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The Mets (43-47) play the finale of their four game series against the Braves (45-46) today at 6:00 PM EDT at Turner Field.

Angel Pagan will again lead off, followed by?Luis Castillo,?Daniel Murphy,?David Wright, Jeff Francoeur,?Jeremy Reed,?Alex Cora and Brian Schneider.

Fernando Nieve (3-3, 3.03 ERA) will start for the Mets.

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The Mets have traded Ryan Church to the Braves for OF Jeff Francoeur.

Update, 6:47 pm, by Matthew Cerrone:

Omar Minaya said the Mets will receive ?cash considerations? in the deal from the Braves with Francoeur.

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The Mets lost to the Dodgers tonight, by the score of 8 to 0.

For a full recap and box score, click?here.

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The Mets lost to the Orioles, 4?3, tonight in Baltimore.

To read a full recap, and see the boxscore,?go here.

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Tonight's Game:

  • The?Mets (33-30, 15-19 Road) continue their three-game series against the Orioles (28-37, 20-17 Home) tonight in Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, starting at 7:05 p.m.
On The Mound:
  • RHP?Livan Hernandez (5-1, 4.33 ERA) starts for the Mets.
  • RHP?Jason Berken (1-3, 7.32 ERA) takes the hill for the Orioles.
The Lineup:
  1. Alex Cora, SS
  2. Daniel Murphy, 1B
  3. Carlos Beltran, CF
  4. David Wright, 3B
  5. Gary Sheffield, DH
  6. Ryan Church, RF
  7. Omir Santos, C
  8. Fernando Martinez, LF
  9. Luis Castillo, 2B

Tonight's Broadcast:

  • Tonight's broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.
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Tonight's Game:

  • Weather permitting, the?Mets (33-29, 15-18 Road) continue their three-game series against the Orioles (27-37, 19-17 Home) tonight in Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, starting at 7:05 p.m.
On The Mound:
  • RHP?Tim Redding (0-2, 6.18 ERA) starts for the Mets. Redding allowed three runs over 7.0 IP in his last start, a no-decision, on June 11 versus the Phillies. Opponents are batting .227 when Redding throws strike one and his holding batters to a .194 BAA with runners in scoring position. Redding is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA in one career game versus the Orioles and has not faced them since 2003.
  • RHP?Koji Uehara (2-4, 4.37 ERA) takes the hill for the Orioles. Uehara took the loss in his first start since coming off the 15-day disabled list on June 11 versus the Mariners, allowing four runs on seven hits over 5.0 IP. He has allowed just four walks over his last 37.2 IP. This is Uehara's first career start versus the Mets.
The Lineup:
  1. Alex Cora, SS
  2. Fernando Martinez, LF
  3. Carlos Beltran, CF
  4. David Wright, 3B
  5. Ryan Church, RF
  6. Gary Sheffield, DH
  7. Daniel Murphy, 1B
  8. Brian Schneider, C
  9. Luis Castillo, 2B

Tonight's Broadcast:

  • Tonight's broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.
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Regis Courtemanche: The Mets have made it continually harder for me to focus on the positives lately. A big reason is because they have eight players on the disabled list. If you could get any one back right now, who would it be, and do you think it would be enough to make an immediate impact?

Ted Berg: While I think the Mets could really use Jose Reyes? bat and glove right now, if we?re playing with hypotheticals I?d love to see Carlos Delgado back for a couple of reasons. I think first base is one position at which they can most reasonably expect to add a bat if need be, so if Delgado could (magically) return early, they could get a sense of what they are going to get from him going moving forward. We?ve seen guys make full recoveries from hip injuries, so if Delgado could come back and hit like he did in the second half of 2008, all of a sudden the need for a power bat doesn?t look so glaring. If he looks like the injury is going to affect him all year, the Mets should get a better sense of their deadline approach.

Matthew Cerrone: I'd probably say the healthy, dominant J.J. Putz - or Billy Wagner - because order in the bullpen and shortening the game is so important.? However, right now, I think I agree with Ted, I'd bring back Delgado, because the bullpen is useless if the team can't score runs.? The lineup is in dire need of instant offense, and someone to take pressure off of everyone, including David Wright and Jose Reyes.? Delgado from the second-half of last season would make a significant impact on this roster.

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Tonight's Game:

  • The?Mets (32-29, 14-18 Road) continue their Interleague schedule with a?three-game series against the Orioles (27-36, 19-16 Home) tonight in Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, starting at 7:05 p.m.
On The Mound:
  • RHP?Mike Pelfrey (4-2, 4.68 ERA) starts for the Mets. Pelfrey took a no-decision in his last start on June 10 versus the Phillies, allowing four runs, two earned over 6.0 IP. He has pitched at least six innings and allowed three runs or less in six of his last seven starts. This is Pelfrey's first career start versus the Orioles.
  • RHP?Jeremy Guthrie (4-6, 5.52 ERA) takes the hill for the Orioles. Guthrie took the loss in his last start on June 10 versus the Mariners, allowing four runs, three earned, over 6.0 IP. He has combined to allowed 27 runs in the first and second inning this season, while allowing 22 runs from innings three through nine. This is Guthrie's first career start versus the Mets.
The Lineup:
  1. Alex Cora, SS?(.167 in 12 at-bats versus Guthrie)
  2. Fernando Martinez, LF?(has never faced Guthrie)
  3. Carlos Beltran, CF?(has never faced Guthrie)
  4. David Wright, 3B?(has never faced Guthrie)
  5. Ryan Church, RF?(.333 in 3 at-bats versus Guthrie)
  6. Gary Sheffield, DH?(.000 in 2 at-bats versus Guthrie)
  7. Daniel Murphy, 1B?(has never faced Guthrie)
  8. Brian Schneider, C?(.000 in 6 at-bats versus Guthrie)
  9. Luis Castillo, 2B (1.000 with 2 RBI in 2 at-bats versus Guthrie)
Notes:
  • The Mets are 12-7 versus the Orioles in Interleague play, including 7-4 at Camden Yards.
  • David Wright is batting .579 (22-for-38) with 7 2B, 1 HR and 6 RBI during his current 10-game hitting streak.
  • Sean Green has not allowed a run in his last 12.1 IP, the longest streak of his career.
  • The Mets are 26-10 when their starter pitcher goes 6+ innings this season.
  • Brian Roberts is batting .500 (11-for-22) during his current six-game hit streak.
  • Nick Markakis leads the AL with seven outfield assists this season.
  • The Orioles are 13-8 in the first game of series this season.

