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Mets Morning News: Syndergaard and deGrom go on media tour, Dodgers, Utley return to town

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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

Yoenis Cespedes has become one of the most feared hitters in the major leagues thanks to a revamped approach. This includes shrinking his strike zone from the "Cuban zone," which has led to fewer swings at balls out of the zone.

Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom signed a joint endorsement deal with Axe Hair.

The Mets kick off a three-game series with the Dodgers tonight, and Chase Utley knows what to expect from the Queens crowd.

Opening the series on the mound for Los Angeles will be Jose Urias, a left-handed, 19-year-old phenom that has a 27-inning scoreless streak in Triple-A.

Mike Vorkunov wrote that the pipeline of young Mets talent has run dry, and that's been exposed by the team's sudden need to replace the injured Lucas Duda at first and the struggles of Matt Harvey.

Howie Kussoy of the New York Post answered a question not many were clamoring for the answer to: Where are the World Series-winning 1986 Mets now?

Around the NL East

The Nationals opened their four-game set against the Cardinals with a 2-1 victory thanks to a brilliant start by Joe Ross and solo home runs from Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa.

With the Phillies off, The Good Phight examined the struggles of young third baseman Maikel Franco.

Jose Fernandez struck out 12 and surrendered one run in seven innings as the Marlins crushed the Rays in the battle for Florida.

The Braves fell to the Brewers 6-2, their fourth consecutive defeat. Atlanta outfielder Hector Olivera was suspended 82 games for domestic violence.

Around Major League Baseball

Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.'s hitting streak came to an end at 29 games. He called it "a fun ride."

The Royals will be without Mike Moustakas for the rest of 2016. The third baseman tore his ACL.

The Twins have the second-worst ERA in the majors at 5.07. The team suspended pitching coach Neil Allen after he was arrested for DWI.

Back to Boston, FanGraphs' Jeff Sullivan examined how shortstop Xander Bogaerts is putting together an elite season.

Also at Fangraphs, Eric Longenhagen wrote up a scouting report for Urias in advance of his big league debut.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

In the Week 7 edition of TWISNY: Keith gives fashion advice, Gary and Keith like eating together, and the booth is ready to break out the polos.

Ketul Shah wondered when Lucas Duda will return.

On Amazin' Avenue Audio, Brian and Chris answered emails before getting into the important stuff: ranking Taco Bell's new restaurant designs with Ted Berg.

This Date in Mets History

In 2010, the Mets blanked the Phillies for a third consecutive game, the first time the team recorded three consecutive shutouts since Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Gary Gentry, and two relievers held Philadelphia scoreless for 27 straight innings in 1969. Mike Pelfrey was the star in 2010, surrendering three hits in seven innings.

It's also Terry Collins' birthday. He turns 67.