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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The New York Mets come into this series in St. Louis trying to get more squarely in the wild-card race. They are 4 1/2 games behind the Cardinals for the second spot. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny isn't counting them out just yet.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Moss has hit a home run every 12.61 at-bats, which -- were he qualified for the league lead -- would lead the majors. Moss has been particularly hot of late, with five home runs in his last eight starts. He talked about his hot hitting here:

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw is warming up for his bullpen session by throwing in the Dodger Stadium outfield.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins says Jon Niese's left knee remains an issue. Robert Gsellman would step in if Niese has to depart Tuesday's game early.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Matz (shoulder) is expected to return to the rotation next Tuesday, Terry Collins said. Seth Lugo starts for Matz on Thursday against the Cardinals. The Mets backdated Matz's DL stint, so he is eligible the next time his turn comes up.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Neil Walker's wife Niki gave birth to the couple's first child, daughter Nora Vail, at 3:06 a.m. Tuesday in Pittsburgh. She weighed seven pounds, three ounces. Walker indicated he expects to rejoin the team on Friday. T.J. Rivera has joined the Mets while Walker is on paternity leave.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Robert Gsellman reacts to getting promoted to the majors. He initially will work as a reliever.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Cardinals lineup for Tuesday's 8:15 p.m. ET series opener against the Mets at Busch Stadium. Pham, LF Piscotty, RF Carpenter, 2B Moss, 1B Molina, C Peralta, 3B Gyorko, SS Grichuk, CF Garcia, LHP

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Mets lineup for Tuesday's 8:15 p.m. ET series opener against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Reyes, 3B Cabrera, SS Cespedes, LF Flores, 1B Bruce, RF TJ Rivera, 2B Ruggiano, CF D'Arnaud, C Niese, LHP

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Orioles might have to go ace-less. Manager Buck Showlater said that Chris Tillman's bullpen session did not go well and that his shoulder is bothering him. Tillman's last start was pushed back three days due to the sore shoulder, and then when he did pitch, he got rocked by Houston, allowing six runs and walking five in just two innings. Showalter said the team expects to have more clarity tomorrow. Tillman is slated to start Thursday against Nats ace Max Scherzer.

ESPN reacts to Tebow’s baseball transition

Ever since Tim Tebow revealed that he is in the midst of a career change, our analysts have been beside themselves with disbelief, excitement and criticism.

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