Atlanta Braves defeat New York Mets, 5-3

ATLANTA - Ryan Church received a text message from Brian Schneider last weekend after Jeff Francoeur had a two-run single in his first at-bat as a Met.

Finally, Schneider jokingly wrote Church, the Mets had a right fielder who could drive in runs.

Francoeur and Church faced off Thursday night - sort of - for the first time since they were traded for each other last week. Church isn't in a straight platoon in right field, he said, but with lefthander Oliver Perez startin...

ATLANTA - David Wright doesn't want excuses about injuries crippling the Mets. Nor does the third baseman worry about the standings anymore.

"I'm so tired of talking about hurt guys," Wright said after the Mets opened their second half with a 5-3 loss to the Braves at Turner Field. "I'm just worried about what's going on here. It's to a point where if we get them back, great. If not, we have to find a way. It's just too much talk about the hurt guys."

Which Met will ...