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

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Meet the Mets

The season’s first series goes to the Mets. Matt Harvey pitched very well and had the pleasant luxury of run support as New York won 6-2 against the Braves. Wilmer Flores and Travis d’Arnaud provided the biggest hits. Next up, Miami comes to town, and Zack Wheeler makes his much-anticipated return to the mound.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, New York Post, Daily News, Newsday, Bergen Country Record, NJ.com, ESPN, MLB.com, or Faith and Fear in Flushing.

By all indications, Wheeler is amped to get back on the mound. Perhaps a bit too amped.

Noah Syndergaard spoke about why he’s planning on using his two-seamer more this season.

Terry Collins says he plans to experiment with the lineup a fair amount early on this season.

From the current Mets skipper to the original, there’s a new biography on Casey Stengel.

In the first at-bat of his minor league career, Tim Tebow hit a home run.

Around the NL East

The Braves fell short in the rubber match, despite another excellent game from Matt Kemp.

After a lengthy rain delay, the Marlins rallied for an extra innings win in Washington. And Fish Stripes says a decision the team made late in spring training is already paying off.

A new potential Marlins buyer has also surfaced: future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter.

From Washington’s perspective, the loss will most likely put their patchwork bullpen further under the microscope.

The Phillies lost their rubber match to the Reds in a game that featured a pinch-hit home run from a pitcher. Meanwhile, former Phillie Ryan Howard could soon find a new way to torment Mets fans.

Around the Majors

Yasiel Puig is off to an absolutely torrid start. He may want to see if he can face the Padres 162 times this year.

Carlos Santana is also playing well early on, and the Indians are looking to keep him around for a while.

If Masahiro Tanaka opts out of his deal this offseason, the Yankees reportedly won’t be interested in bringing him back.

It was a scary moment for Keon Broxton in Thrusday afternoon’s Brewers-Rockies game, but he says it could have been a lot worse.

You’ve probably never seen anything like this in a baseball game, and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina seemed just as baffled as you.

We had plenty of fun with the World Baseball Classic, and now it seems the Olympics could want a piece of that action.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

The latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio featured a very special guest and several other segments.

The minor league schedule began Thursday, and Steve Sypa delivered some previews of the St. Lucie Mets, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies—yes, they actually went through with the new name—and the Las Vegas 51s.

This Date in Mets History

It’s now been 33 years since Dwight Gooden first stepped onto the mound as a New York Met. He was just 19 years old, but managed to tally five strikeouts over five innings, and earned himself a win against the Astros.