Florida Marlins defeat New York Mets, 7-3

Someday, maybe, managers will practice what they recite in the interview room.

They will do the math and really start treating games in spring as if they count as much as those in September.

Until then, we get a game like the one Saturday at Citi Field, in which Jerry Manuel basically started his C-minus team and accepted the 7-3 loss to the Marlins as if it were an unavoidable toll on the ride down the pennant parkway.

There are often solid reasons to bench your top...

Say this for Fernando Martinez: good or bad, the kid leaves an impression every time out.

In what has to be one of the more tumultuous weeks in the 20-year-old's baseball career, Martinez - who began the week with the Mets' Triple-A team in Buffalo - finished it by collecting career hits Nos.1 and 2 Saturday and providing one of the few bright spots in the Mets' 7-3 loss to the Marlins.

Three games into his major league career, Martinez has already run the gamut of e...

Tim Redding's standing in the rotation seemed to get slightly more secure when Oliver Perez's knee inflammation resurfaced and the southpaw's rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Buffalo was halted Saturday. Still, the Mets will not keep starting Redding if outings such as Saturday's continue - with or without Perez.

Redding surrendered seven runs on eight hits and two walks in four-plus innings as the Mets' four-game winning streak ended with a 7-3 home loss to the ...