Milledge laughs off boos, then doubles to bump count to 7,332

After laughing off a series of boos when he was announced, Washington Nationals CF Lastings Milledge marked his return to Shea with a first-inning double off Mike Pelfrey to move the count to 7,332 games without a Mets no hitter.

Mets catcher Brian Schneider – a former Nat – quickly sent Milledge back to the dugout when Milledge tried to steal third, and the Mets went on to beat the Nationals 6-0.

Pelfrey threw 7 scoreless innings, giving up just 5 hits and two walks while striking out 4. He improves to 2-0 on the season, and received bullpen help from Aaron Heilman and Duaner Sanchez, who made his first appearance in two years.

On the offensive side, David Wright – fresh off his Letterman appearance – hit a homer and two doubles to drive in five runs.

All of the Mets and Nationals players wore number 42 Tuesday night in honor of Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier 61 years ago on April 15, 1947.

Earlier Tuesday, the Mets held a news conference at their future home of Citi Field to unveil the design of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, an Ebbets Field replica entranceway that will invite fans into the team’s new home. The rotunda will feature an 8-foot sculpture of Robinson’s No. 42 as well as a statute of Robinson in his Brooklyn Dodgers uniform.

For another perspective on why all the Mets were wearing 42, check out Mets By The Numbers’ Happy Ron Hodges Day post.

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