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Mets Morning News: Fish are friends again, Mets prep for Yankees

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets didn't play baseball on Thursday, but they'll continue their pursuit of the pennant with 10 games in the next 10 days, starting tonight versus the Yankees at Citi Field. Masahiro Tanaka and Steven Matz will be the starting pitchers.

Mets fans have to like what they've seen out of Matz so far, but how will he handle the pressure of a crosstown rivalry?

The Post opts for a position-by-position breakdown of the two New York teams. Warning: Greg Bird pun ahead.

The Mets are finally good, so the Wall Street Journal encourages long-time supporters to embrace the bandwagon fans.

Speaking of the bandwagon, it seems everyone wants Cespedes to take home the NL MVP hardware, but what about a Gold Glove?

ESPN New York has the story of how Cespedes became a Met.

Around the National League East

The Marlins got big hits from Justin Bour and Martin Prado in their 6-4 win over Washington. The victory moved New York's magic number down to nine, and the Mets Twitter account wasn't shy about celebrating.

The Phillies are being more liberal than other teams in their usage of rookie right-hander Aaron Nola.

Marco Estrada allowed just five Braves to reach base in Toronto's 5-0 victory over Atlanta.

Around the majors

Legendary Houston radio voice Milo Hamilton passed away yesterday at age 88.

Pittsburgh's Jung Ho Kang suffered a leg injury on Thursday afternoon and will miss the remainder of the season and postseason.

The Angels triumphed over Minnesota in an 11-8 slugfest to move ever closer to a surprise wild card berth.

Also in the wild, wild American League West, the Rangers finished off a sweep of the Astros to take control of the division.

Basketball star Michael Carter-Williams threw out the first pitch in Milwaukee and ended up hitting the camera man.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Kate Feldman asked if plunking batters on purpose has gone too far.

Sydney Hunte pondered the value of Yoenis Cespedes.

This date in Mets history

The Mets played the last ever game at the Polo Grounds in 1963.