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07/21/10 10:07 PM ET

Dodgers, Mets both trying to get right

Despite the Dodgers avoiding being swept by San Francisco on Wednesday, two struggling teams will begin a four-game series Thursday at Dodgers Stadium when the Mets come to town.

The Dodgers' 2-0 win against the Giants on Wednesday snapped a six-game losing streak, which has them in fourth place in the National League West.

While the Dodgers were able to avoid being swept, the Mets had no such luck, falling, 4-3, to the D-backs in 14 innings. Wednesday's loss was just the latest for New York, which has lost six of its past seven and is 1-5 on an 11-game, three-city road trip.

The frustration of losing finally caught up to Mets infielder Alex Cora, who, following Tuesday's loss, admonished a group of reporters -- and one player -- who had been joking and laughing in the clubhouse.

The following day, Mets manager Jerry Manuel said he believed the actions of Cora -- a 13-year veteran of both leagues -- were warranted.

"He's a pro," Manuel said. "He knows the etiquette of baseball, of the locker room and those types of things. That's just the normal reaction of a guy that knows the responsibility of how you should react in certain situations. I have no problem with that at all."

Perhaps, Cora's response lit a spark into the Mets, and lefty Hisanori Takahashi will look to keep the fire burning as he opposes Dodgers right-hander Hiroki Kuroda Wednesday.

Both pitchers are looking to turn recent trends around. After lasting only 2 2/3 in his last outing against the Giants, questions surrounding Takahashi's rotation spot began to swirl.

Kuroda, meanwhile, improved in his last outing -- allowing one run on four hits in six innings against the Cardinals -- but still is in the midst of a personal three-game losing streak.

Prior to Wednesday's game, Manuel explained how the Mets would split the duties of the three catchers on their active roster. Josh Thole will remain the personal catcher for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, while Henry Blanco will become Johan Santana's personal catcher. Rod Barajas -- with some possible exceptions -- will catch the rest of the time. ... Despite Carlos Beltran's recent struggles in center, Manuel said he would not consider moving Beltran to right field. "That's his position," Manuel said. "That's where he's normally played."

The Dodgers purchased the contract of reliever Jack Taschner from Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday, optioning catcher A.J. Ellis to Triple-A. Taschner, 32, spent parts of the past five seasons with the Giants and Phillies, pitching for the Pirates earlier this season before being released. The move puts the Dodgers at 13 pitchers, but manager Joe Torre said the Dodgers are likely to bring up an outfielder as early as Thursday. "We need an arm down there," Torre said. "We decided our bullpen needs shoring up." James McDonald, Monday's starter, also was moved to the bullpen.

Worth noting
Angel Pagan's first-inning homer on Wednesday marked the first time since the All-Star break the Mets scored first. ... Mets infielders David Wright (5-for-9) and Jose Reyes (4-for-8) have had success in their careers against Kuroda.

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