Mets morning briefing 7.25.12

The Mets’ losing streak reached five -- and 11 of 12 -- on Tuesday night, as R.A. Dickey’s 11-game winning streak finally came to an end in a 5-2 defeat to Washington.

They will try to leave for an 11-game West Coast roadtrip on a good note on Wednesday afternoon, when they take on the Nationals in a rare 12:10 p.m. start. It’ll be Jeremy Hefner taking on Stephen Strasburg.

Read game recaps in the Star-Ledger and Daily News.

Wednesday’s news reports:

Lucas Duda, who was hitting just .190 in his last 29 games and playing subpar defense, was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. Prior to Tuesday's game against the Washington Nationals, the Mets also activated rookie right-hander Matt Harvey from the taxi squad, promoted reliever Manny Acosta from Buffalo and demoted reliever Pedro Beato to the Bisons.

Frank Francisco is expected to make his first rehab appearance for Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday night in New Britain.

• The Mets signed right-hander Craig Hansen to a minor-league contract. Hansen, 28, owns a 4-9 record with a 6.43 ERA in parts of four seasons with Boston and Pittsburgh. He last appeared in the majors in 2009.

Ruben Tejada (shin) got Tuesday night off, but told Terry Collins he’s fine.

TRIVIA: Jordany Valdespin set the Mets’ single-season record for pinch-hit homers with five. Which two other players established the old record, hitting four?

Tuesday’s answer: Dickey has seven wins against the Marlins.