Tonight's Broadcast:

  • Tonight's broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.
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Today's Game:

  • The?Mets (32-28, 14-17 Road) look to sweep play the rubber-game of their three-game series against the Yankees (35-27, 19-12 Home) today at Yankee Stadium starting at 1:05 p.m.
On The Mound:
  • LHP?Johan Santana (8-3, 2.39 ERA) starts for the Mets.
  • LHP?A.J. Burnett (4-3, 4.89 ERA) takes the hill for the Yankees.
The Lineup:
  1. Alex Cora, SS
  2. Fernando Martinez, LF
  3. Carlos Beltran, CF
  4. David Wright, 3B
  5. Ryan Church, RF
  6. Gary Sheffield, DH
  7. Daniel Murphy, 1B
  8. Brian Schneider, C
  9. Luis Castillo, 2B

Today's Broadcast:

  • Today's broadcast can be seen locally on PIX11 & YES and heard on WFAN.
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Tonight's Game:

  • The?Mets (31-28, 13-17 Road) continue their three-game series against the Yankees (35-26, 19-11 Home) tonight at Yankee Stadium starting at 4:10 p.m.
On The Mound:
  • RHP?Fernando Nieve (0-0, 0.00 ERA) starts for the Mets.
  • LHP?Andy Pettitte (6-2, 4.22 ERA) takes the hill for the Yankees.
The Lineup:
  1. Luis Castillo, 2B
  2. Alex Cora, SS
  3. Carlos Beltran, CF
  4. David Wright, 3B
  5. Gary Sheffield, DH
  6. Fernando Tatis, 1B
  7. Ryan Church, RF
  8. Omir Santos, C
  9. Fernando Martinez, LF

Tonight's Broadcast:

  • Tonight's broadcast can be seen locally on FOX and heard on WFAN.
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Tonight's Game:

  • The?Mets (31-27, 13-16 Road) begin a three-game series against the Yankees (34-26, 18-11 Home) tonight at Yankee Stadium starting at 7:05 p.m.
On The Mound:
  • RHP?Livan Hernandez (5-1, 3.88 ERA) starts for the Mets. Hernandez earned a victory in his last start on June 7 versus the Nationals, throwing seven shutout innings. He has a 1.57 ERA in his last four starts and has allowed three runs or less in seven of his last eight starts. Hernandez is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in five career starts versus the Yankees. He last faced the Yankees on June 2, 2008, allowing five runs over 6.0 IP, receiving a no-decision.
  • RHP?Joba Chamberlain (3-1, 3.79 ERA) takes the hill for the Yankees. In his last start on June 7 versus the Rays, Chamberlain allowed three runs over 6.0 IP, receiving a no-decision. He has allowed 11 runs in his 11 starts this season. Chamberlain is receiving 5.00 runs of support this season. This is Chamberlain's first career start versus the Mets.
The Lineup:
  1. Alex Cora, SS
  2. Fernando Martinez, LF
  3. Carlos Beltran, CF
  4. David Wright, 3B
  5. Ryan Church, RF
  6. Gary Sheffield, DH
  7. Daniel Murphy, 1B
  8. Brian Schneider, C
  9. Luis Castillo, 2B

Tonight's Broadcast:

  • Tonight's broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.
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Tonight's Game:

  • The?Mets (31-26, 18-10 Home) play the rubber-game of their three-game series against the first-place Phillies (34-23, 21-10 Road) tonight at Citi Field, starting at 7:10 p.m.
On The Mound:
  • RHP?Tim Redding (0-2, 6.97 ERA) starts for the Mets. Redding is 5-3 with a 3.29 ERA in 11 starts versus the Redding.
  • LHP?Jamie Moyer (4-5, 6.27 ERA) takes the hill for the Phillies. Moyer is 7-5 with a 3.62 ERA in 19 starts versus the Mets.
The Lineup:
  1. Luis Castillo, 2B (.235, 2 2B, 5 BB in 17 at-bats versus Moyer)
  2. Alex Cora, SS (.333, 1 3B in 3 at-bats versus Moyer)
  3. Carlos Beltran, CF (.220, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 10 K in 59 at-bats versus Moyer)
  4. Gary Sheffield, LF (.467, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 2 K in 30 at-bats versus Moyer)
  5. David Wright, 3B (.421, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 3 K in 38 at-bats versus Moyer)
  6. Fernando Tatis, 1B (.38, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K in 13 at-bats versus Moyer)
  7. Fernando Martinez, RF (has never faced Moyer)
  8. Omir Santos, C (has never faced Moyer)
  9. Tim Redding, P

Tonight's Broadcast:

  • Tonight's broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.
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Tonight's Game:

