflammation in the AC joint. Read more in the Record.

Dillon Gee is ready to return to the Mets, and take Niese's turn in the rotation, on Wednesday. Read more in the Post and Newsday.

• A candid David Wright said he didn't deserve to go to the All-Star Game this year -- read more in Newsday.

• The Mets' lone All-Star representative is Daniel Murphy, and Post columnist Ken Davidoff writes that there may be a market for Murphy if GM Sandy Alderson wants to trade him -- click here to read more. Newsday columnist David Lennon writes that Alderson has a tough decision to make on Murphy -- click here to read more.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets relief pitcher Ken Sanders turns 73. Sanders pitched for eight different teams from 1964 to 1976. The Mets acquired him from the Angels in March 1975, in exchange for Ike Hampton. Sanders was 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 30 appearances in 1975, and 1-2 with a 2.87 ERA in 31 appearances in 1976 before being sold to the Royals in mid-September.

TWEET OF THE DAY:

David Wright's HR raised his 2014 batting average against lefties to exactly .400 (32 for 80)

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 8, 2014
YOU'RE UP: Did the Mets' win on Monday fire you up? Or have you written them off already?