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Mets Morning News: Kershaw scintillates as Bartolo stumbles

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

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Meet the Mets

Bartolo Colon surrendered five runs before he could record six outs and that was all the run support Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw would need in a 5-0 Mets loss on Thursday night. Colon settled in, not giving up a hit for the rest of his five-inning outing. Kershaw struck out 13 in a complete game shutout for his fifth win of the season.

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Assistant general manager John Ricco reassured fans and media that Noah Syndergaard's recent elbow exam was just a precautionary measure.

The Mets' ace spent a day out on the town, hanging out with New Yorkers while dressed like his namesake, Thor.

Jeff Sullivan looked at the Dodgers' approach to pitching to Syndergaard after his two home runs on Wednesday.

One more on Syndergaard: Kevin Kernan wrote a story about the fireballer's high school days, massive home runs, and a donkey.'s Ed Lucas did a deep dive on the old Ralph Kiner-hosted Mets postgame show Kiner's Korner.

One Mets fan bet another Mets fans that Bartolo Colon wouldn't hit a home run in 2016. The price? This Bart tattoo.

BP Mets assessed David Wright's surprisingly strong start to the season.

Around the NL East

Cameron Rupp hit a three-run double in the 10th inning to lead the Phillies to a 7-4 victory over the Braves. Check out recaps from The Good Phight and Talking Chop.

The Marlins were off on Thursday, but signed veteran lefty reliever Joe Beimel.

Grant Brisbee wondered whether anyone will ever break the record Nationals ace Max Scherzer tied on Wednesday.

Around the Majors

Royals Review made a case for reliever Danny Duffy to shift back to the starting rotation.

Something Mets fans can relate to: the Cardinals-Angels game was delayed by a cat on the field, though this one wasn't black.

Dave Cameron took a close look at the early-season struggles of Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

MLB has already started backing off the "Chase Utley rule," most likely to avoid controversies like the ones surrounding the sliding rule in April.

Three teams are interested in signing starting pitcher Tim Lincecum.

Yesterday at AA

Utility infielder Wilmer Flores was placed on the disabled list. The Mets recalled lefty reliever Sean Gilmartin to take his place.

Amazin' Audio talked Bartolo's big bat and chatted with Fangraphs' Eno Sarris.

This Date in Mets History

Master of disguise and former Mets manager Bobby Valentine turns 66 today.

In 2000, the Mets released Rickey Henderson.