  • The?Mets (31-25, 18-9 Home) continue their three-game series against the first-place Phillies (33-23, 21-9 Road) tonight at Citi Field, starting at 7:10 p.m.
On The Mound:
  • RHP?Mike Pelfrey (4-2, 4.85 ERA) starts for the Mets. Pelfrey allowed a career-high nine runs, eight earned, over 3.2 IP in his previous start on June 4 versus the Pirates. Left-handed batters are hitting .298 with 4 HR against Pelfrey this season. Pelfrey earned a victory in his last start versus the Phillies on May 7, allowing three runs over 7.0 IP. He is 3-2 with a 4.19 ERA in six career starts versus the Phillies.
  • LHP?Cole Hamels (4-2, 4.40 ERA) takes the hill for the Phillies. In his last start on June 4 versus the Dodgers Hamels threw a complete game shutout, striking out five. After finishing April with a 7.27 ERA, Hamels has lowered his ERA to 4.40 in his last six starts. Hamels, who is 1-3 with a 3.79 ERA in six games versus the Mets, has not faced the Mets since May of 2008.
The Lineup:
  1. Luis Castillo, 2B (.000 in 3 at-bats versus Hamels)
  2. Alex Cora, SS (.000, 1 K in 1 at-bat versus Hamels)
  3. Carlos Beltran, CF (.278, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 K in 18 at-bats versus Hamels)
  4. Gary Sheffield, LF (has never faced Hamels)
  5. David Wright, 3B (.294, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 6 K in 17 at-bats versus Hamels)
  6. Fernando Tatis, 1B (.000 in 3 at-bats versus Hamels)
  7. Ryan Church, RF (.300, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K in 20 at-bat versus Hamels)
  8. Omir Santos, C (has never faced Hamels)
  9. Mike Pelfrey, P
Notes:
  • The Mets bullpen leads the National League with a 2.91 ERA this season.
  • Alex Cora is batting .339 with 10 runs scored and five doubles over his last 17 games.
  • The Mets are 18-8 when they hit a homerun this season.
  • Ryan Howard is batting .357 with 1 HR and 2 RBI in 14 career at-bats versus Pelfrey.
  • The Phillies lead the league with a .991 fielding percentage this season.
  • Ryan Madson has not allowed a run in his last 12 appearances. He has allowed 17 runs in 54.1 IP versus the Mets in his career.

Tonight's Broadcast:

  • Tonight's broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.
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The Mets drafted LHP Steven Matz from Ward Melville High School in New York with their 72nd pick and Florida Southern College SS?Robert Shields with their 103rd pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft tonight.

To see a scouting video of Matz and Shields, click here and here.

If you're interested, you can follow the draft live on MLB.com.

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The Mets defeated the Phillies by the score of 6-to-5 tonight in Citi Field.

For a complete recap, boxscore and stats, go here.

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Tonight's Game:

  • Weather permitting, the?Mets (30-25, 17-9 Home) begin a three-game series against the first-place Phillies (33-22, 21-8 Home) tonight at Citi Field, starting at 7:10 p.m.
On The Mound:
  • LHP?Johan Santana (7-2, 2.00 ERA) starts for the Mets. Santana allowed three runs in six innings pitched in a loss to the Pirates in his last start on June 2 versus the Pirates. Santana has not allowed a stolen base this season. He last faced the Phillies on May 6, a win, throwing seven scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts. Santana is 3-0 with a 2.44 ERA in seven career starts versus the Phillies.
  • LHP?J.A. Happ (4-0, 2.48 ERA) takes the hill for the Phillies. Happ earned his fourth victory of the season in his last start on June 3 versus the Padres, throwing seven scoreless innings. He is 0-1 with a 4.40 ERA in four games, two starts, versus the Mets.
The Lineup:
  1. Luis Castillo, 2B (.000 in 2 at-bats versus Happ)
  2. Alex Cora, SS (.000 in 1 at-bat versus Happ)
  3. Carlos Beltran, CF (.250, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K in 8 at-bats versus Happ)
  4. Gary Sheffield, LF (.000 in 1 at-bats versus Happ)
  5. David Wright, 3B (.400, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB in 5 at-bats versus Happ)
  6. Fernando Tatis, 1B (.000 in 2 at-bats versus Happ)
  7. Ryan Church, RF (.000 in 1 at-bat versus Happ)
  8. Omir Santos, C (.000 in 1 at-bat versus Happ)
  9. Johan Santana, P
Notes:
  • The Mets are 7-5 versus left-handed starting pitching this season.
  • Pedro Feliciano is holding left-handed batters to a .158 BAA this season and has retired the first batter he faces 26 of 30 times this season.
  • Chase Utley is batting .150 (3-for-20) with 1 HR in his career versus Santana.
  • According to Jayson Stark on Twitter, the Phillies would be 15-2 since May 21 if they had been perfect in save situations.

Tonight's Broadcast:

  • Tonight's broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.
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As the Mets kickoff ?a three-game series against their division rival Phillies tonight, I did a quick Q&A with Matt P. from The 700 Level:

Mike Nichols:?With Brett Myers out indefinitely with a hip injury, do you think it is necessary for the Phillies to acquire a top of the line starter to compliment Cole Hamels or after seeing Antonio Bastardo throw two solid outings and the rest of the staff settling in has the urgency to acquire a starting pitcher lessened?

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Sam Page of Amazin? Avenue looks to break a few myths surrounding the Mets this season, including if Sean Green is the new Aaron Heilman, if Jeremy Reed is a good defensive replacement and if David Wright is being more streaky than usual.

?sorry, sam, green has the curse of number 48, whether we like it or not?

Over at SNY.tv, Howard Megdal wonders how the Mets will perform in their recently rare position of being the underdog.

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Former Mets second baseman and current manager of the independent?Northen League's Joliet Jackhammers, Wally Backman speaks with the blog,?Jorge Says No about his passion for managing and his playing days with the Mets.

Phillies closer Brad Lidge made a deal with Satan. So says Paul Francis Sullivan at his blog Sully Baseball.

Have an interesting Manny Ramirez-esque Mets anecdote? Then head on over to Metsopolis, who is giving away tickets to the July 8 Mets-Dodgers game for the best personal Mets related story.

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Today's Game:

  • The?Mets (29-25, 12-16 Road) play the rubber-game of their three-game series against the?Nationals (15-39, 9-19 Home) today at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., starting at 1:35 p.m.
On The Mound:
  • RHP Livan Hernandez (4-1, 4.33 ERA) starts for the Mets.
  • RHP?Craig Stammen (0-1, 5.71 ERA) takes the hill for the Nationals.
The Lineup:
  1. Alex Cora, 2B
  2. Fernando Martinez, LF
  3. Carlos Beltran, CF
  4. David Wright, 3B
  5. Daniel Murphy, 1B
  6. Ryan Church, RF
  7. Brian Schneider, C
  8. Wilson Valdez, SS
  9. Livan Hernandez, P

Today's Broadcast:

  • Today's broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.
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Following tonight's loss to the Nationals, the Mets activated Ryan Church from the disabled list.

