Chris Young makes his first home start in a Mets uniform opposite Staten Islander Jason Marquis as the Mets look to win the rubber game against the Washington Nationals and climb over .500.
Sunday's news reports:
• Bernard Madoff again gave a character reference to the Wilpons. "They were totally unsophisticated," Madoff tells the Financial Times, according to the Daily News. "Their mistake was over-extending themselves with the team, with that leverage." The Daily News dogged reporting on the matter includes this paragraph:
The Mets' owners best chance at solvency would seem to be getting a favorable settlement from former Gov. Mario Cuomo, who is mediating the dispute between the Mets and [trustree Irving] Picard, who, in his brass-knuckled efforts to recover as much Madoff money as possible, has reached settlements with three of Madoff's biggest investors: Jeffrey Picower, Carl Shapiro and Norman Levy. The family of a fourth major investor, Stanley Chais, has not settled. In the FT interview, Madoff said all four men -- three of whom are now dead -- were "complicit."
• Jerry Hairston Jr., the brother of Mets outfielder Scott Hairston, took responsibility for a game-changing play Saturday. The first-year Nat missed Carlos Beltran's fly ball to left field in the sixth inning with Washington leading 4-3. "I just missed it, flat-out," he tells CSN Washington's Mark Zuckerman said. "I put us behind the 8-ball tonight. I really feel responsible for the loss."
• On a day Jose Reyes walked and drove in runs for the first time this season, he tells Newsday's Neil Best: "The last two years, people know how hard it was for me. I worked hard to recover my speed. I got it back, 100 percent.''
• Reyes wasn't too consumed by getting that first walk. “Is that a big deal?” Reyes said, according to the Star-Ledger's Conor Orr. “My first year it took me like one month. I don’t go to home plate looking for a walk, I go there looking to swing the bat.”
• Young downplays his first Mets start, which came Tuesday in Philadelphia, when he went 5 1/3 innings in a 7-1 win. "That's not even a quality start," Young tells Newsday's Kimberley A. Martin. "There's room for improvement there. I'm not satisfied with it. There were some good results. We won the game, ultimately."
• Post columnist Kevin Kernan chronicles Beltran's two-homer breakout. Kernan writes:
Perhaps just as vital, Beltran, a free agent after the season, is showing that he could be a valuable piece for a contender with money to burn come July and the trade deadline. As part of the plan to take it slow, Beltran won't start today's game against the Nationals.
BIRTHDAY: Frank Lary, who made 27 appearances (15 starts) for the Mets between 1964 and '65, was born on this date in 1930.