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Francisco changes up rivalry recipe

Instead of blowing game in Mets' typical Subway style, closer cooks 'chicken' Yanks

Updated: June 24, 2012, 1:12 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- As the first installment of this latest Subway Series tumbled into a dark and rainy ninth, New York Mets fans were confronted with three mortal locks.

Death, taxes and Frank Francisco blowing this game.

The Mets could have scored 10 runs on Andy Pettitte in the first inning instead of five, and it wouldn't have mattered. Somehow, someway, the New York Yankees were going to rally, drag the home team's closer out of the 'pen, and beat him up until he cried uncle and ...

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