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Morning Briefing: Friday never happened

May, 24, 2014
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Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesDaisuke Matsuzaka will get a spot start in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader.
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FIRST PITCH: Friday officially never happened.

After playing 3˝ innings at Citi Field, then sitting through a 132-minute rain delay, the Mets’ series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks was washed away at Citi Field. The statistics, including Bartolo Colon serving up a two-run homer to Aaron Hill that had given the D-backs a 2-0 lead, will not count.

Zack Wheeler (1-4, 4.53 ERA) opposes right-hander Josh Collmenter (2-2, 4.02) on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. as previously scheduled.

The teams will now play a single-admission doubleheader at 1:10 p.m. Sunday, starting from scratch in the rainout makeup.

Rafael Montero starts Game 1 for the Mets, with Daisuke Matsuzaka getting a spot start in Game 2. Pitching coach Dan Warthen said he believes Matsuzaka is capable of logging 100 pitches despite solely working in relief during the regular season.

Bronson Arroyo and a minor-league call-up -- potentially Zeke Spruill -- will start Sunday’s games for the D-backs, with the order undeclared so far.

Both teams will be permitted to add a 26th player for the doubleheader. Assuming the Mets choose to add a reliever already on the 40-man roster for the day -- which is sensible -- Vic Black would seem the obvious choice. He has a 1.45 ERA in 17 relief appearances, but also has allowed 12 hits and 17 walks (one intentional) and hit a batter in 18 2/3 innings.

Saturday’s news reports:


Jon Soohoo/Getty ImagesJerry Seinfeld would rather enjoy eating a hot dog at the ballgame than own the club.


• Mets fan Jerry Seinfeld tells Scott Raab in Esquire he would have no interest in owning the ballclub. “Never even for a second. It would be an endless series of headaches morning till night,” Seinfeld said. “The peak of being a fan is a hotdog and a beer and a seat at the game. There’s nothing above that. Nothing above it.” Read more in the Star-Ledger.

Matt Harvey joined Linda Cohn on the “Listen Closely” podcast to talk Tommy John surgery, the New York Rangers and his social life. Listen here.

• The Mets have hired Harold Kaufman -- a former executive with the NBA’s Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans -- as executive director of communications. Kaufman will try to promote the Mets to non-sports audiences, such as via the entertainment and lifestyle media.

Writes Anthony McCarron in the Daily News on that topic:

Let’s hope that Harold Kaufman, the Mets’ new PR whiz, can play shortstop and smack a few balls over Citi Field’s deep fences because what the Mets need more than any media makeover is better players.

Their poor public image -- talked to a Met fan lately? -- is not a media problem. It’s a baseball problem. A good product equals good PR, not the other way around. That’s how this business works.

Read more in the Times.

• New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would love to be the next Mets GM. Read more in the Daily News.

Travid d’Arnaud is moving closer to a rehab assignment as his concussion symptoms have subsided.

Dillon Gee now looks like he will miss four turns in the rotation while on the disabled list with a lat-muscle strain. Gee said he plans to get on a mound for the first time since landing on the DL on Sunday. That means he may not return until June 5 at Wrigley Field, assuming he bumps Jacob deGrom from the rotation. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Read about the rainout and revised schedule in the Arizona Republic, Post, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

Curtis Granderson is hitting .310 with five homers and 14 RBIs in May, Brian Lewis writes in the Post. Read more in the Times.

Jenrry Mejia got over a mental hurdle Thursday by pitching for a second straight day, Mike Vorkunov writes in the Star-Ledger. Read more in Newsday.

• Kevin Plawecki delivered a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth for his 19th RBI in May and Binghamton beat New Britain, 3-2. Right-hander Matt Koch improved to 6-0 as St. Lucie beat Clearwater, 6-2. Read the full minor-league recap here.

BIRTHDAYS: Colon turns 41. ... Angels GM/ex-Met Jerry Dipoto is 46. ... Jae Weong Seo turns 37. ... Justin Hampson is 34.

