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Mets show power by homering in all 11 games

Mets' Marlon Byrd is congratulated by Mets' Ike

Mets' Marlon Byrd is congratulated by Mets' Ike Davis after hitting a solo home run against Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Scott Diamond during the fifth inning. (April 13, 2013) Credit: AP

MINNEAPOLIS -- Pitching, not power hitting, had been expected to carry the Mets this season. Nevertheless, through their first 11 games, the Mets have shown plenty of pop.

Rightfielder Marlon Byrd hit his first homer of the season in Saturday's 4-2 victory over the Twins, a towering solo shot that landed in Target Field's distant upper deck.

The Mets extended their club record by hitting at least one homer in each of their first 11 games. As they take the field Sunday with a chance to sweep the Twins, the Mets are the only team in baseball with a homer in every game they've played.

"We're going to have to live and die with some power," manager Terry Collins said.

The power surge has helped to cover for the sputtering middle of the lineup. Ike Davis is hitting .128 with one homer after going 1-for-4 against the Twins. David Wright is hitting .293 but has yet to homer.

But not everyone is surprised by the Mets' early-season punch.

"I saw it in spring training," Byrd said. "These guys work hard. We have a tennis ball machine, slider machine, we've got flips, extra batting practice, looking at film, going over scouting reports. So we know exactly what guys are trying to do to us."

Here's the catch

Could catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud and starting catcher John Buck coexist on the same roster? Collins said it's possible.

"If Buck continues to swing and Travis gets up here, we're gonna have to find some playing time for both of those guys," said Collins, who left open the possibility of trying Buck at first base on occasion.

D'Arnaud is expected to eventually take the starting role, though Buck has exploded out of the gate with a league-high six homers and 19 RBIs. He had homered in four straight games, but that streak ended Saturday against the Twins.

Bad forecast

The Mets go for the series sweep Sunday against the Twins -- weather permitting. The forecast calls for rain all day. Conditions likely won't improve Monday, when the Mets are scheduled to begin a series in Colorado, where snow and frigid temperatures are expected.

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