John Maine on thin ice in Mets' starting rotation

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maine walking off mound.JPGJohn Maine allowed eight hits and four earned runs over over
five innings in his 2010 debut last week against the Marlins and was
pounded for eight earned over three innings Tuesday night against the Rockies.  Needless to say, he has struggled mightily.  And now we get this…

ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin heard from a source Wednesday that Maine will retain his spot in the Mets’ rotation for at least one more game, but must be better the next time he takes the mound.  The 28-year-old right-hander is scheduled to pitch Sunday night against a tough St. Louis lineup, so we’ll get an idea of where he stands in just a few days.

Manager Jerry Manuel went on New York-based WFAN this afternoon to confirm the report and then the two shared a 35-minute closed-door conversation soon after.  Maine has promised to change his philosophy on the mound and believes he will find more success if he simply relies more heavily on his fastball.  He’s off to an 0-1 start this year with a 13.50 ERA and 2.38 WHIP through eight innings.
 

Another young fan was struck by a foul ball, this time at Guaranteed Rate Field

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ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a luxury suite.

A woman was struck in the face by a foul ball also on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, but she didn’t request medical assistance.

Last week, a young fan at Yankee Stadium was hit by a line drive foul ball, which motivated several teams to commit to extending protective netting at their ballparks. The Yankees, strangely, were not among them. Nor were the White Sox.

Diamondbacks clinch NL Wild Card

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Losses by the Cardinals to the Pirates and the Brewers to the Cubs on Sunday clinched an NL Wild Card berth for the Diamondbacks. Their walk-off, 3-2 win over the Marlins earned them hosting rights for the Wild Card game.

The D-Backs, now 90-66, trailed the Marlins 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Descalso tied the game at two apiece with an RBI single off of Brad Ziegler. Second half hero J.D. Martinez secured the win with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Javy Guerra.

The Rockies beat the Padres on Sunday to increase their lead over the Brewers (+2) and Cardinals (+2.5) for the second Wild Card slot. One of these three teams will visit Arizona for the Wild Card game.

The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, when they lost the Division Series in five games to the Brewers.