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Mets Morning News: Mets earn Game 3 victory, Thor calls out Royals

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

Syndergaard pitched the Mets to victory in Game 3.
Syndergaard pitched the Mets to victory in Game 3.
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Meet the Mets

The Mets took Game 3 of the World Series last night, winning in a 9-3 rout over the Royals at Citi Field. Battered early, Noah Syndergaard would settle in to strike out six and throw his second quality start of the postseason. 'Thor' received run support in the form of home runs from David Wright and Curtis Granderson, as the Mets' offense showed signs of life after a dismal performance on the road. With the Mets needing another win to draw even in the series, Steven Matz will take on Chris Young at Citi Field tonight.

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After coming up-and-in to Alcides Escobar on the first pitch of the game, Noah Syndergaard and the Royals engaged in a war of words.

Steven Matz spoke to Anthony McCarron about playing for the Mets in the World Series as a native New Yorker.

William C. Rhoden of the Times outlined a plan for the Mets to win the series after a crucial Game 3 victory.

Franklin Morales made a crucial error in judgment in relief last night.

Darryl Strawberry laid out his Mets comeback strategy.

Around the NL East

Andrelton Simmons of the Braves received a Gold Glove nomination at shortstop.

The Marlins appear likely to trade Marcell Ozuna with Dan Jennings out of the picture. Ozuna is just one year removed from a 23 home run season.

Baseball reacted to the expected hire of Bud Black as Washington's new manager.

Around MLB

The Padres hired former Mets infielder Andy Green as their new manager. The 38-year-old Green was a third base coach this past season for the Diamondbacks.

Raul A. Mondesi became the first player to make his MLB debut in the World Series.

Bluebird Banter outlined five turning points of Alex Anthopoulous's reign as Blue Jays general manager.

Steve Knopper of the Times wrote about baseball's influence in the Dominican Republic.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Bobby Ojeda gave his analysis of Noah Syndergaard entering Game 3.

The Mets badly needed a return to Citi Field, Jeremy Binckes wrote.

Sara Novic proposes the idea of re-tooling the Mets' lineup as the series returns home.

This date in Mets history

Former Mets Tim Byrdak and Steve Trachsel were born on this day, and Tom Seaver won his second Cy Young award in 1973.