Florida Marlins defeat New York Mets, 4-3

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez told Florida reporters Thursday that the organization plans to send a letter to Major League Baseball complaining about the delay in sending Omir Santos to pinch-hit with the bases loaded and two out in the ninth inning Wednesday.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel had said during his postgame press conference that the delay was partly a stall tactic to ice Marlins closer Matt Lindstrom. Santos also acknowledged taking six or seven practice swings ...

Jerry Manuel sent a clear message about which backup catcher he would prefer to keep when Brian Schneider returns from the disabled list. Of course, did it matter who served as first mate on the Titanic?

Late-game drama - and, no, that's not referring to the Mets loading the bases with two out in the ninth - worsened a wedge between Ramon Castro and his manager and the Mets wasted another solid performance by Johan Santana in a 4-3 home loss to Florida Wednesday.

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