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Glavine Won’t Face Braves This Weekend

February 25, 2003

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) _ Tom Glavine won’t be pitching against his old friends on the Atlanta Braves this week.

The left-hander, who signed with the Mets during the offseason following 16 seasons in Atlanta, will pitch in New York’s split-squad game against Baltimore in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday. The other Mets’ squad will play the Braves in Kissimmeee.

``During the season he’ll face them enough,″ Mets manager Art Howe said Tuesday.

As New York got ready for the start of the exhibition season, Mike Piazza hit a two-run, first-inning homer off Mike Bacsik in Tuesday’s intrasquad game. Piazza’s team won the seven-inning game 2-1.

Jason Middlebrook gave up a run-scoring single to Cliff Floyd.

``I threw batting practice four or five times (prior) and it seemed like I threw another batting practice today,″ Bacsik said. ``They hit the ball well off me, but that’s fine, it’s the first day.″

Bacsik, trying to earn a spot in the rotation, allowed four hits in two innings. he thought he threw a good changeup to Piazza, who sent the pitch over the left-field wall.

Middlebrook, also competing for the fifth spot, had an adrenaline rush when he took the mound and had to work through it during his first inning. He walked Rey Sanchez, gave up a hit to Roberto Alomar and a single to Floyd.

``It’s a matter of seeing hitters and getting that adrenaline under control,″ Middlebrook said. ``You feel stronger, but mechanically you haven’t pitched at that speed so the timing takes a while.″

He recovered quickly in the second, getting three straight outs.

``I felt better in the second and I think I would have even felt better in the third,″ Middelbrook said.

Jeo Weong Seo, Heath Bell and Pete Zamora followed Middlebrook. David Weathers, Jaime Cerda, Scott Strickland and Ty Walker followed Bacsik.

Notes: SS Jose Reyes worked out on the back fields, and Howe said he might be ready to play in a game this weekend. Reyes felt a pull in his injured left quadriceps Saturday and has been told to go slowly. ... The Mets plan to pitch Pedro Astacio, Heilman, John Bale, Phil Siebel, Bobby Munoz, Pedro Feliciano and Mike Stanton during Thursday’s spring training opener against St. Louis. The Cardinals intend to throw Garrett Stephenson, Jimmy Journell, Matt Duff, Gabe Molina, Mike Crudale and Kevin Ohme. ... C Vance Wilson and Bacsik agreed to one-year contracts. Wilson, 29, hit .245 with five home runs and 26 RBIs last season backing up Piazza. Bacsik was 3-2 with a 4.37 ERA for the Mets in nine starts last season.

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