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Mets Morning News: Seth Lugo makes a successful return, MLB draft begins

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets’ streak of successful starting pitching continued when Seth Lugo made his return to the mound. He pitched seven strong innings and allowed only one run. The offense had trouble bringing in runners, but they did just enough for the win and the Mets left Atlanta with three wins.

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Seth Lugo made his return and picked up from where he left off last season.

Lugo was the third Met to make his return this weekend, and now perhaps the Mets can finally get rolling.

To make room for Lugo on the 40-man roster, the team designated Sean Gilmartin for assignment, and the Cardinals picked him up.

Yoenis Cespedes did not get the start on Sunday but the plan is for him to play back-to-back games against the Cubs. Easing the the slugger back is just part of how the teams hopes to keep him healthy.

Asdrubal Cabrera’s struggles in the field have been well documented, but he made a crucial play that ended up looming large when the game was over.

Now that the Mets are getting healthy, they have a chance to turn their season around.

With a big week of games coming up, the team needs to hope its health holds up.

Robert Gsellman had another fine outing against the Braves and, for now, saved his spot in the rotation.

The MLB draft starts tonight and the Mets may target pitchers in the opening rounds.

Today’s game seems focused on hitting balls in the air, but Wilmer Flores’s recent success comes from hitting balls on the ground.

It comes as no surprise that Noah Syndergaard loves hot sauce, but during an interview about it, the fireballer’s answers took an interesting turn.

Around the NL East

Jaime Garcia was great on the mound for the Braves but it wasn’t enough to beat the Mets.

The Marlinsoffense could not get going against the Pirates and they dropped their second game in a row to Pittsburgh.

The Phillies were swept by the Cardinals.

The Nationals were swept by the Rangers. Reliever Koda Glover was placed on the DL after he injured himself while showering.

Around the Majors

Dodgers’ closer Kenley Jansen is putting together a remarkable season and has yet to walk a batter.

Yankees’ slugger Aaron Judge continues to hit baseballs very, very far.

The Rockiesmade a very wise decision when they signed Greg Holland this offseason.

The Brewersbullpen imploded against the Diamondbacks.

Some managers’ seats are starting to get rather warm as the season goes on.

Yesterday at AA

Robert Wolff wrote about the Mets signing reliever Daniel Bard to a minor league contract.

This Date in Mets History

Look away everyone. Only two words need to be said for this date in 2009: Luis Castillo.