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Mets Morning News: Opening Day is tomorrow, Daniel Murphy will be there, and expectations are as high as they've been in a while

Your Sunday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets begin the 2015 season tomorrow at 4:05 PM EDT as they visit the Washington Nationals. It's been too long since the last real Mets game. For the first time in a long time, writes Tim Rohan in the TImes, the Mets' final roster cuts were made with higher aspirations.

The Mets are going with a four-man bench to start the season, which means Jacob deGrom could chip in as a pinch hitter. Jeff Paternostro won't be satisfied until deGrom plays at shortstop, though.

Daniel Murphy will be in the lineup tomorrow as the Mets open the season in Washington. Where will he hit in the lineup? The Mets aren't sure of that just yet.

Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia are glad to close the book on spring training, writes Mike Puma, as they struggled in the exhibition season.

Having lost Zack Wheeler and Josh Edgin to Tommy John surgery for the year, the Mets are like many other teams when it comes to dealing with elbow injuries to pitchers.

Marc Carig writes that Lucas Duda is growing into his role as a power-hitting first baseman. Carig also sat down with Michael Cuddyer for a Q&A and profiled the Mets' talented pool of starting pitching.

ESPN's E:60 show about Matt Harvey aired for the first time last night. If you're like me and missed it, it'll be re-airing tomorrow night.

It's a three team race in the National League East, writes astromets over at his site.

The Mets wrapped up their two-game exhibition series in Texas yesterday with a 4-4 tie thanks to Anthony Recker's game-tying grand slam.

Greg Prince takes a nice long look at Gary, Keith, and Ron in appreciation of all their years entertaining us on SNY.

Around the National League East

The Braves have released starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, even though reports on him were relatively good during spring training.

The Nationals are starting the season with a bunch of injuries, and Federal Baseball has an update on those for you.

Josh Hamilton's teammates were not happy with the way the Angels responded publicly to the ruling that Hamilton cannot be suspended for coming forward to MLB about his relapse with addiction. Grant Brisbee writes about the Angels' treatment of Hamilton, which is of course worth your time.

Fish Stripes takes a look at some Marlins killers and includes David Wright on the list, of course.

Dustin McGowan has been picked up by the Phillies, who still project to be a really bad team this year. Also, the Good Phight reviews a crazy-looking burger at Citizens Bank Park.

The Nationals might get the 2018 All-Star game.

Around Major League Baseball

Now is as good a time as any to check out the big SB Nation preview for the 2015 MLB season.

Corey Kluber and the Indians have an extension in place for the next several years. They were not alone in that arrangement, as the Royals and Yordano Ventura have reached an agreement on an extension.

Yesterday at AA

The Mets made their final roster cuts, which resulted in going with a four-man bench and eight-man bullpen to start the year. As a result, here is the team's Opening Day roster.

This date in Mets history

On this date in 1983, Tom Seaver made the last of his many Opening Day starts for the Mets and his first start back with the team since 1977.