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Terry Collins: I didn't know about trade
Said the Mets manager: "Somebody came to me and said Wilmer's crying. I said, 'Why?' 'Well he got traded.' 'To who? For what?' ... There was nothing I knew about it."
The deal that was, then wasn't
Around 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Mets SS Wilmer Flores and RHP Zack Wheeler were reportedly on their way to Milwaukee in exchange for OF Carlos Gomez. But by 11 p.m. ET, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said the trade "has not and will not transpire." Wait, what?
Olney: Mets didn't do anything wrong
Buster Olney likened the non-trade to the 2000 presidential election: "The Mets in theory, you can say, why not take him off the field -- if you did that in every game this time of year, you'd be pulling 4 or 5 players off the field for every game for every team." (via Mike & Mike)
How Mets-Brewers deal became a mess
ESPN's Jim Bowden explains why the failed Mets-Brewers trade blew up so spectacularly: "Because it got public."
#PhotoOfTheNight: Troy Tulowitzki stands for the playing of the Canadian anthem before his Blue Jays debut. He homered in an 8-2 win over the Phillies.
Paul Pierce fails with first pitch
New Clipper Paul Pierce's pitch at the Dodgers game Tuesday came up well short of the target. But what do you expect? The Truth ends games. He doesn't start them.
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Flores emotional in Mets loss
A visibly upset Wilmer Flores -- and fans -- reacted to reports that the shortstop had been traded to the Brewers. But the transaction never transpired, and Flores will remain in New York.
Bryce Harper leads NL in home runs
The Nats star hit 2 HRs to overtake Giancarlo Stanton for the NL lead. It's the 8th career multi-HR game for Harper, tied for the 5th-most in MLB history by a player before his 23rd birthday. Harper won't turn 23 until October.
Tulowitzki can play some defense, too
Not only did Troy Tulowitzki homer in his Blue Jays debut, he also made a throw reminiscent of his idol Derek Jeter.
Albert Pujols reaches 30-HR plateau
With Wednesday's home run, Pujols joined Angels teammate Mike Trout as the only players to reach 30 HRs this season. Pujols is the first player in MLB history to have 13 30-homer seasons within the first 15 seasons of his career.
Tulo makes instant impact for Blue Jays
Troy Tulowitzki went 3-for-5 in his Toronto debut, becoming the 6th player since 1900 to have three extra-base hits in his first game with a new team after having already played for a different club that season. (via Elias)