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Saturday, April 20, 2013
Morning Briefing: Round One to Harvey

By Matt Ehalt

FIRST PITCH: Round One of Matt Harvey vs. Stephen Strasburg went to Harvey as he pitched the Mets to a 7-1 win on Friday night. Harvey used his array of pitches to down the defending NL East champs, who came away impressed.

As Harvey improved to 4-0 on the year, it's these type of performances that have made his starts must-watch television and gives Mets fans a reason for hope, writes ESPNNewYork.com columnist Ian O'Connor.

Saturday's news reports
• Read game stories in the Daily News, Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Record, Newsday and The Star-Ledger.

• In the Daily News, Anthony McCarron talked with Doc Gooden, who took in Friday night's game. Harvey has drawn comparisons to Gooden for his power fastball and bursting on the scene at a young age.

• In the Post, Kevin Kernan writes how the rest of the Mets rotation must follow Harvey's lead , and also about Harvey wanting to be the best.

• In The Record, Bob Klapisch wrote that Harvey's performances are giving Mets fans a reason to believe each time he takes the mound.

• During the seventh inning, fans broke out in a "USA!" chant after it was announced that the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings had been apprehended. Read more in the Daily News.

• The Mets received a pair of home runs from both Ike Davis and Lucas Duda in Friday night's win. Read more in The Record and The Star-Ledger.

Shaun Marcum's outing Thursday went fine and he will be cleared for 80 pitches next time out. Marcum threw 41 pitches on Thursday, yielding no hits. He is currently on the disabled list.

• Mets catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud will not need surgery and will be out for approximately eight weeks. D'Arnaud has a nondisplaced fracture of the first metatarsal. Read more in the Post, Newsday and The Star-Ledger.

• Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada, who rolled his foot during the seventh inning, said he was fine after the game. If Tejada has to miss any time, the Mets are in trouble as they don't have a true backup shortstop on the roster at the moment.

• Mets pitching prospect Luis Mateo does not have any serious elbow damage, according to Mets GM Sandy Alderson. Mateo was examined in New York after being pulled in the third inning of his double-A debut.

• Davey Johnson, who managed both Gooden and Strasburg, talked about the right-handers prior to the game.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets starter Masato Yoshii, who went a combined 18-16 in 1998-99, turns 48.

TWEET OF THE DAY:

Nothing like a old school pitching duel @mattharvey33 @stras37

— Dwight Gooden (@DocGooden16) April 20, 2013
YOU'RE UP: What has been the most impressive part about Harvey's 4-0 start?