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Saturday, August 27, 2011
Mets morning briefing 8.27.11

By Adam Rubin

Chris Capuano struck out a career-high 13 batters and tossed his first shutout since July 6, 2006 with the Milwaukee Brewers. "I purposely kept not looking at how many pitches, so I wouldn't know how many I'd thrown," Capuano said.

The Mets won a homestand opener for the first time this season. They had been 0-10. Losing 10 straight homestand openers had matched the record for major league futility, previously done by the 1979 Mets.

The Mets, like the rest of the Northeast, now brace for Hurricane Irene, with play slated to resume Monday with a doubleheader against the Florida Marlins. Dillon Gee and R.A. Dickey take the mound that day in a revised rotation schedule.

Saturday news reports:

• ESPN Stats & Information's Mark Simon compares Capuano's outing to Tom Seaver's best as a Met on July 9, 1969. "That's probably the only time I'll be talked about in the same sentence as Tom Seaver," Capuano said.

Jose Reyes went 1-for-3 with a homer and played seven innings at shortstop in his second rehab game with Double-A Binghamton. He is due to play a full nine innings on Saturday with the B-Mets, weather-permitting, and plans to be activated Monday. Reyes continued to suggest his strained left hamstring appears to have healed. "He said the first day he wasn't going to steal any bases," B-Mets manager Wally Backman said Saturday night. "Tonight, he didn't have to steal any bases, he just had to trot around the bases. Jose has told me he feels great. His legs look great. That's a good thing. He's got a shot at winning the batting title. We'll have fun with it tomorrow for the last day." Read more in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.

Terry Collins still is planning for Reyes to be back in 2012. He said the shortstop will definitely get sporadic rest next year in a Mets uniform, because it's better to have Reyes in the starting lineup for 150 games healthy than to lose him periodically throughout the year because of injury and for him to only play only 100 games. Read more in the Post.

Jason Bay was scratched from Friday's game after jamming his right shoulder in Philadelphia attempting a diving catch against Placido Polanco Tuesday. The team reported an MRI came up clean. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• In a non-story that persists, David Wright was asked Friday about being placed on waivers by the Mets earlier tis month. Virtually all players in the majors are placed on waivers in August and then either clear or are pulled back. It is nothing specific to Wright. Wright noted the difference is that these days the secretive process is leaked more than in years' past.

"It just seems like this year has become more of one where front-office people are talking about what happens on waivers," Wright said, as quoted in Newsday. "I'm sure that I've been put on waivers before. I'm sure that I've been claimed, so I just think it's part of the process. But this is the first year I can remember it being somewhat of an issue. I don't really remember so many players, kind of the cat getting out of the bag, and who claimed them and this and that. But I guess that's the direction it's going. It doesn't affect me one way or another. I'm not going to lose any sleep over it or think twice about being put on waivers."

• Read game stories in the Times, Star-Ledger, Record, Post, Daily News and Newsday.

• With Scott Hairston (strained oblique) joining Jon Niese (strained intercostal muscle) on the disabled list, the Mets promoted 40-year-old right-hander Miguel Batista before Friday's game. Batista, or possibly D.J. Carrasco, will start Thursday against the Florida Marlins. Rosters expand that day, Sept. 1. The Mets will need a starter Friday as well in D.C. Presumably, Chris Schwinden and Pat Misch would be candidates.

• The postponed weekend games will be made up with a single-admission doubleheader against the Braves on Sept. 8, with first pitch at 4:10 p.m. Saturday tickets are good for that date. Sunday tickets must be exchanged for a ticket of comparable value. Read more in Star-Ledger.

• Where will the Mets go during a hurricane/tropical storm? Bay, who lives in Westchester, said he will just ride it out in his home. But Justin Turner, who lives in a Long Island City evacuation zone, is going to spend time on higher ground with Jason Isringhausen. Gee is going to join Josh Thole in Binghamton, where Thole's in-laws reside. A handful of players were considering riding out the storm at Citi Field. Read more in the Record and Times.

• The Mets' Arizona Fall League contingent will include right-handers Collin McHugh and Brandon Moore, second baseman Reese Havens and outfielder Juan Lagares, according to Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin.

BIRTHDAYS: Former outfielder Brian McRae turns 44. ... Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, a reliever for the Mets in 1993 and '94, turns 50.