Mets give the extra effort

Originally Published: May 23, 2006


The Mets have established themselves as baseball's marathon men this season. They beat the Phillies in 16 innings Tuesday night/Wednesday morning in their third game this season that lasted at least 14 innings.

It's often said there are signs that it's going to be a special season sprinkled throughout the summer, and the Mets have had their fair share in the first two months.

They survived a humiliating loss to the Yankees on Saturday to win two straight and are spreading the news that it's going to be a fun summer for both baseball teams in New York.

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Significant wins for the Mets in 2006:
May 23: Phillies, 9-8 (16)
Rallied from three runs down with an improbable eighth-inning rally, capped by Jose Reyes' two-out, two-strike two-run home run, then won on Carlos Beltran's third career walkoff home run.

May 19: Yankees, 7-6
Rallied from a 4-0 first-inning deficit against Randy Johnson, then beat Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning on game-winning single by David Wright.

May 5: Braves, 8-7 (14)
Won at 11:59 p.m. when Wright plated Beltran with a ground-rule double. Somehow triumphed despite leaving 19 men on base, overcoming a four-run deficit in the seventh inning and a one-run deficit in the 11th inning.

May 3: Pirates, 4-3 (12)
Carlos Delgado won it with his 380th career home run, passing both Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez on baseball's all-time career home run list, allowing the Mets to overcome Billy Wagner's blown save.

May 1: Nationals, 2-1
Mets win on a throwing error by pitcher Gary Majewski, the first time in 30 years in which they won a game that ended with an error by the opposing pitcher.

Kendry Morales went 3-for-5 with a home run in his major league debut in the Angels' 7-6 win over the Rangers. That's a nice accomplishment, but before anyone gets too excited, here's a reality check -- a lineup of the most recent players with three hits and a homer in their debut: 1B-Travis Lee, 2B-Kaz Matsui, SS-Craig Wilson (of the White Sox, not the Pirates), 3B-Jose Offerman, LF-Mark Quinn, CF-George Wright, RF-Rusty Greer, C-Mike Redmond, P-Jason Jennings. Not your fantasy dream team, is it?

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At least two general managers did their due diligence Monday and called Larry Beinfest to ask whether he would discuss trading Dontrelle Willis. They got the same answer: "He is not available." As of this point, Beinfest insists that not one name has been discussed with another GM for Willis.

Not that Willis won't be available near the trading deadline if -- and it is a major if -- some of the horde of young Florida pitchers progress the way right-handers Ricky Nolasco and Josh Johnson have developed thus far. Beinfest's modus operandi is to plan out where he can get what he would need and focus on a handful of teams; that's what he did when he went to trade Josh Beckett, attaching Mike Lowell's $18 million commitment and zeroing in on the player he wanted from the outset, Hanley Ramirez.

Ramirez has turned out to be, in Beinfest's words, "even better than I ever could have expected."

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Dmitri Young • The Tigers placed DH Dmitri Young on the 15-day disabled list and purchased the contract of 3B Jack Hannahan from Triple-A Toledo. Young has an irritation of a strain in his right quadriceps.

• RHP Jeff Nelson made his first appearance with the White Sox after getting called up from Triple-A Charlotte before the game. The 39-year-old hadn't pitched in the majors this season since being released by the Cardinals at the end of spring training. He entered with two outs in the seventh inning and walked Frank Thomas on six pitches before getting Bobby Crosby to fly out to end the inning.

• The Nationals' 4-1 win over the Astros lasted 2 hours and 8 minutes, the shortest game at RFK Stadium since baseball returned to Washington last year.

Mike Jacobs
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Mike Jacobs, top, celebrates after his game-winning two-run single in the ninth inning lifted the Marlins to a 5-4 win over the Cubs.
"I've hit some home runs in this park. Plan to hit more in the future."
-- Johnny Damon, on leading off the top of the first inning with a home run in the Yankees'
7-5 win over the Red Sox
Roy Halladay tossed 8 2/3 innings and allowed one run on seven hits, striking out seven and walking none in the Blue Jays' 4-1 win over the Devil Rays. Halladay is unbeaten in his past seven starts (5-0).
Handed a one-run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, closer Ryan Dempster went ahead and blew the save as well as the game for the Cubs by allowing a two-out, two-run single to Mike Jacobs in Florida's 5-4 win over Chicago.
The Royals dropped their 11th straight game in falling to the Tigers, 8-5. And this was a rough one for K.C., which held a 5-3 lead after seven innings but then gave up four runs in the eighth and one more in the ninth to lose yet again.
Gary Sheffield returns; Yankees top Red Sox.
Jeff WeaverAngels at Rangers, 2:05 p.m. ET: Jeff Weaver (1-7, 7.30) could be pitching to keep his spot in the Angels' starting rotation as he's winless in his last five starts. Robinson Tejeda (1-1, 6.23) gets the start for the Rangers.

Cardinals at Giants, 3:35 p.m. ET: Chris Carpenter (4-2, 2.63) is fifth in the National League in ERA but has only one win in his last five starts (1-1 with three no-decisions). Noah Lowry (1-1, 3.38) was a tough-luck loser in his last start, falling 1-0 to the A's on Friday.

Matt ClementYankees at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. ET: Matt Clement (4-3, 5.36) has really struggled at Fenway Park this season, compiling a 6.14 ERA in four home starts. Randy Johnson (5-4, 5.62) is winless in his past three starts, during which time he has allowed a combined 17 runs in 14 2/3 innings pitched.

A's at White Sox, 8:05 p.m. ET: Dan Haren (4-3, 3.86) has been dominant in his last two starts, having allowed just one run in 17 innings pitched in defeating the Yankees and Giants. Mark Buehrle (5-2, 2.92) is coming off a complete-game victory over the Cubs in his last start.

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