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Mets Morning News: Yoenis Cespedes plays for St. Lucie

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

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Meet the Mets

Yoenis Cespedes made his first rehab start since a setback over a week ago. He went 0-for-4 and played for the entirety of the Class-A St. Lucie Mets’ 1-0 loss to Lakeland.

Don’t look now: The 25-32 Mets are about to embark on an immensely rough stretch of their schedule that could decide the course of their season.

Injured ace Noah Syndergaard says he has “no regrets” about turning down an MRI prior to the start in which he tore his lat muscle.

The Mets have essentially fallen apart since the injury to Syndergaard.

BP Mets dove into the offensive turnaround of Jay Bruce, who’s cut down on weak ground ball contact this season.

Around the National League East

R.A. Dickey knuckleballed the Braves to a 3-1 victory over the Phillies, behind seven innings of one-run ball from the 42-year-old.

Edinson Volquez followed up his no-hitter with seven shutout innings in a 7-1 victory over the Pirates.

The Nationals bested the Orioles 6-1 behind steals and strikeouts—starter Joe Ross erased 12 batters at the dish and the team amassed five steals against catcher Caleb Joseph.

Around Major League Baseball

Grant Brisbee examined the unusually high number of veterans breaking out at the plate, including Justin Smoak, Marwin Gonzalez, Logan Morrison, and Zack Cozart.

This ball boy, much like the one that ran into an engaged Wilmer Flores, had one job.

Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson has morphed into something of an ace this season, thanks in part to drastic changes in his delivery.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Noah Syndergaard revealed it’ll probably be a while before he takes a big league mound again.

Steve Sypa outlined six right-handed pitchers the Mets could take with the 20th overall pick in the amateur draft on June 12.

This Date in Mets History

After his being thrown out of an interleague game against the Blue Jays in 1999, Mets manager Bobby Valentine returned to the dugout in a mustachioed disguise for one of the more memorable moments in franchise lore.