In a showdown of two of the most promising pitchers in baseball, both only 24 years old, Matt Harvey outdueled Stephen Strasburg in a 7-1 Mets victory.

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NEW YORK — The prodigy walked in a little edgy.

Matt Harvey was fired up for Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals when he showed up at Citi Field Friday afternoon. Too fired up.

“He was a little grouchy,” New York Mets manager Terry Collins said. “When your manager walks up to you (before 4 p.m.) and the first thing you want to do is bite his head off, you’re a little bit on the edge.”

But Harvey was ready to pitch, even if Collins had to calm him down.

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In a showdown of two of the most promising pitchers in baseball, both only 24 years old, Harvey outdueled Strasburg in a 7-1 Mets victory.

Harvey was the seventh pick of the 2010 draft, Strasburg the first pick in 2009. But the Mets’ right-hander was No. 1 on Friday, prompting chants of “Har-vey’s bet-ter! Har-vey’s bet-ter!” from a crowd of 26,675 that included former Mets ace Dwight Gooden.

“When I was younger, I wanted to be that guy,” said Harvey, who grew up in nearby Connecticut. “For him to come out for one of my starts, it was kind of mind-boggling.”

Perhaps fueled by pregame adrenaline, Harvey’s fastball consistently sat between 94 and 98 mph, with a 91-mph slider and a changeup at 89.

“I came out a little too pumped up,” he admitted after the game.

In his 14th career start, Harvey allowed four hits in seven innings. He left to a roaring crowd chanting his name after escaping a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the seventh. The only blemish was a run-scoring single by Chad Tracy.

With that one run, Harvey’s earned-run average increased to a microscopic 0.93.

“He’s still a young, young player yet,” Collins said. “We have to understand that what he’s accomplished is certainly outstanding, but he’s still a young guy.”

Manhunt forces


BOSTON — The lockdown and massive police manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings forced postponement of the Royals-Red Sox game.

Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox, is about a mile from the site of Monday’s bombings.

“There are bigger things at stake here than baseball,” said Kansas City infielder Elliot Johnson in a post on twitter.

The NHL game between the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins was also postponed.


• Hall of Famer Willie Mays’ wife of 41 years, Mae Louise Allen Mays, died at 74 in the couple’s Bay Area home. When the star outfielder first called her for a date and assured her he was Willie Mays, she responded skeptically, “Yes, and I am Martha Washington.”

• Rangers LHP Matt Harrison will have surgery Tuesday to repair a herniated disk and likely won’t return until after the All-Star break.

• Blue Jays RHP Brandon Morrow remained winless in four starts after losing to Andy Pettitte and the Yankees.

Evan Longoria reached base in his 16th straight game. Only two players in Tampa Bay history have longer streaks.

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