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Mets Morning News: Thor drops the hammer on the Marlins, Conforto and Bruce go yard

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Your Monday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Noah Syndergaard was as good as advertised against the Marlins. He was unrelenting for seven innings and collected nine strikeouts along the way to a win. The offense came alive, and both Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto blasted long home runs to give the Mets a cushion and avoid a sweep by Miami.

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Noah Syndergaard’s blister was a non-issue as he put together a brilliant performance against the Marlins.

Syndergaard and batterymate Rene Rivera did a good job of controlling the running game Sunday, which had been something Syndergaard had struggled with in the past.

Michael Conforto made the most out of his start when he blasted a home run to extend the Mets’ lead.

Both Conforto and Jay Bruce are hitting, which could lead to some tough decisions when Juan Lagares returns from his injury.

Fernando Salas was used once again Sunday, and Terry Collins is aware of the bullpen’s heavy workload so far this season.

Jose Reyes continues to struggle in the leadoff position, but he believes he can turn it around.

Tim Tebow hit his second home run for the Fireflies, and South Carolina is willing to embrace him despite the history he has there.

Jacob deGrom’s strikeouts this year will help raise money for military service members.

Around the NL East

The Braves lost in extra innings to the Pirates on a walk-off home run. After the game they signed reliever Jason Motte to a minor league contract. Former Braves outfielder Otis Nixon is reportedly missing.

Prior to Sunday’s game against the Mets, the Marlins placed Adeiny Hechavarria on the DL and they recalled shortstop J.T. Riddle.

The Phillies won a whirlwind game in the bottom of the ninth against the Nationals.

After having a terrible, horrible, no-good birthday, Jeremy Guthrie was designated for assignment by the Nationals. The Nationals’ bullpen struggled in their loss to the Phillies, and to possibly help in that area they re-signed Joe Nathan to a minor league deal.

Around the Majors

Yadier Molina’s sticky chest protector has some questioning baseball’s rules banning foreign substances.

The Royals face a future where they must learn to cope with the loss of their friend and teammate.

The Blue Jays are off to a sluggish start and they suffered another blow when Josh Donaldson left the game with calf tightness.

Week one of the 2017 baseball season is officially in the books, so what have we learned in those seven days?

The Cubschampionship rings will have some serious bling.

Yesterday at AA

Steve Sypa checked in with the Daily Prospect Report.

Michael Martone took a closer look at Noah Syndergaard’s devastating repertoire of pitches.

This Date in Mets History

In 1969, Tommie Agee hit what would be the longest home run in Shea Stadium history. A plaque commemorating where the ball landed remained with the stadium until it was sold after the 2008 season when Shea was set to be demolished.