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Jeff Wilpon Says Mets Will Increase Payroll in '14 As Santana, Bay Contracts Expire
Published July 16, 2013
TAKING THE HILL: Mets P Matt Harvey is the NL starter for tonight's All-Star Game, and in N.Y., David Waldstein notes the Mets "chose not to have Harvey make his last scheduled start in Pittsburgh in a game that theoretically could affect a pennant race." But they thought he was "ready to throw an inning or two in a game that could help project his rising star across the baseball world." Harvey is the third Mets pitcher to start an ASG, following HOFer Tom Seaver and former MLBer Dwight Gooden (N.Y. TIMES, 7/16). Also in N.Y., John Harper writes, "Maybe it’s a New York bias, but it wouldn’t have the same feel if [Dodgers P] Clayton Kershaw were starting for the National League, great as he may be." Harvey has that "Verlander-factor that demands you watch his every pitch" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 7/16).