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Eighty-eight players have played for both the Mets and the Yankees but on Saturday a guy who almost became a Yankee, but signed with the Mets instead, turned into an unlikely hero. Dae-Sung Koo electrified the Shea Stadium crowd by doubling off of Randy Johnson and then scoring from second base on a sacrifice when the Yankees neglected to cover home. He also did pretty well at his day job, shutting down the Yankees for one and a third innings while striking out three.

Koo wasn’t the only hero for the Mets. Kris Benson was brilliant over six innings allowing only three hits, before tiring and giving way to Koo with a runner on in the seventh. Former Yankee, Miguel Cairo, also homered for the Mets whose fans suffered a nervous moment when Carlos Beltran left the game with a groin injury. Beltran wasn’t the only injured superstar, as Derek Jeter also had to be removed from the game after being hit on the elbow. Luckily, both Jeter and Beltran escaped serious injurt and are day-to-day.

Yankee fans had been hopeful that Randy Johnson would lead them to victory, but once again the Big Unit was lacking his best stuff. Johnson gave up an astounding twelve hits, the second most in his career, in just over six innings of work. At sixteen million a year, Yankee fans expect more than a 4-3 record and an ERA of almost four.

Pedro Martinez and Carl Pavano will face off on Sunday to decide which team will have the bragging rights of the city before they meet again in late June.

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