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Mets Morning News: Conforto earns all A’s at Citi Field

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Meet the Mets

The Oakland A’s rolled into town to take on the Mets at Citi Field. In a wild, back-and-forth game Michael Conforto proved to be the difference-maker, playing like the All-Star he is. Conforto collected two home runs and four RBIs as the Mets came away with a 7-5 victory to open their series with the Athletics.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, Times, Daily News, Post, Newsday,,, Bergen County Record.

Yoenis Cespedes told reporters before the game that he’d like to finish his career in Oakland and that Bob Melvin is the best manager he’s ever played for. He was singing a very different tune after the game.

Curtis Granderson brushed off retirement rumors and said he’d be open to returning to the Mets.

Neil Walker and Brandon Nimmo are getting closer to their respective returns to the Mets.

Noah Syndergaard is jealous of his bobblehead’s hair.

Around the NL East

The Braves have somehow beaten the Dodgers twice in a row, with the second win coming by a lopsided score of 12-3, thanks in part to a grand slam off the bat of Braves pitcher Jaime Garcia.

The Nationals’ bullpen failed them again and they lost 6-5 to the Diamondbacks.

Jorge Mas’s family ties to strongly anti-Castro groups could complicate MLB’s thawing relations with Cuba if he buys the Marlins.

The Phillies are on a little winning streak after beating the Brewers 6-1.

Around MLB

The White Sox traded for The MarinersMark Lowe and Jean Machi.

Miguel Cabrera exited the Twins-Tigers game early after taking a hard-hit ball to the chest.

The Texas Rangers are apparently willing to trade Yu Darvish.

Aaron Judge broke his home run slump with a monster shot in Friday’s Yankees game.

Todd Frazier has decided not to request Paul O’Neill’s No. 21 jersey.

Topps is no longer using the Chief Wahoo logo or the old “Screaming Brave” Atlanta logo on any of their baseball cards.

The Padres are asking a pretty price for Brad Hand, something that can only benefit the Mets as they try to trade Addison Reed.

Yesterday at AA

Lukas Vlahos handled the Daily Prospect Report.

Joe Sokolowski was back with “This Week in Mets Quotes.”

Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets-Athletics series.

There was a new episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio, minus Chris McShane, who’s getting married today! Mazel Tov, Chris!

This Date in Mets History

The Mets engaged in an epic brawl with the Reds on this date in 1986.