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Bay's bat lifts Mets in exhibition vs. Michigan

Bay's bat lifts Mets in exhibition vs. Michigan

Bay's bat lifts Mets in exhibition vs. Michigan
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Finally healthy, Jason Bay is again driving in runs.

Bay hit a two-run single Sunday at Digital Domain Park, leading the Mets to a 7-1 victory over the University of Michigan in a split-squad exhibition. The other half of the team traveled to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for a Grapefruit League game against the Braves.

Each year, the Mets host an exhibition against Michigan, the alma mater of principal owner Fred Wilpon.

Batting with the bases loaded and two outs in the third, Bay ripped a line-drive single into shallow left field, plating Jose Reyes and Luis Castillo. David Wright had tied the game earlier in the inning with an RBI groundout. It was Bay's second game in uniform since sitting out the final two months of last season with a concussion.

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Mets starter Chris Capuano allowed one run over three innings of his spring debut, allowing three hard-hit doubles but striking out four and walking none.

"I felt good out there," Capuano said. "I was just trying to throw a lot of strikes today. I'd like to tighten up the crispness of the pitches a little more, but I was happy I was able to throw strikes."

Dillon Gee, one of four fringe candidates battling Capuano for the fifth starter's job, fired 2 1/3 shutout innings, striking out four without allowing a hit.

Up next: Mike Pelfrey will make his Grapefruit League debut against the Nationals in a 1:10 p.m. ET game Monday, the first outing in a sequence that lines him up for Opening Day in Miami. Also making their Grapefruit League debuts at Digital Domain Park will be D.J. Carrasco, who signed a two-year deal this past offseason, and Jason Isringhausen, who is looking to resurrect his career with the Mets. One of those two is likely to face Nationals No. 1 Draft pick Bryce Harper, who is scheduled to make his spring debut.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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