Mets Morning News: HARVEY'S BETTER *clap clap clapclapclap* HARVEY'S BETTER *clap clap clapclapclap*

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Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links

Meet the Mets

Wow, Matt Harvey. On a night when Mets fans chanted "HARVEY'S BETTER" at Stephen Strasburg in the 6th inning, the Mets beat the Nationals 7-1 behind Harvey's electric arm and a pair of long home runs each from Ike Davis and Lucas Duda.

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Jeremy Hefner looks to rebound from a couple of awful starts, as he'll face Gio Gonzalez this afternoon. First pitch from Citi Field is at 3:05 and you can catch the action on FOX.

HARVEYMANIA! At ESPN, Jerry Crasnick has a great article about the rise of Matt Harvey, as well as the Mets' developing pitching depth in the minors. For Harvey, though, good just isn't enough. He wants to be the best. In case you missed the start, Carson Cistulli of Fangraphs has GIFs of his first three swinging strikes. Good lord. Finally, Adam Rubin has a Matt Harvey history lesson for all you kids out there.

Shaun Marcum is on the comeback trail and the Mets would like him to throw an 80 pitch outing before returning to the big leagues. Catcher Travis d'Arnaud is not on the comeback trail, as his broken foot will likely cost him 8 weeks. He will not require surgery.

Ike Davis turned audible boos into cheers last night with his two home runs.

On the farm, the Mets got some reasonably good news on injured pitching prospect Luis Mateo, who'll only be out two weeks. Mateo left his first start in Binghamton with elbow discomfort but an MRI turned up no serious elbow damage.

Catcher Kevin Plawecki has torn apart the South Atlantic League through the first few weeks of action as he works to prove doubters wrong.

Yesterday At AA

Bob Raissman of one of those newspapers or something called Keith Hernandez a fanboy for his love of Matt Harvey. Chris Meehan says "STOP IT".

James is back with TWISNY Part Two! Hooray!

I previewed the Nationals with Jared Book of Federal Baseball

You can check out Greg Karam's Daily Farm Report from yesterday.

Brock Mahan looked back at April 19th in Mets history

Around the NL East

Roy Halladay seems like he may be back on track. The Phillies beat the Cardinals 8-2. But Ruben Amaro just can't understand why the Phillies aren't walking!

Tim Hudson was denied in his bid for his 200th victory, as the Pirates beat the Braves 6-0.

The Marlins beat the Reds 2-1 on a Justin Ruggiano home run. Unfortunately, the Marlins designated former Met John Maine for assignment.

Around the Majors

MLB.com put together a great video of MLB fans reacting to the news that the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was captured last night.

Rob Neyer asks whether managers are doing their best in the ninth inning.

Last night, Brewers' shortstop Jean Segura stole first base...from second base. Huh? Watch the video inside and you'll see.

While discussing Brandon McCarthy's struggles, we found out that the Yankees' broadcasters (Al Leiter and Ken Singleton) don't know what a heat map is.

Julio Borbon was claimed off waivers by the Cubs yesterday, and then was promptly thrown out stealing as a pinch runner with two outs in the Cubs' one-run loss last night.

On MLB Now, Brian Kenny and Harold Reynolds debated pitcher wins and Kenny nearly lost it.

Here's a nice way to avoid a tag on a rundown play.

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