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Tejada OK after getting hit in helmet

The baseball scuff on Ruben Tejada’s batting helmet offered a tangible reminder of how lucky he was. In a frightening moment during Wednesday’s 3-2 Mets win over the Mariners, Tejada crumpled to the ground after a 94-mph Taijuan Walker fastball struck him in the helmet.

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Orioles-Mariners Preview (The Associated Press)

The Baltimore Orioles’ offense is sputtering, and that can’t be very comforting to Wei-Yin Chen. Facing Hisashi Iwakuma may only increase the burden on Chen. While the Orioles try to solve their recent funk at the plate against Iwakuma, Chen looks to win a career-high fourth straight start in the opener of a four-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on Thursday night. Baltimore (55-45) leads the AL East by three games, but its lineup will likely need to show some improvement if that gap is going to widen.

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Mets turning to Gee for opener in Milwaukee

The Brewers, coming off a key divisional sweep of the Reds, hope to add to their National League Central lead when they play host to the Mets for four games starting Thursday.

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Colon flirts with perfection as Mets down M’s

Bartolo Colon has defied the odds in his late-career renaissance, and right now the Mets are reaping the spoils. Taking a perfect game into the seventh inning Wednesday at Safeco Field, Colon settled for 7 1/3 strong innings in a 3-2 win over the Mariners with the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline — and all its implications — looming over him.

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deGrom making surprising case for NL ROY

After Jacob deGrom reeled off seven more strong innings in Tuesday’s win over the Mariners, Mets manager Terry Collins noted that deGrom has “numbers to match up any rookie in the league.”

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Duda among Mets thriving from winter workouts

It is perhaps little coincidence that while Mets first baseman Lucas Duda enjoys a breakout year, Ruben Tejada is somewhat unexpectedly holding down the starting job at shortstop. Both took part in the Mets’ independently-run fitness camp this winter in Michigan.

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Mariners lose challenge early; Mets win one late

Seattle lost a challenge in the first inning, and the Mets won one in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s 3-2 Mets win over the Mariners at Safeco Field.

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