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Posted on: March 21, 2011 11:16 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:30 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/21: Colon making his case

Bartolo Colon

By C. Trent Rosecrans

3 UP

1.  Bartolo Colon, Yankees -- While many scoffed at the idea of Colon coming back after a year off and joining the Yankees' rotation, he's certainly making his case. Colon, 37, had another strong outing on Monday. Colon retired 18 of the 20 batters he faced, including five strikeouts. He allowed two hits and a run.  In 15 innings this spring, he has a 2.40 ERA, with 17 strikeouts and one walk.

2. Joe Mauer, Twins -- It's not just that Mauer had two hits and an RBI against the Pirates on Monday, but he also caught six innings. It was Mauer's second start behind the plate of spring.

3. Mets second basemen -- Now that the Luis Castillo soap opera is behind us, the Mets four remaining candidates for the second base job all contributed in a four-run ninth to lead New York past Atlanta. Brad Emaus, Daniel Murphy and Luis Hernandez each had run-scoring hits, while Justin Turner was hit by a pitch.

3 DOWN

1. Arizona -- Isn't Arizona supposed to be a desert? Six Cactus League games were banged on Monday because of rain.

2. Mike Pelfrey, Mets -- The Mets' opening day starter was pounded for seven runs (four earned) and seven hits by the Braves. Pelfrey allowed six consecutive hits to start the ending and when it appeared he'd actually record an out, David Wright's error allowed another run to score. He finally retired the eight batter of the inning, only to be lifted due to a high pitch count.

3. Some fans -- Rays manager Joe Maddon had a fan tossed from Sunday's game after the fan made racial comments toward outfielder B.J. Upton. Upton said Monday that he heard the comments, but was more worried about his game. Upton said it's not the first time he's heard such comments (via MLB.com) -- "A lot of times, it happens when I'm in the outfield of a visiting stadium. Even I've heard it at home, too. I think it was just a situation where everyone heard it. Put it this way -- it's not too far-fetched to hear it." That's not surprising, but it's still sad.

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Posted on: February 18, 2011 8:18 pm
 

Castillo off on wrong foot

Luis Castillo
Luis Castillo isn't late for Mets camp. Not technically, at least. But it sounds like he's late by virtue of not being early.

The 35-year-old former All-Star will be in a four-way battle for the second base job with Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus and Justin Turner, all of whom are already in Port St. Lucie. New manager Terry Collins is expected to deliver an ultimatum to Castillo when he presumably reports Saturday: Win the starting job, or you're going to get your walking papers.

General manager Sandy Alderson doesn't think Castillo, who put up a terrible .235/.337/.267 line in an injury-shortened 2010, would be a useful utility player and has said he's willing to absorb Castillo's $6 million salary and release him.

“I was hoping he would be here,” Collins told the Star-Ledger on Friday. “Just so I could get it done, just so I could get the conversation over.

“I’m a real believer in sending a message to the organization, as a player. I thought Johan Santana did that (by showing up Thursday). He sent a message to everybody on that team that ‘Hey, I’m behind you.’”

Castillo appears to have sent a different kind of message to his new boss.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Collins tabs Pelfrey to start opening day

Mike Pelfrey With Johan Santana not available, Mike Pelfrey will be the Mets' opening day starter.

"He deserves it," Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday (via The Star-Ledger). "He earned it. He should have been on the All-Star team last year."

Pelfrey, 27, was 15-9 with a 3.66 ERA last season.

On Tuesday, he signed a deal for nearly $4 million a year, avoiding arbitration.

The Mets start the season on April 1 in Florida, so he'll likely be opposite Josh Johnson in the first game of the season.

Collins also said the team is hoping to sign another left-handed reliever to go along with Taylor Tankersley. He also said the second base job is wide open, adding 23-year old Jordanny Valdespin as a candidate at second along with Luis Castillo, Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus and Justin Turner.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 17, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Mets batting order revealed

Terry Collins revealed his batting order to ESPN Sunday, with the first six spots etched in stone.

The skipper also promised that there would not be significant adjustments on a day-to-day basis.

That means, for a large percentage of Mets games, the lineup will kick off with:

SS Jose Reyes
CF/RF Angel Pagan
3B David Wright
RF/CF Carlos Beltran
LF Jason Bay
1B Ike Davis

There's two more spots up for grabs, but those will change depending on who wins the second base and catcher's roles. Josh Thole is expected to pair with Ronny Paulino behind the dish and the batting order could change depends on who starts. Paulino would make sense in the No. 7 spot against left-handers, for example, given his prowess against them.

The second-base job is less clear, with Luis Castillo, Ruben Tejada, Luis Hernandez, Brad Emaus and Daniel Murphy all battling for playing time. Murphy appears the heavy favorite and would likely bat seventh against right-handers with Thole eighth.

-- Evan Brunell

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