TWEETS OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Is Daisuke Matsuzaka the correct choice to make Sunday’s spot start against the D-backs? (Noah Syndergaard logged 82 pitches Wednesday in Triple-A and would have been required to pitch on short rest Sunday -- not exactly a consideration.)

Series preview: Mets vs. D-backs

May, 23, 2014
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Getty ImagesThe Mets are due to face Chase Anderson, Josh Collmenter and Bronson Arroyo this weekend.
METS (21-25, fourth place/NL East) vs. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (18-31, fifth place/NL West)

Friday: RHP Bartolo Colon (3-5, 5.34) vs. RHP Chase Anderson (2-0, 5.06), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-4, 4.53) vs. RHP Josh Collmenter (2-2, 4.02), 4:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Rafael Montero (0-2, 6.97) vs. RHP Bronson Arroyo (4-3, 4.45), 1:10 p.m. ET

Diamondbacks short hops

• Tony La Russa, who is due to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 27, was hired as the team’s chief baseball officer last Saturday. He last was affiliated with a team in 2011, when he managed the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series title. La Russa more recently worked with commissioner Bud Selig, including on implementing the new instant-replay and plate-collision guidelines. La Russa has final say on all baseball matters, which means longtime GM Kevin Towers has been stripped of considerable power.


Rick Scuteri/USA TODAY SportsTony La Russa has taken over as D-backs chief baseball officer.


“Until I really get more time to sit down with Tony to really find out structure, process, reporting and job responsibilities, I’m taking the high road and looking at this as hopefully a good thing for the organization,” Towers told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I certainly don’t want to be a pseudo-GM. The front office role will be new to him, and I’m hoping I can help him in ways too, like with the daily calendar and what’s important come June and July.”

• Right-hander Chase Anderson’s third major-league start comes against the Mets. He debuted May 11, limiting the Chicago White Sox to one run on two hits and a walk while striking out six in 5 1/3 innings. Bullpen coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. told the Arizona Republic that Anderson has the best changeup in their system. The 26-year-old Anderson, a ninth-round pick in 2009 from the University of Oklahoma, had been 4-2 with a 0.69 ERA and 0.718 WHIP in six starts at Double-A Mobile. He logged only 205 1/3 innings from 2011 through ’13 because of elbow troubles, which also prompted the organization to convert him to a reliever to close last season in Triple-A. Anderson had a 6.52 ERA in 13 relief appearances and reverted to starting this year.

• The Mets are seeing the reigning co-NL Players of the Week in consecutive series. Yasiel Puig has departed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but fellow winner A.J. Pollock now arrives at Citi Field with the D-backs. Pollock, a center fielder, hit .500 (11-for-22) with two homers last week.

• Left fielder Mark Trumbo, who was acquired during the offseason from the Los Angeles Angels, has been sidelined since April 21 with a stress fracture in his left foot. Trumbo had been hitting .210 with seven homers and 19 RBIs in 81 at-bats. Righty-hitting Cody Ross primarily has played the position in Trumbo’s absence, with lefty-hitting rookie Ender Inciarte also seeing some action in left field.

Didi Gregorius, the expendable shortstop for the D-backs, is hitting .296 with three homers, 20 RBIs and a .386 on-base percentage in 186 at-bats with Triple-A Reno. Chris Owings, who beat out Gregorius for the D-backs’ shortstop job, is hitting .275 with two homers and seven RBIs in 142 at-bats. Gregorius has appeared in 30 games at second base and 18 games at shortstop in the Pacific Coast League this season as the D-backs try to increase his versatility in case they retain him.

• Ex-Met Oliver Perez has a 1.26 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings over his past 15 appearances.

• First baseman Paul Goldschmidt’s 33 RBIs rank fifth in the National League. His .315 average is 10th. Goldschmidt hit a 437-foot homer against Shaun Marcum last season at Citi Field.

• After opening the season in the bullpen, Josh Collmenter entered the rotation April 14 to face the Mets in Phoenix. He allowed three runs in four innings. Collmenter swapped roles with Randall Delgado, who had allowed nine runs in 7 1/3 innings over a pair of early season starts.

