Morning Briefing: Harvey-Greinke precedes fireworks in L.A.



FIRST PITCH: There should be fireworks on the mound before the postgame show on the Fourth of July at Dodger Stadium.

Matt Harvey (7-5, 2.99 ERA) opposes MLB ERA leader Zack Greinke (6-2, 1.58) at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday.


  • The Mets failed to exceed two runs for the 13th time in 15 games. They nonetheless pulled out a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Friday’s series opener. Lucas Duda blooped a double inside the left-field foul line, Wilmer Flores had an infield single and Kevin Plawecki delivered a sacrifice fly -- all with 0-2 counts -- in the ninth inning against closer Kenley Jansen to plate the tiebreaking run. Of the 20 batters who previously had gone to 0-2 against Jansen this season, 17 had struck out, according to ESPN Stats & Information. “I’ll take anything at this point,” Duda said, alluding to his struggles at the plate. Noah Syndergaard limited the Dodgers to one run on two hits in six innings. His fastball averaged 97.6 mph, the highest by any starter in a game this season. Flores had an RBI single for the lone run against Clayton Kershaw in seven innings. Afterward, Kershaw praised Syndergaard. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • An upbeat David Wright expressed confidence Friday that he will return to the majors this season. Wright still must convince doctors he can run pain-free before being cleared for baseball activity. Read more in the Times, Journal, Newsday and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • General manager Sandy Alderson said there is “absolutely no consideration” of firing manager Terry Collins. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Record and at MLB.com.

  • Alderson indicated that 2014 first-round pick Michael Conforto, a left fielder from Oregon State, will not be promoted to the majors in the “near term.” Read more at MLB.com.

  • WOR broadcaster Howie Rose will miss the road trip after suffering a health scare that prompted the Mets’ charter to make an emergency landing in Detroit on Thursday night. Rose was feeling better and was cleared to travel home to New York on Friday. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday and Record.

  • Michael Cuddyer took a called third strike as a pinch hitter on Friday. He intends to return to the lineup Saturday after missing three starts with an ailing left knee that required a cortisone injection.

  • Columnist Bob Klapisch in the Record marks the 30th anniversary of the Mets’ classic 16-13 win in 19 innings against the Atlanta Braves.

  • Anthony Recker homered, but Las Vegas lost 12-7 at Tacoma. Michael Gibbons pitched into the seventh inning but lost his Double-A debut as Erie topped Binghamton 3-2. Josh Smoker recorded his sixth save as St. Lucie held on to beat Jupiter 6-5. Scaryln Reyes struck out a career-high 12 batters in a complete game as Savannah earned a doubleheader split against Augusta. Ivan Wilson had a grand slam in the GCL Mets’ 7-5 win against the GCL Nationals. Read the full minor league recap here.

  • Travis d'Arnaud remains wearing a brace on his left elbow and will not be ready to return from the disabled list when he is eligible on Monday.

  • Erik Goeddel, on the DL with an elbow injury, should begin throwing off a mound after the weekend.

  • Sal Cacciatore in Newsday details the Mets’ historically bad offense.

  • From the bloggers … Faith and Fear explores the urban legend that is the Mets' offensive futility. … Mets Report suggests Alderson’s strategy to improve the offense is hope.

BIRTHDAYS: Jose Oquendo was born on the Fourth of July. He turns 52.


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