Church will take Emil Brown's spot on the roster, as Brown was designated for assignment.

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Tonight's Game:

  • The?Mets (29-24, 12-15 Road) continue their three-game series against the?Nationals (14-39, 8-19 Home) tonight at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., starting at 7:05 p.m.
On The Mound:
  • RHP?John Maine (5-3, 3.79 ERA) starts for the Mets. Maine threw six scoreless innings in his last start on May 31 versus the Marlins, earning his fifth victory of the season. Maine ranks second in the majors with 46 hits allowed. Maine last faced the Nationals on May 25, allowing just one run over 6.0 IP. He is 7-2 with a 3.79 ERA in 11 starts versus the Nationals.
  • LHP?John Lannan (2-5, 4.21 ERA) takes the hill for the Nationals. Lannan allowed three runs over 5.0 IP while striking out seven in his last start on 5/31 versus the Phillies. ?With 3.34 runs per game, Lannan has the third lowest run support in the National League. He last faced the Mets on May 25 allowing five runs over 5.0 Ip, taking the loss. Lannan is 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA in six career starts versus the Mets.
The Lineup:
  1. Luis Castillo, 2B?(.444, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 BB in 9 at-bats versus Lannan)
  2. Emil Brown, RF?(Has never faced Lannan)
  3. Carlos Beltran, CF (.333, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB in 12 at-bats versus Lannan)
  4. Gary Sheffield, LF (.667, 1 HR, 3 RBI, in 3 at-bats versus Lannan)
  5. David Wright, 3B (.250, 2 2B, 2 BB, 4 K in 16 at-bats versus Lannan)
  6. Fernando Tatis, 1B (.429, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K in 7 at-bats versus Lannan)
  7. Omir Santos, C?(.000 in 2 at-bats versus Lannan)
  8. Wilson Valdez, SS?(Has never faced Lannan)
  9. John Maine, P

Tonight's Broadcast:

  • Tonight's broadcast can be seen locally on PIX11 and heard on WFAN.
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Mets manager Jerry Manuel talked with reporters after last night?s win against the?Nationals, and had the following to say about:

On if he expects more of these type of tight games with the lineup he has been given:

"We have to play in this manner. This is how we have to play. We can't afford to make mistakes or bad decisions. Not even from a strategic point of view, even early. We have to make sure everything is done correctly. We got some good pitching tonight, which is what we have to go on. That has to be the foundation of our success. We got good relief. That is how we have to do it."
The baserunning mistakes:

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The Mets defeated the Nationals by the score of 3-to-1 in 10 innings tonight in Washington, D.C..

For a complete recap, boxscore and stats, click here.

The Least You Should Know:

  • Moments after Keith Hernandez criticized David Wright's 'long swing' during the broadcast, Wright hit an opposite field double to right field knocking in the game-winning runs. Wright was 4-for-5 on the night, including a trio of baserunning blunders.
  • Tim Redding was terrific tonight, allowing just one run over six innings of work. Redding probably could of pitched another inning after only throwing 88 pitches, but I don't blame Jerry Manuel for not pressing his luck, especially in game the Mets desperately needed.
  • Brian Stokes, Bobby Parnell and Sean Green each pitched a very efficient and scoreless inning of relief.
  • Francisco Rodriguez locked down his 15 save of the season in dominant fashion.
Other Observations and Notes:
  • All the praise Razor Shines earned?for his motivational work in?spring training is starting to wear thin with his over aggressive coaching at third. I'm not sure the word STOP is in his vocabulary.
  • I kept waiting for Nationals manager Manny Acta?to pull a Bobby Cox and march a few of his players, especially Carlos Guzman, off the field for their lackadaisical and outright disrespect for defense, but that never occurred. I guess that's why Acta's on the hot seat.
  • When did NASA lend the use of the Hubble to the Nationals for their behind homeplate camera? Playing in the shadows of the United States government comes with privileges, I guess.
The Mets continue their series against the Nationals with John Maine facing John Lannan, starting at 7:05 pm.
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Tonight's Game:

  • The?Mets (28-24, 11 -15 Road) begin a three-game series against the?Nationals (14-38, 8-18 Home) tonight at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., starting at 7:05 p.m.
On The Mound:
  • RHP?Tim Redding (0-2, 9.20 ERA) starts for the Mets. Redding took the loss in his last start on May 30 versus the Marlins, allowing a season-high seven runs over 4.0 IP. Opposing hitters are batting .448 when Redding throws a first-pitch ball. Redding is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA in three games versus the Nationals.
  • RHP?Shairon Martis (5-1, 5.62 ERA) takes the hill for the Nationals. Martis allowed a season-high seven runs in a loss in his last start on May 30 versus the Phillies. Prior to his last start, Martis allowed three runs or less in six of his previous 10 starts. He is 0-1 with a 18.00 ERA in his career versus the Mets.
The Lineup:
  1. Alex Cora, SS (Has never faced Martis)
  2. Luis Castillo, 2B?(Has never faced Martis)
  3. Carlos Beltran, CF (1.000, 1 HR, 2 RBI in 1 at-bat versus Martis)
  4. David Wright, 3B (.000, 1 K, in 2 at-bats versus Martis)
  5. Fernando Tatis, RF?(Has never faced Martis)
  6. Daniel Murphy, 1B (.500, 1 3B, 1 RBI in 2 at-bats versus Martis)
  7. Fernando Martinez, LF?(Has never faced Martis)
  8. Brian Schneider, C?(Has never faced Martis)
  9. Tim Redding, P

Tonight's Broadcast:

  • Tonight's broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.
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As the Mets kickoff ?a three-game series in Washington, D.C. versus the Natioanls tonight, I did a quick Q&A with Willy Yoder from The Nats Blog:

Mike Nichols:?In a recent post to your blog, you stated the lack of success of recently fired pitching coach Randy St. Claire had more to do with the front office's selection of pitching talent than St. Claire's coaching. ?Do you believe new pitching coach Steve McCatty will have the same difficulties or will his philosophy be better suited for the Nationals turn towards their younger pitching staff?

