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Manuel optimistic despite Pelfrey stinker

Struggling starter records four outs in blowout loss vs. Diamondbacks

Updated: July 20, 2010, 8:18 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

PHOENIX -- It had been 425 days since the New York Mets last put shortstop Jose Reyes and center fielder Carlos Beltran on the same field.

Any euphoria from their reunion didn't last long.

Mike Pelfrey required 51 pitches to complete the first inning -- barely -- and ultimately had the shortest start of his career. The Mets lost 13-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks -- their fourth loss in five games on a second-half-opening trip. (It would have been 0-5 if the San Francisco Giants' Travis ...

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