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Mets Morning News: Steven Matz shuts down Nationals, Matt Harvey to make next start

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

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Steven Matz was brilliant in the rubber game against the Nationals, leading the Mets to a 2-0 victory. He threw eight shutout innings while striking out seven along the way. The Mets' offense came from a first-inning home run by David Wright and a seventh-inning RBI single by Rene Rivera that was aided by a Daniel Murphy error one batter earlier. Jeurys Familia allowed two baserunners in the ninth, but he ultimately shut the door for the win. The Mets are off today before beginning a series against the Dodgers tomorrow night at home.

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Despite his continued struggles, Matt Harvey will make his next scheduled start for the Mets on Monday against the White Sox.

Before appearing in yesterday's game, Asdrubal Cabrera, was removed due to back spasms and was replaced by Matt Reynolds. He hopes to return for Friday's game.

The Mets don't have many options in dealing with Harvey's struggles, wrote Jay Jaffe. Meanwhile Ted Berg insisted that Harvey is going to be fine.

David Wright did not agree with Harvey's decision to skip out on talking to the media after his poor start. The captain said he may eventually speak to Harvey about the incident.

Kevin Kernan spoke with 1986 Met Kevin Mitchell for the Post, who is the process of recovering from neck surgery this past December.

Familia's save was his 32nd consecutive converted save in the regular season. That mark breaks the previous Mets record held by Billy Wagner.

Ty Kelly, who made his major league debut Tuesday, provided tips for surviving the minor leagues, where he has spent eight seasons. Kelly passes time by writing original music.

Reliever Dario Alvarez was claimed off waivers by the Braves. The lefty was designated for assignment to make room for Ty Kelly.

At Minor League Ball, John Sickels profiled Matt Reynolds.

Around the NL East

Read a recap of yesterday's win from the Nationals perspective at Federal Baseball.

The Phillies got an 8-5 win over the Tigers. Aaron Nola started and went six innings, but gave up four runs. Odubel Herrera contributed a home run. However, the Phillies got a tough break when Maikel Franco left the game with an ankle sprain.

The Braves lost an extra-inning game 3-2. Atlanta got a two-run home run from Gordon Beckham.

The Marlins held on for a 4-3 win over the Rays. Starter Justin Nicolino allowed all three of the Rays' runs. Marcell Ozuna continued his hot streak with another two hits.

Around MLB

The Blue Jays activated second baseman Devon Travis, who has battled a shoulder injury since last year. To make room, Pat Venditte was optioned to Triple-A.

Adam Wainwright is not a fan of the proposed strike zone changes. Besides making it more difficult on pitchers, Wainwright believes the change will make games longer.

Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts both extended their impressive hitting streaks. Bogaerts's is now at 18 games, while Bradley's stands at 29.

Jonny Gomes has reportedly retired. Gomes spent 13 years in the majors, and most recently played in Japan for the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

The Diamondbacks are reportedly considering optioning Shelby Miller to the minors. Miller, who was acquired via trade during the offseason, has a 7.09 ERA thus far and a nearly one-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The Cardinals and Royals completed a minor trade. St. Louis acquired minor league outfielder Jose Martinez in exchange for cash.

The Twins are the saddest team in baseball, wrote Grant Brisbee. After beating the Royals yesterday, Minnesota is off to a 12-34 start this season.

Eno Sarris interviewed different players to try to understand whether veterans are better at breaking out of slumps.

Yesterday at AA

Chris McShane doesn't care that Matt Harvey declined to speak to the media after Tuesday night's loss.

This Date in Mets History

In 2013, the Wilpons claimed that their financial issues stemming from Bernie Madoff were "in the rear view mirror."