New York Mets defeat Philadelphia Phillies, 7-4

PHILADELPHIA - Omar Minaya went into damage-control mode an hour before the Mets opened their series against the Phillies, trying to massage remarks he made to Fox Sports.com that suggested the Mets' core players lack an "edge."

A win against the rival Phillies did more to minimize the general manager's critical commentary than Minaya's backtracking.

Chan Ho Park had the type of outing that showed why he lasted only one start as a Met two seasons ago, and David Wrigh...