Bronson Arroyo signed a two-year, $23.5 million contract with the D-backs on Feb. 7. The deal includes an $11 million team option for 2016 or $4.5 million buyout. Arroyo, 37, has reached the 200-inning plateau eight of the past nine years. The exception: 2011 with the Cincinnati Reds, when he was one inning shy. The Mets battered Arroyo for nine runs in 3 1/3 innings on April 15 at Chase Field. Kirk Nieuwenhuis delivered a two-run homer.

• Second baseman Aaron Hill returned Wednesday after missing three games with a sore shoulder.

• Third baseman Martin Prado departed Sunday’s game with a blurry left eye, but was prescribed medicine and did not miss a start.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Diamondbacks 2

April, 16, 2014
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PHOENIX -- Dillon Gee retired the first 14 batters he faced and the Mets are now above .500 for the first time this season.

Gee tossed seven scoreless innings and Anthony Recker homered and doubled as the Mets swept the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 5-2 win Wednesday at Chase Field.

After winning six of nine games on a trip to the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels and Diamondbacks, the Mets improved to 8-7 this season. They outscored Arizona 21-5 in the series.

It marked the Mets’ first sweep in Phoenix since a four-game series in 2006, when Carlos Beltran went 9-for-17 with 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored.

The reeling D-backs have lost six straight and dropped to an MLB-worst 4-14 this season.

The Mets carried a shutout bid into the ninth, in which Jose Valverde surrendered consecutive homers to Aaron Hill and Paul Goldschmidt to open the inning, snapping a streak of 18 straight scoreless innings by Mets pitchers.

Gee did not allow a baserunner until Martin Prado’s two-out double in the fifth.

He allowed only two other hits.

One came when Gerardo Parra dropped a single in front of center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis with two outs in the sixth. Despite the D-backs trailing 3-0, Parra aggressively tried for a double with second base seemingly uncovered. However, Nieuwenhuis recovered the baseball and delivered it to Ruben Tejada, who in turn threw to Gee manning second, where he applied the tag.

The final hit against Gee came on a one-out double off the center-field wall by Goldschmidt in the seventh.

Gee managed to escape that inning unscathed. The next batter, Miguel Montero, sent a shot to the right-field wall, where Andrew Brown (2-for-5) made a stellar leaping catch. After a visit from pitching coach Dan Warthen, Gee then stranded Goldschmidt in scoring position with a Mark Trumbo groundout to complete his outing.

Gee’s line: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. He threw 72 pitches (48 strikes).

This season, Gee has allowed a .375 opponent batting average from his 76th pitch onward, and Terry Collins undoubtedly sensed him fading with the D-backs squaring up balls in the seventh.

Gee tossed the fewest pitches by a Mets starter in a performance of at least seven innings since Robert Person on June 13, 1996 (7 IP, 70 pitches against St. Louis).

In the eighth, Kyle Farnsworth entered and allowed a pair of baserunners, but he got a big strikeout call on a two-seam fastball with the count full against Eric Chavez for the second out. Scott Rice then entered and retired Parra to strand two inherited D-backs.

Valverde, pitching for the first time since surrendering a game-tying, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth to the Angels’ Raul Ibanez on Saturday, had plenty of wiggle room after the Mets scored two runs in the top of the ninth to open a 5-0 lead. He needed it. With the two long balls surrendered by Valverde, Mets pitchers have now allowed an MLB-high 22 homers. The D-backs are second with 21.

Recker, in only his third start this season as the backup to Travis d’Arnaud, belted his second homer. The second-inning shot against Brandon McCarthy opened the scoring.

The Mets opened a 2-0 lead in the fourth when Ike Davis walked, Brown doubled and Nieuwenhuis produced a sacrifice fly. The Mets’ third run came in the sixth, when Brown singled, Recker doubled and Gee had an RBI groundout after an intentional walk to Tejada.

The Mets tacked on ninth-inning runs on RBI singles by Daniel Murphy and David Wright in a frame that also included two Arizona errors.

