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Mets Morning News: Mets rip Houston for 11 runs, Syndergaard to appear on Game of Thrones

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MLB: Spring Training-Houston Astros at New York Mets Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

The Mets teed off on the Astros for 11 runs. Lucas Duda made his return to the lineup in the 11-3 win and hit a double.

Noah Syndergaard’s contract with the Mets was renewed for $605,500. He also dissed the World Baseball Classic. More importantly, Syndergaard is set to appear as an extra in Game of Thrones.

Mets prospect Patrick “P.J.” Conlon hopes to become the first Irish-born player to make it to the majors since 1945.

Robert Gsellman is likely to be the Mets’ fifth starter to start the season.

Curtis Granderson is still day-to-day with a nagging thumb injury.

Carlos Beltran thinks David Wright still has gas left in the tank.

Around the NL East

The Braves have lost Dustin Peterson for 8 weeks to hand surgery.

Trea Turner’s 2017 deal with the Nationals is for $554,900.

Stephen Strasburg may ditch his windup and only pitch from the stretch this season.

Phillies pitcher Jeff Singer was working at a car dealership before the team signed him.

Marlins Park has experienced a rare sellout for the World Baseball Classic.

Around MLB

The Red Sox are breathing a sigh of relief as David Price doesn’t need elbow surgery.

Johnny Cueto is finally returning to the Giants.

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang received a suspended two-year sentence for fleeing the scene of an accident after crashing his car into a guardrail while drunk. It was Kang’s third DUI-related arrest since 2009.

The White Sox have requested release waivers for Brett Lawrie.

The Yankees catchers have formed a group called The Wolfpack. No word yet on what happens if someone turns their back on the Wolfpack.

Rob Manfred is willing to consider shorter commercial breaks as part of his plans to revamp baseball.

Yesterday at AA

Check out Luis Guillorme’s amazing one-handed bat catch.

This Date in Mets History

Several Mets birthdays on this date including Jack Fisher, Danny Frisella, Tom Grieve, and Bob Johnson.