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Updated: Saturday, October 2, 2004 12:39 PM EDT
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Montreal (66-94) at NY Mets (70-90) 7:10 pm EDT
Livan Hernandez
Al Leiter

FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- The Montreal Expos look to clinch their final series before being moved to Washington, D.C. when they face the New York Mets on Saturday in the second of a three-game set.

Rookie Terrmel Sledge snapped a 2-2 tie with an RBI double in the eighth inning as the Expos snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory Friday.

The Expos found out Wednesday that they will be relocated from Montreal to Washington in 2005.

Livan Hernandez gets the start for Montreal. The National League leader in innings, Hernandez has pitched at least eight in each of his last three outings, including a complete-game victory over New York on September 21.

He will be opposed by veteran Al Leiter , who won for the first time in eight outings Sunday, holding the Chicago Cubs to two runs in six innings.

Pitching Matchup:

Montreal - Hernandez (11-15, 3.63 ERA); 2-1, 1.90 vs. New York in 2004.

New York - Leiter (10-8, 3.19 ERA); 1-1, 1.96 vs. Montreal in 2004.

Who's Hot:

Montreal - RF Juan Rivera , 9-for-14 in last four games games.

New York - LHP Mike Stanton , one earned run in last 12 appearances.

Who's Not:

Montreal - 1B-OF Brad Wilkerson , 2-for-18 in last six games.

New York - SS Kaz Matsui, 3-for-19 in last six games.

2004 Series: New York, 9-8; All-Time series: New York, 298-297.

Injuries:

Montreal - RHP Dan Smith (right shoulder surgery, 60-day DL); RHP Zach Day (broken right middle finger, 15-day DL); 1B Nick Johnson (fractured right cheekbone, 60-day DL); 2B Jose Vidro (right knee, 60-day DL); RHP Tony Armas Jr. (right elbow, may be out for season); 2B Henry Mateo (right shoulder, out for season).

New York - RHP Scott Strickland (right elbow, 60-day DL); 1B Mo Vaughn (left knee, 60-day DL); RHP Grant Roberts (right shoulder, 60-day DL); RHP Jose Parra (right hip flexor, 15-day DL); RHP Victor Zambrano (right elbow, 15-day DL); 2B Joe McEwing (left leg, out for season); RHP Orber Moreno (strained right shoulder, 60-day DL); RHP Mike DeJean (left leg, 15-day DL); C Vance Wilson (left hand, out for season); LF Cliff Floyd (back, day-to-day); RHP Matt Ginter (right ankle, 60-day DL).

Upcoming Probables:

Montreal - John Patterson (4-6, 4.88 ERA) vs. New York - Tom Glavine (10-13, 3.55 ERA), October 3.


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