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Mets Morning News: Mets beat Marlins to snap losing streak

Your Thursday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets snapped a four-game losing streak with a win in the series finale against the Marlins. Logan Verrett started and was very good, pitching six scoreless innings. Kevin Plawecki provided both Mets runs with a single in the seventh inning. The Mets are off today and  begin a series against the Indians tomorrow night.

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Terry Collins' bullpen usage was intended to show that the Mets mean business early on in the season. In the seventh inning, Collins used three relievers as the bases were loaded, and he went to Jeurys Familia for a five-out save.

Yoenis Cespedes dove into the stands to catch a foul ball, and was shaken up after the fact, but he remained in the game.

At BP Mets, Sara Novic praised players who spent time with both the Mets and Expos, and Bryan Grosnick gauged the importance of having a fourth outfielder like Juan Lagares.

Wilmer Flores passed his first test as a fill-in for Lucas Duda at first base. Flores was solid, turning a 3-6-3 double play in the third inning.

Around the NL East

Read a recap of the Mets' win from the Marlins' perspective at Fish Stripes.

The Phillies edged out the Padres 2-1. Jerad Eickhoff tossed seven scoreless innings, while Maikel Franco drove in both Phillies runs with a home run and a double.

The Braves remained winless, as they lost to the Nationals by a score of 3-0. Tanner Roark filled in for the scratched Stephen Strasburg, and pitched seven strong innings for the Nats. While Washington's offense was powered by Stephen Drew and Jayson Werth home runs. Read recaps at Federal Baseball and Talking Chop.

Around MLB

Mariners first baseman Dae-Ho Lee hit a walk-off home run against the Rangers. It was Lee's second home run of the season.

Cardinals pitcher Marco Gonzalez will undergo Tommy John surgery. Gonzalez is the seventh ranked prospect in the Cardinals' system, as ranked by

Pablo Sandoval was placed on the disabled list by the Red Sox with a strained shoulder. He has also been prescribed a conditioning program.

Johan Santana is reportedly making another attempt at a comeback this season, per Jon Heyman, who speculates that he might want to do so with the Twins or Mets.

The Blue Jays recalled switch-pitcher Pat Venditte from the minors. Venditte was claimed on waivers by Toronto from the Athletics this offseason.

At 538, Rob Arthur discussed the newly available exit velocity and launch angle data from Statcast.

Yesterday at AA

In Episode 181 of Amazin' Avenue Audio, Jeffrey and Steve host the Panic City Town Hall meeting.

This Date in Mets History

In 1967, Jerry Koosman made his major league debut. He came on in relief of starter Jack Fisher, and pitched 2.2 scoreless innings.