Murphy's footwork at first under scrutiny

New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (28) New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (28) during batting practice prior to the game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (May 21, 2011) Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

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The Mets got the benefit of a key blown call Thursday when first baseman Daniel Murphy clearly was pulled off the bag on a wide throw, but the fallout from that play could mean increased scrutiny of Murphy's footwork in the future. That's what appeared to happen Friday when Murphy stretched for a throw and was ruled to be off the bag by umpire Jeff Kellogg even though replays indicated otherwise.

Terry Collins spoke with infield coach Chip Hale on the way to Yankee Stadium for Saturday's game about tightening up his footwork. "If it's going around that he's coming off the bag early, we've got to correct it," Collins said. "[Friday] night I didn't think he came off the bag, which I saw later he didn't. Even if he came off a bit early, he was still going to be out, and you know how that has gone for years and years and years as a given. We've got to make sure we get those calls."

Murphy made his 106th start at first base, the most experience he's had at any position in his major-league career. He brought a solid .988 fielding percentage as a first baseman into Saturday night's game, but apparently there is more learning to be done.

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Turner passes Swoboda

Justin Turner's single stretched his RBI streak to seven straight games, leapfrogging Ron Swoboda (1965) for the Mets' rookie record. "It's pretty neat," Turner said. "It's cool to be in the book until the next guy does it."

Pedro Beato made his first appearance since returning from the DL (elbow tendinitis) and extended his streak to 182/3 scoreless innings, a Mets record for a pitcher to begin his major-league career. Jack DiLauro had 172/3 in 1969.

Mets mourn Fersch

The Mets announced the death of senior director of group sales Tom Fersch, who passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. A native of Forest Hills, Fersch, 49, had worked with the Mets since 1994.

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