New York (12-6) at San Francisco (10-8)

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  • Game info: 10:15 pm EDT Mon Apr 24, 2006
  • TV: SNY, FSBA
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Tom Glavine has beaten five teams at least 20 times in his career.

On Monday, he looks to add the San Francisco Giants to that list and continue his impressive start for the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game series.

Glavine (2-1, 1.38 ERA) already has reached the 20-win plateau against the Washington Nationals (31), Cincinnati Reds (26), Philadelphia Phillies (24), San Diego Padres (22) and Pittsburgh Pirates (20).

The 20-year veteran is 19-14 with a 3.50 ERA in 40 career starts against the Giants, including a 6-2 record this decade.

However, he’s had his share of trouble with Barry Bonds, who is a career .329 hitter (26-for-79) with three homers and 13 walks against the left-hander.

Bonds should return to San Francisco’s starting lineup after being used as a pinch hitter and striking out in the ninth inning of Sunday’s 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Colorado Rockies.

A day earlier, Bonds hit the 709th home run of his career to move within five of Babe Ruth for second place all-time, though the Giants slugger said Sunday it’s unlikely he will reach Hank Aaron’s record of 755 because of knee pain.

“If I took off for five days, the swelling would be gone,” said the 41-year-old Bonds. “But I don’t have five days. I’m not taking five days off. I’m going to keep playing. I’m playing all year no matter what.”

The 40-year-old Glavine hasn’t been pitching like he needs any time off.

He ranks third in the majors in ERA and is tied for third with 26 strikeouts. The two-time Cy Young Award winner, in his fourth season with the Mets, has allowed one earned run in his last 14 innings.

“I’ve seen him pitch a lot,” Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “He looks stronger physically from what I’ve seen and seems to be throwing harder. He’s (looking) a lot better.”

Glavine and the Mets (12-6) have not had much success in San Francisco recently. The team was 0-4 there in 2000, 0-3 in 2001 and 2002, 2-2 in 2003, and 1-2 in each of the last two seasons.

New York is coming off a disappointing series against the San Diego Padres.

The Mets settled for a four-game split after a 7-4 loss on Sunday. The Padres led 5-0 before the Mets scored four runs in the sixth, but they wouldn’t get any closer as New York lost for the fourth time in six games after opening the season 10-2.

The Giants (10-8) are coming off a 5-5 road trip, which ended with losses in two of three games at Colorado.

San Francisco has lost all three starts this season made by Matt Cain (0-2, 6.75), who is looking to avoid a third consecutive loss. The rookie lasted five innings in each of the last two games, allowing eight runs and 11 hits in defeats to Arizona and Houston.

Cain has never faced the Mets.

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T. Glavine Atl vs. M. Cain SF
15-7 Record 13-12
3.82 ERA 4.15
131 K 179
62 BB 87
1.33 WHIP 1.28