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Matt Harvey will start the Mets' third game of the regular season.

Noah Syndergaard will start Opening Day against the Braves while Jacob deGrom will get the ball for the second game. Harvey has started to look a lot more like himself over his last couple of spring outings, so he's carrying some momentum going into the season. He's making his way back from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. The Mets haven't announced their rotation plans beyond the first three games.
Mar 29 - 9:17 AM

Mitch Moreland was scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League lineup.

No word on the reason for the change. The Red Sox should provide an update soon.
Mar 29 - 9:14 AM

Nationals optioned RHP A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse.

Cole recently dealt with some triceps soreness, but it doesn't sound like a major concern. If healthy, the 25-year-old will function as rotation insurance this year.
Mar 29 - 9:13 AM

Nationals optioned RHP Trevor Gott to Triple-A Syracuse; reassigned RHP Jacob Turner, LHP Neal Cotts, and C Jhonatan Solano to minor league camp.

Gott made nine appearances for the Nationals last season and spent the majority of the year in Triple-A while posting a 4.35 ERA and 31/13 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings. He figures to get another try in the major league bullpen at some point this year.
Mar 29 - 9:11 AM

Nationals released RHP Vance Worley.

Worley posted a 4.80 ERA and 6/6 K/BB ratio over 18 innings this spring in his bid to be the Nats' long man, but it looks like that job could go to Jeremy Guthrie. The veteran right-hander will try to latch on elsewhere.
Mar 29 - 9:07 AM

Rays optioned C Luke Maile to Triple-A Durham.

The recent signing of Derek Norris cut into his chances of making the team. Maile, 26, batted .227/.252/.361 over 126 plate appearances in the majors last season.
Mar 29 - 9:04 AM

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the announcement of Jeurys Familia's domestic violence suspension is expected on Wednesday.

The timing makes sense, as Familia reportedly traveled to New York earlier this month to meet with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. While nothing is official yet, Billy Witz of the New York Times reported Monday that the suspension is "almost certain" to be lighter than the 30-game suspension Aroldis Chapman received one year ago. The Mets are expecting Addison Reed to fill in at closer.
Mar 29 - 8:53 AM

Carson Smith (elbow) felt some tightness after his bullpen session last week.

Despite the tightness, Smith said it's still possible he could throw another bullpen session next week. He's still hoping to make his return from Tommy John surgery in June, though he obviously has a bunch of hurdles to cross.
Mar 29 - 8:35 AM
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