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Friday, June 27, 2014
Morning Briefing: deGrom day in Pitt

By Adam Rubin

PITTSBURGH

FIRST PITCH: Now losers of two straight, the Mets continue their series at PNC Park on Friday at 7:05 p.m.

Jacob deGrom (1-4, 3.75 ERA) opposes right-hander Brandon Cumpton (3-2, 4.93).

Friday’s news reports:

Daisuke Matsuzaka surrendered a three-run homer to Gregory Polanco after shaking off catcher Travis d'Arnaud and the Mets lost to the Pirates, 5-2, Thursday. Earlier, the Pirates purposely got Ike Davis into a rundown between first and second, allowing Andrew McCutchen to trot home from third base when the Mets got inattentive.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Star-Ledger and at MLB.com.

Juan Lagares officially was activated from the disabled list Thursday. He went 1-for-4 with an infield single and two strikeouts.

• Terry Collins officially labeled Eric Campbell the backup shortstop, although the manager has no intention of using him there. That also means he has no intention of pinch-hitting for Ruben Tejada since there is no bona fide backup. The Mets demoted Wilmer Flores over Kirk Nieuwenhuis to keep the bench with as many capable bats as possible, even though it left them with an infield-outfield imbalance. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

• Davis said facing the Mets for the second time is “totally different” and essentially devoid of emotion.

Dillon Gee likely will need two more rehab starts before being activated from the disabled list, beginning Sunday at Brooklyn.

• Noah Syndergaard allowed five runs in four innings and Kevin Plawecki made his Triple-A debut as his batterymate as Las Vegas faced Sacramento. Cory Mazzoni pitched in the Florida State League as he works back from a lat-muscle strain suffered in the Grapefruit League finale. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Tyler Kepner in the Times profiles the Pirates rookie Polanco.

• Critic Phil Mushnick in the Post tackles SNY’s Keith Hernandez.

BIRTHDAYS: Jeff Conine turns 48. ... Chris Woodward is 38. ... B-Mets outfielder Brian Burgamy is 33. ... Savannah RHP Tyler Vanderheiden is 24.

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