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Rain postpones Mets-Diamondbacks

The SportsXchange

NEW YORK -- Unfortunately for the New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks, they picked up Friday right where they left off at Citi Field last summer.

The Diamondbacks led the Mets 2-0 after 3 1/2 innings before torrential rains arrived and forced the game to be postponed after a two-hour, 11-minute delay. The game will be made up Sunday as part of a single-gate doubleheader starting at 1:10 p.m. ET.

"We'd be here a long time before it stops raining today," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said as rain continued to pelt Citi Field.

The Mets and Diamondbacks were tormented by the weather during Arizona's visit to Queens last July, when the middle two games of a four-game series featured rain delays that lasted a combined 3:32.

"We're used to it," Gibson said. "We'll deal with it."

The postponement forced both teams to alter their rotations. The Diamondbacks will recall a pitcher from the minor leagues to start one of the doubleheader games and the Mets will start veteran right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka in Sunday's nightcap.

For Matsuzaka, it will be his first start this season after 14 relief appearances.

"It has definitely been awhile (since he started), but it is something I have been doing, it is something I know how to do," Matsuzaka said through an interpreter. "I just want to go into the game and do my role."

The scheduled starters for Saturday and Sunday -- right-handers Zack Wheeler and Rafael Montero for the Mets and right-handers Josh Collmenter and Bronson Arroyo for the Diamondbacks -- are still scheduled to pitch on those days.

On Friday, Arizona received a two-run homer from second baseman Aaron Hill and three innings of one-hit ball from right-hander Chase Anderson before the skies opened.

"We had a lead and we liked the direction we were going," Gibson said. "But (you) can't control Mother Nature."

Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon, pitching the day before his 41st birthday, retired nine of the final 11 batters he faced after Hill's homer.

NOTES: Mets C Travis d'Arnaud (concussion) took early batting practice on Friday and was scheduled to catch a bullpen session. ... Mets RHP Dillon Gee (right lat strain) planned to throw off a mound on Friday but did not do so, which all but assures he will not be able to make a rehab start as he hoped on Monday or Tuesday. ... Diamondbacks RHP J.J. Putz (right forearm tightness) is getting close to throwing off a mound. He has been on the disabled list since May 6. ... Cam Gibson, the son of Arizona manager Kirk Gibson, went 4-for-6 on Friday for Michigan State in the Spartans' 11-2 win over Illinois in the Big Ten tournament. Kirk Gibson, who played baseball and football at Michigan State, watched the game on television during his pregame session with reporters.

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