Welcome back: Curtis Granderson grounded out as a pinch hitter in the eighth. It marked his first game action since bruising his left wrist, rib cage and knee in a collision with the outfield wall Monday. He is expected to return to the starting lineup Friday.

What’s next: The Mets try to duplicate their road success at Citi Field, at which they are 2-4 this season and 105-144 in four seasons under general manager Sandy Alderson.

After an off day, Jonathon Niese (0-1, 3.46 ERA) opposes Atlanta Braves right-hander Aaron Harang (2-1, 0.96) on Friday at 7:10 p.m.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 9, D-backs 5

August, 11, 2013
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PHOENIX -- Jonathon Niese struggled in his first major league start in more than seven weeks but nonetheless contributed six innings and earned the victory Sunday afternoon.

Andrew Brown's three-run homer in the seventh against right-hander Will Harris opened a four-run lead en route to an 9-5 rubber-game win against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.


Norm Hall/Getty ImagesArizona's Cody Ross suffered a dislocated right hip running to first base in the first inning.


It was Brown's second career pinch-hit homer. He also went deep in that role June 20 against Atlanta Braves left-hander Mike Minor.

Wilmer Flores produced a ninth-inning solo homer against Heath Bell -- the rookie's first big league long ball. It extended Flores' streak of games with an RBI to five. Flores now has nine RBIs in his first six major league games.

Staked to a 5-1 lead, Niese served up a three-run homer to Aaron Hill in the third that pulled Arizona within a run. But Niese, who had been on the disabled list with a partial tear of the rotator cuff in his left shoulder since a June 20 start, completed his outing with three straight scoreless innings.

He created his own jam in the sixth when he fielded Tuffy Gosewisch's comebacker and then bounced a throw to second base attempting to initiate a double play. But Niese rallied to strand two baserunners and preserve a 5-4 lead by consecutively striking out Cliff Pennington and pinch hitter Jason Kubel.

Niese's line: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. He threw 83 pitches (56 strikes).

Walk in the park: Ike Davis, now batting .205, reached base eight straight plate appearances over two games before a ninth-inning strikeout. Davis had three walks and a single Sunday.

Bad run: The Mets had four runners thrown out on the bases in the series. In the series finale, Mike Baxter was retired at the plate trying to score from first base on Omar Quintanilla's third-inning single. Marlon Byrd (attempting an inside-the-park homer) and Juan Lagares (attempting a triple) were thrown out Friday. Flores was retired going first to third Saturday.

Olé: The Mets scored four unearned runs in the first inning. Rookie Zeke Spruill was poised to escape a bases-loaded, two-out jam unscathed. But first baseman Paul Goldschmidt missed Baxter's would-be inning-ending grounder and three runs scored. Anthony Recker followed with a run-scoring double past third baseman Martin Prado.

Ouch: Arizona's Cody Ross dislocated his right hip running to first base on a first-inning groundout.

What's next: The Mets open a three-game series in Los Angeles against the red-hot Dodgers. Jenrry Mejia (1-1, 1.96 ERA) opposes right-hander Ricky Nolasco (8-9, 3.65) in Monday's 10:10 p.m. ET series opener. The Mets will avoid facing Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in the series.

Wheel deals in 10th major league start

August, 11, 2013
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Zack WheelerRalph Freso/Getty ImagesZack Wheeler improved to 5-2 with a 3.63 ERA.
PHOENIX -- New York Mets rookie Zack Wheeler found it hard to believe he has now made 10 major league starts.

"It's already 10 starts?" Wheeler asked after limiting the Arizona Diamondbacks to one run in 6 1/3 innings in a 4-1 win on Saturday night. "It definitely is going fast. It doesn't even feel like it. I'm definitely enjoying it, trying to learn something new every day and just hold my own up here."

Wheeler now owns a 5-2 record and 3.63 ERA.

He took a scoreless effort into the seventh before surrendering a leadoff homer on his 100th pitch, a curveball to Aaron Hill. Wheeler did not walk a batter for the first time since his promotion. He had 28 walks in 50 2/3 innings entering the start.

