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Notes: Wright's brother at VT is OK

Notes: Wright's brother at VT is OK

PHILADELPHIA -- A day later, vestiges of the concern and discomfort David Wright experienced Monday tugged at him. His 21-year-old brother, Stephen, a senior engineering major at Virginia Tech, was fine, safe, unharmed in the shooting rampage at the Blacksburg, Va., school.

But the ill-at-ease feeling that grabbed him Monday morning hadn't released him.

"It stays with you," Wright said. "I've gone to football games there. My brother has had classes in the buildings they were mentioning. So there's a feeling of 'I know those people.'

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"I finally got my brother at about 2 [o'clock on Monday]. It had to shake him up even if he didn't [know] any of [the victims] personally. He knew someone who knew someone. And you think of the parents who sent their kids off [to] the school, who just knew they were safe there. No doubt. And then this happens.

"And even if you're not connected to the school, it's tough. It's so sad. It's scary to turn on your TV and see a shooting at a school -- any school -- but especially one that your brother is at."

Two-timers: Through Monday, Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins were the only Phillies or Mets players among the top five in runs and RBIs in the National League, hardly a surprising development. Reyes had played three games against the Phillies, a team he regularly abuses, and scored three runs and driven in four. Rollins had faced Tuesday night's starter, Tom Glavine -- someone he's had a lot of success against -- three times. The results (going into Tuesday's game) were three home runs and a ground ball.

Now Reyes has one game in Citizens Bandbox Park when he has batted .357 with six home runs in 98 career at-bats. He has 12 home runs in all other National League parks aside from Shea Stadium. Rollins entered Tuesday's game with nine doubles, a triple, six home runs, nine walks and a .357 batting average in 75 appearances against Glavine. He has no more than three home runs against any other pitcher.

Father (and bed) time: These days -- and nights -- RBIs may be in greater abundance than REM's in the Delgado household, and some games, not matter how compelling, may be considered yawners. Carlos Antonio Delgado doesn't much care about his father's rest and run production. Three weeks into his life, he is a real eye-opener.

Carlos Juan Delgado, Mets first baseman and a first-time father, can speak to all that, and proudly does. His first weeks of fatherhood have been a period of adjustment. Uninterrupted sleep now is merely a concept. Routine now is a memory.

"Three or four times a night," is how often the new Delgado awakens his parents.

More often than not, his wife, Betzaida Delgado, is the first responder. That doesn't mean her husband sleeps through the night. "She understands," Delgado says. An athlete needs his sleep.

Of course, when the offseason arrives, it will be father's turn to answer the calls.

"By then, he'll be sleeping through the night." Delgado says. "I hope."

This day in Mets history: No Mets hurler ever came closer to pitching a no-hitter than Nolan Ryan did against the Phillies at Shea Stadium on this date in 1970. Ryan, in his first start of the season and the 30th of his career, struck out 15, walked six and allowed only a single by Denny Doyle. Not that the no-hitter anticipation was particularly great -- Doyle's single led off the game. Indeed, all the suspense was gone early. The Mets scored three times in the first inning against Jim Bunning and won, 7-0. ... Three years later, the Mets lost, 1-0, to the Cubs at Shea. A leadoff single by Cleo James, a stolen base, a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch by Jon Matlack produced the run. ... Wally Backman, a career .165 hitter batting right-handed, doubled in two runs in the ninth inning against left-hander Gary Lucas to provide the critical runs in the Mets' 5-4 victory against the Expos on this date in 1985. ... Dave Gallagher was thrown out at the plate by Expos right fielder Larry Walker, and Willie Randolph, after an extended rundown, was thrown out between third and home on the same play on this date in 1992. The Mets lost, 8-6, in Montreal. ... A year later, Bret Saberhagen allowed two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth in the Mets' 3-2 loss in Cincinnati that followed two successive victories. The Mets wouldn't win two straight again until June 29-30 -- a stretch of 64 games.

Coming up: Warm weather. The Mets return to Florida and begin a two-game series against the Marlins on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. ET. John Maine is to start for the Mets, opposite Dontrelle Willis. The average game-time temperature for the 11 games the Mets have played since Opening Night in St. Louis -- it was 72 degrees that night -- is 46.8 degrees. The predicted high temperature for Miami on Wednesday night is 82.

Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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