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

Meet the Mets

Travis d'Arnaud, Ike Davis, and Wilmer Flores popped home runs yesterday. For d'Arnaud, the home run was a ray of hope in a tough spring offensively. Davis, meanwhile, continues to try to keep his job and Terry Collins likes what he sees.

Bartolo Colon pitched 6.2 strong innings and knocked an RBI single yesterday in the Mets victory. Here's some video of Colon's hit.

Kyle Farnsworth's time with the Mets may be just about over, as the righty's velocity has not improved as much as hoped this spring.

Mike Vorkunov wrote about Tommy John surgery and how developing young pitching is so critical to the Mets rebuilding process, even if teams know little about preventing elbow ligament injuries. Vorkunov also spoke with Tommy John, who talked about Dr. Frank Jobe and Matt Harvey's recovery.

Anthony Rieber talked to Josh Satin about his high BABIP, which Satin himself was already aware of. Satin also answered some questions at NJ.com.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis has made a great impression this spring, though he looks like a possible last cut right now.

David Wright answered questions in Steve Serby's Sunday Q&A.

Around the Majors

The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 7-5 in the finale of their Australian series but Don Mattingly is mad at Yasiel Puig for some baserunning blunders. An Australian sports writer wrote about his first baseball experience.

The Tigers and Max Scherzer have cut off extension talks after he declined the team's latest offer.

The Cardinals have built a ballpark village at Busch Stadium and now you can take a photo tour of it!

Astros top prospect George Springer is considering filing a grievance against the team for holding up his service time. The Astros instead offered Springer a cheap 7 year extension, which he declined.

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