getting down the stretch here. Getting Chris back

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NEW YORK -- Daniel Murphy keeps turning those Citi Field boos into booms.Murphy hit his seventh home run this year against the team that let him go last winter, lining an early drive off the facing of the upper deck and leading the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets 3-2 Sunday.That guys the real deal. Hes definitely a cyborg right now, winning pitcher Gio Gonzalez said.You dont know what to throw him, he said. You might have to throw him pingpong balls.Murphy tops the majors with a .348 batting average at the All-Star break, boosted by the damage hes done to the Mets. He homered three times and drove in 10 runs as the NL East leaders took three of four in this series, opening a six-game edge over New York.Murphy, as usual, deflected any notion hes the main reason his team is soaring.Carry it? No, no, no, he said. The list is too many. Just a small piece of it.As for his own impressive first half that includes 46 extra-base hits and 66 RBI?I would say Im surprised, Murphy said.Murphy connected in the first inning for his 17th homer this year. Overall, he is 22 for 52 (.423) with 21 RBI vs. his old club.I dont think its just against us. Hes hitting like .350, losing pitcher Steven Matz said.I dont have any answer, he said.If theres any consolation for Mets manager Terry Collins, hell soon have Murphy back on his side, albeit for just a day -- Collins is guiding the NL team in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night in San Diego, and Murphy is on the squad.The Nationals posted their 54th win, matching the 1994 Montreal Expos for the most in franchise history before the break.Very pleased with the first half we had, said first-year Nationals manager Dusty Baker. We know we can get even better.Jose Reyes hit two home runs for the Mets, including a leadoff shot in the first inning. He connected in his first two at-bats, then took three wild swings his next time up and struck out.Gonzalez (5-8) pitched into the sixth as the Nats won their third straight against the Mets and beat them for the ninth time in 13 matchups this year. The lefty had lost seven of his previous eight decisions, but regained his touch in a ballpark where hes now 8-1.Tanner Roark made his first relief appearance of the season, replacing Gonzalez and retiring seven straight batters. He went seven innings last Wednesday for a win.Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances. His 368th career save moved him past Jeff Reardon into ninth place on the all-time list.Matz (7-5) fell to 0-4 in his last eight starts. He gave up an RBI single to All-Star Wilson Ramos in the third that put Washington ahead 3-1, and left after the seventh.It took Murphy less than two months to go from valued ex-player to villain at his former home. Murphy drew two standing ovations and got a video tribute when he returned for the first time in mid-May.The longtime second baseman whose playoff slugging helped the Mets reach the World Series last year got jeered every time he came to the plate on this afternoon. He managed to make at least one new fan, however -- after chasing down a popup that landed in foul territory, he pointed to a young person in the stands and tossed the souvenir that way.TRAINERS ROOMMets: OF Yoenis Cespedes (strained right quadriceps) hasnt started since getting hurt Friday night. Collins said it was unlikely the slugger wouldve been able to pinch-hit. ... OF Alejandro De Aza twice knocked himself down with foul balls in the fourth. He got checked and stayed in.LOOKING AHEADNationals star Bryce Harper has played vs. every opposing team in the majors except Cleveland, but could see Indians pitcher Corey Kluber in the All-Star Game -- in the next month, the Nats take on Cleveland four times. Major league wins leader Chris Sale could start for the AL, and Harper has faced him once, in the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field. Lined out to third, he remembered.UP NEXTNationals: Open a nine-game homestand next Friday, starting with Pittsburgh. The Dodgers and Padres later visit Washington.Mets: Start a three-game series at Philadelphia on Friday. RHP Noah Syndergaard, who left his last start with arm fatigue, will pitch at the back end of the rotation coming out of the break, Collins said. Authentic Browns Jerseys . The Dane followed up his first European Tour title last weekend with eight birdies and just a single dropped shot on Thursday for a one-stroke advantage over South Africas Allan Versfeld and Portugals Ricardo Santos. Black Friday Browns Jerseys . Ferrer, trying to win his fourth title on Mexican soil, will next play South Africas Kevin Anderson, who eliminated American Sam Querrey,7-6 (2), 6-4. Also Wednesday, Gilles Simon (6) of France beat Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 6-3, Ukraines Alexandr Dolgopolov downed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-4 and Croatias Ivo Karlovic defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (4), 6-2. . The Swede became the first golfer to win the PGA Tours FedEx Cup and European Tours Race to Dubai in the same season. "It is still taking a little time to sink in what Ive achieved this week as was the case when I won the FedEx Cup but then it just kept getting better and better as the days went on and I am sure this will be the same," he said. Chad Thomas Jersey . First off, the fans ripped the Cubbies introduction of a fuzzy new kid-friendly mascot named "Clark". Antonio Callaway Jersey . Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC failed to make the postseason while Montreal Impact fell at the first hurdle losing heavily to Houston Dynamo in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round. Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price will return to his old stomping grounds at Tropicana Field on Monday for the start of a four-game series between the Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays.Price (11-8, 4.19 ERA) will open the series against Rays lefty Blake Snell (4-5, 3.06). Price is 2/3 with a 5.11 ERA against the team that drafted him first overall in the 2007 MLB Draft.The Rays will follow with right-handers Chris Archer, Matt Andriese and Jake Odorizzi while the Red Sox future rotation is a little less certain.After Price, Boston manager John Farrell said Clay Buchholz will get the start on Tuesday and then he will be followed by Rick Porcello and Drew Pomeranz.Originally it was thought that Steven Wright (shoulder) would return from the DL in time to start Tuesdays game but Farrell decided to push his start back to the weekend. 1/8Wright 3/8 came out of todays bullpen in good shape, Farrell said. Were likely to get another bullpen for on Tuesday for Steven and that would put him in line for the weekend series in Kansas City.Meanwhile the Rays (52-70) are coming off of taking two of three from the AL-West leading Texas Rangers and have one of the hottest pitching staffs in the majors right now. Archer is coming off of one of his best starts of the year and Odorizzi is 5-0 since the All-Star Break.Were very capable of winning, said Rays lefty Drew Smyly, who is 4-0 in his last six starts. Texas is a first-place team,, theyve been in first place all year.dddddddddddd Its just consistency.Rays manager Kevin Cash said that too many times this season the Rays followed short winning streak with longer losing slumps.It just seemed like for a while we would win two or three and then turn around and lose five or six in a row and we struggled with those comeback games, Cash said. But if you look at the Texas series and the way we started it and turned things around quickly to finish strong. Thats what I want to see from this team.The Red Sox should get some additional help in the outfield when they activated Chris Young from the disabled list before Mondays game. Young went down with a hamstring injury on June 23 and it looks like hell return to split time with Andrew Benintendi but Farrell would not confirm that.I dont want to say that it would be strictly a platoon when Chris comes back. I dont want to go there, Farrell said. But I do know that against lefties, we can give Jackie a breather, we can give Andrew a breather, we can rotate through and keep guys fresh as were getting down the stretch here. Getting Chris back to us gives us a proven major league bat. A quality bat off the bench if needed. So his return to us will be a net positive.Boston (69-54) split their weekend four-game set with the Tigers. 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