"You don't walk guys and you've got his stuff, you're going to win games," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "If you don't put people on, you make them swing the bat -- hitting is hard. And hitting a guy with that kind of stuff is real hard. If he continues to not walk people, he's going to win a lot of games."

Wheeler also was able to maintain his velocity throughout the outing. His fastball averaged 95 mph and ranged from 93 to 96 mph.

"I know it's been dropping a little bit as I go later in the games, but I felt strong when I came out," Wheeler said.

Wheeler thought he found something two starts earlier against the Marlins, when he took a scoreless effort into the seventh.

"Ever since Miami, I just found something," Wheeler said. "I don't even know what it is. But it's flowing right now and it feels good, and it allows me to throw downhill and sharpens up my off-speed pitches a little bit."

Collins noted that with Matt Harvey and Wheeler, plus with what is on the way, the Mets are in good shape. Rafael Montero allowed one run on two hits in seven innings for Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday night. Noah Syndergaard tossed five scoreless innings for Double-A Binghamton.

"We continue to look down the road saying, those two young guys that we've got, and with more coming, it's going to be pretty fun here real soon," Collins said.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, D-backs 1

August, 10, 2013
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PHOENIX -- The future is starting to look bright.

Zack Wheeler took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning, Wilmer Flores drove in three runs and Juan Lagares homered as the Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 on Saturday night at Chase Field.

Lagares went deep, and Flores drove in a run for the fourth straight game as the Mets grabbed a 2-0 lead against D-backs starter Brandon McCarthy in the fourth inning. With the Mets clinging to a one-run lead in the eighth, Flores followed a two-out intentional walk to Ike Davis with a bases-loaded two-run single to give the Mets a three-run cushion.

Matt York/Associated PressZack Wheeler took a shutout bid into the seventh inning.
Flores now has eight RBIs in his first five major league games. He did depart on a double switch for the third time since his promotion, this time a half-inning after the key two-run single. Justin Turner again took over at third base.

The aged played a role in the win, too: After inheriting the bases loaded from Carlos Torres with two outs in the eighth, Pedro Feliciano struck out Gerardo Parra looking to preserve the 4-1 lead. Lefty batters are now 0-for-7 against Feliciano since the southpaw’s promotion.

LaTroy Hawkins notched his third save -- his most in a season since 2009 with Houston, when he had 11.

Davis went 2-for-2 with two walks to lift his average to .203. It marks the first time this season Davis has been above the Mendoza Line. Davis doubled and scored the Mets’ second run on Flores’ fourth-inning single.

Wheeler’s line: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR.

Until he surrendered a solo homer to Aaron Hill to open the bottom of the seventh on pitch No. 100, only one runner had reached scoring position against Wheeler -- when Paul Goldschmidt stole second with two outs in the first inning. Wheeler proceeded to strike out Hill in that instance.

Scott Rice inherited a runner on first base with one out from Wheeler in the seventh. The southpaw ultimately loaded the bases before retiring Adam Eaton on a grounder to preserve a 2-1 lead.

Wheeler, Flores and Lagares, meanwhile, weren’t the only Mets youngsters starring Saturday evening.

In Double-A, Noah Syndergaard tossed another five scoreless innings before he was pulled after only 56 pitches to conserve his innings. Syndergaard, acquired in December with Travis d’Arnaud in the deal that sent R.A. Dickey to Toronto, has now allowed only one run and five hits in 16 innings over his past three Binghamton starts. He has struck out 16 and walked one during that stretch.

What’s next: Jonathon Niese returns from the disabled list to oppose right-hander Zeke Spruill (0-1, 6.48 ERA) at 4:10 p.m. ET Sunday. Niese (3-6, 4.32), who made three minor league starts while working back from a partial rotator cuff tear, will make his first major league start since June 20.

