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Morning Briefing: Mets put six-game winning streak on line vs. Rays

FORT MYERS, Fla. --

FIRST PITCH: The New York Mets take a six-game winning streak into Tropicana Field this weekend for an interleague matchup against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Jacob deGrom (10-6, 2.09 ERA) opposes right-hander Jake Odorizzi (6-6, 2.66) in Friday's 7:10 p.m. ET series opener.

The Mets hold a 1½-game lead on the Washington Nationals, who beat the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday afternoon in D.C.

Read the Mets-Rays series preview here.

FRIDAY'S NEWS REPORTS:

  • Left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins' season appears over. Blevins re-fractured his left forearm falling off a curb on Monday night, according to a team announcement. The Mets knew Blevins had injured himself but not the full extent when they acquired Eric O'Flaherty on Tuesday. Blevins is due to undergo surgery next week in Boston. He is eligible for free agency after the season. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Journal, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Michael Cuddyer is due to begin a rehab assignment on Friday with Class A St. Lucie. The Mets are now leaning toward activating Cuddyer on Monday, for the opener of a series at Citi Field against the Colorado Rockies. Cuddyer originally expressed hope of joining the Mets this weekend in St. Petersburg.

  • Rafael Montero tossed two scoreless innings in the Gulf Coast League on Thursday. It marked his first game action since July 20.

  • Binghamton shortstop Gavin Cecchini earned the Eastern League Player of the Month award for July. He hit .387 with 18 RBIs in 29 games with Double-A Binghamton.

  • Bowie scored four runs in the fourth inning against Rainy Lara and held on for a 4-3 win against Binghamton. Matt Oberste belted a game-tying two-run homer in the top of the ninth, but St. Lucie lost in walk-off fashion in the bottom half. Read the full minor league recap here.

  • Columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post monitored David Wright's baseball activity on Thursday in Port St. Lucie. Wright should be in minor league games as soon as Monday. Read more in Newsday, the Journal and Record.

  • In his second-to-last day hosting “The Daily Show,” big Mets fan Jon Stewart got in one euphoric mention about his team. Watch the video here (scroll to 8:15 mark).

  • Curtis Granderson is an advocate for increasing African-American participation in baseball, Kristie Ackert writes in the Daily News.

  • Critic Bob Raissman in the Daily News cannot believe some Mets fans are still miserable.

  • Columnist William C. Rhoden in the Times looks at Mets and Yankees fans.

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred said having both New York teams in contention is good for MLB. “I said the Wilpons had the resources and the desire to spend when they were in a position to spend effectively,” Manfred told reporters Thursday. “And I think what they did at the trade deadline is really solid proof of that.” Read more in the Post and Daily News.

  • Evan Korn in Newsday catches up with Brandon Nimmo, who recently was promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.

  • Fred Kerber in the Post details ex-Met Chris Young's revival with the Yankees.

  • From the bloggers … Mets Report believes the Mets are in the Nationals' heads. Blogging Mets thinks the Mets are starting to look like the Yankees. … Kings of Queens projects what Wright's return will mean.

BIRTHDAYS: Kirk Nieuwenhuis turns 28. ... Danny Graves is 42. ... Tyler Yates is 38.

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