New York Mets defeat Washington Nationals, 5-2

Carlos Beltran's health test Monday consisted of shagging a few lazy flies and taking a round of swings in the cage.

Tuesday, the test gets more serious.

Beltran will go for an MRI on the right knee that has been ailing for a week now and doesn't seem to be getting any better. Beltran said Monday night that he doesn't anticipate anything is structurally wrong but that his main concern is to make sure he won't make the painful injury worse by playing on it.

"That's wh...

Two days after Francisco Rodriguez was carted out of Fenway Park and taken to a Boston hospital with severe back spasms, the Mets' closer was back to his usual self at Citi Field on Monday night, throwing arms skyward and stomping around the infield as teammates exchanged high-fives following a 5-2 win over the Nationals.

Despite pitching through mild discomfort and pain, Rodriguez worked a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 13th save of the year, setting a franchise...

The rash of misfortune the Mets have experienced with injuries certainly hasn't translated to video reviews.

They had such a decision tilt in their favor Monday night for the third straight game, as Gary Sheffield's replay-aided, three-run homer in the sixth inning propelled them to a 5-2 victory over the last-place Nationals at Citi Field.

"I'm a fan of getting (calls) right," Jerry Manuel said when asked for his feelings on the use of replays. "If they got it right...