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Mets Morning News: Winner, winner chicken dinner

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Meet the Mets

The offense carried the Mets to a win over the Marlins in Port St. Lucie.

Steven Matz pitched two solid innings and thinks his new offseason routine has helped him come into camp feeling strong. When Wilson Ramos first signed with the team, to him Matz reminded him a bit of Blake Snell.

Amed Rosario had a big day at the plate and the results could be stemming from the return of a leg kick in his batting stance.

J.D. Davis also had a good day against the Marlins and he is hoping he can show what he can do with injuries opening an opportunity for him.

Brandon Nimmo was not in camp after he made himself an undercooked chicken dinner and fell ill.

Pete Alonso did not see action against Miami but so far he has been impressing with his tireless work ethic.

Travis d’Arnaud is close to returning and is looking forward to contributing in whatever role the Mets give him.

Zack Wheeler is open to signing an extension but he will not be giving the Mets a break if they want to keep him.

Michael Conforto had an up and down season last year but he believes he learned from his struggles (paywall alert).

Rule 5 pick Kyle Dowdy has been impressive in camp so far with a significant increase in velocity.

T.J. Rivera is still experiencing some discomfort in his elbow as he tries to make his way back from Tommy John surgery.

Around the National League East

Kyle Wright and the Braves shut out the Cardinals. Reliever Peter Moylan announced his retirement from Major League Baseball (paywall alert).

Some of the Marlins’ core pieces showed some promise in the loss against the Mets.

The Phillies’ chances of signing Bryce Harper seem to be fading. Outfielder Roman Quinn was diagnosed with a right oblique strain but manager Gabe Kapler believes it is mild.

The Nationals are looking for a bullpen cart driver but it’s not as easy as it looks as one reporter found out.

Around Major League Baseball

The brother of Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart died at the age of 23.

The Giants are reportedly offering Bryce Harper a 10-year deal and oddly enough the band Smash Mouth might have been the first to report about it.

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins somehow said with a straight face that Vlad Guerrero Jr. does not belong in the majors.

The city of Long Beach has reached out to the Angels to discuss a potential move to the city.

Teams are trying out some new technology that will help them better understand the game.

It is still early in spring but there have been seven stories that fans can feel good about.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Jack McLoone wonders what kind of playing time Juan Lagares will receive this season.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1981, the Mets re-acquired Dave Kingman after a trade with the Cubs.