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    NEW YORK -- At last years trade deadline, Sandy Alderson fed a big meal to New York Mets fans hungry for a title, acquiring Yoenis Cespedes. Derek Carr Jersey . This year, the general manager is more likely to add a side of fries.This is the entertainment business, and we talk about steak and sizzle, and I enjoy sizzle as much as anybody, Alderson said before Monday nights game against St. Louis was rained out and rescheduled as part of a doubleheader Tuesday.Then he added: I think realistically the bullpen is the area where we can probably get someone who can make a difference at a relatively low cost in terms of prospects.New York was 53-50 at the time of the trade last July 31, trailing Washington by two games in the NL East. Led by Cespedes and boosted by the acquisitions of relievers Tyler Clippard, Eric OFlaherty and Addison Reed, the Mets went 37-22 after the deal to win the division. They reached the World Series for the first time since 2000, only to lose to Kansas City in five games.Cespedes energized the fan base, re-signed and leads the Mets offense with a .299 average, 21 homers and 56 RBI. But New York is in third place and trails division-leading Washington by five games.Even sizzle becomes less sizzling over time, just because it becomes part of the everyday expectation, Alderson said. So I think its unfair to think that he could continue to have that sort of novelty impact as well as performance over a year or year-plus. But hes certainly a significant part of our team at this point and has done everything we could have expected.Without mentioning names, Alderson appeared to downplay the possibility of acquiring Jonathan Lucroy from payroll-paring Milwaukee for Travis dArnaud in a swap of catchers.Im thinking of the same rumors that youre thinking of, that rumor was dead on arrival, he told reporters.Alderson said splashier acquisitions were unrealistic because of high prices.For whatever reason this year, clubs keep asking for the top tier of our system, he said, and were simply not going to move players that we think are going to have a significant role for us in the somewhat near future for the possibility of getting the kind of unique return that we got last year.Third baseman David Wright is out for the year following surgery June 16 to repair a herniated disk in his neck, and first baseman Lucas Duda hasnt played since May 20 because of a stress fracture in his lower back.New Yorks rotation has been weakened by a season-ending injury to Matt Harvey, who had surgery July 18 to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which affects blood and nerves near the shoulder. In addition, right-hander Noah Syndergaard and lefty Steven Matz are pitching with elbow bone spurs.Manager Terry Collins hopes for a spark during this nine-game homestand.This is when the good teams take off, he said, and we need to take off.ROTATIONSyndergaard (9-4) and the Cardinals Carlos Martinez (9-6) were pushed back a day and still start Tuesdays opener, scheduled for 4:10 p.m. The Mets Bartolo Colon (8-5) and St. Louis Jaime Garcia (7-6), who had been scheduled to pitch Tuesday, will start the second game. Less than an hour after Mondays game was called off, the rain stopped and a rainbow appeared over the ballpark.WHEELERAlderson projects right-hander Zack Wheeler could return in late August from Tommy John surgery but said thats a little bit speculative. Wheeler had elbow reconstruction on March 25 last year.WALKERSecond baseman Neil Walker was not in the starting lineup for the second straight day. He is hitting .155 (9 for 58) in July with eight RBI, dropping his season average to .239.We talked about just taking a couple of days to mentally kind of hit restart, he said.Collins has not detected any great mechanical problems with Walkers swing.Mental fatigue can lead to physical fatigue, and so the swings can start to get a little long, which we see, and even though they think theyre not tired, they dont feel tired, they are tired, he said. When your mind starts to fade, youre in trouble.WRIGHTWrights wife Molly gave birth Saturday to a girl, Olivia Shea Wright, who weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces. The middle name matches that of the Mets former ballpark, Shea Stadium. In August 2004, Atlantas Chipper Jones named his newborn son Shea Logan Jones after the ballpark, where Jones hit his first big league home run. Authentic Raiders China Jerseys . 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NEW YORK -- Trying to serve out the biggest victory of her career, 18-year-old Ana Konjuh was startled -- right along with everyone else under the roof in Arthur Ashe Stadium -- by a piercing noise coming from the U.S. Open arenas sound system during a ball toss.The Croatian recoiled, let the ball drop and put her left hand to her chest. Once Konjuh realized nothing bad was going on, she smiled, then resumed playing, just as calm and collected as ever, and finished a 6-4, 6-4 upset of No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska on Monday night to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.I just said to myself, `Stay in the game. Dont rush, Konjuh said.Yes, she acknowledged later, she was scared for a moment by the odd sound. But nothing really threw her off her game on this night. Not the stakes or the setting -- playing with the roof closed atop the largest tennis stadium shed ever set foot in.And definitely not Radwanska, the 2012 Wimbledon runner-up.Im real excited about my performance tonight. My serve was pretty good tonight, Konjuh said. I dont think she had any answers.Konjuh, who is ranked only 92nd, was the junior champion at Flushing Meadows in 2013.A fearless big hitter, Konjuh compiled a 38-9 edge in winners against Radwanska, who is 27.Radwanska is now 0-5 in fourth-round matches at the U.S. Open, the only Grand Slam event where she hasnt been to the quarterfinals at least once.I just couldnt do any more, I guess, today, Radwanska said. I was really trying. I was just too slow today.She wondered aloud at her news conference why the match was played with the new $150 million retractable roof atop Ashe shut. A shower briefly had interrupted the previous mmatch, Andy Murrays victory over Grigor Dimitrov, just before its final game, but then the wet weather quickly disappeared. Cheap Raiders Jerseys. efore Konjuh vs. Radwanska began, the cover was closed atop the arena.Asked whether she was told why by a tournament official, Radwanska said: Well, the risk of rain. But, well, there was always risk of rain, I guess.Would she have preferred for the match to be played without the roof?I dont know what would happen if that would be open. Sometimes, she added, I just dont understand why theyre closing the roof.Konjuh didnt care, even saying she was real happy she got a chance to play with it shut.She said the conditions suited her better than Radwanska.I didnt have any wind or sun or anything thats going to distract me, Konjuh said, so I just played my game and gave my best.This year at the All England Club, Konjuh held three match points against Radwanska but lost their second-round match 9-7 in the third set after accidentally stepping on a tennis ball and injuring her right ankle during a point at 7-all.Konjuh next faces 10th-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who eliminated Venus Williams in three sets. Pliskova, who is 24, has never played in a major quarterfinal, either. Wednesdays other quarterfinal will be Williams sister, No. 1 seed Serena, against No. 5 Simona Halep.The quarterfinals on the other half of the draw are Tuesday: No. 2 Angelique Kerber vs. No. 7 Roberta Vinci, and Caroline Wozniacki vs. Anastasija Sevastova.---Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '