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Monday, August 07, 2006

The day in...

The day in news:
The New York Mets announced that David Wright has been signed to a six year contract extension with an option for a seventh year. The deal is worth a reported $55 million, and is the second extension, along with Jose Reyes, that the Mets have signed this week. David Wright is hitting .308 with 83 rbi so far this season.

The day in rumors:
Newsday is reporting that the Mets may be interested in signing Ruben Sierra to a contract for when rosters expand to 40 in September. Sierra was released earlier this season by the Twins, and Newsday says of a possible comeback:
Currently, Sierra's comeback is on hold as he tends to his ailing mother, but the two sides plan to talk if Sierra decides to return to action this season. Before his mother's health problems, Sierra and the Mets discussed a program in which Sierra would spend a few days in Port St. Lucie, then a couple of weeks with Triple-A Norfolk before joining the big-league club Sept. 1. Even if Sierra joins the organization at the minor-league level by Aug. 31, he will be eligible (as an injury replacement) for the team's postseason roster.


The day in the minors:
In AAA Mike Pelfrey made his first start for the Tides. Over his five innings of work Pelfrey allowed two runs on only three hits, while walking two. Pelfrey did allow a home run to Jason Cooper which shows Pelfrey was not on top of his game, because Pelfrey does not normally allow home runs. In fact, in his four starts in the majors the 22 year old allowed only one home run. Pelfrey threw only 90 pitches, and earned the victory.
In AA the B-Mets played 13 innings against the Connecticut Defenders, and despite four rbi from Carlos Gomez Binghamton lost. Henry Owens blew a 5-7 lead in the ninth inning, and Kevin Rios took the loss in the thirteenth inning when pitcher Oscar Montero had a single to score Travis Ishikawa. Also of note in the game is Andy Wilson returned from the disabled list and went 1-3 with a home run, and Anderson Garcia, just demoted from AAA, pitched two scoreless extra inning frames.
In St. Lucie Fernando Martinez homered and went 1-5 as the Mets won 4-1. Martinez has gone 1-4, 1-4, and 1-5 in all three of his games so far in St. Lucie. Starter Salvador Aguilar pitched six shutout innings for his seventh victory of the season.
In low A Hagerstown Deolis Guerra was on the mound and he was nothing short of spectacular in his 5.2 innings. The teenager struck out 11 batters, while allowing only a single run to cross the plate. Guerra also walked two and allowed five hits, en route to a no decision that lowered his era to 2.39. Also of note is Ryan Coultas who went 4-4 with two doubles in his first game after being demoted from St. Lucie where he hit to a dreadful .146 batting average in 144 at bats.

The day in the majors:
John Maine pitched six beautiful innings en route to his second victory of the season. Over his six shutout innings Maine allowed just three hits and three walks, while striking out four batters. Maine's scoreless innings streak has now reached an impressive, 23. Surpassing Jae Seo's 20.1 inning scoreless streak last season for the New York Mets. Ironically, Maine's situation this season was similar to Jae Seo's last season. Royce Ring made his season debut out of the bullpen. Despite striking out two over 1.1 innings Ring allowed three hits, including a home run to Mike Lieberthal. Paul Lo Duca went 3-4, but as of right now it remains to be seen why he will no longer speak with the media. Jose Reyes hit his second career grand slam, and is now 10 rbi away from breaking the Mets club record for shortstop rbi's, of 60.

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