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Mets morning briefing 4.21.12

4/21/2012

Despite rallying in the ninth inning and a great game from Kirk Nieuwenhuis, the Mets lost 4-3 in extra innings to the Giants Friday night. Jason Bay and Lucas Duda made the last two outs and continue to struggle with runners in scoring position.

Saturday's news reports:

• Read game recaps from the extra-innings loss in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Newsday, The Record. Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.

• Nieuwenhuis went 1-for-3 with a home run and a great catch in the game. Read more about his big night in the Post, Daily News, and The Record.

• Third baseman David Wright told reporters before the game there have not been any contract talks between the sides. Read more in the New York Times.

Angel Pagan, who hit a home run last night, said he was shocked when the Mets traded him this offseason. The Star-Ledger and Newsday also wrote about Pagan's return.

• Starting pitcher Johan Santana, who gave up six runs in 1 1/3 innings on Tuesday, is still in line to start Monday. Read more about this in the Post.

• Former Yankee Melky Cabrera scored the winning run last night and continues to be big in the clutch, according to Star-Ledger columnist Jeff Bradley.

• Center fielder Andres Torres is increasing his activity as he prepares for a return, writes the Star-Ledger.

• A source told ESPNNewYork.com that lefty Daniel Herrera's season is over as he will need Tommy John Surgery.

• Mets manager Terry Collins will appear in a Dunkin Donuts ad with Yankees manager in the future, according to the Wall Street Journal.

• Olympian Dominique Dawes will be throwing out the first pitch Sunday, per Newsday.

TRIVIA: Which Met threw seven shutout innings 19 years ago today in a 10-0 win over the Giants?

Friday's answer: Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, Edgardo Alfonzo, Gary Carter, Darryl Strawberry, Claudell Washington, Dave Kingman and Jim Hickman have homered three times in a game for the Mets.