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Mets morning briefing 4.29.12

4/29/2012

Lucas Duda belted a two-run homer and Dillon Gee gave the bullpen relief by completing seven innings and tossing a career-high 116 pitches as the Mets bounced back from Friday's lopsided loss with a 7-5 win against the Rockies on Saturday night.

Sunday's news reports:

• In this afternoon's series finale, Johan Santana opposes a 49-year southpaw, Jamie Moyer. Moyer has a 2.28 ERA through four starts this season after missing last year following Tommy John surgery.

“Surgery was my only choice, even if I didn’t play," Moyer told Roger Rubin in the Daily News. "To resume a normal life -- swing a golf club, play catch with my kids, throw them batting practice, be a normal person -- I had to have it. My rehab went well. It felt good playing catch and it felt good after my throwing program. I feel like looking back, if I didn’t try I would have always asked myself, ‘Could you have pitched?’ Right now I am finding out whether I can or I can’t.” Read more in the Times.

Santana is pitching on regular rest for the first time this season. The Mets have not scored a run with Santana on the mound in any of his four starts this season. Santana also has never pitched at high-altitude Coors Field. If Santana fails to be credited with a win Sunday, it will mark the first time since his rookie season he is without a victory in his first five starts of a season. He was winless in his five starts in 2000 with the Minnesota Twins, although that season he did pick up a pair of wins while making 25 relief appearances. Read more in the Record and Daily News.

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

• Despite the Mets facing three southpaws in the final four games of the trip, Terry Collins said Ike Davis will remain in the lineup for the remainder of the games out west. Davis singled and walked Saturday. He also sent one shot deep, which center fielder Dexter Fowler raced backward to corral. And he lined out to second baseman Marco Scutaro. Davis had been given Friday off in favor of Zach Lutz at first base against left-hander Drew Pomeranz. “I think he looks better,” hitting coach Dave Hudgens told Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger. “He’s about ready to go.” Read more in the Post.

Andres Torres, who landed on the DL after straining his left calf on Opening Day, completed a rehab assignment Saturday by going 1-for-3 with a walk, sacrifice bunt and run scored for Triple-A Buffalo. Torres is due to rejoin the Mets on Monday in Houston and should reoccupy center field. During five rehab games between Class A St. Lucie and Buffalo, Torres hit .263 (5-for-19) with one RBI, three steals, two walks and three strikeouts.

Vinny Rottino drove in Omar Quintanilla in the bottom of the ninth and Buffalo beat Rochester, 4-3, Saturday. Jeremy Hefner, in his first game since tossing three scoreless innings for the Mets against San Francisco, had the longest outing by a Bisons pitcher this season -- 7 2/3 innings. (Hefner was ineligible to replace Chris Schwinden in the rotation Wednesday in Houston, even if the Mets were inclined to do so, because he is required to spend 10 full days in the minors after being optioned.) Read the full minor league recap here.

Mike Kerwick in the Record wonders what type of card -- sympathy, thank you, etc. -- he ought to purchase Mike Pelfrey, who is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery this week. Pelfrey is traveling to Gulf Breeze, Fla., Monday to visit Dr. James Andrews. Pelfrey appears likely to be non-tendered in December. Writes Kerwick:

Teams always need pitching. A general manager with some gamble in him will roll the dice after that right elbow heals. But I wouldn't bank on getting a call from the Mets. I grab a card with Yoda on the cover. A challenge you face … succeed you will! We'll see about that. But I like the sentiment. It even plays the theme from "Star Wars."

TRIVIA: The Mets and Houston both debuted in 1962. Which Astros pitcher notched the most career wins against the Mets since their births?

Saturday's answer: Todd Helton is the Rockies' all-time leader in RBIs with 1,320 -- including on a fourth-inning double that scored Carlos Gonzalez on Saturday night. Larry Walker ranks second with 848. The rest of the top five: Dante Bichette 826, Vinny Castilla 745 and Andres Galarraga 579.