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News and notes from a rained out day at Citi Field

The New York Mets (74-82) and Philadelphia Phillies (98-58) were rained out of Friday night baseball action. These two teams are scheduled to play a split double header on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. For those fans attending Sunday’s game know that the game is now pushed back to 2:10 p.m.

Here are some news and notes from a rained out day at Citi Field:

New York went 3-3 on their six-game road trip, holding a 14-14 mark in their last 28 games. The Mets have gone 19-31 over their last 50 games since they are a season-high four games over .500 (since July 30).

The Metropolitans have lost six straight home games dating back to September 10, with an overall 31-44 record at Citi Field. In Thursday baseball action the Mets posted their 31st come-from-behind win, scoring six times in the ninth inning for an 8-6 victory.

Darryl Strawberry Fruit Snack for Charity Event tomorrow:

Mets-great and Hall of Famer Darryl Strawberry will sign autographs for fans who purchase his All Stars for Charities Fruit Snacks tomorrow. The snacks will benefit the Darryl Strawberry Foundation fight for autism.

As of 7:36 p.m. on September 23, 2011 the signing is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Mets Team Store, and the Fruit Snacks will be sold at the Mets Team store (pre-game only), World’s Fare Market (Section 104 on Field Level) and Nathan’s Stands (Sections 114 and 121 on Field level).

It has been reported that the 1:10 p.m. game will feature R.A. Dickey (8-13, 3.35 ERA) taking on Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.80 ERA). In the second game it will be rookie-sensation Dillon Gee (12-6, 4.48 ERA) taking on Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.20 ERA).

Here are some highlights from the pre-game press conference with Mets manager Terry Collins:

On Lucas Duda sitting out today:

“Lucas has been having some headaches; he’s been having them since yesterday. We had an MRI done, but haven’t gotten the results back yet. Until we get the results back, and he stops having the headaches is when he can come back to play with the team.”

On Jose Reyes and what maybe his last days in a Mets uniform:

Collins complimented Reyes highly saying:

“The one thing that I noticed about Jose is the max effort he gives in every single game. If I am a fan of the Mets that is the guy I come out to see play, because of the fact that he gives 1,000 percent on every play.”

The original story was posted on the Examiner.com site on 9/24/11, which can be seen by clicking here:


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