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Young a surprising pitching find

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The Mets' only hope right now for Chris Young is health. But he has already given them much more than that.

Joining the Mets as a free agent this winter after pitching just four games last season, Young has made two starts already and has been very much the pitcher he was before injury troubles derailed his career in San Diego. He pitched 5 1/3 innings in a win in Philadelphia in his first start and followed that up Sunday with seven innings of one-hit, one-run ball against Washington.

The start Sunday marked the first time that he'd gone at least seven innings in a game since May 24, 2009 and the first time he'd done it while allowing just one hit since June 23, 2007.

The Mets are thrilled with the results, but Young wasn't quite so effusive in his own self-assessment.

"A loss is a loss," Young said. "You give up six or seven in two innings or this, a loss is a loss. ... I'm a little disappointed in the run I gave up in the second inning. It started with a leadoff walk, which is unacceptable. Ultimately, they tied the game in the eighth, so if we have that run back, we have a three-run lead instead of a two-run lead. So I take the blame for that."

His manager wasn't about to join in the chorus of blame. Collins was just thrilled to see Young healthy and pitching well -- and he was going to do everything he could to assure it stayed that way.

"It's always hard to take a guy out who's pitching great," Collins said. "With his history of a shoulder issue and the weather, his past dictated it. He's at about that 110-pitch mark (actually 108) when he starts to fatigue. He got us to where we want. We couldn't hold it for him. It's a shame. But he pitched great and I know in five days I can run him back out there and he can still continue to pitch like that."

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