Tony La Russa might want to keep Juan Gonzalez around, and not just for the swing that resulted in the mildly meaningless home run off Johan Santana at Tradition Field on Friday. Turns out that Msrs Gonzalez and Santana have a history, kind of like Chipper Jones/Pat Burrell against the Mets, all wrapped into one. Juan Gonzalez is 6-for-7 in regular season games against Johan Santana with two home runs and two doubles. The good news is that we don't have to worry about most of the guys who hit the snot out of Santana. There's no one more prolific than Gonzalez, so that's a positive. There's no fear factor with Gerald (3-for-5, 2 HR) Williams, and I don't believe we'll see Sammy Sosa (3-for-4, 3 BB, 1 HR). But there's a new Molina to irk Mets fans (Bengie: 12-for-25, 2 HR). Hideki Matsui is the one lefthander who owns Santana (11-for-25, 1 HR), but we're used to his success against everyone wearing a Mets uni. If Johan is facing Frank Thomas (10-for-21
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