Willy from?The Nats Blog:? From what I have read there is a pretty big difference in the two?s pitching philosophies. Randy St. Claire was famous for his use of video analysis, breaking down a pitchers every move on the field to try and perfect their actions on the mound. He wanted pitchers to think about everything they did, every motion they made. McCatty on the other hand cares less about mechanics and more about a pitchers mental approach. He has said that he believes if you are talented enough to be in the big leagues then all that matters is your mental approach and your ability to ?attack the zone.?

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Today's Game:

  • The?Mets (28-23, 11 -14 Road) play the finale of their rain-shorten four-game series against the?Pirates (24-28, 14-11 Home) today at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, starting at 12:35 p.m.
On The Mound:
  • RHP?Mike Pelfrey (4-1, 3.88 ERA) starts for the Mets.
  • RHP?Ross Ohlendorf (5-5, 4.45 ERA) takes the hill for the Pirates.
The Lineup:
  1. Alex Cora, SS
  2. Luis Castillo, 2B
  3. Carlos Beltran, CF
  4. Gary Sheffield, RF
  5. David Wright, 3B
  6. Daniel Murphy, 1B
  7. Fernando Martinez, LF
  8. Omir Santos, C
  9. Mike Pelfrey, P
    Today's Broadcast:
    • Today's broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.
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    Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports the Braves have acquired CF Nate McLouth from the Pirates for three prospects.

    According to Bowman, the Braves will send RHP?Charlie Morton, LHP Jeff Locke and OF Gorkys Hernandez to the Pirates for McLouth.

    In 45 games for the Pirates this season, McLouth hit .256 with 9 HR and 34 RBI.

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    After being frustrated by the Mets two losses in Pittsburgh, Dave Singer of NYSportsDog is looking for positives.

    ?i think we all as Mets fans need to take step back and do the same? the last two nights have been disappointing to say the least, however considering the circumstances, the Mets have done a terrific job piecing things together since Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado, Ryan Church were all sidelined with injuries?

    The Real Dirty Mets Blog takes a look at today in Mets infamy.

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    Tonight's Game:

    • The?Mets (28-22, 11 -13 Road) continue their four-game series against the?Pirates (23-28, 13-11 Home) tonight at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, starting at 7:05 p.m.
    On The Mound:
    • LHP?Johan Santana (7-2, 1.77 ERA) starts for the Mets. Santana allowed three runs and a season-high six walks, while striking out 11 in a win in his last start on May 27 versus the Nationals. He has allowed just four singles, while holding opponents to a .078 average in 51 at-bats with runners in scoring position this season. Santana has not allowed a stolen base this seasons.
    • LHP?Zack Duke (5-4, 2.75 ERA) takes the hill for the Pirates. Duke earned a no-decision in his last start on May 27 versus the Cubs, allowing just two runs over 7.o IP. He has allowed two runs or less in seven of his 10 starts this season. Duke allowed six runs over 6.0 IP in his last start versus the Mets on August 16.
    The Lineup:
    1. Luis Castillo, 2B (1.000 in 1 at-bats versus Duke)
    2. Fernando Martinez, LF (Has never faced Duke)
    3. David Wright, 3B (.333, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI in 15 at-bats versus Duke)
    4. Gary Sheffield, RF?(Has never faced Duke)
    5. Fernando Tatis, 1B (.500, 1 RBI in 6 at-bats versus Duke)
    6. Omir Santos, C?(Has never faced Duke)
    7. Ramon Martinez, SS?(.000, 1 BB, 1 K in 2 at-bats versus Duke)
    8. Jeremy Reed, CF?(Has never faced Duke)
    9. Johan Santana, P

    Notes:

    • The Mets are 21-9 when they steal at least one base this season.
    • Luis Castillo is batting .077 with one run scored in 13 at-bats in the leadoff spot this season.
    • Omir Santos has thrown out five of 17 base stealers this season.
    • The Pirates are 3-22 when they score less than four runs this season.
    • Nate McLouth is battiing .283 with 3 HR in 53 at-bats versus left-handed pitching this season.
    Tonight's Broadcast:
    • Today's broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.
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    Tom Verducci of SI.com spoke with Indians GM Mark Shapiro, who said despite his team being in last place in the American League Central, it's still too premature to deal away players like Mark De Rosa, as Shaprio is optimistic his team will compete for a playoff spot.

    Verducci also notes Shapiro would need a king's ransom before considering trading players like Victor Martinez and Cliff Lee.

    Speaking of De Rosa, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports the Cardinals are seeking a De Rosa-type player, if not De Rosa himself.

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    Tonight's Game:

    • The?Mets (28-21, 11 -12 Road) begin a four-game series against the Pirates (22-28, 12-11 Home) tonight at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, starting at 7:05 p.m.
    On The Mound:
    • RHP?Livan Hernandez (4-1, 4.28 ERA) starts for the Mets. Hernandez earned a complete-game win in his last start on May 26 versus the Nationals, allowing one run and striking out six. He was 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in five May starts. In his last start versus the Pirates on May 10, Hernandez earned his second victory of season, allowing two runs on svene hits over 6.0 IP. He is 4-4 with a 5.14 in 13 career starts versus the Pirates.
    • RHP?Ian Snell (1-6, 5.43 ERA) takes the hill for the Pirates. Snell took the loss in his start on May 26 versus the Cubs allowing six runs on eight hits and four walks over 5.0 IP. Prior to his last start Snell allowed three runs or less in seven of his last nine starts. On may 10 versus the Mets, Snell allowed three runs on six hits over 6.0 IP. He is 0-2 with a 6.11 ERA in six career games versus the Mets.
    The Lineup:
    1. Luis Castillo, 2B (.167, 1 BB, 2 K in 12 at-bats versus Snell)
    2. Fernando Martinez, RF (Has never faced Snell)
    3. Daniel Murphy, 1B (.000, 1 BB, 1 K in 2 at-bats versus Snell)
    4. Gary Sheffield, LF?(Has never faced Snell)
    5. David Wright, 3B (.167, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K in 12 at-bats versus Snell)
    6. Jeremy Reed, CF?(Has never faced Snell)
    7. Wilson Valdez, SS?(Has never faced Snell)
    8. Brian Schneider, C (.222, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K in 9 at-bats versus Snell)
    9. Livan Hernandez, P
      Notes:
      • Carlos Beltran was in the original lineup, but a late scratch due to a stomach virus.
      • The Mets were 3-1 in their four-game series at Pittsburgh last season and are 12-12 since 2001.
      • Bobby Parnell has retired 16 of the first 25 batters he has faced this season.
      • The Mets are 12-5 in the first game of series this season.
      • Freddy Sanchez is 15-for-25 in his last seven games. He is 1-for-3 in his career versus Hernandez.
      • The Pirates have eight comeback wins this season.
      • Nate McLouth leads National League center fielders with 32 RBI.
      Tonight's Broadcast:
      • Today's broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.
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      Today's Game:

