Your Sunday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.
Meet the Mets
The Mets and Marlins tied 8-8 on Saturday afternoon, the Mets' third tie of the young spring. Matt Harvey got the start and looked fine after allowing a leadoff home run to Marlins' prospect Christian Yelich. Lucas Duda, back in the lineup after an undisclosed doctor's visit, went 2-3 with an opposite field double and a long home run to center, both very impressive for the big guy. Brian Bixler also hit a home run, though after making a couple of fielding errors the inning before. The Mets take on the Marlins again this afternoon at 1:00 as Dillon Gee gets the ball.
The biggest news yesterday was Jon Heyman reporting that Johan Santana was not in pitching shape and that the Mets were surprised that he hadn't thrown much over the offseason. Of course, that was kind of put to rest this morning, as Santana threw off of a mound.
Good news for pitching prospect Erik Goeddel, who will avoid surgery after getting hit in the face with a ball. Goeddel does not have any vision issues, so he should be good to go once he's finished recuperating.
Around the Majors
Bud Selig is making the call for stricter penalties for performance enhancing drugs.
Former Phillies' GM Pat Gillick is not buying that Phillies are dead. He says that the team should have 2-3 more years of contention left in them. Probably could've been more if Ruben Amaro didn't Ruin Tomorrow.
Yesterday At AA
Brock Mahan looks back at March 2nd in Mets' history.