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The good news on Saturday evening was that Ike Davis went 4-4 with three solo home runs, becoming the ninth player in New York Mets history to swat three bombs in a game (and the first since Carlos Beltran last May in Colorado). The bad news? Everything else. The Swingin' Ike Davises fell 6-3 to the Diamondbacks in a game where Chris Young (the pitcher) struggled once again and the offense, outside of Ike, had no answer for former True Yankee™ Ian Kennedy. The Mets had their chances, as they managed nine hits and even put a pair of runners on the basepaths in both the eighth and ninth innings but David Hernandez and J.J. Putz closed things out without letting up a run. There was another positive to take out this game, though -- the bullpen tossed four scoreless innings of relief, allowing just a hit. That's something to be happy about, right? Right?
The Mets look to leave the desert with a series split, as they take on the Diamondbacks this afternoon at 4:10 PM. It'll be R.A. Dickey on the hill, facing off against lefty Joe Saunders.
Frank Francisco has suffered a setback and it looks like he will not be returning to the Mets in San Francisco after all. He had some lingering soreness in his left side.
Jason Bay will be Terry Collins' starting left fielder for at least a few more days. It looks as if the team will reevaluate things once they get back to New York next week.
Joel Sherman thinks that the Mets will lock up David Wright during the offseason and says that Mets officials seem very confident that they can work out a deal with him. Music to my ears.
Chris Young's struggles have to do with poor location, not with any sort of shoulder injuries.
Patrick Flood took a look at both sides of the "R.A. Dickey pitching on short rest" argument.
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The White Sox acquired lefty starter Francisco Liriano from the Twins in exchange for lefty Pedro Hernandez and infielder Eduardo Escobar. The enigmatic lefty hasn't been great this season, but he's had some a few stretches.
Giants beat writer Andrew Baggarly issued a public apology to outfielder Melky Cabrera after writing about a rumor that Cabrera had failed a drug test. The rumor circulated on Twitter but apparently is not true.