LEADING OFF: Harvey takes mound for New York Mets (The Associated Press)

After losing to Max Scherzer and the Tigers on that summer weekend and falling to 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA, Harvey was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right elbow. Harvey spent all of 2014 rehabilitating and is hoping to get the ball for the Mets' opener at Washington on April 6.

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Nationals rally late, down Mets 5-4 in Scherzer’s debut (The Associated Press)

Max Scherzer will take fun over flawless in his first start for the Washington Nationals. Scherzer gave up a home run to John Mayberry Jr. in his two-inning debut for Washington, and Kila Ka'aihue hit a two-run shot in the seventh to lead the Nationals to a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday. Starting the Nationals' spring opener after signing a seven-year, $210 million contract this winter, Scherzer needed just eight pitches in a perfect first.

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Teheran, Simon make spring debuts; Tigers beat Braves 6-4 (The Associated Press)

Julio Teheran allowed one run in a two-inning spring debut, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 6-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. Teheran is expected to be the Braves' opening-day starter. The ace of a Braves staff that has been rocked by injuries the past two years, Teheran went 14-13 with a 2.89 ERA. ''Being the opening-day starter is a real honor, especially with the Braves,'' Teheran said.

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Fan pays for anti-Mets ownership billboard near field (The Associated Press)

A New York Mets fan has put his displeasure with the team's ownership on full display. Gary Palumbo, a 39-year-old from New Hampshire, paid to have a billboard with the message ''Fred, Jeff & Saul, Ya Gotta Leave,'' erected on Interstate 95, about eight miles north of Tradition Field, the Mets spring training home. The billboard is blue with white and orange lettering - Mets colors. The message is aimed at owner Fred Wilpon, president Saul Katz and chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon.

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Bean and Murphy’s exchange signals hope for better days ahead (Big League Stew)

Billy Bean, who was named the league's first ambassador of inclusion by former MLB commissioner Bud Selig in 2014, is making several planned visits to camps this spring to share his story and provide guidance for players and team employees in support of the gay, bisexual and transgender community. The most recent stop came on Tuesday, when Bean visited the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla, and in that one stop, it may have already been proven just how important Bean's role will be to the league going forward.   [ Baseball is back! Check out Yahoo For Spring Training for great spring training pics. ] For this visit, general manager Sandy Alderson wanted to put Bean — who played in parts of six seasons and for three different teams from 1987-1995 — in uniform so he could spend the day truly embedded with the team, allowing him to interact with players in the clubhouse and on the field. It was a decision that was universally embraced by Mets players, including veteran Daniel Murphy, who afterwards didn't hide the fact that he disagreed completely with Bean's lifestyle. "I disagree with his lifestyle," Murphy said. "I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn't mean I can't still invest in him and get to know him. I don't think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect. Getting to know him. That, I would say, you can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent." "Maybe, as a Christian, that we haven't been as articulate enough in describing what our actual stance is on homosexuality," he said. "We love the people. We disagree about the lifestyle. That's the way I would describe it for me. It's the same way that there are aspects of my life that I'm trying to surrender to Christ in my own life. There's a great deal of many things, like my pride. I just think that as a believer trying to articulate it in a way that says just because I disagree with the lifestyle doesn't mean I'm just never going to speak to Billy Bean every time he walks through the door. That's not love. That's not love at all." Agree or disagree with Murphy's belief, it does take a certain degree of courage to express such honest feelings knowing what the reaction could be. And yes, so far there has been plenty of reaction. Murphy's comments became a hot topic on social media and sports blogs with all sides weighing in.  But not all of it is negative. Far from it, in fact. Some have even acknowledged what sounds like willingness on Murphy's part to put his personal beliefs aside to welcome a gay teammate and are looking at it as a sign for future hope. That the doors are slowly opening wider as opposed to being slammed shut when the topic is even approached.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] In a column written for MLB.com on Wednesday , Bean himself responded to Murphy by expressing appreciation for the honesty. In it, Bean says inclusion isn't just about himself or gay players looking to fit in, it's about everyone in the clubhouse. He also acknowledges that there's progress that obviously still needs to be made, but those steps can't be taken without openness and even the smallest degree of acceptance and willingness to move forward together.  After reading his comments, I appreciate that Daniel spoke his truth. I really do. I was visiting his team, and a reporter asked his opinion about me. He was brave to share his feelings, and it made me want to work harder and be a better example that someday might allow him to view things from my perspective, if only for just a moment. I respect him, and I want everyone to know that he was respectful of me. We have baseball in common, and for now, that might be the only thing. But it's a start. The silver lining in his comments are that he would be open to investing in a relationship with a teammate, even if he "disagrees" with the lifestyle. It may not be perfect, but I do see him making an effort to reconcile his religious beliefs with his interpretation of the word lifestyle. It took me 32 years to fully accept my sexual orientation, so it would be hypocritical of me to not be patient with others. Inclusion means everyone, plain and simple. Daniel is part of that group. A Major League clubhouse is now one of the most diverse places in sports. It wasn't always that way, but we can thank No. 42 for that. So in his honor, with a little patience, compassion and hard work, we'll get there. Bean acknowledged that it took him 32 years to fully accept who he was a person, so it would be hypocritical to not be patient with others who are slow to accept that being gay isn't a choice and doesn't make people different. What's important is that Murphy wasn't dismissive, and there's a hope that by giving that ground and starting this conversation, it will allow more people to be educated and hopefully get beyond the often dismissive and sometimes hate-filled state of mind towards gay people. It's not a perfect situation or the end point Bean is looking for, but it's a step closer to getting there. And every step represents new hope. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Nieuwenhuis has 4 hits for Mets in win over Braves (The Associated Press)

