Sunday, April 10, 2016

Harvey returns to Citi Field mound in finale vs. Phillies

The last time Matt Harvey took the mound at Citi Field, it was the ninth inning of World Series Game 5, and the Mets' season was on the line.
The stakes will be just a touch lower Sunday, when Harvey makes his first home start of the season in the rubber game of the Mets' series against the Phillies.
Harvey, who lost on Opening Day in Kansas City, will face Jeremy Hellickson, the Phillies' Opening Day starter.
Three things to know
• Harvey is 6-1 in eight career starts against the Phillies, the most wins he has against any opponent. The only loss came last May at Citizens Bank Park, when Cole Hamels beat him, 3-1.
• Hellickson, who spent most of his career in the American League with the Rays, has never pitched at Citi Field. He beat the Mets last June in Arizona, and lost to them in June 2012 in a game at Tampa Bay.
• Mets third baseman David Wright, who had his first day off of the season Saturday, is expected to be back in the lineup Sunday. The Mets are managing Wright's schedule in an attempt to keep him healthy, as he deals with the spinal stenosis condition that sidelined him for four months last season.

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