Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Matt Harvey Wins Debut for Mets

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Matt Harvey Wins Debut for Mets

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PHOENIX -- Matt Harvey dazzled in his major league debut, holding Arizona to three hits and striking out 11 over 5 1/3 innings in the Mets 3-1 victory Thursday night.

Scott Hairston hit a two-run double and Andres Torres tripled and scored for the Mets, who snapped a six-game losing streak.

New York won for the second time in 13 games since the All-Star break, narrowly avoiding the fate of the 1962 club that went 1-14 to start the second half.

Harvey set a franchise record for strikeouts in a debut. He also doubled and singled to become the first pitcher since 1900 to strike out more than 10 and collect two hits in his first game.

VARGAS WINS 11TH

SEATTLE -- Jason Vargas allowed one hit in eight innings to win his career-high 11th game, and Mike Carp had three hits to lead Seattle to a 4-1 win over the Royals.

Vargas (11-7) allowed only a fourth-inning double. He struck out five and walked three.

He retired the first 11 batters he faced before Billy Butler's 200th career double drove in Lorenzo Cain in the fourth. Vargas walked Cain, then fell behind 3-0 before Butler drilled a fastball to the gap in left-center.

Kansas City did not get a runner to second base against Vargas after the fourth.

SEAHAWKS SIGN WR ANTONIO BRYANT

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks added depth to their unproven wide receiver unit by signing veteran Antonio Bryant.

The team announced the signing on Thursday night. The Seahawks report for training camp today with the first practice scheduled for Saturday morning.

Bryant had a tryout with the Seahawks during June's minicamp. Coach Pete Carroll said he didn't feel Bryant was in football shape then and wanted to see if the veteran could get himself ready in the month between the June tryout and training camp.

Bryant has not played since the 2009 season with Tampa Bay. He signed a four-year, $28 million with Cincinnati before the 2010 season, but was cut at the end of training camp and spent the past two seasons out of the NFL.

RAY LEWIS SLIMMER

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- In preparation for his 17th NFL season, Ray Lewis decided the best way to cope with his advancing age was to reduce his waistline. …

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