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Monday, September 03, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Bay Day, Mejia, Familia, Expected Call-ups, Backman, McHugh

Mets News and Notes:

Jason Bay had only his fourth two-hit game of the season yesterday. The Mets' bullpen tossed four scoreless innings in relief of Chris Young and has now limited opponents to one earned run in its past 22 1/3 innings.

The Mets swept a series for the first time since June 20, against the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field.

Jenrry Mejia allowed six runs in six innings in Triple-A Buffalo's 6-0 loss at Lehigh Valley. St. Lucie posted its club-record 83rd victory in its regular-season finale and opens the playoffs Tuesday at Jupiter. Brooklyn lost to Staten Island, 1-0, to fall into a first-place tie in the New York-Penn League wild-card standings with three games remaining.

Mejia last appeared in the majors in September 2010, before Tommy John surgery.

Expected call-up Jeurys Familia may pitch an inning of relief today in Buffalo's finale.

Other players expected to be called up to join the Mets along with already promoted Zach Lutz, Mike Nickeas and now McHugh are  Jordany Valdespin, Fred Lewis, Elvin Ramirez and possibly Matt Tuiasosopo.

Wally Backman is expected to join the Mets on Sunday, for the series finale at Citi Field against the Atlanta Braves. It will mark the second straight season in which Backman has joined the coaching staff for the final month.

Backman's Triple-A Buffalo squad completes its season this afternoon at Lehigh Valley. He then plans to return to Buffalo, drive his vehicle cross-country to Oregon and fly to New York to join the Mets.

Today's Starter Collin McHugh makes his second major league start. He became only the fifth major league player since 1900 to toss seven-plus scoreless innings and allow two or fewer hits while striking out at least nine in a debut. McHugh joined Elmer Myers (1915 Philadelphia A's), Juan Marchial (1960 Giants), Steve Woodward (1997 Brewers) and Kazuhisa Ishii (2002 Dodgers), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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