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Mark Teixeira's two-run homer in the sixth inning against Dillon Gee overcame a one-run deficit and the Yankees beat the Mets, 4-2, on Saturday night in the Bronx. Now, the Mets will send Jon Niese (4-2, 4.11 ERA) to the mound in Sunday's 1:05 p.m. game, looking to salvage the series finale against lefty Andy Pettitte (3-2, 2.78).
Sunday's news reports:
• Darin Gorski tossed eight scoreless innings and Eric Campbell homered twice as Binghamton routed the Yankees' Double-A Trenton affiliate, 12-0. Meanwhile, 49-year-old Jamie Moyer topped prospect Jenrry Mejia in Triple-A Buffalo's 5-0 loss. Read Saturday's full minor league recap here.
• Tony Bernazard, who was fired by the Mets in 2009, surfaced in the stands at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. Bernazard, accompanied by Jim Leyritz, told David Lennon in Newsday about his dismissal from the Mets: "I know what really happened. It was mostly lies." Kirk Nieuwenhuis, David Wright and trainer Ray Ramirez chatted with Bernazard pregame, according to Lennon. Bernazard declined to tell Newsday his current employer. As for his rooting interest in the Subway Series, Bernazard said: "I root for players -- not teams."
• Ike Davis said he received advice from Reggie Jackson on Friday, although manager Terry Collins noted listening to too many voices can further mess up a player. Davis' father Ron played for the Yankees. "I went to Old-Timers' games at old Yankee Stadium," Davis said. "And I got to meet Reggie a couple of times. And then in high school we had a workout with the Dodgers before the draft. And Reggie was there and I got to talk to him then. It's really the first time I got to see him since then. It's really cool that he recognized me. Obviously he's Reggie Jackson. We both went to ASU [Arizona State]. He's amazing. So it's great to talk to a guy like that."
As for the nature of Jackson's advice, Davis said: "We talked about hitting -- just to slow it down a little bit. He gave me good advice. Nothing with swing mechanics or anything. It's just that you have to make contact and let the ball go out of the yard, not try to hit the ball out of the yard. It was good stuff."
Davis went 1-for-2 with two walks Saturday, moving his average to .162. A team insider told ESPNNewYork.com that Davis needs to have a big week. Otherwise, Lucas Duda may be occupying first base once the Mets return to NL play on Friday and lose the DH.
On the play-him-or-bench-him-or-demote-him issue, columnist Joel Sherman in the Post writes about Davis:
Look, if the Mets were 28-32 and, as expected, entrenched in last place, then I could see playing for the future, letting Davis continue to try to work out of this season-long slump in the majors. But we are beyond Memorial Day, the Mets are surprise contenders and Davis is among the worst hitters in the sport (.162 average, just five homers). Therefore, there must be accountability to the whole roster and to the fan base to field the best team possible to try to win. “What is best for this club is Ike swinging the bat well, here,” hitting coach Dave Hudgens said. "... I hope he works through this here. He is one of our core guys. We need him to do well. ... If he gets out of this, he helps us win. I don’t have a crystal ball, so I don’t know if he is going to get out of it. But I know this, if we are going to compete on a large scale, we have to have Ike Davis in the middle of the lineup.”
• Lennon in Newsday discusses the power disparity between the Yankees and Mets. Writes Lennon:
What's kept the Mets alive? Timely hitting. They are hitting .256 with runners in scoring position, sixth in the NL, and .268 in those situations with two outs, which ranks second. It's helped that Wright is having an MVP-type season, but he can't continue to do it alone. With five homers in his last 10 games, Duda is shaping up to be a strong sidekick, but Collins has been holding his breath waiting for more bats to show up. "We seem to be riding David pretty much solely," Collins said, "so we've got to get some guys to chip in. Singles don't win many games in this park." That's become obvious. Not so obvious is the solution, and until that changes, the Mets can't go toe-to-toe with the Yankees in a longest-drive contest, as the last two days have shown.
• With the no-hitter drought behind them, Sherman notes in the Post, the Mets also are devoid of a 20-game winner since Frank Viola got there in 1990. Sherman adds that the Mets legitimately have a candidate for every individual postseason award -- Wright for MVP, R.A. Dickey for Cy Young, Nieuwenhuis for Rookie of the Year and Collins for Manager of the Year. Add to that, perhaps, Johan Santana as NL Comeback Player of the Year.
• Wright told Mark Hale in the Post his next contract -- which won't be negotiated in-season -- will be about playing in a place with a chance to win. "I want to win now. I want to win years from now,” Wright told Hale. “That’s going to be my deciding factor. Not money. I’ve been extremely lucky [financially]. The last thing I’m worried about is my next contract. That’s the honest truth.”
• Mike Kerwick in the Record laments the planned slicing of the Subway Series from six games per season to three or four with the shift of the Houston Astros to the American League in 2013.
• Justin Tasch in the Daily News speaks with Mets fan/entrepreneur Darren Meenan, who prints and sells Mets-themed T-shirts.
• Zach Berman in the Times profiles the latest Mets shortstop, Omar Quintanilla.
TRIVIA: Where did Quintanilla play college baseball?
Saturday's answer: Through Friday, the Mets had been outscored by 16 runs. Saturday's 4-2 loss then upped the run differential to minus-18, better than only Milwaukee (-21), Miami (-26), Houston (-30), Colorado (-31) and Chicago (-59) in the National League.
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