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Mets Morning News: Matz is wild, Montero gets demoted, Mejia speaks out against MLB

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

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Meet the Mets

Steven Matz was a bit wild yesterday but he was working on something specific. The Mets fell to the Nationals.

Rafael Montero, Dario Alvarez, and Akeel Morris were three of the Mets players sent to minor league camp yesterday.

Jenrry Mejia's lawyer slammed MLB for their 'dirty cop tactics' and Mejia will appeal his ban.

Asdrubal Cabrera is out at least two weeks with a knee injury. Matt Reynolds may now get a chance to shine. The Mets are taking a patient approach with second baseman of the future Dilson Herrera. He's one of five Mets farmhands competing in WBC qualifiers.

Matt Harvey supports Bryce Harper in the need for more excitement in baseball. Then Harvey promptly struck him out like usual. David Wright is not for or against celebration.

SNY will have been on the air for 10 years this coming week and they've come a long way.

Around the NL East

Could Tim Lincecum land with the Marlins as a reliever?

Hector Olivera is having a productive spring training with the Braves.

GM Mike Rizzo talked about Nationals SS prospect Trea Turner on Buster Olney's podcast.

The Good Phight is changing baseball's rules to combat the bat flips and nerds ruining baseball.

Around the Majors

Goose Gossage met with the Yankees but did not take back his comments on Jose Bautista and nerds.

The Pirates have added third baseman David Freese on a one-year deal.

Sad news for pitcher Jarrod Parker, who re-fractured the medial epicondyle in his right elbow while throwing a pitch. That might be the end of the line for him.

Domonic Brown flipped over a low right field wall in Blue Jays camp and lost his glove. That looks familiar.

This Date In Mets History

In 2003, Mike Piazza got drilled by Guillermo Mota and went after the reliever.

Yesterday At AA

We previewed the seasons of Curtis Granderson and Dario Alvarez.

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