Dillon Gee was solid Wednesday night in the Mets' series finale with the Marlins, scattering seven hits and allowing four runs in 6 2/3 innings. But Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez was just a little better, surrendering just two runs in six innings in the team's 4-3 win.
Brandon McCarthy was dominant again, allowing just four hits and two earned runs in seven innings. The Yankees also gave him some run support, snapping a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Rays. Chase Headley and Brendan Ryan each had RBI doubles.
Dee Milliner and Eric Decker both missed practice Wednesday, but Jets coach Rex Ryan said he is "hopeful" each will be able to play Monday night in their home game with the Bears. Milliner made his season debut Sunday in Green Bay and has been nursing an ankle ailment.
Wally Backman will join the Mets coaching staff on Friday, the team announced on Wednesday. "He and I are very good friends," Terry Collins said. The former Mets infielder was named the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year for his efforts with Triple-A Las Vegas.
Eric Decker was on the field for practice on Wednesday, but he was not wearing a helmet or cleats. The wide receiver left the Jets' Week 2 game early with a hamstring injury and Wednesday's developments could signal that Decker is not yet fully recovered from the leg injury.
Juan Lagares was diagnosed on Wednesday with a sprained elbow after feeling a "stinger" in his arm when making a throw to second base on Tuesday night against the Marlins. Lagares will be reevaluated on Sunday before the Mets decide whether he will play again this season.
The Knicks have signed Orlando Sanchez to a partially guaranteed, one-year deal. Sanchez played his college ball at St. John's, where he dealt with eligibility issues. The Dominican-born big man averaged 7.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in his only season with the Red Storm.