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RHP Matt Harvey will look to continue his brilliant season when he takes the mound for the Mets on Wednesday night in the third game of a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Harvey, who entered Tuesday leading the National League in both ERA (2.00) and strikeouts (132), was robbed of his third straight win in his last start on Friday against the Nationals, when he allowed one run on three hits and no walks while striking out 11 over seven innings but watched as the Mets bullpen blew a three-run lead in a 6-4 loss. Last Friday marked the third time this season Harvey has received a no-decision in a start in which he struck out at least 10 and walked none. He has allowed two runs or less over at least seven innings in 11 of his 17 starts this season but is just 5-1 in those appearances. Harvey will be making his second appearance against the Diamondbacks. He made his big league debut at Arizona last July 26 and earned the win after striking out 11 over 5 1/3 shutout innings.
RHP Jeremy Hefner finally got some run support Tuesday when the Mets snapped a tie by scoring seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of their 9-1 win over the Diamondbacks. The outburst made a winner out of Hefner, who improved to 3-6 after allowing just one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six over seven innings. Hefner has allowed three earned runs or less in each of his last eight starts, a stretch in which he's recorded a 2.20 ERA to lower his overall ERA from 5.00 to 3.54, but he was just 2-1 in his previous seven starts.
IF Zach Lutz was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas prior to Tuesday's game. RHP Gonzalez Germen was promoted from the same affiliate in a corresponding move. Lutz was recalled from Las Vegas on June 23 and was 1-for-4 in four games. He has two hits in 15 at-bats in two stints for the Mets dating back to last year. In 53 games for Las Vegas prior to his promotion, Lutz hit .286 with seven homers and 37 RBIs.
OF Matt den Dekker was promoted from Class A St. Lucie to Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday. den Dekker, who suffered a broken right wrist on March 24, hit .274 in 14 games for St. Lucie. He went 0-for-5 in his Las Vegas debut on Monday night.
RHP Gonzalez Germen was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to Tuesday's game. The Mets optioned infielder Zach Lutz to the same affiliate in a corresponding move. Germen will provide additional depth to a bullpen corps that threw a combined 10 1/3 innings Sunday and Monday. He was 3-3 with a 5.70 ERA and 48 strikeouts over 42 2/3 innings at Las Vegas. Germen, 25, will be making his major league debut when he appears in a game.
OF Eric Young started at second base Tuesday for the first time since Sept. 11, 2011, and went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in the Mets' 9-1 win over the Diamondbacks. Young split time between the outfield and second base during his first two years in the majors with the Rockies, but his two midgame appearances at second base this season -- one each with the Rockies and the Mets -- were, before Tuesday, the only times he'd played the position since his last start there.