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Morning Briefing: Mets take a break

NEW YORK --

FIRST PITCH: The New York Mets enter the All-Star break as contenders.

After sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks this past weekend and winning seven of their final nine first-half games, the Amazin’s own a 47-42 record. They are two games behind the Washington Nationals for first place in the NL East and trail the Chicago Cubs by one game for the second wild-card slot.

“I think we feel good,” said Jacob deGrom, the team’s lone All-Star representative. “We’ve had some injuries that have hurt us, but we’ve had guys step in. I think we like where we’re at right now. We’re looking forward to getting some of those people back who got hurt and trying to make a run at this.”

Manager Terry Collins actually believes the Mets ought to have even a better record.

MONDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:

BIRTHDAYS: Mike Fitzgerald turns 55. ... Jack Aker was born on this date in 1940.

TWEET OF THE DAY:

YOU’RE UP: Which pitcher should start the All-Star Game for the National League?