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Mets Morning News: Lagares ramps up power while team cuts back on security

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Meet the Mets

Matt Bowman pitched five scoreless innings, and the Mets hit three more home runs to club their way past the Nationals in Viera, 8-3.

Juan Lagares was one of the Mets to go yard against Washington, but Terry Collins is apparently toying with the idea of batting the center fielder ninth on Opening Day. in that scenario, Bartolo Colon would bat eighth and Curtis Granderson would lead off.

Injury updates: Wilmer Flores played through his sore foot and reached base twice in Thursday's Grapefruit League game. Meanwhile, Vic Black and his injured shoulder might be able to pitch on Opening Day.

Mets news is supposed to make us laugh at the team, though. To make up for pleasant injury news, here's an item about ownership cutting back on stadium security in order to save money.

Harvey Day is scheduled for today in Jupiter, but Matt Harvey might not pitch if the weather is lousy. Maybe the game can be rescheduled on Saturn.

Andy Martino has a great story detailing Kirk Nieuwenhuis's struggles with kidney stones and a blood infection late last season.

According to Jon Heyman, the new Sandy Alderson book paints the general manager in too bright a light and doesn't expose enough flaws.

The Post compares spring training hero Johnny Monell to fictitious minor league backstop Crash Davis.

Finally, the Mets may look to the Dodgers to solve their left-handed relief problem.

Around the National League East

Fish Stripes wonders if Giancarlo Stanton might ever hit 40 home runs and steal 20 bases during the same season. That would be pretty sweet for my fantasy team.

Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez looked great while dueling against Bowman during Thursday's Mets win.

Around Major League Baseball

David Ortiz strikes back at the haters in his recent essay for The Players' Tribune.

Still feeling bitter about the Mets' Opening Day starter? Maybe the Rangers' choice will make you feel better.

Super agent Scott Boras believes that the Cubs bringing Kris Bryant to Chicago as soon as possible is what's best for baseball. It's also what's best for the star prospect's checkbook.

While all the attention has been on Bryant this spring (well all the attention not reserved for Alex Rodriguez, that is), Cleveland shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor is also ticketed for Triple-A to start the season.

John Buck has announced his retirement. Those magical few weeks in 2013 won't soon be forgotten.

Sadly, many of baseball's Venezuelan stars don't feel safe in their home country anymore due to increased instability and violence.

The SB Nation 2015 MLB Season Preview is now available.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Justin Birnbaum lobbied for Dario Alvarez to be given a serious chance to make New York's bullpen.

This date in Mets history

In 1989, Matt Harvey was born! In 1993, Brandon Nimmo was born! Happy birthday to two of the organization's most promising players.