Notebook: Pedro, Zambrano get work in

The Mets caught up with their pitching rotation Wednesday, getting action-starved hurlers Pedro Martinez and Victor Zambrano work in a 4-3 victory over the Florida Marlins. <P> Rain has not been friendly to the Mets recently, especially Martinez, who was washed out for his second consecutive start on Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians.

He made it onto the hill for three scoreless innings Wednesday in Jupiter, throwing 48 pitches according to reports, and appears on track for Opening Day.

Zambrano pitched four innings in the win, allowing three runs, including a home run to would-be Met Carlos Delgado leading off the fourth inning. Jason Phillips had a two-run double, increasing his spring totals to nine RBIs and a .550 batting average.

Garcia released

The Mets released infielder Danny Garcia, the first Brooklyn Cyclones player to make it to Shea Stadium, on Wednesday. New York has a glut of middle infielders in camp, and Garcia was taken off the team's 40-man roster earlier this year.

The 24-year-old Riverside, Calif. native hit .227 with five home runs and 23 RBI in 77 games with the Mets from 2003-04.

Looking Ahead

Cincinnati Reds manager Dave Miley told reporters Wednesday that he has named former Met Paul Wilson as his Opening Day starter against New York. The Mets play an exhibition game in Washington on April 3 and then head to Cincinnati for the season opener on the 4th.

On Deck

The Mets are scheduled to head up I-95 to meet up with the Washington Nationals in Viera, although the game is expected to be a washout. Tom Glavine and Tony Armas, Jr. are the scheduled starters if the weather holds.

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