New York Mets: Boone Logan

Series preview: Mets at Phillies

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Bill Streicher/USA TODAY SportsDavid Buchanan makes his second major league start Friday against the Mets.
METS (24-28, fourth place/NL East) vs. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (23-27, fourth place/NL East)

Thursday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-5, 4.63) vs. RHP David Buchanan (1-0, 3.60), 7:05 p.m. ET

Friday: RHP Rafael Montero (0-2, 4.96) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.51), 7:05 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (0-2, 1.83) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (1-5, 4.04), 3:05 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.74) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.43), 1:35 p.m. ET

Monday: RHP Bartolo Colon (4-5, 4.73) vs. RHP Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 3.76), 7:05 p.m. ET

Phillies short hops

Cliff Lee landed on the disabled list on May 20 with a flexor-tendon strain in his left elbow. David Buchanan replaced Lee in the rotation. Buchanan, 25, allowed two runs in five innings and earned the win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his major-league debut on Saturday, despite getting pulled at 66 pitches. Buchanan, a former seventh-round pick out of Georgia State, averaged 91.5 mph with his fastball in his debut. He was one of the limited options available. Jonathan Pettibone, who made two mid-April starts for the Phillies, is out with a labrum tear in his right shoulder. Pettibone has opted for a cortisone injection and rehab over surgery.

• Second baseman Chase Utley’s .335 average ranks third in the National League, trailing Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki (.369) and L.A.’s Yasiel Puig (.344). Utley leads NL second basemen in the initial All-Star voting tally. He has 509,390 votes, already considerably ahead of runner-up Dee Gordon of the Dodgers (304,258).


Kathy Willens/Associated PressJimmy Rollins is 13 hits shy of matching the Phillies franchise record.


Darin Ruf made his season debut May 21 after opening the year on the disabled list with a left oblique strain. The righty-hitting first baseman/outfielder started Tuesday over Ryan Howard against Colorado Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg suggested Ruf could continue to cut into Howard’s playing time at first base against southpaws, despite Howard earning $25 million a season through 2016.

Howard nonetheless had success against a southpaw on Wednesday. After a four-RBI performance that included a walk-off three-run homer against Rockies left-handed reliever Boone Logan, Howard is now three RBIs shy of 1,000 for his career. He should need the fewest games of any active major leaguer to reach that plateau. Albert Pujols is the current fastest among active players to 1,000 RBIs, at 1,257 games. Howard has played in 1,227 games.

• Catcher Carlos Ruiz’s .387 on-base percentage ranks second in the majors among catchers, trailing only Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy (.397).

Kyle Kendrick on Monday notched his first win since Aug. 6, snapping a streak of 16 straight winless starts. Kendrick tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a 9-0 win against the Rockies.

• Third baseman Cody Asche landed on the DL on Sunday with a left hamstring strain. Cesar Hernandez (.132, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 38 at-bats) has started six straight games at third base.

• Center fielder Ben Revere produced his first major-league homer on Tuesday. It came in his 1,466th at-bat. That was the longest drought to begin a major-league career since Frank Taveras went homerless in his first 1,594 at-bats from 1972-77.

Jimmy Rollins became the 12th active player to appear in 2,000 games on Wednesday. The leader is Derek Jeter at 2,646 games. Rollins ranks second in Phillies history, trailing only Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt (2,404). Rollins had been 0-for-15 before a seventh-inning single Wednesday. That single gave him 2,221 career hits. The franchise record is 2,234, by Schmidt. Rollins already owns the franchise record for doubles (464).

• The last time the Mets met the Phillies, Sandberg alleged he lost six pounds after receiving food poisoning from a Shake Shack burger at Citi Field. Like Lucas Duda, Sandberg since has made amends with the popular restaurant chain. He posed in a Shake Shack T-shirt tweeted by the company.

A Mets free-agent shoppers guide

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Getty ImagesPlayers who could be of value to the Mets: Shin-Soo Choo, Stephen Drew, Bronson Arroyo.
When putting together a list of the priorities for the Mets in this offseason's free-agent market, you must be realistic.

To think that the team is going to land anyone with a nine-figure salary is a longshot (no matter what Sandy Alderson says), so cross Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury off any wish-lists.

Logic would also dictate that pitchers for whom the market might provide a four-year commitment comparable to the one Edwin Jackson got last winter (four years, $52 million) are not what this front office is looking for, so scratch off Matt Garza and Ricky Nolasco (and probably Ubaldo Jimenez, Tim Lincecum and Ervin Santana). We also left out a few pitchers with strong preferences for specific teams or markets-- A.J. Burnett (Pirates), Dan Haren (West Coast), Tim Hudson (Braves) and Hiroki Kuroda (Yankees/Japan).

But there are players who would be good fits for this team, which most likely will be shopping for multiple outfielders, a shortstop, both starting pitchers and relievers, and maybe a backup catcher.

What is below is a list arranged alphabetically, rather than by rank, of 20 targets that we deemed realistic based on educated guesses and available information. When the World Series concludes, these players will be on the market for the Mets to pursue.

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Rapid Reaction: Yankees 4, Mets 3

June, 23, 2012
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WHAT IT MEANS: Little Jerry Seinfeld may be the chicken, but it was the Mets who laid an egg in the seventh inning as the Yankees rallied to win 4-3 on Saturday before a Citi Field-record crowd of 42,122.

Chris Young had breezed through six innings, blanking the Yankees while allowing only two hits. Things then unraveled quickly.

With the Mets leading 3-0 thanks to an RBI single by Young that chased Ivan Nova the previous half-inning, Young walked Mark Teixeira to open the seventh.

Nick Swisher followed by sending a sinking line drive to right field. Lucas Duda initially stepped backward. He changed direction too late. Not only did the catchable ball drop in front of Duda, it also skipped by the novice right fielder. Swisher was credited with a double.

Raul Ibañez then sent the next pitch over the right-field wall for a three-run homer that evened the score.

That ended Young's night, but not the Yankees' surge. Two batters later, Eric Chavez delivered his first career pinch-hit homer, against Jon Rauch, as the Yankees grabbed a 4-3 lead.

Rauch suffered his seventh defeat, which moved him even with Houston's Fernando Rodriguez for the most losses in the majors.

ON STRIKES: A pair of strikeouts in the seventh, then two more in the eighth, undermined a Mets comeback bid.

Jordany Valdespin had a leadoff double in the seventh and reached third on a groundout, but southpaw Boone Logan entered and consecutively struck out Duda and Daniel Murphy as the opportunity to even the score at 4 went for naught.

The Mets placed two runners on base with one out in the eighth against David Robertson, but pinch hitter Justin Turner and Kirk Nieuwenhuis consecutively struck out.

THE SCORE: The Mets had owned a 3-0 lead. They opened the scoring in the third when Nieuwenhuis tucked a homer inside the left-field foul pole. An inning later, Alex Rodriguez’s error on Scott Hairston’s leadoff grounder to third base led to an unearned run and two-run lead. Hairston advanced to third on Omar Quintanilla’s double and scored on Josh Thole’s groundout. (Derek Jeter, like A-Rod, committed an error in the game.) Young’s RBI single in the sixth made it 3-0 after a two-out intentional walk to the No. 8 hitter Thole had placed runners at the corners.

WHAT'S NEXT: R.A. Dickey (11-1, 2.00 ERA) takes a streak of 42 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run into Sunday night's ESPN-televised game opposite CC Sabathia (9-3, 3.55). The Mets' franchise record for consecutive innings without allowing an earned run is within Dickey's reach -- 49 by Dwight Gooden in 1985.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187