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Dillon Gee Pitches Again Tonight

The Mets lost two of three to the Phillies this weekend, and Faith and Fear in Flushing's Jason Fry estimated that 45 percent of the crowd noise was in support of the visiting team. (This makes sense, even if Mets fans still outnumbered Philly fans: One tends to cheer louder for a team gunning for a divisional title than for a team hoping to, at best, play spoiler.) We don't envy the folks in the Mets ticket office: The Phillies don't return again this year, Johan Santana is done for the season with something called a torn anterior capsule in his shoulder, and we doubt the Wilpons would let them sell tickets to Jerry Manuel's inevitable firing. And tonight, the 48-94 Pirates roll into town — the Times suggests the team print up "I Survived Mets vs. Pirates" T-shirts — though at least the series opener has a bit of a story line: Dillon Gee, who impressed in his big-league debut last week, makes his first Citi Field start tonight.

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