Mets morning briefing 5.2.11

On a night the world watched developments with Osama bin Laden, Citizens Bank Park spectators chanted "U-S-A, U-S-A." Read the reaction from the Mets' clubhouse here.

The Mets ultimately won the game, 2-1, in 14 innings, making sure Chris Young's effort in outpitching Cliff Lee did not go for naught. Ronny Paulino had the go-ahead RBI. It was his fifth hit of the game, a franchise record for most hits in a player's first start with the Mets.

Monday's news reports:

• Newsday columnist Ken Davidoff also paints the picture inside Citizens Bank Park as the international news spread. Steve Popper in the Record also has reaction.

Read other game recaps/scene-setters in the Star-Ledger, Times, Daily News, Post and Newsday.

Johan Santana is throwing a baseball in Port St. Lucie, Fla., at distances up to 150 feet and should be throwing off a mound shortly. Angel Pagan (oblique), meanwhile, is taking batting practice off a pitching machine. Read more in Newsday and the Star-Ledger.

• Regarding Paulino's five hits and catching 14 innings, he tells the Post's Dan Martin: “To get through [14] innings and only give up one run, that’s a credit to the whole pitching staff. I’m just glad I could help. ... It took so long for this to happen, but now it seems like it was for a reason. It’s an unbelievable feeling to have gone through so much to get to this point and then have a game like this.”

Daniel Murphy is making strides at second base. Terry Collins indicated "for right now" he is using a platoon with Justin Turner, but Murphy could assume the full-time role at some point soon. Writes David Lennon in Newsday:

Murphy is covering that [second-base] ground with a brace on his right knee, a souvenir from the takeout slide 11 months ago that ended his season at Triple-A Buffalo. He suffered a tear of the medial collateral ligament but did not have surgery to repair it, so the brace initially was used to help stabilize the knee. Murphy plans to stick with the brace for now but wants further tests at some point to determine if it's still necessary. He'd like to get an updated look at what's happening inside the knee almost a year later, even though he hasn't had any issues. The Mets are satisfied that Murphy has been mostly problem-free at second base, as well. Basically, he hasn't hurt them, and that's enough as long as he continues to produce at the plate.

• Collins believes Ike Davis can hit left-handed pitching. Writes Popper:

Davis, who entered the game hitting .337 with five homers and a team-high 20 RBI, has hit just .214 (6-for-28) against left-handers with an OPS of .624 (compared with 1.014 overall). But Collins was confident Davis could handle the challenge, having posted a higher OPS and slugging percentage against lefties than righties in his rookie campaign.

David Waldstein in the Times looks at Bobby Valentine's influence as Mets manager on a young Jose Reyes perfecting switch-hitting. Writes Waldstein about the scene when the two saw each other Sunday in Philadelphia, as Valentine prepared to analyze the game for ESPN:

Valentine went over and greeted Reyes, kissing the back of his hand, and came away with a huge smile, saying, “And by the way, in case anyone asks, I made him into a switch-hitter.” Although Reyes was already technically a switch-hitter when Valentine got to him during spring training in 2002, there is some truth to what Valentine said because, according to Reyes, Valentine made him into a real switch-hitter. “At that time it was still kind of new to me and I was struggling from the left side,” Reyes said. “I didn’t have any confidence, but Bobby helped me a lot."

BIRTHDAY: Former Mets pitcher Joe Crawford turns 41. Crawford pitched in one season, 1997, and went 4-3. He twice was the losing pitcher in games lasting 15 innings in length, but won his final two appearances of the season to finish his big league career with an above-.500 record. -Mark Simon