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Mets Morning News: Conforto crushes in comeback

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

Meet the Mets

The Mets clobbered their way to their third victory in a row on Thursday, riding home runs from three players they missed at the end of last season, either due to injury or trade: Michael Conforto, whose shoulder injury limited him to 109 games last year; Yoenis Cespedes, whose wonky hamstring held him to 81 games, and Jay Bruce, who was traded to the Indians at the deadline. Cespedes and Conforto hit a solo dinger and a two-run homer, respectively, off Stephen Strasburg before Jay Bruce mashed a two-out grand slam off Brandon Kintzler in the seventh to make it 8-2, where the score would remain. On the hill, Jacob deGrom surrendered two runs through six innings, dancing unscathed out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in his last frame.

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Once a star on the diamond, Keith Hernandez is becoming a star on social media thanks to his Twitter account.

For the second year in a row, Tim Tebow hit a home run on the first pitch he saw of the season, this time for the Double-A Rumble Ponies.

Though it’s a small sample size, Hansel Robles has looked like a new man since his return from the minors.

Around the National League East

The Phillies blanked the Marlins, 5-0. Check out recaps from Fish Stripes and the Good Phight.

Federal Baseball examined Strasburg’s performance in the Nationals’ loss to the Mets.

Around Major League Baseball

Fangraphs offered up a nifty piece for anyone curious as to how MLB transactions are carried out.

Manny Machado doused the Yankees’ hopes of signing him in the coming offseason with cold water.

Thursday’s game between the Mariners and the Twins featured a social bald eagle and a way-too-calm James Paxton.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Mets director of player development Ian Levin shared his insights on the team’s farm system.

Daniel Convery had encouraging news to relay from up and down the minors.

In the latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio, the gang wondered if the Mets are actually good at baseball.

This Date in Mets History

In 1972, Mets manager Gil Hodges was laid to rest. Later that day, the team announced that Yogi Berra would replace him on the bench, and that they’d acquired Rusty Staub via trade.