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Morning Briefing: Time to keep pummeling some doormats

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets got their final homestand of the regular season off on the right foot Friday.

Now, Seth Lugo looks to keep things going against the Minnesota Twins.

Lugo (4-2, 2.40 ERA) opposes right-hander Ervin Santana (7-10, 3.53 ERA) on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.

With the Giants’ second straight win against the Cardinals on Friday, the Mets opened a two-game lead on St. Louis for the second wild-card spot.

SATURDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:

  • Bartolo Colon tossed seven scoreless innings and Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera homered on consecutive pitches in the third inning as the Mets beat the Twins, 3-0, in Friday’s series opener. Cabrera subsequently departed the game after eight innings with what the team labeled a right leg cramp -- the opposite leg from his knee trouble. “He’s OK,” Terry Collins insisted. The Mets now have belted 199 homers this season. That’s one shy of matching the franchise record, which was established in 2006. Despite issuing two walks, Jeurys Familia recorded his 49th save, which matches the single-season record for a Dominican-born pitcher. Francisco Cordero in 2004 and Jose Valverde in 2011 also reached that save total. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Jacob deGrom will return from forearm inflammation to start Sunday’s series finale. DeGrom last appeared on Sept. 1, so the Mets will be conservative with his pitch count -- limiting him to about 75. Meanwhile, Steven Matz is due to throw a full-throttle bullpen session Saturday as he works back from a shoulder impingement, signaling he is nearing a return. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • The Twins are expected to request permission from the Mets to speak with assistant GM John Ricco about Minnesota’s president of baseball operations position, LaVelle Neal reports in the Star Tribune.

  • Wilmer Flores received a cortisone injection Thursday at the Hospital for Special Surgery to address inflammation in his ailing right wrist. Flores has been sidelined since his plate collision with A.J. Pierzynski last Saturday in Atlanta.

  • Juan Lagares was activated from the disabled list Friday to begin serving as a defensive replacement and pinch runner. Lagares underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb on Aug. 1. He has not been taking batting practice, so he is unlikely to get at-bats down the stretch.

  • Collins said Lucas Duda is due to join the Mets as soon as Saturday. Duda last appeared in a game on May 20. He had been absent for nearly four months with a stress fracture in his lower back. Because Duda only had been taking batting practice in Port St. Lucie with no games available, he is likely to be restricted to pinch-hitting duty, at least for the time being. Because Duda is on the 60-day DL, where he is not counting against the 40-man roster, the Mets will have to shift Jonathon Niese to the 60-day DL or drop someone who is currently active in order to accommodate Duda’s activation. Read more in the Post, Daily News and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Michael Conforto is confident he can regain his swing, Brian Heyman writes in the Record.

  • From the bloggers ... Mets Report wonders about deGrom's readiness to pitch Sunday.

BIRTHDAYS: John Franco turns 56. ... Juan Uriarte is 19.

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