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Mets Morning News: Amazins get spanked, Francoeur gets pranked

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

Jim McIsaac

Meet the Mets

Bartolo Colon blew up on Sunday afternoon, allowing back-to-back-to-back home runs to the Angels in the first inning. The bombardment set the tone for a 14-2 defeat from which both Daniel Murphy and David Wright were ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

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After he spun a gem during his last outing, Sunday just wasn't Colon's day.

After the game, the Mets announced that they traded catcher Blake Forsythe to the A's for future considerations.

Chris Young played like a monster let out of its cage during his first rehab game with the 51s. The outfielder seems like he's just about over that quadriceps injury.

Looking for in-depth info on how Wilmer Flores's shortstop defense is coming along at triple-A Las Vegas? This blog has you covered.

Mets minority owner Bill Maher on the team: "If they get a little luck with the offense, they could just surprise some people."

Greg Prince would like to apologize for almost ruining your Saturday night.

Around the NL East

The Phillies just polished off a sweep of the Marlins, with much thanks to the brilliance of Chase Utley.

Washington's weekend wasn't quite as fun. The Nats got swept by the Braves, and Ryan Zimmerman is out for at least a month with a broken thumb.

Around the Majors

The Brewers won again, and they are off to the best 12-game start in club history.

Bryan Grosnick of SB Nation takes a look at how we've become so spoiled by the large amount of effective young pitching we are presently experiencing.

Jeff Francoeur signed with the Padres this winter, and his new teammates at triple-A El Paso played a highly elaborate prank on him at the start of the season. No matter how you feel about Frenchy, it's pretty hilarious.

Reds lefty Tony Cingrani hasn't allowed more than five hits in any of his 21 career starts, and that makes him pretty special.

Yesterday at AA

On this date in Mets history, Jerry Koosman made his Mets debut, Nolan Ryan recorded his first career win, and John Franco notched his 400th save.