Okay, so no way is it nearly as bad as up north. I realize that. But the wind was going very strong from leftfield to rightfield, and that helped Oliver Perez save his outing. If not for the wind, he would have given up a three-run homer in the third inning. But the wind held it up, and instead we're all talking about a hitless four-inning performance. How about that?

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Kelvim Escobar said he expects to throw again in a week-to-10 days and if he still feels pain he's going to request an MRI. But he feels good right now, so he is hoping it doesn't get to that point.

Another strong performance by Hisanori Takahashi - three scoreless innings. So make that six scoreless in spring for him. He humbly said that he is well ahead of the hitters at this stage of camp, so we shouldn't read into it. True or not, I think right now you can pencil him into the Opening Day bullpen and call him a sleeper to win the fifth starter spot.

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Jenrry Mejia threw two innings and gave up a run and three hits. But Jerry Manuel gave him a pass, saying Mejia was instructed to work his changeup into his outing today and two of the hits came off changeups. It is very, very, very clear Manuel heart Mejia, so it will be interesting to see whether the manager has enough clout to bring him north.

Mets had their union meeting today. Spoke with union head Michael Weiner about the prospects of instituting a blood test for HGH anytime soon and - to put it succinctly - he told us it's not happening anytime soon.