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Mets Morning News: The Dark Knight returns, Mets sweep Orioles

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For the first time since 2018 it was Harvey Day at Citi Field. Matt Harvey was welcomed warmly by the fans the Mets’ bats were a little less accommodating. Kevin Pillar started the scoring with a two-run triple off the Dark Knight and the Mets were off and running. All told they scored seven runs off Harvey which was plenty for Taijuan Walker to work with. He was helped out by his defense some but it was another solid outing for Walker and the Mets walked away with a sweep of the Orioles.

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There was some discussion about how the fans would react to Harvey’s return, but in the end he was welcomed home as a friend and not a foe.

Harvey was appreciative of the gesture and got emotional on the mound which showed a little kindness went a long way.

Dominic Smith had a breakout day at the plate and hopefully he is returning to form from the previous season.

The Mets are now headed to Tampa Bay and they made sure they were appropriately attired for the journey.

Before the game, the team placed Albert Almora Jr. on the injured list and called up Khalil Lee.

The Mets acquired Lee in the offseason and is in the top ten of the team’s prospects.

Even with the addition of Lee the Mets’ outfield depth is looking a bit thin.

Bobby Valentine is running for mayor of Stamford and hopes his experience managing a baseball team will help prepare him for this new endeavor.

Around the National League East

Mike Soroka suffered a setback while working his way back from a torn Achilles tendon and will undergo a second surgery which puts his return in 2021 very much in doubt.

The injury news continued for the Braves when they placed lefty Grant Dayton on the IL and called up Sean Newcomb to take his place.

To add insult to injury, the Braves lost 4-1 to the Blue Jays who are now 5-0 against Atlanta this season.

The Marlins ended their losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

The Phillies rallied against Washington’s bullpen late to win the game 5-2.

Stephen Strasburg threw four innings in a sim game as he continues to make his way back from injury for the Nationals.

Washington’s loss to the Phillies was their fourth straight.

Around Major League Baseball

With offense down and four no-hitters already thrown, will 2021 be remembered as the year of the no-hitter?

Gerrit Cole reached a career milestone in the Yankees win over the Rays.

The team continues to have a COVID-19 outbreak among its coaching staff but the vaccines continue to ensure nobody has gotten seriously sick.

Not only are the Mariners calling up Jarred Kelenic, they are also calling up their second-best prospect Logan Gilbert and the pair will debut together.

The Diamondbacks placed Zac Gallen on the IL with a UCL sprain and is expected to miss a few weeks.

The Astros are providing furnished housing for all of their minor leaguers and are the first team to take that step.

Giants prospect Drew Robinson has already hit a home run in his remarkable return to baseball a little over a year after a failed suicide attempt left him blind in one eye.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On episode 84 of A Pod of Their Own, Dr. Kat Williams and Dr. Leslie Heaphy from the International Women’s Baseball Center were on the show to discuss the history of women in baseball.

This Date in Mets History

Happy Birthday Bobby V!