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Mets Morning News: Even when the Mets win, there are more injuries

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

Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Our boys played two baseball games on Thursday and won both of them! In Port St. Lucie, Dillon Gee Rafael Montero combined to allow one run in seven-and-one-thirds innings while home runs by Michael Cuddyer and Curtis Granderson powered New York to a 3-1 win versus Houston.

Meanwhile in Jupiter, Jon Niese looked dominant and Wilmer Flores provided two RBI to lift the Mets to a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals.

It wasn't all good news, though. Daniel Murphy left the away game early with some hamstring tightness that should sideline him for a little while.

Also on the injury front, Vic Black is being shut down due to shoulder soreness. Hopefully the right-hander feels better after a few days of rest.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen says that the Mets haven't yet decided on whether Dillon Gee or Rafael Montero will take the rotation spot opened up by Zack Wheeler's injury.

Cuddyer is a "gamer" who reminds hitting coach Kevin Long of a certain legendary Yankees shortstop.

Adam Rubin wrote everything he could about the new Sandy Alderson book without being sued by author Steve Kettman. Don't click that link if you don't want to be spoiled!

Around the National League East

Two of Atlanta's young hurlers pitched solidly in the Braves' Grapefruit League win over Miami.

Fish Stripes has reactions from around the baseball internet regarding the impending Christian Yelich extension.

Around the Majors

Rob Manfred wants to see an exhibition baseball game in Cuba as early as 2016.

Baseball is taking a page out of the soccer playbook and making every team's final regular season game start at the same time.

Cuban outfield prospect Rusney Castillo could finally make his Grapefruit League debut for the Red Sox this weekend.

After failing to reach an agreement with the Astros last summer, 2014 No. 1 overall draft pick Brady Aiken left his first spring start due to injury after just 12 pitches.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Lukas Vlahos provide a season preview of Dilson Herrera.

Joseph Sparacio looked for a solution to the Mets' left-handed relief problem.

This date in Mets history

In 1961, the Yankees refused to allow the new National League expansion franchise to play home games in Yankee Stadium.