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Your Sunday morning dose of Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets beat the Astros behind a solid return to the mound from Jacob deGrom. Sunday marks another important spring training start, as Matt Harvey takes the hill. Meanwhile, Noah Syndergaard doesn’t seem thrilled about his contract situation.

Lucas Duda still has his injury woes, but his commitment to the batting cage is helping him get through it.

Around the NL East

The Braves marked another step towards getting their new ballpark ready.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is expected to sell the team by the end of the year.

One young Phillie is making a good case to make the roster on Opening Day.

One of the true delights of spring training: the Nationals and Cardinals played to a tie.

Around the Majors

The World Baseball Classic is officially underway.

Rob Manfred has some more ideas to help speed up baseball’s pace of play.

Statcast has already done a lot to change how some fans think about baseball, but the company wants to change how we all watch baseball too.

Huston Street will likely be unavailable for the Angels on Opening Day.

A Giants coach had a rough encounter with a foul ball.

This Date in Mets History

Birthday honors to “Crash” Hessman, and a man who epitomizes the Mets’ rich history of having the wrong player with the right name.