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Mets morning briefing 6.29.11

After opponents had belted 18 unanswered grand slams against the Mets since Aug. 1, 2009, the Mets erupted. Jason Bay and Carlos Beltran had slams in consecutive innings for just the second two-slam game in franchise history. The Mets, at 40-39, moved above .500 for the first time since they were 3-2 on April 6.

"I guess the no-hitter is next, right?" R.A. Dickey quipped afterward.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the first time the Mets and Yankees won by 10 or more runs on the same day since July 27, 1985 -- when the Mets beat Houston and the Yankees beat Texas.

Wednesday's news reports:

Jon Niese was examined Tuesday at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, three days after experiencing a rapid heartbeat on the mound. Doctors found nothing alarming during a battery of tests. Niese was wearing a heart monitor for 24 hours, which will be returned Wednesday for analysis. Assuming there is nothing abnormal, Niese will proceed with Friday's start against the Yankees as scheduled. Read more in Newsday, the Star-Ledger, Times, Daily News, Post and Record.

Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal looks at the inequity of interleague scheduling. The Mets have experienced the most difficult schedule over the history of interleague play, which probably has a lot to do with annually facing the Yankees six times. Writes Diamond:

Since interleague play began in 1997, the Mets' American League opponents have had an average year-end winning percentage of .527 -- the highest in all of baseball. The Mets' two biggest division rivals, the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies, registered at .513 and .506, respectively. The Florida Marlins and the Washington Nationals, the other two teams in the National League East, have both played AL slates against teams with an average winning percentage below. 500. "If you're going to have interleague, everybody in our division ought to play the same teams someplace else," manager Terry Collins said. "I don't care which division it is. We ought to play the same animals."

David Wright is due to begin swinging a bat Wednesday. He likely will hit off a tee, according to Terry Collins.

Jose Reyes played his 1,000th major league game and went 4-for-4 with a walk before being replaced with Ruben Tejada as a pinch-runner. Only Ty Cobb had more steals and triples in his first 1,000 games in major league history.

• Read game stories from the 14-3 win in the Times, Record, Newsday, Journal, Daily News, Post and Star-Ledger.

Mike Puma of the Post talks to Beltran about trade possibilities. Writes Puma:

Beltran to some degree controls the outcome -- he holds a full no-trade and can block any deal -- but indicated he’s willing to waive that clause should GM Sandy Alderson come up with the right deal. “The team is always going to do what is best for the team, and as a player you have to make a decision if the trade makes sense or not,” Beltran said. Does that mean wanting to play for a contender? “That’s correct -- if it happens,” Beltran said.

• The Times writes a profile of Mets fan Joe Petruccio's artwork about the team during the ups and downs of the season.

BIRTHDAY: Reliever Shawn Sedlacek, who was acquired from the Kansas City Royals for Jaime Cerda in January 2004, turns 34. He appeared in eight games for Double-A Binghamton that season.