Mets morning briefing 9.10.11

Justin Turner's walk-off RBI lifted the Mets to a 5-4 win against the Chicago Cubs on Friday night at Citi Field. It was Turner's second walk-off hit this season (also vs. Oakland).

Saturday's news reports:

John Franco volunteered to mentor Bobby Parnell on closing, Mike Puma writes in the Post. Informed by the newspaper of Franco's remark, Terry Collins said he would take Franco up on the offer and arrange a chat. Jason Isringhausen regularly speaks with Parnell, too. "He's a young kid and he's still figuring things out," Franco told Puma. "It's like on-the-job training for him. If you go into a season with the mindset 'This is my job,' and you have the right tutoring -- someone like myself can come along and maybe help him out and talk to him day in and day out."

• The Post reports Mets owners are confident they'll be able to complete the sale of $20 million to $30 million blocks of the team by Dec. 31, now that David Einhorn's deal to infuse $200 million has fizzled.

Johan Santana allowed an unearned run in three innings for Savannah in the South Atlantic League playoffs. Santana pronounced himself healthy and said he was unsure if his next appearance might be in a major league game. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Trying to protect Jose Reyes from future injury, Collins wants the shortstop to run hard -- but not 100 percent -- on probable groundouts.

• With Isringhausen suffering from a herniated disc, Dale Thayer joined the Mets bullpen Friday -- four days after Triple-A Buffalo's season ended and Thayer had been bypassed for a promotion. Thayer was in a Burger King in Gallup, N.M., en route from Buffalo to his California home when he received the call.

Jason Bay has an eight-game hitting streak. He had a pair of doubles Friday. Read more in Newsday.

• The Mets are offering free tickets to first responders and their families for Sunday night's game against the Cubs, while available. As part of the 9/11 remembrance weekend, Mike Piazza and current and past Mets visited a firehouse in Manhattan. Piazza reflected on the Sept. 21, 2001 game at Shea Stadium, in which his eighth-inning homer lifted the Mets to victory over the Braves in the first major league game back in New York. "Coming into the game, I didn't really know if we should have been there at all," Piazza told reporters during the firehouse visit. "That whole week or so caused everyone to examine what life is about, in a way, and sports wasn't that important." Read more in Newsday, the Post and Daily News.

• Read game recaps from Friday's win in the Star-Ledger, Record, Times, Post and Daily News.

• Mets affiliates Savannah and Brooklyn, facing elimination, won games in their semifinal series to force winner-take-all games for the right to reach their leagues' championship series. St. Lucie lost Game 1 of its best-of-five Florida State League championship series.

BIRTHDAYS: No players to appear for the Mets were born on this day.