      • The?Mets?(27-21) look to take the rubber-match of their three-game series against the?Marlins (23-27) today at Citi Field, starting at 1:10 p.m.
      On The Mound:
      • RHP?John Maine (4-3, 4.18 ERA) starts for the Mets.
      • RHP?Chris Volstad (4-3, 3.69 ERA) takes the hill for the Marlins.
      The Lineup:
      1. Angel Pagan, CF
      2. Luis Castillo, 2B
      3. David Wright, 3B
      4. Gary Sheffield, LF
      5. Daniel Murphy, 1B
      6. Fernando Martinez, RF
      7. Omir Santos, C
      8. Wilson Valdez, SS
      9. John Maine, RHP
      Today's Broadcast:
      • Today's broadcast can be seen locally on PIX11 and heard on WFAN.
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      Today's Game:

      • The?Mets?(27-20) continue their three-game series against the?Marlins (22-27) today at Citi Field, starting at 1:10 p.m.
      On The Mound:
      • RHP?Tim Redding (0-1, 6.75 ERA) starts for the Mets.
      • RHP?Josh Johnson (3-1, 2.67 ERA) takes the hill for the Marlins.
      The Lineup:
      1. Angel Pagan, LF
      2. Fernando Martinez, RF
      3. Carlos Beltran, CF
      4. Fernando Tatis, 3B
      5. Daniel Murphy, 1B
      6. Ramon Martinez, 2B
      7. Brian Schneider, C
      8. Wilson Valdez, SS
      9. Tim Redding, RHP
      Today's Broadcast:
      • Today's broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.
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      Last night, Ramon Castro to the White Sox for RHP Lance Broadway.

      Broadway, who is 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in in games this season, will report to Triple-A Buffalo.

      Omar Minaya, on the decision to trade Castro, speaking to reporters after the game:

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      Mike Pelfrey, who allowed just one run and truck out six over 7.2 IP - his longest outing of the season,?talked with reporters after last night?s win against the?Marlins, and had the following to say about:

      On his preformance:

      "I know if go out there and pound the strikezone ?and use all my pitches to get ahead I know can go deep in the game. I try not to walk anybody and do my thing."
      On Omir Santos' ability behind the plate:

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      Mets manager Jerry Manuel talked with reporters after last night?s win against the?Marlins, and had the following to say about:

      On being surprised by Omir Santos play this season:

      "He is a Major League hitter, which has been surprising. We all thought he could receive and call the game. The surprising thing is that he has hit and hit well in the clutch. That's big for us."
      If he thinks Santos wants to be in clutch situations:

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      The Mets (27-20) defeated the Marlins (22-27) by the score of 2 to 1 in 11 innings tonight in Citi Field.

      For a complete recap, boxscore and stats,?click here.

      The Least You Should Know:

      • Omir Santos cemented his spot on the 25-man roster tonight, going 2-for-5 with a homerun and two RBI. Santos hit the walk-off single with one out in 11th inning after MetsBlog's Mr. May, Gary Sheffield stole second and advanced to third base after Marlins catcher Ronnie Paulino's throw went in to center field.
      • Mike Pelfrey was tremendous tonight allowing just one run over 7.2 IP. He also struck out a season-high six batters and has now done so in consecutive starts. Pelfrey was mixing in more of breaking pitches and throwing them for strikes, which left the Marlins off balance all evening.
      • Bobby Parnell, Francisco Rodriguez, J.J. Putz and Pedro Feliciano combined to pitch 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.
      Other Moments And Observations:
      • Sheffield continues to be impressive on a nightly basis. Even when he isn't driving in runs, he does something in every game that helps the Mets win. He also became the first hitter to hit a ball off of the Acela Club, unfortunately it was just a loud strike.
      • David Wright struck out with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning. He has now struck out 11 times in his last 25 at-bats.
      The Game Ball:
      • Tonight's Game Ball goes to Omir Santos, who accounted for the entire Mets run production tonight.
      The Mets continue their weekend series against the Marlins tomorrow with Tim Redding facing Josh Johnson, starting at 1:10 pm EDT.
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      Tonight's Game:

      • The?Mets?(26-20, 15-8 Home) begin a three-game series against the?Marlins (22-26, 13-12 Road) tonight at Citi Field, starting at 7:10 p.m.
      On The Mound:
      • RHP?Mike Pelfrey (4-1, 4.31 ERA) starts for the Mets. Pelfrey allowed two runs and struck out a season-high six over 7.0 IP in his last start on May 23 versus the Red Sox. Pelfrey is 1-5 with a 6.12 ERA in his career versus the Marlins.
      • LHP?Sean West (0-0, 3.60 ERA) takes the hill for the Marlins. In his Major League debut on May 23 versus the Rays, West allowed two runs over 5.0 IP. This is West's first career start versus the Mets.
      The Lineup:
      1. Angel Pagan, RF
      2. Luis Castillo, 2B
      3. Carlos Beltran, CF
      4. Gary Sheffield, LF
      5. David Wright, 3B
      6. Fernando Tatis, 1B
      7. Omir Santos, C
      8. Ramon Martinez, SS
      9. Mike Pelfrey, P
      Notes:
      • The Mets are 6-3 versus left-handed starters this season.
      • Carlos Beltran has 22 RBI and 27 run scored in his last 30 games.
      • Francisco Rodriguez has started his Mets career with 13 straight saves, which is a team record.
      • The Marlins are 6-3 in one-run games this season.
      • Dan Uggla is batting .317 with 5 HR in his last 12 games. He is 9-for-17 with 7 RBI in his career versus Pelfrey.
      Tonight's Broadcast:
      • Tonight's broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.
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      Todd Zolecki of MLB.com talked to Barry Axelrod, who represents Padres RHP Jake Peavy, to gauge if his client would be interested in pitching for the Phillies.