Series preview: Mets vs. Diamondbacks

May, 3, 2012
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The Mets face three starters for the first time this weekend: (l to r) Wade Miley, Patrick Corbin and Trevor Cahill.
METS (13-12, third place/NL East) vs. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (13-13, second place/NL West)

Friday: RHP Dillon Gee (2-2, 4.85) vs. LHP Wade Miley (3-0, 1.29), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: LHP Johan Santana (0-2, 2.25) vs. LHP Patrick Corbin (1-1, 4.76), 4:05 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP R.A. Dickey (3-1, 4.45) vs. RHP Trevor Cahill (2-2, 3.13), 1:05 p.m. ET

Diamondbacks short hops

• Left-hander Wade Miley topped the Mets’ Kirk Nieuwenhuis for the NL Rookie of the Month honor for April, which was announced Wednesday. Miley, 25, limited opponents to a .133 average with seven walks and 15 strikeouts in 21 innings spanning five appearances (two starts). He became the third Diamondbacks player to be recognized since the monthly award’s inception in 2001, joining Gerardo Parra (May 2009) and Daniel Hudson (August 2010). Miley originally pitched in relief of shaky Josh Collmenter’s starts, logging as much as four innings an appearance. The southpaw entered the rotation when Hudson landed on the DL with a shoulder impingement. Hudson is due to throw a bullpen session for the first time early next week at Chase Field.

• Center fielder Chris Young has been on the DL since April 18 with a right shoulder injury. An MRI revealed a small tear of the ligament in the AC joint as well as a severe bruise. He has started swinging in a cage. GM Kevin Towers reportedly watched Vladimir Guerrero work out in the Dominican Republic on Monday, but there is no firm resolve to sign the veteran with Young’s absence not expected to be prolonged. Righty-hitting rookie A.J. Pollock (.120) and lefty-hitting Parra (.256) have been sharing center-field duty in Young’s absence. Pollock is a native of Hebron, Conn. He attended Notre Dame, where he was the Irish’s first MVP in consecutive seasons since Aaron Heilman in 2000 and ’01.


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Ex-Met J.J. Putz blew his second save of the season Wednesday, at D.C.


• Shortstop Stephen Drew began game action Monday in a minor league intrasquad game as he works back from surgery to repair a right ankle fracture he suffered last July 20 sliding on a play at the plate. John McDonald and Willie Bloomquist have shared the shortstop role minus Drew. Collectively, they have committed only two errors. McDonald’s homer on April 17 against the Pittsburgh Pirates was his first since last May 11 against the Boston Red Sox. He had been acquired with Aaron Hill from the Toronto Blue Jays last Aug. 23 for Kelly Johnson.

• Left fielder Jason Kubel signed a two-year, $16 million contract as a free agent on Dec. 12 that includes a team option for 2014. Thursday’s 0-for-4 night at Washington interrupted a streak in which the ex-Twin had hit safely in 13 of 14 games (.393, 22-for-56). Kubel leads major league outfielders in assists with six. During his Twins tenure, he had split time nearly evenly between the outfield and DH.

• Third baseman Ryan Roberts’ struggles at the plate and in field have opened the door for Cody Ransom to chip away at his playing time at the hot corner. Despite singling in three at-bats Thursday, Roberts is in a 3-for-34 rut and is hitting .167 this season. Ransom has started seven of the Diamondbacks’ past 11 games at third base.

• Syracuse-area native Patrick Corbin makes his second major league start Saturday. He won his major league debut, 9-5, at Miami on April 30, allowing three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. Corbin was selected for the call-up over top-rated prospects Tyler Skaggs (No. 3 Baseball America) and Trevor Bauer (No. 1). Corbin supplanted the ineffective Collmenter (0-2, 9.82 ERA in four starts) in the rotation. Collmenter has moved to the bullpen, but has yet to appear in that role. Corbin had been 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA at Double-A Mobile before the promotion. He was acquired with left-hander Joe Saunders and Skaggs from the Los Angeles Angels in the July 25, 2010 trade for right-hander Dan Haren.

• Right-hander Trevor Cahill arrived from Oakland during the offseason along with left-hander Craig Breslow and cash for right-handers Jarrod Parker and Ryan Cook and outfielder Collin Cowgill.

• Hill has reached base safely in 20 straight games. His 74 homers trail only Dan Uggla and Robinson Cano for the most long balls by a second baseman since 2009.

