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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Davis, Wright, Francisco, Hairston, Cecchini, Thole

Mets News and Notes:

Ike Davis slugged three solo homers, but Chris Young surrendered six runs in four innings and the Mets lost to the Diamondbacks, 6-3, Saturday at Chase Field.

Davis went 4-for-4 with a single and the three homers. His 13 total bases are tied for the second most in a game in franchise history, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The record-holder: Edgardo Alfonzo, with 16 total bases, on three homers and two singles, in 1999. Davis' 13 total bases matched performances by Darryl Strawberry (1985), Claudell Washington (1980) and Jim Hickman (1965).

Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post projects the Mets will sign David Wright to an extension this offseason. The Mets have a team option on Wright at $16 million for 2013 right now.

Frank Francisco's planned appearance with Double-A Binghamton on Saturday was scrapped when the closer felt uncomfortable on his left side. Francisco is rehabbing from a strained left oblique, so the setback signals that it is unlikely the closer will be activated Monday in San Francisco, which appeared the intent. Told by reporters about Francisco's setback after managing Saturday's major league game, Terry Collins said he had bad news of his own to share. But, the manager added, he was in no mood to do so after the loss. Collins then downplayed the gravity of the impending announcement before reporters left the visiting manager's office at Chase Field.

Scott Hairston said he is unfazed by the widespread interest from teams who would like to acquire him at the trade deadline. The bottom line, rightly or wrongly, is that Sandy Alderson wants to keep the 2012 team as competitive as possible, so it's unlikely Hairstson gets dealt before Tuesday's deadline, unless a team makes a substantial offer. Hairston is signed at $1.1 million for this season, then is eligible for free agency. He told ESPNNewYork.com the Mets have not broached the topic of a contract extension with him.

“I do want stability,” Hairston told Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger. “I want to at least have a season where I don’t have to worry about where I’m going to be the next year. So I don’t know what the Mets are going to decide. They haven’t really came to me and talked to me about next year. It’s just one of those things. I just have to keep playing. I know things are going to work out. I’m not too worried about it. I just want to keep my focus on my job here. Everything else will take care of itself.”

Mike Baxter should be back Monday in San Francisco after completing his rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo. He doubled and played a full game in left field while going 1-for-4 Saturday with the Bisons. “I’m just so excited to get back out there and play again,’’ Baxter told Kevin Kernan in the Post. “What took the longest to heal was the separated collarbone. The ribs and the cartilage and all that other stuff was pretty good in terms of healing and getting back into baseball shape, but the collarbone slowed everything down."

2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini produced his first professional homer, a grand slam that opened a five-run lead, and Kingsport beat Bristol, 9-5.

Josh Thole said he is prepared to catch Matt Harvey's second major league start, opposite Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum on Tuesday in San Francisco. Rob Johnson, who was Harvey's batterymate at Buffalo, was promoted last week along with the 2010 first-round pick and handled Harvey's major league debut. "I've seen enough of him," Thole told Anthony Rieber in Newsday. "... I watched him the other night and have a pretty good feel of what he likes to do."

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