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Niese wins, Santana loses

It was like day and night -- literally -- for the Mets on Thursday in a doubleheader split against the San Diego Padres. Johan Santana was inconsistent in a 4-2 loss in the first game, but Jonathan Niese pitched a one-hitter in the night game as the Mets won 3-0.

Anthony Rieber has the story here.

Ken Davidoff writes that the Mets always seem to go into an offensive funk whenever Santana is on the mound.

Omar Minaya said on Thursday that the clock on Carlos Beltran starts when the actual rehab games start.

Arthur Staple reports on the Padres' dazzling bullpen, which shut down the Mets in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader.

With the Mets heading to AL ballparks for the next week, the 'Animal' will be unleashed. Yes, expect to see Chris Carter in the lineup as the DH. Dave Lennon has the story here.

In case you missed it, the Mets hit into a triple play on Thursday.

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