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Mets Morning News: Mets reunite with Murphy, deGrom's hair is powerful

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

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

The Mets made their 2016 Grapefruit League debut on Thursday and fell to the Nationals in Viera, 9-4. Rafael Montero started the game and was lousy. He struggled with his command and allowed four runs in the first inning.

Check out how the rest of the team did in our first daily spring training report of the season.

The matchup reunited the Mets with Daniel Murphy, who doesn't blame his former club for moving on to a new second baseman.

PETA is not happy with Yoenis Cespedes's decision to send his prize hog to the butcher. In response, the animal-loving organization has sent the slugger some vegan bacon.

The gift might not persuade Cespedes to change his diet, but what about his fielding position?

The luscious locks of Jacob deGrom might be more than just a fashion statement.

Around the National League East

Just like New York, the Braves saw their starting pitcher flop on the way to a lopsided loss.

Fish Stripes updates us on the Marlins' roster situation and position battles.

The Phillies saw some of their young players shine in split-squad action on Thursday.

Max Scherzer's "vanilla" stuff was enough to shut out the Mets for two innings.

Around Major League Baseball

It didn't take Corey Dickerson very long to show that his power was not just a product of Denver.

Grant Brisbee presents the 11 genres of pictures from every Photo Day.

Eno Sarris wonders if it's a good idea to invest in ground-ball pitchers. Maybe this is why the Mets haven't done much to improve their infield defense.

Speaking of infield defense, not everyone is pleased with the new MLB slide safety measures.

Jonah Keri continues his ranking of the most valuable players in baseball.

The Brewers will address their dog mascot controversy in a press conference today.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Austin Yamada made his AA debut with a season preview for Travis d'Arnaud.

Steve Schrieber introduced us to Flan Lagares, Bartolo Calzone, and the rest of the delectable menu items at Mets Restaurant.

This date in Mets history

In 1994, NBA legend Michael Jordan made his spring training debut against future Mets reliever Darren Oliver.