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Mets Morning News: Mets dominate Cubs to end preseason on high note

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

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

The Mets finished out the 2016 preseason in dominant fashion with a win over the Cubs in Las Vegas yesterday afernoon. The Mets won 8-1 behind a very strong start from Steven Matz. The Mets' offense exploded with home runs from Yoenis Cespedes, Eric Campbell, T. J. Rivera, and Ty Kelly.

The major Mets coverage in the media continued to be about Matt Harvey's bladder.  Harvey, who has continued to avoid talking to the media, is apparently pumped about getting back on the mound, though.

The Mets also set their Opening Day roster today. Some players, like Kevin Plawecki, had reason to celebrate. Others, like Sean Gilmartin, will start the season at Triple-A.

Around the NL East

The Marlins' Dee Gordon talked about his base-stealing technique.

The Braves played the Rays to a 2-2 tie, but that result was a little embarrassing when factoring in that the Rays used two minor league pitchers against the Braves.

Phillies infielder Maikel Franco absolutely crushed a home run in an exhibition game. It made Ryan Howard's blast seem quaint by comparison.

The Nationals also set their opening day roster today, announcing the decisions after a win over the Twins.

Around the Majors

Former Met Taylor Teagarden was suspended for 80 games today by MLB.

Diamondbacks star A.J. Pollock broke his elbow and will need surgery.

Johnny Cueto is very proud of his prancing horse.

A little kid at the Brewers/Astros game today had a meltdown when he didn't catch a fly ball.

Shane Victorino fell for Oregon's April Fools' Day joke.

Yesterday at AA

The winner of the King of Spring Training award was announced!

Noel Purcell gave us a season preview for Bartolo Colon; Justin Birnbaum offered a thorough rundown on Josh Edgin; and Lukas Vlahos took on the enigmatic Brandon Nimmo.

This Date in Mets History

On this day in 1966, the Mets were awarded the rights to negotiate with a kid named Tom Seaver. He turned out alright.