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04/25/10 6:03 PM ET

Torre visits Mets, original managerial post

Joe Torre's managerial career gained its luster when he guided the Yankees in the Bronx beginning in 1996. But it got its start about 10 miles down the road in Flushing, when he was the Mets' skipper from 1977-81.

Torre, a native of Brooklyn, returned home Monday, when his Dodgers -- coming off a series loss to the Nationals after a 1-0 loss in Sunday's rubber game -- were scheduled to begin a three-game set against the Mets and make their only stop of the season at spacious Citi Field.

The rain that preserved the Mets' five-inning 1-0 Sunday night win over the Braves stayed in the New York area, washing out Monday's game and forcing a twi-night doubleheader that is slated for Tuesday. Torre will stay on the regular starting schedule and pitch righty Hiroki Kuroda in Game 1 against Johan Santana, and knuckleballer Charlie Haeger against Oliver Perez in the nightcap.

In Torre's previous two seasons as the Dodgers' skipper, his club went 8-5 against the Mets and 3-3 at Citi Field. In six games last year, Los Angeles swept New York at Dodger Stadium and took two of three on the road.

But you never know what to expect in New York. And with that in mind, Torre -- who spent his final three years as a player with the Mets and went a combined 286-420 in parts of five seasons as the club's skipper -- told Manny Ramirez to not even bother making a trip to the Big Apple.

Instead, Ramirez -- on the 15-day disabled list since Friday because of a strained right calf -- stayed back in Los Angeles to get treatment.

"I didn't think there was any reason -- and [general manager] Ned [Colletti] felt the same way -- to just carry him around, especially going to New York," Torre said. "It'll be a bit of a circus."

Mets: Santana starts it off
Santana has allowed one run in 13 1/3 innings over his past two starts, and he's off to an exceptional start, walking only six and striking out 22 in his first 24 1/3 innings. Santana is 2-0 with a 0.61 ERA in two career starts against the Dodgers. ... The pain in starter John Maine's left (non-pitching) elbow didn't stop him from throwing a bullpen session before Sunday's game. Maine, who left his last start early, remains on track for his next start on Wednesday.

Dodgers: Kuroda the unlikely ace thus far
Kuroda didn't have his best stuff during his Wednesday start against the Reds, when he allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. But he kept the game close to finish with the win. And despite the rough outing, he still has the best ERA on the staff and is the only one with two wins. Kuroda (2.18 ERA) and right-hander Clayton Kershaw sport a combined 2.68 ERA this season. The rest of the staff -- Vicente Padilla, Haeger and Chad Billingsley -- sport a combined 6.32 ERA. Kuroda, however, has struggled against the Mets, going 0-2 with a 10.45 ERA in three career starts.

Worth noting
Torre still wouldn't announce a pitcher for Wednesday. Candidates to take the start of disabled right-hander Vicente Padilla include Double-A righty Jesus Castillo, Triple-A right-hander Josh Towers and Triple-A left-hander Scott Elbert. ... Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was held out of the lineup Sunday as a precautionary move, since the club played a 13-inning game on Saturday and was facing a lefty in Washington's Scott Olsen. But Torre said Ethier is "still treating that ankle," which was sprained the first week of the season and caused him to miss three starts. ... The Mets' Sunday night starter, Mike Pelfrey, shut down the Atlanta Braves before heavy rain came and officially ended the game in the sixth inning. But the Mets earned a 1-0 win and Pelfrey, who tossed five shutout frames, notched his fourth victory against no defeats, lowered his ERA to 0.69 and extended his scoreless-innings streak to 24. ... Only tickets marked "April 27 - Game 15" will be honored for the doubleheader. Tickets from the postponed Monday night game are not valid for admission on Tuesday. Fans can exchange tickets in person on Tuesday at Citi Field for the doubleheader or for a later date, subject to availability and according to standard rain-check ticket exchange policy on Mets.com.

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