Dillon Gee allowed two runs in two innings and Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 4 for 4 and scored a run, leading the New York Mets to an 8-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. It's a matter of getting my pitches together.'' Wandy Rodriguez, who came to camp looking for a spot in the Atlanta rotation, allowed run and walked two in one inning. He signed to a minor league deal after starting six games for Pittsburgh last year, posting a 6.75 ERA. ''I don't feel any pressure at all.'' Rodriguez's chances improved when Braves General Manager John Hart said after the game that Mike Minor, who made 25 starts last season, is out indefinitely with tightness in his left shoulder.

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Fan pays for anti-Mets ownership billboard near field (The Associated Press)

A New York Mets fan has put his displeasure with the team's ownership on full display. Gary Palumbo, a 39-year-old from New Hampshire, paid to have a billboard with the message ''Fred, Jeff & Saul, Ya Gotta Leave,'' erected on Interstate 95, about eight miles north of Tradition Field, the Mets spring training home. The billboard is blue with white and orange lettering - Mets colors. The message is aimed at owner Fred Wilpon, president Saul Katz and chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon.

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Wright apologizes to prospect for scolding him near media (The Associated Press)

New York Mets captain David Wright apologized for scolding pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard on Tuesday in the clubhouse while reporters were nearby. ''I didn't notice the media was within earshot,'' Wright said Wednesday morning. Wright was visibly upset and quietly, but firmly, told Syndergaard he needed to be on the bench. The clubhouse was mostly empty at the time with the exception of a few players and media, who were speaking with pitcher Zack Wheeler.

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Russell Martin, Josh Thole, R.A. Dickey and the art of catching a knuckleball (Eh Game)

