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Mets Morning News: Mets win their first game of the decade!

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New York Mets Player Wilson Ramos Bats During Spring Training Game Against the Miami Dolphins Photo by Alejandra Villa Loraca/Newsday via Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The Mets picked up their first victory of the decade, even if it doesn’t count in the end. They topped the Nationals 2-1. Wilson Ramos picked up two hits, drove in a run, and scored the game-winning run in the fourth. Brandon Nimmo contributed two hits of his own in three at-bats.

Over the winter, Ramos tweaked his swing and worked on lifting the ball in the air in an effort to avoid hitting the ball on the ground so much. His efforts showed in yesterday’s victory.

The Mets watched last year’s World Series and lamented that it could have been them in an offseason group text.

Edwin Diaz will begin his redemption tour on Wednesday, pitching in relief of Noah Syndergaard.

Dellin Betances says his newborn son helped him through his recent career struggles.

Tim Britton looks at what Jeremy Hefner brings to the Mets’ pitching staff as their coach.

Hefter has a plan in place to deliver the Mets peak Jacob deGrom in 2020. The two-time Cy Young award winner will make his spring debut on Sunday.

This week’s Mets mailbag looks to answer the question of where J.D. Davis fits if Yoenis Cespedes is healthy, what the team can expect from Jed Lowrie, and what’s Dominic Smith’s ideal role with the Mets.

Around the National League East

The Phillies unveiled their new design for the Phillie Phanatic amid a legal battle over the mascot.

The BravesAustin Riley worked on his swing over the offseason in order to create more balance at the plate.

The Nationals’ Adam Eaton acknowledge that his defense ‘wasn’t good’ last year and worked to improve it over the winter.

Derek Jeter hopes to see the Marlins finally turn a corner in 2020.

Around Major League Baseball

Tony Clark directed blamed for the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal on front-office culture and tech advancement and sees this as an opportunity to start a discussion. (Paywall Alert)

Jeter called the scandal a ‘black eye for the sport’.

The Astros responded to a lawsuit stemming from the scandal and insisted on going full heel. The team pointed out that they were a better team on the road and that cheating is part of the game. (Paywall Alert)

Houston’s minor league team also insisted on making news for the wrong reasons, revoking the season tickets of a lawyer who sued the parent club.

Sheryl Ring examines how Houston could respond in their first season after the revelation of their cheating scandal surfaced.

Former Met Hansel Robles is a “safe bet” to be the Angels’ closer, according to manager Joe Maddon. Let’s point to the sky in his honor.

The Yankees believe a first-time pitching coach and the addition of Gerrit Cole on a $324 million contract is a recipe for success.

Rangers pitcher Brock Burke will have season-ending shoulder surgery.

Stauffer’s is now the “official frozen prepared meals” of Minor League Baseball.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Episode 48 of From Complex to Queens takes an early sneak peek at the 2020 MLB Draft.

Jack McLoone reminded everyone that Eduardo Nunez is a Met and could make the team out of spring training.

This Date in Mets History

Former Mets pitcher Ed Lynch turns 64 today!