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Saturday, July 7, 2012
All-homegrown for 4th time in Mets history

By Adam Rubin

The Mets' Saturday lineup against the Cubs is the fourth all-homegrown lineup in franchise history, and the second time this year.

In a game started by Jon Niese on April 26, the same eight position players were used -- Josh Thole, Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Ruben Tejada, Jordany Valdespin, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda. This time, it's Dillon Gee who gets the start.

Entering this season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other two instances of an all-homegrown lineup came in 1971, at Pittsburgh.

Sept. 17, 1971

Ted Martinez, 2b
Bud Harrelson, ss
Cleon Jones, lf
Ed Kranepool, 1b
Mike Jorgensen, cf
Ken Singleton, rf
Duffy Dyer, c
Tim Foli, 3b
Gary Gentry, p

Sept. 19, 1971
Martinez, 2b
Harrelson, ss
John Milner, lf
Kranepool, 1b
Jorgensen, cf
Singleton, rf
Dyer, c
Foli, 3b
Jerry Koosman, p