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The Mets' offense managed to knock Clayton Kershaw out after just five innings but the bullpen decided to melt down, as they fell to the Dodgers 7-2 in Tuesday's series opener with the Dodgers. For more, check out the recaps.

Choose Your Recap: Amazin' Avenue Short, Long, MLB.com, ESPN NY, Daily News, New York Times, Associated Press, Star-Ledger, Bergen Record, NY Post, Newsday

HARVEY HARVEY HARVEY HARVEY HARVEY! Matt Harvey faces off against Ted Lilly this evening at 7:10 PM from Citi Field.

Jon Niese was hit in the leg by a Mark Ellis comebacker last night. Niese is day to day with a contusion but may be questionable for his next start. In other rotation news, it looks like Shaun Marcum is good to go for Saturday's start, his first in a Mets uniform. Good thing too because the Mets lost Aaron Laffey on waivers to the Blue Jays. Sad, sad day.

Juan Lagares is a big leaguer now and Kirk Nieuwenhuis is not. Lagares entered the game halfway through and tallied his first hit. Even Lagares is surprised that he got the call to the majors.

The Mets' offensive approach early on this season has gotten them up near the top of the runs leaderboard.

Mets' minor leaguer Christian Montgomery was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse, his second positive test.

At Baseball Prospectus, Sam Miller looks at the matchup between Matt Harvey and Bryce Harper, who faced each other a few times in the minors.

Are Zack Wheeler's walks a problem? Toby Hyde looks into it.

Jordany Valdespin = True Met. Is that at all similar to being a True Yankee?

Yesterday At AA

The Mets' outfield, considered in the offseason by some to be potentially among the worst in the history of baseball, has been decent so far.

I checked in with Eric Stephen of True Blue LA to learn more about the Dodgers.

Stephen Schmidt has yesterday's Daily Farm Report.

David Moseder looks back at April 23 in Mets history.

Around the NL East

The Pirates shut down the Phillies 2-0 behind the pitching of somebody named Jeff Locke.

Adam Wainwright is more well-known and he shut out the Nationals, also by a score of 2-0.

The Marlins split a doubleheader with the Twins, winning 8-5 and losing 4-3.

A big day by the Upton brothers propelled the Braves to a doubleheader sweep of the Rockies, winning 10-2 and 4-3.

Around the Majors

Through the magic of Photoshop and the human mind, Ted Berg creates the most awesome ballpark in the world.

Bad news for the Dodgers and Chad Billingsley, who is going to have Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the year. Similarly, Orioles' top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy is going to visit Dr. James Andrews.

Stolen bases have disappeared around the league through the first three weeks of 2013.

Jose Valverde is coming back to the majors as the Tigers' closer.

Shin-Soo Choo is getting hit with lots and lots of pitches. OBP!

Felix Hernandez won game #100 but how long until he gets the next 100?

Manny Ramirez is still hitting home runs. In other news, those yellow jerseys hurt my eyes.

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