Morning Briefing: A day of rest in Cleveland

FIRST PITCH: The Mets enjoy an off-day in Cleveland today before opening a weekend series against the Indians.

Zack Wheeler opposes Scott Kazmir in Friday’s series opener.

Thursday’s news reports:

Dillon Gee limited Atlanta to one run in seven innings to earn his 11th win and the Mets avoided getting swept with a 5-2 victory at Atlanta on Wednesday at Turner Field. Andrew Brown and Lucas Duda homered. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record and MLB.com.

• Duda continued his solid production while playing first base. Read more in the Times, Post, Daily News and Newsday.

Robert Carson surrendered a walk-off homer and Salt Lake beat Las Vegas, 4-3, in Game 1 of their best-of-five Pacific Coast League series. Binghamton all-time saves leader Jeff Walters failed to hold a two-run lead with two outs in the bottom of the 10th and Binghamton lost at Trenton, 6-5, in Game 1 of their Eastern League series.

Stefan Sabol went 3-for-5 and drove in four runs and Gabriel Ynoa took a scoreless effort into the seventh as Savannah won its South Atlantic League playoff opener, 10-2 against Augusta.

Brooklyn avoided the first losing season in its 13-year history with a season-ending 4-2 win against Tri-City.

Frank Francisco tossed a scoreless inning for Binghamton, while Jeurys Familia allowed an unearned run in one inning for the Cyclones.

Read the full minor league recap here.

• Read a profile of Binghamton Game 2 starter Darin Gorski here.

Ike Davis received a cortisone injection Tuesday. Terry Collins believes the first baseman’s season is over. Read more in the Record and Star-Ledger.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear in Flushing has noticed the Mets are running historically low on power.

BIRTHDAYS: Ex-catcher Rod Barajas turns 38.


YOU’RE UP: Do you think Lucas Duda is benefiting offensively from playing first base?