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Mets Morning News: Boyd goes to Vegas, Mets might spend on young Cuban

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

Meet the Mets

The Mets finally had a day off on Thursday. They'll get back to hitting balls with sticks tonight versus the Marlins at Citi Field.

Noah Syndergaard's day at the plate on Wednesday was one of the best batting performances in Mets pitcher history.

The Mets are said to be in on the bidding for recent Cuba defector and potential Gold Glove shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez.

24-year-old first baseman Jayce Boyd has been promoted from Double-A to Triple-A. The 2012 sixth-round draft pick was hitting .304/.360/.422 at Binghamton. Perhaps Las Vegas can fool us into thinking he's a future power hitter.

After a rough start to the season, Wilmer Flores is starting to look more comfortable on defense.

Is Michael Cuddyer leading the Mets on an offensive renaissance? Or was that just some poor Phillies pitching?

The decision by the Mets to go to a six-man rotation is controversial, but at least Scott Boras likes the idea.

Around the National League East

Shelby Miller was locked in a pitching duel with San Francisco's Chris Heston, but then the Atlanta bullpen blew up and the Giants defeated the Braves 7-0.

Washington's Jayson Werth will be out for around two months with a broken wrist.

Michael Jong takes a look at Miami's rebuilding process, which isn't quite as organized as recent efforts by Pittsburgh and the Cubs.

The Good Phight discusses the early returns on third base prospect Maikel Franco.

Around Major League Baseball

Oakland has been one of the unluckiest teams in the majors this year. Grant Brisbee shows how frustrating it is for a team to go 2-15 in one-run games.

In his dramatic return to Arlington, Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a double and got a standing ovation.

However, Texas lost the game in part due to the brilliance of Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez in his big league debut.

The Mets aren't the only team this season that is taking advantage of weaker opponents. Just look at those pesky Twins.

Just after acquiring Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the Mets, the Angels placed Collin Cowgill on the disabled list.

Jung-ho Kang is loving life in America so far.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Even though the Mets are missing several key relievers, Chris McShane reminds us that New York's bullpen is still one of the best in baseball.

Nathan Gismot explores another pleasant development for the Mets in 2015: the continued hot play of Lucas Duda.

Chris Gaine writes that much of New York's success this year can be attributed to the team turning the tables on Philadelphia.

Alex Nelson returned to take us through a recent history of Mets third-round draft picks, once of which was just traded away.

This date in Mets history

In 1990, former Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson took over for Davey Johnson as the team's new manager.