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The Mets handled the Phillies 5-2 in their first game at Citizens Bank Park on Friday. R.A. Dickey was excellent, as he allowed just a single run over 7 innings of work, while striking out 7 batters. They also received some early offensive help, scoring thrice off of Cliff Lee in the first inning, two of those via a two-run home run to right center field by Jason Bay (don't adjust your computers, people. It really happened). Scott Hairston also added a mammoth home run to left field in the fifth and the Mets bullpen got excellent work from Bobby Parnell and Frank Francisco to close it out. Francisco allowed an unearned run in the ninth, though really through no fault of his own. Francisco induced what should've been an easy out number 27 of the game but the ball rolled Daniel Murphy's legs, allowing the run to trot home and extending the game an extra batter. Also, one of the stranger moments that you'll see on a field came about in the second inning. With Josh Thole at first, Dickey successfully bunted him over to second base but Thole misread something that SS Jimmy Rollins said at second, assumed the ball was foul and began walking back to first where he was promptly tagged out.
The Mets and Phillies square off again this afternoon at 4:05 PM. Jon Niese goes to the hill and will take on Vance Worley. You can catch all of the action on SNY and WFAN 660.
David Wright's pinkie continued to swell up on Friday, which of course precluded him from last night's lineup and it looks like, without a miraculous recovery today, the injury will send him to the disabled list. The plan appears to be to call up Josh Satin to sit on the bench, shift Daniel Murphy over to third base and use Justin Turner and Ronny Cedeno at second. This plan seems to make sense to nobody except for Terry Collins, who'll just have to send Murph back to second when Wright comes off of the DL. The better plan, very well argued by Toby Hyde, would be to call up 3B Zach Lutz who's been healthy and tearing the cover off the ball in Buffalo and leave Murphy at second to continue to get comfortable.
Remember Andres Torres? I'm sure you do. Torres is down in Port St. Lucie trying to rehab his calf injury but he has not started running yet, meaning that he'll likely stay disabled through next Saturday, when he's eligible to be activated.
There's some good news from the infirmary, as RHP Jenrry Mejia continues down the road of Tommy John recovery. Mejia faced live hitters last Monday and will again today and then this coming Thursday. Be cautioned--the Mets say that the five day workload Mejia is on is not a sign that he will start when returns. However, the organization is still discussing what the plan is when he returns and whether he'll start or pitch in relief. Also in that article, you can read updates about D.J. Carrasco, Pedro Beato and Chris Young!
Righty Zack Wheeler was dominant for Binghamton last night in his start against Portland. The 21-year old tossed 6 innings of work, scattering just a run on 5 hits, while walking nobody and striking out 9. Wheeler did hit 3 batters but of the 81 pitches he threw, a very encouraging 57 of them were for strikes. For more on the Mets' minor league system, head over to this morning's Daily Farm System Report.
Interesting stuff in the Times regarding the Mets' use of Toradol, an injectable anti-inflammatory drug that has become popular in professional sports. Toradol is in the same class as Ibuprofen but can be injected into the body, allowing its effects to be felt quicker. The issue is that there isn't any data on its use and teams know little about the possible long-term effects it may have.
Around the NL East
It took 11 innings to complete but the Marlins won their first game at their new home ballpark, beating the Astros 5-4. Gaby Sanchez smashed a double off of the left field wall to clinch it for Miami. Unfortunately, the Marlins still have yet to hit a home run, meaning that the contraption out in left-center field has yet to be used. The Astros' J.D. Martinez did hit a home run yesterday, the first in the stadium's short history.
Want another walk-off victory in the division? Sure, why not. The Nationals walked-off against the Reds for the second day in a row, as Jayson Werth knocked an RBI single in the bottom of the 13th to propel Washington to a 2-1 victory.
The Braves' offense woke up on Friday, as they won their home opener 10-8 over the Brewers. This one was a wild, back and forth affair but Dan Uggla knocked a 2-run single off of Francisco Rodriguez in the 8th inning to give the Braves the lead for good.
Around the Majors
Matt Cain was nearly perfect, as he tossed a one hit complete game shutout over the Pirates in a 5-0 victory. Cain allowed only a single to the opposing pitcher James McDonald, while striking out 11 batters.
The Red Sox beat up on the Rays 12-2 in Boston yesterday but the real story for the Sox was that CF Jacoby Ellsbury injured his shoulder in a collision at second base and is likely to miss a good chunk of time. The team has yet to announce the extent of the injury but ESPN Boston says that, according to sources, he suffered a separated shoulder and could miss two months of action.
A federal judge approved the sale of the Dodgers to a group led by Magic Johnson and Stan Kasten yesterday. The $2.15 billion sale takes the Dodgers out of bankruptcy and closes what was a dark chapter for the team.
OF Johnny Damon is headed to Cleveland, signing a one year deal with the team worth $1.25 million with incentives. Damon will report to the minor leagues to get into shape before being called up.
Finally, the family of Brian Stow threw out the first pitch at the Giants' home opener yesterday. Stow was brutally beaten at Dodger Stadium last year and suffered major brain injuries, lapsing into a coma for a few months. Stow could not be at the stadium but was on the video screen and told his son to throw out the first pitch in front of the crowd.