DUNEDIN, Fla. – It seems there isn’t enough hyperbole when it comes to describing a knuckleball. The elusive pitch is now so rare and so unpredictable that even those who know it best are at a loss to properly describe it, or its actions . "Have you ever tried to catch a butterfly as it's floating around in the air?" Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin asked recently. "I wish I could put a camera on my mask or something for people to see exactly what the ball's doing.” Martin, the Blue Jays’ prized free-agent acquisition this offseason, is in the process of learning to catch a knuckleball. Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey is the only player left in the major leagues whose bread-and-butter pitch is the knuckler. The trick pitch, as it’s sometimes described, helped revitalize his struggling career in his late 30s and turned him into an All-Star, and 2012 Cy Young Award winner. Since 2010 when they were both members of the New York Mets, Dickey’s “personal catcher” has been Josh Thole. Thole arrived in Toronto with Dickey in the same 2012 trade and has caught almost all of Dickey’s games. Martin, however, is a three-time All-Star catcher and signed an $82 million deal in November. He also said he wants to catch Dickey this year and immediately went to work learning the art here at spring training. Martin vs. Thole for the right to be Dickey’s batterymate has created one of the most watched and talked about battles at spring training. But why the stigma? Is it really inherently more difficult to catch a knuckleball? The short answer is. . . yes. “It’s not something you can replicate in practice unless you have a knuckleball guy on your team. It’s a rarity,” Thole said. “You can set the machine up all you want and bang balls and try to catch them or whatever else. But until there’s a man on third base, two outs, tie ball game – that’s the hard part. You can’t replicate that. I suppose that’s why it’s been such a thing really.” -------- Sal Fasano is the Blue Jays’ pitching co-ordinator. He spent 15 seasons as a professional catcher playing 427 games in the big-leagues and another 844 in the minors. Over his career he pretty much saw and did it all – including developing a knuckleball of his own – and caught some knucklers in the minors. “It’s really difficult,” he said. “ There’s no direction, you don’t know what way the ball’s going to break. There are certain techniques that aren’t really mechanical – they’re more mental. Everything from breathing to how your posture is set. And then each pitcher wants to throw it to a different type of frame – some guys throw to glove, some throw to body. So you have to learn all that information and put that detail into your work. Bottom line is you have to catch it and make it look good.” Have you ever tried to catch a butterfly as it's floating around in the air? — Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin on what it's like catching a knuckleball On top of all that, Fasano said Dickey’s knuckleball is unique compared to other well-known knucklers like Tim Wakefield and Phil Niekro because he throws it harder. “With R.A. you’re looking at one major move. Somebody like Niekro or Wakefield had a double-moving knuckleball and those are even more difficult. But because [Dickey] throws it so hard it doesn’t have time to double break.” That’s not to say it’s easy. And Fasano understands the appeal of a personal catcher. As much as there is pressure on the catcher to corral the pitch, there’s a trust component with the pitcher, too. He needs to know he can get a big swing and miss on strike three, and the ball won’t end up at the backstop and the runner on first. “[Dickey] is used to the frame, he’s used to the setup,” Fasano said. “There are certain keys in Josh’s body he can go to – now you’re asking Russell to do that in a short period. I’m not saying he can’t do it, I think he can. “But there’s a lot of little manipulation to do to make R.A. feel comfortable. Plus, if you’re not comfortable the umpire senses it and you don’t get those borderline calls like they would with Josh. That’s a lot of work that Russ has to do.” -------- The fantastic 2012 documentary “Knuckleball!” provides an in-depth look at the very few men who have made big-league careers out of throwing a knuckleball. It focuses primarily on the whirlwind careers of Wakefield and Dickey. At the time, Wakefield was in pursuit of his 200th career win, and Dickey was just starting to fully embrace the knuckleball after nine seasons of bouncing between the majors and minors. It’s a must-see for baseball fans, an engaging and at times sombre look at the ups-and-downs of the men who resorted to the knuckleball as a last resort to remain – or get into – the big leagues. But the comic relief of the film is provided by the few catchers interviewed.

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Report: Mets' Murphy says he disagrees with gay 'lifestyle' (The Associated Press)

Mets infielder Daniel Murphy says he disagrees with the ''lifestyle'' of people who are gay. The Mets hosted Billy Bean, a former major leaguer who came out after retiring and is MLB's first ambassador for inclusion, to talk at spring training. Murphy spoke to NJ Advance Media afterward.

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