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When Mets starter Chris Young looks at the scouting report for his Saturday date with the D-backs, one of the names he'll be told to watch out for should be pretty familiar to him.

That name will be Chris Young, D-backs outfielder, who has been one of the hottest hitters on the Arizona roster since the All-Star break, though he's had little success against the Mets' hurler. None, in fact. The man known to D-backs faithful as "CY" is 0-for-16 in his career against the New York righty.

But even if that history holds, Young -- the Mets' Young, that is -- will have his work cut out for him facing a red-hot Justin Upton, who is hitting .400 against the righty in 10 career at-bats. Shortstop Stephen Drew has also had success against Young, going 4-for-13 with two doubles and four walks against his former division rival (Young pitched for the Padres in 2011).

Then there's Jason Kubel, who may not have much history with Young, but he is certainly making his own. Kubel's strong 2012 campaign has seen him become just the fifth player in Arizona franchise history to reach 20 home runs and 70 RBIs by July 26.

Young will hope to build off his last start, a seven-inning, two-run effort that proved futile in what became an 8-2 loss to the Nationals.

"It's a good outing, but it's not good enough," Young said. "I'll keep building on it. I hope to get stronger as the season progresses."

Also getting stronger as the season progresses is Saturday's starter for the D-backs, Ian Kennedy, who is slowly starting to round into 2011 form after a shaky start to the season. The righty is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA with no walks and 14 strikeouts in his last two outings.

"It's not going to happen every time, but it's just good to see him throw back-to-back games with consistency," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said after Kennedy's most recent start. "Again, he mixed his pitches up, had much better location tonight."

As Kennedy makes his 100th career appearance, the name in the scouting report that should stick out to him -- and pretty much any pitcher facing the Mets -- is David Wright, who owns a .500 career average against Kennedy. He also happens to be among the Major Leagues' top 10 in on-base percentage, batting average and runs scored.

D-backs: Montero making history
Miguel Montero set a franchise record when he caught his 538th game Wednesday. After extending that record to 539 games Thursday, Montero got a well-earned day off Friday to preserve him down the stretch, as his 716 1/3 innings caught are tops in the Majors.

Montero has thrown out 27 would-be basestealers, second only to the Phillies' Carlos Ruiz. His 39.2 caught-stealing percentage is the Majors' best.

Mets: Hairston heating up
Though he wasn't in the starting lineup for Friday night's game, Scott Hairston has been on fire of late, hitting .375 (6-for-16) since July 20. Hairston is particularly productive against lefties, as he is hitting .308 (37-for-120) with nine home runs -- second in the Majors against lefties.

Hairston's name has popped up in numerous rumors with the approach of Tuesday's Trade Deadline, and it's no wonder, as he is fearless at the plate. with six of his 12 homers this year having come on two strikes.

Worth noting
According to STATS LLC, Kubel had more home runs at home (17) than the entire roster of the National League West rival San Francisco Giants (16). The D-backs are 5 1/2 games behind the first-place Giants.

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