Washington (45-37) at New York (35-46)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Tue Jul 1, 2003
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Hours after trading starting second baseman Roberto Alomar, the New York Mets take on the Montreal Expos in the middle game of their series at Shea Stadium.

New York sent Alomar to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday for minor league pitchers Royce Ring and Edwin Almonte and infielder Andrew Salvo. The deal ended Alomar’s 1 1/2 disappointing years with the Mets.

A future Hall of Famer, Alomar came to the Mets from Cleveland in an eight-player deal on Dec. 11, 2001. He batted .336 with 20 home runs and 100 RBIs in his final season with the Indians, but never approached that level with the Mets. He was hitting just .262 with two home runs when Tuesday’s trade was made, and the Mets were forced to pay the remainder of his contract, about $3.9 million.

The Mets hope to play a better defensive game behind rookie right-hander Aaron Heilman as they face the Expos.

The highly regarded Heilman turned in a solid performance in his major league debut Thursday against the visiting Florida Marlins. He allowed five runs—one earned—and six hits in six innings, but suffered a 6-1 loss as the Mets committed four errors.

“I’m pleased with the way he threw the ball,” Mets manager Art Howe said. “We just didn’t do a very good job behind him defensively and that was the difference in the game.”

“Hopefully, we’ll catch the ball a little better next time,” Howe added.

Fresh off their Subway Series sweep at the hands of the Yankees, the Mets played a flawless game Monday in taking the opener from Montreal 3-1.

They snapped a five-game losing streak to the Expos, as well as an overall five-game skid.

Ty Wigginton hit a two-run double for New York, giving the rookie third baseman hits in eight of his last 10 games. Cliff Floyd added the other RBI on a 2-for-3 effort.

Ron Callaway accounted for Montreal’s lone run with a sacrifice fly. The right fielder is batting .367 (11-for-30) over his last 10 games with two homers and 12 RBIs.

The Expos came in winners of two in a row after taking a weekend series at Toronto.

STANDINGS: Expos - 3rd place, 7 GB, NL East. Mets - 5th place, 16 1/2 GB, NL East.

EXPOS PROBABLE STARTER: Sun-Woo Kim (0-1, 10.38 ERA). The Korean right-hander is making just his third start of the season. He has given up at least four earned runs in each of his two starts and has yet to pitch more than 4 1-3 innings. His last start came against Toronto on June 21, when he allowed four earned runs in 4 1-3 innings of the Expos’ 8-5 victory. Kim was recalled from Triple-A Edmonton as Montreal needed an extra starter because it has only one day off before July 10.

METS PROBABLE STARTER: Heilman (0-1, 1.50 ERA). The right-hander was 6-4 with a 3.24 ERA in 16 starts at Triple-A Norfolk.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Expos - Jose Vidro, .324 avg.; Orlando Cabrera, 11 HRs, 45 RBIs and 52 runs; Endy Chavez, 14 SBs. Mets - Wiggington, .274 avg. and 46 runs; Jeromy Burnitz and Floyd, 14 HRs; Floyd, 43 RBIs; Roger Cedeno, 7 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Expos, 5-3.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Expos - The Expos are 12-11 since OF Vladimir Guerrero was placed on the DL with a herniated disc. … 2B Vidro went 0-for-4 Monday, snapping a seven-game hitting streak. … CF Chavez is batting .311 (19-for-61) over his last 16 games. Mets - Rookie SS Jose Reyes tripled Monday, his sixth hit in 36 left-handed at-bats (.167). … INF Rey Sanchez (sprained left thumb) is ready to come off the disabled list, but the Mets delayed activating him because LHP John Franco was unavailable because of a sore right knee. Even when Sanchez comes back, Reyes will continue to play every day at shortstop. … The Mets have committed the second-most errors (65) in the NL behind Cincinnati (74).

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Expos - 19-23 on the road; Mets - 18-21 at home.

INJURIES: Expos - 3B Fernando Tatis (chest), 15-day DL; OF Guerrero (back), 15-day DL; RHP Tony Armas Jr. (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Luis Ayala (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Zach Day (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Orlando Hernandez (shoulder), 15-day DL. Mets - C Mike Piazza (groin), 15-day DL; SS Sanchez (thumb), 15-day DL; LHP Mike Stanton (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Grant Roberts (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (groin), 60-day DL; 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL.

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S. Kim SF vs. A. Heilman Tex
0-1 Record 2-7
8.36 ERA 6.75
5 K 51
8 BB 41
2.29 WHIP 1.84