New York Mets: Oswaldo Arcia

Series preview: Mets at White Sox

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USA TODAY SportsThe Mets face lefties Chris Sale and John Danks in Chicago.
METS (30-42, fourth place/NL East) vs. CHICAGO WHITE SOX (31-42, fifth place/AL Central)

Tuesday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Chris Sale (5-6, 2.69), 8:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Shaun Marcum (0-9, 5.76) vs. LHP John Danks (1-4, 5.40), 8:10 p.m. ET

White Sox short hops

• Second baseman Gordon Beckham returned from the disabled list June 3 after missing nearly two months with a fractured hamate bone in the base of his left hand. He underwent April 16 surgery. Beckman has pronounced lefty-righty splits: He is hitting .394 (26-for-66) against right-handed pitching and .045 (1-for-22) against left-handed pitching this season.


Bob Levey/Getty ImagesGordon Beckham returned this month after surgery to address a broken bone in the base of his hand.


• First baseman/DH Adam Dunn slugged his 20th homer Sunday, which ranks third in the AL, trailing only Chris Davis (27) and Edwin Encarnacion (21) and tied with Miguel Cabrera. Dunn, however, is hitting only .193 with a .293 on-base percentage.

Dunn now has 426 career homers, tied with Billy Williams for 46th all time. Ahead of Dunn is teammate Paul Konerko, whose 429 homers are two shy of matching Cal Ripken Jr. for 42nd all time.

David Wright, Derek Jeter and Konerko are the only current captains in MLB.

• Ex-Met Jeff Keppinger has only six walks and a .250 on-base percentage, but his average has started to climb. Keppinger is hitting .321 in 23 games (20 starts) since May 18, lifting his season average to .232. Keppinger has split time with lefty-hitting Conor Gillaspie at third base since Beckham’s return.

John Danks surrendered a career-high four homers against the Minnesota Twins in his most recent outing. He allowed six runs and 12 hits in five innings. Danks made his season debut May 24 after recovering from left shoulder surgery performed last summer.

• The White Sox have lost 18 of their last 25 games. Still, they are 16-14 at home this season.

• Reliever Jesse Crain’s streak of 29 straight scoreless appearances ended Sunday at Kansas City when he allowed three runs in the bottom of the eighth and was tagged with a blown save. The right-hander’s scoreless streak spanned 29 innings.

• Lefty Chris Sale was the 13th overall pick in the 2010 draft, out of Florida Gulf Coast University. The Mets selected Matt Harvey seventh overall in that first round.

Sale had reached the sixth inning in nine straight starts before giving up four runs and eight hits in five innings at Minnesota last week. He was grazed in the arm and chin by a comebacker off the bat of Oswaldo Arcia in that start. Sale is 0-4 in four starts in June, despite logging 26 1/3 innings and producing a 3.08 ERA.

Jake Peavy is on the DL with a fractured rib on his left side. He may return in roughly three weeks.

Around the minors 8.9.12

August, 9, 2012
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BUFFALO 10, LEHIGH VALLEY 1 (seven innings): Josh Satin went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and four runs scored in the rain-shortened game while extending his hitting streak to eight games. The Bisons grabbed the lead with a three-run second. Satin led off with a double and Matt Tuiasosopo walked. Matt den Dekker then lined a two-run double to right field. Den Dekker stole third base and Mike Nickeas took advantage with a sacrifice fly. The Herd tacked on four runs an inning later, the big blow coming on a three-run homer by Valentino Pascucci for a seven-run lead. Chris Schwinden retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced. The lone IronPig to reach during that stretch was Hector Luna, who singled in the second inning. Luna produced an RBI double in the fourth. Schwinden pitched all six innings for the Herd, allowing the one run on four hits. He has won his past three starts (2R, in 19 innings) and has a 1.65 ERA the last six outings. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW BRITAIN 4: Allan Dykstra led off the fourth with a walk from starter Logan Darnell, took second on a single and scored on consecutive groundouts. The floodgates opened on Darnell an inning later. After two singles, Wilmer Flores produced an RBI double. Eric Campbell followed with a run-scoring single. After Flores scored on a wild pitch, Jefry Marte capped the four-run inning with an RBI double, which gave Binghamton a 5-0 lead. B-Mets starter Greg Peavey skated through the first five innings without allowing a run, but that stretch came to a halt in the sixth on a sac fly by Oswaldo Arcia. With two on for New Britain in the seventh, Nate Hanson and Estarlin De Los Santos contributed RBI singles. Peavey exited with one out. Jeff Kaplan entered and Aaron Hicks greeted the righty with a run-scoring fielder’s choice, cutting Binghamton’s lead to one. New Britain’s threat ramped up as Kaplan allowed a single and walked a batter to load the bases for Chris Colabello. Kaplan escaped, though, by inducing an inning-ending force out. Juan Centeno added an insurance run with an RBI single off Jose Gonzalez before Kaplan returned to toss a perfect eighth. Ryan Fraser worked around a two-out walk to secure his second save. Peavey (6-7) was charged with four runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. He earned his third win in his last four starts. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, PALM BEACH 2: Jack Leathersich, Jeff Walters and Hamilton Bennett each tossed two scoreless relief innings and St. Lucie rallied. Palm Beach produced a two-run first inning against reigning Florida State League player of the month Tyler Pill. Blake Forsythe's three-run homer in the fourth gave the Mets the lead. Box

GREENVILLE 0, SAVANNAH 0 (suspended): The game was halted after one inning. Box

KINGSPORT at BRISTOL (canceled)

LOWELL 3, BROOKLYN 1: The Cyclones took a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth, but Lowell answered with a three-run bottom half of the frame. Brooklyn's only three hits in the game came from Stefan Sabol, Alex Sanchez and Eudy Pina. Sabol's two-out double plated Kevin Plawecki, who had walked, for Brooklyn's lone run. In the bottom half, Luis Cessa's scoreless effort unraveled. Dreily Guerrero led off with a single, but was caught stealing. David Chester, though, followed with a homer to tie the score. Mookie Betts then singled and Matthew Marquis homered. Cessa (3-3) surrendered three earned runs on seven hits in six innings. Matt Bowman tossed two scoreless relief innings. Box

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Wheeler, Flores see Futures

July, 8, 2012
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Wilmer Flores started at third base and went 0-for-2 for the World team.


Wilmer Flores started at third base for the World team and went 0-for-2 while right-hander Zack Wheeler retired both batters he faced in the Futures Game on Sunday in Kansas City.

Wheeler's U.S. team won in a 17-5 rout.

After entering with two outs in the eighth, Wheeler coaxed a flyout to center field from Indians prospect Jesus Aguilar. He then retired the Twins' Oswaldo Arcia on a groundout to third base to open the following frame before departing. Wheeler threw only seven pitches.

Flores and Wheeler are expected to rejoin Double-A Binghamton, although Sandy Alderson indicated Wheeler should move quickly to Triple-A Buffalo -- perhaps after two more starts.

Both players were competing in their second Futures Game.

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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