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Mets Morning News: Crappy birthday, Jacob deGrom!

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

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Meet the Mets

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Jeurys Familia injured his groin in last night's defeat and he'll miss the rest of the weekend.

Great piece on Terry Collins' father, who passed away in the spring at age 94.

Find out what Noah Syndergaard learned from the infamous lunch toss incident during spring training.

Zack Wheeler will start throwing next month as he begins his rehab from Tommy John surgery. The injured righty is excited about the Mets' future rotation.

The Mets plan to honor former owner Nelson Doubleday.

2nd round pick Desmond Lindsay is ready to start his career with the Mets.

Around the NL East

The Phillies got rocked by the Cardinals 12-4, as Phillippe Aumont was predictably bad.

The Reds shut the Marlins out 5-0 behind Mike Leake.

With a 4-1 victory behind Joe Ross' 11 strikeouts, the Nationals moved a half game behind the Mets. The Nationals have found a market inefficiency for their bullpen.

Around the Majors

Alex Rodriguez picked up his 3,000th hit, becoming the 3rd player in MLB history to hit a home run for #3,000.

MLB has cancelled as many as 65 million All-Star game votes due to improper voting. Happiest by this news? The Royals, who would have to pay around $1.5 million in All-Star contract bonuses if those players made it.

David Price says that Pablo Sandoval should just look at Twitter and Instagram during games like he does and not tweet or like pictures.

Roy Halladay wants to be a team president some day and also thinks hot dogs are sandwiches.

A squirrel got loose on the field during the Phillies and Cardinals game yesterday.

This Date In Mets History

In 2006, the Mets hit plenty of dingers!

Yesterday At AA

Aaron Yorke previewed Mets and Braves.

The Brooklyn Cyclones opened up their 15th season last night and Steve Sypa has a preview.

Thomas McIlraith looks like a potential wild card as a reliever.

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