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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Mets morning briefing 5.17.12

By Kieran Darcy

Johan Santana pitched well enough to win on Wednesday night, but the bullpen squandered another lead and the Mets fell to the Cincinnati Reds, 6-3. It was the ninth time in 20 chances this season the pen has blown a lead.

Jon Rauch took the loss for Mets, giving up three runs in the eighth, in one-third of an inning. D.J. Carrasco also gave up a homer in the eighth and was designated for assignment after the game. The Mets called up lefty reliever Robert Carson to take Carrasco's place.

Wednesday's news reports:

• Carrasco didn't help his cause by beaning Ryan Braun and subsequently getting tossed from the game in the Mets' 8-0 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday. He had a 6.11 ERA in 46 appearances with the Mets over the past two seasons.

Read more on Carrasco in the Post and the Times.

• Manager Terry Collins reiterated Wednesday that his relationship with David Wright is sound, despite Wright's anger after being pulled from Tuesday night's game after Carrasco's plunking of Braun.

Wright went 0-for-2 with two walks on Wednesday night, "dropping" his batting average to .402. Read game recaps in the Daily News, the Post, the Times, Newsday, the Star-Ledger and the Record.

• The Mets were officially announced as the hosts of the 2013 MLB All-Star Game on Wednesday, and at the news conference, owner Fred Wilpon gushed about Wright, saying the third baseman "is playing like a superstar right now."

Columnist Ken Davidoff of the Post wrote that we saw a very different Fred Wilpon on Wednesday. Read more about Wilpon's comments in the Daily News and Newsday.

• Santana has gotten a no-decision in five of his eight starts this season. He's 1-2 with a 2.89 ERA.

Read more about Santana in the Post.

• News flash -- Ike Davis actually got a hit on Wednesday night, an RBI double in the sixth inning, snapping an 0-for-16 skid. Read more in the Daily News.

Davis is still batting only .167, but don't expect him to be demoted to the minors, according to the Post.

• Reds rookie third baseman Todd Frazier had a night to remember on Wednesday, smacking two home runs, including a two-run shot in the eighth inning. Frazier is a local product -- he went to Rutgers and played on a Toms River, N.J., team that won the Little League World Series. Read more on Frazier from columnist John Harper in the Daily News.

TRIVIA: R.A. Dickey, the Mets' starter on Thursday, was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 1996 -- in what round?

Tuesday's answer: Cincinnati's Adam Dunn and Joe Randa consecutively homered off Braden Looper on April 4, 2005 to spoil Pedro Martinez's debut as a Met.