Randolph stays put as Mets lose again

From the Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Willie Randolph kept his job -- for now.

Meanwhile, the New York Mets kept losing.

After their embattled manager had a much-anticipated meeting with ownership Monday, the Mets got another ineffective outing from Mike Pelfrey and fizzled on offense after a strong start in a 7-3 loss to the Florida Marlins.

"A lot of stuff was taken care of," Randolph said, describing his entire day. "Now, we move on and try to win some ballgames."

Luis Gonzalez hit a three-run double for the Marlins, who lead the National League East despite a major league-low payroll of $22 million on opening day.

Jose Reyes hit two home runs for the $138-million Mets (23-26), who have lost seven of eight and 10 of 14 overall.

Earlier in the day, Randolph sat down with owner Fred Wilpon and his son, Jeff, the club's chief operating officer, as well as General Manager Omar Minaya to discuss two things: the team's sluggish play, and Randolph's comments last week about his portrayal on Mets broadcasts in which he raised the issue of race.

Randolph subsequently apologized for those statements.

"Willie's job was never in danger going into this meeting," Minaya said.

"Willie has my support. He has the support of our ownership."

From the Associated Press

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