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Morning Briefing: Happy Jacob deGrom Day!

3/23/2015

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. --

FIRST PITCH: The day after Matt Harvey's latest dominant start, it is reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom's turn to pitch.

DeGrom and the New York Mets face the Miami Marlins at 1:05 p.m. ET on Monday in Jupiter, Florida (WOR 710 AM). He opposes right-hander Mat Latos, who was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds in December.

MONDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:

  • Bartolo Colon will start on Opening Day on April 6, followed by deGrom and then Harvey against the Washington Nationals, sources told ESPN.com. Manager Terry Collins is poised to officially announce the rotation on Monday. DeGrom would draw the home opener on April 13 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • Harvey upped his scoreless streak to 9 2/3 innings, and the Mets produced four home runs -- three against CC Sabathia -- in a 6-0 win against the New York Yankees on Sunday at Tradition Field. Juan Lagares had an inside-the-park home run. Yankees center field Jose Pirela crashed into the wall in center field on the play, became dizzy and was hospitalized. Neck and spine MRIs and a brain CT scan came back negative. David Wright had his second home run of the spring, suggesting his power has returned. Lucas Duda and Eric Campbell also went deep. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Journal, Record, and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Wilmer Flores departed Tradition Field in a boot and was in pain as he headed for X-rays of his left foot late Sunday afternoon. Tests revealed Flores did not suffer a fracture. He will be required to wear the boot for one or two days while a severe bruise heals. Flores fouled a ball off himself in the third inning while facing Sabathia. Read more in the Post, Daily News, and Record.

  • Duda will play full time at first base to open the season rather than be in a platoon with Michael Cuddyer, Collins said. Read more at MLB.com.

  • Harvey is the subject of a lengthy feature from Chris Smith in New York Mag. Among the things we learn: Harvey gets shampooed and his haircuts at Whittemore House Salon on Grove St. Writes Smith:

    Several of Harvey’s closest New York friends are older guys who are not involved in pro sports. They say Harvey is mature beyond his years but couldn’t be boring if he tried. Though Harvey has sworn off shirtless photo shoots, he agreed to let ESPN’s cameras shoot his recovery for an hourlong documentary. In February, ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap asked Harvey how he would celebrate his successful first two innings. Harvey glanced over his shoulder to see if a Mets publicist was listening. She was. Harvey still didn’t hold back: "With some Coors Light!"

  • Columnist David Lennon in Newsday contrasts Harvey and Sabathia’s performances Sunday.

  • Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post marvels at Harvey stranding Mark Teixeira at second base after a leadoff single and steal in the second inning.

  • Veteran left-handed reliever Duane Below, borrowed from minor league camp, tossed a scoreless inning against the Yankees and should get more chances in Grapefruit League games.

  • Reliever Vic Black, a DL candidate to open the season because of shoulder weakness, is to throw on flat ground Monday. Black completed anti-inflammatory medication on Sunday, which was a prerequisite to gaining clearance from medical staff to pick up a baseball. With only two weeks to Opening Day, Black might open the season on the DL.

  • Although Bobby Parnell expressed satisfaction with his health in Saturday’s minor league intrasquad game as he works back from Tommy John surgery, his velocity was only 88 to 92 mph, Marc Carig writes in Newsday. Read more at MLB.com.

  • Peter Kerasotis in the Times profiles pitching prospect Steven Matz, who was sent to minor league camp Saturday. Writes Kerasotis:

    "I would not say Steven was a sore loser; that wasn’t him," [mother] Lori Matz said. "But he wanted to win. If he didn’t, he’d get upset." He could pitch a no-hitter, she said, but if he struck out, he would return to his Long Island home and work on his swing until dark.

  • From the bloggers ... Mets Report believes Harvey looks ready.

BIRTHDAYS: Mike Remlinger turns 49.

TWEET OF THE DAY:

YOU’RE UP: Are you OK with deGrom as the starting pitcher for the home opener over Harvey?