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Arizona Diamondbacks (8-14) at New York Mets (10-12), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Miguel Batista (0-2, 3.20)
New York - Steve Trachsel (0-1, 4.91)
(Sports Network) - The Arizona Diamondbacks, blanked in two of the last three
contests, will start a three-game series against the New York Mets tonight at
Miguel Batista, who was involved in a bench-clearing brawl last Sunday against
the St. Louis Cardinals, will start tonight for Arizona. Steve Trachsel
counters for the Mets, as both starters aim for their first victory of the
The Diamondbacks lost 1-0 in Montreal Thursday night, as Vladimir Guerrero
belted a homer off Byung-Hyun Kim. Arizona fell for just the third time in its
last eight contests.
The Mets wrapped up a three-game set against the Astros at Shea with a 7-4
victory Thursday night. Pedro Astacio returned from a shoulder injury and
pitched six solid innings to lead the Mets to the triumph.
Roberto Alomar went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI for the
Mets, who have won two straight and five of their last seven games. Raul
Gonzalez and Timo Perez each added two hits in the win.
Mets catcher Mike Piazza was pulled from Thursday's starting lineup because of
a sore groin. He is expected to play tonight.
Batista takes the hill for his third start of the season and ninth outing
overall. He tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings in his last start, giving up three
hits and no walks with a strikeout. The 32-year-old righthander's day came to
an end after Tino Martinez charged the mound from second base, igniting the
fracas. Batista hit Martinez with a pitch earlier in the inning.
Batista is 3-2 with a 3.08 ERA in 16 career games against the Mets. In six
starts against New York, he is 3-1.
Trachsel received a no-decision in his last outing, last Saturday against
Florida, when he gave up seen hits and four runs -- three earned -- in five
innings. He is 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA in six career appearances against Arizona.
Arizona third baseman Matt Williams is hitless in his last 20 at-bats and is
in a 2-for-29 slump since April 9.
Arizona relievers enter tonight's game with a 15-inning scoreless streak.
This is the first meeting of the season. Arizona won five of the seven
meetings last season and is 6-2 in the last eight matchups. The Diamondbacks
have won five straight at Shea Stadium.
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