Glavines take field together as big leaguers for first time

Updated: September 26, 2003, 12:40 AM ET

NEW YORK -- A player named Mike made his first start at first base for the New York Mets. No, not that one.

Mike Glavine, the younger brother of pitcher Tom Glavine, started at first in the Mets' 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night. He went 0-for-2 with two groundouts before being replaced by Tony Clark in the sixth inning.

"It kind of didn't go the way I planned," Mike Glavine said. "I didn't get any hits, we didn't win and he had to leave the game with an injury."

Mike Glavine, recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Sept. 12, batted eighth while his older brother made his last start of the season on the mound and batted ninth.

"Everyone thought it would be the other Mike playing first base," manager Art Howe said before the game, referring to the often-discussed idea of Mike Piazza playing the position for the Mets.

Piazza actually did move from behind the plate in the ninth inning and made his debut at first base for the Mets.

Mike Glavine, 30, found out he'd make his first major league start in nine professional seasons from Clark, whose locker is next to his.

"I had no idea until Tony told me," said Glavine, wearing No. 27. "Tony told me that I'm working today."

Howe told Tom Glavine a few days earlier that his brother was going to start, but didn't tell Mike.

"I didn't say anything to Mike in advance so he'd be able to sleep," Howe said with a laugh. "I mentioned it to Tommy and he was excited."

The Glavines teamed up on a pickoff play in the first inning.

Tike Redman, whose brother Prentice plays for the Mets, led off the game with a single, and with Jack Wilson up, took a big lead off first. Tom Glavine turned quickly and threw to first as Redman took off for second. Mike Glavine then threw to shortstop Jorge Velandia, covering second, for the out.

"It was probably good for him to get in the game right away," Tom Glavine said.

Following the play, Tom Glavine took a hard one-hopper hit by Wilson below his right kneecap for a single. He was also hit on the side of his left knee on an RBIs single by Kendall in the third. Glavine left after five innings with bruises on both knees.

Mike Glavine, a 22nd-round draft pick by Cleveland in 1995, hit .266 with five home runs and 17 RBIss in 169 at-bats with the Tides this season.

"Probably down the road, it will be more special," he said. "But right now, I'm just disappointed with the way the game went."

Glavine spent last season with the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League. The previous season, he hit .136 with two doubles and four RBIss for Atlanta's Triple-A Richmond team.

It's generally acknowledged that the Mets recalled Glavine as a favor to his older brother, but Mike wants to prove he's a bona fide major leaguer.

"It seems like everything I do, I don't get any credit for anything," Mike Glavine said. "It's been a little awkward, but I feel like I belong here. It's other people who don't."

Since being recalled, Glavine has played in four games -- going hitless in five at-bats, including Thursday's game.

Glavine's parents were in the stands to watch their two sons play together -- the first pair of brothers to play for the Mets.

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