      According to Zolecki, while Axelrod believes the Phillies fit many of Peavy?s requirements, Philadelphia?s geographic location would most likely be a difference maker in Peavy?s decision.

      ?while the Phillies are in desperate need of starting pitching, from what i can gather, the likelihood of the Phillies trading for a high-priced pitcher is unlikely as the team has nearly exhausted their budget for this season?

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      Sam Page of Amazin? Avenue takes a look at possible trade targets, which includes Nick Johnson, Aubrey Huff and Adam LaRoche.

      ?with all the injuries many have been clamoring for the Mets to make a move?while i have criticized Omar Minaya for handcuffing Jerry Manuel with a short bench, as he and his medical staff seemingly take day after day to determine if the disabled list is an option for several of his players, i appreciate that minaya has not panicked and has been patient in assessing his teams needs?

      ?while the roster continues to be in state of flux, the worst mistake minaya and company could make would be to make a trade for the sake of making a trade just to the appease those wanting them to do so?

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      The Mets (26-20) defeated the Nationals (13-33) by the score of 7 to 4 tonight in Citi Field.

      For a complete recap, boxscore and stats, click here.

      The Least You Should Know:

      • Johan Santana, who clearly disagreed with Sam Holbrook's strikezone, struck out 11 batters through six innings, but allowed six walks, including four in the top of the fourth. In all, Santana allowed three runs in his six innings of work. It was the first time in 15 home starts Santana allowed more than two runs. Despite his outing, Santana recorded his National League leading seventh win of the season.
      • In the sixth inning, Daniel Murphy hit what was originally called a double, however, for the fourth time in the Mets last five games, it had to be reviewed because Jerry Manuel argued the ball hit the facing of the Pepsi Porch. After reviewing the play, the umpires overturned the call and Murphy was credited with the go-ahead two-run homerun. I'm not sure what conclusive evidence the umpires saw to overturn their original call, but hey, the Mets and especially Murphy will take it. Murphy ended the evening with three hits in his four at-bats and five runs batted in.
      • Bobby Parnell, Pedro Feliciano, J.J. Putz and Frankie Rodriguez each combined to pitched three scoreless innings in relief.
      Other Moments And Observations:
      • Gary Sheffield continues to provide the Mets with much needed production from the cleanup spot, going 1-for-2 with two runs batted in.
      • Adam Dunn is a monster. Dunn launched a two-run homerun off of Santana that went over the bridge in right-center field. He nearly hit another homerun, but Fernando Martinez made a nifty catch next to the 378 sign in right field.
      • Speaking of Fernando Martinez, he?embarrassed himself by ?not running on a pop up that was dropped by the Nationals catcher in front of homeplate. Martinez was promptly ?and properly booed by the Citi faithful.
      • Great job by SNY's Kevin Burkhardt to survey fans in both the Pepsi Porch and the above the Mo 'Zone on if Murphy's ball hit the facing of Pepsi Porch. According to Burkhardt, fans opinions differed between the two sections.
      • Angel Pagan looks like his pedaling a tricycle when tracking balls down in center field.
      • Before tonight's game on Twitter, I predicted Santana would throw a no-hitter. Of course, Santana arguably had his worst outing of the season. Last time I do that, I promise.
      The Game Ball:
      • Tonight's Game Ball goes to Daniel Murphy for his big night and the umpiring crew for the gift homerun.
      After and off day tomorrow, the Mets resume their homestand on Friday against the Marlins with Mike Pelfrey facing Sean West, starting at 7:10 pm EDT.
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      Tonight's Game:

      • The?Mets?(25-20, 14-8 Home) look to sweep their three-game series against the?Nationals (13-32, 6-16 Road) tonight at Citi Field, starting at 7:10 p.m.
      On The Mound:
      • LHP?Johan Santana (6-2, 1.50 ERA) starts for the Mets. Santana earned a victory in his last start on May 22 versus the Red Sox, allowing three runs, two earned, and striking out eight over 7.0 IP. Santana has not allowed a stolen base this season. He is holding opponents to a .085 BAA with runners in scoring position this season. Santana is 5-1 with a 2.36 ERA in his career versus the Nationals.
      • RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-1, 5.71 ERA) takes the hill for the Nationals. Zimmermann received his fourth straight no-decision in his last start on May 22 versus the Orioles allowing two runs over 7.0 IP. In his only career start versus the Mets on April 26 at Citi Field, Zimmermann allowed just one run, while striking our five over 5.1 IP.
      The Lineup:
      1. Angel Pagan, CF
      2. Luis Castillo, 2B
      3. David Wright, 3B
      4. Gary Sheffield, LF
      5. Daniel Murphy, 1B
      6. Ramon Castro, C
      7. Fernando Martinez, RF
      8. Ramon Martinez, SS
      9. Johan Santana, P
      Tonight's Broadcast:
      • Tonight's broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.
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      Tonight's Game:

