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Morning Briefing: Happy Harvey Day!

4/14/2015

NEW YORK --

FIRST PITCH: Matt Harvey received perhaps the loudest cheer during Monday’s home-opener pregame ceremony, but the Dark Knight truly returns Tuesday.

Harvey will pitch at Citi Field for the first time since Aug. 24, 2013 -- the game against the Detroit Tigers in which he surrendered 13 hits. Shortly thereafter, Harvey was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his pitching elbow, requiring Tommy John surgery.

Harvey (1-0, 0.00 ERA) opposes Philadelphia Phillies right-hander David Buchanan (0-1, 18.00) at 7:10 p.m. ET.

TUESDAY'S NEWS REPORTS:

  • Despite not displaying his typically pinpoint control, Jacob deGrom fired 6 1/3 scoreless innings and combined with Carlos Torres, Jerry Blevins and Jeurys Familia on a 2-0 shutout of the Phillies. A paid crowd of 43,947 -- a record for a regular-season game at Citi Field -- was on hand. DeGrom has now tossed 11 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings since allowing a two-run homer to Ryan Zimmerman in D.C. in the first inning of his season debut last Wednesday. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Journal, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Seldom-quoted owner Fred Wilpon offered brief comments to Steve Serby in the Post after Monday's win. “I'm excited about this team, and I'm hopeful,” Wilpon told the newspaper. “I was there all spring training. I was there six weeks. And they have real confidence -- not just, ‘Well it's spring training, we have to have confidence.' And I don't ever remember a team that had more character. People with talent and character. Character counts.”

  • Noah Syndergaard allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk in four innings and Eric Campbell and Travis Taijeron homered as Las Vegas beat Sacramento, 8-5. Matt Oberste's triple drove in the lone run in St. Lucie's 2-1 loss at Brevard County. Jon Leroux had a three-run double in Savannah's rain-shortened 5-2 win against Rome. Read the full minor league recap here.

  • Harvey hopes to be more efficient on Tuesday after requiring 91 pitches to throw six scoreless innings against the Washington Nationals. The Mets are expecting a sizable bump in ticket sales over the typical second game of a season-opening homestand thanks to Harvey. The attendance bump for Dwight Gooden starts in 1985 was roughly 6,000 over other games, Jay Schreiber and Elena Gustines write in the Times. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Record and Newsday.

  • The Mets did nothing on Opening Day to dissuade their fans from continuing to feel excited, columnist Joel Sherman writes in the Post. Read columnist David Lennon's take on the home opener in Newsday. Tyler Kepner in the Times also senses the emerging confidence at Citi Field. Columnist Bob Klapisch, although skeptical, suggests in the Record it should be a fun season for fans.

  • Watch video of a Mets fan spraying Phillies right fielder Grady Sizemore with beer here.

  • MLB is investigating whether there is a link between Jenrry Mejia's 80-game ban for stanozolol and three other recent positive tests.

  • A pair of billboards urging Mets owners to sell the team are now on display near Citi Field. “I think it's a waste of time, but that's just my own opinion,” manager Terry Collins said. “You want to spend $6,000? Go feed the homeless.” Read more in the Post and Newsday.

  • Torres stranded two runners inherited from deGrom on Monday. Blevins upped his streak of retired batters to 8-for-8 as a Met -- all lefties. And Familia notched a save for the second straight day. Read more on the bullpen's contribution in the Post, Record and Newsday.

  • General manager Sandy Alderson expressed confidence in Wilmer Flores before the home opener. Alderson would not address whether Mejia saying he did not knowingly take steroids was acceptable. Read more on Alderson's comments in the Post and the Daily News.

  • The Mets honored the families of slain officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos during Monday's pregame ceremony. Read columnist Mike Lupica's take in the Daily News and a news story in the Daily News.

  • Michael Cuddyer said the atmosphere at his home debut as a Met gave him “chills.” Read more in the Post.

  • Curtis Granderson is hitting .056, but also has a league-best nine walks. That means the leadoff hitter's on-base percentage is a healthy .370. Read more in the Post and Newsday.

  • Read more on deGrom's performance in Newsday and at MLB.com.

  • Bobby Parnell and Vic Black are set to begin rehab assignments with St. Lucie in the next day or so.

  • Juan Lagares has been dropped to seventh in the batting order.

  • Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David were among the excited fans at Citi Field on Monday. Read more in the Daily News and at MLB.com.

  • The new right-center dimensions at Citi Field played no factor in the opening game at the revamped ballpark, Marc Carig writes in Newsday.

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio was booed during pregame introductions -- louder, in fact, than Cole Hamels, who once labeled the Mets “chokers.” Read more in the Daily News.

  • Check out an assortment of photos from the home opener in Newsday.

  • From the bloggers … Mets Report suggests deGrom may have the biggest upside of any of the Mets' young pitchers.

BIRTHDAYS: Kyle Farnsworth turns 39. ... Double-A left-handed reliever Chase Huchingson is 26

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