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Mets Morning News: Lagares crowned king of center field, Familia getting familiar with late innings

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

Jim McIsaac

Meet the Mets

The Pirates played sloppy defense and Bartolo Colon allowed only six baserunners in his seven-and-one-third innings, striking out nine and walking one. David Wright and Lucas Duda went deep to lead the Mets' offense and Jeurys Familia pitched the final one-and-two-third innings to close things out and cap off the Mets' 5-0 win and series victory.

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The Mets head to Citizens Bank Park tonight to take on the Phillies at 7:05 and will send Zack Wheeler (1-5, 4.63 ERA) to the mound to face off against right-hander David Buchanan (1-0, 3.60 ERA).

The Mets are denying an earlier report that COO Jeff Wilpon overruled general manager Sandy Alderson and forced him to fire hitting coach Dave Hudgens.

Marty Noble makes the case that Juan Lagares is the best center fielder the Mets have ever had.

David Wright is currently in third place in All-Star voting for third basemen. But he is in first place in honoring the NYPD.

Danny Knobler looks at the growing appreciation for the art of a Bartolo Colon at-bat at Citi Field.

Anthony Rieber says the clock is ticking for Chris Young.

And Fred Kerber investigates Jeurys Familia's growing comfort with late-inning situations.

On this date in Mets' history, Bud Harrelson debuted as Mets' manager in 1990, losing to the Reds 2–1.

Yesterday At AA

Steve Sypa runs down all of the farm action from Tuesday's slate of games.

Draft profiles for both Max Pentecost and Kodi Medeiros, also by Steve Sypa.

Check out Episode 70 of Amazin' Avenue Audio.

And finally, garik16 has a PitchF/X scouting report on Rafael Montero.

Around the NL East

The Braves fell quietly to the Red Sox 4-0 on Wednesday. What to expect from the Braves' recent call-up, Tommy La Stella.

The Marlins beat the Nationals 8-5 in ten innings. The Marlins' Henderson Alvarez left Wednesday's game with right elbow stiffness.

The Phillies downed the Rockies 6-3. John Stolnis makes the argument that Ryan Howard's problems are quite simple.

And finally, the Nationals' prospect Matt Purke will undergo Tommy John surgery today.

Around the Majors

Daniel Murphy is included in this list of five NL players who aren't getting enough attention in All-Star Game balloting.

The Orioles are looking to extend Johan Santana's June 1 opt-out with the team so that he can join the team as early as June 18.

You can all breathe a sigh of relief. Hunter Pence has been reunited with his stolen scooter.

Rick Reilly wrote a letter to Derek Jeter's unborn children. Grant Bisbee summarizes the letter in case you fear crippling nausea in your effort to get all the way through Reilly's hagiography.

Sean Burnett has been diagnosed with a torn UCL and could need a second Tommy John surgery. Dr. James Andrews has released a position paper on the rash of Tommy John surgeries.

The Blue Jays won their ninth straight game yesterday.

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