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

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Meet the Mets

Zack Wheeler took longer than many to return to form from Tommy John surgery, but he’s back, and his catcher is singing his praises.

Fancred’s Jon Heyman listed eight early candidates for the Mets’ general manager vacancy.

A day before hunting for Marlins pitchers’ offerings, Brandon Nimmo caught some actual fish off Florida’s shore.

Tim Healey shared the names Mets will be rocking on their jerseys come Players Weekend, when the team will host the Nationals from August 24 to 26.

The Bergen Record dropped a quick breakdown of the team’s farm system.

Around the National League East

The Braves fell 6-3 to the Nationals, and had to eat up seven innings with their bullpen after Anibal Sanchez took a pitch off the calf. Check out recaps from Talking Chop and Federal Baseball.

Pat Neshek spent two years with the Astros, then left before their 2017 run to the title. Now the Phillies reliever feels his new team has a lot in common with those young Astros.

The Marlins are still looking to flip veterans for young talent. The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson revealed where the team stands on eight vets on their roster.

Around Major League Baseball

The A’s further bolstered their bullpen, acquiring 41-year-old righty Fernando Rodney from the Twins.

Justin Verlander attributed his late-career dominance to his relationship with his wife, supermodel Kate Upton.

Mookie Betts hit a homer in the ninth inning of a Red Sox loss to the Blue Jays to complete the first cycle of 2018.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane argued that Corey Oswalt should be a fixture in the rotation for the remainder of the season.

This Date in Mets History

In 1992, Vince Coleman became the first player in franchise history to walk five times in a game. Facing Tim Wakefield certainly helped.