Mets Morning News: Flower Power abounds, as Mets take series finale without extras!

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Your Tuesday morning, cheesesteak-hating dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Meet the Mets

The Mets won in regulation! Crazy, right? Well you won't believe how they got there. First, Matt den Dekker managed to rob a Ryan Howard homer to straight-away center, then the Mets broke their bases loaded skid with a Wilmer Flores double. Flores followed that up with his second career home run, which happened to be a game-breaking grand slam. All that, combined with an excellent start from Bartolo Colon, led to an 11-2 victory over Sauron's Army the Phillies.

If you'd like to relieve the many fantastic moments of this contest, you can find the recap parade here: Amazin' Avenue, Newsday, New York Times, Daily News, NY Post, Star-Ledger, MLB.com, ESPN New York.

In a move sure to drive pundits crazy, Matt Harvey may throw off a mound in Port St. Lucie and then fly back to see the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final.

Juan Lagares was officially placed on the DL, meaning Matt den Dekker will likely be staying for a while.

Adam Rubin asks "are the Mets for real?" Well the answer is sure to be...unsurprising.

Gonzalez Germen continues to rehab, after fighting off an infection.

Terry Collins, who stated in the postgame that his club is exhausted, suggested that David Wright and Daniel Murphy will get days off soon.

Greg Prince reminds us that Mr. Met is, in fact, the best.

Johan Santana has opted to stick with the Orioles en route to his Major League redemption tour.

Eno Sarris writes that we can learn from Bartolo Colon and other two-pitch pitchers.

Around the NL East

The Marlins took care of their cross-state rivals, the Rays by a score of 3-1, which pushes them above .500.

Around the Majors

In a game that surely made many Mets fans giddy, Robinson Cano and the Mariners put a whooping on the Yankees behind Felix Hernandez, by a score of 10-2.

Joe Lemire investigates the myth of the first pitch strike.

Cee Angi wrote a terrific longform on the legendary Vin Scully.

Rotographs gives us their monthly catcher's rankings.

David Price is attempting to calm the "war" of words between the Red Sox and Rays.

Yesterday at AA

Chris McShane breaks down some remarks on how the Mets are changing the way relievers are used.

Chris also rolled out the Player Performance Meters for this week. Pitchers can be found here, and position players here.

Pack Bringley revealed the thirtieth best Met of all time, Jerry Grote.

Steve Sypa previewed a trio of draft candidates: Brandon Finnegan, Tyler Beede, and Trea Turner.

If you see a link that you think would be a great addition to Mets Morning News, send an email to our tips address tips@grission.com and we'll try to add it in!

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