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NYM@WSH: Young allows two earned over five innings

Chris Young had 13 months' rest between his previous two starts. How will the Mets right-hander fare on a more normal schedule, with six days' rest entering his outing on Tuesday?

Young made his season debut last Tuesday after completing his recovery from right shoulder surgery. He threw 75 pitches and allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings. He didn't factor into the decision in New York's 7-6 loss to Washington.

"I was just hoping that I wouldn't get overly excited to where I throw the ball all over the place," said Young, who posted a 1.88 ERA over four starts in 2011. "I wanted to stay calm and hit my spots and work ahead in the count, and for the most part, I did that."

Young was a free agent over the offseason, but the Mets re-signed him to a Minor League contract during Spring Training, much to manager Terry Collins' delight.

"I'm glad he's back," Collins said. "I'm really glad [Mets GM Sandy Alderson] signed him. He's a first-class guy, and I wanted to get him back."

On Tuesday, the Rays will counter with righty Alex Cobb. Despite losses in his last two outings, the 24-year-old isn't short on confidence. On Wednesday, Cobb yielded four runs on five hits in seven innings of a 4-1 loss to the Yankees.

"I'm able to throw any pitch in any count with conviction, and feel confident with that pitch," Cobb said. "And whoever is behind the plate should feel the same way, and call whatever pitch they think is the best pitch in that scenario, and not the best pitch I'm throwing that night."

Mets: Gee to get extra rest
Collins said he will give right-hander Dillon Gee an extra day of rest before his next start.

Gee acknowledged a "dead" feeling in his arm following a seven-inning outing Saturday against the Yankees. He has thrown at least 100 pitches in 10 of his 12 starts this season. Collins said Gee has shown typical signs of fatigue.

Gee is 4-4 with a 4.42 ERA this season, and 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA over his last five starts.

Rays: Maddon says advantages favoring pitchers
The Rays employ more defensive shifts than any team in baseball, so leave it to manager Joe Maddon to note that emphasis on sabermetrics and shifts is hurting hitters.

"All the stuff that's going on, and all this stuff that's talked about, whether it's data, matrixes, all the different stuff that's out there, is all slanted toward the pitching, and the pitching and the defense," Maddon said. "There's no way to slant it toward the hitters. I really think that all the stuff you see out there can only confuse hitters. There's nothing really there definite that the hitter can latch onto when he goes into the box that's really going to help him against [any given pitcher]. He might find a tendency or two, but you just never know if it's going to pop up or not."

Worth noting
• Mets outfielder Scott Hairston is hitting .429 (12-for-28) with five home runs and 10 RBIs over his last 12 games.

• Rays closer Fernando Rodney converted his 18th save in 19 chances in Sunday's 4-2 win against the Marlins.

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