Morning Briefing: Torres, Take 2

FIRST PITCH: After a tough loss Monday night, the Mets will aim for revenge Tuesday against the Braves at Citi Field, with Carlos Torres making his second start of the season.

Torres limited the Pirates to one run in five innings in his first start, prior to the All-Star break. In four relief appearances against the Braves earlier this season, Torres shut Atlanta out over 7 1/3 innings.

Tuesday's news reports:

Dillon Gee took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Monday, pitched seven scoreless innings, yet ended up with a no-decision. Read game recaps in the Daily News, Post, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Wall Street Journal and MLB.com.

Bobby Parnell blew the save Monday, giving up two runs in the ninth inning, but didn't think he pitched badly.

• The Braves' Jason Heyward made a fabulous catch to end Monday's game and preserve Atlanta's victory. He also robbed Justin Turner on the play, in Turner's first game after returning from the disabled list. Read more in the Daily News.

Ike Davis had a couple of hits Monday night, in a losing effort. Read more in the Post.

• The Mets have played much better in recent weeks, and one of the reasons why is Omar Quintanilla, who replaced Ruben Tejada at shortstop in late May. Read more in the Wall Street Journal.

• When asked about the Ryan Braun suspension, David Wright said, "It's a shame." Read more in Newsday, and the Post.

• The Mets haven't given up hope of being in the playoff mix, despite Monday night's loss, being nine games under .500 and trailing the Braves by 11 games in the standings. “It’s kind of like we’re not too far back, we can still peck away, we can still make something happen,” Marlon Byrd said. Read more in the Post.

From the bloggers ... A closer look at the difference between Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, at the New York Mets Report.

BIRTHDAYS: No former Mets players were born on July 23, but a pair of former Brooklyn Dodgers were -- Hall of Famers Pee Wee Reese (1918) and Don Drysdale (1936).


YOU'RE UP: Do the Mets really have any chance of making the playoffs?