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Sunday, April 21, 2013
Morning Briefing: The stars are out

By Kieran Darcy

FIRST PITCH: Some of Major League Baseball's brightest young stars are on display this weekend at Citi Field -- and they're living up to the hype.

On Friday night, the Mets' Matt Harvey and the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg -- two of the best young pitchers in the game -- went toe to toe, with Harvey coming out on top. On Saturday afternoon, 20-year-old Bryce Harper hit a pair of home runs -- including a tie-breaking solo shot in the eighth inning -- leading to a 7-6 Nationals victory.

On Sunday afternoon, we have the rubber game -- Dillon Gee (0-3, 8.36) pitches for the Mets, opposed by Jordan Zimmermann (3-0, 2.45). It looks like a mismatch, but we'll see what happens.

Sunday's news reports

• The Mets scored five runs off Washington starter Gio Gonzalez on Saturday -- all in the fourth inning -- but still couldn't pick up a victory. David Wright said this is a game the Mets needed to win. Read game recaps in the Daily News, Post, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger, and Record.

• Mets starter Jeremy Hefner lasted just four innings on Saturday, and he's giving up a lot of home runs. Starter Aaron Laffey came on in relief, and gave up three runs in 2/3 of an inning. The Mets are going to have problems if they continue to rely on these guys, writes David Lennon in Newsday. The Mets need other pitchers to step up, writes Anthony McCarron in the Daily News.

• Top prospect Zack Wheeler might be able to help, but he's really struggling at Triple-A right now. Read more in the Daily News, Post, Star-Ledger and Record.

• People are still buzzing about Harvey's performance on Friday. Former Met R.A. Dickey had nice things to say about him -- read more in the Star-Ledger. Is he the next Tom Seaver? Quite possibly, writes Joel Sherman in the Post.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets reliever Jesse Orosco turns 56 on Sunday.

TWEET OF THE DAY:

The #Mets are giving away 25,000 Ron Darling bobbleheads today. That means 25,000 pitchers at today's game better than the #Mets' bullpen.

— David Blaustein (@blaustein) April 21, 2013
YOU'RE UP: Would you like to see the Mets bring up Zack Wheeler right now, or should they wait until he straightens himself out at Triple-A?