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Saturday, May 25, 2013
Morning briefing: Let's start in the ninth

By Matt Ehalt

At least the Mets didn't lose.

The Mets and Braves were suspended in the ninth inning Friday with the score tied at 5-5, and the game will be resumed at 6:10 p.m. Saturday. It will pick up at the beginning of the ninth inning, with the Braves coming to bat.

The Mets led 3-2 after six, but Atlanta rallied to take a 5-3 lead. The Mets then tied the score in the bottom of the eighth.

Saturday's news reports

• Read game recaps in the Daily News, Post, Star-Ledger, The Record, Newsday, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Ike Davis recorded the golden sombrero with four strikeouts Friday night. He's batting .143 and has one hit in his past 42 at-bats. With Davis struggling, Wilmer Flores has been playing first base for Triple-A Las Vegas. Mets manager Terry Collins also said that Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda and Justin Turner could play first base if needed. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Collins pulled Jeremy Hefner after six innings with the starter in position to win his first game. Of course, the bullpen didn't allow that to happen, but Collins wanted to get Hefner out of there on a positive note.

• The suspended game's continuation might not be shown on television Saturday because SNY and Fox are sharing a production truck. Fox is broadcasting the second game at 7:15 p.m. and has the national rights to the second game.

• Executives told ESPNNewYork.com their predictions for when the Super 2 deadline will be, which relates to the Mets promoting top prospect Zack Wheeler and when he can make his debut. Read more in the Daily News and the Post.

• Here are the projected pitching matchups for the Subway Series.

David Wright has zero regrets about re-signing with the Mets this offseason.

Bobby Parnell hasn't had many save opportunities this season.

• Hitting coach Dan Hudgens told the Post that he likes having Davis in Flushing and doesn't want to think about the first baseman being sent to Triple-A.

• Reliever Jeurys Familia (biceps) will begin a rehab assignment Saturday as he works his way back to the big leagues, and closer Frank Francisco (elbow) is status quo, per Collins. Francisco last pitched on May 8. Read more in the Star-Ledger and The Record.

• Anthony McCarron writes in the Daily News that it's time to send Davis down to Triple-A. Joel Sherman in the Post also writes that Davis should be demoted.

• Ken Davidoff in the Post writes that the Mets' struggles as a team have put more focus on Davis' struggles at the plate and in the field.

From the bloggers ... MetsMinors.Net writes about Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard being hope for the future. ... Metsmerized writes it's not the hitting approach that's the problem but the execution. ... Faith and Fear in Flushing puts the suspended game in historical context.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets outfielder Scott Hairston turns 33, and former Mets pitcher Chris Young turns 34. Both played for the Mets last season.

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— Jay Horwitz (@Jay_HorwitzPR) May 24, 2013
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