Morning Briefing: Matt Harvey Day, Bronx edition

FIRST PITCH: It’s a very special Matt Harvey Day on Saturday.

Harvey, with his cranky left ankle taped, will pitch against the New York Yankees in the Bronx at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Harvey (3-0, 3.50 ERA) opposes left-hander CC Sabathia (0-3, 4.35).

The Bombers snapped the New York Mets' franchise-record-matching 11-game winning streak on Friday.


  • Jacob deGrom struggled with his control and surrendered a career-high-matching three homers in the Mets’ 6-1 Subway Series loss Friday. The six runs charged to deGrom also matched a career high. Jonathon Niese was ejected for chirping at plate umpire Doug Eddings about the strike zone. Hansel Robles stranded the bases loaded in a successful major league debut. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Read more on deGrom in Newsday.

  • Read more on Robles' debut at MLB.com.

  • Noah Syndergaard was cautioned by Mets officials on Friday because of an inappropriate response to an agitator on Twitter. Syndergaard had been scratched from a start for Triple-A Las Vegas because of food poisoning, which required him to receive intravenous fluids. Read more in the Post, Daily News and at NJ.com.

  • Steven Matz took a no-hit bid two outs into the seventh inning before surrendering a single to ex-Met Nick Evans. Aided by a homer from Matt Reynolds, Las Vegas went on to beat Reno, 12-0. Gabriel Ynoa allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings as New Hampshire beat Binghamton, 10-5. St. Lucie won, 4-3, in the 17th inning against Fort Myers on Maikis De La Cruz's sacrifice fly. Casey Meisner allowed one run in six innings but Savannah lost to Charleston, 1-0. Read the full minor league recap here.

  • Bobby Parnell's rehab assignment has been tabled and the former closer has been shut down for a week because of forearm soreness. Parnell was examined by team doctor David Altchek, although general manager Sandy Alderson suggested nothing alarming was discovered. Read more in Newsday and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Right-hander Logan Verrett, lost by the Mets in the Rule 5 draft in December, could find his way back to the organization soon. He was been designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers on Friday.

  • Despite a 5.87 ERA in two starts for Las Vegas, Rafael Montero will return for at least a spot start in Miami on Tuesday, Alderson confirmed.

  • Since 1945, 70 percent of the teams -- 21 of 30 -- that began a season 13-3 or better have reached the postseason, Jared Diamond writes in the Journal.

  • During Juan Lagares' stellar catch Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves' Jace Peterson, the Gold Glove center fielder traveled 84.4 feet and had a 96.4 percent route efficiency, according to MLB.com’s Statcast.

  • ESPN analyst John Kruk tells Justin Terranova in the Post that the Mets will be kings of New York for the next four or five years. “The Yankees' players are older and naturally not as good as they were, and it’s going to hurt them again next year and the year after because they have most of these guys signed for so long,” Kruk tells Terranova. “So, I can see the Mets stealing the back page from the Yankees.”

  • The Florida-based orthopedist who treated Bartolo Colon in 2010 with a stem-cell procedure did not believe at the time that the right-hander would revive his major league career, he tells Christian Red in the Daily News. “I'm going to be honest with you,” Dr. Joseph Purita says to Red. “When I got down to the Dominican, I said, ‘You better realize, we’ll make this guy feel better, but he's never going to play baseball again, probably.’ At his age then, he was throwing 75 mph.”

  • Mike Vorkunov at NJ.com speaks with hitting coach Kevin Long about returning to Yankee Stadium with the Mets. “Obviously a lot of good things happened for me here,” Long tells Vorkunov. “... I look at those times as good times. It’s time to move forward and move on, and I’m happy where I’m at.”

  • The Mets are participating in an MLB study trying to curtail the epidemic of Tommy John surgeries, Vorkunov writes at NJ.com.

  • Baseball still rules the New York sports landscape, columnist Mike Vaccaro writes in the Post.

  • Michael Pineda outpitched deGrom, columnist David Lennon writes in Newsday.

  • Harvey wants to send a message on Saturday, columnist Bob Klapisch writes in the Record.

  • Harvey is featured in a newly launched, MLB-sponsored commercial promoting the sport. Watch it here.

  • Michael Cuddyer visited pediatric patients at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan before Friday’s Subway Series game. View photos here.

  • Vic Black writes a first-person account of his current neck/nerve issue here.

  • From the bloggers ... Mets Report examines what it would take for the Mets to own New York.

BIRTHDAYS: Blaine Beatty turns 51. ... Binghamton right-hander Luis Cessa is 23.


YOU’RE UP: Did their 11-game winning streak convince you that the Mets are a playoff team this season?