Morning Briefing: About last night ...

June, 20, 2014
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Chris Trotman/Getty ImagesZack Wheeler tossed his first career complete game on Thursday.
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FIRST PITCH: So the Mets, at 33-40, remain in last place in the National League East … and are only five games out of first place in the division thanks to no one taking charge.

Their improbable pursuit continues Friday at Marlins Park when Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.81 ERA), no longer in need of Pepto-Bismol, opposes right-hander Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.56) at 7:10 p.m.

The matchup will be hard-pressed to duplicate the excitement in the series opener.

Friday’s news reports:

Zack Wheeler tossed a three-hit shutout in easily his longest major league start and David Wright homered against debuting top prospect Andrew Heaney as the Mets beat the Marlins, 1-0, Thursday at Marlins Park. Wheeler became the youngest Met to throw a 1-0 shutout since Dwight Gooden in 1985.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday, Journal and at MLB.com as well as Jerry Crasnick’s feature on Heaney here.

Dillon Gee (lat) should make a rehab start Tuesday in the Gulf Coast League. He will need multiple minor-league outings before being activated from the disabled list. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger and Record.

• Among a flurry of minor-league reassignments, 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo joined Binghamton on Thursday and 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini moved to St. Lucie.

Travis d’Arnaud continues to tear up the Pacific Coast League. D’Arnaud homered for the sixth time in 11 games since his demotion. He is now hitting .432 in Triple-A after going 3-for-5 in Las Vegas’ 6-2 win against Nashville. Tyler Pill tossed eight scoreless innings and became the first Binghamton pitcher to homer since 2001 in a 6-0 win against Richmond. L.J. Mazzilli had a three-run homer in his Florida State League debut as St. Lucie beat Fort Myers, 7-4. Octavio Acosta tossed six scoreless innings in Brooklyn’s 4-0 win at Hudson Valley. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• The Mets reportedly will pay first-round pick Michael Conforto $2,970,800, precisely the recommended figure for the 10th overall pick, although Conforto officially remains unsigned.

• Terry Collins said the Mets added Kirk Nieuwenhuis and demoted Matt den Dekker in part to get den Dekker at-bats. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

Chris Young doubled Thursday to snap a streak of 16 straight games with an at-bat and no extra-base hit. Before the game, Young said he was getting a déjà vu feeling, referring to his experience in Oakland a season ago of struggling and losing playing time. Collins, asked how much C.Y. would face righty pitching going forward, said: "Right now, it’s tough to say.” Read more in the Journal, Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Matt Harvey remains in a holding pattern as the organization waits to give him clearance to get on a mound.

Juan Lagares is due to play in minor-league rehab games “soon,” Collins said.

• Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post writes that it would be a shame if the Mets get one All-Star representative and it is Wright over more-deserving Daniel Murphy or Jonathon Niese.

BIRTHDAYS: No one ever to play in a game for the Mets was born on this date, but Nicole Kidman, Lionel Richie, John Goodman and Olympia Dukakis all were born on June 20.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Can the Mets actually make a run at first place?
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187