Spring Training Recap: Mets 9, Twins 1

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The Mets traveled to Fort Myers today to face the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium with Dillon Gee starting the game and facing Twins Pitcher Ricky Nolasco.

The Mets came out on top 9-1 and finally improve their Grapefruit League record over .500, at 11-10.

The Mets opened the game fired up with their bats, lacing balls all over the field, and putting up a quick seven runs on the board in the first inning, with a single, three doubles, a triple and a home run.

Highlights:

Dillon Gee, who is slated to become the Mets 23rd Opening Day starter, came out fired up himself and struck out two of the first three batters he faced. He tossed 5 1/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits while striking out four batters. He looked good in this start and had batters swinging and missing at his fastball and off-speed pitches.

Scott Rice pitched two-thirds of an inning and gave up a walk.  Jeurys Familia hitting the gun at 97 MPH, threw one inning, giving up a hit and striking out one.

Juan Lagares, who batted lead-off, did not participate in the Mets hitting attack, and went a quiet 0 for 4, with a strike out.

Rubin Tejada laced a double in his first at bat to extend his hit streak to 5 straight at-bats, but quickly hit a lazy fly ball in his second at-bat to break the streak. He finished the game 1 for 3, with two runs, a double and a walk. He is now batting .226 on the spring.

Lucas Duda joined the hit parade in the fourth inning, when he laced an opposite field home run over the left field wall. He went 1 for 3, with two runs scored and two RBI.

Ike Davis hit two doubles in the first and fourth and sandwiched in a walk and finished off the afternoon with a single in the seventh. His day ended with him going 3 for 3, with a run scored, a single, two doubles, a walk and two RBI.

Taylor Teagarden hit a long drive to left field for his first home run of the spring that put the Mets up 7-0 in the first. He finished the day, 1 for 4, with a run scored and two RBI.

Game Notes:

Juan Lagares looked uncomfortable at the plate, but the same as usual on the field. He made a tremendous throw and almost nabbed the runner at the plate. After a hitless day, his average dropped down to .286.

Ike Davis looked very good during warm-ups and during the game he ran very well and looks ready to take back first base, unless they trade him first.

Josh Satin made an embarrassing but funny play, when he was trying to get back to first base to avoid getting doubled up, he decided to dive back and came up about three feet short of the bag.

Coming up: The Mets travel to Jupiter on Saturday to face the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium with the first pitch at 1:05 pm, and Bartolo Colon scheduled to start.

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