Friday, August 3, 2012
Mets morning briefing 8.3.12
By Adam Rubin
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ronny Cedeņo matched a career high with five RBIs and Chris Young surrendered one run in seven innings as the Mets beat the Giants, 9-1, Thursday afternoon at AT&T Park.
The Mets complete a three-city road trip this weekend in San Diego. R.A. Dickey (14-2, 2.83 ERA) opposes left-hander Clayton Richard (7-11, 4.14) in the series opener.
Friday's news reports:
• Frank Francisco is due to be activated today. He had landed on the disabled list June 23 with a left oblique strain. Elvin Ramirez would appear the logical roster casualty. Read more in the Post.
• Read Thursday's game recaps in the Post, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger, and Daily News.
• Brian Costa in the Journal profiles rookie left-hander Josh Edgin, who grew up on a farm in tiny Three Springs, Pa. Writes Costa:
There were 1,525 players selected in the 2010 draft. Only 20 have made it to the majors, according to Stats LLC. Only two of those were drafted after the 13th round. One is Edgin, 25, who has emerged as a promising lefty specialist. ... The contrast between Edgin and the Mets' other rookie pitcher from the 2010 draft is stark. Matt Harvey was drafted seventh overall and received a $2.5 million signing bonus, which was negotiated by his high-powered agent, Scott Boras. As the 902nd overall pick, Edgin received $2,000. Here is how he described the negotiation, which he handled personally: "They called and said, 'Hey, do you want to play?' And I said, 'Yeah.'"
• A day after Jordany Valdespin grew upset when he returned to his locker and saw his white T-shirt defaced, the rookie proudly wore the shirt in the clubhouse pregame Thursday and laughed off his veteran teammates' policing of attire rules that require a collared shirt. Writes columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post:
All this could be viewed as a welcoming moment for Valdespin. “El Hombre is what Thole calls me,’’ Valdespin said with a smile. “I don’t know why.’’ Valdespin knows now, though, that “You wear collared shirts to games, it’s a way to teach a lesson and have some fun.’’ When Valdespin was asked if he would pull such a prank on a rookie who does not follow the dress code when he’s a veteran, he quickly answered, “No, no, I’d never do that. You know why? Because you’ve got to respect everybody. The example here is this guy here, David Wright. He’s the captain of the team and he respects everybody. The respect is very important on this team.”
Thole insisted he had nothing to do with the prank. He said he learned some valuable lessons as a rookie that veterans Brian Schneider, Jeremy Reed and J.J. Putz taught him. “I will never forget the time when I first got called up and it was the second game of a road trip,’’ Thole said. “I took [batting practice], took a shower, got dressed, it was a 7:10 game and I rolled out about 7:05 and Jeremy Reed pulled me aside and aired me out, saying, ‘What are you doing? You’re supposed to be out here for the National Anthem.’ I didn’t know, I should have known but I didn’t. To this day I have never missed an anthem."
Read more in Newsday, the Times and Star-Ledger.
• Dustin Martin had a game-winning RBI single in the 12th to lift Binghamton to a 4-3 win in 12 innings against Harrisburg. Read Thursday's full minor league recap here.
• Zack Wheeler had an introductory press conference in Buffalo on Thursday, in advance of his scheduled Triple-A debut Sunday against Syracuse.
TRIVIA: Which members of the Mets' current 25-man roster also have played for the Padres?
Thursday's answer: Jason Marquis, who opposes Matt Harvey on Sunday at Petco Park, is a produce of Tottenville High School in Staten Island.