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Morning Briefing: Welcome to September

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FIRST PITCH: September has arrived, and the New York Mets are still playing meaningful games for a change.

In fact, they have a chance to lock up the National League East well before the end of the month -- with their win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, combined with the Washington Nationals' loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Mets have a 6.5-game lead in the division.

On Tuesday they'll have Jonathon Niese on the mound, opposed by the Phillies' Aaron Harang, meaning another Mets victory is the likely outcome.

TUESDAY'S NEWS REPORTS:

BIRTHDAYS: David West turns 51 on Tuesday.

TWEET OF THE DAY:

YOU'RE UP: Should Colon get a start in the playoffs?