New York Mets defeat Philadelphia Phillies, 7-5

Who needs Manny Ramirez, anyway?

Omar Minaya insisted all winter that the Mets had no plans to splurge for the now-suspended slugger, and they hammered that point home in multiple ways Thursday night in sweeping a two-game series with the rival Phillies.

The Mets' righty-centric lineup plated seven runs in chasing veteran Jamie Moyer by the third inning, including first-inning homers by Carlos Beltran and David Wright. And Francisco Rodriguez, the linchpin of Minaya'...