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Mets Morning News: Zack’s back?

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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

Zack Wheeler is slated to start one of the Mets’ two spring training games on Friday. Here’s what the team expects from the man who hasn’t started a big league game since September 2014.

Amed Rosario impressed Terry Collins on his day off by ... playing more baseball.

After throwing it a career-low 11.1 percent of the time in 2016, Jacob deGrom plans to use his changeup more often this season.

Champ Stuart, the Mets’ sixth-round draft pick in 2013, is one of the fastest players in baseball.

In an interview, Sandy Alderson reflected on his path to professional baseball.

The Red Sox hope to use the Mets as a blueprint for pitcher development.

Around the NL East

The Braves are on the hunt for a righty-hitting fourth outfielder.

Fish Stripes named Marcell Ozuna the 24th-greatest Marlin of all time.

The Phillies looked outside baseball to build an analytics team.

Nationals ace Max Scherzer will face batters for the second time this spring. He suffered an injury to his ring finger in August.

Around the Majors

Jon Heyman listed seven teams that could surprise in 2017.

In the World Baseball Classic, Italy scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth to notch a walk-off, 10-9 win over Mexico. A Brandon Nimmo single kept the rally alive before the game-winning hit.

Also at the WBC, Fernando Rodney pulled a big plantain out of his pants. Again.

Team Israel is powered by Ike Davis and Seinfeld references.

Yesterday at AA

Despite a record-breaking 27-decision losing streak from 1992 to 1993, former Mets pitcher Anthony Young is a winner.

This Date in Mets History

In 1962, the Mets debuted. In their first ever spring training game, Casey Stengel’s squad got shut out, 8-0, by the St. Louis Cardinals.