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NEW YORK -- The New York Mets look to build some more momentum Saturday night, while the Philadelphia Phillies might be looking for some name tags. Ron Hainsey Jersey .The Mets and Phillies are scheduled to play the middle contest of their three-game series Saturday night at Citi Field. The Mets won Fridays opener 9-4.The victory was the fifth in the last six games for the Mets (65-63), who are making a last-second dash for one of the National League wild card spots. New York is 3 1/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild card.It is the best six-game stretch for the Mets since they went 5-1 from July 2 through July 7. They went 13-24 between July 8 and Aug. 19 before taking the final two contests of a four-game series at the San Francisco Giants and two of three from the Cardinals in St. Louis.We know that any little thing can get us going, said infielder Wilmer Flores, who hit a grand slam Friday night. I think those games on the road were good for us, (got) us going. So weve got to keep it going.The Phillies (59-69), who have lost six of their last nine, are expected to greet their newest player Saturday. Veteran catcher A.J. Ellis, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday in the deal that sent popular veteran backstop Carlos Ruiz to the west coast, is scheduled to join the Phillies.The Ruiz deal basically completed the dismantling of the championship-era Phillies. First baseman Ryan Howard is the only player remaining from the 2007-2011 Phillies, who won five straight NL East titles, two pennants and the 2008 World Series.Howard lost his starting job earlier this season and his contract expires at the end of this season, which means the slumping veteran -- he went 0-for-3 on Friday as his average fell to .196 -- will surely join the likes of Ruiz, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino as ex-Phillies.You play with guys your entire career and now youre seeing them in different uniforms, Howard said. Its definitely going to be something to get used to, but thats baseball. Thats the business aspect of it. Teams made moves and thats what happens.Right-hander Noah Syndergaard (11-7, 2.61 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Mets against Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.Syndergaard had his best start in weeks Sunday, when he earned the win after allowing two hits over eight scoreless innings in the Mets 2-0 victory over the Giants. It was the longest start for Syndergaard since he threw a career-high 8 1/3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 15. He went 3-5 with a 4.09 ERA in his 10 subsequent starts.Hellickson (10-7, 3.60) looks to win his fifth straight decision. He earned the victory in his most recent start Aug. 20, when he gave up two runs over seven innings as the Phillies beat the Cardinals 4-2. Hellickson is 4-0 with a 2.35 ERA in his last six starts. Wholesale Maple Leafs Jerseys . -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams. Tiger Williams Jersey .Y. - New York City has been selected to host the NBA All-Star weekend in 2015, with the game played at Madison Square Garden and the slam dunk contest and other skills events held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. . Marincin has played in two NHL games so far this season with two penalty minutes. The 21-year-old has three goals, four assists and a plus-5 rating in 24 games with the American Hockey Leagues Oklahoma City Barons this season. ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rougned Odor was ready to hit for the Texas Rangers with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning. He instead ended the game by getting hit.Odor was hit by a pitch, forcing in the winning run and capping a three-run rally that gave the AL-best Rangers a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.Recent acquisition Carlos Beltran tied the game at 4-all with his fourth hit, a two-run single, after John Axford (4-4) had walked the bases loaded. Marc Rzepczynski then came on and the As opted to intentionally walk Adrian Beltre, who hit a grand slam in the series opener Monday, to reload the bases with one out. The next pitch hit Odor on the shoulder.The pitch he threw me was really, really in, Odor said. And I was like, `Im not going to move. Ill take that pitch, and well win the game.Rzepczynski, who primarily throws sinkers into lefties like Odor, was trying to induce an inning-ending double play grounder.I threw one and it ran instead of sank. And it ran right into his shoulder, the lefty reliever said. That sums it up right there.Oakland had tied the game in the ninth off closer Sam Dyson, then took a 4-2 lead in the 10th when five of its first six batters reached against Keone Kela (4-1), the sixth Texas pitcher.Dyson struck out the side in the ninth, but also gave up three hits and a run for his fourth blown save in 31 chances. The As had been 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position before Danny Valencias two-out RBI single tied the game at 2.Kela, the sixth Texas pitcher, got all three of his outs on strikeouts, between three hits and a walk.The As lost their fourth straight, dropping a season-high 16 games under .500. At 52-68, they are 18 1/2 games behind Texas in the AL West after their 19th loss this season in which they led the game by multiple runs.Texas (71-50) has won nine of 13 after its first game-ending hit by pitch with the bases loaded since Sept. 11, 2010, against the New York Yankees.Since Ive joined the ballclub I have seen the energy in the clubhouse and the energy in the dugout day in and day out, said Beltran, the 39-year-old switch-hitter traded from the Yankeees two weeks ago. Dominic Moore Jersey. . They could be three runs behind or four runs behind and feel they can come back. Having that attitude is really great to see for me.Rangers manager Jeff Banister said he felt no deflation whatsoever from his players in the dugout even after the As tied the game in the ninth and went ahead in the 10th when Yonder Alonso had an RBI double and scored on Ryon Healys single.I dont think its in their DNA, Banister said after his teams MLB-best 38th come-from-behind victory. Theyre going to continue to grind.A FREE PASS WITHOUT GETTING HITTexas went ahead 2-1 in the seventh, when Odor led off with a rare walk, only his 12th coming in his 476th plate appearance this season. He later scored on a sacrifice fly by Elvis Andrus.WHAT A RELIEFAlex Claudio threw four scoreless innings for the Rangers after taking over for starter Lucas Harrell, who left after two innings because of a right groin strain. Harrell will have an MRI on Wednesday.TOUGH STARTHarrell faced only 12 batters, allowing three hits and four walks. The As loaded the bases both innings against him, but their only run came when Valencia drew a bases-loaded walk in the second for a 1-0 lead.TRAINERS ROOMAthletics: 2B Jed Lowrie will have season-ending surgery after being on the DL since Aug. 5 with lingering left foot issues. Lowrie will have a bunion removed from his big toe, but manager Bob Melvin said there is also ligament damage.Rangers: RF Shin-Soo Choo is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday to have a plate inserted near his left wrist and forearm where he got hit by a pitch. ... LHP Derek Holland, eligible to come off the 60-day DL on Sunday, could make his next start for the Rangers.UP NEXTAthletics: Rookie LHP Sean Manaea (4-7, 4.57 ERA) is 2/3 with a 3.27 ERA in nine games since coming off the DL on June 29.Rangers: RHP Yu Darvish, pitching one day after his 30th birthday, will try to beat the As for the first time since he first faced them in 2012. He is 0-8 in his last 10 starts against the AL West rival. ' ' '