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OUT LOUD

"This isn't football. You give more than one speech a month, they're going to turn you off."

— Mets manager Terry Collins, on the rare team meeting he held with players following Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh.

GAME OF NUMBERS

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Games suspended for Baltimore's Brian Matusz after he was ejected for pitching with a foreign substance Saturday at Miami. The suspension matches the one received by Milwaukee's Will Smith for the same offense last week. Like Smith, Matusz is appealing.

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Games St. Louis' Matt Holliday has reached base this season, every game the Cardinals have played. He is one short of matching the majors' longest streak to start the season since 2000.

ON THE SHELF

James Loney

1B, Tampa Bay

The AL East leaders expect to be without their veteran first baseman for four to six weeks after the Rays put him on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken left middle finger. Loney was hurt sliding while stealing third base in the eighth inning Sunday vs. Oakland.