New York Mets defeat Philadelphia Phillies, 4-2

They're only 13-1/2 games back now in the NL East.

Hey, you never know.

As it turns out, the once-anticipated Mets-Phillies showdown this weekend doesn't have quite the implications of the Yankees-Red Sox series in Boston.

But as they prepare to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their 1969 World Series victory tonight, the Mets did take the first of four games against their division nemesis Friday night with a 4-2 victory over Cole Hamels and the first-place Phillies...

That didn't mean it was a calm day for Sheffield, as he was ejected in the seventh inning of the Mets' 4-2 win over the Phillies last night for flipping his bat after a called third strike. But even in that, there was harmony, as Jerry Manuel had been tossed two innings earlier for arguing a call at second base.

Sheffield uttered the word "never" five straight times when asked before last night's game against the Phillies if he had demanded a contract extension or reque...