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Mets Morning News: Thor is better than Harvey, Duda and Parnell to debut soon

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets lost 7-4 to the Marlins in Jupiter yesterday. Matt Harvey wasn't as good as his exhilarating debut, but Noah Syndergaard was dominant. Scott Rice allowed five runs in less than an inning, which isn't going to make anyone feel better about the left-handed reliever situation.

Bobby Parnell could be ready to pitch in a Grapefruit League game this weekend. He's still going to miss at least two weeks of the regular season, though.

Lucas Duda is also scheduled to appear in a game over the weekend. He's recovering from a minor oblique injury.

The Mets can do good stuff sometimes. Here's a story about them helping a young boy recover from liver transplant surgery.

Around the National League East

Max Scherzer dared his new teammate Gio Gonzalez to meow like a cat during a television interview, and the lefty came through.

Ted Berg talked to Jose Fernandez about the young flamethrower's recovery from Tommy John surgery. Fernandez hopes to be where Harvey is in a few months.

Stephen Strasburg was supposed to pitch against the Mets today, but he's sitting out with a toenail injury instead.

Around the Majors

Yu Darvish got a second opinion on his elbow injury and it said that the Texas star needs Tommy John surgery.

Cuban second baseman Hector Oliviera has some lengthy offers in hand and is expected to sign with a major league club soon.

Alex Rodriguez hit a home run! It's news because it's A-Rod.

Troy Tulowitzki looked spectacular on both offense and defense during his second Cactus League appearance on Wednesday.

Speaking of Tulo, he's one of Grant Brisbee's five key players of the National League West.

The Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League are rolling out a Krispey Kreme Donut Dog at concession stands this season. Yes, it comes with bacon.