• Ex-Met J.J. Putz had a 28-game save streak snapped April 14 at Colorado. He blew his second save chance of the season Wednesday at Washington. Putz surrendered a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth to Ian Desmond.

• Catcher Miguel Montero has thrown out seven of 14 would-be base stealers. He is backed up behind the plate by ex-Met Henry Blanco.

Matchups

Gee vs. Diamondbacks (career: 1-1, 4.91 ERA)
Paul Goldschmidt 1.000, 1 PA
Cody Ransom .500, 2 RBI, 2 PA
Justin Upton .400, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 6 PA
Miguel Montero .200, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 5 PA
Gerardo Parra .200, 1 RBI, 1 K, 5 PA
Lyle Overbay .167, 6 PA
Ryan Roberts .167, 1 RBI, 6 PA

Santana vs. Diamondbacks (career: 2-0, 0.62 ERA)
Miguel Montero .333, 1 K, 3 PA
Jason Kubel .333, 1 RBI, 3 PA
Justin Upton .250, 2 BB, 3 K, 6 PA
Willie Bloomquist .214, 1 RBI, 1 K, 14 PA
Henry Blanco .125, 1 BB, 3 K, 9 PA
Aaron Hill .111, 1 RBI, 1 K, 9 PA
Lyle Overbay .091, 2 BB, 8 K, 13 PA
John McDonald .077, 1 BB, 2 K, 14 PA

Dickey vs. Diamondbacks (career: 0-1, 3.86 ERA)
John McDonald 1.000, 2 PA
Jason Kubel .600, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 5 PA
Willie Bloomquist .571, 2 RBI, 7 PA
Gerardo Parra .500, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 PA
Aaron Hill .500, 1 RBI, 2 PA
Justin Upton .250, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K, 4 PA
Lyle Overbay .071, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 16 PA
Henry Blanco .000, 1 K, 2 PA
Cody Ransom .000, 1 K, 2 PA

Miley vs. Mets (career: never faced)

Corbin vs. Mets (career: never faced)

Cahill vs. Mets (career: never faced)
Andres Torres .222, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 10 PA

Last series results

Arizona won, 3-0, at Chase Field, Aug. 12-14, 2011 (AP game recaps)

Diamondbacks 4, Mets 3: Ian Kennedy won his seventh straight start to become the National League's second 15-game winner. Kennedy (15-3) allowed a run on six hits in seven innings to tie Philadelphia's Roy Halladay for the most wins in the NL. Justin Upton homered, Cody Ransom doubled in two runs and Kennedy helped himself with an RBI double as Arizona pulled two games ahead of second-place San Francisco. Jason Bay went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI single in the Mets' third straight loss and ninth in 12 games. Arizona first baseman/outfielder Xavier Nady's left hand was broken when he was hit by a pitch from Dillon Gee in the second inning.

Diamondbacks 6, Mets 4: Ryan Roberts hit a three-run homer and the Diamondbacks came from behind to win for the 33rd time this season. Daniel Hudson (12-8) allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits in eight innings. Hudson also had a run-scoring single, his 13th RBI of the year. J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless ninth for his 29th save in 33 attempts. Mike Pelfrey was hit by a line drive off the bat of Gerardo Parra leading off the fifth inning and had to leave the game with a bruised right elbow. His team led 4-2 at the time. Reliever D.J. Carrasco (1-3) came on to hit Willie Bloomquist, then Roberts followed with his 16th home run of the season on the first pitch he saw.

Diamondbacks 5, Mets 3: Justin Upton homered, Paul Goldschmidt doubled twice and Arizona earned its sixth consecutive win. Diamondbacks starter Jason Marquis, acquired in a July 30 trade from Washington, was hit on the right shin by a line drive in the third and left the game one inning later with a broken shinbone. Goldschmidt doubled and scored on Henry Blanco's double to give Arizona a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning. Zach Duke (3-4), who came on in relief of Marquis, allowed two runs and four hits over 2 2/3 innings and David Hernandez pitched the ninth for his 11th save. Chris Capuano (9-11) allowed four runs and nine hits over six innings.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187