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Mets Morning News: Matt Harvey shows flashes of former self, Jay Bruce leads offensive charge

Your Memorial Day dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

MLB: New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Matt Harvey took a huge step forward in his start against the Pirates and allowed only one run in six innings. He battled out of a couple of jams, and showed flashes of the old Matt Harvey that had been missing. Offensively Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, and Lucas Duda had big nights and the Mets walked away with the series win.

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Matt Harvey had his slider and curveball working and used them effectively when he needed to get some big outs.

Steven Matz was fantastic in his latest rehab start but Terry Collins remained tight-lipped about any possible return.

Unquestionably the Mets have not had a good two months to start the season, but they don’t necessarily have to be sellers at the trade deadline.

The Mets’ offense has not been the problem even though they have been missing their biggest bat.

Michael Conforto had been one of the Mets’ most consistent hitters, but he got the night off against the Pirates.

Dan Warthen has made many trips to the mound this season and approaches each pitcher differently as he attempts to calm them down.

Mets players have a wide-ranging variety of music as their walk-up songs.

Around the NL East

R.A. Dickey struggled in his start for the Braves against the Giants.

The Marlins hammered the Angels in their first series win since April.

The Phillies were pounded by the Reds 8-4.

Nationals starter Joe Ross stumbled in their final game against the Padres. Bryce Harper is not a fan of participation trophies.

Around the Majors

Angels star Mike Trout had to exit the game early with a sprained thumb and will undergo an MRI.

Joe Mauer had himself quite a day at the ballpark for the Twins.

Pirates starter Jameson Taillon made his first rehab start after undergoing treatment for testicular cancer.

Jake Arrieta has not looked like the Cubs’ ace this season, but his agent Scott Boras insists Arrieta is still the same Cy Young-caliber pitcher.

Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger made some Dodgers history with his hot start.

Yesterday at AA

Steve Sypa caught up on all the action in the minors with the Daily Prospect Report.

This Date in Mets History

In 1990, Bud Harrelson took over the managerial duties from Davey Johnson.