Tampa Bay Rays defeat New York Mets, 3-1

The Great Santana Panic of 2009 is over.

Unfortunately for the Mets' ace, his hitters remained true to form for him.

Johan Santana quieted the team's biggest concern yesterday with 7-1/3 brilliant innings against the slugging Tampa Bay Rays.

Santana pitched a dominating game, reminiscent of his great start to the season. But the Mets managed only four hits and a single run in a 3-1 loss at Citi Field that included a 73-minute rain delay in the eighth inning. In on...

In his last outing, Johan Santana was shelled by the Yankees, surrendering a career-high nine runs before leaving in the fourth inning of an eventual 15-0 loss. His lack of command was alarming, raising questions as to whether Santana was injured.

Former Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson even said that Santana was nursing a sore knee.

So it was with much anticipation that Santana took the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field Saturday. The Mets were sure tha...