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National League Preview from The Sports Network



Wednesday, April 24th (All times eastern)

Los Angeles Dodgers (9-10) at New York Mets (9-9), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Ted Lilly (0-0, 0.00) New York - Matt Harvey (4-0, 0.93)

(Sports Network) - Matt Harvey will try to lift the spirits of the New York Mets when he puts his unblemished record on the line Wednesday in the middle test of a three-game series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field.

Harvey is a perfect 4-0 in his first four starts with a sparkling 0.93 earned run average and has pitched at least seven innings in each outing.

The young right-hander is holding opposing hitters to a .108 batting average and is trying to become the first hurler since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 to begin a season with five straight starts of seven or more innings allowing just one run or less.

In his last start on Friday against Washington, Harvey held the visiting Nationals to a run and four hits in seven innings and struck out seven. He did walk a season high three batters.

Harvey leads the National League in wins and is tied with Boston's Clay Buchholz for the major league lead.

New York was handed a 7-2 loss in Tuesday's series opener with L.A. as Daniel Murphy finished with two of the Mets' four hits. Murphy and David Wright both had an RBI for the Mets, who have lost five of seven games. Mets starter Jon Niese lasted only 2 1/3 frames, giving up one run and three hits, and had to leave the game after taking a comebacker off his leg.

"He's fine. He's getting better as the night goes on, so he'll be OK," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Niese.

Brandon Lyon was dealt the loss in relief and surrendered a three-run homer to Mark Ellis in the seventh inning.

The Mets are 2-2 on a nine-game homestand.

Los Angeles has won back-to-back games since losing six straight and got four hits and four RBI out of Ellis. Matt Kemp added two hits, Justin Sellers went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Adrian Gonzalez scored twice.

"It felt good to get hits when we needed them," Ellis said of the 12-hit night.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw did not record a decision and gave up two runs and three hits in five innings. Ronald Belisario struck out two in a scoreless sixth inning for the win.

Taking the mound for the first time this season for Los Angeles will be Ted Lilly. Lilly is the eighth different starter for manager Don Mattingly and began the season on the disabled list due to left shoulder surgery. Lilly last started May 23 at Arizona and went 5-1 with a 3.14 ERA in eight starts a year ago.

The left-hander pitched at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on April 16 in a rehab assignment and permitted four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits in five innings. In seven career games (6 starts) against the Mets, Lilly is 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA in 36 2/3 innings.

New York was 3-4 against the Dodgers a season ago and has lost the last five meetings between the two clubs.

04/24 10:34:13 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
Final
ANA 9
OAK 10
Final
SDP 2
COL 3
Final
SFG 3
LOS 2
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
 
Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
Final
LAC 117
DEN 105
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
IND
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIL
ATL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
BRK
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
DAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
DET
 
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
HOU
 
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
LAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
PHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NYK
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
UTA
 
8:00pm Tonight
BOS
WAS
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
 
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MON
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR