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Mets Morning News: Insert Aaron Laffey joke right here

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


Meet the Mets

The Mets defeated the Marlins 7-3 at Citi Field yesterday afternoon on the back of a strong start by Jon Niese and a three-run tie-breaking seventh inning. There was also the strange play at home plate between Juan Pierre and John Buck that resulted in interference and an out, as depicted in the picture above. For more, check out the recaps below:

Choose Your Recap: Amazin Avenue Short, Long,, ESPN NY, Daily News, New York Times, Associated Press, Star-Ledger, Bergen Record

Aaron Laffey makes his Mets debut this afternoon as the Mets look to take the rubber game of the series from the Marlins. He'll face 20-year old top prospect Jose Fernandez, who is making his big league debut. The game begins at 1:10 PM on SNY.

To make room for Laffey on the roster, the Mets demoted reliever Jeurys Familia down to Triple-A and moved Johan Santana to the 60-day disabled list.

Ike Davis isn't concerned about his slow start. Terry Collins, however, is concerned about Ruben Tejada's early season defensive issues.

Baseball America has a draft Q&A with Mets scouting director Tommy Tanous.

Yesterday At AA

Rob Castellano recaps the first system sweep in the 2013 Mets minor league season.

Brock Mahan looks back at April 6 in Mets history.

Around the NL East

Kevin Frandsen hit a three-run walkoff double as the Phillies beat the Royals 4-3. Unfortunately, the Phillies drew under 40,000 fans to a game for the first time since 2009. Probably because of that bum Coal Hammels!

The Braves also won in walkoff fashion, as the Upton brothers cracked ninth inning home runs against Carlos Marmol, Justin hitting the game-winner.

In extra innings, the Nationals defeated the Reds 7-6 on the strength of five home runs. On Jayson Werth's blast, some dude caught the ball barehanded with his left hand while holding a baby with his right. I could only dream of such coordination.

Around the Majors

The Rockies and Dodgers came together on a deal, as Ramon Hernandez goes to LA and Aaron Harang will go to Colorado. Harang's stay in Colorado looks quick as the team immediately DFA'd him and is shopping him to other teams. In other Rockies' news, last year's first round pick David Dahl was demoted to extended spring training after a game as a "disciplinary move". The Mets had been linked to Dahl last year before Colorado picked him 9th overall.

At ESPN The Magazine, Robert Sanchez writes about Max Scherzer's close relationship with his brother who struggled with depression and committed suicide last year.

In his first start back from Tommy John surgery, John Lackey suffered an injury to that right arm after throwing a pitch. The Red Sox are calling the injury a "biceps strain" but he'll head back to Boston for further testing.

A rare Honus Wagner baseball card sold for $2.1 million at auction yesterday.

How do we get Vladimir Guerrero back in the majors? Grant Brisbee plots out four steps.