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NYM@COL: Santana shuts down Rockies for six innings

Born in Clay, N.Y., D-backs rookie hurler Patrick Corbin grew up five hours away from Shea Stadium.

Now making his second start of his career, Corbin will face his home state team at Citi Field on Saturday against the Mets with about 50 family and friends in attendance.

"It's definitely awesome," Corbin said. "Glad to come back home a little bit closer so the family and friends can see me. I'm definitely excited to see them all. They're all proud of me, and that's a great feeling for them, I'm sure. I just want to go out there and show them that I'm proud of them as well, for supporting me throughout my career, as long as my career lasts."

In his first start against the Marlins on Monday, Corbin allowed three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings and took the win. In four starts at Double-A Mobile before being called up, he was 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 25 strikeouts.

Corbin faced Mark Buehrle to begin his career and will go against another All-Star in Mets lefty Johan Santana on Saturday.

"Facing those two, I guess it's a little tough of a challenge, but I think I'm ready for it and I just want to go out there," Corbin said. "In my first game, I got bases loaded with one out in the first inning, got that double play to get out of it, kind of gave me a deep breath. I recovered and was like, 'OK, maybe I can get by this.'"

Santana picked up a no-decision in a 6-5 Mets win at Colorado on Sunday despite giving up no runs on two hits.

"We won, and that's all I care about," Santana said after the game. "At some point, we'll do the little things. It takes a whole team effort to win one game, even though I did my job. Everybody still has to come through."

In his last outing against the D-backs in 2008, Santana tossed seven shutout innings.

D-backs: Relief pitchers shag balls, too

Like Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who tore his ACL while shagging balls in the outfield on Thursday, D-backs relievers enjoy retrieving batting practice balls before each game.

"A lot of guys use that for conditioning," Brad Ziegler said. "A lot of guys just enjoy being active. I will say this, it's harder on my body to stand and do nothing than it is to run around for 45 minutes. I get stiff when I'm just standing around. It's really unfortunate that it happened to him, but you can't walk on egg shells and worry about every single movement that we make."

D-backs closer J.J. Putz, who called Rivera one of the best pitchers of all time, said his routine will remain the same.

"I don't think it's going to change the way we go out and shag," Putz said. "We're out there pretty much every day shagging, power shagging, running after balls. From what I saw, it just looked like he got caught coming down on the grass where it meets the dirt. It's just a freak injury. It would be unfortunate for anybody."

Mets: Batista inserted into rotation

The Mets on Friday announced that veteran pitcher Miguel Batista will take Chris Schwinden's place in the rotation but will be available out of the bullpen throughout this weekend before starting Tuesday's game in Philadelphia.

"One of the things that we brought Miguel Batista in for was not just to be a bullpen guy, but if we needed a spot starter at any time, he was the guy to do it," manager Terry Collins said. "We saw last year how effective he can be in that role."

Batista has posted a 6.92 ERA over one start and nine relief appearances this season.

Worth noting

• Arizona's Aaron Hill has reached base safely in 21 straight and 24 of 26 games overall.

• The D-backs are the only team the Mets have an all-time winning record against on the road (26-23) but a losing record at home (24-27).

• David Wright has a 10-game hitting streak through Friday.

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