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Mets Morning News: Mets tee off on Phillies at Citi Field

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Meet The Mets

Fourteen years ago, a Montreal Expo by the name of Bartolo Colon ripped two hits in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Last night, he did it again.

In a game full of Mets offense, including a grand slam from Wilmer Flores and back-to-back homers by Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera, Colon was the star. He pitched seven innings of one-run baseball before Terry Collins greedily sent the 43-year-old back out to start the eighth. He got shelled and gave up three runs in the inning before he was pulled, but the Mets still won.

On a night when both the Marlins and Cardinals picked up victories, it was an essential win for the Mets, who remain 3.5 games out of the final wild card spot.

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Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera became only the second pair of Mets to open a game with back-to-back homers. It was familiar territory for Reyes, though, as he was one half of the only other duo to do it when he and Ruben Gotay did it back in 2007. According to MLB.com, in a strange coincidence, Ruben Gotay, playing for the Long Island Ducks, also hit a home run to open his team’s game last night.

The Mets will likely be skipping Jacob deGrom’s next start but claim he isn’t hurt.

Syndergaard the horse is a winner just like his namesake!

Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce are not hitting well. The Mets have finally noticed.

Tonight is Matt Harvey Bobblehead of bitter disappointment night at Citi Field.

Around the NL East

The Braves took an ugly loss to the Giants, getting shut out 7-0.

The Marlins annoyingly came back and beat the Padres with a walk-off hit from Chris Johnson.

The Nationals beat the Rockies.

Around MLB

The Dodgers traded Clayton Kershaw’s favorite catcher A.J. Ellis to the Phillies for Carlos Ruiz, a move that apparently left Kershaw in tears. A number of people believe the move was made to send a message to Kershaw.

Ruiz, for his part, left a really nice note for his former Phillies teammates.

Texas Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress was jailed and booked on a DWI charge in Dallas. Jeffress was suspended multiple times in the minors for drug violations.

The World Baseball Classic host venues have been announced.

Gary Sanchez continues to rake for the Yankees.

Dioner Navarro was traded back to the Blue Jays.

Yesterday at AA

Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets/Phillies series.

Joe Sokolowski delivered another edition of “This Week in Mets Quotes.

Steve Sypa handled the Daily Prospect Report.

This Date in Mets History

Back in 1974, Benny Ayala hit a home run in his MLB debut at Shea.