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Mets Morning News: Amed Rosario helps lift Mets, Michael Conforto set to return

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

Meet the Mets

The Mets swept the Phillies in a rain-shortened series, with a win at Citi Field on Wednesday afternoon. Yoenis Cespedes got the Mets on the board early with a mighty blast but Noah Syndergaard could not hold the lead. The bullpen settled things down until Amed Rosario hit a two-run triple to put the Mets ahead for good. It was a good win as the team now heads to Washington to test themselves against the Nationals.

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Noah Syndergaard lasted only four innings after the Phillies managed to drive up his pitch count.

With Syndergaard out of the game early, the bullpen had to do some heavy lifting including the newly-recalled Hansel Robles. Robles was fantastic and struck out the side in his return to the big league club.

Yoenis Cespedes got the scoring started in the first with a monstrous blast off Aaron Nola, but the slugger insists that his timing at the plate isn’t where he wants it to be just yet.

Amed Rosario capped the scoring in the sixth with a triple, and so far having the shortstop bat ninth has paid off for Mickey Callaway.

This was the first time a game was streamed exclusively over social media in MLB’s effort to reach more people.

Mets and Phillies fans are obviously opinionated and they were not afraid to share those opinions about the Facebook broadcast.

It is not an opinion, but a fact, that it will be awesome to have Michael Conforto return to the lineup much earlier than anticipated when he is activated off the DL.

Conforto will join the Mets in Washington where they will face off against the red-hot Bryce Harper.

The Mets enter D.C. in first place but this will be a good test for them early in the season.

Before Wednesday’s game, Jose Reyes and his wife became United States citizens.

The Mets have some promising prospects in the minors but they are spread out across all levels of the system as the season gets set to begin.

The Las Vegas 51s are hoping to turn their season around this year after finishing in last place a year ago.

Around the National League East

Mike Foltynewicz outdueled Max Scherzer in the Braves’ 7-1 win.

Gabe Kapler has gotten off to an inauspicious start as a manager but he is not going to change his style this early into the season

Max Scherzer and the offense struggled against the Braves. The Nationals signed GM Mike Rizzo to a two-year extension.

Around Major League Baseball

The Rockies signed outfielder Charlie Blackmon to a six-year extension worth $108 million.

The Padres placed Wil Myers on the disabled list with nerve irritation.

The Tigers were rained out yet again and it was probably a bad idea to schedule games in Michigan in March and April.

Christian Yelich suffered an oblique injury but the severity is not yet known for the Brewer’s outfielder.

The Diamondbacks completed a sweep of the Dodgers behind a 12-strikeout performance by Patrick Corbin.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis covered the Michael Conforto news.

Steve Sypa previewed the Rumble Ponies’ season.

This Date in Mets History

Tom Seaver made his final Opening Day start for the Mets on this date in 1983. He took a no-decision in the Mets’ 2-0 win over the Phillies.