San Diego Padres defeat New York Mets, 6-5

The Mets won't determine whether Mike Pelfrey (forearm tendinitis) will pitch Sunday until Friday, but they removed Nelson Figueroa from his Triple-A start after two innings Thursday as a precaution for a possible fill-in appearance.

Pelfrey, who has been taking anti-inflammatory medication, played catch yesterday and said, "As far as I know, I'm still (pitching) Sunday. ... I'm not concerned about it at all."

If Pelfrey doesn't need a stint on the disabled list, the...

The difference between a true ace and a pitcher perpetually struggling with his consistency was as simple as watching Jake Peavy and John Maine go to work once runners reached base against them over five innings that turned Citi Field into a minefield for both starters.

While Peavy was clubbed for three early runs, he twice recorded key strikeouts to wiggle out of trouble. Maine, by contrast, repeated what Jerry Manuel termed a "discouraging" pattern of letting one inni...