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Tommy Hanson, 1986-2015

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson died Monday night after suffering “catastrophic organ failure,” WSB-TV of Atlanta reports. He was only 29.

“We are incredibly saddened to learn of Tommy’s tragic passing,” Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz said in a statement on behalf of the team. “He was a favorite in the clubhouse and with our staff and he will truly be missed by everyone in Braves Country. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, family, former teammates and friends.”

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About last night: Unexpected power snaps Mets’ skid

Justin Turner (photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

It wasn’t pretty, but the Mets finally broke their five-game losing streak last night. Jonathon Niese gave up five earned runs in five innings for his second time in three starts, but he earned his 11th win anyway. I’d really hoped he’d be taking a bigger step forward this year, but so far it hasn’t happened.

The offense showed up last night to bail Niese out.Justin Turner must have heard me talking about Daniel Murphy being a better hitter, because he doubled his 2011 home run total by cranking two shots off of Tommy Hanson. I was more impressed by Josh Thole‘s 3-for-4 night, which included a double and a home run. (He also threw out National League stolen base leader Michael Bourn.) Even Jason Bay got in on the home run parade. (Naturally, even with the unexpected power production, the subject of Citi Field’s outfield dimensions resurfaced again.)

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