Ike Davis gets cheered on return to Citi Field

Ike Davis of the Pittsburgh Pirates flips the Ike Davis of the Pittsburgh Pirates flips the ball to first base for an out against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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In his return to Citi Field, Ike Davis' biggest contribution to the Pirates' 5-3 win over the Mets Monday was being pinch hit for by Gaby Sanchez.

It was Sanchez, Davis' righthanded first-base counterpart, who homered off lefthander Scott Rice in the eighth inning for Pittsburgh's first run. And it was Sanchez who had a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth, with another run scoring on the play because of an error.

Davis was 0-for-2 with a walk and had a six-game hitting streak snapped. Since getting traded to the Pirates on April 18, he is batting .297 with two homers and 11 RBIs.

Davis said he thought he would be booed, but the response was plenty positive when he came to bat.

"It was a lot of cheers," Davis said. "That was pretty nice of them."

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, himself a former Met, said he didn't detect any bitterness from Davis toward the Mets. Really, it's hard to imagine that from Davis, who is one of the nicest guys around.

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"Most of those reasons [to be bitter] are people who've got rocks in their shoes," Hurdle said. "I think he dumped his shoes out when he got here. We encouraged him to do that."

Mets cautious with Gee

Dillon Gee, who failed to throw a scheduled bullpen session Sunday because the lower back injury that put him on the disabled list made him uncomfortable, will be re-examined as a precaution, according to manager Terry Collins, who said the club is not terming it a "setback" but is taking a cautious approach.

"It's a major muscle, and you've got to be careful of it," Collins said. "He is not feeling as good as we had hoped. So we're going to take our time and let the process work."

Young Jr. on DL

Eric Young Jr. was placed on the 15-day DL with a right hamstring strain and Matt den Dekker was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his roster spot. Young said he expects to go for an MRI exam Tuesday.

"I just felt it enough to where I couldn't run and explode like I need to," Young said. "From hindsight of watching what David Wright went through last year, he felt a tweak and still played through it and popped it good and missed about a month and a half. My legs are a big part of my game, so I'd rather take the two weeks instead of risking anything major and being out longer than that."

 

D'Arnaud close to return

Travis d'Arnaud (concussion) went 0-for-4 as the designated hitter for Double-A Binghamton in his rehab stint Monday. He's expected to be in the lineup Tuesday to catch most of the game, and if all goes well, he should come off the seven-day DL.

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