New York (22-22) at New York (23-20)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Sat May 21, 2011
  • TV: FOX
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Justin Turner(notes) has been a revelation in the New York Mets’ return to .500.

Continuing his torrid production could prolong the New York Yankees’ longest home losing streak in eight years.

Turner looks to help the Mets to a winning record for the first time in six weeks when they face the Yankees on Saturday night in the Bronx.

Turner is hitting .364 with one homer and 14 RBIs in 19 games this season. However, much of that production has come during a seven-game hitting streak, during which he’s 13 for 29 with six doubles, one home run and 11 RBIs.

The rookie showed few signs of slowing down Friday, collecting three hits - two doubles - while driving in a run for a sixth straight game as the Mets (22-22) won 2-1 over the Yankees (23-20) in the opener of the Subway Series.

“Right now I’m not missing the mistakes, which is huge,” said Turner, who has started three games in a row at third for the injured David Wright(notes) (back).

The Mets have won nine of 11 overall and five of six on the road. Extending their winning streak to four would put them back above .500 for the first time since they were 3-2 on April 6.

“I’m really proud of the way the club has just held together,” manager Terry Collins said.

The Yankees are seeking an end to a six-game home losing streak, their longest since an eight-game slide May 16-26, 2003.

They’re hitting .148 with runners in scoring position during the current skid after going 1 for 10 Friday.

“When runners are in scoring position, sometimes you don’t get it done, sometimes you run into bad luck,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Sometimes the at-bats aren’t great. There’s a number of things that are happening. But you keep getting those opportunities, and eventually it’s going to turn.”

The Yankees send A.J. Burnett(notes) (4-3, 3.99 ERA) to the mound as they try to avoid dropping to .500 at home.

The right-hander was dominant his last two starts - both in 2009 - against the Mets, tossing 14 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts in a pair of wins. Burnett, however, went 0-3 with a 16.55 ERA in three interleague games in 2010.

He is coming off his worst performance of the season, getting tagged for six runs and eight hits, including three homers, in 5 2-3 innings of a 6-5 loss at Tampa Bay on Monday.

Burnett is 0-2 with a 4.12 ERA in three starts this month.

Derek Jeter(notes) is 4 for 26 with one RBI in the past six home games, but his single Friday extended his home hitting streak against the crosstown rivals to 23 games. Jeter is batting .485 with six homers and 13 RBIs during that run.

The Mets will turn to Chris Capuano(notes) (3-4, 4.78), who goes for consecutive winning starts for the first time since a four-game run with Milwaukee from April 8-27, 2007.

The left-hander has allowed two runs in each of his last three starts, going five innings while fanning six in a 7-4 win at Houston on Sunday.

“He can pitch,” Collins said. “He knows how to use his changeup. He knows when to throw something with a wrinkle in it. He can pitch up in the zone. He throws harder than people think he does.”

Capuano surrendered seven runs in four innings with the Brewers during a 12-3 loss in his only meeting against the Yankees on June 8, 2005.

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C. Capuano NYY vs. A. Burnett Pit
11-12 Record 11-11
4.55 ERA 5.15
168 K 173
53 BB 83
1.35 WHIP 1.43


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