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Mets Morning News: Cespedes hits home run hat trick, Mets pummel Phillies

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets went deep early and often in a 14-4 rout of the Phillies. Yoenis Cespedes enjoyed his second career three-home run night, Lucas Duda went yard twice, and Travis d’Arnaud drove in three. Matt Harvey left the game with a hamstring cramp, but the injury doesn’t appear to be serious.

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Juan Lagares began his rehab assignment with the St. Lucie Mets.

The Mets inked Cody Decker, a 30-year-old catcher, to a minor league contract. Decker was a key member of Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic.

The Mets unveiled their special occasion headwear for this season.

Patrick Redford of Deadspin detailed the whooping Yoenis Cespedes inflicted on the Phillies.

Kevin Kernan of the Post wants the Michael Conforto era to begin sooner rather than later.

The Mets expect Zack Wheeler to improve command of his secondary pitches, Mike Puma of the Post writes.

Around the NL East

Clay Buchholz sustained an injury in last night’s game.

The Marlins’ home opener was delayed when a cat ran onto the field.

Bartolo Colon was not sharp in Atlanta’s 6-1 loss to Miami.

Daniel Murphy drove in five runs in Washington’s 8-3 victory over St. Louis.

Around Major League Baseball

Travis Sawchik of FanGraphs discussed Joey Votto’s slow start to the season.

Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer researched the connection between injuries and the WBC.

Marc Normandin of SB Nation introduced the Cubs Villainy Meter.

Adrian Beltre suffered a setback with his calf injury, possibly resulting in a prolonged everyday role for Joey Gallo.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

What are PRP injections? Ketul Shah explains.

The Mets have the league’s best and worst performing players (Jay Bruce and Jose Reyes, respectively) in the young season.

This Date in Mets History

On this day in 1995, the Mets acquired Pete Harnisch from the Astros.

Happy birthday to Justin Ruggiano, Daniel Garcia, D.J. Carrasco, and Paul Lo Duca!