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Mets Morning News: Conforto comes out swinging

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Meet the Mets

Michael Conforto came out swinging and hit a home run to go along with a single in the first game of spring training, which the Mets won 3-2 over the Red Sox.

Travis d’Arnaud also got off to a great start, though he almost forgot to put on his chest protector at the start of the game and had to run back into the dugout to get it.

Marcos Molina had a nice return to the mound for the Mets as well.

Eight questions for the Mets ahead of Grapefruit League play.

Around the NL East

The Braves’ new stadium is finally ready for use.

The Nationals signed Matt Wieters on Friday and he suited up for the team.

When Jose Fernandez’s death certificate was released yesterday people were surprised to learn that he’d previously been married.

The Phillies got clobbered by the Yankees in their exhibition opener.

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer can’t throw fastballs due to pain, according to a report.

Around MLB

Love spring training photo day photos? Here are some of this year’s best.

Javier Baez got a big World Series tattoo.

Pedro Strop signed a new deal with the Cubs.

Kate Upton is certainly very open about her sex life with Justin Verlander.

MLB veterans are not happy with Rob Manfred’s proposed rule changes.

The Cardinals signed Cuban league MVP Jose Adolis Garcia to a minor league deal.

Yesterday at AA

There was a new episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio.

Steve Schreiber handicapped the “King of Spring Training” race.

David Capobianco looked back at one of the Mets’ worst defensive plays from last year, and what went wrong. Hint: James Loney was involved.

This Date in Mets History

Happy birthday to former Met Ed Lynch, who was born on this date!