      • The?Mets (24-20, 13-8 Home) continue their three-game series against the?Nationals (13-31, 6-15 Road) tonight at Citi Field, starting at 7:10 p.m.
      On The Mound:
      • RHP?Livan Hernandez (3-1, 4.93 ERA) starts for the Mets. Hernandez allowed one run over 7.0 IP in his last start versus the Dodgers on May 20, but earned a no-decision. He is 8-5 with a 4.28 ERA in his career versus the Nationals.
      • RHP?Craig Stammen (0-0, 5.68 ERA) takes the hill for the Nationals. Stammen made his Major League debut on May 21 allowing four runs over 6.1 IP versus the Pirates. This is his first career start versus the Mets.
      The Lineup:
      1. Angel Pagan, CF
      2. Luis Castillo, 2B
      3. David Wright, 3B
      4. Gary Sheffield, LF
      5. Fernando Tatis, 1B
      6. Fernando Martinez, RF
      7. Omir Santos, C
      8. Ramon Martinez, SS
      9. Livan Hernandez, P
      Notes:
      • Gary Sheffield is 17-for-45 (.378) with 3 HR and 10 RBI and 16 runs scored in his last 15 games.
      • The Mets are 18-7 when their starting pitcher pitches at least six innings.
      • Pedro Feliciano has retired 20 of the 24 first batters he has faced this season.
      • The Nationals are 8-20 when their opponent scores first.
      • Austin Kearns has just five hits and batting .193 ?in his last 13 games. He is batting .444 with 2 HR and 11 RBI in 27 career at-bats versus Hernandez.
      Tonight's Broadcast:
      • Tonight's broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.
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      Tonight's Game:

      • The?Mets (23-20) begin a three-game series against the?Nationals (13-30) tonight at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.
      On The Mound:
      • RHP John Maine (3-3, 4.53 ERA) starts for the Mets.
      • LHP?John Lannan (2-3, 3.63 ERA) takes the hill for the Nationals.
      The Lineup:
      1. Angel Pagan, RF
      2. Luis Castillo, 2B
      3. Carlos Beltran, CF
      4. Gary Sheffield, LF
      5. David Wright, 3B
      6. Fernando Tatis, 1B
      7. Omir Santos, C
      8. Ramon Martinez, SS
      9. John Maine, P
      Tonight's Broadcast:
      • Tonight's broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.
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      Today's Game:

      • The?Mets (23-19, 11-11 Road) look to sweep their three-game series versus the?Red Sox (25-18, 16-6 Home) today at Fenway Park in Boston, starting at 1:35 p.m. EDT.
      On The Mound:
      • RHP?Tim Redding (0-0, 3.00 ERA) starts for the Mets. In his season debut on May 18 versus the Dodgers, Redding two runs on two runs over 6.0 IP. Redding is 0-2 with a 12.71 ERA in his career versus the Red Sox. He has not faced the Red Sox since 2005.
      • RHP?Tim Wakefield (5-2, 3.59 ERA) takes the hill for the Red Sox. Wakefield earned his fifth victory of the season in his last start on May 19 versus the Blue Jays, allowing just one run over 8.0 IP. He has not faced the Mets since 2001.
      The Lineup:
      1. Daniel Murphy, 1B
      2. Angel Pagan, RF
      3. Carlos Beltran, DH
      4. Gary Sheffield, LF
      5. David Wright, 3B
      6. Jeremy Reed, CF
      7. Ramon Castro, C
      8. Ramon Martinez, SS
      9. Luis Castillo, 2B
      Notes:
      • David Wright has reached base in 26 of his 40 plate appearances on the the Mets current road trip. He has never faced Wakefield.
      • Carlos Beltran is batting .304 with 1 HR and 2 RBI in 23 career at-bats versus Wakefield. He leads the team with 7 game-winning RBIs.
      • The Mets are 8-9 in one-run games this season.
      • Dustin Pedroia is batting .406 in 143 career interleague at-bats.
      • The Red Sox are 9-5 in series finales this season.
      Today's Broadcast:
      • Today's broadcast can be seen locally on PIX11 and heard on WFAN.
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      Update, 11:09 pm:

      Adam Rubin of the Daily News reports Francisco Rodriguez has been taken to a local Boston hospital for further evaluation.

      For further information and quotes from Rodriguez and Jerry Manuel, check out Rubin's blog.

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      The Mets defeated the Red Sox by the score of 3-to-2, tonight in Fenway Park.

      For a complete recap, boxscore, stats,?click here.

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      Tonight's Game:

      • The?Mets (22-19, 10-11 Road) continue their three-game series versus the?Red Sox (25-17, 16-5 Home) tonight at Fenway Park in Boston, starting at 7:10 p.m. EDT.
      On The Mound:
      • RHP?Mike Pelfrey (4-1, 4.61 ERA) starts for the Mets. Pelfrey took the loss in his last start on May 17 versus the Giants, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks over 6.0 IP. Pelfrey also balked three times in his start and his since seen a sport psychologist. Pelfrey has more walks (17) than strikeouts (11) this season. This is his first career start versus the Red Sox.
      • RHP Josh Beckett (4-2, 5.85 ERA) takes the hill for the Red Sox. On May 16 versus the Mariners, Beckett earned his fourth win of the season, allowing three runs, two earned over 7.0 IP. He has allowed three runs or less in each of his last three starts. Although he has not faced the Mets since 2006, Beckett is 6-1 with a 1.98 ERA in his career versus the Mets.
      The Lineup:
      1. Daniel Murphy, 1B
      2. Angel Pagan, RF
      3. Carlos Beltran, DH
      4. Gary Sheffield, LF
      5. David Wright, 3B
      6. Jeremy Reed, CF
      7. Omir Santos, C
      8. Ramon Martinez, SS
      9. Luis Castillo, 2B
      Notes:
      • The Mets starters are 7-3 with a 3.34 ERA in their last 17 games.
      • Bobby Parnell has not allowed a run in 16 of his 21 appearances this season.
      • Gary Sheffield is 9-for-23 (.400) with a homerun and 3 RBI during the Mets current road trip. He is batting .231 with 1 HR and 5 RBI in 13 career at-bats versus Beckett.
      • The Mets have outscored their opponents 40-to-29 in the first inning this season and are 17-6 when they score first.
      • Jacoby Ellsbury is batting .333 with 4 RBI and 10 runs scored during his current 17-game hitting streak.
      • The Red Sox are 19-0 when leading after six innings this season.
      Tonight's Broadcast:
      • Tonight's broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.
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      The Mets defeated the Red Sox by the score of 5-to-3, tonight in Fenway Park.

      For a complete recap, boxscore, stats, click here.

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