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Santana, Mets commemorate first team no-hitter

Mets pitcher Johan Santana salutes the fans following

Mets pitcher Johan Santana salutes the fans following his no-hitter at Citi Field. (June 2, 2012) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The Mets and Johan Santana announced a partnership to sell merchandise commemorating the pitcher's June 1 no-hitter.

Game-used memorabilia and other items signed by Santana will go on sale at 2 p.m. Monday at and by phone at 718-559-3144.

Fans also can buy no-hitter merchandise inside Citi Field starting Friday, when the team returns to face the Reds.

The Mets are donating a game ball to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Another ball and the pitching rubber will be displayed at the Mets Hall of Fame at Citi Field.

A portion of the net proceeds from the sales of game-used memorabilia autographed by Santana will be donated to the Johan Santana Foundation.

The Mets already announced the sale of reprinted tickets from the game on their website.

Extra basesJon Niese did not have a recurrence of the rapid heartbeat that he hopes to correct with a procedure after the season, but the Mets will watch him carefully. "This guy's not dropping over on my watch on the mound," manager Terry Collins said . . . Collins said Dillon Gee did not have any tests after reporting a dead arm before Saturday night's loss to the Yankees. Gee went seven innings . . . Vinny Rottino, whose father hails from the Bronx, started at first base and went 1-for-3 with an RBI . . . Ike Davis doubled in the ninth for his first RBI since May 29 . . . The Mets had two runners picked off first base by Andy Pettitte, both scored as caught stealing: Scott Hairston in the third and David Wright in the fifth . . . Jason Bay (0-for-4) is hitless in 11 at-bats since returning from the disabled list.

Next upThe Mets are off before a three-game series at Tampa Bay. Probables: Chris Young vs. Alex Cobb, R.A. Dickey vs. David Price and Santana vs. Jeremy Hellickson.

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