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Mets Morning News: Matz finally found his form, while Conforto and Wright went deep

Your Monday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Who needs chocolate and colored eggs when you can have brilliant starts from Steven Matz? The Mets tied the Nationals 4-4 on Sunday, but it was behind a good performance from Matz. Just as some chatter about the young left-hander's poor start to camp, he managed five strikeouts, and his curve looked excellent. The Mets also got some much-needed offense from David Wright and Michael Conforto, who both him home runs.

Terry Collins admitted that he is starting to have some concern over his relievers' velocities. Collins said that he believed all of his big bullpen pieces are suffering from dead-arm ─ which he thinks occurs naturally during this part of spring training.

Asdrubal Cabrera missed his scheduled Sunday start, as he continues to battle a strained patella tendon. Terry Collins had hoped to get Cabrera back into the lineup, but Cabrera played in a minor league game instead.

New York City mayor Bill De Blasio said that he would "definitely" sign the law banning smokeless tobacco at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium. De Blasio said that he thinks it is a positive change for both players and fans.

Around the NL East

Some trades went down on Sunday in the NL East. The Nationals traded Tyler Moore to the Braves for first baseman Nate Frieman, while the Braves acquired former Mets superstar Eric O'Flaherty for cash considerations.

Around the Majors

There was a scary situation at Cubs camp, when Jason Heyward was attacked by bees. Heyward was stung ten times, but will be okay.

A fan who was upset with the Rays' trip to Cuba ran onto their field in Bradenton and threw a cup of beer into the dugout, among other things. The man was arrested and charged with a number of counts.

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Orioles may be looking at releasing Hyun Soo Kim so he can go back to South Korea. Kim has struggled mightily in his first spring training, and his contract stipulates he can't be sent down to the minors.

Yesterday at AA

Chris McShane recapped yesterday's Mets-Nationals game.

This Date in Mets History

Tom Seaver trade rumors began in earnest on this date in 1976.

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