MLB Notebook: Mets fans boo struggling Wright

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Was it only 14 days ago that fans at Citi Field were on their feet cheering David Wright as he became the first player to hit a home run in the new park?

Wright is the most popular player on the team, but you wouldn't know it if you had dropped in from Mars to attend your first Mets game yesterday.

Fans booed the usually beloved Wright in the sixth inning after he struck out for the third time in a row in the Mets' 8-1 loss to the Washington Nationals. He was then booed again, with a sprinkling of mock cheers, after he made it 0 for 4 with a groundout to open the ninth inning.

"David is a fighter. It's a struggle for him right now," Mets coach Jerry Manuel said.

After hitting .342 in his first 10 games, Wright is hitting .188 (6 for 32) in his past eight. After he went hitless yesterday, his average dipped to .271.

"I'm not seeing it all that well right now," Wright said. "I'm fouling off pitches I should be putting in play."

Brewers

Milwaukee will finally get to use closer Trevor Hoffman. The Brewers activated baseball's all-time saves leader from the disabled list before yesterday's game against the Astros. Hoffman had been on the DL since March 30 with a strain on his right side. Milwaukee signed him in the offseason. "I asked Trevor if he's got three or four innings in him," manager Ken Macha joked.

Padres

San Diego has placed right-handed pitcher Shawn Hill on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed right elbow. Hill started Saturday night in the Pirates' 10-1 win but left after two innings, allowing three runs and five hits. Hill is 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA in three starts.

Rangers

Center fielder Josh Hamilton was held out of the Texas lineup for the game against the Orioles. Hamilton was unable to convince manager Ron Washington that his bruised ribs were sufficiently healed to allow him to play.



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