After testing his sprained left ankle before Thursday's 6-3 win over the Braves, Matt Harvey again proclaimed himself ready to pitch on Saturday against the Yankees.

Harvey had his left ankle taped in hopes of adding more stability but had expressed some concern that it might restrict his mobility.

Harvey (3-0, 3.50 ERA), however, had no problems while throwing on the outfield grass, all while wearing the wrap to protect his ankle.

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"It felt much better," said Harvey, who hurt the ankle while shagging fly balls late in spring training.

Harvey will follow Jacob deGrom (2-1, 0.93 ERA), who pitches in Friday night's Subway Series opener, giving the Mets a formidable 1-2 punch.

DeGrom made his big-league debut against the Yankees last May, allowing one run in seven innings of a 1-0 loss.

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But don't expect deGrom to get lost in any nostalgia.

"I'm going to take it like every other game," he said. "Go out there with a game plan and try to execute that."

Rule confusion

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The Mets experienced their latest encounter with Rule 7.13, baseball's attempt to legislate home-plate collisions.

With the Braves down 3-0 in the second inning, umpires reversed a call and ruled that Anthony Recker, after taking a relay throw from Daniel Murphy, illegally blocked A.J. Pierzynski on his slide home.

Recker contended that he granted an open path to Pierzynski, who slid between the catcher's legs. Thus, Recker said, the ruling "just doesn't make any sense."

The ruling came after a 4- minute, 43-second review.

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Wright direction

David Wright (hamstring) did not set a timeline for his return. He has yet to progress to baseball activities.

"It's a slow, gradual process," he said. "But every day we're doing a little more."