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Harvey talks about being supported by his family

Trying to take it all in during his first stint in the Majors, Mets right-hander Matt Harvey is doing everything he can to not have too many butterflies.

Keeping the D-backs scoreless in his Major League debut last week in Arizona, Harvey did just that, allowing only three hits and striking out 11 in 5 1/3 innings for the win.

Come his second start Tuesday against the Giants, the right-hander is ready to take the hill and excited to experience AT&T Park.

"It's a new ballpark, it's a new team, so it's the same," Harvey said. "Everything's all new to me until I see the same team twice. This is a new ballpark, a new city and I'm enjoying every minute of it and doing everything I can to be successful like I was last time."

Harvey said it'll be especially surreal to face off against Giants ace Tim Lincecum.

"He's won two Cy Young awards," Harvey said. "Watching a guy like that and getting to face him is awesome. At the same time, it's what I'm here for. I'm here to compete against those kinds of guys."

Lincecum is hoping to bounce back after a rough start Wednesday against the Padres and halt the Giants' five-game losing streak. He allowed five runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Before the start, Lincecum had looked like his old self, going 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in two outings since the All-Star break.

"Hopefully this isn't a step backward," said Lincecum after failing to last five innings for the fifth time this season.

Mets: Francisco eyeing weekend return
Closer Frank Francisco could make his return from the disabled list as soon as this weekend in San Diego.

Francisco threw Sunday after scratching himself from Saturday's rehab appearance with soreness in his left side. He is scheduled to pitch Tuesday and Wednesday for Double-A Binghamton.

If he comes out of those appearances without any issues, Francisco could return in time for Friday's series opener against the Padres.

• Manager Terry Collins reiterated Monday that he does not expect the Mets to make a trade prior to Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET Deadline. Though outfielder Scott Hairston has been linked to multiple teams in recent days, the Mets are likely keep their most productive bench bat.

Giants: Scutaro moves into leadoff spot
San Francisco started Marco Scutaro at the leadoff spot against the Mets on Monday as the club continues to mix and match its lineup to find some offensive consistency.

"He's done so much leading off and he's had success," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I think it's fair to say we've been struggling. We need to get things clicking. Fortunately we have a couple guys who can lead off."

In his third game with the Giants, Scutaro was the fifth leadoff hitter the Giants have had this season, along with Gregor Blanco (65 games), Angel Pagan (25), Nate Schierholtz (7) and Justin Christian (4). He finished the game going 2-for-4 with an RBI double.

Worth noting
• Over his last 28 games, Mets infielder Daniel Murphy is hitting .387 (41-for-106) with 19 RBIs and 19 extra-base hits.

• The Giants have scored three runs or fewer in 12 of their last 18 home games. Comments