AnonyMets rule: With the Indians fielding most of their regular lineup, one of baseball's sacred laws -- always expect the unexpected -- was obeyed as the Mets rang up their sixth straight win.Leading the Mets' 12-hit attack was Angel Pagan, who came in already leading National League clubs with 12 hits and added a 2-for-4 day to puff his average to .438. Acquired from the Cubs in a January Minor League deal, the 26-year-old outfielder is beginning to command attention for a bench role. The switch-hitter batted .264 in Chicago last season, with 16 of his 39 hits going for extra bases. Pagan may be taking advantage of a good opportunity: With Alou not expected to even resume baseball stuff until perhaps the end of April, the Mets will need some help in left. "He's having a great spring," Randolph said after the game. "He's a good athlete and can run, steal some bases. But we've got a long way to go." Many happy returns: Randolph may have enough healthy bodies to field a semblance of a big league team Saturday when the Mets play the Marlins (1:10 p.m. ET, MLB.TV and Channel 11). Chavez and Damion Easley expect to play for the first time this spring, and Schneider, Marlon Anderson anticipate returning to active duty. Duaner Sanchez, idle since Feb. 29, is scheduled to pitch.
Snip, snip: The Mets' first camp moves of the spring dropped a baker's dozen of players into their Minor League camp. Nine of the affected were pitchers, including right-hander Juan Padilla, who appeared in 24 games with the Mets in 2005 and now is making his way back from elbow surgery last April. Sent to the Minors camp, where they will eventually get their marching orders for the start of the season, were right-handers Robert Parnell, Eddie Kunz, Andy Cavazos, Brant Rustich, Ivan Maldonado and Padilla; left-handers Jonathan Niese and Ryan Cullen; catchers Salomon Manriquez and Mike Nickeas; infielder Anderson Machado and outfielder Ben Johnson. In addition, lefty Adam Bostick was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans of the Pacific Coast League.
In (shin)guarded condition: Minor league catcher Sean McCraw, standing in a area seemingly protected by the batting cage, nonetheless was struck in the shin by a batted ball that probably would have damaged his leg if not for a shinguard. The impact startled all who witnessed it, including Church.
"I think I feel another concussion," Church said.
Up next: It's ill-timed, given their injuries-depleted ranks, but the Mets will see their first split-squad action of the spring on Saturday. At least all the players ready for game-action won't have trouble finding playing time, as New York hosts Florida in Port St. Lucie (1:10 p.m.) and travels to Ft. Lauderdale to meet the Orioles (1:05 p.m.). Mike Pelfrey starts at home, Niese on the road.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.