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Mets Morning News: Hefner pitches well, relievers don't relieve well, defenders don't defend well

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets fell to the Miami Marlins 7-5 at Citi Field last night thanks to some shoddy relief pitching and defense. Jeremy Hefner threw a nice game in his first start of the year and Daniel Murphy hit a surprising three-run home run to the opposite field. For more, check out the recaps below:

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

The Mets and Marlins match up again at 1:10 this afternoon on SNY. Jon Niese takes on Ricky Nolasco.

At FanGraphs, Eno Sarris talked to Dave Hudgens about the changes to Lucas Duda's swing.

Want to know the story behind John Buck's New York-centric catcher's mask? Sure you do!

Jordany Valdespin got a chance to start in center field last night and may get some more opportunities out there over the next few days.

A neck injury has Shaun Marcum day-to-day. If all goes well, the righty should hopefully begin to resume his throwing within the next day.

Zack Wheeler fought through some butterflies in his first outing for Las Vegas on Thursday evening but Wally Backman says the righty is on track.

Yesterday At AA

Is Jeremy Hefner a major league starting pitcher? Chris McShane investigates.

Joe Sokolowski is back with This Week In Mets Quotes. Hooray!

Rob Castellano is back with the Mets Daily Farm Report. Double Hooray!

Brock Mahan looks back at April 5th in Mets History.

Around the NL East

Dan Haren and the Nationals got rocked in a 15-0 loss to the Reds.

The Phillies jumped ahead of the Royals and Wade Davis 4-0 early on but then managed to give up 13 unanswered runs, falling 13-4 to Kansas City.

Mike Minor pitched well and Justin Upton hit another home run as the Braves defeated the Cubs 4-1.

At Fishstripes, Sam Evans writes that Astros' owner Jim Crane is interested in buying the Marlins' current Triple-A team in New Orleans and moving them to Houston to become the Astros' Triple-A team.

Around the Majors

The Orioles' Chris Davis has had four really good games.

Eduardo Nunez left the Yankees' game yesterday after getting hit by a pitch and the initial diagnosis is a bruised right bicep.

Grant Brisbee says that the designated hitter is coming, so you'd better watch out. At the same time, do we really have to have the DH?

Dontrelle Willis is joining Vladimir Guerrero as a member of the Long Island Ducks.

For those of you who like John Sickels' prospect lists, he put them all in one convenient place for you.