New York (15-19) at Arizona (14-19)

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  • Game info: 9:35 pm EDT Thu May 13, 2004
  • TV: FSNY, KTVK
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The New York Mets expect to have Cliff Floyd back in the lineup as they try to salvage a split of their four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark.

Floyd, who hasn’t played since suffering a strained right quadriceps April 11 in Puerto Rico against Montreal, is rejoining the team after just one rehab start at Single-A Port Lucie Tuesday night. He went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Floyd, whose Achilles’ tendon injury a year ago limited him to just 108 games, played only six games before the injury, hitting .350 (7-for-20) with a homer and three RBIs.

“He’s been chomping at the bit to get back up here,” Mets manager Art Howe said. “He’s feeling good to play again. He wants to get up here to help us. He’s a big part of the club.”

Arizona’s offense, which exploded for 21 runs in the first two games of the series, was limited to just three hits Wednesday as Tom Glavine outdueled Randy Johnson to give the Mets a 1-0 victory.

The Diamondbacks are hoping right-hander Brandon Webb can bounce back from his worst outing of the season. The right-hander allowed seven runs—five earned—and six hits over five innings of an 8-7 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday.

Webb made his first big league start April 27 at Shea Stadium, earning the victory in a 6-1 win over the Mets. He tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and a walk while striking out 10.

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J. Seo TB vs. B. Webb Tex
5-10 Record 7-16
4.90 ERA 3.59
54 K 164
50 BB 119
1.56 WHIP 1.50