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Mets Morning News: Play suspended, Steven Matz's debut slightly delayed

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

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Last night's Mets game was suspended during the seventh inning against the Reds with the scored tied 1-1. Curtis Granderson provided the offense with a solo home run, but also had a defensive lapse that led to the Reds tying the game. Matt Harvey had another strong start, allowing just the one run on five hits and two walks over six innings. The game will resume at 1:10 PM today, with the regularly scheduled game, in which Steven Matz will make his major league debut, to follow.

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Steven Matz called making his debut with the Mets "a dream come true." Matz grew up rooting for the Mets on Long Island. He recalled the Endy Chavez catch as a memory that stands out in particular for him as a fan.

The Cubs have discussed the possibility of acquiring Jon Niese. However, they would prefer someone better, and are wary of Niese's contract.

Daniel Murphy is nearing a return to the Mets with Tuesday as a possible date. He went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk for High-A St. Lucie last night.

Matt Harvey battled poor conditions to pitch well last night. He has now allowed just two runs over his last three starts spanning 19 2/3 innings.

Around the NL East

The Braves lost to the Pirates by a score of 8-4. Julio Tehran started and continued a trend of poor starts on the road by allowing six runs over six innings.

The game between the Phillies and Nationals was postponed due to rain.

The Marlins edged the Dodgers 3-2. Tom Koehler outdueled Clayton Kershaw, allowing just two runs over seven innings. In other news, Giancarlo Stanton is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken hamate bone.

Around MLB

Johan Santana is giving up on his attempt to come back to the major leagues this season with the Blue Jays. He has been sidelined with a toe infection and does not believe he has enough time to be ready for 2015. He will try again in 2016.

Robinson Cano exited yesterday's game after being hit in the head with an errant warmup throw. He is day-to-day with a contusion on his head.

Tim Lincecum left yesterday's game after being hit by a comebacker on his arm. He was diagnosed with a contusion.

Andrew McCutchen underwent x-rays after being hit in the elbow with a Julio Tehran pitch. Fortunately, they came back negative.

Yesterday at AA

On the eve, of Steven Matz's debut, Chris Gaine wrote about the effect that Omar Minaya's decisions are still having on the Mets. Not including Matz, 11 players currently on the Mets roster were drafted or signed by Minaya.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1975, Casey Stengel made his final appearence at Shea Stadium as a part of Old Timers Day. Exactly 19 years later, Dwight Gooden received a suspension for cocaine use that effectively ended his tenure as a Met