Rain delays start of game for 2 hours

The infield is covered during a rain delay

The infield is covered during a rain delay of a baseball game between the New York Mets and the Arizona Diamondbacks. (July 3, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Another cloudburst over Flushing forced the Mets to delay Wednesday night's's first pitch by two hours. Only 10 minutes before gametime, 22 members of the Citi Field grounds crew took two minutes to cover the infield, shortly before the monsoon arrived.

Weather aside, a sixth straight day of limited Mets batting practice, before the rain developed, indicated "exactly how we're looking at things,'' manager Terry Collins said.

"We have not had a day yet on this homestand that we've had organized batting practice, and one of the reasons is we're tired. The games are close and even , we leave the park at 12:30, quarter to one, and we're right back the next day.

"So we're trying to back off some.''

 

Collins: Marcum OK

Collins said a magnetic resonance imaging test on righthander Shaun Marcum, removed from Monday's game with stiffness in his upper back, came back "clean.''

Marcum (1-9, 5.03) began the season on the disabled list with neck problems. His next turn in the rotation is scheduled for Saturday in Milwaukee.

 

D-backs hail firefighters

To honor the 19 firefighters who died battling the wildfire near the Arizona community of Yarnell on Sunday, the Diamondbacks began wearing memorial patches on their jerseys for the Granite Mountain Hotshots Wednesday night.

 

Softball with big Q-rating

As part of All-Star Game weekend at Citi Field, there will be a Legends vs. Celebrity softball game July 14, with former Mets Mike Piazza, John Franco, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry and Rickey Henderson among the legends, and Chris Rock, Kevin James, Ashanti and George Lopez on the celebrity side.

 

Strange streak

Arizona starting pitchers entered last night winless in 24 consecutive games. They were 0-11 since Wade Miley's win over St. Louis on June 5.

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