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Morning Briefing: Mets look to avoid getting swept

ATLANTA --

FIRST PITCH: With their losing streak at four games, the New York Mets look to avoid getting swept at Turner Field when they send Matt Harvey to the mound against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. ET.

Harvey (7-4, 3.32 ERA) opposes right-hander Julio Teheran (4-3, 5.07).

After posting a 7.20 ERA in a four-start stretch, Harvey righted himself Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays when he tossed seven scoreless innings.

"We went into the video room and looked at a couple of things," pitching coach Dan Warthen said. "We basically saw that he was trying to get too high with his arm and trying to throw the ball too hard. We looked at all the good pitches during the course of that time and realized that's the way he was supposed to stay, instead of trying to add with two strikes and do something special."

Harvey also utilized his full arsenal of pitches, throwing more changeups and sliders against the Jays.

"He had been more fastball/curveball, hadn't thrown as many changeups and sliders," Warthen said. "He's a four-pitch pitcher. He should use them all."

SUNDAY'S NEWS REPORTS:

  • Noah Syndergaard departed after four innings with his pitch count at 88 and the Mets lost to the Braves, 6-4, Saturday. The Mets (36-34) dropped into second place in the NL East, a half-game behind the Washington Nationals. The tiebreaking run scored on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. The play included A.J. Pierzynski dislodging the baseball from catcher Travis d'Arnaud. D'Arnaud suffered a hyperextended left elbow on the play. After more sloppiness in the infield Saturday, manager Terry Collins said some of the young players appear unready for the speed of the major league game. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Journal, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • D'Arnaud is day-to-day with the elbow injury, which could have been a lot worse. Kevin Plawecki will start on Sunday. Read more at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Ex-Met Howard Johnson is out as hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners.

  • Jeurys Familia likely remains unavailable Sunday with left groin tightness. Read more in the Post.

  • Late Saturday, the Braves acquired right-handers Bronson Arroyo and Touki Toussaint -- the 16th overall pick in the 2014 draft -- from the Arizona Diamondbacks for infielder Phil Gosselin. By taking on the roughly $10 million owed to Arroyo, Atlanta swiped a top prospect in Toussaint. Arroyo should be available in mid-August as he returns from Tommy John surgery. Read more in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and at MLB.com.

  • Aderlin Rodriguez drove in two runs, but struck out to end the game with the tying run on third base as Binghamton lost to New Hampshire, 5-4. Jeff McNeil had two hits in the Florida State League All-Star Game as the South beat the North, 6-0. Ricky Knapp tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings as Savannah blanked Augusta, 1-0. The Gnats enter the final day of the first half tied for first place in their division. Gaby Almonte allowed eight runs in five innings as Brooklyn lost its home opener to Staten Island, 8-3. Read the full minor league recap here.

  • Collins said there is no real alternative to Curtis Granderson as the team's leadoff hitter other than, possibly, Ruben Tejada.

  • Wilmer Flores originally had Saturday's game off as a mental health break to clear his head, although Flores ended up entering on a double switch. Read more in Newsday.

  • During a speech while being honored at Yankee Stadium with a plaque in Monument Park, ex-Mets manager Willie Randolph said: "Cabbies yell at me, ‘Willie, you got a raw deal with the Mets! They gave you a raw deal!'" Mel Stottlemyre, who is battling bone marrow cancer, also was surprised by a plaque Saturday in the Bronx. Read more in the Post and Daily News.

  • Marc Carig in Newsday and Ken Davidoff in the Post detail the relationship between Collins and his father Bud, who died in February at age 95.

  • Anthony Rieber in Newsday delves into the Mets' lack of bunting.

  • From the bloggers … Blogging Mets thinks the Mets should revive Old-Timers' Day. … Mets Report advocates longer leashes on starting pitchers.

BIRTHDAYS: Jeff Musselman turns 52.

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