The Mets came back . . . and back and back last night

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Not sure how to feel about this weird new universe in which things just always go the right way for the New York Mets, but I suppose we’ll get used to it.

Take last night for example. If I told you, even a couple of weeks ago, that the Mets would have only one run through seven innings and then find themselves behind three times, what odds would you have put on them winning the game? Pretty low, right? Twenty percent? Ten? It’s the Mets we’re talking about here. The old Mets, maybe. The new Mets win when they’re behind. They win in dramatic fashion. They just seem to do nothing but win.

Last night they came back from behind in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, capped by rookie Michael Conforto hitting a game-tying double in the ninth and then, three batters later, new hero Wilmer Flores hit the a go-ahead single. It was the Mets’ seventh straight victory. And, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time a team trailed and eithe tied or took the lead in each of the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings of a nine-inning win since the Yankees did it in beating the Blue Jays on August 23, 2005.

Meanwhile, Washington snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against the Colorado Rockies, blowing a 4-0 lead that held until the seventh inning. That one was topped off by a Carlos Gonzalez three-run homer off of Drew Storen in the eighth inning.

Entering last weekend’s series against Washington, the Mets trailed by three games. Now they sports a two and a half game lead in the NL East. Can’t keep ’em down.

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.