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Mets Morning News: Mets foiled by familiar foe, baby deGrom is coming soon

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

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Meet the Mets

The Royals raised their 2015 championship banner and then earned their first win of the 2016 season on Sunday night. New York fell 90 feet short of completing a shocking comeback against the vaunted Kansas City bullpen when Yoenis Cespedes was struck out by Wade Davis to end the game, 4-3.

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Matt Harvey didn't look his best with three earned runs allowed and just two strikeouts in five-and-two-thirds innings.

David Wright had a golden opportunity to tie the game in the ninth inning, but the captain came up short.

Just like during Game 1 of last year's World Series, a first-inning mishap by Yoenis Cespedes led to a Kansas City run.

Before the game, some great players of Mets history wished the team well on its 2016 campaign.

After skipping the exhibition series in Las Vegas to be with his pregnant wife, Jacob deGrom rejoined the Mets in time for Sunday's game. However, he's expected to head back home to Florida when Mrs. deGrom gives birth this week.

The Post caught up with Dillon Gee, who is now a member of Kansas City's bullpen.

Jeurys Famila's new theme song is called "Somos Familia" and will hopefully be played often during this weekend's home series with Philadelphia.

The Daily News tells the story of the friendship between Noah Syndergaard and Logan Verrett.

Around the National League East

Marlins left-handed reliever Mike Dunn will open the season on the disabled list.

The Good Phight dives into Phillies Opening Day history.

Federal Baseball is feeling optimistic that the Nationals can return to prominence in 2016.

Around Major League Baseball

Francisco Liriano was a star with both his arm and his bat as he led the Pirates to a win over the rival Cardinals in the first regular season game of 2016.

Pittsburgh came to terms with Gregory Polanco on a five-year extension worth $35 million.

Marcus Stroman pitched eight strong innings to lead the Blue Jays to an Opening Day victory at Tampa Bay.

After refusing an assignment to Triple-A, Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim got his way and was placed on Baltimore's 25-man roster to start the campaign.

Mets Opening Day may be over, but there are still a bunch of teams looking to get their seasons underway this afternoon. Check out the television schedule here.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Lukas Vlahos polled the staff for 10 bold predictions about the 2016 Mets season.

Steve Schreiber unveiled this year's edition of Puppy Avenue, and it's just as adorable as ever.

This date in Mets history

On Opening Day in 1988, the Mets homered six times, including one by Darryl Strawberry that nearly struck the Olympic Stadium roof.