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Mets Morning News: Matt Harvey heads for new rehab milestone, bullpen blows it in Miami

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

Denis Poroy

Meet the Mets

The Mets lost their series-opener against the Marlins last night in Miami 4–3. They were up 3–0 going into the bottom of the eighth before Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up three runs without recording an out. Then, tied 3–3 in the bottom of the ninth, Gonzalez Germen gave up the winning run on a Casey McGehee RBI single. Lost in the meltdown was a fine performance from Jon Niese, who threw seven innings of shutout baseball, striking out six and walking one. Daniel Murphy and Curtis Granderson each hit home runs in the losing effort.

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Bartolo Colon (2–4, 5.65 ERA) will face right-hander Henderson Alvarez (1–2, 3.28 ERA) in game two tonight at 7:10.

Adam Rubin summarizes Terry Collins's rationale for Monday's lineup shakeup versus Miami's Nathan Eovaldi, which included the return of Eric Young Jr. after his batting practice injury.

Mike Vorkunov looks at Jennry Mejia's middle-innings problem.

After the Braves accused the Marlins of thieving, Terry Collins instructed his players to change up their signs.

Matt Harvey will throw from 120 feet for the first time this Friday.

On this date in Mets history, the Mets earned their first ever extra-innings victory and Willie Mays was born.

Yesterday At AA

Steve Sypa laments the Tacoma rain and runs down Sunday's farm action.

Chris McShane offers up the Mets Player Performance Meters for Week 5 for both pitchers and position players.

And Aaron Yorke previews the Mets' series with the Miami Marlins.

Around the NL East

The Braves rallied but fell a run short, losing to the Cardinals 4–3 and running their losing streak to seven in the process. Demetrius Bell at Talking Chop explores the emergence of B.J. Upton's alter ego, Melvin.

rundown of the reactions to Jose Fernandez winning NL Pitcher of the Month over at Fish Stripes.

The Phillies were shutout 3–0 in their interleague affair with the Blue Jays last night. The Good Phight's John Stolnis takes a closer look at the Phillies' early season good luck.

After a long rain delay in Washington, the Nats beat the Dodgers 4–0. Federal Baseball provides the highlights from Anthony Rendon's recent interview with 106.7 the FAN.

Around the Majors

Kelly Johnson really seems to want to get to know Erick Aybar's boys.

Nolan Arenado extended the longest hitting streak in the majors with his Monday home run.

Ted Berg wonders whether it's time to worry about Captain Gift Basket.

Jeff Sullivan contorts himself to try to find some reasons to worry about Mike Trout.

Joe Sheehan takes a closer look at Mike Matheny's sudden short-sightedness.

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