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Mets Morning News: Noah Syndergaard throws heat, Asdrubal Cabrera hurts knee, Goose Gossage puts foot in mouth

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

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

New York defeated St. Louis in Port St. Lucie 7-2 on Thursday to improve its Grapefruit League record to 4-3-2. Noah Syndergaard pitched three scoreless innings and Travis Taijeron continued his hot spring training with a three-run homer.

Syndergaard's spring training debut couldn't have gone much better.

Asdrubal Cabrera was forced to leave the game prematurely with a sore left knee. Hopefully he'll be okay.

Anthony McCarron tells the story about how Mackey Sasser convinced the Mets to sign T.J. Rivera.

New York's Double-A affiliate will remain in Binghamton next season, but it won't be known as the Mets.

Public relations head Jay Horwitz has wisely advised Mets players to avoid commenting on any political questions from reporters.

Jenrry Mejia is apparently making a major announcement today in Long Island City.

Around the National League East

Jeff Francoeur hit a home run to help the Braves to a 5-2 win over Miami in Jupiter.

The Marlins are considering bringing in Tim Lincecum if the Cy Young Award winner is willing to pitch out of the bullpen.

Just like the Mets, the Phillies will be holding their first LGBT Pride Night this season.

Bronson Arroyo was impressive on the mound during the Nationals' 4-3 win over Houston.

Around Major League Baseball

Former Yankees reliever Goose Gossage is not happy about all these showboats and nerds ruining baseball. Fortunately, renowned bat-flipper Yoenis Cespedes isn't letting those comments bother him.

Even if you don't like Bryce Harper, you might admire his desire to make baseball cool again.

Over in the Cactus League, the White Sox turned a triple play on the Royals, who struck back by hitting an inside-the-park home run two innings later.

Veteran southpaw Randy Wolf is calling it a career after 16 big league seasons.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Steve Schreiber updated us on the race to become Mets King of Spring Training.

Steve also gave us the 2016 debut of This Week in SNY!

Lukas Vlahos previewed the upcoming Matt Harvey campaign.

Andrew Gould did the same for Wilmer Flores.

This date in Mets history

The Mets picked up their first ever Grapefruit League victory.