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Mets lose game, gain starter

Takahashi steps up to join battered rotation, but bats and gloves let him down

Updated: May 22, 2010, 2:25 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Hisanori Takahashi was a starting pitcher for virtually his entire 10-year career in his native Japan.

His goal was to become a starting pitcher in the major leagues when he agreed to move halfway across the world to join the New York Mets, signing a one-year minor league contract with the team in February.

Takahashi finally got his wish Friday night, and he made the most of it, throwing six shutout innings -- against the defending World Series champions, no less. Unfortunately ...

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